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Another day..another game

Welcome to my blog where I give you a round of chess games I played recently.

Following on from my previous post, today’s games were considerably better played, however, the level of play still remains the same. I did fall foul to some creative motifs but it wasn’t as bad as yesterday. Furthermore, I decided to put myself to the test by going against 1700 players in Bullet and Blitz chess - more on that to come.

Okay, let’s start with a selection of my Blitz games. I’ve picked two of my favourites that really could have done with some more thought. The first game (http://www.chess.com/livechess/game?id=447967003#) In the first game, I used the defensive Caro-Kann opening for black since I really hadn’t played it that much, this opening is characterized by blacking playing c6. I just wanted to experiment with it and really didn’t consider why white made that move. I proceeded with the Caro-Kann and had some degree of control over the centre. Utilising a discovered attack I took white’s light squared bishop. Having previously noticed a hanging pawn, I ignored it and thought my opponent wouldn’t give it thought but he found it, this was the beginning of my downfall. The game went sparingly out of my hands and I made a huge blunder and lost my queenside rook, amatuer play.

The next game I played was a win, thankfully. I was really getting frustrated of losing. This miraculous game begun with quite a weird opening - I don’t even know what it was, I was trying my first game of blindfold chess. I tried to visualise the board but simple details kept going amiss. It wasn’t too bad, I was even in points and made an unsound sacrifice at one point to capture the opposing queen, who was in a very threatening position, I was indeed very happy with my first game of blindfold.

My bullet games can be found in my archive, located to the bottom left of my profile page. I challenged a 1700 to a game, out of sheer determination to combat boredom. It went alright, I wasn’t mated in the starting phase and at one point I had an advantage, but I stupidly misclicked which resulted in my imminent failure.

If you would enjoy seeing me making a fool out of myself playing blindfold, please comment below!

A special mention to Fraz for all her advice.

Comments


  • 17 months ago

    kokokikoi

    *place an useful, informative and relevant comment here*
    Steam ID: 
    http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198051352257 

  • 17 months ago

    kodak09

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    The Chess Store Rules of Chess

    Here are the rules of chess, in our own words (as you'll be able to tell). Please keep in mind these are not the official chess rules. These chess rules are intended to help our visitors and customers new to the chess game, get the chessboard setup correctly along with enough instruction and knowledge of the chess rules to have a legitimate and enjoyable game. We hope you find them useful.

     

    Object of the Chess Game

    It's rather simple, there are two players with one player having 16 black or dark color chess pieces and the other player having 16 white or light color chess pieces.  The chess players move on a square chessboard made up of 64 individual squares consisting of 32 dark squares and 32 light squares.  Each chess piece has a defined starting point or square with the dark chess pieces aligned on one side of the board and the light pieces on the other. There are 6 different types of chess pieces, each with it's own unique method to move on the chessboard.  The chess pieces are used to both attack and defend from attack, against the other players chessmen. Each player has one chess piece called the king. The ultimate objective of the game is to capture the opponents king. Having said this, the king will never actually be captured. When either sides king is trapped to where it cannot move without being taken, it's called "checkmate" or the shortened version "mate".   At this point, the game is over.  The object of playing chess is really quite simple, but mastering this game of chess is a totally different story.

    Chess Board Setup

    Now that you have a basic concept for the object of the chess game, the next step is to get the the chessboard and chess pieces setup according to the rules of playing chess. Lets start with the chess pieces.  The 16 chess pieces are made up of 1 King, 1 queen, 2 bishops, 2 knights, 2 rooks, and 8 pawns.  From the following diagram, you can identify the pieces and the general character of their shape and appearance and also the location or square the chess pieces start from according to the chess rules. Now the chessboard. The correct orientation, as per the chess rules, is with a black square on your left side as facing the chess board. One of the more common mistakes in setting up the chess board is reversing the king and queen chess pieces. Remember, as per the chess rules, the queen is always on her own color while the king is always on the opposite color.

    Chessboard setup - Rules of Chess

    How the Chess Pieces Move

    Now that you have the chessboard setup with each piece sitting on its correct square, you need to know the chess rules of how each chess piece moves.  The following are diagrams and instructions for the move of each chess piece.

