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Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by takl23, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. Teyko

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    Most Recent game in the French Defense

    Event:FICS rated blitz gameWhite:Teyko (1596)Black:Skakboks (1783)Result:1-0Time Control:180+0Date:2010-02-13White Clock:0:48.971
    BlackClock:0:27.233

    1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Ngf3 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Bd3 Qb6 8. O-O cxd4 9. cxd4 Nxd4 10. Nxd4 Qxd4 11. Nf3 Qb6 12. Qa4 Qb4 13. Qc2 Qc5 14. Qa4 Qb4 15. Qd1 Nc5 16. Bd2 Qg4 17. Bb5 Bd7 18. Bxd7 Nxd7 19. h3 Qh5 20. Qa4 Be7 21. Rac1 Kd8 22. Bc3 f6 23. Rfe1 Rg8 24. Qb5 b6 25. Qc6 Rc8 26. Qxe6 Re8 27. Qxd5 fxe5 28. Nxe5 Rc7 29. Rcd1 Bf6 30. Nf7 1-0 {Black forfeits on time}

    You can play through it here at Free Internet Chess Game Database.
     
  2. Teyko

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    These positions really help win the game? Thanks. -Tina
     
  4. Thud and blunder

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    I play as well...not very active though...FIDE rating 21something...funny, it's a bit like tennis; when I started out, I thought 2000's were gods, now I'm horrified by how weak I am :)
     
  5. Chopin

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    Hey--would anyone like to play me in chess? I play on Google Chess under the name of Chopin.

    I am not a great player (Class B).
     
  6. Teyko

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    I would love to play sometime....
     
  7. Teyko

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    New Game in the Taminov Sicilian

    Teyko vs. mairipo....

    I thought this game was interesting to say the least.
     
  8. max

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    Tekyo: are you up for a game with me? I haven't done this internet stuff before but I play some.
     
  9. hankash

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    I'd be up for a match sometime. I'm not sure of my skill level though since I did not play for about 10 years + then started playing on my computer and beating Microsoft's version on level 10...after that I played someone who has always played chess and have an undefeated record against them. Maybe I'm on an intermediate level.
     
  10. Eph

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    I used to. I had a little over 2000 UCSF. I didn't have an official FIDE rating but I was 2/4 against people rated an average of about 2200.

    I don't play competitively anymore nor do I really play for fun.
     
  11. Chopin

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    Excellent. How do you suggest doing so? I play on Google Chess under the name of "Chopin," though the interface is a little clunky.

    Are there any services you use?
     
  12. Teyko

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    I play on chess.com or free internet chess. Teyko is my id for both.
     
  13. Teyko

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    Sure max...I am a bit rusty...no studying just blitz, but I'd be happy to play.
     
  14. mikeler

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    Yahoo chess is free and has a ton of users on it. If you are already have a Yahoo account then you are all set to play.
     
  15. Power Player

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    I got a blackberry app that lets me play on the FICS. Does that mean that anyone on there regardless of app or computer can play me if it talks to the FCIS? Because that is really cool.

    I suck, but I used to play a lot. I have to figure out what to focus on first to get my game back.
     
  16. mikeler

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    I'm still hoping they come out with a Yahoo iPhone app.
     
  17. Power Player

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    You should get one that runs through the FICS. It is really really cool. I bet there is one for that too.
     
  18. Teyko

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    Just found a freebie that I'm going to try out on FICS.
     
  20. Power Player

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    nice..see if you can find me on there sometime. I'm stringbreaker . I REALLY have no game right now though, but I would like to try and return to form. I used to be pretty good.
     
  21. Power Player

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    Ok I am playing the comuter practicing some openings and I see how they get you to buy the program. You can go online and play anyone you want for free using the FICS, BUT if you want to play the computer over level 1, you have to buy the game. I think it is impossible to lose on level 1. The computer will take a pawn with it's rook, clearly giving that piece away for no reason..just dumb stuff like that which ruins the practice. It's kind of funny because it will gladly give up it's queen just to put you in check.

    I am still trying to figure out how to castle on it..I know you can because the computer does it.

    I like having an AI to jam out with because sometimes you can not committ to a match with another person. What I love is that it has a chat feature so you can talk with the person you are playing.
     
  22. Power Player

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    That was sweet. I love how you used the rooks to protect the backline. White also made some seriously questionable decisions..lol. It's real cool how you can replay the match like that..completely awesome way to learn.
     
  23. mikeler

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    Yahoo chess has chat on it. Sometimes you get weirdos who start cussing you out for no reason. Other times they cuss me out because I won't let them undo a move. I still need to get an account on the FICS. Played 2 games as guest yesterday.
     
  24. Power Player

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    I need to practice some more before I take it online..especially because many of the games are timed and pretty fast. I need a little time to think things out still. I'm not on the level of speed chess yet.
     
  25. Power Player

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    here is a game I just played. I made a bad mistake early in but recovered. My opponent made awful mistakes later in the game.

    Maybe some of you guys can tell from i how decent I am so far.

