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Stopping the Unstoppable [08 Feb 2010|12:48pm]

Position analysis from several moves back in my current game.

As White, I was feeling pretty cocky. After a series of trades, my opponent dropped one of his pawns and allowed me to gain a passed pawn. With a strong pawn chain, I was feeling pretty good about myself when I first moved into this position, but my anticipation quickly turned to fear when I looked deeper into it.

Black to move:

What did I see to make me so afraid? Was that fear justified?

(Note: Although this is a current game, this position was established seven moves prior to the current move. Black did not make what I believed to be his optimal move here, and thus analysis of this particular position will not affect my game.)
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Baby's First Smothered Mate [04 Feb 2010|03:53pm]

It's been quiet here lately, so although I usually don't post links straight to my games, here's one I wanted to share. I always loved to see the smothered mate in action, but I'd never actually pulled one off in a real game... until now.

matthewthegreat vs. reflaxion - Colle-Zukertort Tournament, Round 4

For those who prefer sifting through PGN:

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My thoughts:

A lot of text for such a short gameCollapse )

chess openings? [29 Nov 2009|01:45pm]
Does anyone know some good sites which explore the different strategies for chess openings?
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On the Warpath [23 Sep 2009|03:00pm]

This next problem is from a game I just wrapped up. I was White, and I managed to take advantage of an early misstep and seize the initiative, launching a series of attacks and threats. In the following position, Black has just tried to prevent mate and regain some momentum with Qg5-g6 - a mistake that White intends to capitalize on.

White to move, but my question is this: what should Black do to survive in this position while giving up a minimum of material?
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A look at endgame [14 Sep 2009|10:15am]

Here's a problem from my most recent match that deals with the endgame. Kings and pawns, oh my!

We're White this time - here's the position:

What do you do? Can White win with the extra pawn, or can Black force a draw?
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win v 2000 [11 Sep 2009|02:28am]

Beat a 2000 player on FICS (20 0). Go see. Game involves a probably dodgy rook sac!

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Some more difficult setups [09 Sep 2009|09:58am]

Here are two more positions from recent games. These are tougher problems, so I won't claim to know whether what I did was right or not. Instead, let's figure it out together.

I'm Black, again.

1. Can I get away with stealing this pawn?

2. I took the pawn, and held it. (Did my opponent play his best moves, or was I lucky?) I don't want to double my pawns without anything to show for it. I'd also like to regain initiative. What can I do here? Can I even win material?

All I can say for sure is that the way I played in these situations worked out for me, and that I know my opponent didn't always make the best moves. What do the rest of you think?
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More problems from my games [08 Sep 2009|10:45am]

It's been very quiet in this community, so allow me to post a couple of problems from a recent game I played. I think these are fairly easy, so the better players might want to pass this up and just comment on the game itself. The game can be found here.

I was Black, so now you are too. What are your moves?

1. Find a single move to win material.

2. Find the best sequence of moves.

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chess_forum tourney: reflaxion vs. bastard, Part 2 [27 Aug 2009|10:47am]

reflaxion 0-1 akibathepenguin


bastard apparently deleted his journal, so I guess it's up to me to provide what little analysis I can. It's never been my strong suit though, and I took a bit of a hiatus from chess recently, so feel free to add better commentary.

The best defense is not always a good offenseCollapse )

I can't really say I expected to win, seeing as bastard is much better than I am, but at least I felt like I put up more of a fight in this game.
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Bastard 1 Steve 0 [24 Jun 2009|10:28pm]

[Event "Online Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2009.02.05"]
[Round "1"]
[White "akibathepenguin"]
[Black "chessface"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2042"]
[BlackElo "1836"]
[TimeControl "1 in 7 days"]
[Termination "akibathepenguin won by resignation"]

my thoughts and analysisCollapse )
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Here's a wild ride I just finished up: [20 Jun 2009|01:58pm]

A hard-fought win, with a bit of luckCollapse )

I think this was a big game for me. I saw a lot of things in it that I probably wouldn't have seen a couple of months ago. Even so, I still didn't fully understand it, so any analysis by those better than me is greatly appreciated. :)

A few quick notes:
My analysis - hopefully it's accurateCollapse )

Any feedback would be a great help to me. :)
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pbp anyone? [22 May 2009|08:55am]

i am rusty.

