Another Simul Win

March 27th, 2009

Just thought I’d push out another simul win against and IM. Mostly this is a test of my chess viewer plugin. Yes, 16… Nd4 was a mistake on my part and he didn’t punish me.

[Event "ICC 45 15 u"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2009.03.09"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Schroer"]
[Black "dkappe"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ICCResult "White resigns"]
[WhiteElo "2708"]
[BlackElo "2046"]
[Opening "Pirc: Austrian attack, dragon formation"]
[ECO "B09"]
[NIC "PU.05"]
[Time "18:46:28"]
[TimeControl "2700+15"]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Nf3 c5 6. e5 Nfd7 7. exd6 O-O 8.
Be2 exd6 9. O-O Nc6 10. dxc5 dxc5 11. Kh1 Nf6 12. Be3 Qe7 13. Bg1 Rd8 14.
Qe1 b6 15. Rd1 Bb7 16. Qh4 Nd4? 17. Bd3? Nxf3 18. gxf3 Qc7 19. Ne4 Nd5 20. c3
Nxf4 21. Bc2 f5 22. Ng5 h6 23. Bb3+ c4 24. Bc2 hxg5 25. Qxg5 Rxd1 26. Bxd1
Qd6 27. Qg3 Rd8 28. Bc2 Nd3 29. Qg2 Kf7 30. Rd1 Qf4 31. Rf1 Ne5 {White
resigns} 0-1


OTB is soooo different from Correspondence and Blitz

March 18th, 2009

So I’ve taken the advice of my coach and am trying to play a slow game every night. Slow in ICC terms means something like 15 5 or 20 20. After a steady diet of blitz and correspondence, I’m really struggling to remember how to win. In correspondence you can settle in to analyze “to the endgame,” and in blitz you often play unsound because, hey, your opponent is only human and it’s over in less than 10 minutes anyway. Now I’ve got to make use of limited time, no books, and a situation where my opponent has enough time to punish my weaknesses. This is going to be harder than I thought.


Decided to take some lessons

March 14th, 2009

After years of going it alone in my chess training, I’ve decided to take some lessons. Back as a kid I took private lessons for my French Horn, so somehow the thought of private lessons is inextricably linked with a dark basement and the smell of cat pee. This was different. My teacher, International Master Vojislav Milanovic (voja on ICC), lives in Belgrade, Serbia. We connected via Skype for voice and used ICC to review positions — not a trace of cat pee or dark basement about the whole experience. ;-) I’ve had only one lesson so far, but I’ll let you know how it goes.


Chess Training Tools 1.3.0 Released

March 13th, 2009

cvtAfter a long break, I’ve started up on the Chess Trainer again. The latest release adds a larger board, a new test for improving your chess vision (where can a queen attack King and Rook and safely take the rook on the next move?), and fixed a few typos. I also removed the Opening Trainer, as there are other free and commercial tools out there that do a better job.

Drop me a comment if you find the tool useful.


Online Chess Databases

March 13th, 2009

nicbaseChess databases like ChessBase or Chess Assistant or the Open Source SCID are nice tools for chess study, but there are some online databases that can serve in a pinch. You can’t search for a particular pawn structure or material balance as you can with a desktop chess database, but you can search millions of games for a particular position or explore an opening tree with victory percentages based on the actual games.

Here is a collection of online chess databases that I use from time to time. Enjoy.

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Welcome to Chess Training Tools

March 12th, 2009

I’ve decided to start posting some of my chess doing, book reviews, games, etc., under this project. For anyone interested, I used to publish Chess Space, sort of a Yahoo directory for chess resources and software, back in the early 90’s, so my connection with the web and chess goes back a ways.