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, June 09, 2008

Traxler and game results

I am the first casulty of the tournament of Lepers . Donnie beat me quite handily. I for some strange reason started to play my carokahn defense against the Pirc and had a somewhat confused game. He pushed me around with some tempo gaining moves and I ended up undeveloped and uncoordinated. Arggh .

Great fun and Donnie is a good sport. A good sport says "now thats an interesting move" when he could rightly say instead "your move really sucks!" Update: he nicely annotated this game here

I don't have that file of this game but here is a traxler I played tonight that I thought was interesting.



  • At 7:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Something about the Traxler looks really suspicious, but I'm not sure how to pwn it.

    I wasn't being nice when commenting on those moves...it was true. When you told me "I try to develop as few pieces as possible", though, that was gold.

  • At 10:10 PM, Blogger Mr. C said…

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  • At 10:13 PM, Blogger Cratercat said…

    and with all these romping traxlers, how are those sicilians coming along these days?

    btw, i dropped you an email on the king's indian with some questions.

  • At 12:46 AM, Blogger likesforests said…

    Been there, done that. In many lines of the Scandinavian Black lets his bishop 'hang'... but it can't be captured for tactical reasons. A couple weeks ago I was playing a blitz game and I left it 'hang' and my opponent took it! I thought I had won until I looked closely and realized he'd deviated from the normal opening line and I had been blitzing out 'book' moves but missed that he had left book. ;)

  • At 10:42 AM, Blogger takchess said…

    (4947) Porrasta (1673) - Takchess (1568) [C57]

    Rated game, 30m + 0s Main Playing Hall, 10.06.2008

    [Fritz 10 (30s)]

    C57: Two Knights: Wilkes-Barre/Traxler and 4 Ng5 d5 5 exd5, unusual Black 5th moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 5.Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6.Kf1 Qe7 7.Nxh8 d5 8.exd5 Nd4 9.c3 Nf5??N Black falls apart [9...Bg4 10.Qa4+ Nd7 11.cxd4 (11.Kxf2 Qh4+ 12.g3 Qf6+ 13.Ke1 Nf3+ 14.Kd1 Nd4+ 15.Ke1 Nf3+ 16.Kd1 Nd4+ ½–½ Valgardsson,G-Johannesson,I/Reykjavik 2000/CBM 075 ext; 11.Be2 Bxe2+ 12.Kxf2 Qf6+ 13.Ke1 Qh4+ 14.g3 Qe4 15.cxd4 Bf3+ 0–1 Torres Pavo,A (1920)-Rios Gonzalez,J (1977)/San Fernando 2003/CBM 095 ext) 11...Qf6 12.Be2 Bxd4+ 13.Bf3 Bxf3 14.Ke1 Qh4+ 0–1 Carrascoso Morales,A (2165)-Garcia Fernandez,C (2349)/Cullera 2005/CBM 107 ext; 9...Bg4 10.Ng6 hxg6 (10...Bxd1?? too greedy 11.Nxe7 Nc2 12.Kxf2 Ne4+ 13.Kg1 Kxe7 14.d3+-) 11.Qa4+ Nd7 12.Kxf2 Qh4+ 13.g3 Qf6+ 14.Ke1 Qf5–+] 10.Qf3 [¹10.Kxf2 and White has reached his goal 10...Qc5+ 11.d4 Qxc4 12.Re1+-] 10...Bc5 11.b4 e4 12.Qd1 [¹12.Qe2 might be the shorter path 12...Bd6 13.Kg1+-] 12...Nh4?? leading to a quick end [12...Bb6 13.d4 exd3 14.Bxd3 Ng4+-] 13.Ba3 [¹13.bxc5 and White takes home the point 13...Qxc5 14.d3+-] 13...Bg4?? letting the wind out of his own sails [¹13...Qf8 would allow Black to play on 14.Qa4+ Bd7=] 14.Qa4+ [¹14.Bb5+ secures the win 14...c6 15.dxc6+-] 14...Bd7± 15.Bb5 White's pieces can't move: b1+h8 [15.Qa5 Bd6 16.Ke1 Nxg2+ 17.Kd1=] 15...0–0–0?? strolling merrily down the path to disaster [¹15...Bb6 16.Ke1 Nxg2+ 17.Kd1 e3 18.Bxd7+ Nxd7³] 16.Bxd7+ [16.bxc5!? makes it even easier for White 16...Bxb5+ 17.Qxb5 Nxd5+-] 16...Nxd7 17.bxc5 Rf8+ [17...Qf6+ does not help much 18.Ke2 Nxg2 19.Rf1+-] 18.Ke2 [¹18.Ke1!? and White can already relax 18...Qg5 19.c6 Qxg2+-] 18...Qg5 [18...Qe5 does not solve anything 19.Kd1 Rxh8 20.c6+-] 19.Kd1 Qxg2 [19...Qg4+ is not the saving move 20.Kc1 Kb8 21.Re1+-] 20.Re1 [¹20.c6 seems even better 20...Kb8 21.Qb4 Qxh1+ 22.Kc2 b6 23.cxd7 Rxh8+-] 20...Nf3 [20...Rf1 there is nothing better in the position 21.Rxf1 Qxf1+ 22.Kc2 Nf3+-] 21.c6 Nxe1 22.cxd7+ Kd8 23.Bxf8 Qf1 [23...Qf3+ the only chance to get some counterplay 24.Kc1 Nd3+ 25.Kc2 Qxf8 26.Qxe4 Nc5 27.Qe8+ Qxe8 28.dxe8Q+ Kxe8+-] 24.Be7+! Decoy: c5 24...Kxe7 25.Qxe4+ Kxd7 26.Qe6+ Kd8 27.Nf7+ Qxf7 28.Qxf7 Takchess resigns (Lag: Av=0.37s, max=0.5s)[28.Qxf7 Nf3 29.Na3 Ng5 30.Qf8+ Kd7 31.Nc4 Nf3 32.Qxf3 c6 33.Qf7+ Kd8 34.Ne5 Kc8 35.Qd7+ Kb8 36.Qd8#] 1–0

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