Repeated mistakes in chess
Lars Schandorff and Dan Heisman and especially Rogue_King

Repeated mistakes in chess

Jan 20, 2018, 4:57 AM |

Years ago I was playing chess at Starbucks and I saw someone I know that goes by the name of Rogue_King on playing chess with someone I have never seen before.  When watching the game they were playing I noticed that this new guy (who was apparently 1850 USFC at the time) played the bong_cloud against Rogue_King, who was still around 2000 at the time.   I questioned the guys reasoning for playing this way against a higher rated opponent, though, I later found out that he had no idea how strong his opponent was, nor did he know him and I think one of his best friends played the bongcloud to death in their chess lab somewhere in downtown SF, where they play chess by day and go to gay bars by night....


Anyway, back to what I was saying.  While I noticed and commented on the game they were playing, I noticed Rogue_King had a book, that was apparently a repertoire book for the Queen's Gambit.  It was written by none other than Lar Schandorff.  After the game, I queried, "So, I notice you have a grandmaster book, and apparently you have to be a Grand Master to read it?" I said with a wide grin on my face.


"Right, because it's hard to decipher the hieroglyphics," exclaimed Rogue_King.  "However, us mortals can view the hieroglyphics and understand them with a pair of Grand Master glasses," said Rogue_King jokingly.


I was joking about the fact that the book had a subtitle of, "A Grand Masters repertoire."  So naturally, I comment on it!


After that day I purchased that very book online to try and see what exactly Lars Schandorff had in store for me and found that after playing it a lot and reading about it here and there that the Queen's Gambit is a very complicated opening that has a lot more variations than e4 type openings.  I later decided that if a beginner decides to skip e4, he'd have a tough time playing d4 openings unless he memorized most of what is in the pages of Lars Schandorff's two books, along with a book I've found that covers d4 sidelines, the popular ones anyway.  A beginner that can't memorize 3 whole books before their next tournament will definitely face an opening they've never seen before if they play 1 d4 because even beginners are smart, and try to avoid easy mainlines.  However, in Rogue_Kings defense, a man who started the game by only playing d4 openings after he realized early in his chess career (when he was 4 I think) that 1 e4 usually ends with most of the pieces off the board fairly quickly because most of the tactics everybody knows so they counter them with trades.  I personally don't like trading pieces unless I gain at least a slight advantage, however, some will double their own pawns just to trade of the light-squared bishops as back when white developed his bishop to 3 c4.  Rogue_King also let me know that it's not his memorization that helped him to become a NM.  It was the fact that he studied over 10,000 master games online on a free resource, which I cannot remember the name of, though I will ask him someday...


So I've studied Lars Schandorff Queen pawn opening books, and put his Caro-Kann repertoire on the shelf for later study.  In this game I am about to show you, there was a moment after a certain number of moves where I was wondering which knight I should develop first.  I know Nf3 was the book move.  I at least remember that from Lars Schandorff, however, I knew that my opponent loves to develop his bishops outside the pawn chain to avoid it becoming passive, and felt that I could speed up again of a pawn, however, such thinking was faulty, because, had I developed the other knight first, then later the other knight on c3, I probably would have had the same tactic available regardless, however, in a more superior form.  Yet one other reason why to listen to Lars Schandorff's advice and play Nf3 first when the time calls for it and in this case, it did, said the book.



Lastly, I will end by saying that I noticed that I often over look the power of the knight.  After this game, I realize that I need  to learn to remember to look where the knight is going to go the next 1 to 2 moves after it leaves the defensive positions.  Here is what happened in the game later...