Friday, May 12, 2017

Game 20170511.001 (Chess.com)


In this game I was playing with Black pieces. I started with the idea of the Indian defense, but it deviated as early as the second move. I ended up committing mistakes and blunders in the first 15 moves, which should have cost me the game, but my opponent went on to commit bigger blunders in the next 15 moves, and lost an almost won game.

My thoughts and comments in-line.




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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Game 20170311.006 (Chess.com)





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Game 20170311.005 (Chess.com)

About a year ago, I would have tried to either win and exchange or at least keep it even. These days I don't mind if my opponent takes off pieces I do not need for my plan (however good or bad it may be). In fact, when that happens these days, it gives me a degree of satisfaction that my opponent just wasted a move and created more space for me to move around.




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Game 20170311.004 (Chess.com)





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Game 20170311.003 (Chess.com)




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Game 20170311.002 (Chess.com)





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Game 20170311.001 (Chess.com)

I feel and see a marked difference in my playing style these days, as compared to a year ago. It was not a gradual change, but quite a sudden one. It seems to have happened during my last hiatus. I trust I'm improving surely, albeit slowly.



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Game 20170312.001 (Chess.com)

I feel and see a marked difference in my playing style these days, as compared to a year ago. It was not a gradual change, but quite a sudden one. It seems to have happened during my last hiatus. I trust I'm improving surely, albeit slowly.



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Friday, March 10, 2017

Game 20170310.001 (Chess.com)


This game went quite well for me. My opponent delayed development to start an early attack with limited resources, which suited me fine, though I was down material in the opening. Though I could not play the exact opening I wanted because of Black's first 2 moves, I could still play very similar ideas with the N sac on f7. Got many tactical shots from there on.

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On a side note: Rather than owning up and resigning, my opponent just disconnected and let the game auto-resign. I learned later (from other people's notes on her/his profile) that this was not the first time it happened. I wonder why such wimps play chess at all.

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Productive Year

This time the break was only from the blog, and not from the game. Over the last few months, I have been playing a few 30 min games each weekend live on chess.com with people rated roughly equal. I've also played a couple of 30 min games every day against a good mobile app by thinking down Arasan to 15% strength, which should be a range of rating slightly more challenging. Shall post at least some of those games here in coming days (Converting the pgns to repayable games on a daily basis is a hassle, since there are no apps for that, and I have to depend on chess.com).

Over the last three months I've gradually and finally realised exactly what kind of games I really like to play. With that realisation came a change in my openings as White. However, with that also came a need to find comparable openings as Black, but since Black's first few moves are generally only reactive attempts at equalising, I found no satisfactory answer at my level. So I generally feel weaker when I play the Black pieces, but not if my opponents allow me a chance to gain initiative--then I happily try to capitalise.

I believe this year will be productive in terms of improvements.

Shall post those games when I'm able to convert them.

* Spellings as per English (UK) keypad. Please pardon any irritation.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Game 20170309.001 (Chess.com)

I was comfortable throughout this game. There was not much pressure from White.



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