Saturday, 20 August 2016


Have just come across this position while playing a game against Fritz Rated Mode. 

It is white to move, there are so many options for white to choose, it becomes quite bewildering and treacherous.

In a real game without computer assistance, it can be very easy for white to go wrong in such a situation.

James 1:5 - If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Thursday, 4 August 2016


White to move.

Here is a position from my latest game. It is the sort of positional question which I need to improve upon. 

This is not a strictly tactical puzzle where white must mate in 3 or 4 moves, or find a forcing move to win material.

Question 1. Is white better, worse or equal in this position?

Question 2. Which is the best move for white to make now?

Question 3. Should white try to win or offer a draw?

During the game I did not find the most forcing move.

Ecc 12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016


Have managed to get quite a few wins against Fritz rated at 2290 by playing the King`s Gambit. 

On this occasion I blundered by making the same mistake all players make at one time or another. We all learn from our mistakes!

Move 37 was a complete blunder loosing my rook and the game, if I had been more careful I may have been able to salvage a draw.

Had trouble remembering the early moves recommended by Simon Williams on his DVDs, but all in all, I would be happy to try out the King`s Gambit against a human opponent.

The game is below complete with Fritz analysis. Naturally I resigned after 37...Bxh8.

The King`s Gambit Volume 1 is below.

Proverbs 9:9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.


Nf3, g3 and other such like move orders are something I have problems with.  

Fritz opened this game with 1.g3 so I was very wary what to play against it.  

Ended up with a draw eventually.

Due to having past difficulties facing such openings, I have aquired two ways of playing against them.

One defence was supplied by Nigel Davies in a black repertoire he gives
Due to copyright I cannot say give any details of the defensive techniques he supplies, other to say it is very playable against 1.Nf3, 1.g3 or any of the other move orders.

The second system is a good DVD by Henrik Danielsen.  
What I like about this system, is the fact it only takes 1 hour to refresh the system in your mind, if you know your next tournament opponent may play 1.Nf3 or 1.g3 or anything similar to this move order.

Ecc 12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.