How to Beat an 80s Chess Computer - Part 4

How to Beat an 80s Chess Computer - Part 4

FangBo
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18 days ago

Hello all! In this final installment, the author will review all of the games in the match, and formulate some general guidelines on how to beat an 80s chess computer. Of course, simply being good at chess would be one way to win all the games, ...

How to Beat an 80s Chess Computer - Part 3

How to Beat an 80s Chess Computer - Part 3

FangBo
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28 days ago

Welcome! By now a certain trend began to form... In my first 3 white games I had almost managed a perfect score, with just 1 draw (even that one should have been a win). And in my first 3 black games, I had almost managed a zero score, with just...

How to Beat an 80s Chess Computer - Part 2

How to Beat an 80s Chess Computer - Part 2

FangBo
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May 30, 2020

After conceding a significant lead in the first quarter of the match, chess challenger fought back hard, catching me out tactically in two black openings. It was interesting to see that its opening book of just 12,000 positions featured the dashin...

How to Beat an 80s Chess Computer - Part 1

How to Beat an 80s Chess Computer - Part 1

FangBo
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May 26, 2020

Welcome! I played a match last week. My opponent didn't shake my hand at the start of the match, had very little to say after the game, and what is more he neither drinks nor sleeps and eats only AA batteries. His name is: Chess Challenger (...

My Top 5 Games From 2019

My Top 5 Games From 2019

FangBo
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Mar 8, 2020

Back again! This post does exactly what it says on the tin - It is a collection of my favourite games I played last year. Without further ado I will begin: 5th This was a league game I played against a personal rival of mine. Before this gam...

My From's Gambit Miniature

My From's Gambit Miniature

FangBo
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Feb 23, 2020

Hello! Everyone has their favourite openings. One which has served me well is the From's gambit, because in return for just one pawn your pieces spring into life. Well that is the general idea for most gambit openings. Why is this one so spec...

Classical Dutch Strategy 4 - Thematic Manoeuvres

Classical Dutch Strategy 4 - Thematic Manoeuvres

FangBo
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Aug 13, 2019

Hello again! First of all, here are the links to the first 3 in this series. I would recommend reading them too, but you can still access the content in this post without having read the previous issues: Classical Dutch Strategy 1 - e4, f5 C...

Classical Dutch Strategy 3 - Strategic Disasters

Classical Dutch Strategy 3 - Strategic Disasters

FangBo
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Aug 8, 2019

Welcome everyone! Finally after a month long hiatus I am back writing again! Clearly my inspiration for writing is something that ebbs and flows, and at the moment it flows... Here are the first 2 issues: Classical Dutch Strategy 1 - e4, f...

Classical Dutch Strategy 2 - A Lone Pawn on f4

Classical Dutch Strategy 2 - A Lone Pawn on f4

FangBo
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Jul 7, 2019

Welcome to the second edition of this series on the classical Dutch! In this one, we will look at a different pawn structure that can arise from this opening. Again black manages to play … f4! securing decent attacking chances on the king...

Classical Dutch Strategy 1 - e5, f4 Closed Centre

Classical Dutch Strategy 1 - e5, f4 Closed Centre

FangBo
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Jul 4, 2019

Welcome! It is well known that the classical Dutch defence is one of the most volatile openings going, when black congregates all of his pieces on the kingside and at the appropriate moment blasts through, like storming the bastille. Sometimes i...

Puzzles from My Recent Blitz Games

Puzzles from My Recent Blitz Games

FangBo
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Jan 12, 2019

Welcome! In this post, as you might have guessed from the title, I am going to be sharing with you some tactical moments that have arisen in some of my recent blitz games. I didn't have to look far for these, because naturally blitz games contai...

Simultaneous Exhibition

Simultaneous Exhibition

FangBo
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Dec 23, 2018

Hi folks! Earlier today I held a small simultaneous exhibition of 2 boards. My opponents played well, and on both boards I entered a classical Dutch defence opening, with a strong centre and prospects of attacking on the kingside. My favourite...

Endgame Principles - A Beginner's Guide

Endgame Principles - A Beginner's Guide

FangBo
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Nov 30, 2018

Hi folks! There are lots of books on the opening, and middlegame strategy is replicated through thematically recurring patterns, but as an intermediate player, the endgame is an area that I have quite neglected. Although there are fewer pieces...

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