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Member since Feb-03-10 · Last seen Dec-12-11
I'm a novice with a rating of 837, up from the last ratings period from 817. A mere 20 points. I've come to the conclusion that I am not good at chess.

That's a really startling discovery, because before I started club I used to beat all-comers. It's not just that many players are booked-up, but that they have natural ability that helps them solve things OTB. I'm one of those stupid adults who just won't give up.

I'm simplifying things now.

My new repertoire:

White -
1.e4. Looking to follow up with 2.Nf3 3.d4 then later Bc4 or d3 or e2, then 0-0. A bit worried about my queenside, but the other knight and bishop can come out soon after... though I'll likely go Re1 first! This is how I learned chess before confusing myself, so I'm going back to it.

Black -
To 1.e4 Nc6
To most everything else 1...Nf6
Then I move the other Knight, i.e. 1.e4 Nc6 2. d4 Nf6. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6. It's called the Mexican Defense and I'm happy with it. My 3rd move depends on White... it's basically develop both knights and then whatever comes through the gate I react.

Notes: I'm going to study the King's Gambit with 3.Bc4 and also the Falkbeer and other KGD lines.. but not playing it until 2014 at the earliest. The Mexican replaces the Najdorf Sicilian; the better players all know it.

If I can't get to 1200 by September 2012 I think I should pack it in. It is very time consuming. I'd then make a comeback in 2040 or something, when I'm an old fart. But who knows? If I have a breakout tournament and I enjoy things, I'll continue.

   jbtigerwolf has kibitzed 77 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-07-11 Leko vs Vitiugov, 2011 (replies)
jbtigerwolf: Why is this even in the database? What I'd really like to see is all the games from every tournament of a certain standard to be entered into the database, apart from those obviously non-games, like this one. They can do it from recent scores and once up to date, then start ...
   Nov-02-11 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack (B14) (replies)
jbtigerwolf: Not keen on this. A knight in front of the isolani pawn is quite powerful. I can see the concept of open lines and space, but it's suspect for novices. I've tried an isolani once or twice and lost the pawn and then the game shortly after. I think the key when black plays ...
   Nov-02-11 Pirc, Austrian Attack (B09) (replies)
jbtigerwolf: I've been playing through this version, but with Bc4 then f4. White needs to be careful. It's very easy to attack too much and give away material when you think you have him. It's easy to neglect development, as you appear 1000 miles ahead. Black gets cramped at the start but is
   Oct-23-11 Queen's Pawn Game (A40) (replies)
jbtigerwolf: But this is really about 1.d4. I got here trying to work out what was meant by 'Queen's pawn game'. I was looking at the repertoire of Akobian and I noted that he's a d4 player, with 379 d4's in this database (approx half wins, a third draws, a sixth losses) and only 14 other ...
   Oct-23-11 Four Knights (C47) (replies)
jbtigerwolf: I've only seen Nc3 after 2...Nf6, never after 2...Nc6, so this requires the Petroff. I like Black's game as pointed out by Averageguy after 4.Bc4. It is a natural move and I do not think it just applies to beginners or low rated players. Once played, Bc4 opens the way to ...
   Oct-19-11 Pirc (B07) (replies)
jbtigerwolf: Trying to find stuff on the hippopotamus. Was shown this in it's purest form, fianchettoing both Bishops, d6, e6 and Nd7,Ne7... so 8 moves. Then 0-0 soon after. I like it. I can sit back and adjust and I'm not really cramped. It seems to involve initially d6 or g6. It's ...
   Oct-09-11 Center Game (C21) (replies)
jbtigerwolf: There a couple of points on this as a method of playing the Scotch while avoiding the Petroff. Point 1: Black does not have to play 3...Nc6. If I do play 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Nf3, then if Black plays 3...c5 I'm playing a gambit. 4.Bc4 looks good, but it's 50-50 to me whether this
   Oct-06-11 Scandinavian (B01) (replies)
jbtigerwolf: Someone mentioned the Blackmar on here - simply play 2.d4 instead of 2.exd5. But I'm not sure about the viability of giving up a pawn when you can probably beat the Scandinavian anyway. I'm not wholly convinced on the soundness of this opening, even though it seems to work for ...
   Oct-06-11 Fischer vs W Addison, 1970 (replies)
jbtigerwolf: Actually... I see it! Fischer goes a pawn down, but opens his c-file. Not only that, but attacking with Rc1 puts his Rook at the base of that c-file. He has what I have learned is an 'isolani pawn structure' and it's beautiful. He gets tempi too! I think I might adopt this ...
   Jun-24-11 Polgar vs Anand, 1999 (replies)
jbtigerwolf: Obviously Anand must know what he's doing, but honestly I can't see it. I've analyzed it to death and for the life of me I can't see a clear win for White. If White tries to trade off and rely on her queenside majority, Black might yet promote his f-pawn. But I can't see an ...
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