Sunday, December 27, 2015

TheRejoicingTeam_PerspicaciousStratagems wins Kasparov Section!

Congratulations to TheRejoicingTeam_PerspicaciousStratagems on winning the Kasparov section (max. 1950.25)!
Board 1: jaszczur
Board 2: Misteraw
Board 3: michelleblue
Board 4: JoshPruett

PerspicaciousStratagems won every match except for one (which was drawn) to finish with 7.5 match points and 24.5 game points. Very nicely done, team.  Thanks to all who played on The Rejoicing Teams in T61!
May God bless you with a very happy New Year!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Valiantangel Wins Rejoicing Swiss!

Congratulations to Valiantangel, our July 2015 Rejoicing Swiss Champion! 
 Final standings are shown below.
Results for each round can be found at the tournament page.
Many thanks to blkmagic(*)(SR)(TM) for thinking of and directing this very enjoyable tournament, and thanks to all who participated and made it a success!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Analysis on Gorgonian vs Valiantangel (by Gorgonian)

Please find Gorgonian's annotations on his game against Valiantangel in the Rejoicing Swiss below.

Gorgonian: I haven't gotten around to analyzing/annotating the endgame yet, but I thought what I have done might be useful.

[Event "rated standard match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2015.07.24"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Gorgonian"]
[Black "Valiantangel"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2020"]
[BlackElo "1901"]
[ECO "C02"]
[TimeControl "2700+45"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 b6 5.Bb5+ Bd7 6.Bd3 Ne7 7.Nf3 

{In preparation for this game, I had to look at quite a wide variety of opening lines. I had switched from 1.e4 to 1.d4 recently as my main weapon with white, but in looking at what my opponent played against 1.e4, I was mostly intrigued by the way he handled the French Defense. Against 1.d4, it looked likely to head towards a Bogo-Indian Defense, which I would be fine with. I thought I had a better chance at an opening advantage in the French, though, based on his history. Against the French Defense, I normally play 3.Nc3, but it was the Advance Variation where it looked like I could get an advantage. I spent a lot of my formative years playing the Advance Variation, and I have kept one system in reserve despite switching to the Sicilian a few years ago. The line of Sicilian I play can easily transpose to a French Advance. I like the Paulsen Attack sub-variation and had recently come across a somewhat complete system for the French Advance that uses that idea. I brushed up on this system and planned to try to head towards it if my opponent played 1… e6, and, indeed, he did.

When my opponent played 4… b6, I was caught a little bit off-guard.  I knew there was a line of my system that had an early b6, but not this early. I remembered only a little bit about it, but wasn't sure 
how important it was. An odd sequence of moves stuck in my head, and I remember having some trouble determining the purpose for it.  Following b6, white plays Bb5+ followed by retreating by Bd3. Why take two moves to move the bishop from f1 to d3? An examination of the purpose of b6 helped me to solve the mystery. When black plays b6, the idea has nothing to do with reinforcing the c5 pawn. Instead, black is trying to play Ba6 to trade bishops. The c8-bishop is, of course, the problem piece in the French Defense. It is much more difficult to trade the bishops from d7 than it is from c8. Additionally, if Bb5+ were met by Nbd7, the knight is no longer supporting a bishop move to a6.

Recalling the time I spent solving this mystery is what helped me to remember what to do if black plays b6 during the actual game. The fact that the d-file gets clogged up a little in the process helped out during the game, also.}

7...Nf5? 8.dxc5 bxc5? 
( 8...Bxc5 9.Bxf5 exf5 10.Qxd5 {Black has one more piece developed and a better pawn structure.} )
9.Bxf5 exf5 10.Qxd5 Bc6? 
( 10...Nc6 
( 10...Na6?? {Loses a piece, at best, and narrowly avoids getting mated.} 11.Ng5 Be6 
( 11...Qe7?? 
( 11...Qc8?? 12.Qxf7+ Kd8 13.Ne6+ Bxe6 14.Bg5+ Be7 15.Qxe7# )12.Qxa8+ )
( 11...Qb8?? 12.O-O Be6 13.Nxe6 fxe6 14.Qxe6+ {Winning the N on a6.} )
12.Qc6+ {Winning N on a6} ))

