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Hikaru Junction

Hikaru Junction

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Books and the British Knockout

I have a dilemma. You see (and you surely do, because a picture is below) that I have taken out two books from the library.

Library Books

I forgot about reading them, which I was planning to do. I have recently learned, however, that they are overdue. The choice is: do I give them back immediately and apologize, or do I keep them long enough to read? The second is a viable option, as they have not threatened me with any fines as of yet. Additionally, they are checked out very rarely. I will likely not keep the books from anyone who wants them by delaying: How to Open a Chess Game and Psychology in Chess were checked out last in 2010 and 2011 (or at least this is the most accurate I can get by studying the checkout slips in ...

A Bad Chess Tournament

First off, I apologize, because this blog is about me. I try to keep it about things that my small readership will find instructive and useful. Another reason is that it may help all of you play against me. Here is my reason for breaking my own rules: I played the worst chess I have in a long time, and I feel like I need the catharsis that having this (even sparsely read) soapbox will give me. My second reason is that perhaps, if not using these games to show you how I play good chess, I can ask you to not play like me.

I played four games, starting on 11/20/15, taking a bye in a three-day, five-round tournament. The time control was 90 minutes + a 30 second increment for the first 40 moves, with 60 minutes left to finish the game. This was by far the longest tournament I’d ever pla...

Brief Chess News Update

The Candidates Tournament for 2016 has all but been decided. The place will be Moscow. The time: 10-30 March 2016. With such a strong lineup–eh, I should run down the lineup to cut down on Googling.

Viswanathan Anand (2796) qualified by virtue of being last year’s challenger.
Sergey Karjakin (2766) and Peter Svidler (2743) qualified through being the winner and runner-up, respectively, of this year’s World Cup.
Fabiano Caruana (2787) and Hikaru Nakamura (2793) made it to the Tournament by finishing first and second, respectively, in the most recent Grand Prix.
Levon Aronian (2783) was the organiser’s choice.
This leaves two players who are virtually certain to qualify by rating average for 2o15: Veselin Topalov (2803) and Anish Giri (2783). ...

Thinking Chess

There are several ways to decide on a move in a game of chess. A good chief weapon is calculation, calculation and careful evaluation. The two approaches which are commonly used are pure calculation, evaluating carefully, and going down the ladder of threats. The three methods which I recommend are pure calculation, evaluating carefully, and going down the ladder of threats, and asking a number of questions. These four– are amongst our weapons!

Why the stammering in a supposedly carefully crafted blog post? I don’t know, I didn’t expect a Spanish Inquisition!

Calculation is used to conduct a cursory blunder check, addressed further on. It is also used in tactical positions especially, but is also useful for small positional maneuvers. Here is a very tactical game which I enjoy to ...

Blundering in Time Trouble

Three games today, each with a nice blunder from a strong player. I like seeing this type of game because it reminds and reassures me that these players are beatable. Sometimes when I am paired against a strong player, I am fearful. But watching blunders makes me feel courageous, and sometimes I even do beat them.

Siegbert Tarrasch–Emanuel Lasker World Championship 1908
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.O-O O-O 6.d3 {Both White and Black are content to develop.} d6 7.Bg5 Be6 {Black, however, is not copying White. He merely hopes to get out his pieces.} 8.d4 {8. Nd5!, piling on the pinned knight, was more precise.} exd4 9.Nxd4 h6 10.Bh4 {White retreats. If Tarrasch plays 8. Nxc6?, Lasker replies 8…bxc6 9. Bxc6 hxg5 10. Bxa8 Qxa8, wherein he has an advantage because of his activ...

Human Chess

Greetings, chess fans. I have found a few interesting games which are exactly the opposite of games played between computers. They are played, not only by humans, but with humans as the chess pieces.

One notable, annual, repeated chess game is played at the Marostica Chess Festival, which commemorates a famous chess game played between Rinaldo d'Angarano and Vieri da Vallonara for the hand of a maiden in 1454. A nice duel. Not quite as violent as the gun or sword duels that were more common.

I am uncertain as to the source of the following game. I have obtained it from . It claims to be, in the PGN header, from 1454. However, since I cannot verify this, I believe that it is the game from the 2014 Marostica chess festival. Apologies for the uncertainties. It is, however, a cracking...

Failing to Draw

Today, I went looking for some games in which a player, presumably aiming for a draw, plays a very drawish opening and is easily defeated.

Stefano Tatai–Viktor Korchnoi Beer Sheva 1978
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Bd3 c5 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Qe2+ {White tries to prevent the development of the black bishop to a more aggressive square.} Be7 7. dxc5 Nf6 8. h3 {Tatai prevents Bg4, but at the cost of a crucial tempo.} O-O 9. O-O Bxc5 {Initiative ‘restrain the Black bishop’ has failed.} 10. c3 {Simple development seems better.} Re8 11. Qc2 Qd6 {Black is now much better thanks to his coordinated pieces.} 12. Nbd2 {Unfortunately allowing…} Qg3 {Bxh3 is threatened.} 13. Bf5 {White stops the bishop capture, but falls prey to a rook on the seventh.} Re2 14. Nd4 Nxd4 {White resigned here. After ...

Ketchum vs Jobava

hi everyone. My brother is the author of this blog and he has asked me to write some words about pokemon. first,pokemon is not just some stupid little kids game .I’ve met someone in COLLEGE that plays this “stupid game” and he loves it .Anyways, pokemon is a card game , video game and. kids all around the world play it and they like it too. In third grade,my friends would take their card s outside to the playground and play out there.I sometimes played with them until it was banned because a bunch of people started losing their cards and my teacher got mad and banned it a lot of my friends were really angry. Well, basically, it’s sort of like…Pokémon is a game of skill, strategy, and intellect. Usually, at the top right, there is an HP, which is health points. Under the picture of the ...

My Rd2 World Cup Predictions

The World Cup is here! One of my favorite chess events of the year: A giant, 128-player, single-elimination tournament. A chance for weak players to make a smash onto the world stage. Another opportunity for established Candidates to go for the Championship. And I, in this post, have the honor of predicting the next round. Enjoy.

V. Topalov–S. Zhigalko: Veselin Topalov. Zhigalko had a very nice shot against Bukavshin; Can you find it? White to move.
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But I don’t think he can get past the iron wall that is Topalov.

L. Shanglei–W. Hao: Wang Hao, although this could be a tough match for him: Lu Shanglei defeated the strong and similarly-seeded Moiseenko. Unfortunately for Lu, I don’t think he can do it again. ...

Annotation Difference

I was sent this annotated game by moonbus: which I played through, and then annotated myself (below) and I recommend you play through as well.

moonbus–Gengistiger RHP 2013-14
1. e4 e5 2. Ng1f3 Ng8f6 3. Nf3xe5 d6 {Black uses this mechanism to regain the pawn. It is inadvisable to take right away because of 4. Qe2, which is difficult for Black to deal with satisfactorily.} 4. Ne5f3 Nf6xe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bf1d3 {The best square for the bishop, pressuring the knight and possibly targeting h7.} Bf8e7 {Paving the way for Black to castle. 6. Bd6 is also OK.} 7. O-O Nb8c6 8. c4 {Hoping to dislodge the knave on e4.} Nc6b4 9. cxd5 Nb4xd3 10. Qd1xd3 Qd8xd5 11. Rf1e1 {White has sacrificed the minor exchange for mild pr...
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