Saturday, December 11, 2004

A small understanding

I'm just beginning to grasp the point of the opening. The way I see it, the purpose of the opening is offensive and defensive. A good opening mobilizes the units to create the greatest number of quality opportunities, while establishing the fewest opportunities for my opponent.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Another blood bath

This just shredded the center. A quick recreational game. (FYI, I have two better games from last night. I'll try to post soon.)

[Event ""]
[Site ""]
[Date "2004.12.9"]
[Round ""]
[White "Me"]
[Black "Jonesie (CM 904)"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qe3 e5 5.Nf3 Qc7 6.Bc4 Qb6 7.O-O Qxe3 8.Bxe3 d5 9.Bxd5 Nb4 10.Nc3 Be7 11.Bc4 Kf8 12.Rad1 Be6 13.b3 a6 14.a3 Nxc2 15.a4 Rb8 16.Rd2 Nb4 17.Rfd1 Re8 18.Nxe5 Bg4 19.Bxf7 Rc8 20.Bd5 Bxd1 21.Rxd1 Nxd5 22.exd5 Rxc3 23.d6 Bf6 24.d7 Bd8 25.b4 Ne7 26.Bc5 b5 27.axb5 Rb3 28.bxa6 Rg8 29.a7 Ra3 30.b5 Ra4 31.b6 Ra6 32.b7 g6 33.b8=Q Kg7 34.a8=Q Rxa8 35.Qxa8 Nf5 36.Rb1 Nh4 37.Rb8 g5 38.Rxd8 Rxd8 39.Qxd8 Nf3+ 40.gxf3 Kh6 41.Bf8+ Kh5 42.Qf6 g4 43.Qh6# 1-0

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

A blood bath

If the computer wants to make a few stupid moves, who am I to stop it?

[Event "Recreational"]
[Site "Wake Forest"]
[Date "2004.12.7"]
[Round ""]
[White "Me"]
[Black "Anders"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "oft "]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Bc4 a5 5.Bb5+ Nd7 6.d3 Nf6 7.Bg5 Nxe4 8.Bxd8 Nxc3 9.bxc3 Kxd8 10.d4 exd4 11.cxd4 Ra6 12.Bxa6 Be7 13.Bc4 f5 14.dxc5 dxc5 15.O-O Ke8 16.Re1 Kf8 17.Qe2 Ne5 18.Qxe5 Be6 19.Qxe6 a4 20.Qxe7# 1-0

Monday, December 06, 2004

CM didn't see it

I upgraded to CM 10 yesterday. I love it.

[Event "Recreational"]
[Site "Wake Forest"]
[Date "2004.12.6"]
[Round ""]
[White "Me"]
[Black "Duke"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "oft "]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.e4 d6 4.d4 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.O-O O-O 7.Re1 Ne8 8.Be3 Nb6 9.Qd3 Bf5 10.exf5 exd4 11.Nxd4 Nxc4 12.Qxc4 Nf6 13.Rad1 Ng4 14.Nd5 Ne5 15.Qe2 Qd7 16.f4 Bh4 17.g3 Rfb8 18.fxe5 Qe7 19.Bf4 Qf8 20.gxh4 c6 21.Nc7 Qc8 22.Nxa8 Qe8 23.Nc7 Qe7 24.exd6 Qf8 25.Nf3 Rc8 26.Rd4 h6 27.Re4 Kh8 28.Re8 c5 29.Rxf8+ Rxf8 30.Qe4 c4 31.f6 g5 32.hxg5 hxg5 33.Nxg5 a6 34.Qh7# 1-0

The only way I had mate in two from 32 was a horrible 33... a6. The game was over no matter what, but that response allowed me to play a one-two knockout punch.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Case in point, part 2

This game was played against the computer, but on a real board. I had a much improved command of the field, although it helps that black played horrendously. BTW, I just love checkmate on a relatively full board.

[Event "Recreational"]
[Site "Wake Forest"]
[Date "2004.12.05"]
[Round "NA"]
[White "Me"]
[Black "Simon (Chessmaster)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteUSCF "?"]
[BlackUSCF "785"]
[ECO "?"]
[Opening "?"]
[Variation "?"]
[Sub-Variation "?"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 a6 4.d4 Nf6 5.Bc4 h6 6.Bf4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Bb4 8.Qd3 g5 9.Be5 Qa5 10. Bxf6 O-O 11.O-O-O g4 12.Qe3 h5 13.Qh6 Qg5+ 14.Qxg5+ Kh7 15.Qg7# 1-0

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Case in point

Here's a case in point about my previous post. I'm playing one of Chessmaster's poorest players in order to hone my attack. However, I played this completely on computer. The result: numerous missed mates. There's no question I dominated, but I was careless, sloppy and relatively planless. Not a satisfying win.

White: Me
Black: Chessmaster 7000 (Skippy 402)

1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.d4 exd4 5.e5 Na5 6.Nxd4 Nb3 7.axb3 b6 8.exf6 Qxf6 9.Ne4 Qh4 10.Qe2 Qe7 11.Bg5 Qe5 12.Rd1 a6 13.g3 b5 14.Bh3 Bb4+ 15.c3 Be7 16.O-O Bxg5 17.Nxg5 Qxe2 18.Nxe2 c6 19.Rfe1 f6 20.Nf4+ Kf8 21.Nf3 f5 22.Ne5 a5 23.Nxd7+ Kf7 24.Nb6 Ra7 25.Rd6 h5 26.Rxc6 Rd8 27.Nxc8 g6 28.Nd6+ Kg7 29.Ne8+ Kh8 30.Rxg6 Ra6 31.Rxa6 a4 32.Bxf5 Rd6 33.Rxd6 axb3 34.Rh6+ Kg8 35.Re7 b4 36.Nf6+ Kf8 37.Reh7 bxc3 38.Ne6# 1-0

Screen vs. board

I'm playing chess again after a number of years away. Back then, I played almost exclusively on computer. In those few games that I did play at a board, I noticed I couldn't "see" the board as well as when I was staring at a flat, 2D representation of the board on a computer screen. On the real board, I'd miss long moves by rooks or bishops.

Today, it's almost the opposite. I'm far more comfortable playing at a board. In fact, I'll sometimes play a computer match on a real board and then dictate each move back to the computer. I'm able to study the positions better on a real board. I have more patience and am more deliberate on a real board.

On the computer, I am more likely to make rash moves and consequently pay the steeper penalties. The game seems more frivolous to me.