Sunday, March 29, 2009

A New Match -- comments added

Here is the latest game in the match versus Cardman. I managed to hold on to my pieces and score another win.


Friday, March 27, 2009

A golden nugget in my inbox

"Thanks for your comment. It is nice to know that people read what you write!!

Just a thought to add to all of this:

I notice on your web site that you use CTS web site a lot and also have a diet of MDLM who advocated a lot of tactics (I notice that he is well retired now and does not have to support his assertions by defending his playing skill). I think all that sort of thing is good, but in moderation. Some trainers have noted that if most of the time in training is spent on tactics, then the chess players skill is a little brittle. I think it is very important to be deconstruct a position positionally as well as tactically. Most moves in a game are quiet, not tactical (despite assertions that chess is 95% tactics - it isn't). Often, people who have focussed mostly on tactics have trouble in quiet positions and tend to look for tactical solutions. So I think it is very important to absorb positional/planning patterns, even more than tactical ones. In my own experience against weaker players, I have found that quiet positions are usually where they go wrong (not tactical ones) and they just drift into inferior positions before making a tactical mistake. Usually, against higher rated players (say 2400-2500 FIDE) I obtain an inferior position first before making a tactical mistake - so same thing. The inferior position is usually due to the failure to correctly assess the positional elements - little to do with tactics.

Just an idea. I think positional elements need to be studied 1. By going through classic games (up to about 1800 FIDE), 2. A study of the middle game positions arising out of your openings (up to 2000 FIDE) and 3. A deep study of the endgame, and in particular strategic endgames (beyond 2000).

Cheers, David"

Monday, March 23, 2009

New All Time High at Chess Tactics Server

No game last night but a new personal best at CTS.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Match Play

The first games in a series of four games will take place tonight. I am really looking forward to play. The correlation between my seriousness for chess and my complete lack of chess skills is record breaking.

This PGN-viewer is acting funny:

Maybe this one can get it straight:

Monday, March 16, 2009

Interesting site!

Those of you who would enjoy a series of slow games should check this site out!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A non-winning generation