11.Qxd8+ Kxd8 12.Bg5+ Kc7 
{My goal after winning the pawn was to finish development while maintaining the integrity of my pawn structure. The immediate problem is that Bxf3 would damage the pawn structure. I wanted to reinforce the f3 knight with Nbd2, but the bishop on c1 was in the way.  Therefore, 12.Bg5+ seemed to be the answer. Here, I naturally followed up with 13.Nbd2, but the position of the bishop on g5 is somewhat precarious here. Nbd2 takes away some of its retreat squares. It turns out that after 13.Nbd2, h6 is a pretty strong reply. Black gains considerable initiative and space on the kingside.}

13.Nbd2 Nd7? 
{At this point in the game, I was quite pleased with the outcome of the opening. I was a pawn up, my pieces were either developed or soon would be, and my king was going to be quite safe after I got castled.  I was oblivious to the h6 threat, so mentally, that wasn't a problem as long as my opponent was also in the dark.

Over the course of the next 8-10 moves, the game would continue pretty much as planned: castling, finishing development, keeping my pieces safe, preserving pawn structure.

A situation began to develop on the e-file that had me concerned, however. The rook on e2 found itself without any protection, and the bishop on e5 vulnerable to a pin to it. I didn't see any immediate tactical shots to capitalize on this, but it is the type of position that can certainly lead to them.

I also had a feeling like I needed to keep my bishop on the a1-h8 diagonal rather than its perpendicular since I felt like it could be held out of play by a pawn chain on h6-g5-f4 if I tucked it away on h2. This led me to a plan of playing c4 with tempo on the knight, and then shoring up chain with b3, also keeping the knight out of a4.  However, I was still concerned with the potential pin on the e-file.  Now that the heat is off, it seems like this was just a case of seeing ghosts since the bishop is adequately defended and Re3 can be played easily afterwards if the pin becomes a reality. At the time, though, I was quite concerned and was desperately searching for a way to create an extra tempo to defend the rook and keep the knight out of a4. I decided to play Re3 to safeguard against the pin tactics and deal with Na4 issues if they arose.}

( 13...h6! {Black regains the pawn in this line.} 14.Be3 
( 14.Bh4?? g5 15.Bg3 f4 {The bishop is trapped.} )
14...g5 15.b4 {Creating an escape square for the bishop.} 15...cxb4 
( 16.Bd4 bxc3 17.Bxc3 )
16...Bxb4 -/+ )

14.O-O f6 15.exf6 Nxf6 16.Bf4+ Kb7 17.Rfe1 h6 18.Re2 Re8 19.Rae1 Rxe2 20.Rxe2 Rh7 21.h4 Nd5 22.Be5 g6 
{In this position, the minor pieces for each side are pretty equal, though black does have a minor plus in the bishop pair. White has a rook on one of the two fully open files, while black can occupy the d 
or e-file pretty easily. White's lack of a light-square bishop makes the d3 square a surprisingly nice home for black's knight, if it can get there. White obliges this by playing 23.c4. A much better plan for white would be to retreat the bishop to h2 and infiltrate on the e-file with the rook.}

( 23.Bh2 Re7 24.Rxe7+ Bxe7 25.Nc4 f4? 
( 25...Kc8 {White has a nice knight on c4 and overall nice activity while still maintaining a solid pawn structure (only h4 is in question).} )
26.Na5+ Kb6 27.Nxc6 Kxc6 28.Ne5+ Kb7 29.Nxg6 Bf6 +- )
( 23...Nb4 24.a3 Nd3 25.Re3 Rd7 {Black improves his knight and activates his rook.} )
24.Re3 Be7? 
( 24...Re7 25.Bf4 Rxe3 26.Bxe3 Bxf3 27.gxf3 Na4 28.b3 Nc3 29.f4 
( 29.a3?? f4 {Trapped bishop.} )
29...Nxa2 += {Black regains the pawn. White is still better due to the ability to get the knight to e5 where it will harass the g6 pawn.})

