Praxis

An exercise in punctuation

Charlie sent me this game for comment. I thought it would be interesting for us both to annotate. If you would like to join in, please assign each move of Black a symbol: ! = almost certainly the best move !? = a good move among alternatives ?! = probably not the best move ? = clearly wrong

Nagy vs Regis, April 2011 (1/2-1/2)

White missed a big chance early on with his home-made system, then kept the lid on Black's initiative later. White dropped a pawn while trying something on the King's-side, but when Black pushed his luck got a monster passed pawn. In the end, Black was grateful to be offered a perpetual check.

Why do you lose at chess?

Want to improve your chess? Start here! I have watched and analysed and commented on many junior chess games over the years, and I am pretty clear now about the most common reasons for losing a game [or drawing a game you were winning]. They are:

* missing basic tactics
* not sure what to do in the opening
* not sure what to do *after* the opening
* mistakes in finishing off and endgames

Here are some cures:

TACTICS

Winning Chess for Humans

Winning Chess for Computers, Super-humans and Mortals...

Charlie Keen emerged triumphant from doing battle in Torbay, equal first with 4½/5, and came home to show his last round game to Fritz... who thought he should have done better!  It's enough to make you despair... Do you really have to analyse as well as Fritz?  Or play as well as Capablanca and Alekhin?  I think the answer is 'None of the Above'... but if you can get a bit better at either tactics or manoeuvring, then that would help!

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