Monday, 31 July 2017

Grand Prix Attack beats 167 BCF

During my last club game Of the season I was able to employ the Grand Prix Attack as White with devastating effect!  I'm not sure if my opponent was just having an 'off day' and whether or not I simply 'lucked in'?  (I played the game quite quickly because I wanted to get back home in time to watch Man Utd) Nevertheless, for those players that want to learn how to play more attacking chess, there are certainly some interesting ideas in this game.  Admittedly my opponent made a couple of huge oversights which let me take the initiative early on. But advantages need to be capitalised on in chess and this was what I had to do here ...exploit the tactics of the position!

By the way, if you are wondering where I got the idea for the opening, then I can confirm that this came from a Roman's Lab DVD where the White light squared bishop gets exchanged for Black's knight.  The idea is to bring both knights to Black's kingside and use them in the attack ... I was initially dubious about exchanging bishop for knight, but the game 'played itself' in the end and my doubts were confounded .... This is my best club win to date.


As usual, any comments welcome ...

Grand Prix Attack ...




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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Funny blitz game ....!

Here is a funny blitz game I played recently played over 3 minutes .... But could Black had played a better move after Nxe5??  See if you can find it .... This is technically a lost game for White ...!


As usual, any comments welcome ...

Kings Gambit ...




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Friday, 2 January 2015

Simple tactic wins - Pawn fork

I don't think I deserved to win this game - but it ultimately came down to simple tactics. Note: my opponent had more of a monopoly on c7 than he thought ...

As usual, any comments welcome ...


Sicilian Closed System ...




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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Seirawan on the Maroczy Bind

I lost against the Maroczy Bind setup as Black earlier on this season, so I was after some advice! I found this 'youtube' lecture.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Double Rook Sac: Tactical Motif

I have recently been playing some pre-season warm-up games. I came across a nice little tactical situation in one of my games yesterday whereby I can sacrifice both my rooks and achieve a checkmate with my Queen ... This is a common tactical motif when studying the concept of 'breaking down the enemy walls and stripping the King if its defenses'. I seem to remember attempting a similar exercise on C.T.Art3, which incidentally is an excellent bit of software if you want to practice tactics.

For those not yet acquainted, tactical breakthroughs are all about giving up material in the short-term (only temporarily) and making a profit after the final exchange (or even better, winning the game with checkmate)!

As usual, any comments welcome ...





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Saturday, 26 April 2014

He didn't allow that - did he??

My opponent played the Colle System (I think?) but got next to no advantage out of the opening.

I capitalised by going on a sortee behind enemy lines with 'Her Royal Highness!' and got the gas cooking. My opponent did not find the right defense and I won a piece!! This sealed the win ...

As usual, any comments welcome ...


Colle System ...




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"I missed a pin and lost the win!"

Here I got into a Closed Sicilian and managed to squeeze my opponent. I got an early e5 in and deprived my opponent's Knight of d5, which should have proved decisive.

Unfortunately I missed a crucial pin during the same coloured Bishop ending, which allowed my opponent to hold onto to the draw ... ANNOYING

As usual, any comments welcome ...


Closed Sicilian ...




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