25.b3 Nd7 26.Bb2 g5 27.hxg5 hxg5 28.Ne5 Nxe5 29.Bxe5 Kc8 30.Rh3 Rxh3 31.gxh3 Kd7 32.f4 Ke6 33.Bb8 a6 34.Kf2 Bf6 35.Kg3 a5 36.Nf3 gxf4+ 37.Bxf4 a4 38.Be3 axb3 39.axb3 Be7 40.Ng5+ Kf6 41.Bf4 Kg6 42.Ne6 Kf6 43.Nc7 Be4 44.Nd5+ Ke6 45.Nxe7 Kxe7 46.Bd2 Bc2 47.b4 cxb4 48.Bxb4+ Kf7 49.Kf4 Be4 50.Ke5 Kg6 51.Be7 Bb7 52.h4 Bc8 53.Bg5 Kh5 54.Kf4 Bd7 55.c5 Kg6 56.Ke5 1/2-1/2

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

T58 Champions!

Congratulations to:
TheRejoicingTeam_RedoubtableMachinations for finishing 1st in the Lasker Section!
giswinger, BethanyGrace, dstrout, AllenCox, chiassedo, batmanzerothree

TheRejoicingTeam_ScintillatingStalwarts for finishing 1st in the Polgar Section!
RoyRogersC, CactusJr, CharityJoy, LordTyraad, batmanzerothree

TheRejoicingTeam_AudaciouslySesquipedalian for finishing 2nd in the Alekhine Section!
readsal, JoshPruett, TheNorthernPike, rsekhar, blkmagic, BethanyGrace

TheRejoicingTeam_PerspicaciousStratagems for finishing 2nd in the Lasker Section!
araszek, kballoloco, kocur, lutom, matin, (clathro)

This is the best finish to a season that the Rejoicing Team has ever had!  Great job teammates!  I'd like to thank CharityJoy, CactusJr, araszek, dstrout, and IMOEC for serving as deputy captains.  Looking forward to next season!  Good chess and may God bless you!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

T56 Champions

Congratulations to

For first place in the Polgar section in T56

All the best to our teams currently competing in T57: TheRejoicingTeam_PerspicaciousStratagems, TheRejoicingTeam_AssiduousLucubrations, TheRejoicingTeam_IndefatigableImpetus, TheRejoicingTeam_MachinatingMartinets, and TheRejoicingTeam_ScintillatingStalwarts!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

T55 Champions

via Wikipedia
TheRejoicingTacticians are champions of the Kasparov Section. 
 Congratulations to 
lingzhi, Misteraw, Harmonicus, Chessjav, and CNoble!  

TheRejoicingCowboys (Misteraw, Valiantangel, thekingofham, IronRanger, and timisrejoicing) and TheRejoicingTeam_RedoubtableMachinations (Tharderer, dstrout, BethanyGrace, kballoloco, and Sthithapragyan) were runner-ups in their sections.

Top scores for individual players go to:
 Sthithapragyan with 6/6 or 100%-- 1st place
Chessjav with 7/8 or 87.5%-- 2nd place
thekingofham with 5/6 or 83.3%-- 3rd place
Honorable mentions for players with 70% or more go to:
 Valiantangel, CharityJoy, Misteraw, Knoecken and Kballoloco

Thank you to the 32 teammates who joined us in T55!  Let's continue to even greater success in T56!  Good chess!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Rejoicing Team Meeting Log 9/22/13

The Rejoicing Team Meeting held on September 22, 2013 at 1200 server time was attended by 9 people: araszek, BethanyGrace, brainp, Gorgonian, Introspection, kballoloco, rsekhar, timisrejoicing, and thekingofham.   

The meeting's agenda was: 
  • The final round and playoff chances
TheRejoicingCowboys and TheRejoicingTacticians were gauranteed to make it to the playoffs.  TheRejoicingTeam_RedoubtableMachinations could make it if dstrout or DesertBroncos' players timisrejoicing or greatking won or drew one of their games, and TheRejoicingKnights could make it if between CNoble and RoyRogersC the team collected a win and a draw.  Resolve was made that teammates would do their best to observe these crucial, final games and support their teammates.

  • A between seasons intra-team tournament
 An intra-team tournament was discussed.  The tournament would start on Tuesday October 1st and last 3 rounds, ending on October 22nd, the start of T56.  A quad-style tournament is most likely, though Swiss would be resorted to if there was not a good number of players for the tournament.  Various teammates said they would like for there to be such a tournament, although others said they would prefer a rest between seasons.  It was resolved that the tournament would be held for anyone who would like to participate (RejoicingTeam members and a few special guests).
  • Study/Lecture Sessions
On rsekhar's suggestion and subsequent interest of some teammates, it was decided that lectures/study sessions would be held during the off-season to help the team improve.

