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  1. 08 Jan '12 01:39
    Hello all,

    I'm used to playing chess almost exclusively online. I'm dying for more OTB experience but there are no chess clubs in my area and I can't find any players. It really sucks.

    I imagine it's a different game OTB if you're only used to 2-dimenstions. Does anyone play on Yahoo? I don't know how the calculations work, but my RHP rating is always about 200-250 points higher than my Yahoo rating. Why is that?

    Lately I've been beating high 1300's and low 1400's on Yahoo, and that's actually pretty good for me. Here's my last game. I'm playing white.

  2. Standard member hempster
    she'll be right mate
    08 Jan '12 02:55
    I used to play OTB a lot with a few mates.(since moved on in different directions) i started playing here(rhp) to play with a mate when we reconnected on facebook.
    i find i make a lot of simple mistakes playing 2 dimension chess,but that is improving as i have cut my game load and concentrating more .
    but most of my games have been played on computer game boards.as i live in rural Australia and finding playing partners is well just none existent.

    but i find i see the game better OTB than i do with online chess
  3. 09 Jan '12 11:19 / 1 edit
    I found that when i still played chess (recently picked it up again ) the best thing that happened to improving my chess game were these books :

    My System -Nimzowitz
    The Art of the Middle Game -Aagard
    Think like a grandmaster -panov
    Endgame Manual -Dvoretsky
    Experts VS the Sicilian -Aagard (opening book, but a good one

    I treated them as work books and carefully played all the examples irl and it boosted my online and onboard chess game to 1800
  4. 09 Jan '12 12:14
    Originally posted by Fozzil
    I found that when i still played chess (recently picked it up again ) the best thing that happened to improving my chess game were these books :

    My System -Nimzowitz
    The Art of the Middle Game -Aagard
    Think like a grandmaster -panov
    Endgame Manual -Dvoretsky
    Experts VS the Sicilian -Aagard (opening book, but a good one

    I treated them as work bo ...[text shortened]... carefully played all the examples irl and it boosted my online and onboard chess game to 1800
    Don't you mean The Art of the Middle Game by Keres and Kotov and Think Like a Grandmaster by Kotov?

    Good books, by the way. Especially the first one. There's a very good section by Kotov on pawn storms.
  5. Subscriber no1marauder
    Humble and Kind
    09 Jan '12 15:10
    Originally posted by Fozzil
    I found that when i still played chess (recently picked it up again ) the best thing that happened to improving my chess game were these books :

    My System -Nimzowitz
    The Art of the Middle Game -Aagard
    Think like a grandmaster -panov
    Endgame Manual -Dvoretsky
    Experts VS the Sicilian -Aagard (opening book, but a good one

    I treated them as work bo ...[text shortened]... carefully played all the examples irl and it boosted my online and onboard chess game to 1800
    Experts v. the Sicilian is pretty advanced and thick for a non-experienced player. The others are excellent.
  6. 09 Jan '12 16:31 / 2 edits
    In the game the OP posted, I wanted to note that White should've played 17.Qxg6+ with probably a better if not winning position (I think Black's kingside threats can be handled.) White missed it again on move 18.
  7. 09 Jan '12 17:10
    Originally posted by chesskid001
    In the game the OP posted, I wanted to note that White should've played 17.Qxg6+ with probably a better if not winning position (I think Black's kingside threats can be handled.) White missed it again on move 18.
    Ouch! I missed that. And hilariously I left myself open to the same exact attack on myself that I looking to pull on him!
  8. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    10 Jan '12 05:30 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by USArmyParatrooper
    Hello all,

    I'm used to playing chess almost exclusively online. I'm dying for more OTB experience but there are no chess clubs in my area and I can't find any players. It really sucks.

    I imagine it's a different game OTB if you're only used to 2-dimenstions. Does anyone play on Yahoo? I don't know how the calculations work, but my RHP ratin
    16. Qc2 Qd7
    17. Kh2 Qe7
    18. Rae1 Qxh4+
    19. Kg1 Qh1# 0-1[/pgn]
    For you on move 18 I would have played Qxg6+ instead of 18.Rae1.

