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

Monday, February 18, 2008

Does this happen to you??

Journalist: All these attempts of yours to find more complicated wins have cost and still cost you, more points than anyone in the world .Surely life must have taught you something?

Chessplayer : Yes it probably has . Nowadays, in my opinion, it happens less frequently,but, you see Sometimes an idea occurs that is so interesting that it proves stronger than me.

Mikhail Tal : Life and Games of Tal

It is a great thing even though I play mediocre chess to be able to chase those interesting ideas!
for example:
Here is me chasing an interesting idea that worked based on some thinking following this game and wanting to try simalar moves to see what happened.
and chasing one that didn't work

Sunday, February 17, 2008

tie in the traxler


I just played the traxler against someone with the bishop take . I hate that variation. I was glad to take the draw by repetition .

I ran it through Fritz who felt I had a win here. See the Fritznotation here . click the move list to see the notation.

It liked a push of the e pawn promotion and trade off.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Check out this sweet combination

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Notes on Chapter 3 On Castling and attacking the Castled Position in General

This chapter starts off about the historical story of castling which I am leaving out here.

The Dynamic and Positional Considerations of Castling

Castling can be viewed in two ways as part of a series of moves or part of a static position.

Castling increased the dynamic potential of the position opening up new possibilities. increased the influence of the rooks, freeing the e file for a possible attack on the file, and prepared the ground for quick communication between the rooks.

Castling is also a postional move in it that provides an air of permancy to the position.The king tends to stay on the side which it is castled on. Until the endgame, it is a permanent feature. Before castling, the king has three choices staying in the center, castling kingside, castling queenside. Once it castled, their are disadvantages that follow the advantages. As now the opponent takes into the account this more permanent address of the king.

Artificial Castling = Castling by Hand. Eventhough a player has lost the right to castle,it is often still possible to put himself in a castled position at a cost of a few tempi.

The Correct Moment to Castle

(to be continued)

In my game study,I am currently studying the Art of Attack Chigorin-Caro Game

Also here is an attacking game that was the chess game. com game of the day A spectacular finish.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

In this position a knight equals a queen

The best move in this position from a variation in my traxler game yesterday is QXN for white to move . Fritz shows this move delivers a -.71 where the next best move delivers the -12.

here is some fritz analysis . As Dk pointed out the king in front of the pawns in this position is a dangerous thing and something white wants to avoid.


Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Learning lines in the Traxler (black to move)

Playing the Traxler leads to interesting positions (problems). I get so far and I forget the lines . With black to move in this position Rf8 not as it turned out here.

As it often turns out materialistic moves jockeying to take the bishop is wrong here. better to pin the knight to the king which is normally played in the traxler when you can.

Like a rabbit hypnotized by a python

This is what David Bronstein wrote before the Sacrifice in this game in his Zurich International 1953 book.

"The creative element of chess is generally thought to consist of three things: logic, accurate calculation, and technuique (this last includes a knowledge of theory). There is a fourth ingredient also, however, perhaps the most intriguing of all, although it is often overlooked. I refer to intuition - chess fantasy, if you prefer.

Occasionally a position arises in the course of a game which cannot be evaluated on general principles, such as pawn weaknesses, open lines, better development, etc., since the state of equilibrium has been upset on several counts, rendering an exact weighing of the elements impossible. Attempting to calculate the variations doesn't always work, either. Imagine that White has six or seven different continuations, and Black five or six replies to each move; it's easy to see that no genius on earth could reach even the fourth move in his calculations. It is then that intuition or fantasy comes to the rescue: that's what has given the art of ches its most beautiful combinations, and allowed chessplayers the chance to experience the joy of creating.

It is not true to say that intuitive games were only played in the days of Morphy, Anderssen and Chigorin (as if now, in our era, everything were to be based totally on positional principles and rigorous calculation!): I remain convinced that, even in the games which received the brilliancy prizes at this tournament, not all of the variations were calculated to the end. Intuition has been and remains one of the cornerstones of chess creativity - of which we shall now see proof positive." David Bronstein,

Cut and Pasted from this site and this site

30...Qxh3+ Now the weakness of the pawn at h3 tells. The point of Kotov`s remarkable combination, which all his previous play went to prepare, is to drag the white king out to f5, where it will be defenseless against Black`s two rooks, knight and bishop; while White`s five pieces, deep in his rear echelon, can only look on from afar. 31.Kxh3 Rh6+ 32.Kg4 Nf6+ 33.Kf5 Like a rabbit hypnotised by a python, the king advances unwillingly to the place of its doom.
They just don't annotate like this anymore . 8)