The Chess Wanderer

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

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Passing 1500

An ugly game but a win nonetheless. A little behind schedule to hit 1600 by October so I'm adjusting to October 31. The books are slow reading. The main reason is I actually need a board to read them. I've tried using just the books but it's too hard to follow without a board. That and I barely have time to play one game a day. I'll keep trucking though and see where it takes me.

On a different note, here is a game I played yesterday that had a famous endgame position. Good thing I read those Heisman articles. I'm playing White.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. Bc4 Bg7 6. Be3 e6 7. O-O Nge7 8. Nc3 a6 9. Qd2 Ne5 10. Bb3 Ng4 11. Bg5 f6 12. f3 fxg5 13. fxg4 Qb6 14. Rad1 Nc6 15. Ne2 h6 16. Kh1 Ne5 17. h3 Qc7 18. c3 b5 19. Nf3 Bb7 20. Nxe5 Bxe5 21. Qd3 O-O-O 22. Rf7 Qc6 23. Nd4 Qxe4 24. Qxe4 Bxe4 25. Re1 Bxd4 26. cxd4 Bc6 27. Rc1 Rhe8 28. d5 exd5 29. Bxd5 Kb8 30. Bxc6 dxc6 31. Rxc6 Re1+ 32. Kh2 Re2 33. Rxg6 Rxb2 34. Rxa6 Rdd2 35. Rxh6 Rxg2+ 36. Kh1 Rgc2 37. Rh8+ Rc8 38. Rxc8+ Kxc8 39. a3 Rb3 40. Rf5 Rxh3+ 41. Kg2 Rxa3 42. Rxb5 Ra2+ 43. Kf3 Ra3+ 44. Ke4 Ra4+ 45. Kf5 Kc7 46. Kxg5 Kc6 47. Rf5 Kd6 48. Kh5 Ke6 49. Rf1 Ra8 50. Kh6 Ra2 51. g5 Rh2+ 52. Kg7 Rg2 53. g6 Ra2 54. Kh7 Rh2+ 55. Kg8 Rg2 56. g7 Ke7 57. Rf4 Rh2 58. Re4+ Kf6 59. Kf8 Rg2 60. g8=Q Rxg8+ 61. Kxg8 Kf5 62. Re1 Kf4 63. Kf7 Kf3 64. Kf6 Kf2 65. Re4 Kf3 66. Kf5 Kg3 67. Rf4 Kg2 68. Kg4 Kh2 69. Rf2+ Kg1 70. Kg3 {Black resigns} 1-0

I wish everyone good health.


Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Sorry for the absence

My Dad was recently diagnosed with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma. I've taken time off of work to help him through this tough time. Haven't played more than a handful of games in the last couple of months because our days are packed with medical preparations. MRIs, CT Scans, doctor's appointments, etc. We've been to Stanford Medical and UCLA. Anyway, just thought I'd drop by and update everyone. Please pray for my father if you have a religion. Thanks.