The log of the meeting is posted below (due to variable settings, some of the messages may be repeated in the log which were not actually repeated, sorry for the inconvenience):

[13:55]timisrejoicing: hi bethany
[13:56]BethanyGrace: Hi
[13:57]BethanyGrace: 2 minutes 30 seconds till the meeting starts  
[13:57]rsekhar: hi
[13:58]BethanyGrace: Hi rsekhar
[13:58]rsekhar: hi bethany
[14:00]BethanyGrace: Glad you all could make it to the team meeting
[14:00]BethanyGrace: First on the agenda is the final round and playoffs
[14:00]BethanyGrace: The Cowboys and RejoicingTacticians are basically gauranteed to make it
[14:01]BethanyGrace: TheRejoicingKnights make it if they win this round which means CNoble and Roy would have to get a win and a draw between them
[14:01]araszek: Hello for all Rejoicing people
[14:01]thekingofham: It s thekingofham s fault(The cowboys).
[14:01]BethanyGrace: Hi Chris
[14:01]BethanyGrace: yes, kingofham you have been doing great
[14:02]thekingofham: Thank you.
[14:02]BethanyGrace: TRT_RedoubtableMachinations makes it if dstrout or TheDesertBronco's greatking win or draw
[14:02]thekingofham: What does  dstrout  mean?
[14:02]BethanyGrace: For TheRejoicingSaints, RejoicingFishersofMen and RejoicingTeamGenesis this is the final round, so we need to finish strong
[14:03]BethanyGrace: dstrout is the last player to play on that team
[14:03]BethanyGrace: tomorrow at 1900
[14:03]timisrejoicing: sounds like you put together some good teams
[14:03]thekingofham: Oh, I thought dstrout was a word, not a player.
[14:03]BethanyGrace: ok
[14:03]BethanyGrace: well, with good players like you all it would be hard to put together bad teams
[14:04]timisrejoicing: with my record at least no i thinks i cheet
[14:04]BethanyGrace: lol
[14:04]timisrejoicing: one
[14:05]BethanyGrace: on the last deciding games it would be good if we have plenty of support to encourage the players to do their best
[14:05]BethanyGrace: (in whispers  and before the game)
[14:05]timisrejoicing: do you know the times for the big games
[14:07]BethanyGrace: Dstrout is Monday 1900, greatking is Monday 1600, Roy is Monday 0500
[14:07]BethanyGrace: Cnoble is Monday0900
[14:07]timisrejoicing: thanks
[14:07]rsekhar: ok
[14:07]thekingofham: What about the possible side effects?
[14:08]BethanyGrace: of losing?
[14:08]thekingofham: No, the  encouragement . What if the players don t like it and find it distracting?
[14:08]BethanyGrace: oh, don't talk to them during their games
[14:08]BethanyGrace: just say something like "crush your enemies" before the game
[14:08]BethanyGrace: and then use whispers
[14:08]thekingofham: Oh.
[14:08]BethanyGrace: so they can read it afterward
[14:09]BethanyGrace: otherwise they might find it distracting and it could have the opposite effect
[14:09]thekingofham: Right, that s what I was worried about.
[14:09]timisrejoicing: you are the king of ham?  where is ham?
[14:10]thekingofham: Ham s my loyal subjects...
[14:10]BethanyGrace: oh, sorry about your game brainp
[14:10]BethanyGrace: Any further comments on this topic (playoffs), or shall we go on the next topic?
[14:12]timisrejoicing: i will plan to watch your game tomorrow, ham
[14:12]thekingofham: Why do you do this to me...
[14:12]thekingofham: I don t know what to call you.
[14:12]timisrejoicing: just call me for supper
[14:13]BethanyGrace: lol
[14:13]timisrejoicing: I will be good
[14:13]thekingofham: I hate it when people watch me play.
[14:13]timisrejoicing: oh sure
[14:14]thekingofham: There s always the risk of losing.
[14:14]timisrejoicing: i have had lots of practice
[14:14]BethanyGrace: true, there's the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat...I think all chess players learn how to be good losers
[14:15]brainp: hello
[14:15]BethanyGrace: Hi Brian
[14:15]thekingofham: Kasparov was horible at losing ):
[14:15]Introspection: greetings, Rejoicing people!
[14:16]BethanyGrace: Hi Introspection!