    Rules of Chess - How the King chess piece moves

    Chess piece - King

    Having a king is mandatory even though he's pretty much worthless and really nothing more than a mere figure-head. But that's the rule of chess, like it or not, you have to have a king. The king is always the tallest piece on the chessboard and the king chess piece will usually have a cross-like object on top.  By the rules of chess, his moves are pretty limited, he can only move one square at a time but he can move forward,  backward, left, right and diagonally.  Not to offer any particular strategy, but keep him safe and well protected!

    Chess Rules - How the queen chess piece moves

    Chess piece - Queen

    Unlike the king, the queen is no figure-head. She's the most powerful chess piece you have on the chessboard.  The queen usually looks like a queen in the sense that she'll have a crown, sometimes with nice sharp points. According to the rules of playing chess, she can move vertically, horizontally, and diagonally just as many squares she wants (without jumping other chess pieces).  So you'll want to be careful and not give her up too carelessly or without a steep price to your opponent.

    Chess Rules - How the chess piece bishop moves

    Chess piece -Bishop

    The bishop, well, I guess you could say the top of the chess piece looks sort of like a bishop hat.  Most bishops also have a cut  near the top resembling that of a  mouth.  There are two bishops, always one on a light square and one on a dark square.  Chess rules say that bishops move just like the queen except they can't move forward, backward, left or right.  Diagonally only just as many spaces as desired without jumping another chess piece.  Because bishops move diagonally, they will always remain on their original square color as per the rules of chess.  So if in the middle of a chess game you notice either your opponent or your bishops are on the same color square - something's gone very wrong.

    Chess Rules - How the chess piece knight moves

    Chess piece - Knight

    The knight is the most unique chess piece you have!  Not only does it usually resemble a horse, it is the only chess piece that can jump over another chess piece or pieces according to chess rules.  The knight's move is rather different.  Think of the move as "L" shaped - two squares either forward, backward, left, or right and then left or right one square.  This special feature, being able to jump, can make the knight a very useful chess piece early in the game.

    Chess Rules - How the chess piece rook moves

    Chess piece - Rook

    The rook is also called the castle by some and it actually looks like a castle or at least a castle tower. The rook, as per chess rules, moves just like the queen except it can't move diagonally.  Just forward, backward, left, and right but as many spaces as desired without jumping other chess pieces.

    Chess Rules - How the chess piece pawn moves

    Chess piece - Pawn

    The poor little pawns are put out in front right in harms way while the other guys are hiding back behind. As per the rules of playing chess, they're expected to advance out in front and take the brunt of an oncoming attack or serve as a shield. It seems rather unfair considering they're pretty defenseless. These chess piece are allowed to only move one square at at time by the rules of chess. However, in thier first move, they can move two squares if they want.  They can only move straight forward - no retreating for these soldiers according of the chess rules. And they can only capture one of the enemy by approaching diagonally.  But, according t the chess rules, if one of these brave little soldiers can make it to the other side, they are rewarded with a promotion - to a queen! Some promotion that is!

    Chess Board Notation

    Those that take chess pretty seriously, actually keep track of all their moves and record entire games.  In order to record moves, someone came up with the smart idea of labeling the columns with letters and the rows with numbers, thus each square is uniquely identified. As you can see, white has a tremendous advantage because he or she doesn't have to look at upside-down numbers and read the alphabet backwards. One of the more important reasons to be the white or light chess players side.

    Chess board Notation

    Castling

    Castling can be a very effective strategy in the defense of your king and providing a safe-haven for him. The act of "castling" involves two chess pieces, the rook and king and there are two different ways to castle.  Rather than trying to describe the two methods (which might get confusing), we'll rely on the diagrams below to guide you through the correct moves.  Now, there are special rules of chess and conditions that must exist in order to castle.  The special conditions are:

    • Neither of the chess pieces involved, your king or rook that is being castled, have been moved during the chess game.

    • There are no other chess pieces between the king and the rook involved in the castling.

    • Your king is not in check and neither your king or rook can be taken by your opponent's next move after castling.

