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Old 08-20-2014, 07:50 PM   #101
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Re: Mid-high level improvement thread

Round 3 and another 1900 player. I decided to use the same line as in my club championship playoff, but with Black this time.

http://chess.tuxtown.net/game-replay...c0be81c164ffcd

Tomorrow a 7 hour train journey, so lots of time to analyse stuff! The tournament is in a casino, but I'll try to stay away from the poker tables. Apparently there is a tournament on the day after the chess finishes, its 120+30 euro (lol rake) but French live players are surely horrendous.

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Old 08-21-2014, 08:50 AM   #102
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Round 3 and another 1900 player. I decided to use the same line as in my club championship playoff, but with Black this time.

http://chess.tuxtown.net/game-replay...c0be81c164ffcd

Tomorrow a 7 hour train journey, so lots of time to analyse stuff! The tournament is in a casino, but I'll try to stay away from the poker tables. Apparently there is a tournament on the day after the chess finishes, its 120+30 euro (lol rake) but French live players are surely horrendous.
Really enjoyed that game, it was a very instructive/thematic KID attack for black. Well played, and nice use of tactics as well.
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Old 08-21-2014, 05:31 PM   #103
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i did get a chuckle out of a 2 knights turning into what's basically a KID
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:43 AM   #104
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No money in chess, everyone is solid.

http://chess.tuxtown.net/game-replay...70411596cc1d23

Ugh...Can't remember the last time I got crushed that bad. And by a 1900 :/
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Old 08-25-2014, 02:13 PM   #105
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I don't know the theory here, but is 6. Qh5+ no good? Both players allowed it for a couple of moves, so it must not be a good idea but I don't know why.
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Old 08-27-2014, 05:44 PM   #106
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Qh5+ is possible, but you probably want to have a concrete follow up- otherwise you are helping me develop with Nf6. Of course my king is worse on f8, but is it worth 2 moves?

Back on track after that loss, 3 wins in a row. The first 2 were lower rated, but beat a 2350 IM today. Tomorrow is another IM, 2470 this time.
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Old 08-27-2014, 07:48 PM   #107
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You gotta show us a game where you beat an IM
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Old 08-28-2014, 05:42 PM   #108
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http://chess.tuxtown.net/game/view/i...a73c4273520aa8

Can't believe I missed 22.Bd6, I was down to increment already but that is bad time management and I should still be spotting it in that time. Somehow I still managed to get the win.

Drew today, 2350 tomorrow as White, so a win would set up a match for one of the top places in the final round.
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Old 08-29-2014, 02:52 AM   #109
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lol 1.c4 d5. Good job switching to 1.e4 mode after his opening silliness. Was the IM Shirazi
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Old 08-29-2014, 04:47 AM   #110
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1... d5 is not a big deal, what's worth laughing at are 2... Qxd5 and 3... Qa5? (known as the Malvinas Variation of the Anglo-Scandi) and especially his delay with castling in the open position.

Both 2... Nf6 (the Schulz Gambit) and 2... Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd6!? are quite playable.

The Anglo-Scandi so new that much more games are found on FICSgames than even Chessbase; at the 2000-2200 level on FICS (as well as in the whole DB), 1... d5 constitutes 3-4% of all responses to 1. c4. I guess that's because a few computers and regs play it every time. The Qd6 line (apparently ported from the usual Scandi) even scores better for Black than for White for some reason.

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Old 08-29-2014, 06:40 AM   #111
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lol 1.c4 d5. Good job switching to 1.e4 mode after his opening silliness. Was the IM Shirazi
No although Shirazi is in the tournament My buddy is playing him today.

Yeah not really sure why he went 1...d5, I'm surprised that opening even has a name
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:32 AM   #112
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I've decided to run a couple of 2 | 12 Stockfish vs Stockfish games in the Qd6 line

Game 1 (4. Nf3) (Black sacked a pawn to get an opposite colour bishops endgame )

Game 2 (4. d4) (Black was playing on increments by move 20 already, and the pair of bishops, the open c-file and the vulnerable queen decided the game)

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Old 08-29-2014, 09:51 AM   #113
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It's not a bad opening perhaps, but it seems kind of pointless. It's not like learning something offbeat like the Chigorin or Albin Countergambit, where there are enough traps that you can trick someone if he's not careful. You just put your Queen on a silly square and give up central control for no particular reason. Plus, White can just play 2.d4 and go into a Queen's gambit, so it's not even a guaranteed way to get out of book.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:54 PM   #114
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Beat another 2350 IM, but played like a complete fish.

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Old 08-29-2014, 01:01 PM   #115
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Congrats man! Link to the tourney?
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Old 08-29-2014, 05:23 PM   #116
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http://www.echecs.asso.fr/FicheTournoi.aspx?Ref=29701

Board 1 in the final round

Not entirely sure about strategy going into the game. I believe prizes are not shared so a draw would guarantee him first. However my tiebreak isn't good so I really need a win for a decent prize. It's hard to tell what he will do, draw offers aren't allowed before move 30 either.
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:46 PM   #117
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GL in the last round man. Great result so far already.
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Old 08-30-2014, 03:23 PM   #118
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Lost it unfortunately

I didn't play very well this tourney, but still gained around 15 points so happy enough considering it was meant to be a warm-up for the Club Cup.
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Old 08-31-2014, 04:49 AM   #119
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Who are you playing for in the ECC? Gutted not to be going there this year
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Old 08-31-2014, 10:42 PM   #120
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Old 09-06-2014, 01:40 PM   #121
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Apologies for the lack of updates, still been doing a lot of work since I got back from France, mainly on the workbooks. Just started Endgame Play (funny aside: a random girl on the train pointed out that most of the titles in this series are sexual innuendos viz: Positional Play, Attack and Defence )
here is a puzzle I got wrong:



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Old 09-10-2014, 04:37 PM   #122
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http://chess.tuxtown.net/game-replay...90c7c19cfcc711

This game has taken me for ever to analyse...and I've kind of skimmed over the endgame. Not checked the variations with a computer yet so expect many errors (long analysis wrong analysis)
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Old 09-14-2014, 08:10 PM   #123
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goldaxe drew vs 2459 in Rnd 1 of the European Club Cup. GL further!
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Old 09-14-2014, 09:39 PM   #124
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Great start. Is the event on chess-results?
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Old 09-14-2014, 09:51 PM   #125
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Great start. Is the event on chess-results?
http://europeanchessclubcup2014.com/wwwOpen/
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