2017-06-17

First place finish in USCF Online rated ICC tournament

>uscf You won!!! Congratulations! This is your 4 1st place finish
> During the 5 rounds, you collected 4.5 points
>uscf 
>   4.5 yoshi LiangLiang
>   4.0 cashout
>   3.5 wcorbit1
>   3.0 canary2016 itemsfront KingsBishop tigeriz smgsmg21
>   2.5 tony1209 Allah99
>   2.0 wmanthony BillietheKid CarbonPawn ickyquarter capatal1 BIRDSMAN
>   1.5 Heian amueller MHanDaMan
>   1.0 Gamebuilder123 ROWLAND crunk-dawg
>   0.5 pawninthegrass
>    __________  __  ______  _   __________  __   ____ _    ____________
>   /_  __/ __ \/ / / / __ \/ | / / ____/\ \/ /  / __ \ |  / / ____/ __ \
>    / / / / / / / / / /_/ /  |/ / __/    \  /  / / / / | / / __/ / /_/ /
>   / / / /_/ / /_/ / _  _/ /|  / /___    / /  / /_/ /| |/ / /___/ _  _/ 
>  /_/  \____/\____/_/ |_/_/ |_/_____/   /_/   \____/ |___/_____/_/ |_|
>    Congratulations yoshi and Thanks to all :-)

The last round game I was likely winning, but because I was very low on time, I took a draw.  I am sure that I missed opportunities to win this game, but I didn't have much time to figure it out.

[Event "ICC tourney 1273 (12 3)"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2017.06.17"]
[Round "5"]
[White "yoshi"]
[Black "LiangLiang"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ICCResult "Game drawn by mutual agreement"]
[WhiteElo "1659"]
[BlackElo "1682"]
[Opening "QGD: 4.Nf3"]
[ECO "D37"]
[NIC "QI.01"]
[Time "18:58:50"]
[TimeControl "720+3"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. d4 e6 3. c4 d5 4. Nc3 Nbd7 5. e3 Be7 6. cxd5 exd5 7. Bd3 Nf8
8. O-O Ng6 9. e4 dxe4 10. Nxe4 Nxe4 11. Bxe4 c6 12. d5 cxd5 13. Bxd5 O-O 14.
Be3 Bf6 15. Qb3 Bxb2 16. Bxf7+ Rxf7 17. Ng5 Qf8 18. Nxf7 Bxa1 19. Nh6+ Kh8
20. Bc5 Be6 21. Qxe6 Qe8 22. Nf7+ Kg8 {Game drawn by mutual agreement}
1/2-1/2

2017-06-07

Maybe my first clear 1st place in the chess.com USCF online rated speed tournament.



There was one master in the tournament who got beat by KingsBishop and then dropped out, and in the next round I beat KingsBishop.

My only game against a higher rated player was a nice endgame victory for me...

[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2017.06.07"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Troy8"]
[Black "john2001plus"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E01"]
[WhiteElo "1988"]
[BlackElo "1854"]
[Annotator "Coffey,John"]
[PlyCount "118"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]
[TimeControl "180+2"]

1. c4 e6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. Nf3 c6 5. Qc2 Bd6 6. d4 O-O 7. Nbd2 Nbd7 8. e4
dxe4 9. Nxe4 Nxe4 10. Qxe4 Nf6 11. Qh4 Qa5+ 12. Bd2 Bb4 13. Qf4 Rd8 14. O-O
Bxd2 15. Nxd2 e5 16. dxe5 Qxd2 17. Qxd2 Rxd2 18. exf6 Rxb2 19. Rfe1 Be6 20.
fxg7 Bxc4 21. Rab1 Rxb1 22. Rxb1 Bxa2 23. Rxb7 Bd5 24. Bxd5 cxd5 25. Rd7 a5 26.
Rxd5 a4 27. Rd2 a3 28. Ra2 Kxg7 29. Kf1 Kf6 30. Ke2 Ke5 31. Kd3 Kd5 32. f3 Kc5
33. Kc3 f5 34. g4 fxg4 35. fxg4 Kd5 36. Kd3 Ke5 37. Ke3 Ra4 38. h3 Re4+ 39. Kf3
Rf4+ 40. Kg3 Ra4 41. Kh4 Kf4 42. Kh5 Kg3 43. h4 Ra6 44. g5 Ra5 45. Kh6 Kxh4 46.
g6 hxg6 47. Kxg6 Kg4 48. Kf6 Kf4 49. Ke6 Ke4 50. Kd6 Kd4 51. Kc6 Kc4 52. Kb6
Kb4 53. Kc6 Rh5 54. Rg2 Rh6+ 55. Kd5 Ra6 56. Rg4+ Kb5 57. Rg1 a2 58. Ra1 Kb4
59. Kd4 Kb3 0-1


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2017-05-10

Weekly Wednesday night Chess.com USCF Online rated blitz tournament.



I tied for 1st, but got second on tie breaks.   I don't think that I have ever tied for first before in this blitz tournament.  I lost to yandry1996, although I did my best to beat him. There were a couple of masters in the tournament who lost early and dropped out.  The tournament started with 27 players, but usually half the people drop out before it is finished.

