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gambiteer
06-09-2011, 07:16 PM
Hi all,
I played scholastic chess over the past few years with relative success but am now in university and looking to start playing competitive tournament chess.

My chess regime currently revolves around me playing 15 games online (when possible) followed by analysis of the game with fritz. I also do 3 tactics on chess.com per day which has risen to 1960 recently (heavily inflated in my opinion) as well as doing sets of 10 on occasion at chesstempo.com (rating of roughly 1600). I have also downloaded tournaments pgn off tornelo and am currently in the midst of analysing Doeberl cup games and have analysed various grandmaster games in depth recently.

Does this seem adequate or are there any other things which I should be doing to improve?

My opening repertoire currently involves italian and vienna as white and sicilian (scheveningen) against e4 and semislav against d4 (when possible). Should I widen my repertoire to learn other openings?

I would describe my style as attacking but feel like I struggle to apply tactics to my games, and seem to struggle to calculate enough in games of this length : I'm white (don't know how to put pgn to games here)

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 c5 5.O-O h6 6.Re1 Be7 7.e5 d5 8.Be2 Nc6 9.Bf4 Bg4 10.c3 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 g5 12.Bg3 a6 13.Bh5 Qb6 14.Qf3 O-O-O 15.Bxf7 Qxb2 16.Bxd5 Na5 17.Qf5+ Kb8 18.e6+ Ka7 19.Bc7 Rf8 20.Qxf8 Bxf8
21.Bxa5 Qxa1 22.c4 Ne7 23.Nd2 Qxe1+ 24.Nf1 Qxa5 0-1

Here is another game where I blundered on the last move after having a winning advantage. (I'm white again)
1.e4 c5 2.Bc4 d6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d3 e6 5.Nge2 Be7 6.Bd2 O-O 7.O-O d5 8.exd5 exd5 9.Bb3 Nc6 10.Qc1 d4
11.Ne4 Nxe4 12.dxe4 a6 13.Ng3 Ne5 14.f3 c4 15.Ba4 b5 16.Bf4 Ng6 17.Bxb5 axb5 18.c3 Nxf4 19.Qxf4 Bd6 20.e5 Bc7
21.Nf5 Bxf5 22.Qxf5 dxc3 23.Rfd1 Qe7 24.Rd7 Qc5+ 25.Kf1 Bb6 26.Ke2 Qf2+ 27.Kd1 c2+ 28.Kc1 Be3+ 0-1

Here I blundered my knight in an already losing position: (I'm black)
1.e4 c5 2.d3 d6 3.c3 Nc6 4.h3 Nf6 5.a4 e6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Bxf6 Bxf6 8.Nf3 O-O 9.g3 d5 10.Qc2 dxe4
11.dxe4 Re8 12.Nbd2 b6 13.Bg2 Bb7 14.O-O Ne7 15.Nh2 Ng6 16.Rad1 Qc7 17.Ng4 Be5 18.f4 Bd6 19.e5 Be7 20.Ne4 h5
21.Ngf2 f5 22.Nd6 Bxd6 23.Rxd6 Bxg2 24.Kxg2 Rad8 25.Rfd1 Rxd6 26.Rxd6 Qe7 27.Qd2 Nh8 28.h4 Qb7+ 29.Kh2 Nf7 30.Rd7 Qf3
31.Nh3 Nh6 32.Rd3 Ng4+ 33.Kg1 Qe4 34.Ng5 Qb7 35.Rd8 Qe7 36.Rxe8+ Qxe8 37.Qd6 Ne3 38.b3 Nd5 39.c4 Ne3 40.Nxe6 g6
41.Nc7 Qf7 42.e6 Qf6 43.Qd2 Qa1+ 44.Kf2 Qf1+ 45.Kxe3 Qg1+ 46.Kd3 Qxg3+ 47.Kc2 1-0


Is there anything I should do to avoid blunders?(aside from spending more time on my moves)
In preparation for playing longer games than 15 minutes, is there anything special I should be doing in preparation such as position analysis?
Additionally, is there any other advice anyone could give me in reference to improving my chess ability?

Thank you for reading and your comments

Kind regards,

Gambiteer

Zwischenzug
06-09-2011, 07:48 PM
Game 1 (poster is white)

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 c5 5.O-O h6 6.Re1 Be7 7.e5 d5 8.Be2 Nc6 9.Bf4 Bg4 10.c3 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 g5 12.Bg3 a6 13.Bh5 Qb6 14.Qf3 O-O-O 15.Bxf7 Qxb2 16.Bxd5 Na5 17.Qf5+ Kb8 18.e6+ Ka7 19.Bc7 Rf8 20.Qxf8 Bxf8
21.Bxa5 Qxa1 22.c4 Ne7 23.Nd2 Qxe1+ 24.Nf1 Qxa5 0-1

Game 2 (poster is white)
1.e4 c5 2.Bc4 d6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d3 e6 5.Nge2 Be7 6.Bd2 O-O 7.O-O d5 8.exd5 exd5 9.Bb3 Nc6 10.Qc1 d4
11.Ne4 Nxe4 12.dxe4 a6 13.Ng3 Ne5 14.f3 c4 15.Ba4 b5 16.Bf4 Ng6 17.Bxb5 axb5 18.c3 Nxf4 19.Qxf4 Bd6 20.e5 Bc7
21.Nf5 Bxf5 22.Qxf5 dxc3 23.Rfd1 Qe7 24.Rd7 Qc5+ 25.Kf1 Bb6 26.Ke2 Qf2+ 27.Kd1 c2+ 28.Kc1 Be3+ 0-1

