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    • Monday 23 September

      I (finally) worked out lesson 18 in the Wolff tactics series in Mentor.  As a final question, it said: Black has won the rook for bishop. Here's something you can figure out on your own. Why doesn't 3.Bxh7+ win the queen? I believe I know but I... | Read More

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      • | Sep 23, 2013
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    • Wednesday 7 August

      I had another very good session with Attila who helped me understand where I went wrong in a couple of recent games which I lost.  During our discussion it also occurred to me that I am too inclined to look at a piece in isolation and not see tha... | Read More

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      • | Aug 7, 2013
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    • What was I thinking? Wednesday 17 July

      Well, nothing much.  If you skip through to move 16, you will see this comes to an inglorious end.*  But where I am not at all sure what is going on is the intent of my move 3...a6.  Now I had likely seen a move like this some time so thought ... | Read More

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      • | Jul 16, 2013
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    • Tuesday 16 July

      Well it hasn't all gone according to plan - played a number of games but did little analysis.  I noticed I made some bad mistakes in a few games (opponents were good so not making excuses): for example not seeing a fairly obvious mating move agai... | Read More

      • initio
      • | Jul 15, 2013
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    • Much much later... continued

      So looking at this with hindsight and HIARC's suggestion, the obvious move is 8....c4,  Why obvious? Well, puts pressure on the bishop, puts a protected pawn on c4 which has to be good (why? stops an easy advance by white into that square).  In ... | Read More

      • initio
      • | Jun 9, 2013
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    • Much much later...

      WIth the stimulus of an up coming lesson with Atilla, I have to confess to low activity in the chess field over the last few weeks.  Things have been pretty hectic where I do some occasional work, hence no real training although I have kept up wi... | Read More

      • initio
      • | Jun 8, 2013
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    • Monday 22 April

      Well, been away from the blog for a while.  Been playing online, some good, some outclassed (helped a couple of times by a complete failure on my side to see what threats could happen if I moved a certain way, including managing to get my Queen i... | Read More

      • initio
      • | Apr 21, 2013
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    • Wednesday 2

      So, if we don't like having our Queen running around, the alternative seems to be what is called "the Marshall gambit" as follows.  This looks a little bit better - developing a piece and attacking the pawn (but of course one pawn down so far). ... | Read More

      • initio
      • | Feb 26, 2013
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    • Wednesday

      Well last blog was a bit overoptimistic.  Been keeping up with Chess Mentor and playing the games I have on. On the Scandinavian  defence, one of the "book" responses by black seems to break a cardinal rule - never bring your Queen out early. ... | Read More

      • initio
      • | Feb 26, 2013
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    • Friday - Monday

      No blogs till Tuesday - then return with Chess Mentor and the sorry story of my impending defeat in a nice game. | Read More

      • initio
      • | Feb 14, 2013
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