Monday, July 25, 2011

Memorable Game 11: I Make Only One Mistake! 1984 Reno City Ch.: S. Rand-R. Pearson 0-1

A little backgound on my opponent: Steve Rand was a great guy, a wealthy retired fellow who had probably been around 2000 USCF for many years. I will always remember a tournament he graciously hosted over a weekend in his home, which featured a living room large enough for five or six games to go on at the same time. He was a friend of the late Grandmaster Larry Evans, who dropped in on the tournament and even chatted with me a bit.

By the time of this game Steve Rand was in his 70s, I suppose, but still sported an 1838 rating. He overlooks one tactical shot and I find all the right moves, which after 16. .Nxf4! admittedly aren't all that hard, but still, since I haven't played many games where I only make one single mistake, nor knocked off that many players rated over 500 points above me, here is Memorable Game 11:

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Path to Chess Mastery, A Promising New Blog

ChessAdmin has begun The Path to Chess Mastery with several excellent posts yesterday. Technically, he has been on the path to chess mastery for some time, but that's the name of the blog, which is fitting.

Reflections on Training is dead-solid-perfect.

I am flattered that he mentions my annotated games as a partial inspiration. I need to do another, so I'll get cracking.

Monday, July 04, 2011

4th of July Chess Carnival is UP!

Our Prodigal Pawn, Tommyg, does a great job and delivers on time and on the 4th of July with the latest Chess Improvement Blog Carnival. I liked his addition of "first posts" by some of the pioneers.

Go check it out, I'll be here all week. And don't forget to tip your servers!