Back to FIDE 2000!

solskytz

How sad!! I touched the screen of my phone in the wrong place by mistake - and poof!! OP's gone!!

Happily enough, I still have the game saved on my computer and can post it again (it didn't change that much since I originally posted it) - so here:

The original post also touched a couple more points:

1) Telling you guys that with this game I'm back to FIDE 2000+ (2003) after three years below that mark (my first rating was 2012, back in 2014 - and it quickly fell below sea level. If I ever make 2016 it will be a new record); 

2) Asking you to post comments and ideas, to properly label computer input in case you post it, and not to make us believe that you saw an idea, when actually an engine "saw" it. We can all fire engines at home, the idea here is to analyze on our own and sharpen our chess intellect - or at least to be honest about what we post.

The OP was probably written more beautifully and longer - but time is short and I believe that I covered the most important ideas in this reconstructed version.

EDIT: A kind reader posted some of the original content in comment #44, p. 3 - it's probably worth reading.

yureesystem

Congratulation and hope you go to 2100 and higher. happy.png

solskytz

I sure hope so - as I still want to reach the CM title (FIDE 2200) one day. 

FIDE 2100 would be a major stepping stone to that goal - although I feel that I need to improve a lot to get there, AND they say that it's even tougher (maybe MUCH tougher) to climb from that point to 2200... especially at my age, etc. :-)

I don't buy that age thing, by the way - it's more a function of how much time I want to dedicate to chess improvement - and it goes in waves. Sometimes I study a lot, sometimes I don't feel like studying at all. 

Strangely, in this period I find myself playing (AND studying) much more backgammon than I do chess - I discovered a new passion and it's absolutely amazing!

Piperose

Wishing you well for tonight's game, get that title! And your Free Membership!

klimski

Well done Solskytz!

 

Backgammon is a great game, with much more strategy and tactics than people think...

 

solskytz

Thank you, @piperose, and very true indeed - this is exactly the thing!, @klimski and @intermediatedinoz

madhacker

Damn you... I got the 2000 a few months ago and then lost it again! It's tough to hold onto, well done.

Piperose
solskytz wrote:

Thank you, @piperose, and very true indeed - this is exactly the thing!, @klimski and @intermediatedinoz

Will you be posting the games🤓

Is there a link to the tournament?

Amirsolsky

Congratulations! looking back to seeing the game. Messy bussiness indeed, I'm always around ready to annotate and facilitate your 2100 FIDE if it happens online 

eric0022
solskytz wrote:

I sure hope so - as I still want to reach the CM title (FIDE 2200) one day. 

FIDE 2100 would be a major stepping stone to that goal - although I feel that I need to improve a lot to get there, AND they say that it's even tougher (maybe MUCH tougher) to climb from that point to 2200... especially at my age, etc. :-)

I don't buy that age thing, by the way - it's more a function of how much time I want to dedicate to chess improvement - and it goes in waves. Sometimes I study a lot, sometimes I don't feel like studying at all. 

Strangely, in this period I find myself playing (AND studying) much more backgammon than I do chess - I discovered a new passion and it's absolutely amazing!

 

Go for it. Everyone in the first few posts are supporting you and rooting for you in reaching your goal. A rating of 2200 for a CM title is definitely within your reach.

 

It's good that you have found another passion in backgammon.

solskytz

<Madhacker> that's very true :-)

But you can get insurance for the FIDE 2000 rating. 

The best insurance is to make it to 2200... :-)

 

<PipeRose> It's not a tournament - it's the Belgian league (we're in the third league). I will post the game - it simply takes a lot of time to annotate and I'm full of other business on my hands... :-) probably another day or two. 

 

It's so nice to see that I already have 11 comments - including one from my brother, who I haven't seen on these pages for ages!! - and before posting the game!! :-)

solskytz

<Amiri> that's amazing to see you on chess.com again - and I think that it's your first comment on any of my articles... :-)

Unfortunately FIDE ratings don't happen online (except for arena ratings - but these are not taken seriously) - otherwise your highly effective help would be appreciated and expected!! :-)

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<Eric2022> Thanks :-) of course you will know as further milestones are made!!

NWExp11

 Congratulations!!  Keep training, you can do it!!

solskytz

Thanks!! :-) I will!!!

madhacker

I tend to think 2200-2300 is the big jump, and 2200 is possibly accessible for the likes of us with a lot of hard work. When I play 2200s they seem like a better version of me, i.e. a 2000 without losing the plot and making bad errors. 2300s are more like 'flawed masters', i.e. they play really good chess, at a much higher level then us, just sometimes get it wrong.

