Saturday, October 31, 2009

Me as a d4-player

I will post notes ASAP but I am down with fever:

Friday, October 30, 2009

A Glimpse from the Chess Cave

A snapshot from my training ground: Fågelsången

A great place! However, the owners would like me to pay for the coffee for my invisible opponent.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A New Beginning

Here is my new draft training regime:

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Noble Art of Evaluation

This is not rocket science but I think it is a short and sweet summary of a neglected area in my Chess: Evaluation

A: Evaluation:
1. Material
2. Activity/Effectiveness
3. Weaknesses

B: Opponents threats -- preventing

C: Identify Opponents most Advanced/Active piece(s)

D: Activate your own pieces -- increase pressure

This nice little scheme has helped me to pinpoint some leaks in my game. Basically it has provided some clues to a better understanding of both the pace of an attack and what a weakness/target could look like.

Furthermore the scheme will help me to annotate my own games in a more systematic way.


Friday, October 16, 2009

New book by Dan Heisman

I am really looking forward to read this book. There are a few sample pages at the publishers site

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Fascinating Réti Gambit

This looks like fun stuff to play against the annoying french defence:

1.e4 e6 2.b3!?

Have a look at Thomas Johansson's web site

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Wonderful Weird World of gambits

I am sure this gambit has a name but I wonder if we managed to stay within theory for more than three moves?

Look for "Gibbins-Weidenhagen Gambit" or "Poisoned Spike" if you want to be amused by a semi crazy gambit. You might even find a game played by Humphrey Bogart using the gambit. Fun Stuff!