2018-03-06

Computer comparison of top chess players past and present


I'm a bit surprised by how much lower Paul Morphy is.  In the 1960's Fischer said of Morphy that he was "the greatest genius of us all" and "would beat any player alive today."

It is interesting just how much better Magnus Carlsen is compared to everyone else.

According to a previous study, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_top_chess_players_throughout_history#Moves_played_compared_with_computer_choices, Fischers play during a 3 year period, which I assume was during his peak in 1970 to 1972, was better than any corresponding three year period by any other player, however this study was done before the rise of Magnus Carlsen.

2018-03-01

[Event "Columbus Chess Club"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "Mar 1, 2018"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Steve Sims"]
[Black "John Coffey"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. Bc4 Ng4 8.
Bb5+ Kf8 9. Qf3 a6 10. Bc4 Ne5 11. Qe2 Nxc4 12. Qxc4 Nc6 13. O-O-O Ne5 14. Qe2
Qc7 15. f4 Bg4 16. Qf2 Kg8 17. fxe5 Bxd1 18. Rf1 f6 19. Nd5 Qd8 20. exf6 exf6
21. Ne6 Qd7 22. Qxf6 Bxf6 23. Nxf6+ Kf7 24. Ng5+ Ke7 25. Nxd7 Kxd7 26. Rf7+ Kc6
27. Kxd1 Rae8 28. Bd4 Rhf8 29. Rf3 Rxf3
1-0

2018-02-25

Endgame

The computer agreed with all my endgame moves starting with move 40.  I had a sense that I could out finesse him in this bishop versus knight ending.  Even though his 44... g5? was pretty bad, I still had a superior position.  I am going to to do some analysis to see how the game should go if he doesn't play 44... g5?.

[Event "ICC tourney 1394 (12 3)"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2018.02.24"]
[Round "4"]
[White "john2001plus"]
[Black "advaith06"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D38"]
[WhiteElo "1742"]
[BlackElo "1568"]
[PlyCount "123"]
[EventDate "2018.02.24"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Qa4+ Nc6 6. Ne5 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 Bd7 8.
Nxd7 Qxd7 9. Rb1 Nd8 10. Qa3 Qe7 11. e3 Qxa3 12. Bxa3 Kd7 13. Bd3 b6 14. O-O
Nb7 15. c5 Na5 16. Bb4 Nc6 17. Ba3 Rhb8 18. Ba6 Ne4 19. Rfc1 Nd8 20. f3 Nf6 21.
Kf2 bxc5 22. Bxc5 Ne8 23. Ke2 Nd6 24. Kd2 Nc6 25. Bxd6 Rxb1 26. Rxb1 Kxd6 27.
c4 dxc4 28. Bxc4 Rb8 29. Bd3 h6 30. Kc3 Rxb1 31. Bxb1 Nb8 32. e4 f6 33. f4 c5
34. e5+ fxe5 35. dxe5+ Kd5 36. Bd3 Nc6 37. g3 Nd4 38. Bf1 Kc6 39. Kc4 Nc2 40.
Bh3 Nd4 41. Bg2+ Kb6 42. a4 a5 43. Be4 Nc6 44. g4 g5 45. Bxc6 Kxc6 46. f5 exf5
47. gxf5 h5 48. f6 Kd7 49. Kxc5 h4 50. Kd4 g4 51. Ke3 Ke6 52. Kf4 g3 53. hxg3
hxg3 54. Kxg3 Kxe5 55. f7 Kd4 56. f8=Q Kc4 57. Kf3 Kb3 58. Ke3 Kxa4 59. Kd3 Kb3
60. Qb8+ Ka3 61. Kc3 a4 62. Qb2# 1-0

2017-12-29

tactics

The tactics in this video are pretty instructive.


He takes an hour just to cover maybe 4 positions, so I found myself skipping ahead.


2017-12-06

Decent result in USCF Online rated blitz tournament.


​I got a draw against one higher rated player and lost to a master.  My
chess.com rating went from around 1784 to 1800.  Lately I had some
trouble staying above 1800 on chess.com.

