phorku's chess blog

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

What's the plan?

So what is the plan in this position? I worked hard to get a good bishop, pawn structure, space and opponents passive pieces. Isn't a B vs N endgame with pawns on both sides of the board better for the B (or is that only when the rooks are off too)? Couldn't do a thing with it...

Side note:
I evaluated this position with me having the significant advantage. Crafty has us nearly equal. This game showed me if you can't evaluate who has the better position your play will suffer.

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GP Attack / Passive Queen Sac / Miniature

I have only seen this once before and I missed it. I used to play the Halasz Gambit vs the Sicilian but I read about the GP Attack from other knights and tried it out.

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

A perfect game...

Saturday, April 19, 2008

A nice flat game...

I finally learned how to make a score graph with SCID. I will be adding this to my review of standard games. There is some good stuff in the MDLM program...

Friday, February 29, 2008

Strategy Is Hell !! or 21 Moves To Create An Outpost

Monday, February 25, 2008

Pawn Ram

I picked up this book

(like I needed another chess book) and attribute a recent win(game) to one of the lessons I learned from it.

I reached this position:

I know I am supposed to play on the king side but I have always been reluctant to move my g and h pawns. In this book they have the concept of the pawn ram and the great strategists seem to have no such qualms. So... instead of playing on the queen side or making a bunch of week moves I pushed my pawns in his face, double rooks on the f file, moved my q into the attack then rammed my pawns down his throat. I could have done it more efficiently but am satisfied with my play and addition of a new weapon.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

A cool Bobby Cartoon

I love cartoons they can communicate such a powerful message.

Used without permission.
Cagle Political Cartoons
Oliver Schopf

Monday, January 07, 2008

Still hangin out...

I am still hanging around in the chess blogosphere. I have a busy month with work so there will be little time for hobbies. I am starting to regain some interest in continuing my studies now that I have had a decent break. Hope your holidays were great. See you in February...