What makes a difference?

"There is really only one mistake in chess - underestimating your opponent"


I found this session hard to prepare, and might try again! I have tried to find mistakes that are typical of a certain level of player - that is, mistakes of a characteristic kind, that better players no longer (or only rarely) make.

  The hope is that these are the sorts of error most easily avoided. This document is subject to two caveats:

Shakespeare Annotates

Shakespeare annotates a chess game Pinched wholemeal (as opposed to piecemeal) from Irving Chernev.
"In a book called Chesslets, by Dr. J. Schumer, all the games are annotated by quotations from various writers.


  Here is one of the games, with comments by Shakespeare:"

-- CHERNEV, Wonders and curiosities of chess

(27) Atkins - Saunders [E90]

  Stratford-Upon-Avon, 1925



Two Open Games

Exeter Chess Club: 2 Open Games

From 200 Open Games by David Bronstein (DESCRIPTIVE)
The games and stories are a joy.


White: F. Duz-Khotimirsky

Moscow 1954, match 'Lokomotiv' v. 'Dinamo'

  It is commonly thought that chess is a game for silent people. As soon as my opponent had played P-KB4 I suddenly heard an angry:

  'And I'm having no refusal! Accept the sacrifice! If you don't take the pawn I won't continue the game!'

How Not to Beat Jack Rudd

Local International Master Jack Rudd, known as the fastest pawn in the West, visited us recently to give a simul.nbsp; In characteristically quick time he defeated all challengers with a score of 13-0, leaving most wondering what had hit them and a few mournfully looking for crumbs of comfort in a post mortem dissection.

The Great Match

Ray and I picked a team each (the Lions and the Tigers).

Some games from the match:

Click [...] for list of games

[Event "Lions vs. Tigers"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2008.12.12"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Pawel"]
[Black "Adam"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C47"]
[PlyCount "46"]

1. e4 1... e5  2. Nf3  2... Nc6  3. Nc3 (3. d4 {Scotch Game})
(3. Bc4 {Italian Game}) (3. Bb5 {Ruy Lopez (Spanish Game)}) 3... Nf6 {

Chess with Attitude

This is how to play chess, not stodging around the edges, trying not to lose:

[Event "Model game 3.1: lightning deve"]
[Site "Model game 3.1: lightning dev"]
[Date "1858.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Morphy"]
[Black "duke/count"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C41"]
[PlyCount "33"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Bg4 4. dxe5 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 dxe5 {[#]  Morphy had many
contemporaries who could attack as well as he, but more than anyone Morphy


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