Sunday, July 10, 2016

1900 and counting (games #45 & #46).

It's amazing how much time passes between blog posts.  A month after my 2-year anniversary post in April, I finished another tournament and broke 1900.  It's a bit strange to me that my new rating floor is 200 points higher than a rating I struggled to get away from a year ago.  I think the most amazing thing is I picked up 260 elo playing only ~30 rated games.   It's like I hit a switch and started playing much better chess.  I hope that switch stays on.

I haven't done any chess since then, which is about 2 months.  I had planned on taking a break in preparation for my summer chess schedule.  I can't help but feel like I didn't get done nearly as much study as I would've liked.  I still haven't done a tactics puzzle since December.  I did spend a couple of weeks on ChessGym with their Attackers and Defenders games.   30 minutes a day for 8-10 days got me 6th on both ranking lists.  It's a fun little diversion, but I doubt it has much value after that 10 days.

I might play in the Millionaire Chess Open this year, since they actually realized that no one wants to spend $1500 to enter a tournament on top of hotel and airfare to a desert in the middle of nowhere (Las Vegas).  This year's tournament is in Atlantic City, NJ.  The vast majority of active chess players are in the NYC-PA area and this location will be much more convenient.  I expect them to actually break 1,000 entrants this year and have a successful tournament.

With that in mind, I've picked out 5 weekend tournaments I want to play in between now and then, plus a one month rest period before the MCO.  I hope to play well enough to break 2000 by my last tournament which actually falls on the weekend of my birthday.  That would be a nice present to myself.  That would mean ~2.5 years to go from 1000 to 2000 rating.

And now for the last two games I played before my break.  Game #45 is typical of the type of success I see in the Queen's Gambit Modern Exchange.   I have a completely winning game by move 20.  I have enough experience in this line now that I see the ideas very quickly and don't waste a lot of time on the clock.  He made me work to get the full point, but there was only one point from there when I thought like I had made a hasty mistake, but it turns out I didn't.




Game #46 is another Carlsbad structure, this time in the Nimzo-Indian.  I've never played this line before.  I spent a couple of days back in early/mid April looking for a new system in the Rubinstein Nimzo, and decided to go with this setup since it seemed similar to how I play in the QGD.  But I hadn't looked at it since.  This game didn't really follow any of the model games I looked at past move 10 or so.  I was able to figure out some of the theory differences over the board and ended with a promising position.  After a couple of moves hesitating, I break open the kingside on move 16.  After what he probably thought were some harmless exchanges, he sees he's losing the exchange after my 22nd move.  I believe I saw this idea at least by move 17/18.  From there its mostly work to get the rest of my forces coordinated and bring home the win.  I ended up missing some easier wins on the way to making the 30 move time control, but still found ways to keep his position under pressure.



7 comments:

  1. Congratulations, SilentKnight. With all the hard work, you deserve it.

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  2. I keep fingers crossed on you! You have worked hard and dedicate yourself to chess goal. Now it's the payment time! :). I hope you will explain us in an article (or maybe a few ones) how you finally achieved your goal. It will be really interesting to see what elements and processes were necesarry to obtain A-category level!

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  3. Congralutations! I have one question: have you read other books of the yusupov colection?

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  4. I am interested in your chess tournament activity. Let us know how you are doing and when is your birthday! :).

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  5. Hello Silent Knight!

    Can you share the table with all the tactics you have solved so far? I am interesting at titles and numbers of puzzles in each volume (book).

    If you want to know what I am talking about - just look at my article on chess blog: http://beginnerchessimprovement.blogspot.com/2016/10/w-1000-dni-do-poziomu-2000-czesc-12.html

    I am in the process of solving 16K puzzles, but only from paper books (workbooks and manuals).

    Your sidebar with the titles studying at present (or recently studied) is a very nice idea! I implemeneted it at my blog, too!

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  6. Hi Silentknight,
    I have been very encouraged seeing that you have made it so far in such a short time. I am trying to do similar, and I wanted to know if you ever played blindfold chess as training method?

    Thanks!

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    1. I've never played blindfold and I doubt I'd ever be interested in blindfold as a training method.

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