My latest and greatest chess game

December 4, 2008

[Event “Clan challenge”]
[Site “”%5D
[Date “2008.11.18”]
[EndDate “2008.12.02”]
[Round “?”]
[White “me”]
[Black “****”]
[Result “1-0”]

1. d4 f5 2. g3 d5 3. Ng1f3 Ng8f6 4. Nb1c3 Nb8c6 5. Bf1h3 b6 6. Bc1f4 h6
7. Qd1d3 g5 8. Bh3xf5 gxf4 9. Bf5g6 Ke8d7 10. Qd3f5 Kd7d6 11. Nc3b5 1-0

Garry Kasparov signed books

December 4, 2008

I was lucky enough today to arrange for someone to go to chess legend and former world champion Garry Kasparov’s book signing at the London Chess and Bridge shop. I will soon have my hands on two of his books signed for and to me.

Garry Kasparov signing his books

Garry Kasparov signing his books

This is a photo from the event.

The books I was bought are:

phpX0Y6QgMy Greatest Predecessors Part 1 and Part 2

They are both signed “To Dan”.

The Immortal Game Image

November 15, 2008

I have recently been rereading The Immortal Game by David Shenk.  When I say rereading I am listening via audio book this time as I have been nodding off to sleep.

It’s always a difference experience reading via listening.

Anyway.  To the point.  I have been studying the game and it’s brilliance and discovered this image via wikipedia:

The Immortal Game

The Immortal Game

Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky played this game out in 1851 at the Simpson’s-in-the-Strand Divan in London.

I’ll find a permanent place for this image soon.

World Chess Championship 2008 Game 1

November 3, 2008

[Site “Bonn GER”]
[Date “2008.10.14”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Kramnik, V.”]
[Black “Anand, V.”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “D14”]
[WhiteElo “2772”]
[BlackElo “2783”]
[Annotator “Fritz 11 (120m)”]
[PlyCount “64”]
[EventDate “2008.10.14”]

{D14: Slav Defence: Exchange variation with …Bf5} 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3
Nf6 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Bf4 Nc6 6. e3 Bf5 7. Nf3 e6 8. Qb3 Bb4 9. Bb5 O-O 10. Bxc6
Bxc3+ 11. Qxc3 Rc8 12. Ne5 Ng4 13. Nxg4 Bxg4 {last book move} 14. Qb4 Rxc6 15.
Qxb7 Qc8 16. Qxc8 Rfxc8 17. O-O a5 18. f3 {
White threatens to win material: f3xg4} Bf5 19. Rfe1 Bg6 20. b3 f6 {
Prevents intrusion on e5+g5} 21. e4 dxe4 22. fxe4 Rd8 {
Black threatens to win material: Rd8xd4} 23. Rad1 Rc2 24. e5 fxe5 25. Bxe5 {
‘the bishop is the bishop!’.} Rxa2 26. Ra1 Rxa1 {Black pins: Ra1xe1} 27. Rxa1
Rd5 28. Rc1 Rd7 29. Rc5 {White threatens to win material: Rc5xa5} Ra7 30. Rc7
Rxc7 31. Bxc7 {A bishop endgame occured} Bc2 {
Black threatens to win material: Bc2xb3} 32. Bxa5 Bxb3 1/2-1/2

World Chess Championship 2008

November 3, 2008

I haven’t been following the Chess world that closely recently but I have to congratulate Viswanathan Anand on retaining his title:

World Chess Championship Bonn (GER), 14 x – 2xi 2008
Name Ti NAT Rtng 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total Perf
Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2783 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ . 2837
Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2772 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ . 2718

The complete pgn files of the 2008 World Chess Championship can be downloaded from this site using the link here.

Red Hot Pawn

July 31, 2008

I’ve been AWOL from my blog these past few days.

The reason is simple.

I’m addicted to pawn.  Red hot pawn.

Well not just that Chess website, many of them along with books and computer games such as Fritz.  I guess I am rediscovering the game of my childhood.  I think I have mentioned that I loved to play when I was younger here before.

Anyway, if you are interested in giving me a game you can wander over to the pawn site, sign up for free, locate and play me by searching for the nick: aadb.

I’ll be back when my addiction has abated.