I had a great deal of trouble with the blitz tournaments at first, but my online blitz rating has made a pretty good progression over the last year.  



I think that the ratings are low compared to standard USCF ratings, but maybe not as much when you get up to the master level.

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2017-04-05

Third place in the USCF Online rated speed tournament.

I used to not do that well in the online speed chess (blitz) tournaments, but my results have been improving.  Thanks to all the study I have done lately, plus some extra online practice, I felt somewhat confident going into this tournament.  I started the tournament in 8th or 9th place, but finished third.  I lost to two masters, but I think that I put up a good fight against the one who was really high rated.  With my chess.com rating only 1745, I beat three higher rated players, two of which were in the 1800's and one in the 1900's.  My chess.com blitz rating jumped up 32 points.  I will be curious as to how this tournament will affect my USCF Online Blitz rating, but I won't know for a few days.  (BTW, I think that the online ratings are at least 200 points below standard over the board ratings.  This might not be true when you get up to high master, but I think that it is true at my level.)



[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2017.04.05"]
[White "john2001plus"]
[Black "thefidebullet"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C20"]
[WhiteElo "1745"]
[BlackElo "1214"]
[TimeControl "180+2"]
[Endtime "17:06:10 PDT"]
[Termination "john2001plus won by resignation"]
[CurrentPosition "r7/pbp5/5k2/4nQ2/4P3/2NP4/PPP2PP1/R3K3 b Q - 8 22"]

1.Nf3 {[%clk 0:02:50]} e5 {[%clk 0:03:02]} 2.Nxe5 {[%clk 0:02:48]} f6 {[%clk 0:03:02]} 3.e4 {[%clk 0:02:38]} fxe5 {[%clk 0:03:02]} 4.Qh5+ {[%clk 0:02:38]} Ke7 {[%clk 0:03:01]} 5.Qxe5+ {[%clk 0:02:38]} Kf7 {[%clk 0:02:58]} 6.Bc4+ {[%clk 0:02:40]} d5 {[%clk 0:02:59]} 7.Bxd5+ {[%clk 0:02:38]} Kg6 {[%clk 0:02:59]} 8.h4 {[%clk 0:02:32]} h5 {[%clk 0:01:20]} 9.Bxb7 {[%clk 0:02:29]} Bxb7 {[%clk 0:00:59]} 10.Qf5+ {[%clk 0:02:25]} Kh6 {[%clk 0:00:56]} 11.d3+ {[%clk 0:02:26]} g5 {[%clk 0:00:55]} 12.Bxg5+ {[%clk 0:02:19]} Qxg5 {[%clk 0:00:52]} 13.hxg5+ {[%clk 0:02:07]} Kg7 {[%clk 0:00:53]} 14.Qe5+ {[%clk 0:02:07]} Kh7 {[%clk 0:00:52]} 15.Rxh5+ {[%clk 0:02:06]} Nh6 {[%clk 0:00:48]} 16.gxh6 {[%clk 0:01:39]} Bxh6 {[%clk 0:00:32]} 17.Rxh6+ {[%clk 0:01:30]} Kxh6 {[%clk 0:00:32]} 18.Qxh8+ {[%clk 0:01:30]} Kg6 {[%clk 0:00:30]} 19.Qg8+ {[%clk 0:01:30]} Kf6 {[%clk 0:00:30]} 20.Nc3 {[%clk 0:01:22]} Nd7 {[%clk 0:00:25]} 21.Qh7 {[%clk 0:01:20]} Ne5 {[%clk 0:00:20]} 22.Qf5+ {[%clk 0:01:15]}  1-0


[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2017.04.05"]
[White "kstorn"]
[Black "john2001plus"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E16"]
[WhiteElo "1948"]
[BlackElo "1746"]
[TimeControl "180+2"]
[Endtime "17:17:46 PDT"]
[Termination "john2001plus won by checkmate"]
[CurrentPosition "r5k1/pb5p/1p6/2p1p3/1PPp4/P7/3QP3/R1R1K1q1 w - - 2 32"]

