Feb 16, 2010, 9:59 AM
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!