Sunday, June 28, 2009

Bobby Fischer vs. Boris Spassky Documentary

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

A plea for help from Chaos ...

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

New Video: Chess Challenge #1 - Play the Grandmaster!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Composite Material Concerns in Large Airliners - Air France Crash Connection?

Given the recent Airbus crash in the Atlantic Ocean, a lot of questions are being raised as to what could have brought it down. Issues with the Airbus rudders are raised in this video, posted back in 2007. Boeing plans on releasing the "Dreamliner" soon which has the highest percentage of composite materials in history for such a large aircraft.

While no one knows what happened yet in the Airbus crash (hopefully the black boxes will be recovered) there are very serious questions as to the reliability of high percentages of composite materials in large commercial airliners. Divers recovered a huge part of the rudder, which has caused some to speculate that it came off in the air. Generally, if a plane impacts intact, the materials are literally "crushed" due to the force, but with the rudder being in relatively good condition, it has caused some to speculate that it came down by itself. Food for thought for sure.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

More Goodies on the Fishing Pole Chess Trap in the Ruy Lopez Berlin Defence Line

The YouTube channel that is hosting the video made by Brian Wall is managed by someone else, but the videos themselves are definitely unique and well done and Mr. Wall talks about how a 1500 rated chess player defeated a Grandmaster in a Chess Simul exhibition using the trapping line:

Fishing Pole: First Blood pt 1
Fishing Pole: First Blood pt 2

Brian Wall also has his own web page that you can visit HERE. I believe the site is still under construction.

Chess Traps #5: Ruy Lopez Berlin Defence Trap (Fishing Pole)

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Susan Polgar's "Chess Rules of Thumb"

These are the rules of thumb to be applied throughout the entire game.

After every move by your opponent, ask yourself these questions:
1. Can I capture any of my opponent's pieces to gain material?
2. What does my opponent want to do?
a) Am I in check?
b) Does my opponent want to capture any of my pieces?
c) Is my opponent threatening a tactical maneuver (i.e., fork, pin, etc.)?
• Simplify the position by trading pieces when you are ahead in material.
• Avoid doubling your pawns (placing two pawns on the same file).
• Always keep your pawns connected.
• Occupy open file(s) with your rook(s).
• Do not trade a bishop for a knight unless the position is closed (with many pawns and no open lines), or unless you gain some kind of advantage from the exchange.
• Avoid staying in pins.
• Keep your pieces on protected squares as much as possible.

In the Opening
Here are some things to look for in the beginning of the game.
• Control the CENTER (start out by putting at least one center pawn in the center).
• Develop your pieces so that they can attack the center as much as possible.
• Put your king in safety quickly by CASTLING.
• Don't move the same piece twice (unless necessary; i.e., moving away from an attack or recapturing, etc.).
• Don't move your queen out early (usually only after both knights and bishops are developed and the king is safe).
• Connect your rooks by moving out all pieces between them.
In the Middlegame
Below are some of things to look for after you have developed all your pieces.
• Look for targets or weaknesses in your opponent's position.
• Make plans based on the targets and your opponent's position.
• When you have an attack going on the opponent's king, avoid trading queens.
• Keep your king safe, usually behind two or three pawns and near the corner.
• Gain a space advantage.

In the endgame
Here are some things to look for after several pieces (usually including the queens) have been exchanged.
• Try to bring your king toward the center and in play. In the endgame, contrary to the earlier parts of the game, the king should be an active participant, at times even in the attack.
• Try to create passed pawns.
• If you have a passed pawn, advance it. Try to promote your passed pawn to a Queen.
• If your opponent has a passed pawn, make sure you can stop it before it reaches the promotion square (or at least make a counter plan).

Source: Susan Polgar's Chess Blog

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Anand Defeats Lékó

Anand wins the match by the score of 5-3 (6 draws and 2 wins)

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Chess Blitz Game with the Dutch Defence Stonewall Variation

[Event "rated blitz match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2009.06.03"]
[Round "?"]
[White "cybernie"]
[Black "jrobi"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 f5 2. Bg5 Nf6 3. Nf3 d5 4. c3 e6 5. e3 c6 6. Be2 Be7 7. Bf4 Nbd7 8. O-O h6 9. h3 g5 10. Bh2 Rg8 11. Nbd2 h5 12. Ne1 g4 13. hxg4 hxg4 14. Bg3 Nh5 15. c4 Nxg3 16. fxg3 Bd6 17. cxd5 cxd5 18. Nb3 Bxg3 19. Nd3 Qh4 20. Nf2 Qh2# {cybernie checkmated} 0-1

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Scandinavian Defence with 4. D3

Both sides made some mistakes throughout this game, but 4. D3 is not often played by white. Thoughts on the move order and positional play that followed?

[Event "Online Blitz"]
[Site "Playchess"]
[Date "2009.06.02"]
[Round "?"]
[White "?"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d3 Bf5 5. Bd2 c6 6. Nf3 e6 7. g3 Nf6 8. Bg2Qd8 9. O-O Nd5 10. Re1 Nxc3 11. Bxc3 Nd7 12. Ne5 Nxe5 13. Bxe5 Qd7 14. Qd2 f615. Bc3 Be7 16. a4 a6 17. Bb4 O-O 18. Bxe7 Qxe7 19. Qc3 Qd7 20. Qb3 Rfe8 21.Re2 Kh8 22. Rae1 e5 23. f4 Be6 24. Qc3 Bd5 25. Bxd5 cxd5 26. fxe5 Rac8 27. Qd2f5 28. e6 Qd6 29. Qg5 Rc6 30. e7 Qf6 31. Qxf6 Rxf6 32. Re6 Rxe6 33. Rxe6 Kg834. Kf2 Kf7 35. Re5 g6 36. Rxd5 Rxe7 37. Rd4 Rc7 38. c3 g5 39. Rd5 Ke6 40. Rd4h5 41. Rb4 Kd5 42. Rb6 f4 43. gxf4 gxf4 44. Rf6 Kc5 45. Rxf4 Kb6 46. Rh4 Rh747. Rb4+ Kc6 48. Rh4 b5 49. axb5+ axb5 50. c4 Kc5 51. cxb5 Kxb5 52. Re4 Kc5 53.h4 Rf7+ 54. Ke2 Rf5 55. b4+ Kb5 56. Rc4 Re5+ 57. Kf3 Re1 58. Rc5+ Kxb4 59. Rxh5Kc3 60. Rd5 Rg1 61. h5 Rg8 62. h6 Kb4 63. h7 Rh8 64. Rd7 Kc5 65. Kf4 Kc6 66.Rg7 Kd6 67. Kg5 Ke6 68. Kg6 Kd5 69. Rg8 Rxh7 70. Kxh7 Kd6 71. Rg3 Ke6 72. Re3+Kd5 73. Re1 Kd6 74. Rd1 Kd7 75. d4 Kd8 76. d5 Kd7 77. d6 Kd8 78. d7 1-0*

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