1.d4 {[%clk 0:03:02]} Nf6 {[%clk 0:03:00]} 2.c4 {[%clk 0:03:03]} e6 {[%clk 0:02:59]} 3.Nf3 {[%clk 0:03:03]} Bb4+ {[%clk 0:02:56]} 4.Nbd2 {[%clk 0:03:04]} b6 {[%clk 0:02:55]} 5.g3 {[%clk 0:03:04]} Bb7 {[%clk 0:02:56]} 6.Bg2 {[%clk 0:03:05]} O-O {[%clk 0:02:55]} 7.O-O {[%clk 0:03:05]} d5 {[%clk 0:02:38]} 8.Ne5 {[%clk 0:02:50]} Nbd7 {[%clk 0:02:32]} 9.a3 {[%clk 0:02:25]} Bd6 {[%clk 0:02:28]} 10.Ndf3 {[%clk 0:02:09]} Bxe5 {[%clk 0:02:24]} 11.Nxe5 {[%clk 0:02:07]} Nxe5 {[%clk 0:02:18]} 12.dxe5 {[%clk 0:02:09]} Ne4 {[%clk 0:02:04]} 13.f3 {[%clk 0:01:56]} Nc5 {[%clk 0:02:03]} 14.b4 {[%clk 0:01:56]} Nd7 {[%clk 0:02:03]} 15.f4 {[%clk 0:01:50]} c6 {[%clk 0:02:02]} 16.Bb2 {[%clk 0:01:43]} f6 {[%clk 0:02:02]} 17.exf6 {[%clk 0:01:36]} Nxf6 {[%clk 0:02:04]} 18.Be5 {[%clk 0:01:31]} Ng4 {[%clk 0:02:02]} 19.Qd4 {[%clk 0:00:21]} c5 {[%clk 0:01:53]} 20.Qb2 {[%clk 0:00:13]} Ne3 {[%clk 0:01:39]} 21.Rfc1 {[%clk 0:00:13]} Nxg2 {[%clk 0:01:38]} 22.Kxg2 {[%clk 0:00:13]} d4+ {[%clk 0:01:25]} 23.Kf2 {[%clk 0:00:14]} g5 {[%clk 0:01:24]} 24.Qc2 {[%clk 0:00:12]} gxf4 {[%clk 0:01:23]} 25.gxf4 {[%clk 0:00:13]} Qh4+ {[%clk 0:01:22]} 26.Kg1 {[%clk 0:00:14]} Qg4+ {[%clk 0:01:18]} 27.Kf2 {[%clk 0:00:15]} Rxf4+ {[%clk 0:01:15]} 28.Bxf4 {[%clk 0:00:13]} Qxf4+ {[%clk 0:01:15]} 29.Ke1 {[%clk 0:00:14]} Qxh2 {[%clk 0:01:02]} 30.Qd3 {[%clk 0:00:12]} e5 {[%clk 0:00:50]} 31.Qd2 {[%clk 0:00:10]} Qg1# {[%clk 0:00:42]}  0-1


[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2017.04.05"]
[White "john2001plus"]
[Black "jasrom"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D47"]
[WhiteElo "1758"]
[BlackElo "2382"]
[TimeControl "180+2"]
[Endtime "17:29:19 PDT"]
[Termination "jasrom won by resignation"]
[CurrentPosition "8/8/7p/6p1/1p2pkP1/1P6/4K3/8 w - - 4 48"]

1.Nf3 {[%clk 0:03:02]} e6 {[%clk 0:03:00]} 2.d4 {[%clk 0:03:02]} d5 {[%clk 0:03:01]} 3.c4 {[%clk 0:03:03]} c6 {[%clk 0:03:02]} 4.e3 {[%clk 0:03:03]} Nf6 {[%clk 0:03:02]} 5.Nc3 {[%clk 0:03:05]} Nbd7 {[%clk 0:03:03]} 6.Bd3 {[%clk 0:03:06]} dxc4 {[%clk 0:03:04]} 7.Bxc4 {[%clk 0:03:07]} b5 {[%clk 0:03:06]} 8.Be2 {[%clk 0:03:07]} a6 {[%clk 0:03:07]} 9.O-O {[%clk 0:03:07]} Bb7 {[%clk 0:03:08]} 10.e4 {[%clk 0:03:08]} b4 {[%clk 0:03:03]} 11.e5 {[%clk 0:03:08]} Nd5 {[%clk 0:03:02]} 12.Ne4 {[%clk 0:03:07]} h6 {[%clk 0:03:02]} 13.Qc2 {[%clk 0:02:50]} Qb6 {[%clk 0:03:00]} 14.Be3 {[%clk 0:02:49]} Nxe3 {[%clk 0:02:44]} 15.fxe3 {[%clk 0:02:51]} c5 {[%clk 0:02:45]} 16.Ned2 {[%clk 0:02:23]} cxd4 {[%clk 0:02:40]} 17.Nc4 {[%clk 0:02:21]} Qc7 {[%clk 0:02:22]} 18.Rac1 {[%clk 0:02:05]} dxe3 {[%clk 0:01:54]} 19.Nd6+ {[%clk 0:02:05]} Bxd6 {[%clk 0:01:54]} 20.Qxc7 {[%clk 0:02:06]} Bxc7 {[%clk 0:01:55]} 21.Rxc7 {[%clk 0:02:07]} Bd5 {[%clk 0:01:52]} 22.Bxa6 {[%clk 0:01:59]} O-O {[%clk 0:01:26]} 23.Bc4 {[%clk 0:01:39]} Nb6 {[%clk 0:01:20]} 24.Bxd5 {[%clk 0:01:31]} Nxd5 {[%clk 0:01:20]} 25.Rb7 {[%clk 0:01:24]} Rxa2 {[%clk 0:01:22]} 26.b3 {[%clk 0:01:23]} Rc8 {[%clk 0:01:10]} 27.Nd4 {[%clk 0:01:22]} e2 {[%clk 0:00:57]} 28.Re1 {[%clk 0:01:14]} Nf4 {[%clk 0:00:56]} 29.g3 {[%clk 0:01:11]} Nd3 {[%clk 0:00:40]} 30.Rxe2 {[%clk 0:01:12]} Rc1+ {[%clk 0:00:21]} 31.Kg2 {[%clk 0:01:05]} Rxe2+ {[%clk 0:00:18]} 32.Nxe2 {[%clk 0:01:06]} Rc2 {[%clk 0:00:19]} 33.Kf1 {[%clk 0:01:00]} Rb2 {[%clk 0:00:19]} 34.Nd4 {[%clk 0:00:58]} Rxh2 {[%clk 0:00:16]} 35.Rb8+ {[%clk 0:00:45]} Kh7 {[%clk 0:00:17]} 36.Rf8 {[%clk 0:00:46]} Rf2+ {[%clk 0:00:17]} 37.Kg1 {[%clk 0:00:46]} Kg6 {[%clk 0:00:18]} 38.Nxe6 {[%clk 0:00:43]} fxe6 {[%clk 0:00:14]} 39.Rxf2 {[%clk 0:00:42]} Nxf2 {[%clk 0:00:16]} 40.Kxf2 {[%clk 0:00:44]} Kf5 {[%clk 0:00:17]} 41.Ke3 {[%clk 0:00:42]} Kxe5 {[%clk 0:00:19]} 42.Kd3 {[%clk 0:00:43]} Kd5 {[%clk 0:00:20]} 43.Ke3 {[%clk 0:00:43]} g5 {[%clk 0:00:21]} 44.g4 {[%clk 0:00:43]} e5 {[%clk 0:00:20]} 45.Kd3 {[%clk 0:00:44]} e4+ {[%clk 0:00:21]} 46.Ke3 {[%clk 0:00:45]} Ke5 {[%clk 0:00:23]} 47.Ke2 {[%clk 0:00:46]} Kf4 {[%clk 0:00:25]}  0-1


