First Daily Post!
***I Apologize for the horrible formating. It will be fixed in upcoming posts.***
Hello! My name is Zach Kasiurak. I'm 19 and from the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. I am a college student who has taken time off from school to seriously study chess and improve. I'm currently rated 2135 USCF and am working hard to improve!
I have started this blog to share my experiences as I learn on a daily basis. Essentially, the blog will start out with any thoughts or recent problems I have encountered in my studies. Then I will introduce a somewhat complicated tactic puzzle. Lastly, an analysis of a serious game through my perspective and own analysis will be included. A quick warning. I will rarely if ever use an engine unless I am truely and hopeless lost. All of the analysis is my own thoughts. Although this promises mistakes, it also promises I learn much more! Please don't hesitate to point out my errors.
Also, PLEASE SEND ME YOUR GAMES! I love to help others improve and I may even extensively share them in my blog! If not, I will certainly have no problem sending some brief comments of my own analysis. Please do not hesitate to send me your interesting games!
Through this blog, I hope to improve but also share my experience and, in turn, help others improve. I hope you find my blog interesting and wish you all the best in your chess endevours!
Recently: I have been analyzing my games from my tournament, the Cardinal Open. Please view my previous post (http://blog.chess.com/zkman/game-analysis-kasiurak---vilenchuk) to view what I believe to be one of my more interesting games. After I finish my analysis, I will continue on to more regular study habits.
Exercise: The following day I will post the solution to the exercise. White to move and win.
Game Analysis: This game comes from a forum post of sapientdust. He asked for feedback so he shall receive!
Briefly addressing the opening: I really like your attitude in the very beginning of the game. 4. ...Ne4 looked appealing to you, but there is no reason to go for something like this and 0-0 looks like a good move. When you are out of book normally the most natural moves are best, especially in a practical situation.
However, you could make the "Trompowsky" move. ...Ne4 makes sense to put a question to the early position of the bishop. Which is similar in both your game and the Trompowsky. Also, a c5 break and Qa5+ after the common Bf4 move is present.