Although it is not like I won the tournament, but given the
competition I was just happy just to place 3rd.

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Best wishes,

John Coffey

http://www.entertainmentjourney.com

2017-11-15

Interesting USCF Online rated Chess.com blitz tournament.

I lost one game on time to a slightly lower rated player, but I drew two higher rated players and won the rest.


​In particular, this draw against a 2255 (on chess.com) was nice for me.  Although I won his queen, I gave it back later, and it is hard to pull off a win against a higher rated player in a blitz game.

[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2017.11.15"]
[White "LazarMilanovic"]
[Black "john2001plus"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C00"]
[WhiteElo "2255"]
[BlackElo "1793"]
[TimeControl "180+2"]
[EndTime "17:19:30 PST"]
[Termination "Game drawn by agreement"]
[CurrentPosition "8/2K5/2P5/8/6k1/8/6rp/7R w - - 1 64"]

1.e4 {[%clk 0:03:01]} e6 {[%clk 0:03:01]} 2.Qe2 {[%clk 0:03:01]} c5 {[%clk 0:02:46]} 3.f4 {[%clk 0:03:01]} Nc6 {[%clk 0:02:47]} 4.Nf3 {[%clk 0:03:01]} Nf6 {[%clk 0:02:38]} 5.g3 {[%clk 0:03:02]} d5 {[%clk 0:02:37]} 6.d3 {[%clk 0:03:01]} dxe4 {[%clk 0:02:32]} 7.dxe4 {[%clk 0:03:03]} Be7 {[%clk 0:01:57]} 8.Bg2 {[%clk 0:03:04]} O-O {[%clk 0:01:58]} 9.O-O {[%clk 0:03:04]} e5 {[%clk 0:01:56]} 10.Nxe5 {[%clk 0:02:52]} Nxe5 {[%clk 0:01:56]} 11.fxe5 {[%clk 0:02:54]} Ng4 {[%clk 0:01:45]} 12.Nc3 {[%clk 0:02:40]} Nxe5 {[%clk 0:01:44]} 13.Bf4 {[%clk 0:02:35]} Bg4 {[%clk 0:01:35]} 14.Qe3 {[%clk 0:02:34]} Nc4 {[%clk 0:01:32]} 15.Qf2 {[%clk 0:02:31]} Bf6 {[%clk 0:01:31]} 16.h3 {[%clk 0:02:22]} Bd4 {[%clk 0:01:31]} 17.hxg4 {[%clk 0:02:20]} Bxf2+ {[%clk 0:01:25]} 18.Rxf2 {[%clk 0:02:22]} Nxb2 {[%clk 0:01:25]} 19.Rb1 {[%clk 0:02:19]} Nc4 {[%clk 0:01:13]} 20.Rxb7 {[%clk 0:02:17]} Qd4 {[%clk 0:01:13]} 21.Nd5 {[%clk 0:02:11]} Qd1+ {[%clk 0:01:08]} 22.Kh2 {[%clk 0:02:09]} Qxg4 {[%clk 0:01:09]} 23.Bh3 {[%clk 0:01:59]} Qh5 {[%clk 0:01:02]} 24.g4 {[%clk 0:01:53]} Qh4 {[%clk 0:01:00]} 25.Bg3 {[%clk 0:01:53]} Qh6 {[%clk 0:01:01]} 26.Bf4 {[%clk 0:01:50]} Qe6 {[%clk 0:00:53]} 27.Re7 {[%clk 0:01:40]} Qc6 {[%clk 0:00:48]} 28.Re5 {[%clk 0:01:31]} Nxe5 {[%clk 0:00:48]} 29.Ne7+ {[%clk 0:01:31]} Kh8 {[%clk 0:00:48]} 30.Nxc6 {[%clk 0:01:33]} Nxc6 {[%clk 0:00:49]} 31.Bd6 {[%clk 0:01:32]} Rfd8 {[%clk 0:00:45]} 32.Bxc5 {[%clk 0:01:31]} Ne5 {[%clk 0:00:41]} 33.c3 {[%clk 0:01:13]} Nd3 {[%clk 0:00:35]} 34.Rf5 {[%clk 0:01:08]} Nxc5 {[%clk 0:00:35]} 35.Rxc5 {[%clk 0:01:08]} Rd2+ {[%clk 0:00:37]} 36.Bg2 {[%clk 0:01:09]} Rxa2 {[%clk 0:00:38]} 37.Rc7 {[%clk 0:01:09]} Kg8 {[%clk 0:00:38]} 38.e5 {[%clk 0:01:09]} Kf8 {[%clk 0:00:31]} 39.Kg3 {[%clk 0:01:10]} Rd8 {[%clk 0:00:30]} 40.Be4 {[%clk 0:01:07]} Rdd2 {[%clk 0:00:27]} 41.Kf4 {[%clk 0:01:08]} Rf2+ {[%clk 0:00:24]} 42.Ke3 {[%clk 0:01:08]} Rae2+ {[%clk 0:00:24]} 43.Kd4 {[%clk 0:01:08]} Rd2+ {[%clk 0:00:25]} 44.Kc5 {[%clk 0:01:06]} a5 {[%clk 0:00:25]} 45.Bd5 {[%clk 0:01:05]} Rde2 {[%clk 0:00:20]} 46.Kd6 {[%clk 0:01:05]} g6 {[%clk 0:00:19]} 47.Ra7 {[%clk 0:01:02]} Ra2 {[%clk 0:00:17]} 48.Bxa2 {[%clk 0:01:02]} Rxa2 {[%clk 0:00:16]} 49.c4 {[%clk 0:01:04]} h5 {[%clk 0:00:15]} 50.Ra8+ {[%clk 0:01:05]} Kg7 {[%clk 0:00:13]} 51.gxh5 {[%clk 0:01:06]} gxh5 {[%clk 0:00:14]} 52.c5 {[%clk 0:01:07]} h4 {[%clk 0:00:15]} 53.Ra7 {[%clk 0:01:02]} Kg6 {[%clk 0:00:14]} 54.Ra8 {[%clk 0:00:58]} Kg7 {[%clk 0:00:12]} 55.Ra7 {[%clk 0:00:57]} Kg6 {[%clk 0:00:13]} 56.e6 {[%clk 0:00:55]} fxe6 {[%clk 0:00:12]} 57.Kxe6 {[%clk 0:00:57]} Re2+ {[%clk 0:00:13]} 58.Kd7 {[%clk 0:00:56]} Rd2+ {[%clk 0:00:14]} 59.Kc7 {[%clk 0:00:55]} h3 {[%clk 0:00:13]} 60.Rxa5 {[%clk 0:00:56]} h2 {[%clk 0:00:13]} 61.Ra1 {[%clk 0:00:57]} Rg2 {[%clk 0:00:14]} 62.Rh1 {[%clk 0:00:57]} Kg5 {[%clk 0:00:15]} 63.c6 {[%clk 0:00:55]} Kg4 {[%clk 0:00:14]}  1/2-1/2