[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2017.04.05"]
[White "wiseone22"]
[Black "john2001plus"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C02"]
[WhiteElo "1858"]
[BlackElo "1758"]
[TimeControl "180+2"]
[Endtime "17:37:29 PDT"]
[Termination "john2001plus won by resignation"]
[CurrentPosition "7r/1pkb1p1p/4pP2/3p4/1P6/4B3/1r1n2PP/1B3RK1 b - - 3 26"]

1.e4 {[%clk 0:03:02]} e6 {[%clk 0:03:02]} 2.d4 {[%clk 0:03:02]} d5 {[%clk 0:03:02]} 3.e5 {[%clk 0:02:54]} c5 {[%clk 0:03:02]} 4.c3 {[%clk 0:02:53]} Nc6 {[%clk 0:03:03]} 5.f4 {[%clk 0:02:54]} Qb6 {[%clk 0:02:46]} 6.Nf3 {[%clk 0:02:52]} Bd7 {[%clk 0:02:43]} 7.Qb3 {[%clk 0:02:41]} Na5 {[%clk 0:02:40]} 8.Qxb6 {[%clk 0:02:41]} axb6 {[%clk 0:02:42]} 9.Bd3 {[%clk 0:02:30]} Nb3 {[%clk 0:02:39]} 10.axb3 {[%clk 0:02:18]} Rxa1 {[%clk 0:02:38]} 11.O-O {[%clk 0:02:12]} cxd4 {[%clk 0:02:34]} 12.Nxd4 {[%clk 0:02:06]} Ne7 {[%clk 0:02:30]} 13.Na3 {[%clk 0:02:02]} Nc6 {[%clk 0:02:30]} 14.Ndc2 {[%clk 0:02:02]} Ra2 {[%clk 0:02:23]} 15.Nb5 {[%clk 0:01:55]} Na5 {[%clk 0:02:02]} 16.Nb4 {[%clk 0:01:33]} Bxb4 {[%clk 0:01:45]} 17.cxb4 {[%clk 0:01:27]} Nxb3 {[%clk 0:01:41]} 18.Nd6+ {[%clk 0:01:27]} Ke7 {[%clk 0:01:42]} 19.Be3 {[%clk 0:01:16]} Rxb2 {[%clk 0:01:34]} 20.Bxb6 {[%clk 0:01:13]} Rd2 {[%clk 0:01:22]} 21.Bb1 {[%clk 0:00:59]} Rb2 {[%clk 0:01:14]} 22.f5 {[%clk 0:00:56]} Nd2 {[%clk 0:01:07]} 23.f6+ {[%clk 0:00:49]} gxf6 {[%clk 0:01:07]} 24.exf6+ {[%clk 0:00:30]} Kxd6 {[%clk 0:01:05]} 25.Bc5+ {[%clk 0:00:31]} Kc7 {[%clk 0:01:03]} 26.Be3 {[%clk 0:00:21]}  0-1


[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2017.04.05"]
[White "DavidForthoffer"]
[Black "john2001plus"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E22"]
[WhiteElo "2048"]
[BlackElo "1768"]
[TimeControl "180+2"]
[Endtime "17:45:53 PDT"]
[Termination "DavidForthoffer won by resignation"]
[CurrentPosition "2r1k2r/4qppp/Pp2pn2/1Q1p4/3P4/5NP1/P2bPPBP/R4RK1 b k - 0 18"]

