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Slow Swiss #5 - Round 2 game

Round 2 - Cripes, another opponent whom I believe is about 477 points or so higher than me in rating?   For Cripe's sake.  How on EARTH am I going to do that?   I was even mildly irritated that three rating points were at stake.  "well," I thought.  "that's three more points down the drain..."
Forget ratings, Cris Angel!  Just do your best!
OKay, FINE.  I will.
I'm afraid it was a bit typical at the outset.   I don't like Sicilian; it's tricky so I was a bit flustered that the opponent played Sicilan.  Nonetheless, it is what it is - so let's just use sound principles and fight for the center.  Don't break the rules.  Move a piece once before you move a piece twice.  Develop your pieces.  Build a strong center.  For cripe's sake, DEFEND the strong center once it's built.  No hanky panky until fully developed. 
And of course my goals for all of my matches:
1.   Focus as much as possible given my skill level.
2.   Do NOT give the opponent an easy win.
Okay.  We fulfilled goals 1 and 2 here.  And I tried to just follow the regular guidelines as above.  Unfortunately, I'm inexperienced.  So this all takes time.... and... it just ran out at the end.   I was STILL choosing between a few options and when there was about fifteen seconds to go, I KNEW... well, that's it.  So I thanked my opponent at that point.  I really tried hard. 
Ready to see it?  Don't be expecting brilliance although there is ONE move in here where I'm very pleased.  hehehehe.


  • 24 months ago


    1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 then play 6. Be3 and you're going for Bc4 (then Bb3), Qd2, 0-0-0, f3, g4, h4 and eventually h5 and Bh6... Try it against any g6 sicilians. 

  • 2 years ago


    I think looking deeper into your studying will help you.  Im not an expert. I study chess and Go(wei chi).  I study chess tactics, and I also review games.  I believe as a guy I benefit from studying how women think, so I make it a habit to review high ranked female players games.  My favorites are Anna Sharevich and Svetlana Matveeva.  Both these players are highly strategic.  By reviewing their games move by move, I try to understand what they are thinking in their plans, both short term and long term.  I have found this useful in helping my thinking in chess, and life.  I also study life and death problems for go at goproblems.com  There is plenty of literature to study.  Study a variety of things, problems, openings, and games the key is balance.

  • 2 years ago


    I agree with chessmaster102, low self-esteem can cost the game.

  • 2 years ago


    Change your rule 2 to giving your opponent a hard time not hard to win cause you give yourself low self esteem meaning you expect to lose it seems

  • 2 years ago


    Another thing on move 4 rather than 0-0 or Nc3 you could have played c3. This defends the pawn because if black played Nxe4 you could have responded with Qa4+ which wins the knight.

  • 2 years ago


    I think that is the best game I have ever seen you play. You would have beaten anyone ranked anywhere near your ratung on that effort. One piece of advice I would give about the Sicilian is that you generally want to play d4 as soon as possible. You played d4 on move 8 but you should have played it as early as move 3. The Sicilian has a fearsome reputation but is really nothing to owrry about.

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