Saturday, January 11, 2014

Am I Reti? (8+1 Games)


Played 8 Reti games against the Level-3 Personality of software NagaSkaki with a 20/G time control. In every game my opponent played the advance variation (2...d4), which gave me the opportunity to ponder over move order issues during the games. In every game I was able to push my own Q-side agenda satisfactorily, resulting in an 8-0-0 score.

Despite the perfect score, I know my game is far from perfect. Therefore, I decided to challenge myself by playing a bonus Reti game against the Level-4 Personality of the Software, which has always proved to be a very tough nut for me to crack. Hence I used a 60/G time control for this game. I think I fought quite well until the very end, but something snapped inside my head (or was it just fatigue?) when I had 10 minutes left on my clock, and I entered an ending which I was not confident of drawing. I resigned. So the result after the bonus game stands at 8-0-1.

I know stronger players can surely identify and point out generic flaws in my thought process if I show them the 9 typical games. When it comes to analyzing games I prefer humans to engines. Hence I am sharing the said games below.

Please give me any pointers that you think may halp me improve.

Many thanks.

The 9 games follow:

Game 1: http://www.chess.com/emboard?id=1819616

Game 2: http://www.chess.com/emboard?id=1819628

Game 3: http://www.chess.com/emboard?id=1819630

Game 4: http://www.chess.com/emboard?id=1819632

Game 5: http://www.chess.com/emboard?id=1819634

Game 6: http://www.chess.com/emboard?id=1819636

Game 7: http://www.chess.com/emboard?id=1819638

Game 8: http://www.chess.com/emboard?id=1819640

Bonus Game (Level 4): http://www.chess.com/emboard?id=1819642


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Many thanks.
Prady.
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Friday, December 20, 2013

Book Review: Chess Strategy - Edward Lasker

Finally I made time to read the book "Chess Strategy" by Edward Lasker.

The approach used is very different from other books I've read on the subject: rather than introduce individual strategic concepts/motives and let the reader weave them together, this book takes a holistic, common-sense approach to the opening, end-game and middle-game plans. Everything is reduced to common-sense, which makes understanding and remembering concepts that much easier (bye-bye to rote memorization of moves/variations).

That's about half the book. The other half includes around 50 annotated games bearing references to the concepts discussed earlier, explaining why a move was good/bad (again based on common-sense).

The book uses descriptive notation, but it is quite easy to follow. I found this work simply awesome!

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Many thanks.
Prady.
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Thursday, December 19, 2013

NagaSkakiLevel3_vs_Pradeep_20131218_01

In this game, Edward Lasker's common-sense training has succeeded in keeping me on track and not making wasteful pawn moves, not attacking pieces that can freely move away and so on. It also helped me identify and ignore empty threats and illusions. I believe reading this was another sure step on the path of improvement.


Of course, I hope not only to keep this up, but also to do much better in days to come. So all comments and instructional discussions are welcome.


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Many thanks.
Prady.
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Friday, December 13, 2013

Hungry For Chess: Facebook Page


Now, Hungry For Chess has a dedicated community magazine page on Facebook! The goal is to have a common place to share thoughts and ideas related to chess, to share games and comments, to hold productive discussions, and to help each other improve. It is an open magazine, and people of all ages and playing strengths are welcome.

If you are hungry for chess, you are invited to like this page and participate actively:
https://www.facebook.com/HungryForChess

The magazine will also share some posts with a growing community group, "Are You Reti", and another community page "Chessconversations". The respective URLs are:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/195960723787552
https://www.facebook.com/chessconversation

Together we hope we can have lot of fun on the path of improvement.

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Many thanks.
Prady.

Video on Attack by GM Damian Lemos


Loved this video by GM Damian Lemos where he explains the attacking ideas behind every move by white in this stunning encounter between Emanuel Lasker and Johann Bauer:

http://www.onlinechesslessons.net/2013/11/25/how-to-attack-grandmaster


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Many thanks.
Prady.
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Sunday, November 17, 2013

After a Break Game 2

This is one of my recent games on chess.com. All was going well for me until move 29.

At this point my brain said, "Play 30.Rd7+ and pick up the Knight on e7". But my stupid hand played 30.Qc1 and I decided to resign.

Let me know what you think.


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Many thanks.
Prady.
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After a Break

One of my recent games on chess.com

Let me know what you think.


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Many thanks.
Prady.
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