1.d4 {[%clk 0:03:02]} Nf6 {[%clk 0:02:59]} 2.c4 {[%clk 0:03:03]} e6 {[%clk 0:03:01]} 3.Nc3 {[%clk 0:03:04]} Bb4 {[%clk 0:03:02]} 4.Qb3 {[%clk 0:03:05]} Nc6 {[%clk 0:02:46]} 5.Nf3 {[%clk 0:03:06]} b6 {[%clk 0:02:44]} 6.g3 {[%clk 0:03:05]} Bb7 {[%clk 0:02:45]} 7.Bg2 {[%clk 0:03:03]} Qe7 {[%clk 0:02:42]} 8.O-O {[%clk 0:03:03]} Na5 {[%clk 0:02:42]} 9.Qc2 {[%clk 0:02:59]} Nxc4 {[%clk 0:02:34]} 10.Nb5 {[%clk 0:02:55]} d5 {[%clk 0:01:47]} 11.b3 {[%clk 0:02:52]} c6 {[%clk 0:01:33]} 12.bxc4 {[%clk 0:02:53]} cxb5 {[%clk 0:01:34]} 13.cxb5 {[%clk 0:02:55]} Rc8 {[%clk 0:01:30]} 14.Qa4 {[%clk 0:02:53]} a5 {[%clk 0:01:13]} 15.bxa6+ {[%clk 0:02:50]} Bc6 {[%clk 0:01:13]} 16.Qb3 {[%clk 0:02:41]} Bb5 {[%clk 0:01:06]} 17.Bd2 {[%clk 0:02:40]} Bxd2 {[%clk 0:00:24]} 18.Qxb5+ {[%clk 0:02:38]}  1-0



[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2017.04.05"]
[White "john2001plus"]
[Black "Javachip3"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E12"]
[WhiteElo "1765"]
[BlackElo "1510"]
[TimeControl "180+2"]
[Endtime "17:55:23 PDT"]
[Termination "john2001plus won by resignation"]
[CurrentPosition "2rq1rk1/p3bp1p/Qp4p1/4P3/1P2BB2/P3P3/5PPP/R4RK1 b - - 0 19"]

1.Nf3 {[%clk 0:03:02]} Nf6 {[%clk 0:03:00]} 2.d4 {[%clk 0:03:02]} e6 {[%clk 0:03:01]} 3.c4 {[%clk 0:03:04]} b6 {[%clk 0:03:02]} 4.a3 {[%clk 0:03:04]} Bb7 {[%clk 0:03:02]} 5.Nc3 {[%clk 0:03:05]} Be7 {[%clk 0:03:04]} 6.Bf4 {[%clk 0:03:00]} d5 {[%clk 0:03:04]} 7.e3 {[%clk 0:03:01]} O-O {[%clk 0:03:04]} 8.Bd3 {[%clk 0:03:01]} Nbd7 {[%clk 0:03:05]} 9.O-O {[%clk 0:03:01]} c5 {[%clk 0:03:06]} 10.cxd5 {[%clk 0:02:56]} exd5 {[%clk 0:03:04]} 11.Ne5 {[%clk 0:02:51]} c4 {[%clk 0:03:04]} 12.Bf5 {[%clk 0:02:46]} Nxe5 {[%clk 0:02:41]} 13.dxe5 {[%clk 0:02:31]} Nd7 {[%clk 0:02:42]} 14.Nxd5 {[%clk 0:02:24]} Bxd5 {[%clk 0:02:33]} 15.Qxd5 {[%clk 0:02:26]} Nc5 {[%clk 0:02:28]} 16.Qxc4 {[%clk 0:02:15]} g6 {[%clk 0:02:22]} 17.b4 {[%clk 0:01:59]} Na6 {[%clk 0:02:11]} 18.Be4 {[%clk 0:01:54]} Rc8 {[%clk 0:02:09]} 19.Qxa6 {[%clk 0:01:54]}  1-0


[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2017.04.05"]
[White "john2001plus"]
[Black "safetyorsurprise"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D93"]
[WhiteElo "1768"]
[BlackElo "1800+"]
[TimeControl "180+2"]
[Endtime "18:06:15 PDT"]
[Termination "john2001plus won by resignation"]
[CurrentPosition "r2r4/pR1np1kp/5pp1/3P4/3N4/4P3/P2K1PPP/7R b - - 2 19"]

