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On July 25th I'll begin publishing a weekly series based on 'My System', a classic chess strategy book by Aaron Nimzowitsch. Many masters consider studying My System a key step to becoming a stronger player.
- Articles will feature a discussion and an annotated game. - Players 1400-2000 will benefit the most. - Stay tuned Friday afternoons!
To receive articles promptly, Add me as a Friend. Enjoy. :)
Quick Lesson Index:
Chapter One: The Center & Development
Lesson 1: §1.1- §1.3
Lesson 2: §1.4
Lesson 3: §1.5
Lesson 4: §1.6
Lesson 5: §1.7
Chapter Two: Open Files
Lesson 6: §2.1 - §2.3
Lesson 7: §2.1 - §2.3 (continued)
Chapter 2 is coming, no worries. :)
Where's the new lesson? Or was this only supposed to cover chapter 1?
"I like the Palm Z22 w/ Hiarcs very much. I have not been using it so much lately because my daughter is fascinated by the gadget." ;)
Ha! I know the feeling; my wife has decided that she likes to read ebooks on mine, plus play the solitare that came with it. At least I've gotten my money's worth out of it.
I bought the HP IPAQ 110. Absolutely great. Loaded with PocketGrandmaster. Fabulous!
Looking forward to your articles.
Thank you, diskamyl, that will save me some time. :)
I like the Palm Z22 w/ Hiarcs very much. I have not been using it so much lately because my daughter is fascinated by the gadget. ;)
moral of the story: never ignore patzers [in any field! incl real life]. There is always something any given patzer knows that any given expert doesn't :)
I know I know -YOU don't ignore patzers :) I was merely speaking generally ... or Alice-in-Wonderlandly ['every story has a moral' - the Duchess - one of them I mean - said it iirc] :)
Slightly off topic, but how is your Palm Z22 working out? I ended up going with the Tungsten E2, and the HIARCS has been more than I need, but a great program...
Nice! I guess you are right, it does seem human solvable with if one mixes a bit of logic with some common tactical patterns. Now I wish I had spent more time looking at it. :)
Actually I have the book, but in russian. [it is freely available on the internet - hint: peer-to-peer filesharing!]
Now a russian book with mainly moves and side annotations is easy to read for me. But this one is concepts ....
Okay here it is [on www.ficgs.com ->problems] -i'll post it in that thread too..Normajean Yates (2008-07-11 02:41:24)try this without using a program<that problem diaagrammed> <ie 4k/qqqqqqqq/////QQQQQQQQ/4k w>White to play and mate in 4. There is a unique first move. Find it. Make a guess.[I thought this one up a few years ago - i want to see how difficult it is for humans. Any good program will solve it in a few seconds.] Svante Carl von Erichsen (2008-07-11 15:26:09)first moveI think that the first move has to be 1.Qaxf7 or 1.Qfxf7.Reason: In order to complete the task in 4 moves, we have to keep the king in check, otherwise Black can stall with checks of his own; so, one of the Queens d7, e7, or f7 has to be captured. Capturing e7 results in immediate counter-check, and capturing d7 has no continuation. Also, f7 is the only candidate under double threat.However, I find no forcing continuation afterwards when the black King just moves to d8.Normajean Yates (2008-07-11 21:33:22)that's damn good!yes, the first move is Qaxf7!. (Qfxf7 doesn't work).From your response ( :) ) i now feel humans can 'heuristically' conjecture that Qaxf7 begins a mate in 4, while Qfxf7 and others don't.Normajean Yates (2008-07-11 21:44:53)The other one fails to:Qfxf7 fails to Qxf7. No mate-in-3-or-less after that. In fact there is no mate in 4 either.Normajean Yates (2008-07-11 22:07:23)but i dont agree with your last sentenceif 1. Qaxf7+ Kd8 2. Qhxc7+ Qbxc7 (only legal move!) 3. Qexe7+ Kc8 (only legal move!) 4. Qdxd7# (or Qexd7#).On, 1 Qaxf7+ Qgxf7 (the only other legal move) 2. Qh8+! [unique move which gives mate in 3], now 2.. Qxh8 (forced, since the only other move is 2..Qf8 3.Qfxf8# (or 3.Qhxf8#)); now 3. Qxh8+ Qff8 (or Qfg8) 4. QxQ # (choice of two Qs here to mate with).Svante Carl, now that you have guessed the solution (or narroed it down to two moves), and since the above is quite forcing; so it looks human-solvable to me after all!Normajean Yates (2008-07-11 22:09:20)conclusionSvante Karl and my joint research shows that this problem is human-solvable after all, it seems!
Who has not read of the exploits of a certain Lupin? That you begin one step ahead only makes the chase more worthwhile, dear friend and adversary. (I'm very interested in seeing how a human approached the 16 queens position that made it easy for them!)
Well Sherlock respected Mr Berillon, so why not Ms Lupin? Now click the 'accept' in the 'friend' offer i sent dammit - the suspense is killing me, you 16-quuens-give-me-a-headache man! [I've found out your weakness - 16 queens!] and see my note to you!
Ms. Lupin is surprised that Sherlock can still learn new tricks? ;)
What a mean trick! "To receive articles promptly, Add me as a Friend." - indeed! That's Arsene Lupin stuff. ;)
Anyway i have decided to fall for the trick ;)
chessdadx2: I think you mean Bobby Fischer Teaches Back-Rank Mate - Over and Over and Over and...
I just bought Bobby Fisher Teaches Chess, but My system will be my next purchase.
I'm really looking forward to reading your articles on My System likesforests.
Great, I will definitely be tuning in. I don't own the book yet, perhaps this will push me over the edge and get me to finally buy it.
I love endings and helping others learn to play. I placed 5th in my section at the World Open, won a recent U1600 with a perfect score, and aim to one day be a chess master. :)
My "Slowest" Tourney, Finale
by likesforests 7 years ago
My "Slowest" Tourney, Day 1
Strategy of 'My System', Lesson 7
Strategy of 'My System', Lesson 6
Strategy of 'My System', Lesson 5
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