The Chess Wanderer

"Les pions sont l´âme du jeu" Francois-André Philidor, 1749

Friday, July 29, 2005

Playing and Studying

Still here. Just nothing much to say. I can only talk about studying master games and playing more long games so much. Is that a correct sentence? Anyway, I also borrowed Logical Chess from the library. Great book. I've downloaded the games into my Palm and have been reviewing them on the bus. The King attack is especially instructive for me.

I've discovered another great feature of the Pocket Chess database. I can download chess puzzles into the database and go through those too. Currently I've downloaded 50 Checkmates, which covered the different themes like Anastasia's, Morphy's, etc. Again, most instructive for learning how to attack.

Here is my Round 7 game from T28. I didn't feel too good after it was over. I was getting my butt kicked from the beginning but swindled the win on the last three moves. Very un-pretty. At least if things work out we are heading to the finals to defend our championship title. If we do I hope you guys can come out and support us against Knightly Carnage. They kicked our butts the last time we met. Here's the game:

[Event "Team 45 45 League T27"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2005.07.28"]
[Round "7"]
[White "SamuraiGoroh"]
[Black "PawnSensei"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1514"]
[BlackElo "1409"]
[TimeControl "2700+45"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. O-O Bd6 6. d3 Nf6 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bh4 g5 9. Bg3 Bg4 10. Nbd2 Nh5 11. h3 Nxg3 12. fxg3 Bh5 13. Qe1 Qe7 14. Qe3 O-O-O 15. Nb3 g4 16. Nfd2 gxh3 17. gxh3 Qe6 18. Kh2 Rdg8 19. Qf2 Qg6 20. Qf5+ Kb8 21. g4 Bxg4 22. Qxg6 fxg6 23. hxg4 g5 24. Kg3 b6 25. Nc4 Be7 26. Nxe5 Kb7 27. Rf7 Bd6 28. Rf5 h5 29. Raf1 h4+ 30. Kh3 a5 31. Nf7 Rh7 32. Nxg5 Rhg7 33. Nf7 Rxg4 34. Nxd6+ cxd6 35. Rf7+ Ka6 36. R1f2 Rg1 37. R7f6 R1g3+ 38. Kxh4 Rg1 39. Rh2 Rh8+ {White resigns} 0-1


At 7/29/2005 6:31 PM, Blogger Jim said...

I picked up a copy of Pocket Chess deluxe. So far I like it and I'm glad I found out from reading your blog that I can download puzzles - there are lots of them out there on the web, so I'll probably import some to keep me busy.

I played a game against it today and won - I set the parameters to 3 minutes a move. I was really surprised when it let me set up a tactic to win his Queen. I'm not sure if I have it set to a high enough rating. I'll have to reaserch that.

At 7/30/2005 12:16 AM, Blogger Pawnsensei said...

Hey Jim,

Yeah, if you are taking down 1800s then you probably want higher than 3 seconds. Try 5 and see if that helps.

But if you were looking for the strongest chess engine then I hope you looked at Chess Tiger and Chess Genius too. Pocket Chess doesn't try to beat those other guys with having the strongest engine but instead opts for easier to use database functionality. I have about 900 current master games on my little Palm, which I review when I have time.


At 7/30/2005 10:00 AM, Blogger fussylizard said...

Way to fight on until the end! As they say, the hardest thing to do is win a won game.

At 7/30/2005 8:52 PM, Blogger Nezha said...

congratulations.. I won too, so thats two points now. we are assured of the playoffs =>

At 8/02/2005 10:38 AM, Blogger Pawnsensei said...

I just noticed Jim said 3 minutes not 3 seconds. Jeez man!



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