[14:16]Introspection: Hi sorry I'm late almost forgot
[14:16]timisrejoicing: Hello intro
[14:16]thekingofham: He hated losing so much, he used to give Radjabov compliments
[14:16]thekingofham: Now it s  Radjabov sucks  in Russian or something.
[14:17]thekingofham: *when he lost to radjabov*
[14:17]araszek: Hi Introspection
[14:17]brainp: Is anybody here?
[14:17]kballoloco: hi all
[14:17]Introspection: Nobody but us chickens...
[14:17]timisrejoicing: your profile says you are from africa.  where may i ask?
[14:17]thekingofham: Okay Bethany, you were saying?
[14:17]BethanyGrace: Hi Daniel
[14:18]brainp: ok
[14:18]BethanyGrace: can you hear now brainp?
[14:18]brainp: now it's working
[14:18]BethanyGrace: ok good
[14:18]brainp: I missed it
[14:18]thekingofham: Oh right, I m from East Africa.
[14:18]timisrejoicing: hi brain
[14:18]brainp: Hi
[14:18]BethanyGrace: It appears we're done talking about the playoffs so the next topic is the offseason
[14:18]brainp: good topic
[14:19]BethanyGrace: T56 starts on October 22nd, so in the mean time we have time for a 3 round intra-team tournament if any one is interested
[14:19]BethanyGrace: I was thinking a quad style tournament might be good, but I'm open to suggestions
[14:19]Introspection: I better sit this one out I think
[14:19]BethanyGrace: ok
[14:19]BethanyGrace: ok
[14:19]BethanyGrace: If everyone is tired and wants a break, we can call the idea off; but I thought I'd mention it just in case
[14:20]brainp: sounds a good idea
[14:20]thekingofham: Is the T56 a new tournament?
[14:20]kballoloco: i am in mood
[14:20]BethanyGrace: yes T56 is the next tournament
[14:20]BethanyGrace: ok Daniel, excellent
[14:21]brainp: at this point I'm not sure if I'll be playing T56 at all
[14:21]brainp: I'm in too
[14:21]araszek: I probably also can play
[14:21]BethanyGrace: ok sounds good!
[14:21]BethanyGrace: I'll create a sign-up sheet at our forum and message everyone to sign up as soon as this round is over then
[14:21]BethanyGrace: (anyone who is up to it that is)
[14:22]brainp: ok
[14:22]kballoloco: ok
[14:22]BethanyGrace: Depending on the number of players it can be quads or Swiss
[14:22]thekingofham: What s an  intra-team tournament ?
[14:22]brainp: can other players sign in too?
[14:22]brainp: guests I meant
[14:23]BethanyGrace: @thekingofham a tournament between teammates
[14:23]brainp: a tournament within the RT
[14:23]BethanyGrace: @brainp yep, special friends are welcome
[14:23]brainp: ok
[14:23]BethanyGrace: Knoecken won the last intrateam tournament; I was slightly suprised, but he is good!
[14:24]BethanyGrace: I think TL is helping all of us improve (though my rating needs a little work
[14:24]kballoloco: yes hi is
[14:24]kballoloco: i am overrrated
[14:25]brainp: rating doesn't matter in long games sometimes
[14:25]brainp: me too
[14:25]brainp: I think I'm around 1500s
[14:25]BethanyGrace: I think concentration is very important...a player rated 1800 who is not concentrating may be weaker than a 1600er who is concentrating
[14:25]BethanyGrace: so performance varies
[14:25]brainp: yes!
[14:26]brainp: so it means we can invite weak players?
[14:26]araszek: yes, and concetration should be kept by whole game
[14:26]BethanyGrace: right araszek
[14:26]kballoloco: i think must be anotrher  category for long games
[14:26]BethanyGrace: brainp, I don't quite understand your question
[14:26]brainp: @araszek it is hard
[14:27]brainp: I meant for guests
[14:27]brainp: special friend
[14:27]brainp: *friends
[14:27]BethanyGrace: @kballoloco I think that may be one reason why the Team League performance rating was developed...because people try harder in TL games then standard 15 0s --plus have more time to think
[14:28]araszek: I know. I read an article where this subject was discussed and I didn't understand this problem because most of my 'long' games finished before 1.5 hour
