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Rocking live chess

You sit there with tension in your shoulders, an intense glare and focus on what you are doing. Your opponent made an unexpected series of moves, and you realize you're lost. You'd love to get a break - take a timeout, but your opponent strikes you with a rematch. The logical thing to do would be to decline. Your hand goes 'accept' long before your brain cuts in with common sense.

Playing on live chess can be exhilarating, and I'm happy to say I'll be playing lots of games there in the coming months. I hope to see you there too, either as an observer or an opponent.

I am acting as an ambassador for chess.com in their quest of getting even more quality players and trainers to the site. That includes me giving feedback to the chess.com team on the site's features.

If you have a great suggestion for the site, feel free to share it with me, and if I love it as much as you do - I'll personally lobby it up the food chain!

For this blog, I would like to share how blitz chess doesn't rule out good chess. It's possible (if rare) to play an excellent game on live chess. I first have to apologize to everyone who's beaten me: You will not be featured in this post.

In order to preserve my own ego and selfesteem I'll only present my own wins. I might show some lost games some time in the future, but I'm going on a long trip to Philadelphia next week, and I need my confidence!

So here it is; I call it "How to utilize a pawn majority and put your opponent's bishop out of play by commiting your pawns to the 'wrong' color." 

Here's a quiz for you: How did black win with his advanced queenside pawns?

Earlier in the game, white could have taken back on e5 with the d-pawn, thereby keeping the f-file shut and hoping to block black's pawns.

Try taking with the d-pawn and defend against black's crude brute force attacking attempt.
 

Comments


  • 2 years ago

    mobidi

    i Think -White played without fantasy.More interesting problems after leaving King on e1 and playing like Botvinnik g4,h4.g5-and game is not so easy...

  • 2 years ago

    SuperCourgette

    @ SultanOfKings: what I enjoyed in your comments were the short evaluations like "I prefer White/Black", that you tried to show the practical chances for the losing side and more general considerations on the way to play  speed chess.

  • 2 years ago

    shequan

    did you help train Nyzhnyk? just wondering.

  • 2 years ago

    GM SultanOfKings

    @BirdBrain I think it's great you're in a group for your favorite opening. My suggestion would be to use the group to find players willing to play the opening line you want to test.

  • 2 years ago

    BirdBrain

    Jon, I have already done that.  We have a group on chess.com created around 1.f4, Bird's Opening Lovers.  It is a stronger group here on chess.com.  However, chess.com only offers a handful of options for 1. f4 preset conditions.  Here is an example of something that is impossible to start with in thematic positions:

    This was a gambit I came up with facing a friend of mine who plays the Kan.  The option is not available, and yes, we can still analyze it, but it is currently impossible to set up thematic games and tourneys from custom positions, such as this, at chess.com.  

    If you can help, that would be awesome.  If not, I understand - staff said it sounded like a hard job before.  But I got a lot of positive feedback from members who LOVED the idea. 

  • 2 years ago

    GM SultanOfKings

    @RuralRob Danny isn't that evil-looking I think.

  • 2 years ago

    GM SultanOfKings

    @BirdBrain So basically what you'd like is the ability to play thematic games?

    I would recommend you make or join a group dedicated to the opening you like. That way you can hold tournaments within the group, and everyone would play f4 and have opponents who are passionate about the resulting positions.

    Otherwise, I'd just recommend playing lots of games. The more games you play with 1.f4, the better! And it can be good to see how people who aren't used to that move responds - it could differ from what an f4-enthusiaist would do.

    @macrosgambit I think chess.com's crowd differs alot from ICC. I know there are some live relays on chess.com now, but you simply want more?

    Here's what I'm going to say; chess.com should have a list of ongoing tournaments with links to the live games. Do you agree? Would that be a good compromise? I can't guarantee anything, but I'll bring it up to the chess content bosses.

    @RuralRob Sam is my room mate, so he is most certainly showing up!

    @ZucchiniMann Thanks! I always appreciate compliments, but would you mind elaborating on what specifically you thought was good? Improvement comes with concrete and honest feedback ;)

    Thanks for good wishes, Jon Ludvig

  • 2 years ago

    BirdBrain

    My suggestion (which I have offered before) is to make custom positions for starting a chess game.  Not just the ones offered (which is a huge amount), but being able to begin from any legal position in a chessgame.  The player who offers the game (or the tournament) input a pgn to get to the starting position, and this is where the game begins.  

    This would be great for us 1. f4 players, who are given some options, but not near enough, for positions.  It would be a great way to explore TNs, or strange gambit lines.  There are tons of ideas that can emerge from this.  

    I hope you can work some magic!  

  • 2 years ago

    SuperCourgette

    And thanks for your live comments on the match Hess-Shankland.

    That was great!

  • 2 years ago

    GM SultanOfKings

    @RuralBob

    Yes, I'm playing in the Philadelphia Open. Packing my bags as we speak ;) 

  • 2 years ago

    MSC157

    Fascinant!

  • 2 years ago

    macrosgambit

    Hi Sultan, I would like to see more tournaments relayed live - the ICC does that really well.  

  • 2 years ago

    GM Shankland

    Smile of a true champion!

  • 2 years ago

    shequan

    also think it's very possible for masters to have quality blitz games. but johnny come lately vs pizza punk from 9th street...that's a video game.

  • 2 years ago

    shequan

    nice chair. where's the bear?

  • 2 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Try a Philly cheesesteak! 

  • 2 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    Good luck and chess in the Philadelphia Open!

  • 2 years ago

    lilAj

    lol. cool Sultan! :) I wish you all the best in your trip

  • 2 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Thanks Hammer! Happy to have you in Live Chess! Nice finish to the game above...

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