Takchess Chess Improvement

A Novice chessplayer works to get better at chess using an improvement program based upon the methods of Michael de la Maza and the teachings of Dan Heisman

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Like a proverbial drunken sailor, I have been spending my rating points in games against 1700-1900 rated players. Back to 1662 where I played this interesting Marshall or pseudo Marshall against a 1782 rated player. The endgame came through for me again.

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{C89: Closed Ruy Lopez: Marshall Attack} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4
Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. h3 Nf4 11. Nxe5
Nxe5 12. Rxe5 Qd6 13. d4 Nxh3+ 14. gxh3 Bxh3 15. Qh5 Be6 16. Bxe6 fxe6 17. Bg5
Bf6 18. Bxf6 Rxf6 19. Nd2 Raf8 20. Ne4 Rg6+ 21. Kf1 Qe7 22. Ng5 Rh6 23. Rxe6
Rxh5 24. Rxe7 Rh1+ 25. Kg2 Rxa1 26. Ne6 Rf6 27. Rxg7+ Kh8 28. Re7 h5 29. Re8+
Kh7 30. Re7+ Kg6 31. Rg7+ Kf5 32. Nxc7 Rg6+ 33. Rxg6 Kxg6 34. d5 Rxa2 35. d6
Rxb2 36. Nxa6 Rd2 37. Nc7 Rxd6 38. Nxb5 Rc6 39. Kg3 Rc5 40. Nd4 Rxc3+ 41. f3
Rd3 42. Ne2 Kg5 43. Nf4 h4+ 0-1

Okay back to Ct-art Minicircle 5 L30 completed at 55 % on to mc 6
update mc6- 460 wed morn update on 490 thur 529


  • At 10:59 AM, Blogger Blue Devil Knight said…

    Marshall attack rocks. I wish you didn't have to wait like 9 moves to see if white was gonna let you play it. I've been so happy with the Scandy as far as that goes.

    What level do you plan to work through in Ct-Art for your circles?

  • At 12:15 PM, Blogger takchess said…

    The whole damn thing....... As the prophet Mdlm teaches complete Ct-art is the only true path to tactical enlightenment. 8) if I am improving at L30 imagine what I will be like at l80! Then again I may be senile at that point.

    and yes the Marshall attack does rock.

    An interesting thing happen to me at chess club Friday. I played a guy who I only beat on rare occasion with my gambit openings. I played the Ruy as white on a whim and gave him the best game that I had given him in a long time.(Note I still lost)

  • At 1:07 PM, Blogger Blue Devil Knight said…

    Dang that's hard core.

  • At 8:24 AM, Blogger Loomis said…

    Here is an interesting possibility we might have to ask likesforests about. 36. d7 Rd2 37. Ne6 and now black has to give up his rook for the d-pawn. The question is whether or not the passed pawns on both wings are too much for the knight to handle. It looks like a difficult position, both sides might still be playing for a win there!

  • At 8:56 AM, Blogger takchess said…

    Hmmm, your comments are always insightful and require further thought. Also on the exchange sac comment on the other post. I did consider that but was unclear if I should so i did not . I have to take a closer look at my fritz reports on these games and add info over the weekend.

  • At 9:34 AM, Blogger Temposchlucker said…

    Nice pic.

  • At 9:08 PM, Blogger takchess said…

    loomis Fritz liked your suggestion of d seven

  • At 8:45 AM, Blogger Loomis said…

    Sweet. Although the resulting endgame is still rather complicated. Fritz probably gives +2 already for the material advantage and any far pawn advances are beyond horizon.


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