The Chess Wanderer

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

Saturday, June 30, 2007

First chess related award

I'm not sure if any of you were aware of this, but I've been volunteering my time to help with the Team 45 45 tournaments as a Division TD. I've assisted with the last two tournaments. The Chief Director and Conference Directors have awarded me the Division TD for the tournament. It's a thankless job, you get yelled at by angry players, and it's nice to be recognized. Anyway, just thought I'd share.


T33 Division TD of the Tournament

PawnSensei, it is our pleasure to present to you the

T33 Division TD of the Tournament award.

Your handle will be listed on the Champions Page,

and will be submitted to ICC for a membership extension.

These are very small tokens of appreciation

compared to the dedication and judgment you have shown

to the membership of Team 45 45 League.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Losing, losing, losing

On another losing streak. Plus I'm still playing mainly G15. Don't know when I'll go back to G30 30. Sometimes it feels like I'll never get used to this fast time control. Still improving though so that's a comfort at least.

I've finally gotten over my attachment to ratings. Feels good. Enables me to play more confidently. When I started playing I was really afraid of losing. I don't think you ever get completely over that feeling but it becomes less important the more games I play.

Well, better get back to my losing streak!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Quick game with a checkmate

First game I was able to use a checkmate pattern. It only worked because my opponent didn't see what I was trying to do. 6 Nxe5 was actually a mistake and a trappy move. Oh well. My excuse is that it was a G15.

[Event "ICC 10 12"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2007.05.30"]
[White "PawnSensei"]
[Black ""]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C50"]
[WhiteElo "1472"]
[BlackElo "1382"]

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. Bc4 d6
4. Nc3 Bg4
5. O-O Nd4
6. Nxe5 Bxd1
7. Bxf7+ Ke7
8. Nd5# {Black checkmated} 1-0