1.Nf3 {[%clk 0:02:43]} Nf6 {[%clk 0:02:56]} 2.d4 {[%clk 0:02:43]} g6 {[%clk 0:02:54]} 3.c4 {[%clk 0:02:44]} Bg7 {[%clk 0:02:51]} 4.Nc3 {[%clk 0:02:46]} d5 {[%clk 0:02:44]} 5.Bf4 {[%clk 0:02:33]} O-O {[%clk 0:02:43]} 6.e3 {[%clk 0:02:33]} c5 {[%clk 0:02:43]} 7.cxd5 {[%clk 0:02:33]} Nxd5 {[%clk 0:02:43]} 8.Be5 {[%clk 0:02:30]} Nxc3 {[%clk 0:02:31]} 9.bxc3 {[%clk 0:02:30]} cxd4 {[%clk 0:02:25]} 10.cxd4 {[%clk 0:02:26]} Qa5+ {[%clk 0:02:15]} 11.Qd2 {[%clk 0:02:26]} Qxd2+ {[%clk 0:02:12]} 12.Kxd2 {[%clk 0:02:28]} Nc6 {[%clk 0:02:06]} 13.Bxg7 {[%clk 0:02:27]} Kxg7 {[%clk 0:02:06]} 14.Bb5 {[%clk 0:02:27]} Bd7 {[%clk 0:01:51]} 15.Rab1 {[%clk 0:02:19]} f6 {[%clk 0:01:44]} 16.d5 {[%clk 0:02:17]} Ne5 {[%clk 0:01:23]} 17.Bxd7 {[%clk 0:02:10]} Nxd7 {[%clk 0:01:18]} 18.Rxb7 {[%clk 0:02:09]} Rfd8 {[%clk 0:01:17]} 19.Nd4 {[%clk 0:02:08]}  1-0



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2017-03-15

Chess Problems

This problem took me at least 90 seconds to solve.  Initially, I was looking at all the wrong ideas.  It took me so long it that chess.com only gave me one rating point for solving it.

I didn't like the White response after the first move, because I thought it was dumb.  It is the choice that delays mate the longest.  I had a different White defense in mind, so I went into the analysis option and it turns out my defense (2. f4) allows mate in 1, which I didn't see.




​P.S.  Check ​out this article.  I am not convinced that there is a solution.   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/03/14/can-solve-chess-problem-holds-key-human-consciousness/

2017-03-13

Oops

[Event "Casual G/10"]
[Site "Greenwood Chess Club"]
[Date "Mar 13, 2017"]
[Round "2"]
[White "John Coffey"]
[Black "Everett Keen"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 Be7 6. e3 Nbd7 7. Bd3 h6 8. Bh4
b6 9. O-O Bb7 10. Qe2 Rc8 11. cxd5 cxd5 12. Ba6 Bxa6 13. Qxa6 Ra8 14. Rac1 Qc8
15. Qxc8+ Rxc8 16. Nxd5 Rxc1 17. Nxf6+ Nxf6 18. Rxc1 O-O 19. Rc7 Bd6 20. Rxa7
Rc8 21. h3 Rc1+
0-1




Best wishes,

John Coffey

2017-02-08

Third place.

I'll take what I can get.  I still have some difficulty in the chess.com USCF rated speed tournament.  Usually, I am lucky just to place.  I don't think that I have ever won the speed tournament, although I have on rare occasion won some of the slower online tournaments.  (Sometimes, we get strong masters who show up and win the tournaments.  Sometimes we don't.)

I also need to either replace my mouse or get a mousepad and see if that helps.  My mouse is not as responsive as it should be.  When trying to play tournament speed chess online, it makes a difference.




2017-01-30

Slav Defense

[Event "Casual G/10"]
[Site "Greenwood chess club"]
[Date "Jan 30, 2017"]
[Round "2"]
[White "John Coffey"]
[Black "Greg Marshal"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 c6 3. c4 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. Qb3 Bxf3 6. Qxb7 Qa5+ 7. Bd2 Qb6 8.
Qxa8 Qxb2 9. gxf3 Nd7 10. Qxa7 Qxa1 11. Bd3 dxc4 12. Bc2 c3 13. Bxc3 Qxc3+ 14.
Nxc3 e5 15. dxe5 Bb4 16. Kd2 O-O 17. Rb1 Bc5 18. Qc7 Be7 19. Rxb8 Nxb8 20. Qxe7
c5 21. Bxh7+ Kxh7 22. Qxf8 Nd7
1-0

2017-01-20

Chess Game

[Event "Casual G/10"]
[Site "Columbus Indiana Chess Club"]
[Date "Jan 19, 2017"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Steve Salo"]
[Black "John Coffey"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. d4 e6 3. Bf4 c5 4. e3 Qb6 5. b3 Nc6 6. dxc5 Bxc5 7. Nc3 Bb4 8.
Qd3 Qa5 9. Kd2 Bxc3+ 10. Qxc3 Ne4+
0-1

2016-12-19

Pirc?