2017-11-09

Chess Game

[Event "Columbus CC"]
[Site "Mill Race Center"]
[Date "Nov 9, 2017"]
[Round "2"]
[White "John Coffey"]
[Black "Ron West"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nc6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bf4 Nf6 6. e3 O-O 7. Bd3 dxc4 8.
Bxc4 Nd5 9. Bxd5 Qxd5 10. O-O Bxc3 11. bxc3 Qd8 12. Rb1 Ne7 13. e4 b6 14. Re1
h6 15. Qd2 Ng6 16. Bxh6 gxh6 17. Qxh6 Qf6 18. Ne5 Qg7 19. Qh3 Nxe5 20. dxe5
Qxe5 21. Re3 f6 22. Rg3+ Kf7 23. Qh7+ Ke8 24. Rg7 Qd6 25. Qh5+ Kd8 26. Rd1
Qxd1+ 27. Qxd1+ Ke8 28. Qa4+ Kd8 29. Qc6
1-0

2017-11-03

Win against NM on USCF online tournament.

This guy is like 2200 chess.com blitz and bullet, but his rapid rating is relatively low because he says he never plays rapid oline.  He blundered on move 10.  

Later I made a queen sacrifice that I probably didn't need to make, but it still turned out good for me.

[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2017.11.03"]
[White "john2001plus"]
[Black "e4ofHearts"]
[WhiteElo "1869"]
[BlackElo "1524"]
[TimeControl "900+10"]
[ECO "E61"]
[Termination "john2001plus won by resignation"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 d6 5.Bg5 O-O 6.e3 Nc6 7.d5 Nb4 8.Be2 c5 9.e4 Qa5 10.O-O Ng4 11.Bxe7 Re8 12.Bxd6 Na6 13.Qd2 Qd8 14.Bf4 Nc7 15.h3 Nf6 16.e5 Nd7 17.Qe3 Nxe5 18.Bxe5 Bxe5 19.Nxe5 f6 20.f4 Qe7 21.Rad1 Na6 22.d6 Qg7 23.Qd2 fxe5 24.d7 Bxd7 25.Qxd7 Re7 26.Ne4 Rxd7 27.Rxd7 Qh6 28.Nf6+ Kh8 29.fxe5 Rf8 30.Rxh7+ Qxh7 31.Nxh7 Rxf1+ 32.Kxf1 Kxh7 33.Bf3 b6 34.Ke2 Nb4 35.Be4 Nxa2 36.h4 Kg7 37.g4 Nb4 38.h5 gxh5 39.gxh5 Na6 40.Bc6 Nc7 41.Bd7 Kh6 42.e6 Kxh5 43.e7 Kg5 44.e8=Q Nxe8 45.Bxe8 Kf4 46.Kd3 Kf3 47.Bc6+ Kf2 48.Kc3 Ke3 49.Kb3 Kd3 50.Bb5 Kd2 51.Ka4 Kc2 52.b4 cxb4 53.Kxb4 Kb2 54.Ba6 Kc2 55.Kb5 Kd3 56.Kc6 Kd4 57.Kb7 Kc5 58.Kxa7 Kc6 59.Bb5+ Kc7 60.Ka6  1-0

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2017-10-28

Nice upset.

Play chess online

2017-10-20

I found this game surprisingly difficult. (Barely won.)

I found this game surprisingly difficult.  My opponent is an asian teengager who seemed to play as well as me.  I offered him a draw around move 33 because I saw little hope of winning.  He turned me down.  This is after I let him take a pawn on h7 because I was hoping to harass his king.  When we got the the king and pawn ending he offered me a draw a couple of times, but I was feeling much more confident at that point.

[Event "Indiana State Chess Championship"]
[Site "Indianapolis Indiana"]
[Date "2017.10.20"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Qain, Bill"]
[Black "Coffey, John"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C02"]
[WhiteElo "1744"]
[BlackElo "2001"]
[Annotator "John Coffey"]
[PlyCount "112"]
[TimeControl "G/120"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qb6 6. Bd3 cxd4 7. cxd4
Bd7 8. Bc2 Nb4 9. Nc3 Nxc2+ 10. Qxc2 Rc8 11. Bd2 Qa6 12. Qb3 Ne7 13. Rc1 Nf5
14. Ne2 Rxc1+ 15. Nxc1 Be7 16. Bb4 O-O 17. Bxe7 Nxe7 18. Nd3 b6 19. Kd2 Bb5 20.
a3 Bc4 21. Qc3 Rc8 22. Nb4 Qa4 23. Rc1 Kf8 24. Qc2 Bb3 25. Qxh7 Rxc1 26. Kxc1
a5 27. Qh8+ Ng8 28. Nd3 Qc4+ 29. Kd2 Bc2 30. Nfe1 Bxd3 31. Nxd3 Qxd4 32. Qh3
Ne7 33. Qe3 Nf5 34. Qxd4 Nxd4 35. Kc3 Nc6 36. f4 Ke7 37. b4 axb4+ 38. Nxb4 Nxb4
39. Kxb4 f6 40. g4 fxe5 41. fxe5 g5 42. Kb5 Kd7 43. Kb4 Kc6 44. a4 d4 45. Kc4
d3 46. Kxd3 Kd5 47. Kc3 Kxe5 48. Kb4 (48. Kc4 {strangley draws.} Kd6 49. Kd4
e5+ 50. Ke4 Ke6 51. h3 Kd6 52. Kf5 Kd5 53. h4 gxh4 54. g5 h3 55. g6 h2 56. g7
h1=Q 57. g8=Q+) 48... Kd6 49. Kb5 e5 {I had seen forced mate at this point if he takes the pawn.} 50. Kxb6 e4 51. a5
e3 52. a6 e2 53. a7 e1=Q 54. a8=Q Qb4+ 55. Ka6 Qa4+ 56. Kb7 Qb5+ 0-1


