14 januari 2009

ME versus 2125

I read on Korch's blog that players try to be what they are not while facing a stronger opponent. They play opening systems they normally never play, play more defensive. But most of all they come with the wrong attitude to the game so that the law of Murphy will be very effective. They already think before the game that they stand no chance against this opponent. That defeat is already knocking on the door and the only question they have to answer is when to let the unwanted visitor inside.

They forget that it will be just like each other game of chess they have played or will play in the future. Two players at a chess board trying to do their best at the game they love so much. But above all it are two humans who both have to deal with every days circumstances life brings them. They can be tired, frustrated, a little bit sick, have a problem not related with chess on their mind, are to much distracted by that beautiful blonde across the hall, ... .

With other words, each game has to be played. The outcome is not set at the start of the game but at the end. As proof of that i offer you a game that i played on friday the 9th of january against a player rated 218 points higher then me. It may not be my best game but i played "my" game. I didn't become another player, i stayed true to myself.

Just for your information. In the gamesheader you will see that i named myself logis instead of chesstiger. Guess i got confused by an old nickname i had in the past. Sorry about that.


6 januari 2009

Read and study those darn books!

It´s the beginning of the year and like everybody i could make a resolution in the hope i would keep myself to it. But i am not a naive guy, i know myself. After a month i will have forgotten all about it and do as if nothing has happened, no promises to myself made.

So instead of a resolution i made a contract with myself that i read and study the following books, in no specific order.

- The silman trilogie
1. Reassess your chess
2. Reassess your chess workbook
3. Silman´s complete endgame course

- Improve your chess now, Jonathan Tisdall
- Practical chess analysis, Mark Buckley
- Dvoretsky´s endgame manual, Mark Dvorestsky
- Dvoretsky´s analytical manual, Mark Dvorestsky

I know that one Dvoretsky book is enough to keep me busy for an entire year and even then i will not have understood half of it but those books i included just to have some stuff that is over my head so that i will not start to think chess is easy.

Now i only have to decide if i gonna read book by book or gonna mix books, read multiple books at the same time. What should you do?