[14:28]BethanyGrace: @ brainp you'd be welcome to play in the tourney, mostly we want only current or former TL players or people interested in joining the team
[14:29]BethanyGrace: it seems some people play their "long games" faster and some a lot slower than others
[14:29]brainp: I see
[14:29]BethanyGrace: I think I have seen one TL game finished less than an hour from the start of the first round of a season!
[14:29]thekingofham: I m very bad at concentration.
[14:29]BethanyGrace: It is a challenge for all of us
[14:29]thekingofham: I play based on knowledge, I m a horrible thinker...
[14:30]BethanyGrace: Speaking of improvement, our final topic for this meeting is lectures and study time suggested by rsekhar
[14:30]brainp: that's a great idea actually
[14:30]rsekhar: yeah
[14:30]BethanyGrace: Would any of you be interested in getting together for study sessions? some just group efforts and others lectures on a certain aspect of the game by our higher rated players
[14:31]brainp: @theking we all think while we play, sometimes more sometimes less, the idea is that we get a position we like so we can think deeper
[14:31]thekingofham: Together?
[14:31]thekingofham: We all ahte each other.
[14:31]thekingofham: hate*
[14:32]BethanyGrace: bahh
[14:32]BethanyGrace: lol
[14:32]kballoloco: all improve effort is wellcome
[14:32]brainp: yes, I'm in for the idea of study sessions
[14:32]thekingofham: They can t get along with me and I can t get along with them.
[14:32]BethanyGrace: what is generally the best time/days for all of you?
[14:32]thekingofham: I can t get along with Sicilian players, and they can t get along with caro-kann players.
[14:33]araszek: what 'study session' means?
[14:33]BethanyGrace: several players online together to study various aspects of the game--say the Philidor Defense
[14:33]BethanyGrace: or an opening
[14:34]araszek: ok - I see
[14:34]rsekhar: bethany i think you mean philidor's position
[14:34]BethanyGrace: oh right
[14:34]araszek: Its not my level yet
[14:34]thekingofham: No, she mean s the Phildor s Defence...
[14:34]BethanyGrace: well it's Philidor's something or other
[14:35]thekingofham: It s a valid opening not too commonly played. Might be worth getting some practice versus.
[14:35]rsekhar: philidor's defense is a terrible defense
[14:35]BethanyGrace: oh my
[14:35]thekingofham: That s not the point.
[14:35]BethanyGrace: I mean the endgame
[14:35]Gorgonian: to be clear, there are multiple "philidor positions"
[14:35]rsekhar: do you see her "or an opening"??
[14:35]thekingofham: The point, a great player can screw us over with that opening
[14:35]rsekhar: okk
[14:35]BethanyGrace: whatever
[14:35]thekingofham: So it s worth studying in that respect.
[14:35]thekingofham: You can never be too careful..
[14:35]Gorgonian: for instance, the most widely known is the KP ending, but there is a philidor position in QvR endings
[14:36]rsekhar: great player can beat you with any opening lol
[14:36]BethanyGrace: really?  I don't think of run accross it yet Gorgo
[14:36]BethanyGrace: should look it up
[14:36]Gorgonian: to be clear, there are multiple "philidor positions"
[14:37]Gorgonian: ugh
[14:37]Gorgonian: yeah, it's extremely valuable to know.  with the Q in that ending, you are trying to acheive the philidor position, from which mate is easy.  with the R you are trying to avoid it.
[14:37]Gorgonian: if the player with the R doesn't know to avoid that position, it is much easier to mate them
[14:37]brainp: well talking about the time. I think weekends work for me better
[14:37]BethanyGrace: that would be a good ending to study
[14:37]Gorgonian: sorry for the derail
[14:38]thekingofham: Oh, right.  Endgame study sessions  means my interest goes way down ):
[14:38]BethanyGrace: still endgames are one of the most important aspects of chess
[14:38]thekingofham: It s too much work.
[14:38]BethanyGrace: working together is fun
[14:39]rsekhar: everyone must know basic endgames
[14:39]BethanyGrace: agreed
