Games From My Childhood, Part One: The Block-Letter Games

Dec 19, 2013, 7:31 PM |

So I'm sitting around, enjoying my freedom from the stresses of school, and I found my old notation book, from my pre-2002 years (2002 being the year of my scholastic tournaments and also the last year I was serious about chess until my Reed revival). It's full of both my own games and the games of great players recorded from lectures given at chess camp when I was very little. I thought I'd share them here; they're nothing if not entertaining.

The first five entries are written in a very different handwriting than the rest of the entries--it is clear they were written before I really knew how to write well. One of them is a copy of the famous Opera House Game played by Paul Morphy and the team of the Duke of Brunswick and Count Isouard. The other is entitled "Tricky Opening," and is the trap set in the Blackburne-Shilling Gambit for those foolish enough to bite on f7.

The other three are games, which I've put below. Only one I know which side I was (or whether I won), but the other three are anyone's guess. I've added some sparce analysis, but in any case, enjoy!

Tune in next time for the games I played at the Glen Ellen Fall Classic. They won't disappoint, I promise!