What a Game! Nakamura – Andreikin 1-0

One of my students has this problem with passivity. He often gets his pieces out quickly in the opening, but then founders a bit and simply hands the initiative over to his opponent.

After seeing and hearing of many good positions being spoiled this way I started showing him some King’s Gambit games. Not because I think he should play the opening, but because I think that so many of those games are famous for teaching about the importance of speed and initiative.

Of course we looked at games like the immortal game:

And more modern games like Nakamura – Adams:

So tonight I was thinking…I wonder f there are any other games Hikaru has played in the KG that would be worth showing my student. I messaged Hikaru to ask him if he had any good ones and he said “My game against Andreikin in the World Blitz.”

And that’s where I discovered this amazing game. Enjoy!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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Hort – Ribli 0-1 Guess The Move

Last Thursday a friend and I spent three hours playing guess the move with this game.

You can get some high quality calculation in during that time if you really try.

Here’s the game.

Now here’s the pgn.

[Event “Hoogovens”]
[Site “Wijk aan Zee”]
[Date “1983.01.15”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Hort, Vlastimil”]
[Black “Ribli, Zoltan”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B82”]
[WhiteElo “2585”]
[BlackElo “2595”]
[PlyCount “98”]
[EventDate “1983.01.14”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventRounds “13”]
[EventCountry “NED”]
[EventCategory “12”]
[SourceTitle “OM OTB 201804”]
[Source “Opening Master”]
[SourceDate “2018.04.24”]
[SourceVersion “2”]
[SourceVersionDate “2018.04.24”]
[SourceQuality “1”]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e6 7. f4 b5 8. Qf3
Bb7 9. Bd3 Nbd7 10. O-O Rc8 11. Nd1 g6 12. Nf2 Bg7 13. Nb3 O-O 14. a4 b4 15. a5
Qc7 16. Qe2 e5 17. fxe5 Nxe5 18. Bb6 Qe7 19. Rae1 Nxd3 20. cxd3 Nd7 21. Bd4 Ne5
22. Bb6 h5 23. Qd2 Qd7 24. Re2 Qa4 25. Qd1 Rfe8 26. Nh3 Nd7 27. Be3 Nc5 28.
Nxc5 Qxd1 29. Rxd1 dxc5 30. b3 f5 31. exf5 Rxe3 32. Rxe3 Bd4 33. Rde1 Re8 34.
Kf2 gxf5 35. Nf4 h4 36. g3 hxg3+ 37. hxg3 Kf7 38. R1e2 Kf6 39. Re1 Kg5 40. R1e2
Kg4 41. Re1 Bf3 42. Ng6 Bd5 43. Nf4 Bxb3 44. Ng2 Bd5 45. Ke2 Rh8 46. Nf4 Bf3+
47. Rxf3 Re8+ 48. Kf1 Rxe1+ 49. Kxe1 Kxf3 0-1

Copy that, put it in Chessbase, set it on Training mode and have fun!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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Training Update

First let me say that I need to make a more concerted effort to post information, updates, and positions every day.

In the meantime I have been hard at work. I really can’t stress how much of a godsend Chessable have been with this.

For example, this morning I woke up and solved close to 100 tactics on my phone on the Chessable app.

The courses I have currently are 1001 Exercises for Beginners (tactics for somewhere around 1500-1600ish level) 1001 Exercises for Club Players (tactics for up to 2000-2200 maybe) and 100 Endgames You Must Know.

I have not been solely limited to Chessable however.

Yesterday a friend of mine and I spent a couple of hours working on guess the move with this game:

I recommend this game as it’s not well known and it has some interesting moments. Here is the pgn:

