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    Lucky against Alex - after he blundersac'd a piece I immediately blundered it back, then later went pawn-grabbing allowing an attack I thought was fairly harmless but cost me a rook. I also during this process stopped watching the clock and would probably have flagged without the alert. However he then allowed mate in 1. Rest of my games were pretty convincing I think; in the only draw I was two pawns up in a Q ending but John did well to hold. I gave the pawns back to get pawns closer to promotion but in this position:

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    I played 33.c6 which only draws, instead of 33.Qf4 which wins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Martini View Post
    I can't remember exactly, will look up the game. I had another game that same night where it actually showed me someone's illegal move (they were in check and didn't move out of it), allowed me to move (I was about to Queen a pawn so decided to keeping pushing it anyway!) and then it reversed both moves...
    Andrew, I think this is our game the time control was 3+2 you were down to 7 seconds remaining at move 28. It looks like you used premove quite a bit (move time 0.1 sec recorded). All was well until your last two moves 53 & 54 - which don’t look like natural moves and as you say let the pawn through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blunderbuss View Post
    Andrew, I think this is our game the time control was 3+2 you were down to 7 seconds remaining at move 28. It looks like you used premove quite a bit (move time 0.1 sec recorded). All was well until your last two moves 53 & 54 - which don’t look like natural moves and as you say let the pawn through.

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    There is some instructive endgame play here, but unfortunately it's what NOT to do.

    For example, Black has more spare tempo moves on the K-side thanks to White's doubled Ps. So Black has a better chance of winning any opposition fights. So don't use these tempo moves up! But opposition isn't an end in itself, but a means to an end: penetration by the K.

    After B43, Black's K is more advanced, and he has the opposition. Another point in Black's favour is that White's bP is closer to the K-side than Black's aP. So if there was a way to force a mutual capture, Black's K would be closer to the K-side. Another point is that White must go all the way to g6, while Black soon reaches the Ps on the e-file. My note to B44 was aided by Stockfish 8, but since we are not computers, I hope the above explanation will help players to know what to look for.

    Black didn't need to retreat with 46... Kb6, but it spoiled nothing, because Black still has a reserve tempo move with ... g4. 47... a5 is frankly inexplicable, as is 53.Kf5, sorry to say. 47... g4 is still equal. Black must avoid further retreat that lets White penetrate to a5. If that happens, White can clear both the Q-side Ps and the fifth rank, as in the note to B47. This is an important technique to know. Still, White would need to work harder than just having an extra outside passed P as in the game. Such an advantage in a P endgame is better than having a clear R ahead in the opening or middlegame.
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    The endgames tips are useful – thank you Capa-Fan.

    When I said all was well – I meant the system was recording our intended moves (not that they were good moves). I remember Andrew commented in the after-game chat that something had gone wrong at his end, I assume he hadn’t intended to play 53. Kf5?? We had both been surfing the increment for some time and I think looking at the game on chess.com Andrew was using the premove feature.

    Playing online is very different to OTB with several factors coming into play – quality of internet connection, speed of WiFi (connecting a cable to your router is better). Is somebody else in the house playing on the X-Box or steaming Netflix (problem if all sharing the same WiFi). Quality size of display. Touch screen or mouse – I read somewhere that this was considered a factor when Firouzja beat Carlsen in a recent banter blitz - https://www.theguardian.com/sport/20...litz-cup-final

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas P-D View Post
    In the Chess.com Clubs League this weekend we're going to play ShahmatKG, a club from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan! I'm still organising a time and I will keep you updated.

    Also, I thought I would share this fun map that an admin @ExeterPrez from the UK made: https://www.mapcustomizer.com/map/Ex...ueMap-Version1 that shows out of the 116 clubs from around the world we are the southernmost of them all which I thought was interesting and cool!

    The map is interesting some very remote locations – I didn’t know the Azores was so far out to sea off the coast of Portugal. Also, a club in Haiti. And our opponents this week in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan look off the beaten track as well.

    All this club talk got me reminiscing of my one and only previous club to HCC. This http://www.millican.org/sittingbourne.htm is from just before the era I joined (1977-81). I like the description of the away trip to Charlton ‘with a loyal band of supporters’.
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    So I don't think it was a glitch - I intended to capture the pawn on f5, and I usually only use pre-move for capture backs (i.e. On my own piece) which cancel if your piece isn't taken. So Kf5 still went through even though it wasn't Kxf5...which in my mind was the pre-move I was making.

    Now it's only the end of the arena cancelling games that I have to complain about!

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