Chess Traps   Recently updated !

So the first trap we’ll be looking at, is the Lasker Trap which comes about from the Albin Counter Gambit Variation of the Queen’s Gambit. Lasker Trap – Queen’s Gambit Albin Counter Gambit

Learning Chess: Recent game with annotations.

Here is a game I played, and lost earlier today. This is the first game that I have gone through and really analyzed from start to finish. Should do this more often, it’s very instructive to see all your blunders, or sometimes good moves.

How the Knight Attacks

An intermediate introduction to chess

This article will assume that you understand the basic moves of each piece, that a pawn can move twice at the beginning, and only once afterward. That the pawn captures diagonal, or that the knight moves in an ‘L’ shape and so on. The most important shift in thinking about a piece is from how it moves, to how it attacks. In this sense, we think of a guard as any piece that is “attacking” one of it’s own pieces. Of course it’s not really attacking, but it is threatening an attack on any piece that attempts to take its compatriot. It is attacking an empty square in the sense that any piece that moves to that square will be attacked. Next to the Queen, the Knight attacks in the most directions, but it is shorter range than the Bishop. There are differing opinions about which piece is more valuable. The old belief is that the Bishop, which controls a diagonal is more valuable, however you can get stuck with a wrong squared bishop late in the game and his effectiveness becomes 0, whereas a Knight can attack the backrank of the opposing side within four moves. The Bishop is also powerful because novice players, including myself, have a tendency to think in obvious and straight lines of attack, therefore checkmates like this one are common. Here of course is another example using both the Bishop and the Knight. But notice that the Knight is the key piece that seals the deal. Personally I think […]

Learning to play chess at

Latest Game(2015)   Well, due to reasons I can’t really fathom, a loss of heart maybe, I stopped playing chess for awhile, but am back at it. I am only winning about 51% of my games there, I sunk pretty low(down to 690) but have managed to climb back up to 717 in blitz. For standard chess, my rating is 1365, but I’ve only played one game, which I won. I have purchased two books on chess, Mikhail Tals biography, and Robert Fischer’s My 60 memorable games(the newest one with updated notation). I am also trying to use the analysis board more often, and going through some grandmaster games, specifically Fischer’s but also any games showing the KID, which is my chosen opening to practice. I have decent results(50-50) with KID. I am also working on some learning aids, and thought I would share them. Instead of a new post for each one, I’ll just add them here at the bottom as I come up with them. The first one is for learning the squares and the algebraic notation.

Print this out and fill in the squares. Permission granted to use for education.

G. K. Chesterton Quotes for Orthodxy

Nothing more strangely indicates an enormous and silent evil of modern society that the extraordinary use which is made nowadays of the word “orthodox.” In former days the heretic was proud of not being a heretic. It was the kingdoms of the world and the police and the judges who were heretics. He was orthodox. He had no pride in having rebelled against them;t they had rebelled against him. The word “heresy” not only means no longer being wrong; it practically means being clear-headed and courageous. The word “orthodoxy” not only no longer means being right; it practically means being wrong. … people care less for whether they are philosophically right. For obviously a man ought to confess himself crazy before he confesses himself heretical. The Bohemian, with a red tie, ought to pique himself on his orthodoxy. The dynamiter, laying a bomb, ought to feel that, whatever else he is, at least he is orthodox. We are more and more to discuss details in art, politics, literature. A man’s opinion on tramcars matters; his opinion on Botticelli matters; his opinion on all things does not matter. He may turn over and explore a million objects, but he must not find that strange object, the universe; for if he does he will have a religion, and be lost. Everything matters — except everything. At any innocent tea-table we may easily hear a many say, “Life is not worth living.” We regard it as we regard the statement that it is a fine day; nobody things […]

On Atheists and Objectivity

An atheist is very often a curious character for he removes all possibility of a subjective ideal, in that he worships only the objective and apparent, and an ideal is just too wishy washy for him to waste any time on. Is it any wonder then that clothes, cars, buildings, and art conceived by the atheist are so often very dull and pointless, as if they had no purpose at all except to be. The atheist must do something because he is afraid of doing and being nothing, which is the ultimate goal of his life, oblivion is what awaits us all he proudly proclaims. Much of what he is and produces merits it. It is a man overly concerned with his own sanity from fear of going insane. Of course what that sanity could be he cannot truly know, because he only knows and studies what is not sane, so everything that is not his current definition of insanity is precisely what he should do. That the atheist, or the honest one, cannot have an ideal is easy enough to prove. The atheist proclaims he only believes that for which there is objective evidence, since he cannot believe in an ideal because, objectively, it has no objective existence, cannot be measured in a lab, cannot be photographed by an electron microscope, then it cannot be ‘believed’ in. He may accept an ideal, or even follow one, but then he is hard pressed to escape his gross hypocrisy, for if you can create and follow […]

Deconstructing Harry Potter

Harry Potter is probably one of the most well known fictional characters in history. I don’t say that lightly, and perhaps it’s just an accident of the times, or perhaps it’s because he really is awesome. I struggle with saying this: I hate Harry Potter. I think he is quite simply the stupidest person in all of fiction. I love the Harry Potter books, I have read them many times. I love all of the characters. All of them except Harry. Harry is the perfect example of the non-hero. He never really does anything worthwhile of his own accord. He is constantly in situations where he wins by default, because he is the protagonist, and because he is destined to win, but never because of any innate talent. In fact, the only talent he has is the ability to ride a broom. That is: he’s a jock. All of Harry Potter’s popularity, success, and his very life comes from those things done by others for which he benefits. He benefits from his mother’s sacrifice, his father’s and Dumbledore’s ingenuity, Hermiones fastidious studying and so on. Harry Potter is the most active passive hero ever. Throughout the book series we learn about his father, who is a genius and a jock. I mean he figures out how to map Hogwarts, how to transfigure himself, and apparently makes enough money to keep Harry knee deep in chocolate frogs for at least 7 years of school. We learn about Snape, and via his potions textbook, how clever he […]

Learning to play chess day 10

I took a small break from and playing chess in general, so this is the 10 day that I played. Nothing to report really, won two games today, both as black. I made the same precision errors that have been plaguing my game since day one. Well, only a couple this time. Almost cost me a match, but luckily, and crazily, the opponent didn’t see my completely exposed queen. And he was rated 785 to my 730s. My rating as moved up to 755, and I feel like I should be playing at 800 already, if it weren’t for these newbie precision errors. My main issue is forgetting to really take account of open lines, especially diagonals.

Learning to play chess: Day 9

Today was a semi-bad day for winning, I lost two games in a row, but they were to 800+ players so I do feel so bad. Let’s go through and analyze my failure to see what really went wrong. Let’s go move by move and see how I deviated from the norm and where I made some tactical and precision errors. Again, my precision errors are really costing me my rating. I should realistically have made it to 800 by now, or been very close. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 I played Bb5 directly, which Ryabka gives +3 to this move, but suggests Nc3 or Bc4. In this case I think Bc4 would have been better. Bc4 pins the pawn to the knight and puts blacks king in danger enough to force him to take a precautionary move. In this case Bb5 only endangers the knight and at best in an exchange and messing up his pawn structure. 4.Bxc6 dxc6 Here he takes the knight/bishop exchange, I was hoping he’d play a6 but instead he took the bishop. I am not sure I like this play at all, he went for the exchange but is it really worth it in the end? I didn’t play well enough the rest of the game to find out. 5.d4 Nxe4 Here I played d4!? which was just stupid and imprecise. d3 would have been a better move if I wanted that pawn forward, which would have prevented .. Nxe4. Ryabka says Castling at this point is the […]