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This game was one of the worst games I've played since I've been here, and I've lost the majority of my games so far. The whole game was a comedy of errors.
I've analyzed this game in great detail, in case it helps you analyze my moves and my mindset making them. Thanks a lot guys.
What was the time control on this game?
After 21...Kh7 it is mate in about 10 moves, beginning with 22.Nxf8++ (dbl check) 22.Kg8 (forced)
If you would like to know more please let me know.
Time control was 30 minutes...yeah, I'd be interested to learn more if you don't mind.
im not that good at chess but there are two very important moves that i think should have been made in this match:
a. 11. gxh1=Q
(black promoting the pawn by taking the castle and therefore gaining huge material advantage although it would leave black with some defensive issues)
b. 23. Qxg7#!!!
(white winning the game!)
also, about "I also, of course, miss the point of black's knight sacrifice" on move 19 , I'm sorry but the sacrifice looks like a really bad move to me. I think that black should have exchanged knights instead.
Oh yeah, those are two huge ones. Qxg7!!! I knew I was missing something obvious there!
overall there are some nice moves and play but that is littered with huge blunders
also, 25. ..Bxd4 black can take your bishop!
Please don't apologize! This is very helpful
Wow, I missed that one too.
Good thing my opponent was also having an off day...
The title to your post is brutally honest. I like that. What attracted me to chess and my obsession with it is, that I am driven to find the "truth" in every chess position I encounter. The world is a deceptive place, but you learn to discern partial truths. Many times that truth is relative to one's perspective. The old saying, "life is a b**ch, and then you die", is true but I believe that life is what we make of it. We take the good and leave the rest. The meaning is for ourselves everyday. Life without meaning is as Shakespeare wrote, "...Life is a tale told by an idiot...full of sound and fury...signifying nothing..."
Regarding your game. It is a fine effort, given your playing strength, relatively free of glaring oversights and blunders. You I can tell follow opening principles reasonably well.
But, there is so much more to this game. Conveying, to you, in words what it feels like to be able to discern the truth in every position you encounter, is just beyond description. You can have that, if it is important enough to you to experience that feeling. I must warn you, though, there is alot of hardwork/study involved.
To test whether it is sufficiently important to you I am going to briefly describe the first step in that adventure to discerning the truth in every chess position you encounter.
You will need to spend 3 months practicing basic checkmate endgames (K+Q v K, K+R v K, K+2Bs v K, and K+B+N v K) until you can do them in your sleep. If you are committed to improving your game and willing to put your unswerving effort into the task at hand please let me know and I will share more details with you.
Works for me...I'll have some free time coming my way soon. Anyway endgame analysis is something I have to work on. Several times I've had games essentially won in the endgame against higher ranked players and I've blown them, not due to any OBVIOUS error but due to my lack of skill in the endgame in general...basically the only checkmate I can normally handle in the endgame is back rank mate with rook/queen, rook/rook, or queen/queen...not good. So I'll put the work in.
I've also been studying a lot on the chessmaster game, which is an excellent resource; Josh Waltzkin actually gives lessons in tactics, endgames, and psychology of the game.
YOU SHOULD NOT BE CONCERND ABOUT EVERY BLUNDER WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES
Transpo, I seriously doubt learning how to checkmate with 2 bishops and a king will be practically usefull... generally speaking, if you have 2 extra bishops, you should probably use one of them to queen a pawn.
I like your post, and I like your philosphies. But surely you cannot ensure one is able to "discern the truth in every position". Even Garry Kasparov could not know what to do in every single position.
To discern the truth in every single position, you'd end up playing like a grandmaster.
You are right it is not possible to discern the truth inevery chess position one encounters. I have experienced this myself. Sometimes while playing a tournament game, I cannot get the right perspective on the position in front of me. Or I begin seeing ghosts. No matter the reason I have built in a line item into my written thinking outline before every move. I carry that, laminated card, written outline in my wallet just in case my memory fails me while I am at the board. That item states, "If you feel you do not have the right perspective of the chess position for whatever reason. Walk away from the board if you feel you don't have the right perspective of the position for whatever reason . The image of the physical board and pieces interferes with the future positions images you are imagining in your mind. In the movie, Searching For Bobby Fischer", the chess coach says to Josh Waitzkin(his student), just before sweeping the pieces off the board, "...Here! let me make it easy for you..." Take a stroll around the tournament hall, take a look at other games. If necessary leave the tournament hall, take a break, distract yourself with conversation or anything that is avilable and interests you enough to take your mind off of chess and the game you are playing. Do not return to the board until you feel that you can look at the board with fresh eyes, or you have had an idea about the position that you want to verify by seeing the physical position.