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2016-12-01

Game/10

[Event "Casual G/10"]
[Site "Columbus Chess Club"]
[Date "Dec 1, 2016"]
[Round "7"]
[White "John Coffey"]
[Black "Steve Salo"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. Nf3 Nc6 2. d4 d5 3. c4 dxc4 4. d5 Nb8 5. e4 b5 6. a4 c6 7. axb5 cxb5 8. b3
Ba6 9. bxc4 bxc4 10. Rxa6 Nxa6 11. Qa4+ Qd7 12. Qxa6 Rb8 13. Bxc4 Rxb1 14. O-O
Qb7 15. Qc6+ Qxc6 16. dxc6 e6 17. Bf4 Rxf1+ 18. Kxf1 Ne7 19. Bb5 Kd8 20. Ne5
Kc8 21. Nxf7 Ng6 22. Ba6#
1-0




Best wishes,

John Coffey

2016-09-22

Great comeback

[Event "Casual G/10"]
[Site "Columbus Indiana Chess Club"]
[Date "Sep 22, 2016"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Steve Salo"]
[Black "John Coffey"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. g3 dxe4 6. dxe4 Qxd1+ 7. Rxd1 O-O 8.
e5 Nd5 9. Nxd5 exd5 10. Bxe7 Re8 11. Bb4 Rxe5+ 12. Ne2 Bg4 13. Rd2 Nc6 14. Bc3
Re7 15. Bg2 d4 16. Bxc6 dxc3 17. bxc3 bxc6 18. Kf1 Bf3 19. Rg1 Rae8 20. h4 Rxe2
21. Rxe2 Rxe2 22. g4 Rxc2
0-1


2016-08-27

Round 5

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2016-08-26

First in the USCF online rated chess.com quick tournament.




[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2016.08.26"]
[Round "5"]
[White "john2001plus"]
[Black "vluis1971"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A40"]
[WhiteElo "1745"]
[BlackElo "1663"]
[Annotator "Coffey,John"]
[PlyCount "39"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[TimeControl "900+10"]

1. Nf3 {9} b6 {42} 2. d4 {36} Bb7 {3} 3. c4 {1} e6 {3} 4. Nc3 {10} c5 {2} 5. d5
{2} exd5 {1} 6. cxd5 {0} d6 {1} 7. e4 {4} Nd7 {6} 8. Bf4 {5} Be7 {2} 9. e5 {54}
dxe5 {23} 10. Nxe5 {15} Ngf6 {12} 11. d6 {13} Bf8 {12} 12. Bb5 {102} a6 {3} 13.
Qb3 {12} c4 {72} 14. Qxc4 {50} Nd5 {3} 15. Nxd5 {145} axb5 {4} 16. Nc7+ {13}
Qxc7 {2} 17. Qxf7+ {8} Kd8 {2} 18. dxc7+ {2} Kxc7 {1} 19. Qxd7+ {5} Kb8 {1} 20.
Nc6# {1} 1-0


[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2016.08.26"]
[Round "4"]
[White "WilliamRDavis (NM)"]
[Black "john2001plus"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D05"]
[WhiteElo "1665"]
[BlackElo "1737"]
[Annotator "Coffey,John"]
[PlyCount "48"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[TimeControl "900+10"]

1. d4 {3} Nf6 {3} 2. Nf3 {3} e6 {4} 3. Nbd2 {4} d5 {20} 4. e3 {9} c5 {15} 5. c3
{10} Be7 {58} 6. Bd3 {16} O-O {2} 7. O-O {16} Nc6 {9} 8. dxc5 {4} Bxc5 {5} 9.
e4 {3} Qc7 {73} 10. exd5 {16} exd5 {5} 11. Nb3 {14} Bb6 {1} 12. Bg5 {33} Ne4 {
15} 13. Bh4 {11} Bg4 {13} 14. h3 {27} Bh5 {21} 15. g4 {8} Bg6 {13} 16. Kg2 {5}
Rae8 {205} 17. Rc1 {13} Qf4 {26} 18. Nbd4 {44} f5 {161} 19. Bg3 {61} Nxg3 {22}
20. fxg3 {5} Qd6 {65} 21. gxf5 {60} Bc7 {45} 22. Ne2 {35} Bxf5 {45} 23. Nf4 {85
} Be4 {17} 24. Bxe4 {13} dxe4 {5} 0-1

(The position doesn't look resignable to me.)




Went for broke and lost.  My much higher rated opponent dropped out after the 4th round...

[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2016.08.26"]
[Round "?"]
[White "john2001plus"]
[Black "FLchessplayer"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A41"]
[WhiteElo "1739"]
[BlackElo "2154"]
[Annotator "Coffey,John"]
[PlyCount "52"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[TimeControl "900+10"]

1. Nf3 {2} g6 {5} 2. d4 {7} Bg7 {1} 3. c4 {0} d6 {1} 4. Nc3 {1} Nc6 {1} 5. d5 {
15} Ne5 {32} 6. e4 {3} Nxf3+ {38} 7. Qxf3 {0} Nf6 {2} 8. h3 {5} O-O {4} 9. g4 {
23} c6 {43} 10. g5 {11} Nd7 {35} 11. h4 {4} Qa5 {70} 12. h5 {52} Ne5 {134} 13.
Qg3 {12} cxd5 {50} 14. cxd5 {42} Bg4 {28} 15. f4 {146} Nf3+ {91} 16. Kf2 {46}
gxh5 {34} 17. Be2 {72} Bxc3 {100} 18. Bxf3 {13} Bxb2 {68} 19. Bxg4 {45} Bxa1 {
34} 20. Rxh5 {19} Qxa2+ {44} 21. Be2 {13} Rac8 {30} 22. Qe3 {185} Rc2 {34} 23.
f5 {24} Rfc8 {93} 24. g6 {34} hxg6 {37} 25. fxg6 {26} fxg6 {2} 26. Rh1 {55}
Rf8+ {46} 0-1


Also interesting ...

