28, 29, 30 + 3rd Lesson with Attila Turzo
2/21/13 Polgar 5334: 378, Chess School 1a: 527, LC: 3, WC: 40, B: 2, Silman Endgame: Part 1, Mueller DVD: 2.3
Had my third lesson with Mr. Attila Turzo, IM. I have to say that I am really liking these lessons and they seem to get better as I find more questions to ask. We went over my game with Samsch where I won but it was close for a while until Samsch and I got into a very tricky position for combinations. After going over the game found a really boneheaded move that I made but Samsch didn't capitalize on it. Due to Samsch's error I was up a bishop but it could've easily been vice versa due to my bad move. I reviewed the game with Stockfish and was confused with some suggestions where it recommended moves that it claimed would be 3 or 4 pawns better. Even after playing through the variation, it was unclear. Running through the game with Attila, he made the same recommendation but said that it was very complex and would require sharp play for a good number of moves before there might have been a mating possibility.
The big lessons of the day were to practice playing some openings since that is where I get in big trouble and to work on some situational practice. In the Samsch, he exposed my king and I was freaking out during the game about it a bit. He really only had his queen on the kingside to attack with so I was relatively safe but still Chernev was rolling in his grave. Attila recommended setting up the position playing it against the computer to get some ideas on how to counter some typical exposed king problems and get some experience with an exposed king so that I am not falling into panic mode when it happens during a game.
Along similar lines, he recommended practicing openings this way: get to an opening position and play against the CPU and see what and where the CPU decides to attack to get some ideas for myself.
As far as study material, that hasn't changed. Still plugging away with Ivanschenko Vol. 1A, Polgar 5334, and the Mueller and Silman endgame jazz. I am also beginning to work with a Horowitz book, How To Win in The Chess Openings which gives a detailed verbal breakdown of the major openings. Other than that my marching orders are to continue playing slow chess and self annotation.
Finally, Turzo sent me a database of Scandinavian Defense games to review and start playing it in games. Right now I don't really have any opening preferences and certainly no sort of opening repertoire. The Scandinavian sounds good to me, it looks like the old school Center Counter that you see in the early 1900's. I'm not sure if they're different or they just renamed it to make it sound like it came from Ikea all blue and yellow.