[14:39]thekingofham: Yeah, that s the problem
[14:39]rsekhar: otherwise you hesitate to simply to a winning or drawing endgame
[14:39]BethanyGrace: Do weekends work well for the rest of you?
[14:39]thekingofham: Some people s definition of basic is way different from mine
[14:39]rsekhar: yes
[14:39]thekingofham: For instance, I think the KBN vs K endgame is far from basic
[14:39]thekingofham: but some people do...
[14:40]rsekhar: you need not learn KBN
[14:40]BethanyGrace: I have to agree with you that that ending is complicated and rare
[14:40]BethanyGrace: have heard it comes once in a lifetime
[14:40]thekingofham: Only happens every 5000 games or so.
[14:40]thekingofham: Hopefully I want to get the point where everyone thinks I study endgames before 5000 games.
[14:41]kballoloco: still is usufull to study
[14:41]thekingofham: See?
[14:41]BethanyGrace: araszek, kballoloco, Gorgo, Intro are weekends good for you? (if you're interested in joining for the study/improvement sessions?
[14:41]thekingofham: We re gonna keep disagreeing on this, I d rather not be a part of it.
[14:41]BethanyGrace: ham, maybe then just join in the opening and mid-game studies
[14:41]Gorgonian: dont factor me in here, im too unreliable in the fall.  busy time of the year
[14:41]brainp: any lecture is good if you like chess
[14:42]brainp: imho
[14:42]BethanyGrace: ok Gorgo
[14:42]araszek: I'm used to learn individually, but I read that analysing games with stronger player may give new ideas and will be source of improvement
[14:42]thekingofham: I guess we have different definitions of chess.
[14:42]araszek: if this kind of 'study' will be possible that I can join
[14:43]araszek: and I can offer my analysing also for other players (if any wants   )
[14:43]kballoloco: week ends are ok
[14:43]brainp: @araszek it would be great
[14:43]BethanyGrace: ok, awesome   yes, that is what we have in mind
[14:44]BethanyGrace: are weekends good for you in general araszek?
[14:44]thekingofham:  BethanyGrace: ham, maybe then just join in the opening and mid-game studies      Yes, that would be perfect for me.
[14:44]BethanyGrace: ok, good
[14:45]araszek: yes, in general. But I'm FICS + 9, so it may be a problem to meet online
[14:45]araszek: ahhh - at weekends will be easier
[14:45]thekingofham: But what openings/middlegame studies are there, anyway?
[14:45]BethanyGrace: studies on the individual openings and *Tactics*!!
[14:46]thekingofham: But where?
[14:46]BethanyGrace: so is about this time of day good for you araszek?
[14:46]araszek: yes, its good
[14:46]araszek: but I think that studies at tactics is lost of time
[14:47]araszek: it should be done by making many of exercises
[14:47]araszek: instead of common studies
[14:47]thekingofham: Yes, I think studying tactics is a waste of time too.
[14:47]BethanyGrace: true, exercises are probably the best way to study tactics (i.e. puzzles)
[14:47]BethanyGrace: but it's not a waste of time
[14:47]thekingofham: But that s just because I hate tactics, and I m not a very good calculator.
[14:48]BethanyGrace: A few years ago I met Susan Polgar and she told me the two things I needed to study if I wanted to improve at my level are endgames and tactics
[14:48]araszek: yes, I agree
[14:48]thekingofham: You met Susan Polgar?
[14:48]BethanyGrace: I studied a lot of endgames after that and my USCF rating went up about 200 points
[14:48]rsekhar: I agree too
[14:48]BethanyGrace: @kingofham yep, I took classes from her and her husband for a week
[14:48]araszek: but not by studying
[14:48]thekingofham: What do you mean, araszek?
[14:48]thekingofham: What s your secret?
[14:49]araszek: endgames yes, tactics no (in my opinion)
[14:49]araszek: its not my secret - I read one of Dan Heismann article
[14:49]thekingofham: Dan Heisman? That guy?
[14:49]araszek: that tactics should be practised at basic level
[14:49]thekingofham: Bleh.
[14:49]araszek: many and many to recognize 'at one shot'