    1. e2-e4 g8-f6
    2. f2-f3 e7-e6
    3. e4-e5 f6-d5
    4. c2-c4 f8-c5
    5. c4xd5 o-o
    6. d2-d4 c5-b4+
    7. c1-d2 d8-h4+
    8. g2-g3 h4xd4
    9. d1-a4 b8-a6
    10. a2-a3 d4xb2
    11. a3xb4 e6xd5
    12. d2-c3 b2-c1+
    13. e1-f2 f8-e8
    14. g1-e2 c1-g5
    15. a4-b3 c7-c6
    16. b4-b5 a6-c5
    17. b3-b4 b7-b6
    18. b5xc6 c5-d3+
    19. f2-g1 d3xb4
    20. c3xb4 d7xc6
    21. b4-d6 a7-a5
    22. b1-c3 g5-d2
    23. h2-h4 c8-a6
    24. d6-c7 d5-d4
    25. c7xb6 d4xc3
    26. b6xa5 d2-b2
    27. a1-e1 e8xe5
    28. f3-f4 e5xa5
    29. e2xc3 b2xc3
    30. e1-e7 c3xg3+
    31. f1-g2 a5-a1+
    32. e7-e1 a1-a2
    33. e1-e7 a2xg2++
     
  26. RoddickAce

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    Pretty convingly defeated a 1790 (who dropped to 1766).

    I played as white. In not wanting to give up position, he made several blunders that allowed me to attack quite easily.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx_K0WecCac

    [White "Milos Raonic"]
    [Black "eddyfr"]
    [Event "InstantChess"]
    [BlackElo "1766"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [ICCause "0"]
    [ICEcause "2"]
    [Annotator "Milos Raonic"]

    1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.e3 Bf5 4.c4 Nbd7 5.Nc3 c6 6.cxd5 cxd5 7.Bb5 h6 8.Ne5 e6 9.Qa4 a6 10.Bxd7+ Nxd7 11.Nxd7 b5 12.Nf6+ Qxf6 13.Nxb5 Kd8 14.Qa5+ Ke8 15.Nc7+ 1-0
     
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  27. mikeler

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    Wow, this thread was over a year old before it came back. Playing more FICS on my phone lately than Yahoo chess on the computer.
     
  28. Chopin

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    Let's play on the FICS, my good sir.

    Best,
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  29. pc1

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    I used to play every day. I was so into chess that I would forget to eat some days since I was playing the game all the time.

    Many years ago a group of us in High School formed a chess team and we did fairly well in competition. One of the players, the third board went to the same University I did. He used to play every day in the cafeteria and beat up on a chess group there and he also played often after the normal school day. He developed the reputation at the school of being by far the best player there. But he did see me hanging around never saying much and I think he wanted to defeat me and prove he truly was the best there. He set up an intramural chess tournament and begged me to enter. I finally relented and entered. We both reached the finals. I will preface the following by writing he could be very obnoxious and he was a bit insecure. We all knew this in High School but tolerated it since he was a part of our team.

    Anyway the night before we were suppose to play to see who would win the intramural chess tournament I walked past his dorm room where he was playing chess with a group of his buddies. As usual he was insulting them and beating up on them. He egged me on to play him. We played about twenty games of speed chess and he lost all twenty. I knew the look, he was totally demoralized. I showed up the next day to meet him in the final and he wasn't there. I arranged another time with him and he didn't show up. Finally I spoke to one of the people in the school and I just told them to make us the co-winners of the intramural chess tournament. I figured it being recognized as the best in the school meant too much to him and I didn't want to wreck it.

    This was actually another reason I quit playing chess competitively. It's better to play for fun and enjoyment. Stuff like what happened with the intramural tournament is not fun at all. I wasn't getting any enjoyment from playing anymore.

    I will point out that I'm not that good a player, it's just that I knew my buddies style and my style was very tough for him.
     
  30. Chopin

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    Good story, PC1. You're a gentleman. Would you like to play a game for fun sometime on the FICS? I could probably learn a lot from you.

    Best,
    Chopin
     
  31. max

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    Good story, too. I used to play. My context doesn't allow it now.
     
  32. pc1

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    I'm not that good Chopin but thanks for the offer. Maybe in the future.
     
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    chess...

    I don't profess to be very good..sometimes I play really well; other times, I lose my focus.

    I play on Gameknot if anyone cares to play a game, let me know.
     
  34. NaeviusTennis

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    I was a bit of a prodigy in my junior years, I was part of USCF and won one junior state championship and was runner-up another time. Thrived mostly on English Open, Ruy Lopez, French defense.

    Rarely play now.
     
  35. Chopin

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    Well, neither am I! Ha. Regardless, you're a friend of Club Chopin.
     
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    I started playing chess.. Anyone have tips on how to improve?
     
