April has not been the kindest chess month for me. It should have been my best, as I was one move away from beating a titled player … and then I blundered. I threw the game away in the most heartbreaking, disappointing way possible. Seriously, I spent about three days wondering whether I should just give chess up rather than dealing with such disappointment.
I rebounded, in a way. I beat two players with rating over 2000, one over 2100, but I still felt unmotivated. I stopped studying and took a break. That time off seemed to energize me, as I’m back to normal now, more or less. That loss will forever haunt my dreams, though … Continue reading
This game was special. For one, it pushed me to 1990 rating, and my next win (which happened on the very same day) pushed me over 2000 rating for the first time. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, I thought it was one of the best games I had ever played. Ever.
It certainly was a good game, against a good 1800-ish opponent, but time away and deep analysis has exposed some blemishes. Still, as far as positional games go, it was a treat to play, and when he finally resigned I felt a surge of excitement I hadn’t felt over a chess victory in a long time.
Quick background: the game started out as a Nimzo, then transposed into a QGD structure. I made a freeing tactic which turned the game into a related but unique structure, and I then used my bad Bishop to outplay a good Knight before simplifying into a better endgame. Pfew. Continue reading
YES I DID IT!
My rating is over 9000! Er, I mean, 2000!
Over the weekend, instead of watching the Superbowl, I mostly played chess. I play correspondence chess, and I had a few opponents on at roughly the same time. We exchanged moves quickly, or as quickly as correspondence chess allows, and soon I had three games approaching the 40th move. I had a growing advantage in all three, and suddenly all three were over.
In the aftermath of all the resignations, amid the smoke and smouldering rubble, I peeked at my rating: 2005. I had done it! I had accomplished one of my long-standing chess goals! Continue reading
I figure once a month I will analyze one of my games. This will be good practice, as analysis is perhaps the best way improve your chess game, especially if you can find and correct your mistakes. I won’t just put down variations but will explain key and interesting positions, as that seems more useful.
This month I only played one game, so the choice is easy. It was played at chess.com, and you find the whole game here. I played the Black side of the Colle system, and despite getting a slightly better endgame, I could not finish off the game. My opponent, though roughly 150 points lower rated than me, defended very well.
Without further ado, let’s look at the game. Continue reading