The Chess Wanderer

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

Thursday, October 27, 2005

"Ok ok ok ok" - Leo Getz (Lethal Weapon 2)

I know I've been slacking on updating everyone on my chess progress so bear with me as I go over the last couple of months, briefly.

Opening Study
I completed my opening rep. and have been putting it to good use over the last couple of months. No major tweaking so far but I still forget some of the lines I play and leave book before my opponents.

One of the great benefits of opening study is you kill two birds with one stone. First, you increase your rep. with each game you play and analyze. Second, opening study is basically studying the first handful of moves of current master games.

Studying Master Games
This has turned out to be a daunting task. I try to review at least two or three games a day on my Palm while I'm on the bus or at a coffee shop. After a month I'm still on the same issue of TWIC! Heh. By the time I'm done with the thousand games in that issue my grandkids should be here.

Thank goodness for Fritz. There are a few games where I was completely lost. I kept asking myself "Why doesn't he just take the Queen?" or "What was that Rook move for?". Mr. Fritz can usually clear things up pretty quickly.

Playing, playing, playing
I brought down the time limit of my games considerably. This allows me to get more games in every day as well as force me to play with a faster time control. I was prompted to do this after my coach told me that I take a long time to arrive at an incorrect move. This is due to not looking at the immediate threats (captures, mate threats, etc.) I figure, the more wrong moves I play in a short time period, the faster I'll learn to think correctly. Of course each game is followed by the ritual head slapping and "Stupid idiot!" "WTH was that?! Look at all captures you dummy!" Kind of like Self Flagellation, in homage to PMD's site.

Chess coach
Did I just say chess coach? Yup. I don't know if anyone one remembers way back in March when I posed the question about hiring a chess coach. Well I did, and I just completed my eleventh (and final for this year) lesson in September. There was a LOT of stuff to absorb and to work on for the forseeable future. His advice has helped to focus my studies and point out the problems in my thought process. Most of these things I've pointed out in previous blog entries but one of the most important was where the big gaps in my knowledge was coming from.

If anyone else is considering a coach I would not hesitate to recommend him. Leave me a comment and I'll get the info to you.

Well that's about it for now. I'll post one of my more interesting games in my next entry for your amusement.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The funniest thing I ever heard of

Posted on BCC today. Collegiate drinking chess!

Monday, October 24, 2005

Team DeLaMaza is going to the finals

DeLaMaza is going to the big show for the third time in a row baby! Good luck guys, and make us proud.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Tough week for Team DeLaMaza

U2000 lost to MFO. Total MP 1.
U1800 lost to MFO. Total MP 2.
U1600 lost to Squared Vision. Total MP 3.5.

Things are really heating up for the U1600 section folks. With Squared Vision's win they are still in the running for the Division Finals. Also, if All Good People III win their next game they will take the lead from DeLaMaza with a 0.5 point lead in Game Points. Round 6 is looking to be the make it or break it round for the Erg Section. Go team!

Jim just pointed out that U1600 now has 4MP. Looks like there was a disqualification in Round 4. I'm not sure what happend. As it stands now, as long as U1600 draws Round 6 they move on to the Finals!

Thursday, October 13, 2005


Started using bloglines yesterday. It's a neat website with an inadequate help page IMO.

Can someone please explain the Bloglines Notifier and the Public vs Private Access options? Thanks.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

T28 Round 4

U2000 lost to The Hot Rock, current MPs 1.0.

U1800 is hinging on Lliamah's game against Rockazb of the Dilligaf team. There is added drama because the winner of this round will take the lead in MPs.

U1600 drew against All Good People III but maintains the lead with 3.5 MP.

Personally I've been playing a lot more games on ICC. My rating has dropped 100 points, mostly to blunders and time trouble, but I'm feeling a lot more comfortable with my game. That might be due to my opening study. I'm also learning how to find the turning point in my games in the postmortem. Even with the ratings drop I feel like I'm really close to breaking into C class for the first time.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

T28 Round 3

Round three is now complete. Here is the scoreboard.

U2000 lost to Fritz Using Cheaters. Match Points 1.0.

U1800 drew against Poisoned Pawns, another veteran group. Match Points 1.5.

U1600 won against The Maroczy Blind. Match Points 3.0 and maintains the lead.