[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2016.08.26"]
[Round "2"]
[White "john2001plus"]
[Black "negotiate"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B22"]
[WhiteElo "1730"]
[BlackElo "1691"]
[PlyCount "41"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]

1. Nf3 c5 2. e4 Nc6 3. c3 e5 4. Bc4 h6 5. O-O Nf6 6. d4 cxd4 7. cxd4 exd4 8.
Nxd4 Ne5 9. Bb3 Be7 10. f4 Nc6 11. e5 Ne4 12. Nf5 Bc5+ 13. Kh1 Nf2+ 14. Rxf2
Bxf2 15. Nd6+ Kf8 16. Nxf7 Qb6 17. Qd6+ Kg8 18. Nxh8+ Kxh8 19. Qf8+ Kh7 20.
Bg8+ Kg6 21. Qf7# 1-0



[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2016.08.26"]
[Round "1"]
[White "HanghangL"]
[Black "john2001plus"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E21"]
[WhiteElo "1467"]
[BlackElo "1726"]
[Annotator "Coffey,John"]
[PlyCount "90"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[TimeControl "900+10"]

1. d4 {10} Nf6 {7} 2. c4 {1} e6 {6} 3. e3 {2} b6 {9} 4. Nc3 {5} Bb7 {1} 5. Nf3
{36} Bb4 {3} 6. Bd2 {5} Bxc3 {1} 7. Bxc3 {11} Ne4 {1} 8. Bd3 {12} O-O {4} 9.
O-O {24} d6 {21} 10. h3 {13} Nd7 {4} 11. a3 {55} a5 {30} 12. Bxe4 {17} Bxe4 {3}
13. Re1 {35} f5 {90} 14. d5 {64} exd5 {53} 15. cxd5 {13} Nf6 {19} 16. Bxf6 {47}
Qxf6 {0} 17. Qd4 {82} Qxd4 {17} 18. Nxd4 {6} Bxd5 {4} 19. Rac1 {5} c5 {17} 20.
Nb5 {8} Rad8 {25} 21. Nc7 {14} Bb3 {33} 22. Rc3 {22} a4 {8} 23. Re2 {61} Rd7 {
34} 24. Nb5 {24} d5 {18} 25. Rd2 {32} Rfd8 {7} 26. Rc1 {83} d4 {30} 27. exd4 {
28} cxd4 {0} 28. Kf1 {9} Rd5 {44} 29. Nc7 {27} Rc5 {10} 30. Rxc5 {83} bxc5 {0}
31. Na6 {63} Bc4+ {4} 32. Kg1 {51} Bxa6 {3} 33. Rd1 {55} Be2 {43} 34. Re1 {50}
d3 {2} 35. Kh2 {70} d2 {7} 36. Rxe2 {30} d1=Q {0} 37. Re3 {3} Rd2 {24} 38. f3 {
15} f4 {7} 39. Re4 {25} g5 {30} 40. b4 {11} axb3 {3} 41. a4 {13} b2 {7} 42.
Re8+ {2} Kf7 {2} 43. Rh8 {12} Rxg2+ {8} 44. Kxg2 {48} Qd2+ {9} 45. Kg1 {56}
b1=R# {0} 0-1




2016-08-22

Chess Skill

Chess is a complex game.  One grandmaster said that it is too complicated for any single mind to comprehend completely, which is true, but the human race has made reasonable stab at it.  Thousands of books have been written about the game, and an inexhaustible list of strategies have been developed.

I have been thinking about chess skill.  I wonder if anyone has tried to study all the components of chess skill?  On personal reflection, I think that chess skill can be broken into four parts:

1.  Vision.  This is something I developed at the age of 14, when I realized I could see all the all the moves available on the board at the same time.  Chess vision is the ability to see things instantly that others would have to think about.

2.  Pattern recognition.  This is similar vision, except that chess can create many complex patterns.  Through experience and study, skilled players have developed the ability to recognize these patterns in their games, sometimes almost instantly.

3.  Knowledge.  Many complicated strategies have been worked out about chess, and players have to memorize some of them to compete seriously.  I have spent a great deal of time committing chess strategies to memory.

4.  Understanding.  This is by far the most important.  There are areas of the game that I understand so well that they require almost no thought or effort on my part.  I can play these positions with ease.  There are other areas of the the game where I feel completely ignorant.  For example, sometimes I get into positions that make me uncomfortable because I don't understand them very well.

The reason why understanding is so important is because the more we understand something, the easier it is to learn.  This worked really well for me on my computer studies, because the concepts came easy for me, so it didn't take much effort to learn them.

I think many players try to learn things in chess without fully understanding them.  At times I have been guilty of this.  It can be difficult because chess is a hard to comprehend game.  There are many different areas in chess, each of which can be separate field of knowledge.

So to be a good student at chess, one needs either good coaches or good books that explain the concepts well, and the student needs to make sure that he really understands what it is that he is learning.  The same thing could probably be said about any field of study.

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2016-07-28

"Holy Crap!" game.

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