63rd Binghamton Open(round 1).

Dec 7, 2015, 11:33 AM |

Hi all,

I just recently played in my first OTB USCF rated chess tournament. Unfortunately, there were only 6 players (including myself), but I still had a really great time, and I learned a lot. I have analysed my first game with Stockfish for you guys:

I didn't play this game all that well (though my opponent was a quite strong player), but I really learned a lot. The main thing I learned was, when considering canadite moves, to always consider you opponents moves. The way you should go about doing this is to first look at all your opponents forcing moves (Checks, captures, and threats). Many times when you are considering a canadite move for yourself,you may be able to immediately discard the move as you see(from looking at forcing moves first) that it's not a good move. The other thing I learned from this game is to always look at all your moves. So many times we amateurs don't make the best move because we don't consider all the possible moves! One thing that can really help with this is to look at all the forcing moves when trying to find canadite moves. Obviously, you will consider non-forcing moves in your calculations, but I think it will really help considering forcing moves first. I will(and I think you should too) play slow live practice games mainly focusing on implementing these things into my play. There's a lot more I could say on this topic, but that's all I will say for now. I hope you guys all enjoy this, and please comment!