Thursday, December 1, 2016

The 2016 STL Chess Club Thanks Giving Open

I was satisfied with my results in last weekend's tournament. I got really discouraged after a heart-breaking loss in round 2 to a player rated 300 points higher than me. I call it "heart-breaking" because for a while I was up a pawn and had the advantage. I got too exhausted by the time we reached the endgame, and I lost my ability to focus. I caughed up a couple of pawns and resigned. I imagine if I could have won that game I would have had much better results for this tournament. But, I was still satisfied with myself because I came out of this tournament with a positive score (more wins than losses).

I think I may have over-done it by going to two major tournaments within a couple weeks of each other when I haven't been very active in tournament chess over the past few years. Oh well, I learned a lot.

I must also add that I defeated two children (rounds 1 & 6). Why do I mention this? Because when I play kids in the 7 - 11 age range I usually do really bad. The problem is that they are usually overconfident and they move very fast... it throws me off psychologically! But, I relaxed and took my time this time. It made all the difference.

I'm not sure when my next tournament will be. Maybe the one in my hometown in March. We'll see.

Thanks Giving Open 2016 STL Chess Club (Round 6)

On move 30 my opponent played the bizarre Rc8. He saw that it meant I was no longer threatening his Queen as my Rook was pinned to my King. But this move had a simple response: Just take his rook with my rook and I'm up a piece. I guess it was just an outright blunder. I don't know what he was thinking! This is something you would see between two beginners!

Thanks Giving Open 2016 STL Chess Club (Round 4)

Thanks Giving Open 2016 STL Chess Club (Round 3)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Thanks Giving Open 2016 STL Chess Club (Round 2)

Thanks Giving Open 2016 STL Chess Club (Round 1)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

King's Island Open 2016 (Round 5)

This loss really got me thinking as to whether or not I should still play the Sicilian Defense. I always have bad results with it in tournament play.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

King's Island Open 2016 (Round 4)

Friday, November 18, 2016

King's Island Open 2016 (Round 3)

Thursday, November 17, 2016

King's Island Open 2016 (Round 2)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

King's Island Open 2016 - Round 1

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

My Win Against International Master Attila Turzo (Simul by Turzo in July 2016)

I cannot be that proud of this victory because 1) it was online and 2) IM Turzo was hosting a simultaneous exhibition. He was probably playing about 15 - 20 people. But, a win is a win, nonetheless. I think my endgame play was flawless, but you can be the judge.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

One of My Better Games on ICC (played 06.24.2016)

This is one of my better victories on The Internet Chess Club (ICC). I have kept this game in mind for a while and finally decided to share it here on my blog. I played purely positional. Usually I played for dynamic games that involve a lot of tactics, but this win was a little different and I am very proud of it! Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Southern Illinois Summer Open 2016 (Round 3)

Southern Illinois Summer Open 2016 (Round 2)

After I blundered a piece in the opening I decided to fight on and hope for a draw but I made the mistake of exchanging rooks on move 45.Rxf7+ when 45.Rd8 was my last hope for drawing chances.

Southern Illinois Summer Open 2016 (Round 1)

This was my first tournament in well over a year. I finished it with 2 wins and one loss. Overall I was unhappy with my result because of my poor play in round 2. Here, in the first round, my opponent made an elementary blunder in the opening - losing a piece. It was an easy win from that point on.

Friday, May 27, 2016

What I Think Prevents Chessplayers from Improving

I played many games online when I was a teenager. There were days I would play dozens of Blitz games. Unfortunately I think this was hindering my improvement. The problem with playing many games regularly is that you repeat the same mistakes over and over. The more games you play per day the less likely you are to remember the mistakes. And if you are not carefully going over all the games you play and are not carefully analyzing these games then the mistakes are bound to be repeated. This is the problem. By playing too often you are reinforcing your mistakes and bad decision-making in chess. Your erroneous patterns of thought get ingrained into your playing-style. And I think eventually this can even become impossible to undo. Stop playing so many games! And carefully analyze the games that you do play. You HAVE to remember your mistakes! I believe it is important to cut out Blitz (fast games). It's more important for your chess improvement to play longer games. The mistakes you make will feel more significant to you, and you will be more likely to remember them.

I recently purchased Fritz 15 for my desktop. And it is super powerful! I checked the system requirements and what hardware is recommended for the program. Luckily, I have a computer that exceeds the recommended requirements. My computer has a quad-core processor (what happens to be recommended for Fritz 15 and 16 Gigs of RAM - though only 8 Gigs of RAM are recommended). I analyzed my first game with it last night and was quite impressed. I remember 10 years ago using Deep Fritz 8 and being impressed with it calculating close to 3 million positions/second when it was analyzing my games. Fritz 15 was calculating over 9 million at times! This goes to show how technology improves exponentially! I will start posting my games here at "Terlizzi's Chess World" with Fritz analyses again.

Another note: It's important to have a strong engine to go over your mistakes with. But, I believe its also good to review games on your own and come up with your own ideas and strategies and not just your computer's!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

A Solid Victory on ICC This Saturday Afternoon

I have not played a good solid game in a while. Sometimes when I feel like I am losing my love for chess a good victory lifts my spirits and puts me back in the mood. Unfortunately I do not have any chess software to analyze the mistakes in this game but I have analyzed it by myself and feel I played very well, though I'm sure Fritz or Chessmaster would point out a lot of better moves I could have made. I am going to purchase Fritz 15 and Chessmaster soon. I want to start studying seriously again. I hope you enjoy this game. Thanks for viewing!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

What Chess has Taught Me about Life

Persistence is key!  If you want to expand your knowledge in a certain field, you have to stick with the training/studying on a regular basis.  I have not improved my chess game very much over the past decade because I do not devote the time that is required to gain new chess knowledge.  I'll study every now and then.  I'll study openings, middle-games, endgames and tactics.  I forget them, frequently.  The problem is a lack of repetition.  I am not studying these aspects of the game daily.  Chess is all about dedication and training.  If you want to remember what you've studied, then you have to repeat it - daily!

This problem has appeared in my life in areas outside of chess - specifically web design, graphic design and studying foreign languages.  If I had the will to devoted a significant amount of time to studying these fields I would be a lot better off.  I practice graphic design on my computer.  I watch Inkscape tutorials on YouTube.  I successfully make a logo or twitter header.  Then I leave it at that.  A few days later everything I learned from that specific tutorial is gone.  I need to put in the hours.  I need to study both old and new material, daily.  Life is not easy.  If there is no pain, there is no gain.  I need to be more disciplined.  I've forgot a lot of French vocabulary that I learned in High School because I didn't continue to study it beyond high school.  I need to be motivated.  I need to be disciplined.  I feel like I've gotten nowhere with life over the passed 10 years.  I will make the changes.  I will not waste anymore time.  Persistence is key!

Calvin, 3.30.2016