Sunday, 5 August 2012

Internet Game Analysis #5

This is from a 2 minute blitz I played the other night. By no means should this be taken too seriously however there were some interesting aspects to this game which may be helpful to look at. My opponent played the Blackmar Gambit and I transposed it unknowingly into the Caro-Kann ultimately leading to the Advance variation. It occurs to me that this transposition is a good way to avoid the Blackmar Gambit of which I know very little. Unfortunately I do not have much experience playing the Caro-Kann as Black so I did my best to follow general opening principles. For example getting my King to safety quickly.

My opponent never got his King to safety and instead took the bait (the Knight 14. Nxd4). Having previously opened up the f - file this allowed for a deadly checkmate. As the computer suggests White should have simply castled his King.

I clearly have work to do if I am to play the Caro-Kann more effectively but it seems a good option when playing against Blackmar Gambit players. Such games demonstrate why Castling is important for the Kings safety especially when files have been opened up around the King.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Trap/2nd Place in Tourney

Hello. It has been awhile since I last posted anything. Thought I would brag about placing second in a ChessCube Pawn Passion tourney. I joined the tourney late in round 2 and won every game I played. The time control was 5 minutes and 29 players participated. I was pleased to win 900 cubits!

There was one game which stood out as noteworthy in this tourney. I discovered a trap in the Modern Defence or in the Kings Indian, East Indian Defence. These two openings are very similar and seem to be easily transposable. There's likely also other fianchetto opening structures where such a mechanism may also exist as well. I will have to keep a look out for other such situations! I played as White and caught black with 6. g4 trapping the Knight on the h3 square. Enjoy!

Friday, 24 February 2012

First Place in VIP Tourney

Yesterday I played in a VIP tourney on Chess Cube. It was a 4 player round robin. I am please to have placed 1st. I decided to post the final game which had a pretty tactic (discovered check) finishing the game.

I am starting to feel more comfortable playing these tournaments. When I first started playing I did not play to my potential and my tournament rating was significantly lower then my regular rating. Now it is getting much closer. 

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Warzone Breakthrough

I finally had a good placing in ChessCube Warzone tournament! Usually I place terribly like 80-100th; today I placed 14th! Pretty sweet. I also increased my tournament rating by about 150 points! I guess now I will have to break into the top ten in order to brag again... In the mean time; I'll keep working at getting better.

I also played Jerry from the ChessNetwork in this tournament. Jerry live streams many of his games and has videos of them available to watch. I just happened to find the one I was in. I tried to play something funky in hopes of timing him out possibly; but I blundered instead. I have to say that I was kind of nervous when I saw his name pop up! Not that made any difference in the outcome; Jerry is Awesome!

My game with Jerry is at about 1:51 in the video found by following this link.

Monday, 26 December 2011

Hilarious Video: Checkmates

Checkmates - watch more funny videos

"Yo, these pieces ain't your boss; your are the boss of them pieces."

I came across this hilarious video. Enjoy!

Monday, 19 December 2011

Endgame Mistake #1

I had a great game today with one of my chess friends; my nemesis Dave! In a frustrating endgame I made a huge error costing me the game. In fact I missed the winning combination.

This actually occurred at move 59 in the actual game. The analysis showed some better variations for both colours but in general the game was very close the whole way through, until the endgame that is. I had a winning combination as shown in the variations on move one in the png. In either variation I win. Then again I had a chance for a pawn break; as shown by the variations on move 5. There are other variations but you get my point. Surely such a position could have been drawn.

Instead I played inaccurately and was at the mercy of the black Kings opposition. This was a fairly frusterating situation, one that was unnecessary. Hopefully this endgame analysis will help me play better in the future!

Monday, 5 December 2011

Trap in the Sicilian (Smith-Morra Gambit)

Greetings to anyone who may come across this!

I'd like to post a trap I discovered in the Smith-Morra Gambit for White. If Black wastes a much needed tempo after retaking the Queen with his Knight he is in for trouble. In a rematch this just came to me and my opponent resigned. I am sure this has probably been published in some book; might be good to have in your repertoire of traps! Enjoy!