    P.S. You will need to get used to playing with a chess clock so you
    do not do like I did the first tournament I entered. I moved and my
    opponent was taking forever to respond with his first move. So I
    finally got up and went to the bathroom and when I came back he
    still had not moved. After awhile I looked at the clock and saw my
    clock was running. I then hit the clock to start his and he moved
    immediately. I guess he was just going to let me lose on time. I
    eventually won the game anyway. You will also have to write the
    moves down as you go. This is required in case the pieces get
    knocked over or there is some dispute about a draw claim, etc.
  9. 10 Jan '12 06:07
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    For you on move 18 I would have played Qxg6+ instead of 18.Rae1.
    I misspoke, I was actually playing black.
  10. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    10 Jan '12 06:17
    Originally posted by USArmyParatrooper
    I misspoke, I was actually playing black.
    In that case he had a chance to win a pawn on you. That still may
    have not been enough for him to win, but you would have a more
    difficult time. His move turned out to be a big mistake.
  11. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    10 Jan '12 09:59
    I found a better move for you as black. Instead of 17...Qe7, try 17...Qg4
    for that way you guard your g6 pawn and can still take the rook pawn if he
    makes that bad rook move.
  12. 10 Jan '12 13:39
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    I found a better move for you as black. Instead of 17...Qe7, try 17...Qg4
    for that way you guard your g6 pawn and can still take the rook pawn if he
    makes that bad rook move.
    Thank you. I don't know how I miss these things. That, and the fact that he had the same bishop pin on me that I had on him.
  13. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    10 Jan '12 16:54 / 4 edits
    Originally posted by USArmyParatrooper
    Thank you. I don't know how I miss these things. That, and the fact that he had the same bishop pin on me that I had on him.
    My first chess club was in Virginia when I had duty a the Pentagon.
    It was every wednesday evening from 1800 - 2400 hrs in a church.
    They had a locker where all the chess equipment was stored when
    not in use. We all had to pay chess dues and join the USCF and
    we played rated games among other members, the results were
    sent into the USCF to be included on there rating lists, which was
    published once a year in their magazine that we received monthly.
    I guess that is the same way they do it now. I haven't played any
    USCF rated games in a long time but on the USCF website they
    still have me listed with my last rating of 1817. I am like you for
    there are no chess clubs in my area. The one in Virginia was very
    good for while I was still there the Eastern Open Champion at
    that time gave a simultaneous exhibition which I played and lost.
    His name was Muzon I believe. He wasn't well know but we did
    have GM Larry Evans come and give an exhibition and I lost to
    him too. If you are not that familiar with the old chess players,
    he was US Chess Champion 4 or 5 times and helped World Champion
    Bobby Fischer with his first match against Boris Spasky. He also
    wrote several chess books and helped Bobby Fischer with his book,
    My 60 Memorable Games. My best tournament result was the
    last time I played USCF rated games at the World Open held in
    Philadelphia that year. I finished with a three-way tie for first and
    received the only money I ever won from chess. I did not play
    in the main open group because I would have never had a chance
    against all those masters and GMs. I played in a lower group that
    was based on your USCF rating at the time. The closest USCF chess
    club to me now is about 100 miles away. After I became 65 and
    retired my daughter told me about this site since she knew I would
    need something to keep me busy that I enjoyed. I find it much
    easier to play good chess here than OTB because you can clik on
    the analyze board and move the pieces around first before making
    your move on the main board. In OTB chess, if you just touch one
    of your pieces, without notifying your opponent that you are just
    adjusting the piece, you must move that piece somewhere if it is
    possible. I recommend you study chess tactics and get use to
    seeing the ideas before you play in a tournament. I have two
    books that you can get on Amazon.com that will help you. They
    are "Learn Chess Tactics" by John Nunn and Improving Your Chess
    Tactics by Yakov Neishtadt. Don't forget that your opponent may
    be moving to set up a chess tactic too that you must guard against.
    I have lost many games by being mated one move before I was
    about to mate my opponent because I was too interested I my
    plan and did not spend enough time thinking about what he was
    up to.

    P.S. How do you make that board with your game appear on your
    post? Thank you.
  14. Subscriber Proper Knob
    Cornovii
    10 Jan '12 16:58
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    My first chess club was in Virginia when I had duty a the Pentagon.
    It was every wednesday evening from 1800 - 2400 hrs in a church.
    They had a locker where all the chess equipment was stored when
    not in use. We all had to pay chess dues and join the USCF and
    we played rated games among other members, the results were
    sent into the USCF to be included ...[text shortened]... too interested I my
    plan and did not spend enough time thinking about what he was
    up to.
    Do my eyes deceive me? Ronald in the chess forum?!
  15. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    10 Jan '12 17:04 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Proper Knob
    Do my eyes deceive me? Ronald in the chess forum?!
    Yes, that is right. I decided to take a look and saw an army buddy
    that I might be able to help. But I am not going to help you.
    So forget about it.