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Greater Philly Open 4 Games Analysis

Greater Philly Open 4 Games Analysis

Jan 24, 2017, 11:51 AM 3

Greetings fans of fun chess! And welcome to any others as well!    Techniques of how this national master analyzes chess positions (scary, I know) and the ideas exchanged during and after the game between yours truly and his honorable opponents in chess (2 experts, 1 master, 1 Grandmaster) will be presented.

Below is an analysis of my 4 reasonably entertaining games played at G/40/90', SD/15' + 30" --- that is, 40 moves in 90 minutes with an addition of 15 minutes after those 40 moves and 30" increment per move throughout the game per player.  This will be followed by a discussion of what I enjoyed about the tournament and a list of what blog topics I have in mind to discuss in future which users can feel free to provide constructive feedback, of which I will be appreciative,  to try to influence me (haha, try me!) what they would like to see.  Thrown in the mix will be tidbits of very potentially lucrative chess and life advice.  Onwards!

 I do not post the results of the games in the PGN file because where is the suspense in that?  Also I believe that the result does not matter, what matters is if the game is rich in content and that you learn from your mistakes and improve on the next game and with every move you play.  Then the results will come on their own accord.  Comments, notes included in the PGN files or game viewer.  Enjoy!

First round, I play a very strong young expert.

So after a long round 1 game, I get to play a Grandmaster and content contributor to chess.com an hour later!

This was a two day tournament, so I managed to get some food and only 5 hours of sleep thanks to some noisy neighbors and my boundless energy.  And the next day I played a local master who I had never played and we both played a bit creatively outside the openings we normally play.
Last round I played against a local expert.  Unfortunately for him I had the White pieces in an opening I understand fairly well.  Plus attacking my opponent's king is one of my strengths!

So... I won my entry fee $ back and enjoyed the free bottled waters and playing on nice wooden boards at a long time control.  The quality of my chess was... uneven, considering the types of mistakes I made I am satisfied with the result and I know I will do better in future.  In my life, probably I've played maybe 100 games at these above 2 hours per game time controls so it was a pleasure to do so against some strong players.  It certainly helps to bring healthy snacks and to be in excellent mental and physical shape.  If you live near Horsham, Philly area, I highly suggest you play in one of these events run by the Keystone Chess Club which they are holding twice a month!

Future blog topics (the first 25 that came to mind in my stream of consciousness):

1: Playing and exchanging ideas with studious, talented, high-rated, promising, cute little munchkins, fuzzballs, weirdos AKA kids.  B/c I have played chess with very many of them and taught a few.  And experiences teaching and analyzing with adults and kids all levels from the almost very best to the complete beginner who doesn't know the rules or the names of the pieces --- one thing I can discuss is where do you point out where players play very well or very badly, or slightly well or slightly badly, and where should you ask questions in a position and walk through your thought process and when do you stay quiet and let people elaborate on their concepts.

2: Weirdest, funniest, funn-est (synonym suggestion will have my eternal gratitude) chess and maybe non-chess sporting training experiences as a player, organizer and maybe as a coach.

3: Why to-do or not to-do in chess and in life AKA Priorities AKA My Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs in Regards to Chess, dissecting its wonders or how to study efficiently, maximizing learning and fun value and minimizing boredom and negative onerous distraction life elements.

4: Updated list of chess resources and favorite youtube commentators analysis AKA what I like to see when I am gisting --- studying, learning, trolling, fishing for information in chess and on chess.com --- and what I would like to see in future on this chess site and on other chess sites.

5: My goals in chess (as a player, coach, organizer, chess club member, online troll and personality and in future, hopefully as a streamer should I find the motivation, incentive) and life.

6: My favorite games, moves and positions, that I've played, seen and analyzed.

7:  A Regular Blog of Petro's Corner -- where I discuss something or things super awesome that I have seen in chess on the internet or in society today or in past or something that may be awesome in future chess-related, whether a chess camp, chess in media, art, TV, youtube, some well run chess event, extraordinary accomplishment, schools program, new medium of teaching or learning or application, etc.  Basically, a awesome futuristic Chess Notes type thing (like Edward Winter does like a chess catalog but hopefully even more inspirational).

8: How to make chess more relevant to you:  fun, time-worthy, society-worthy, engaging, charismatic, lucrative, business-attractive, politically attractive or attractive in any positive way.

9: Experiences playing high level correspondence chess players, and freestyle chess, and tournaments in these mediums.