Practicing the basic endgame checkmates until you can do them in your sleep creates mating net visualization patterns in your brain. Those visualization patterns will enable you to see the mating net in the game you are currently playing or the position you are analyzing. The mating net will literally jump up off the board and smack you on the forehead in a flash. I know because I have had it happen to me many times.
you have no idea how hard I laughed going through that game. WHAT THE H*LL IS WITH THIS GAME LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL????? but i'll do my best not to laugh as i analyze it once more:
23. qxg7 mate
24. qf5???? what did that just do, give the queen away too?
25. bd4???? what did that also do, give the bishop away?
31. ..qxf3 cannot be described by words.
21........Kh7 22.Ne7+ Rg6 23.Qxg6#
I am prefacing the outline of the training regimen with the following 2 items:
1.You can ask why or any question you want at any time during your progress thru the training regimen.
2.I use the Socratic method of teaching. I answer questions with questions that encourage independent thinking on your part. The general idea is for you to learn to think for yourself. Human beings love the ownership of ideas that originate from their own thought process. Even if later they realize that they have reinvented the wheel.
Keeping in mind that Chess is siege warfare: restrain, blockade, execute the enemy. The most complicated chess siege warfare problem is the starting. By contrast, the simplest chess siege warfare problem is the endgame. Analysis is the method of solving a complicated problem by breaking it down into smaller problems that are easier to solve. Since the endgames are the simplest problems we will begin there.
A. Basic checkmate endgames (K+Q v K, K+R v K, K+2Bs v K, K+B+N v K.) Practice these until you can do them in your sleep. I promise you that after practicing these for 3 months mating nets will jump up off the board in the game you are currently playing and smack you on the forehead in a flash. I know it will happen because it happens to me every time I play a game or look at a position. By practicing these basic checkmate endgames until you can do them in your sleep, you are creating visualization patterns in your brain that will enable you to recognize instantly the elements of a mating net in any position or game you are currently playing.
There is one endgame technique used in the basic checkmate endgames. I call it the 'corralling' method. The power of your piece fences in the lone enemy K. Coordinating the actions of your own K and piece the fenced in area is made progressively smaller until the enemy K is driven into a corner of the board and you deliver mate. I the case of K+B+N v K, the enemy K must be driven to one of the 2 corners of the board where the color of the corner square is the same color as your B. In the case of the K+Q v K the fencing in job is very easy but you have to exercise great care not to stalemate the enemy K.
At the same time that you are practicing you basic endgame checkmates, it is important to keep your chess brain in good shape, like an athlete. Buy Irving Chernev's, "1,001 Tactics and Sacrifices In Chess." Get yourself a clock or timer. Begin with the fist diagram in Mr. Chernev's book. Give yourself 3 minutes to select an answer to the tactical position. At the end o the 3 min. or if you have an answer sooner STOP. Go directly to the back of the book. DO NOT set the diagrammed position on a chessboard or spend anytime studying the position. If you got the answer right write a check mark next to the diagram, if you got it wrong write an X next to the diagram. Go to the very next diagram and repeat the process. There are 9 diagrams per page. Do 4 pages per day(45 diagrams x 3 min per diagram= 135 min.(2hrs. and 15min.) in 2 sittings. One in the morning and one in the evening. Go thru the whole book 3 times the same way paying special attention to the diagrams with an X next to them. By going thru this process what you are creating in your brain is a memory bank of tactical techniques (forks, pins, etc.) that are tactical visualization patterns. When you have gone thru the book 3 times buy a book with diagrams of GM and IM tournament game tactical positions. Do the same with that book that you did with Chernev book.
Ok, that is enough for now. After you have done tactics and basic checkmate endgames for 3 months we will go to the next step, endgames and sharpening your endgame technique. As a break from the routine buy "Pawn Power In Chess", by Hans Kmoch. Look it over. Don't let the terminology at the beginning of the book. Look especiallysomewhere between pages 114 -142. Mr. Kmoch writes in those pages about how almost all openings result in 6 characteristic pawn structures. Then he explains alot more about those 6 pawn structures.
Good luck and fun on your great adventure of finding the "truth" in every chess position you encounter. From time to time let me know how things are going in your quest to becoming a 'professional gunslinger' (a very strong player)
Case in point regarding perspective. If I had done more than glance at the position I would have found the 2 move checkmate.
The above 2 move mating sequence is much more efficient than the sequence I found beginning with 22.Nxf8++ (dbl. check.)
Another one on my laminated card of things to do before every move is: When you find a good move use a little more time on your clock and always, always look for a better move. I was in relaxed mode because this is not a tournament.
On move 22 you missed a huge chance either to checkmate or capture the queen,night takes bishop double check ,he only has 1 option back and to the left ,to the white square ,followed by rook takes pawn check again ,here he is left with 2 moves to make sack the rook or sack his queen,and you can see where it goes from there ..
You remind me of me: A good theoretical knowledge of the game, held back by huge gaps in the ability to apply said theories.
I forget who recommended this to me, but chesstempo.com allows you to do an unlimited number of tactics problems. Great way to "get your head in the game" before tackling the TT on this site. Never give up!
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