Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! http://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com Monday 23 SeptemberI (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...http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/monday-23-septemberMon, 23 Sep 2013 02:08:24 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/monday-23-septemberWednesday 7 AugustI 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/wednesday-7-augustWed, 07 Aug 2013 02:15:18 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/wednesday-7-augustWhat 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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/what-was-i-thinking-wednesday-17-julyTue, 16 Jul 2013 19:55:33 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/what-was-i-thinking-wednesday-17-julyTuesday 16 JulyWell 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/tuesday-16-julyMon, 15 Jul 2013 23:28:04 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/tuesday-16-julyMuch much later... continuedSo 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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/much-much-later-continuedSun, 09 Jun 2013 00:04:39 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/much-much-later-continuedMuch 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/much-much-laterSat, 08 Jun 2013 23:39:53 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/much-much-laterMonday 22 AprilWell, 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/monday-22-aprilSun, 21 Apr 2013 19:40:01 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/monday-22-aprilWednesday 2So, 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). ...http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/wednesday-2Tue, 26 Feb 2013 20:06:36 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/wednesday-2WednesdayWell 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. ...http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/wednesday3Tue, 26 Feb 2013 20:01:13 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/wednesday3Friday - MondayNo blogs till Tuesday - then return with Chess Mentor and the sorry story of my impending defeat in a nice game. http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/friday---mondayThu, 14 Feb 2013 18:38:05 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/friday---mondayThursdayWhew, slowly coming to the end of this period.  More office tomorrow and then next week a bit more flexibility.  Currently doing Mentor - working on this problem: This position is commonly seen in games by non-master players. The opening moves ...http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/thursday2Thu, 14 Feb 2013 00:11:04 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/thursday2WednesdayMoved on to some new topics in Chess Mentor  - identifying vulnerable pieces.  Moves in some games and in one mounting a desperate attack on the King since my opponent is one step away from doing the same to me.  In Mentor played winning move i...http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/wednesday2Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:33:02 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/wednesday2TuesdayOffice ditto...  Bit of play on the phone (enjoying the games).  Tomororw back to Mentor. http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/tuesday2Tue, 12 Feb 2013 00:44:26 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/tuesday2MondayLong long day at the office.  Bit of chess mentor (learning how to spot perpetual check). http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/monday2Mon, 11 Feb 2013 00:34:18 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/monday2SundayTime in the office today meant little time at the board but at least I had a bit of fun doing chess mentor.  Couple of games today on the run as well. http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/sunday2Sat, 09 Feb 2013 23:29:02 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/sunday2SaturdaySo today I started playing black in the book openings section of chess.com on the Scandinavian defence.  Following the most popular moves, this is where we get to after four moves:   One comment I read (about things a very little bit later) i...http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/saturday2Fri, 08 Feb 2013 20:42:36 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/saturday2FridayUsual quick run through some chess mentoring (great training - Attila you were right).  Not that I am turning into a star but the chess mentor stuff is making me a bit more aware in my games (in which I have a couple of tough fights going on). http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/fridayThu, 07 Feb 2013 23:53:40 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/fridayThursdayGetting back after an interesting day in the office, relaxed with some chess mentor work.  Last one I did was a bit of an unexpected touch with history: "This is a position from a game played at Krakow, Poland in 1947 between W. Zartobliwy and Ka...http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/thursdayWed, 06 Feb 2013 21:30:34 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/thursdayWednesdaySame small activity as yesterday.  http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/wednesdayWed, 06 Feb 2013 01:20:01 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/wednesdayTuesdayManaged to squeak in a few moves on the phone during the day - no catastrophic blunders revealed yet. http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/tuesdayTue, 05 Feb 2013 00:39:29 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/initio/tuesday