Thursday, November 23, 2006



I have been doing some reading in the Art of Logical Thinking, finishing up Ponomariov vs Conquest and getting into Vladimir Kovacevic vs Yasser Seirawan (1980). These seem like good game choices, and I can grasp the ideas in the annotations.

I don't know anything about the Caro-Kann Defense (Ponomariov vs Conquest). I have read several people discourage beginning and intermediate players from using that as Black, although it has a solid reputation. I get the impression that it is similar to the Petroff in that Black's attitude is more about not losing than it is about winning, and maybe more about getting to an endgame rather than a quick tactical miniature. Anyone have any opinions?

Thursday, November 16, 2006


I Feel Good

... to quote singer James Brown. I received a gift in a recent blitz game.

White to Move

I was White and boldly took the Bishop with Qxd7. Black took the sacrifice (ouch!) ...Qxd7. Fork, fork,...

Saturday, November 11, 2006



Black to Move

I have not done much with chess recently, but occasionally I get in a little blitz, checkmate problems, and some TCT review. Oh, also a couple of annotated games each month. It just isn't the same as when I was doing the circles, as my board vision is really poor now.

Although I enjoy blitz, I there isn't enough time to appreciate the endgame. I was White in this position and had not accurately calculated Black's options. I now think this is a nice little endgame problem, one path leading to a quick demise, another leading to chances.

Answer:[ ...a6! and now Black can meet b7 with ..Kc7]

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