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Chandler Cornered

New Fritz is coming + Juniors - What's Happened?

Fritz 12 is being released on the 12th October 2009.

Just what we need. Another chess program that we cannot beat.

Now every strong player I know says using these things to analyse your games
looking to improve is totally pointless and yet the poor drones are fighting
each other to get their hands on the latest, fastest models.

Yes Gary. Thank you.

But you were the best player in the World before Fritz so
it did not help you improve did it?

(And the humerous verbal comments drive you bonkers.)

Look, if you drop a position from your game into a computer and it
suggest a move that is +1 from the move what you played. What have your learned?

What have YOU learned?

The move you played is aimed at a position YOU wanted to play.

Take the computers suggestion and you will have to play the rest of the
game like a computer. It might be leading you down a path littered with
complications beyond human comprehension.

Great! So basically we were palmed off with Fritz's 1-11.
Why was the ergonomic interface not sorted out a long time before now?

I have friends in this town and if they find out I've been
using the wrong ergonomic interface I'll simply die of embarrassment.

(What on this good God's Earth is an Ergonomic Interface?).

But there again what right have I to got to spoil their fun.
If they want to waste their Mums money on this then so be it.

But I'm wrong
Yes playing computers does help you improve. I admit it.

There is a smashing article in the latest October CHESS by Eric Hallsworth.
Eric has the grades of computers going back to the 80's and regularly tests
them in competitions v humans.

He reminds us a computer never gets any better or any worse.
It will always play to it's same programmed strength.
So therefore it's grade will always be the same v a group of say 1800 players.



In 1983 The Sensory 9 had a grade v humans of 1769. It's current grade is now 1528.
It's getting weaker.

How can that be? How can it possibly be getting weaker?

It's because humans are now better at playing computers.

So yes playing chess computers does help you playing chess computers.

The Juniors

I noticed in the Chess Scotland forum coaches and players
suggesting teaching methods for our junior squad.

DVD's. Various Programs (......sigh), training weekends. On line coaching....

I wonder if any of them looked their games from the recent Euro Youth Tournament.

I did.

They need T & C training. They have lost their sense of danger.

The discipline of self study and the 3 B's is what is needed.
Book, Board and Bedroom. It has a proven track record.

And I've only selected a handful. What's happened to them?
They use to be sharper than this?

If you have them on DVD's and programs then get them off it.
It's destroying their 3d vision and if they cannot see a big red
arrow pointing at a threat (as on a Fritz) then they miss it.

Amy Officer v Agrest (white to play)

Missed winning a piece with 20. Nxf4 instead played 20.Nh4
and resigned 2 moves later.

Larmuseau - Clement Black to play.

Black strolled in 18...Qd5 19.Nf6+ gxf6 20.Rg3+ Kh8 21.Qh6 Qg5 22.Rxg5 1-0
A basic 18th century sacrifice.

Kakutia - Mills Black to play.

Black took the e-pawn?? A piece was lost and so was the game.

Hoare - Ali Roy Black to play.

Can you see that potential Knight fork on f7.

Ali played 24....Bb7?? 25.Rxd8 Rxd8 26.Nxf7+ 1-0.

MacGregor - Torres Ventosa - White to play.

OK this was not easy but was it even considered?
(White played a good game up to here).

White missed 24.Bg5! threatening Qh8+ mating. (Bg5 covers the flight squares).

if 24...Bxh2 25.Qxh2 wins as the BQ cannot cover the Black squares.

These chances must be grabbed. After further tactical errors.
ie getting his Queen pinned to his King - White lost.

Hookham - Glaser White to play

I like 23.Qf1 here.

White played 23.Rxa8 24.Qxg2 mate.

Finally look at this superb game by White v Rhian.

Rhian walks right into it with a lazy 17....Qxe7? and her opponent exploits
that pinned e-pawn is a masterful fashion. Rhian puts up a trappy fight
but her opponent has her done tactically all the time.

This is a really good game of chess.

[Click here to replay the game]
M.Danelia- R.Hughes

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 Be7 6. e3 Nbd7 7. Qc2 O-O 8. Rd1 b6 9. Bd3 Bb7 10. O-O Rc8 11. Qe2 c5 12. Ne5 cxd4 13. exd4 Nb8 14. Rfe1 Nc6 15. Nxc6 Bxc6 16. cxd5 Nxd5 17. Bxe7 Qxe7 18. Nxd5 Bxd5 19. Qh5 f5 20. Bxf5 g6 21.Bxg6 Qg7 22. Be4 Rf5 23. Qh3 Bxe4 24. Rxe4 Qf7 25. Qg3+ Kh8 26. Re2 Rg8 27. Qc3 Qg7 28. g3 Qf6 29. Rde1 Re8 30. f4 Rd5 31. Re5

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