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Feb 16, 2010, 9:59 AM 2

I'm working on improving my chess by working through the collection of master games, "500 Master Games of Chess" by Tartakower and DuMont.  I cover up the moves for the winning side and write down the move I would play, and keep track of my scores.  It started out fine.  I scored 71% following Bledow in Bledow v. Von der Lasa, Berlin 1839, and 72% following Alekhine in Tarrasch v. Alekhine, Baden-Baden 1925.  Then came the following game where I scored a miserable 46% (Any move with no comments is one I guessed correctly):


This game felt like a boxing match.  I don't know if that makes any sense to anyone but me.  I understand the moves better now after analyzing a bit, but I still do not enjoy playing White's position.  I felt the play was strange and purposefully confusing.  Maybe that was Eliskases' intention?  Or maybe it's the closed nature of the position that frustrated me.  I would appreciate constructive comments on my move choices from any stronger players out there who are actually still reading this!  All the best, and be naughty with your bishops!

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