Praxis

Practical play

A friendly match

We were invited to play a friendly match at Seaton.  Two of the games survive whole, one in part:

Our third match

Pretty good guys... getting better every match!  We were within an ace of winning this one... Next time!  In fact, Seaton have generously invited us for a friendly match at their club -- who's interested in going?

  • Board 1
  • Board 2
  • Board 3
  • Our Second Match

    Well, another rather lop-side score, but the games certainly weren't lopsided.

    They ain't so big... just tall, that's all
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di1-bB1w4wM

    The games with some comments:

    How not to beat Andrew Greet

    An account of our Christmas simul

    Genial Cornish giant Andrew Greet came to show us how it was done before Christmas, and I'm sorry it's taken me this long to catch up and do some notes.  Bob Jones was generous and prompt in his transcription of the games to PGN, so please don't blame him!

    Swindles

    Diligent explorers of this website may have found a little collection of the finest swindles that I had perpetrated in my career, up to the point where I established this website.  I pulled off another one so appalling that I thought it too should be displayed as a dreadful warning to others.  The serendipity of life ensured that a week or two before, hot new signing Tim Paulden had pulled off a win when a piece down in an endgame, and a week or two after, I witnessed Ian Jamieson come out with a win in a position that the most sympathetic reading would say was unpromising.

    Our first match

    Our First Match

    Well, ouch! We lost four-nil, but I hope you thought that, however big and strong they were, they weren’t that much better than us, and they didn’t do anything very special to beat us. (Is that a good thing?)  But I was very pleased and proud with how well you played, how well you fought, and how well you concentrated.  It wouldn't have needed much luck for us to come away with 2-2.  They're just tall, that's all...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di1-bB1w4wM

    How do Chess-Players Think?

    Cool Tips

    Swindle your way to success

    or, "the hardest thing to win is a won game" (TARRASCH).

    36. Ne1?
    "Well, well. IM (and correspondence GM) Douglas Bryson once told me that he almost never plays a game that flows smmothly from start to finish; there is always a "moment" of sorts where someone misses a big defensive opportunity or the nature of the position changes more than one might reasonably expect.

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    Chess Quotes

    "Games like this [Penrose-Botvinnik] (and there were plenty in this tournament) impressed on me that 'wanting to win' was perhaps more important than 'playing good moves'."
    — KEENE, 'Becoming a Grandmaster'.