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2017-10-06

This last round was a nail biter.

Check out this ending ...

[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2017.10.06"]
[White "john2001plus"]
[Black "SpeedyChess11"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A46"]
[WhiteElo "1866"]
[BlackElo "1747"]
[TimeControl "900+10"]
[EndTime "20:29:17 PDT"]
[Termination "john2001plus won by checkmate"]
[CurrentPosition "6Q1/8/5Q1k/6pp/1K6/7P/8/8 b - - 7 58"]

1.Nf3 {[%clk 0:15:09]} Nf6 {[%clk 0:13:37]} 2.d4 {[%clk 0:15:16]} e6 {[%clk 0:13:44]} 3.c4 {[%clk 0:15:22]} b6 {[%clk 0:13:48]} 4.a3 {[%clk 0:15:28]} Bb7 {[%clk 0:13:56]} 5.Nc3 {[%clk 0:15:28]} Be7 {[%clk 0:13:56]} 6.d5 {[%clk 0:15:27]} exd5 {[%clk 0:14:02]} 7.cxd5 {[%clk 0:15:33]} O-O {[%clk 0:14:10]} 8.e4 {[%clk 0:15:38]} d6 {[%clk 0:14:14]} 9.Bc4 {[%clk 0:15:18]} Re8 {[%clk 0:14:15]} 10.O-O {[%clk 0:15:24]} Nbd7 {[%clk 0:14:21]} 11.Nd4 {[%clk 0:15:06]} Ne5 {[%clk 0:14:12]} 12.Bb5 {[%clk 0:14:51]} Rf8 {[%clk 0:14:18]} 13.f4 {[%clk 0:14:48]} Ng6 {[%clk 0:14:18]} 14.Bc6 {[%clk 0:14:02]} Bxc6 {[%clk 0:14:15]} 15.Nxc6 {[%clk 0:14:10]} Qd7 {[%clk 0:14:21]} 16.Be3 {[%clk 0:12:35]} Ng4 {[%clk 0:14:04]} 17.Bd4 {[%clk 0:12:01]} Bf6 {[%clk 0:13:33]} 18.h3 {[%clk 0:12:05]} Bxd4+ {[%clk 0:13:37]} 19.Qxd4 {[%clk 0:12:11]} Nf6 {[%clk 0:13:33]} 20.e5 {[%clk 0:12:04]} Ne8 {[%clk 0:12:52]} 21.Rae1 {[%clk 0:10:42]} dxe5 {[%clk 0:12:18]} 22.fxe5 {[%clk 0:10:24]} Ne7 {[%clk 0:11:54]} 23.Nxe7+? {[%clk 0:06:41]} (23. Qg4!!) Qxe7 {[%clk 0:12:04]} 24.Qc4 {[%clk 0:04:15]} Rd8 {[%clk 0:11:49]} 25.Nb5 {[%clk 0:03:53]} a6 {[%clk 0:11:46]} 26.Na7 {[%clk 0:03:52]} b5 {[%clk 0:06:51]} 27.Nc6 {[%clk 0:03:37]} bxc4 {[%clk 0:06:23]} 28.Nxe7+ {[%clk 0:03:44]} Kh8 {[%clk 0:06:32]} 29.Rd1 {[%clk 0:02:51]} Rd7 {[%clk 0:06:21]} 30.Nc6 {[%clk 0:02:58]} Rg8 {[%clk 0:06:13]} 31.e6 {[%clk 0:02:54]} fxe6 {[%clk 0:06:13]} 32.dxe6 {[%clk 0:03:03]} Rd6 {[%clk 0:05:28]} 33.Ne5 {[%clk 0:01:35]} g6 {[%clk 0:04:58]} 34.Nf7+ {[%clk 0:01:38]} Kg7 {[%clk 0:05:07]} 35.Nxd6 {[%clk 0:01:45]} Nxd6 {[%clk 0:05:17]} 36.Rxd6 {[%clk 0:00:58]} cxd6 {[%clk 0:05:23]} 37.Rf7+ {[%clk 0:01:07]} Kh6 {[%clk 0:05:32]} 38.Rd7 {[%clk 0:01:17]} Re8 {[%clk 0:05:35]} 39.Rxd6 {[%clk 0:01:25]} a5 {[%clk 0:05:42]} 40.Kf2 {[%clk 0:01:22]} Kg5 {[%clk 0:05:49]} 41.Ke3 {[%clk 0:01:30]} Kf5 {[%clk 0:05:51]} 42.Kd4 {[%clk 0:01:37]} Kf6 {[%clk 0:05:01]} 43.Kxc4 {[%clk 0:01:40]} Rb8 {[%clk 0:05:08]} 44.b4 {[%clk 0:01:45]} axb4 {[%clk 0:05:16]} 45.axb4 {[%clk 0:01:55]} Ke5 {[%clk 0:05:13]} 46.Kc5 {[%clk 0:01:47]} Ra8 {[%clk 0:05:01]} 47.b5 {[%clk 0:01:46]} Ra2 {[%clk 0:05:02]} 48.e7 {[%clk 0:01:26]} Rc2+ {[%clk 0:05:03]} 49.Kb4 {[%clk 0:01:33]} Kxd6 {[%clk 0:04:53]} 50.e8=Q {[%clk 0:01:41]} Rxg2 {[%clk 0:05:00]} 51.Qc6+ {[%clk 0:01:44]} Ke5 {[%clk 0:05:07]} 52.Qxg2 {[%clk 0:01:52]} Kf4 {[%clk 0:05:15]} 53.b6 {[%clk 0:02:00]} h5 {[%clk 0:05:24]} 54.b7 {[%clk 0:02:09]} g5 {[%clk 0:05:32]} 55.b8=Q+ {[%clk 0:02:18]} Kf5 {[%clk 0:05:42]} 56.Qf3+ {[%clk 0:02:23]} Kg6 {[%clk 0:05:50]} 57.Qg8+ {[%clk 0:02:31]} Kh6 {[%clk 0:05:58]} 58.Qf6# {[%clk 0:02:39]}  1-0