10:  My experiences playing the best in chess, the best players, personalities, the best tournaments I've played in, my best results, learning experiences, tiebreak experiences, heartrending victories and losses in dry and exotic chess positions at a plethora of locations and time controls.  Last year for instance I started 4/7 in MC3 Open which included 2 wins against IMs with the Black pieces and went 3/6 in the U2400 FIDE tiebreak so I've had my moments, chances... Also I have played/am playing on the US/ PRO chess league (OMG I played bad in my first two games oh well), best games, moments etc.

11:  Building a fearsome reputation in business and chess.  Captain Shakespeare style --- kudos if you the reference.

12:  How I learn in chess and not chess --- what adjustments I or others make when dealing with different situations and opponents and students and people.  Re: coaching, how to teach plan formation, creating targets, focusing on strengths, weaknesses, square control, piece development, transitions in positions, creating a constructive dialogue, common ground, balancing creating constructive realistic plans for yourself with (just as important) preventing your opponents from executing their objectives.

13:  Learning chess later in life, when you have more responsibilities and less time for some of your passions --- I was a 1300 rated chess player at the age of 20 so I believe I know a thing of two on this topic.

14:  How to regularly, always beat those players rated under 2000.  I have not lost a game to a player rated under 1999 USCF in over 80 regular rated games despite playing a lot of openings and pawn structures with very limited study.  (HINT:  One of the keys is to give yourself chances to get lucky.)

15:  How to train your memory in chess and organize your thought processes so you can play logically and self-improve instead of self-implode.

16:  Where to play chess, and how to make you and your chess club more attractive.

17:  Playing and studying online, with digital and non-digital (synonym appreciated)  content, such as books, people, coaches, my experience with each.

18:  Creating goals, chess curriculum for yourself and students.

19:  Best chess compositions I've seen.

20:  Attaining chess mastery instead of mediocrity --- the key factors I've seen in practice and in some science studies --- breaking down chess and learning into disparate elements.  What the science said on chess.  At university I was obsessed with downloading all the articles and studies I could find on chess and learning and memory independently and when considered together so I have my opinions on methodologies and what I would like to see going forward etc, and what real conclusions can be drawn from them (in my opinion, really not much, but to each their own).

21:  Making $$, happiness in chess --- success stories and future success stories, and failures we can learn from.  Learning tools, code, etc, unique and less explored.

22:  Why I or others (masters, non-masters) use some resources but not others in chess, where to get the best value for your time and money.  What I've heard:  Study your own games (well!) and brush up on those tactics!  I personally use what I call the Star Trek Borg and Carpe diem method of training (I just made that up right now).  But How??

23:  Overcoming adversity (my experiences and that of others who know better or differently), perfectionism, moments of chess insanity, increasing focus, energy, discipline in chess.  Methods of success in memory mentioned by the leading experts by those with proven results in chess and elsewhere in sports and business.  I am naturally very, very hyper and easily distracted though I have some talents (maybe one of the few particularly useful talents I have), in hyperfocus and speedreading so I have some strategies to keep calm and focus when my brain is on a runaway train and in high-pressure sitauations.

24:  Best literature, trainers, tactics, openings, endgames trainers I've seen in chess, what qualities result in excellence based on what I or others consider to be excellent (what better standard for judging things than based on what you like?)  What I've learned from taking an engineering approach to chess, taking everything apart and putting it all back together.

25:  Your reputation is everything, and time and money and fun and ultimately life and that stuff between your ears is everything.  So how do you make the most of that or anything with that and your talents in chess.  One of the reasons I don't blog more or use social media beyond what I gist  is because it's not especially interactive; I much prefer the real world to the virtual world and I learn more from the real world than I can learn from myself.  Also I strongly believe in finding self-worth, but pride is a concept that does not exist for me easily, and I've delved deeply in philosophy to understand how to find meaning in the material and non-material and reason and emotion, how to generate and actualize the optimal living situation for myself.  I can amuse myself but I can draw more from the canvas of the world that I own from outside myself.  Anyway, how can you make the most from any chess situation or life situation.  And I know, some chess players have it tough and I always enjoy a good story.  And a more relevant question, how do I make blogging more relevant to me, so I can do it more often for my benefit and yours?


So feel free to write the number the idea(s) or let me know in the comments what you like the most of what you want to see.  Apologies if the scope or length or diversity of my material is a bit overwhelming or not always entertaining.  Thanks for your interest and like I've heard somewhere, don't forget to be awesome!

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