[14:49]araszek: and it is very useful for me
[14:50]araszek: @thekingofham Do you know him?
[14:50]BethanyGrace: I have read about how many tactic's puzzles some of the best players do every day and it is amazing
[14:51]thekingofham: Who, Heisman?
[14:51]araszek: yes
[14:51]thekingofham: Idk. I m not so sure the ability to calculate is that necessary a skill.
[14:51]brainp: @BG yes, it is very helpful, my vision of the board improved since I do them on a daily basis
[14:51]araszek: I'm happy if I can do up to 10 puzzles a day
[14:52]BethanyGrace: @thekingofham I get the feeling you have a "different" method of playing chess
[14:52]BethanyGrace: but you do well
[14:52]thekingofham: I don t do tactical puzzles.
[14:52]BethanyGrace: 10 puzzles is good araszek
[14:52]BethanyGrace: I almost never get that many in in a day
[14:52]brainp: I do 5
[14:53]thekingofham: I don t do well enough, Bethany.
[14:53]BethanyGrace: that's good to Brian
[14:53]araszek: I also don't - so I'm happy if I can
[14:53]thekingofham: I won t be satisfied until I get a 1800 standard rating.
[14:53]BethanyGrace: ah, I just noticed Tharderer passed 1800 a few days that's one more past the mark
[14:53]thekingofham: Well, tell him I said congratulations.
[14:54]brainp: it's easy to get that level, the hardest part is to keep it
[14:54]BethanyGrace: you might be right Brian...I was 1800 a few years ago
[14:54]BethanyGrace: but stopped concentrating as much and my rating really fell
[14:54]thekingofham: You were?!
[14:54]brainp: I was a few weeks ago
[14:54]BethanyGrace: yeah, check my best in standard Ham
[14:54]BethanyGrace: @ brainp
[14:54]Gorgonian: bethany is a tough player
[14:55]BethanyGrace: thanks, I wish I were tougher
[14:55]Gorgonian: pay no attention to her rating
[14:55]brainp: she is, she beat me badly this morning
[14:55]thekingofham: Uh-oh...
[14:55]thekingofham: I don t want to play Bethany, if I lose, I m gonna get mad at her
[14:55]araszek: @thekingofham You like Petrosjan - maybe you playing positional chess rather where tactics is not so important
[14:55]thekingofham: If I win, I m just gonna seem like an egotistical douche.
[14:56]brainp: then don't play her at all
[14:56]brainp: @ham
[14:56]Gorgonian: bethany is one of the nicest people on this whole server.  the exact type of person i would chose to play over every other type of person.
[14:56]BethanyGrace: @kingofham maybe play 2 games win one...that way you will feel fine
[14:56]thekingofham: Yeah, that seems like a no-win situation.
[14:56]BethanyGrace: @Gorgo thanks
[14:56]BethanyGrace: I appreciate how you are always so helpful to everyone on the server
[14:56]thekingofham: So Bethany wouldn t hold a grudge for losing to me?
[14:57]BethanyGrace: nahh
[14:57]BethanyGrace: I'll just want a revenge match
[14:57]thekingofham: Arazesk, my job is to prevent those cheap tactics with prophalxtic chess(I can t spell.).
[14:58]thekingofham: Unfortunately it s a catch-22.
[14:58]thekingofham: The best way to beat Tal-wannbes is in the endgame, but I hate endgames.
[14:58]thekingofham: I need more confidence there...
[14:58]BethanyGrace: so maybe endgame studies would not be so bad?
[14:59]thekingofham: I m still blundering too much.
[14:59]thekingofham: Tactics are more important, as much as I hate them.
[14:59]BethanyGrace: oh wow, really nice chatting with you all and thanks for attending the meeting.  I have to get to work for a couple hours.
[14:59]thekingofham: Sorry Bethany, did I derail the meeting?
[14:59]thekingofham: I talk a lot.
[14:59]BethanyGrace: not at all, it was great to have you
[15:00]thekingofham: Oh okay, awesome.
[15:00]BethanyGrace: and we appreciate your imput
[15:00]thekingofham: Thank you.
[15:00]BethanyGrace: Take care and God bless you all! Let's finish this season strong!
[15:00]brainp: thanks Bethany for being a good capt
[15:01]BethanyGrace: thanks to all of you for being great teammates!