2017-09-30

ICC game tangent vs yoshi. First place in ICC tournament.

Well, it is nice to be lucky.  After I had a draw with one master in the ICC USCF online rated tournament, this FIDE Master thought that I had forced mate, when I really didn't.  After he resigned, I told him that I hadn't found the path to victory yet.  So through sheer dumb luck, I finished the tournament in first place 

>uscf You won!!! Congratulations! This is your 9 1st place finish
> During the 5 rounds, you collected 4.5 points
>uscf 
>   4.5 yoshi
>   4.0 tangent NO-Mind
>   3.5 cool64chess
>   3.0 darvid ThePontiff panorama KingsBishop xiaoqixia
>   2.5 IAlwaysWin ROWLAND BotanicalKnight rjp1888
>   2.0 TheBlackVeil canary2016 Fineas-Fogg Zephyr capatal1 getRooked
>   1.5 JRussell2 Ethius
>   1.0 Celtruler coolbaja tigeriz cyborg86
>   0.5 BIRDSMAN racertripplex
>    __________  __  ______  _   __________  __   ____ _    ____________
>   /_  __/ __ \/ / / / __ \/ | / / ____/\ \/ /  / __ \ |  / / ____/ __ \
>    / / / / / / / / / /_/ /  |/ / __/    \  /  / / / / | / / __/ / /_/ /
>   / / / /_/ / /_/ / _  _/ /|  / /___    / /  / /_/ /| |/ / /___/ _  _/ 
>  /_/  \____/\____/_/ |_/_/ |_/_____/   /_/   \____/ |___/_____/_/ |_|
>    Congratulations yoshi and Thanks to all :-)