    You can castle with either of the rooks as long as these special conditions are met.  The moves involved in castling with the Queen side rook are different than castling with king side rook. This is quite natural given that there 2 spaces between the king and rook on the king side and respectively 3 spaces on the queen side. Below are diagrams showing both methods of castling:

    King Side Castling (white)

    Before

    Chess rule: King side Castling - Before

    After Castling

    Queen Side Castling (white)

    Before

    Chess Rule: Queen side Castling - Before

    After Castling

    Chess Rule: Queen side Castling - After

    En Passant

    There is a unique chess rule which involves a special move in chess that many casual players are not aware of, the rule is called "en passant".  This move involves only pawns and the situation for en passant may or may not occur during a game.  But if it does, it's good to know the rule and how to execute the move properly.  En passant is limited to a pawn moving from it's original position 2 squares landing  adjacent to an opponents pawn.  On the very next move and only the next move, this pawn can be captured\

    Steam ID:http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198047475586/

    Hope i win, and yes i did post before

  • 17 months ago

    kodak09

  • 17 months ago

    Crookneptune

  • 17 months ago

    kicsiszucs

    I used to play chess, when I had enough time... I know personally some of the masters as well :) Péter Lékó, Judit Polgár ;) And of course, I am here for the giveaway, so here is my id: dtbtrabant

  • 17 months ago

    RorayTheRacingCar

    I am here for give away i hope i get a sweet hat my Steam profile 'RorayTheRacingCar'  (btw i postet for like 50 min ago but i did't tell my steam name)

  • 17 months ago

    Sventlin

    oh and btw, my Steam name is Sventlin

  • 17 months ago

    Sventlin

    Chess is the best game ever :D

    My favorite move is the "garden mate", even though everyone I play is ready to kill me once I beat them in 4 moves :D

    Thanks for your cool blog

  • 17 months ago

    wtfduckman

    I used to play chess none-stop when I was younger, I think I will get back into it, so glad to have found this, rally need to find someone to play with other then my dad ;)

    It would mean a load if I could something from the giveaway, unlike most people I do not have hundereds of games at my disposal to play.

    Thanks - Declan

    Steam:DeclanMc...Insert reference here

    (I know weird name ):D

  • 17 months ago

    dfgxcv

    I've only tried blindfold chess once, and I failed hideously . I remember, it was 2 years ago. I've never tried it again.


    steam : yeTi [HUN]

  • 17 months ago

    mightymushroom

    my steam is also mightymushroom11 aswell as i like trains,(follow upto my other comment) all i know about chess is i suck and kings are important and check mate is bad if the other person gets it

  • 17 months ago

    jordygenne

    Maybe you can tell how to outsmart people in this game, and some basic tutorials? i wanna own some people with chess :D

    And Steam giveaway thingy; my steam name is [GMG] RedDragon, exactly written like that

  • 17 months ago

    aspy8D

    The word checkmate is a persian phrase "shah mat" that means "the king is defeated" and then it was gradually changed over time to checkmate.

  • 17 months ago

    HunterSniper34

    Iam not very good at chess but i can say i tried to play chess,only thing i know is the movements,like the bishop can go 2 squares on start etc.

    I just hope that i will win something even if it is a bad thing.

    Lets just think positive and for myself... lets learn to play chessTongue out

    My steam name is Hunter Sniper (Obviosly :P)

  • 17 months ago

    Ammok

    i'm here for the TF2 giveaway and here is my suggestion.

    Make all your pawns pyromen, bishops are heavies, knights are demomen and rooks are Snipers. king is spy and queen is medic,(or vice versa as the both dress a little camp :) ) you will win more games of chess with this setup :)

    Steam user name is runeammok

  • 17 months ago

    ologa

    I've loved chess all my life but never had enough time to get better. But nowadays, i decide that i learn again, how to be better chess gamer :)

    My steam id: http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198031384053

  • 17 months ago

    dief4life

    Definitly want to follow some chess, since I always love playing it myself. I just can't seem to get better. Maybe I'll pick up some stuff here ^^
    Steam ID: 100 Suns

  • 17 months ago

    leodag

    I play pretty well in casual games, but any further than that I lose

  • 17 months ago

    clayton1027

     You should move the rook in front of the king.

    Steam name is clayton1027

  • 17 months ago

    driedpear

    So did you know that when you move a piece in chess all the other pieces stay put. (steam: Sir "poops alot")

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