On September 19, 2010 I am participating in my first chess tournament ever. I am really excited for this tournament because it will be very fun and a great learning experience, but I am most excited and motivated because the first prise is a frigging chocolate chess set. :)
I am so motivated that I have started preparing for the tournament more than a month before it starts. I have been preparing by making a chess book plan, by tactic and combination puzzles, and of course by playing.
First of all my chess book plan: It is constructed with 5 books that cover tactics and every phase of the game. The books are:
1.Logical Chess Move-By-Move (Irving Chernev) ; This book is great. It goes through excellent games, explains every move with great detail and gives an idea of what the artists (chess players) were thinking. I have not finished this book, but I have already learned quite a lot. The section I am on now is called "The Kingside Attack" and I have learned how to create and exploit weaknesses in the castled kingside. I have also learned how to defend kingside attacks and avoid weakness in the kingside castled position.
2.Winning Chess Tactics (Yasser Seirawan) ; I have only read the first chapter of this book so I can't really say much about it, but I have had people recommend it to me and read good reviews on it so I expect great stuff from it!
3.Silman's Complete Endgame Course (Jeremy Silman) ; This book is awesome I have read up to my level (Class "D") and I loved all the material. I like how this book is sorted out by level and isn't just an endgame encyclopedia, but is explained well and seems like a chess coach is in person with you teaching you 1-0n-1. Reading this book made me realize how much I love the endgame and I am very tempted to read on to Class "C" and maybe even above!
4.Chess Openings for White, Explained (Lev Alburt, Roman Dzindzichashvili & Eugene Perelshteyn) ; This book confuses me because it says it teaches the Guicco Piano but the Guicco Paino is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5, but this book gives a Scotch Gambit line instead 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d5 exd4 4.Bc4 Bc5. This book sketches me out on the Open Game section right now, but the rest of the book so far is great.
5.Chess Openings for Black, Explained (Lev Alburt, Roman Dzindzichashvili & Eugene Perelshteyn) ; I used to be a Najdorf player, but I never really understood what to do in the middlegame that resulted and I wanted a change of opening. Now because of this book I changed to the [Hyper-Accelerated] Dragon. It gives ideas of what to do in the opening instead of just variations which leave you clueless when someone makes an offbeat move. I also used to be a King's Indian Defense played in the same situation as with the Najdorf, but again I switch to the Nizmo/Bogo Indian because of this book.
For my Puzzles I use the internet and the books Visual Chess (Henri Tranquille) and The Mammoth Book of Chess (Graham Burgess). These puzzles can be rather challenging , but that just makes it all the more fun.
I have only a few friends who play chess so I only occasionally play chess OTB. The rest of my games (or course) are here, on Chess.com.
So wish me luck in winning that chocolate chess set!
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