Sunday, July 23, 2017 08:48

The Return of the King!

No, not this Return of the King!

No, not this Return of the King!

A little less than a month ago, I blogged about how excellent I felt that I had finally managed to draw a scholastic player that I’ve habitually lost to

Well, Vanity, thy name is LaughingVulcan!

Monday was our usual club night, and we had ten people turn out to play Round 2 of the monthly G/60 tournament.  I found myself paired against Nathaniel.  But this time it was rated, rather than unrated.  An epic clash of the Titans!

No, not THAT Clash of the Titans.  (Bet you thought I'd go for the 2010 version, huh?)

No, not THAT Clash of the Titans. (Bet you thought I'd go for the 2010 version, huh?)

(Actually, I haven’t seen the 2010 version of Clash of the Titans yet.  On my Netflix list, just keeps getting pushed down…  Anyway, back to the point – if I have one…)

I lead out the Giuoco Pianissimo again – for a second I thought about using the Bishop’s Opening (e4 e5 Bc4,) thinking I could transition that over to an Italian – another member in the club has been leading that opening recently.  But… in the end, I decided to keep to something I think I know better.

Instead of lightning striking twice, Nathaniel played his usual excellent game, and I ended up binding myself.  As I was trying to command the d-file, plus either get the Queens off the board or getting a tactical shot in, Nathaniel got my a-pawn with his Bishop, and could then retreat the Bishop with a discovery on my Rook that had to be responded to.  I’m not sure that trading Rooks was the right thing to do following that…  But I also haven’t really done any analysis on the game at all, yet.  That will come in the next few days, I hope.

But I would do a disservice if I didn’t say how much I enjoyed playing this game – it was one of the losses that I can relish.  (And, for that matter, I recognize how excellent Nathaniel is as an opponent – both in play and how he plays a game in his demeanor.  A truly fine opponent to face.)   For this round, it was indeed the return of the King (at least by our record against each other.)

Anyway, here’s the game:

BTW, advice for other lower-rated players… Don’t let a single loss get you down.  It’s the long haul that counts.  The joy can lie in finding opponents that give you challenging games – win or lose.  And, I am hoping that eventually I’ll get my Revenge.

This one I can live with - not that I have all that much of a Dark Side...  ;)

This one I can live with - not that I have all that much of a Dark Side... ;)

But until I get the chance to see if I can get my Revenge (or just another good game,) I hope that you also can

Enjoy your Chess!

3 Responses to “The Return of the King!”

  1. Nathaniel Sobery says:

    It is fun to read your blog posts and to play our chess games. Thank you for your efforts and your kind comments.

  2. Thanks! It’s great to get comments that it is being read. :D And you are welcome and you certainly deserve the comments. :)

  3. Dennis Bourgerie says:

    I think improving at chess is like climbing a massive mountain (think Everest) and that you can get better stage by stage, although sometimes you fall back, don’t get discouraged. Normally, you get higher up the mountain bit by bit, but not in huge jumps. If you can learn (and apply) 15 points of knowledge a month, at the end of a year you will have improved 180 points. And even if we don’t improve we can still get satisfaction from the game.