[Event “Novi Sad ol (Men)”]
[Site “Novi Sad”]
[Date “1990.??.??”]
[Round “9”]
[White “Schmidt, Wlodzimierz”]
[Black “Antonio, Rogelio Jr”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “E61”]
[WhiteElo “2455”]
[BlackElo “2445”]
[PlyCount “99”]
[EventDate “1990.11.17”]
[EventType “team-swiss”]
[EventRounds “14”]
[EventCountry “YUG”]
[SourceTitle “OM OTB 201804”]
[Source “Opening Master”]
[SourceDate “2018.04.24”]
[SourceVersion “2”]
[SourceVersionDate “2018.04.24”]
[SourceQuality “1”]
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 b6 4. e3 g6 5. d4 Bg7 6. Be2 O-O 7. O-O d6 8. b3 Na6
9. Bb2 Bb7 10. Qd2 Nc7 11. a4 cxd4 12. exd4 d5 13. Rfd1 Ne6 14. Ne5 Rc8 15. Qe3
Qc7 16. Rac1 Qd6 17. Bf3 Rfd8 18. a5 Bf8 19. Ra1 Ng7 20. g4 Qb8 21. axb6 axb6
22. Nxd5 Nxd5 23. cxd5 Rxd5 24. Bxd5 Bxd5 25. Rdc1 Ne6 26. Nd7 Rxc1+ 27. Rxc1
Qb7 28. Nxf8 Nxf8 29. Qe5 Qd7 30. h3 Ne6 31. Qe3 f6 32. Ba3 Kf7 33. Re1 Qb5 34.
Qh6 Kg8 35. Bxe7 Qd3 36. Qe3 Qxd4 37. Qxd4 Nxd4 38. Rd1 Nf3+ 39. Kf1 Bxb3 40.
Rd7 f5 41. gxf5 gxf5 42. Bf6 f4 43. Kg2 Ne1+ 44. Kf1 Nf3 45. Rg7+ Kf8 46. Ke2
Bd5 47. Rxh7 Ng1+ 48. Kd3 Be6 49. Ke4 f3 50. h4 1-0

Copy that, put it in Chessbase, set it on Training mode and have fun!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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I’m Back!

It’s time to relaunch this blog.

Why have I been away, you ask?

Well, I am now half owner of a business that runs a lot of scholastic chess events and I have private students and after school programs along with lots of weekend tournaments as a result.

So what have I been doing since I was away?

Well, in addition to the scholastic work I have been training. Not training as hard as I will be when the scholastic season ends around April or so, but training nonetheless. Every day I have been solving tactics on my phone. Mostly, though not solely, using Chessable. Chessable is an amazing website which is now owned partially by Magnus Carlsen. It’s based on the learning concept of spaced repetition and is perfectly suited for learning chess.

So what are my plans for his relaunch?

Well, I’m going back to running this as a blog to truly track and categorize my training efforts. My goal for 2020 is to make a serious run at my all-time peak rating, which currently stands at 1896.

While I typically eschew rating-based goals, this one is achievable. I just need to bring the same level of focus that I had in the past when I was rapidly improving. After drifting in and out of many chess-related ventures I now have a whole new level of motivation. Namely that the higher I can get my rating the more I can pursue serious coaching.

I should also point out that I am getting a lot of inspiration from my friend GM Elshan Moradiabadi. Since becoming a US citizen his drwam has been to play in the US Championship, and as the winner of the 2019 US Open he will be playing in the 2020 US Closed.

So I’m back, and I’m ready. I’m just like Fast Eddie.

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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Rapid Game Seaman-Wainscott 0-1

A couple of weeks ago I played a rapid game against one of my niece’s school coach. As I am her private coach this felt like it should be some sort of epic struggle!

Afterwards, the game yielded some interesting analysis, though I was annoyed to find that there is an easy refutation to what I thought was interesting as you will see below when you see the move 22.Qc8+ in the analysis to White’s 20th move.

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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Puzzle of the Day 8/11/19

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Pogonina Shows Great Technique

Earlier this morning I was watching some of the Russian Superfinals online.

The game Pogonina – Tomiova was about in this position when Pavel Tregubov said in the commentary booth that while White appears to be better it remained to be seen if Black could get rid of the queenside pawns and construct a fortress.

Then a while later this position was on the board, and to me it looked like there was still some serious work to do, but here Natalija showed magnificent finishing technique and polished off her opponent.

Wonderfully done!

Here is the complete game.

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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Puzzle of the Day 8/10/19

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Interesting Position From a Game of Mine

Thursday of this past week I played a game which wasn’t all that interesting in and of itself, but which contained a very interesting position.

Here is the position with White to move:

Here my opponent did me just about the biggest favor possible and played 15.0-0??

After the game though, some friends and I analyzed this position to great lengths. It was one of those analysis sessions where each contributor found and refuted one another’s ideas back and forth. It’s sad that such sessions are so rare these days.

What would you have played here? See below for the complete game and some analysis. Granted, I ran the lines through an engine to verify them so the analysis won’t be 100% what we were looking at on the 8th, but it’s pretty close.

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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Puzzle of the Day 8/09/19

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