Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Current Correspondence Chess Standings

One of the drawbacks to playing correspondence chess with really slow time controls is that some of my opponents will play quickly in the first 20 moves of the games and then start to play more slowly when they are losing. After they have accumulated over 100 reflection days and are dead lost they will take 20+ days on every move instead of resigning. They are just delaying the inevitable and I find this to be annoying. I have two different opponents in two different sections who are playing out lost endgames. I have a checkmate in 7 moves against the current leader in one section. When he finally resigns or I checkmate him I will have won this section.

In 5th Webchess Open Tournament prel. 40 I am tied for third place with a score of 1.5 out of 4 games completed. In first place is the Italian master that I lost to. In second place is the Polish expert that I recently drew. In third place is the Russian master that I lost to. I beat a Canadian player rated 1969 and I have a Spanish player rated 1968 who is dead lost and now is stalling. The person who is in dead last place has not finished any games and therefore has no score. Inna is from the Ukraine and took most of her leave time at the beginning of our game. Now, she is moving more quickly but it is too early in this game for anyone to have an advantage.

I have one game remaining in 11N22 and should win that game. I did well enough in that section to get paired into the second round of this Golden Knights chess tournament. I ended up playing this same opponent that I have in 11N22 again in 11NS03. I have not completed any of my games in 11NS03.

I am continuing to copy content from the old, static HTML pages of my chess site to the WordPress pages. I am also updating some of the WordPress pages to better optimize them for SEO purposes.

Mike Serovey, MA, MISM

Sunday, August 05, 2012

The New Sicilian Dragon

The New Sicilian Dragon   From: Everyman Chess Price: $18.96& eligible for FREE Super Saver Delivery. Availability:Usually ships in 24 hours Product Description Grandmaster and well-known Sicilian Dragon expert Simon Williams takes a totally fresh look at this famous opening. Concentrating on his favourite Dragadorf Variation, Williams constructs a cutting-edge repertoire for Black, one which is perfect for the modern Dragon player who

The New Sicilian Dragon