Friday, April 28, 2006


Still Working on Circle 5

The problem solving is going along fairly well. I hope to have some extra time this weekend to review some annotated games. Speaking a which I wanted to post something about Varuzhan Akobian. Like many players struggling to improve, I have been following his instructional game reviews on Chess.FM, gleaning as much as I could through the rapid, heavily Eastern-European tones. Repeatedly I have guided my mouse to the pause button, reflected on what he was saying, and concluded that each idea was reasonable.

His approach seems simple, solid, and logical. He plays well-known openings, ones that lead towards a natural middlegame that even I can understand. I find this perplexing, as he is a GM. Long ago I incorrectly suspected that he only showed his simpler games on Chess.FM for the sake of the beginning and intermediate viewers, but since then I have seem him play on the ICC and that is his style. There are countless lower rated experts and masters who I cannot follow worth a darn. This seems to be a bit of a puzzle. Anyway, I think that compared with other GMs, Varuzhan's approach is closer to what a intermediate player could realistically hope to emulate.


TCT Results

Circle 1Circle 2Circle 3Circle 4Circle 5Circle 6Circle 7
Step 197%99%99%100%r
Step 293%96%95%97%96%99%100%
Step 393%97%97%96%96%98%99%
Step 480%86%90%92%89%
Step 574%77%83%87%89%*

Well, we all need a role model in this game (atleast that's the way i feel about it)... Maybe Akobian is the one for you ;-)

My problem is that there are so many great players to choose from, which makes it hard for me to choose one. On the other hand... Having a whole bunch of role models isn't bad either, is it?
A bunch of role models sounds fine to me :-).
Great recommendation. I'll have to give Akobian a try. Thanks.
It's always striking to listen to a GM discuss play. They aren't necessarily going that many moves deep, yet I find myself saying, "Oh yeah. That's a good idea." It's sort of frustrating to feel that competency isn't that far away, but I just can't get there.
>It's sort of frustrating to feel that competency isn't that far away, but I just can't get there.

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