|Chess is food for the mind and soul.|
It will be four rounds. One round a week. If you need to miss a week due to vacations - or whatever - you can still enter late or take a bye later in the tournament. A bye earns a draw score (1/2).
Be here next week for the action.
It is even better if the game is annotated with notes from the players, or at least one of the players. Those notes will give insight into what they were thinking and worrying about during the game, which are hints as to how you should think during a game.
Other study exercises I do is to cover up the last six or more moves of the game, and try to guess the winning moves (peek to find the winner before hand) from that point forward. Then, when you guess incorrectly, try to figure out what you missed that the Master player saw. This exercise is designed to help your ‘chess thinking’.
You might want to start off covering up only the last 3 moves, until you are getting 2 out of 3 right or more all of the time.
You will be shocked on how hard it is to find the right moves! Even though you are looking at the position without a chess clock running and under no tournament pressure, it’s not that easy to think along with a great chess player.
My estimation is that a “C” player will average only about 55% correct, and that includes the occasional easy correct moves - like obvious and forced re-captures.
For instance, I have a bad habit of focusing on a specific plan, and fail to take a fresh look at the position after each move. After all, chess masters play at a higher level and their moves have greater scope.
If you start with an entirely new look at the position after each move - as best you can – you might see something else.
And this is something WHICH is the same thing you should do in your own games!! Sometimes new opportunities – or threats – appear out of nowhere after just two half moves.
Here is a game in which I embarrassingly only got two out of seven of the last moves correct – and they were Moves 28 and 29, with 29 being an obvious capture.
This is bad because as you will see – the entire game is in the balance in these last seven moves – and I would have not played the most accurate moves and would have lost a won position.
This game showed me I need to work on my defensive skills – big time! As well as re-setting my analysis after each move – as I locked on a bad plan and stubbornly stayed with it instead of looking more.
Now a very exciting, educational and interesting game - with notes from the winner – which includes GM Kayden Troff’s “best move I ever played.” Kayden Troff was a FM and only 14 years old at the time! Re-printed from Chess Life – May 2015, with added notes from Igor3000.
Pavlo Vorontsov – Ukraine vs FM Kayden Troff - USA
(.2) Also possible is 15. ….Nxc4. [Not only possible – but much better (-.7).
(-.5) No better is 17. Qd3, Nxd6 18. Ba3, Nb7 19. Qe4
|White to move after 26. ......Rc2?|
Pavlo finds a great opportunity to make it more complicated. [The simple 26….Bxa6 gives Black an even bigger advantage (-2.8).]
Now I was afraid of losing – and I am – except for one move! [White truly has a lot of threats possible.]
An unusual move, but the only one that wins! (-1.8)
Now I have duel threats of Qc1 mating or Qxc7 taking the rook back.
Games to review like this is why you need to be a member of the US Chess Federation.
And of course - LCCC!