Martin0

My first FIDE rating was 1978 in September 2011. Then it dropped to 1820. Now I am rated 1903. Getting to 2000 is sort of a goal of mine, although I have not been very active lately.

 

Congrats and good luck on reaching 2200 some day. 

solskytz

Well - it's great to have a mutual encouragement forum here, for people just above or below 2000 :-) We're all full of motivation and we'll certainly make it one day!! :-)

 

 

solskytz

The annotated game is now in the OP (post number 1, top of this page)!! :-)

 

Share and enjoy !!!!

solskytz

A voice beyond the aeons just told me that black had another way to draw - 51...Rxa2, the idea being 52. Rh1 Rf2+ with 53...Rxf6 and 54...Bd8+. 

This leads to the white king gobbling some pawns, while the black bishop stands on g5 and wins the R with the last remaining pawn. 

A nice variation indeed!! 

yureesystem

 Wow! What a wonderful and interesting game, you both played well. Now going to concentrated on the opening and then I will analyze the middle game and endgame, I did a little on on it. 

 

 Your opponent's move show his true strength and he predicts that you will try to explore the dark square, his moves deserve to be praise. 12...Re8! 13 Bg5 is the right move, it feels right and if black doesn't defend correct he can have problem in the kingside; one of my main plan is Rae1 and if black doesn't untangle quick enough he will be in big trouble on the back-rank. Another plan is if white can retreat his queen to h4, exchange the black bishop and push his f-pawn to f5, black is serious trouble. 12...Re8 13.Bg5! Bf8 14.Qh4 { I try to find a good square for the queen, I don't like 14.Qd2 doesn't seem active and its not according to plan.} 14... Qg4 ( exchanging the dangerous queen) 15.Qxg4! is the best move and black queen pawn is in danger ( A new plan and we must not be dogmatic and adjust according to the position). 15...Bxg4 16.cxd5 cxd5 ( new plan try to win the d5-pawn) 17.Rab1 gain a tempo 17...b6 18.Bb5! attacking the rook and planning to win d5-pawn and preventing the other rook to double. happy.png 18...Re6 is a must and safe the d5-pawn 19.Rfe1 white has a large advantage and maybe a won game, black cannot exchange rooks or he lose the d5-pawn  and possible alternative plan is  for whit is exchange the rook on e6 via the white to Bd7 winning the e6-pawn.  

 

Solskytz, I did not like 13.c5 it was a source of your problems in the game, you give him too much activity and when your opponent is active some move must of cause it. When I play otb game, I keep my pieces active try to make my opponent passive; 13.c5 allow your opponent to activate his queen rook without move it. Maybe you saw 13.Bg5 Bf8 14.Qh4 Qg4 and didn't want to exchange queens and look for an alternate plan to keep queens, I do that and if we can look deeper we can see that exchanging queens is not that bad and gives us an advantage.  

 

 

Some of your strong opponent's move are weak and he misses opportunities to give a lot pressure in the game; I thought for one moment you were lost but you have a lot resources, this game is so rich in ideas. happy.png 

 

Starting with your opponent move 19...Bd6 maybe is good move but this move much stronger 19...Ra3,{ threats the c3-pawn and doubling the rooks on a-file and black might gain a serious advantage, here is where I thought you were lost but you have some clever resources} 19...Ra3! 20.Rb3 seems easy enough and white seem safe but black increase the pressure, 20...Rea8 very strong move and even white when exchange rooks he has to be careful. 21.Rxa3 to neutralize the pressure on a2 and c3 pawn, 21...Rxa3 22.Bd2 Qc8 { threats go to a8 to win the pawn on a2, a bad move will be 22...Qa7 23.Qd8! and black is in trouble because back-rank check mate via Bh6...Qxf8 mate} 23.Qf6 neutralize black plan and I don't know how evaluate, looks a little better for white. Maybe a better plan for black is after 21...Rxa3 22.Bd2 Qf5 via c2 and winning the a2-pawn but white has resources, 23.Qd8! g5 { 23..Kg7 24 Bh6+ Kxh9 25Qxf8 Kg5 ??? I don't know if its good for white or black. lol White at least looks active.} 24 h4 h6 very double edge for both side.