[Event "ICC tourney 1318 (12 3)"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2017.09.30"]
[Round "5"]
[White "tangent"]
[Black "yoshi"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ICCResult "White resigns"]
[WhiteElo "1982"]
[BlackElo "1711"]
[Opening "Queen's Indian: Capablanca variation"]
[ECO "E16"]
[NIC "QI.06"]
[Time "19:06:22"]
[TimeControl "720+3"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 Bb4+ 6. Nbd2 O-O 7. O-O d5 8.
Qc2 Nbd7 9. Rd1 c5 10. cxd5 Bxd5 11. e4 Bb7 12. e5 Bxd2 13. exf6 Bxc1 14.
fxg7 Kxg7 15. Raxc1 Rc8 16. dxc5 Rxc5 17. Qa4 Rxc1 18. Rxc1 Nc5 19. Qxa7 Nd3
20. Rd1 Bxf3 21. Bxf3 Qd4 22. Rd2 Rc8 23. Qb7 Rc1+ {White resigns} 0-1

​Computer analysis gives 24. Bd1 Rxd1+ 25. Rxd1 Qxf2+ 26. Kh1 Ne1 27. Rxe1 Qxe1+ 28. Kg2 Qe2+ 29. Kh3 Qxb2 with a strong advantage for Black.



2017-09-22

Leap PQ-9907

Somebody at the Columbus Chess Club has this little chess clock, and said that they only paid $18 for it.  For $18, I think that it is pretty terrific.



Wholesale chess has their own version of this clock which costs more:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHgneZ-7GY8 

The clock has a low profile, which means that it is not as tall as most chess clocks.  It is also a little smaller than average.  For me, with a bad, and recently often painful shoulder, it took a little extra effort to hit the button.  I had to reach ever so slightly further, but my shoulder noticed the difference.  I don't think that it is noticeable for anybody else.

The clock has options for both increment and delay, but according to the manual you cannot use both at the same time, which is no big deal.  It also has a count up mode. 

The clock is really easy to set.    I thought it was easier to learn how to set the clock by just experimenting with it, than it was to read the slightly confusing English/Chinese manual.  The clock only remembers the last time control you set.  This is not as a big of deal as it sounds, because it is pretty easy to change the time control.  You reset the clock by turning it off and on.

The clock only supports one time control.  If you had more than one time control with the same level of increment or delay, then maybe you could use the count up mode, or for something like 40/2 d5 followed by G/60 d5 you could set the time to 3 hours.

At this price it was for me a no brainer to order one.  The clock appears to be well made made enough, although a little on the cheap side, naturally.  However, even if it wears out in a year, I still will have gotten my money's worth.

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2017-09-20

Caro-Kann Defense

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2017-09-11

Queen Pawn

[Event "Greenwood Chess Club"]
[Site "Kroger"]
[Date "Sep 11, 2017"]
[Round "1"]
[White "John Coffey"]
[Black "Dmitry Gusev"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 Qxf6 8.
e3 O-O 9. Bd3 dxc4 10. Bxc4 c6 11. O-O Nd7 12. e4 Nb6 13. Bd3 c5 14. e5 Qe7 15.
Qe2 f5 16. exf6 Rxf6 17. Ne5 c4 18. Nxc4 Nd5 19. Rac1 Nf4 20. Qe4 Nxd3 21. Qxd3
b6 22. d5 Ba6 23. d6 Bxc4 24. dxe7 Bxd3 25. Rfd1 Kf7 26. Rxd3 Kxe7 27. Rcd1 Rf7
28. Rd7+ Kf8 29. Rxf7+ Kxf7 30. Rd7+ Kf6 31. Kf1 Rc8 32. Rxa7 Rxc3 33. Ke2 Rc2+
34. Ke3 g5 35. g3
0-1 eventually on time.