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    chessjam is an excellent site to play , i used to play for like hours and for months till i realized its too addictive and i put an end to it . we can choose to play others from different countries or we can play with bots , my score went up till 1800s and then i gave up any one with 1850+ score will give u some hard time there :)
     
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    after i beat deep blue, i retired;)
     
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    As a beginner- apply a "sanity check" to every move. Before making each move, ask yourself-- does it move a piece into danger? Does it leave a piece in danger? Are you neglecting an opportunity to grab a piece?

    Also-- ask yourself: If I were the opponent, what would I do after seeing this move? Don't get so caught up in your own plans that you forget that the opponent also has plans.

    Don't obsess too much about openings. Someone once said that below master level all openings are sound and he may have been right. The main goal of your opening is to get you to a solid and playable midgame.

    Play a lot-- not blitz. Record your games and analyze them after the fact, especially your losses. Always be looking for tactics (pins, forks and skewers) and learn to spot them by doing tactical puzzles (these last couple things I never did, and it's probably a big reason why I never got any good at chess).
     
  40. Thud and blunder

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    Tips for beginners / intermediates, on top of Avles' good advice above:

    A lot of tactics comes down to awareness of undefended pieces or pawns, both one's own and one's opponents. I saw this described in one book as LPDO (loose pieces drop off)...develop this awareness.

    Trite but effective: make lots of threats; sooner or later, your opponent will overlook one.

    Mobilise your forces; don't try to go on a heroic mission with two or three pieces; you will most likely be rebuffed with loss of time.

    If you really can't think what to do, improve the position of your worst piece.
     
  41. Hot Sauce

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    I'm having trouble recognizing how to set-up check mates. I played my friend yesterday and I had to kill all of his pieces until I was able to check mate him.
     
  42. The Meat

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    I usually try to force my opponent to castle which allows me to come in with my bishop/queen/rook and checkmate him while he's boxed in the corners. There's an entire page on the web dedicated to setting up checkmates when your opponent castles.

    If your opponent doesn't castle and has freedom of movement always have your queen setup with a bishop and a few pawns and corner him. ALWAYS protect the queen because it's the ultimate attacking piece, if you lose it you will be severely crippled offensively.
     
  43. Thud and blunder

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    It's just habituation; you'll develop this vision over time.

    Having said that, your strategy is a good one...gain a material superiority and then exchange down ruthlessly...the idea being 10 vs 9 may be good, but 2 vs 1 is a whole lot better. So don't stress about not recognising mates in the middlegame...if you can hoover up material, and then simplify, well, that's just sensible chess.

    Over time, you'll develop your vision of the basic checkmates

    eg the simple back rank mate:

    [​IMG]

    and progressively more complex...

    A perennial favourite, smothered mate:

    [​IMG]

    White wins by Nf7 Kg8, Nh6 Kh8, Qg8 Rxg8, Nf7 mate :)

    The better you get, the more you see the board in terms of patterns or chunks, instead of pieces and moves, but there's no shortcut; you have to develop your pattern recognition with experience.
     
  44. Thud and blunder

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    BTW, LPDO (loose pieces drop off) will improve anyone's game, at virtually any level.

    Here's a puzzle I saw right after my LPDO post the other day:

    White to play:

    [​IMG]

    Took me one second, maybe two, but only because I was focussed on LPDO.

    Even the best take their eye off the ball; here a former World Champion loses in 12 moves:

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1069116
    (ha, I see whoever uploaded the game titled it L.P.D.O).

    Black's 11...Bd6 leaves both Bd6 and Nh5 loose, and after the double attack 12 Qd1, black loses one of them...oops.
     
  45. Avles

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    Most chess matches aren't won with spectacular checkmates-- they're won by gaining an overwhelming material advantage, very often by queening a pawn ("material" here basically means "pieces"). Lots of games end when one player realizes that he can't stop his opponent from queening a pawn and resigns.

    It's good to look for mating opportunities (sometimes you can use the threat of mate to win material). But you will usually win your matches by gaining (and exploiting) material advantages.

    In case you don't know how much pieces are worth:

    Queen= 9 points
    Rook= 5 points
    Bishop = 3 points
    Knight = 3 points
    Pawn = 1 point

    The player with more points on the board usually has an advantage (unless he has a markedly worse position).
     
  46. Avles

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    Castling usually makes the king safer and brings a rook into the action. So it's very often a good move and in most matches both players will try to castle sooner or later.

    Freedom of movement is not a big plus for a king because he can only move 1 square and it can mean that he's exposed to long range attack. Ideally you want your king cozily in the castled position protected by three pawns.

    Good advice not to attack with the queen alone--she can't accomplish much without backup and her unparalleled value means it's usually impossible to effectively defend her with a piece. So she has to run away when attacked by a knight or any defended piece, and this often means that your opponent can develop pieces while chasing your queen around the board.
     
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    Good examples.
     
  48. Hot Sauce

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    Hi guys, just checking back in.

    I'm still ass at chess. Downloaded Droidfish, not sure what to do with it. I've been playing some games with friends but I don't feel like I learn much from just playing.
     
  49. NickC

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    Play against the computer. Work your way up from level one until you can't beat the computer, and then keep playing at that level.

    Or find somewhere to play online.
     
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