31 maart 2011

Chess soldiers – part two: Queen and King and an answer of question reader

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Chess soldiers - part two: Queen and King
And answering a reader's question

Answering question of a reader

Why are your first posts in this challenge of level beginners?

The reason for this is that I dont want to make the mistake that when I go further in my search to 2100 rating I come to a point where I have to kick myself because I notice that I have forgotten to learn one of the basic things of chess. With this said I hope you now understand why I am going step by step in building the chess knowlegde a 2100 rated player must have.

However, since I do not want to dissapoint my first readers I hereby ask every reader of a level higher then beginner what they want me to write about? Which question do you have about chess? I will do my best to answer the questions in the best way possible for me.
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29 maart 2011

Chess soldiers - Part one: The rook

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Chess soldiers - Part one: The rook

My first soldiers

At age 8 I loved to play with my plastic soldiers. Ruffles were fun to do. While imitating the noises of wounded soldiers the batles always ended with only two soldiers of the good guys staying alive, my favourites.
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26 maart 2011

After a week of doing the board exercises

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After a week of doing the board exercises

After a week of practise

After doing the board exercises for 7 days I must say that I am going in the wanted direction. Helas, I still have to work hard to get the board before my mind’s eye. What I have the most problems with is to remember, to see, the diagonals.
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21 maart 2011

A Chessplayer's battleground

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A Chessplayer's battleground


The Battle of Waterloo (in Belgium) – Wellington defeats Napoleon.
The Battle of Stalingrad (in Russia) – considered one of history’s bloodiest battles.
The Battle of Gettysburg (in Pennsylvania, USA) – A turning point Civil War.


Files and ranks
Every battle has its ground. Above, three examples of famous battlegrounds, and what happened there.
Chess has also its battleground, named the chessboard. The board is a large square, build out of 64 squares, all of exactly the same size. Half of them, are white, the other half is black.
The board has 8 files and 8 ranks. Files are the rows of squares that run vertical, named by a letter (a-h). Ranks are the rows that run horizontal named by a number (1-8).
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18 maart 2011

Challenge: The road to a 2100 chess rating

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THE CHALLENGE
Ranking of chess players happens by a rating, called elo, after the author Arpad Elo. The average player has a rating between 1150 and 1900 rating. Since we need to rise above average, the goal is to make a 2100 elo rating, either national or Fide (international association of chess).
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9 maart 2011

Need your help!

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Need your help!

I played a reasonable game not so long ago. My feeling said that i had a better position, maybe even a won position. I started to calculate, one move, another move, another line, another variation.

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3 maart 2011

How many moves can you see ahead?

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How many moves can you see ahead?

“I only see one move ahead. The right one.” Richard Reti.

What am I doing wrong?
When analysing my last played games I noticed that i made many blunders. After some searching for the why I came to the conclusion that I made those mistakes because my calculation isn’t good enough. The reason for this is that I cannot visualize the endposition of my calculated line, therefor I cannot make an accurate assessment that the endposition is good or bad for me.
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