1. e4

any takers?
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[09 May 2009|03:07pm]

Hey Guys. So I'm playing this game on Facebook and I got to this position after these moves:

1. e4 c5
2. Bc4 e6
3. Nf3 a6
4. a4 d5
5. exd5 exd5
6. Ba2 Nf6
7. O-O Bg4
8. Qe1+ Be7
9. d4 Bxf3
10. gxf3

Here I got stuck and thought for a day and a half. My problem was that there were more than a few things going on and I couldn't see how to capitalize on all of them, so I didn't know which ones would be most beneficial.

At stake: His weakened king and bad pawn structure, his poorly placed bishop, his lack of queen side development, the weak c2 square, his boxed in rook(s). My problem is my pinned bishop because of my un-castled king. I have a substantial lead in development, and my king is in no harm for now, so it seems silly to castle and let him catch up. My b8 knight isn't in the game yet. If he gets in dxc5 and b4 my queen side starts to look grim. He has the bishop pair, and I have knights, which makes me think of closing up the position.

I wanted to play against his Ra1 and weak c2 with the immediate ...Nb8-c6-d4 but after Qd1 she protects c2, f3, attacks d4 which will not be defended by c5 for long, and I couldn't see a way of making that attack work. As juicy a target as that rook is, I decided to close up the queen side with 10...c4, making his light bishop lame, allowing me to push the f-pawn at some point, and using his Pd4 to protect my backwards pawn from a frontal attack. This also stops any possible play on the a1-h8 diagonal. By clogging up the queen side I can turn my attention towards his weak king.

That's my thinking, and I think if I can get ...0-0, ...Nh5, ...Bd6 in I can start an attack.

Any thoughts? Am I ok after 10...0-0 11.dxc5 Bxc5? Is there a way I can get a good attack in after an immediate 10...Nc6? Is 11.b3 anything to worry about, when his dark bishop gets to a3?
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New to community [04 May 2009|12:05am]

I've been seriously studying chess for about 2 years now, and it's just finally starting to pay off. I played this game on Facebook, and while it wasn't particularly stunning, nor did I beat a better player than me, it was the first time I felt completely in control of the game; I had a plan, I followed through, and it worked out. I don't think I made any real mistakes.

My Best Chess GameCollapse )

Any feed back from stronger players than I would be very welcome :D
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chess_forum tourney: reflaxion vs. bastard, Part 1 [02 May 2009|11:52pm]

akibathepenguin 1-0 reflaxion


Even the worst players have good games, but they still make bad moves...Collapse )
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Speed Chess Questions [09 Apr 2009|06:32pm]

In speed chess, if you check (but don't checkmate) someone are you obligated to tell them? Let's say they don't notice and then you immediately capture their King. Is that considered a legal win?

If you make an illegal move and your opponent doesn't notice and completes his move afterwards, is that allowed in speed chess?

If you make an illegal move and your opponent does notice, is the only penalty that you have to remake the move in speed chess?
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[08 Apr 2009|07:46pm]
A recent game of mine vs 144 ecf (I'm black). Nice ending even if I do say so myself.

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Oh Lord Yes [01 Apr 2009|10:04pm]


I played a real 4/1 crapper tonight
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an oldie but a goldie [21 Mar 2009|02:45pm]

i don't usually go around plugging wikipedia - but today's featured article is the old 'first move advantage' debate - and actually it's a decent article. 
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chess_forum tourney results, part 3: reflaxion vs. slloyd11 [17 Mar 2009|03:21pm]

Or: Why It's Better to Know What You're Doing When You Play Chess

Really, slloyd should be making this post, but eh.

reflaxion 0-1 chessface


I have one comment on this game: I want to pretend it never happened. I CAN'T HEAR YOU LA LA LA LA

Seriously. I thought I saw a swift attack by following 13. Qa4 with 14. Ba5, but the c6 knight ruined it. I didn't notice that 13. ... Bg4 connected the rooks (in part because it had been so long between moves), and I was so disgusted with the game that I resigned immediately after losing the knight.

chessface 1-0 reflaxion


This one was a bit less embarrassing for me. White established an early outpost on e5 and I spent much of the early game trying to rid myself of his attackers and open some space for myself.

Looking back, I wish very badly that I had played 18. ... Qd6. NO I DON'T 18. ... Rf4 was my first big mistake, and it cost me a pawn that I was never able to get back.

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