Saturday, September 29, 2007


The Kingside Moron

Playing a Moron Defense after a double King pawn opening can be more challenging than after white plays d4 and c4. I call it the Kingside Moron.

In the following game we see a Kingside Moron that clinches the top Expert prize in the 2003 U.S. Open. Matthew Campbell is formerly from Houston and, like me, learned how to play the Moron from Lewis McClary. The rest of this post is from Matthew:

For fun, I am sending you a Morons I played in the last round of the
2003 U.S. Open against some master from California, which won me first
expert. I clearly remember him snorting in contempt on 5 Qd8. Score one
for a Moron!

[Event "US op"]
[Site "Los Angeles"]
[Date "2003.08.03"]
[Round "12"]
[White "Aigner,Michael"]
[Black "Campbell,Matthew"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "C41"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 d6 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8+ Kxd8 6.Bb5 f6 7.Bxc6 bxc6
8.Be3 Ke8 9.Nbd2 Be6 10.Nb3 Nh6 11.Nc5 Bc8 12.h3 Nf7 13.0-0-0 Nd8 14.Nd2 Ne6
15.Ndb3 Nf4 16.Bxf4 exf4 17.f3 Bd6 18.Nd3 Kf7 19.c4 a5 20.Nbc5 a4 21.Rd2 g5 22.e5 Bxc5 23.Nxc5 fxe5 24.Re1 Re8 25.Rde2 Kf6 26.Ne4+ Kg6 27.Kd2 Bf5 28.Nf2 Kf6 29.Kc3 c5 30.Rd2 Red8 31.Red1 Rd4 32.Nd3 Bxd3 33.Rxd3 Rad8 34.R1d2 h5 35.a3 Kf5 36.b3 axb3 37.Rxd4 Rxd4 38.Re2 e4 39.fxe4+ Rxe4 40.Rd2 b2 41.Kxb2 Rxc4 42.Kb3 Rd4 43.Rc2 c4+ 44.Kc3 Ke5 45.Rb2 Kd5 46.Rb5+ c5 47.Rb8 Rd3+ 48.Kc2 Rxa3 49.Rd8+ Ke4 50.Re8+ Kd4 51.Kb2 Rg3 52.Re2 c3+ 53.Kc2 Rd3 0-1

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Circles Update

I completed PCT Tactics Module 2 on August 25. After that I explored a couple of possibilities for my next circle. I bought and installed CT-ART but it does not run (I will revisit this at some point). I explored a tactics unit from PCT Module 6. I ultimately decided to back up and do all of Tactics Module 1 as my next training. I have now completed the first nine units in PCT Tactics Module 1.

Thanks to Likesforests for prompting in the comments me to post an update on my circles progress.

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Saturday, September 01, 2007


My Opening Repertoire

My general thoughts on the opening are in Simple Chess Opening Guidelines.

As Black I play 1...d6. This can become a Pirc, a King's Indian or a Moron. See Simple Opening Repertoire for Black: The King's House.

As White I play 1. e4 and often use the e4d4 repertoire.

Lately, against 1...e5 I play the Danish Gambit or Goring Gambit.

Against the Sicilian I play the Ken Smith Gambit, also known as the Smith-Morra Gambit. :-) A great story about the SMG: In fact, when Mario Campos Lopez played the French Defense (1...e6) instead of the Sicilian against Smith, Bent Larsen gave Lopez's move a question mark along with the comment "stronger is 1...c5 which wins a pawn".(WikiPedia).

I'll also play the King's Indian Attack (this is The King's House approach as White) against the Sicilian, French or Caro-Kann.

In Blitz I'll play the Wilson Gambit against 1....d5.

Sometimes I play the Panov Botvinnik attack against the Caro-Kann. Sometimes I play an Advance against the French.

I used to play the King's Gambit but that just requires too much preparation. As white I have very little preparation required by sticking to openings with simple ideas. As Black I know the Moron, KID and Pirc well enough to make it to the middlegame.

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