I can’t say I ever was an admirer of Steiniz tbh. In fact with Morphy no longer on the scene, it wasn’t until Alekhine imperially rose to the throne, that chess became worth looking at in close detail.

I always thought his wandering king was just dubious conceptually, and likely to be his downfall eventually. So what am I doing playing the opening theory in fashion during his reign, and drawing inspiration from his antics? Having fun, that’s what, as the video shows. An amusing victory both antiquated in its approach but highly effective nonetheless.

Olcmarcus

Olcmarcus

Results possible?

I’m white and unlikely to lose, so I tell myself. But just how many results are possible and which is most probable with correct play/technique?

Black to move.

So 2020

I’ve taken a penchant to the St. George’s Defence this year, although in truth it’s been brewing for some years now. Perhaps I shouldn’t post this but in the diagrams below my opponent has approached it correctly (but don’t ask me why he put has bishop on b3!). The 300+ games with it this year have taught me that the pawn chain f3, e4, and d4 is a tough nut to crack, and compounds the rather passive nature of the opening, forcing play upon the flank…oh and btw, I don’t like to say such things but you might want to forego the only publication on The St.George’s Defence for the title is misleading, as it isn’t primarily a book about The St.George’s Defence.

Naturally, I had to play 16. …b4. Deny his queen’s knight developing squares, liberate my bishop onto the f1-a6 diagonal then consider …d5.

Olcmarcus

on-off/off-on

…if it’s true that the Covid-19 pandemic is just a hoax aimed at reducing chess down to nothing more than a computer game -online my exploits shall be then…

…still proud of my county though (who I represent online now)…

…in taking inspiration from the song ‘Become a Machine’, by Chicago’s Harm’s Way, I may have a memory card implanted into my neck in order to assist with opening preparation…

…never slip up in the opening again…

Ye olde fb…

Some late night thoughts from someone with a wandering mind…

Carlsen plays a number two and wins in the endgame. I have to admit, the losing move is an absolute shocker for someone with such a high rating -even I could see straight away it was wrong, as well as what he should have played. To what extent this victory exemplifies the fear factor in play when endgames arise in his games I don’t know but he clearly was aware that he was much stronger in the endgame than his opponent (and just about everyone else!). Maintaining the distant opposition in king and pawn endgames is a basic principle we all know but it just goes to show we are all fallible when under pressure. In the thumbnail below white has just played Kd3, allowing black to win with Kd6. Kd2 was the move that would have drawn the game.

…come rain or shine tonight I shall be off to the chess club…

…an attempt to provide pictures of the route shall be made…

… (six hours on)…and here they are…

…me play only da six games afore de weather taketh a turn for thy worst in thee city centre beseeched by da protests, and moi a slow journey home above de riots…

Marcus McCreadus

2 reflections

Today I posted the following on facebook:

Only the second reflection really matters…

Post-accident me

A swindle
A fluke