I'm a Sabrewolfy, and I'm a chessaholic. Haha. I started playing when I was 9 or 10. I lived in the country, didn't have a computer, and my brothers really weren't interested. So I never got to play anyone. I would rent books at the library and replay the classic games. Most of them I didn't understand, but I was impossibly drawn to the game and the !! moves. I eventually moved on to other things without ever really playing. Now I'm 28 and a few months ago, my roommate noticed a chessboard in my garage and asked me to play. I found a pretty combination and won in 20 moves or so, and the addiction is back. I joined chess.com, and I need a 12 step program or something for Tactics Trainer...so addicting. Anyway, my goal is to finally get good at this game (2000+ rating).
I'm currently reading Silman's books (complete endgame course and How to Reassess Your Chess, 4th edition). I'm playing games against Fritz with Rybka 4 as the engine. Right now the difficulty is set at 1200, but I'll move it up next game. After a game, I check my moves against Rybka's calculated best line and make comments. I try to understand how I found good moves and why I made mistakes.
I'm posting the games as a record of my progress. But if you found this blog and enjoy the games, learned something, or if you'd like to comment, feel free.
If you are also reading Silman's books and are trying to apply his principles, you might find my journey interesting. I'm hoping Mr. Silman himself will visit this blog from time to time and comment.
For the love of the game,