Friday, September 9, 2016

A Timeline History of Chess

This is a very concise timeline of chess history. It is of course missing a lot of important events. Still for someone just wanting a quick overview it is the best I've come across. http://www.briefhistoryofchess.com/

Saturday, June 4, 2016

My Greatest Upset

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Merrell, Randy - Wharry, Steven
1-0, 1991.07.20.
[#] 1.d4 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.Bd3 e6 4.f4 c5 5.c3 cxd4 6.exd4 Be7 7.Nf3 Nbd7 8.O-O O-O 9.Ne5 Re8 10.Nd2 Nf8 11.Ndf3 Ne4 12.Qe1 f6 13.Ng4 Qc7 14.Nf2 f5 15.Ne5 a6 16.Kh1 Ng6 17.Be2 Qb6 18.Bh5 Bh4 19.Bxg6 Nxf2 20.Rxf2 Bxf2 21.Qxf2 hxg6 22.Nxg6 Kf7 23.Qg3 Rg8 24.b3 Ke8 25.Qg5 Qd8 26.Qh5 Kd7 27.Ne5 Kc7 28.Ba3 Qf6 29.c4 dxc4 30.Rc1 Bd7 31.Rxc4 Kd8 32.Nf7 Ke8 33.Nd6 Black resigned. Kd8
[33...Kf8 34.Nc8 Qe7 35.Bxe7# ]
34.Nxb7# [1-0]

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Stonewall Attack against Sparkchess Claire!

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1-0, 2016.04.29.
[#] 1.d4 A game against the online Sparkchess Claire opponent. 1...c6 2.e3 e6 3.Nf3 I thought I'd play a dynamic opening I haven't used for some time. The Stonewall Attack. d5 4.Bd3 Still not in the Stonewall. So far this falls in the Colle System. h5 5.O-O Be7 6.c3 a6 7.Ne5 Nf6 8.f4! With f4 White is now in the Stonewall setup. O-O 9.Rf3! Lifting the Rook to get him into the attack. Qc7 10.Nd2 Making sure Black doesn't clog things up with Ne4. Ra7? Does nothing. 11.Rh3 Re8 The perfect setup for the Stonewall. White has a lot aimed at blacks King side, and blacks pieces are all on the Queen side. So White can afford to sacrifice his Rook for the attack. 12.Rxh5!! Nxh5 13.Qxh5 g6 14.Bxg6 ! and now the Bishop, but there are no Black pieces to come to the rescue of the King. 14...fxg6 15.Qxg6 Kf8
[15...Kh8 16.Nf7#also is mate! ]
16.Qf7# [1-0]