Are you familiar with the feeling of having totally forgotten how to play chess? This was how I felt at the beginning of Sveins 6. Minnesturnering, and therefore, in the end, it came as something of a shock to me that I managed to win it. To start from the beginning; it all began well. The weather forecast was depressing, yes, but I did not lose the first game, although I was very close to. We enter the stage after my 24:th move:
In the next round I was in a bit of trouble again, but this time I was saved by a heightened tactical sensibility. Black has just played his 18:th move:
That could also have gone worse, but now I started to feel a bit better. In round 3 an 7 I played the Black side of the Modern. One game will be published under “coaching” later and both games will probably figure in the coming “Modern Tiger” (the follow up to “Tiger’s Modern”). After 8 rounds I had 6½ points, but still had not played a really good game. In the last round I was hoping to change that:
If I forget about not seeing the “simple” 22:nd move, then I can be almost happy with this game. In the end I scored 7½/9 and that I cannot be unhappy with, result-wise. More interesting chess than that I played was seen in the games of 13 year old Aryan Tari, who was very close to make a Grand Master norm again. My next post will be about the Visma Chess Tournament, that starts tomorrow, but then I will show an example of one of his games.
Off again to face the hoard of Norwegian talent. If you have ever played chess in Norway you know what I am talking about. In this case I am going to Oslo to participate in Sveins 6. Memorial tournament. My hopes are to improve on my start from last year, when “I came, I saw” and then lost in the first round:
There was some friendly fire on move 18 and 25, but still, it is a very uncommon occurrence that I lose a game like that without ever being better. The good thing about losing that game was that I was completely focused when, later in the tournament, I came up against one of the most promising juniors in Norway:
After this game Aryan has continued to improve and, earlier this year, he managed to score his first Grand Master Norm. That about that. This year I know what I am up against and hope to add “and conquered” to the coming and seeing.
On monday it is time for the fourth game of the 68th Honinbo Titel Match between Iyama Yuta and Takao Shinji. I can very much recommend you to follow it on the Go Server “Panda Net” where a strong field of kibitzers are lead by the formidable “Cornel”. If you do not play Go, then… too bad. In the chess world, however, there are lots of fun going on too. Yesterday first round of the Tal Memorial featured a game that was very strange in that Black won a game where all he had to do was to react to White’s moves. It illustrates well the concept of “forcing your opponent’s hand”; playing in such a way that you do not really give your opponent a choice but to play the best move:
Hunting for the next game, of my not-yet-deserving-the-title-of-“series” on Gleizerov and the Stonewall, I came upon a game that that was such good fun, that I just could not help myself; I had to publish it. If I explain why I will have to give you a few “spoilers”, so I will not.
For players who want to improve their middle game skills: I recommend you to play through the game slowly, try to guess the moves and possibly find an improvement of your own.