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I've Decided to Become a Master after Age 50

(...just because "THEY" say it can't be doneCool)


    • Sacrifice...or Die

      A game in which I tried an experiment (avoiding castling in order to use the half-open h-file), got in trouble (deservedly, O-O was better than Kf1 objectively), but when my opponent failed to make a sacrifice at a pivotal point the tables turned.... | Read More

      • kcsmith169
      • | Feb 21, 2015
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    • KID Bayonet--Black wins (this one)

      This is a blog of limited value, but it's been sitting in the "Not yet posted" folder for two years...and I'm tired of it. You may find the game offers some entertainment, particularly for those who are invested in playing the Bayonet as ... | Read More

      • kcsmith169
      • | Feb 21, 2015
      • | 189 views
      • | 1 comment
    • How Vote Chess Should Work--An Example and Guidance

      Though I was on the losing team in this game, after the game the victors (Chess Improvement Club) graciously posted their discussion throughout the game. Though our team did the same, I am choosing to show the winning team's discussion as I found ... | Read More

      • kcsmith169
      • | Jan 2, 2015
      • | 363 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Sweet, luscious, triplets...bet you can't eat them all!!

      T-Rio Yowsa...xxx thought baloons race with my pulse Actually, I'm talking about triplets stacked on top of one another. Let's see if we can find a better picture...   Hmm...maybe not quite right yet... Ah, that's it. But I'm talking about t... | Read More

      • kcsmith169
      • | May 30, 2014
      • | 822 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Stupid GM moves--would you have done that?? Part 2--potpourri

      Curiously, the first two selections both see the winning player as Ian Nepomniatchi as the beneficiary of unexpected blunders by GM opponents...in the same tournament. Obviously some of that is due credit to the pressure he exerted, but still, it... | Read More

      • kcsmith169
      • | Dec 7, 2013
      • | 703 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Stupid Grandmaster Moves--would you have done that? Part 1--World Championship Blunders

      Time to boost our egos and look at Grandmaster blunders. We do it all the time, those stupid moves that throw away our heroic efforts. All we're left with is apoplectic self-agony and a memory burned into our soul. Fortunately for most of us, the... | Read More

      • kcsmith169
      • | Nov 28, 2013
      • | 1008 views
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    • World Championship Final Games--Kramnik, Anand, Carlsen

      Lasker ruled the chess world for 27 years. Botvinnik was first among equals from 1948 until losing his title 15 years later with no chance for an automatic rematch, and Karpov and Kasparov dominated chess from 1975 - 2000, a quarter century. Since... | Read More

      • kcsmith169
      • | Nov 27, 2013
      • | 1211 views
      • | 1 comment
    • World Championship Final Games--Karpov, Kasparov

      Gary and Garry, Karpov and Kasparov, GK versus GK, K-K. It was a new era of professional chess, ushered in by Fischer, who prepared better than his opponents, and now the circle was squared by the two preeminent super-GMs of the 1975-2000 time fr... | Read More

      • kcsmith169
      • | Nov 27, 2013
      • | 3146 views
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    • World Championship Final Games--Petrosian, Spassky, Fischer

      WIth the final, dramatic overthrow of King Botvinnik, the chess world entered an interim era in which no one figure dominated the chess throne (Botvinnik could press such a claim, though he was clearly dethroned multiple times, and held on to his ... | Read More

      • kcsmith169
      • | Nov 27, 2013
      • | 664 views
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    • World Championship Final Games--Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian

      Moving into the post-WWII, Alexander Alekhine era, Mikahil Botvinnik was crowned world champion in 1948 at the conclusion of a round robin tournament that included Samuel Reshevsky, Paul Keres, Vasily Smyslov and a former title holder, Max Euwe. R... | Read More

      • kcsmith169
      • | Nov 27, 2013
      • | 763 views
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