Sunday, October 28, 2007


Blitz and Circles Update

I just played a few ICC blitz games. They did not all go well, but this one is fun:

GlennWilson (1501) - Vercingetorix (1358) [B21] Smith Morra Gambit

ICC 1 3 Internet Chess Club, 28.10.2007

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 d6 6.Bc4 a6 7.0-0 Nf6 8.Qe2 Bg4 9.Rd1 Ne5

White to move and win.

I believe that I saw this tactic because of the tactical training (Circles!) I have been doing using PCT. I recognized this pattern from that training. I was also making a conscience effort to see tactics based on my just completed review of my blitz performance. I would have found this before in a slow game but not, I think, at blitz.


I have now completed 25 units in module 1 of PCT and I'm plugging away at about 1 unit per day.

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I'm missing a lot of your tactics....Will you show the answer after 24 hours :)
The ICC Blitz series has the answers in the full game score, just click the link in those posts (or in the sidebar under games archive).

For this problem, consider the pinned knight at f3. Is it really pinned?
That's one neat tactic! Can I say, can I say! ;)
samurai pawn: Please, feel free.
Hey! I actually saw that one, lol.

Nice one Glenn. :)


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Having lost similar game at the 2006 US Open I recognized the pattern very quickly. I should not have lost as badly as I did, but I seemed to have become unhinged after walking into the book trap. One thing led to another!

1. e4 c5, 2. d4 cxd, 3. c3 dc, 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Bc4, d6, 6. Nf3, Bg4? 7. Bxf7+ Kxf7, 8. Ng5 Ke8 9. Qxg4 Nf6, 10. Qe6 Qd7, 11. Qf7+ Kd8, 12. Ne6+ Kc8, 13. Nxf8, Qc7, 14. 0-0, Qa5, 15. Nd5 1-0
Polly, thanks for the game. The unsupported bishop at g4 "pinning" the N at f3 is a common error.

BDK, if the hints have not been enough, this game ended:
10. Nxe5 Bxd2 11. Bxf7#.
Warped, great hint. For those not familiar with it, check out: Legall's Mate.
This also depends quite a bit on the pinned pawn on d6. Otherwise black just plays dxe5.
I got it after your hint :) A nice one!
Glenn, I'm making good progress through the Morphy vs Club Player games. But the tactics in the Morphy-Anderssen games are very deep! Are you usually able to find the correct moves when you play through them?
likesforests, In some of Morphy's games for some of the moves, yes. For some I can not find them in advance but can appreciate them after the fact.

The games you are referring to I have not looked at in a long time, but are very high level (World Championship) games. I would not expect to see all the tactics of a World Champion in a World Championship match.
Wikipedia list of WCCs

Morphy's appearance was so dreadful that Anderssen wondered if he was in condition to play, but Morphy relied that his mind was in good shape. The first game had Morphy playing white and offering the Evan's Gambit. After seven hours, Anderssen won. Oddly enough, Morphy, who usually was an extremely fast player, moved much slower than Anderssen. Morphy is on record to have played about 80 Evan's Gambits and lost only 2 either as black or as white.
glenn, i am not in sync right now to view these games,

but fyi did come by, and absolutely love the refreshingly new and original graphics.

BTW, i have 45+ years in visual content.

warmest, dk

Thanks for noticing the new graphics! Does the black theme make me look thinner?

In my travels around the internets, which started before there was an internet (using Darpanet on an ASR 33 teletype back in the day), I must say that I have found little that compares to your eclectic collection of blogs.
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