Game 3 (poster is black)
1.e4 c5 2.d3 d6 3.c3 Nc6 4.h3 Nf6 5.a4 e6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Bxf6 Bxf6 8.Nf3 O-O 9.g3 d5 10.Qc2 dxe4
11.dxe4 Re8 12.Nbd2 b6 13.Bg2 Bb7 14.O-O Ne7 15.Nh2 Ng6 16.Rad1 Qc7 17.Ng4 Be5 18.f4 Bd6 19.e5 Be7 20.Ne4 h5
21.Ngf2 f5 22.Nd6 Bxd6 23.Rxd6 Bxg2 24.Kxg2 Rad8 25.Rfd1 Rxd6 26.Rxd6 Qe7 27.Qd2 Nh8 28.h4 Qb7+ 29.Kh2 Nf7 30.Rd7 Qf3
31.Nh3 Nh6 32.Rd3 Ng4+ 33.Kg1 Qe4 34.Ng5 Qb7 35.Rd8 Qe7 36.Rxe8+ Qxe8 37.Qd6 Ne3 38.b3 Nd5 39.c4 Ne3 40.Nxe6 g6
41.Nc7 Qf7 42.e6 Qf6 43.Qd2 Qa1+ 44.Kf2 Qf1+ 45.Kxe3 Qg1+ 46.Kd3 Qxg3+ 47.Kc2 1-0

gambiteer
06-09-2011, 08:30 PM
Thank you Zwischenzug

Capablanca-Fan
08-09-2011, 04:11 AM
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 c5 5.O-O [5.c3 dxc3 6.Nc3 with ample play for the P] 5...h6 6.Re1 Be7 7.e5 d5 [this tempo-gaining should not have been allowed] 8.Be2 Nc6 9.Bf4 Bg4 10.c3 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 g5 12.Bg3 a6 13.Bh5 Qb6 14.Qf3 [14. Nd2 Qxb2 15.Rb1 Qxc3 16.Rxb7 {gets good counterplay while minimizing material loss to pawns; 14.e6 is a better attacking move] 14... O-O-O 15.Bxf7 Qxb2 16.Bxd5 Na5 17.Qf5+ Kb8 18.e6+ Ka7 19.Bc7 [losing control of f2. It's not uncommon to forget that the opponent might have threats as well] 19... Rf8 20.Qxf8 Bxf8 21.Bxa5 Qxa1 22.c4 Ne7 23.Nd2 Qxe1+ 24.Nf1 Qxa5 0-1


Here is another game where I blundered on the last move after having a winning advantage. (I'm white again)
Not so: you were a piece down for nothing.
1.e4 c5 2.Bc4 {not so good against the Sicilian. It is exposed to “biff”, as C.J.S. Purdy would put it, as happened on move 7.} 2... d6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d3 {White should aim for Nf3 and d4} 4...e6 5.Nge2 Be7 6.Bd2 O-O 7.O-O d5 8.exd5 exd5 9.Bb3 Nc6 10.Qc1 d4 {should have stayed there to keep B restricted}
11.Ne4 Nxe4 12.dxe4 a6 13.Ng3 [13. c3 to give that B an escape route] 13...Ne5 14.f3 [14.Bd5] 14... c4 15.Ba4 b5 16.Bf4 Ng6 17.Bxb5 axb5 18.c3 Nxf4 19.Qxf4 Bd6 [19... d3 is even stronger] 20.e5 Bc7
21.Nf5 Bxf5 22.Qxf5 dxc3 23.Rfd1 Qe7 24.Rd7 Qc5+ 25.Kf1 Bb6 26.Ke2 Qf2+ 27.Kd1 c2+ 28.Kc1 Be3+ 0-1


Here I blundered my knight in an already losing position: (I'm black)
You started off well, but then found it hard to improve your position.
1.e4 c5 2.d3 d6 3.c3 Nc6 4.h3 Nf6 5.a4 e6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Bxf6 Bxf6 8.Nf3 O-O 9.g3 d5 10.Qc2 dxe4 [no need; keep your P in the centre]
11.dxe4 Re8 12.Nbd2 b6 13.Bg2 Bb7 14.O-O Ne7 15.Nh2 Ng6 [The N has no future here with the Pg3 restricting its moves. Your B-pair give you a good position, so try expanding on one wing.] 16.Rad1 Qc7 17.Ng4 Be5 18.f4 Bd6 19.e5 Be7 [this B was biffed around, allowing White to make an outpost on d6] 20.Ne4 h5 [weakens g5]
21.Ngf2 f5 [no need; save it for undermining the outpost with ... f6 with due preparation] 22.Nd6 Bxd6 23.Rxd6 Bxg2 24.Kxg2 Rad8 25.Rfd1 Rxd6 26.Rxd6 Qe7 27.Qd2 Nh8 28.h4 Qb7+ 29.Kh2 Nf7 30.Rd7 Qf3
31.Nh3 Nh6 32.Rd3 Ng4+ 33.Kg1 Qe4 34.Ng5 Qb7 35.Rd8 Qe7 36.Rxe8+ Qxe8 37.Qd6 Ne3 38.b3 Nd5 39.c4 Ne3 40.Nxe6 g6
41.Nc7 Qf7 42.e6 Qf6 43.Qd2 Qa1+ 44.Kf2 Qf1+ 45.Kxe3 Qg1+ 46.Kd3 Qxg3+ 47.Kc2 1-0