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Kerry Stead
15-03-2004, 10:14 PM
The idea of this forum is to give forum users a chance to get some kind of coaching or feedback about their games and chess in general.

It will also serve as a means (hopefully) for people to learn a few things about the game from looking at the games of others. Also having a record of what has already been done in the past should hopefully allow people to avoid having to go over familiar material again and again, as you might need to do with 'live' coaching - here you can simply re-read the thread and post any subsequent questions you might have.

I think the best way to start this off is to post a game or two of your own on the forum (see Jeo's 'Posting a Game' thread for instructions on how to do this), and I'll have a look at it and try to help you along the road to improvement.

Having said that, I am by no means infallible, so I also encourage others to post comments about games and positions. I'm sure I'll make some mistakes, and I'm sure some of you will pick me up on these when they happen! :doh:

I'll get it started (unless it takes off on its own) with a look at some games that others have already posted elsewhere on this forum.

A big thankyou to Jeo for his development of the PGN posting - this type of thing is now a lot easier to do!

rolly16
19-06-2005, 12:22 AM
what is a good agenda or program for a coaching clinic for kids? we, in the meralco chess club, experimented last month and concentrated our efforts on opening study covering some of the most popular openings and zeroing in on the most popular of all, the mother of all openings - the sicilian defence and its various variations.

Fred Leslie
04-10-2005, 11:38 AM
I am well past the age of consent and have just started playing this wonderful challenging game. I belong to a chess club but often can't go to their meetings. I would like to learn and practice through my computer.

Your assistance will be appreciated

Rincewind
04-10-2005, 01:25 PM
I am well past the age of consent and have just started playing this wonderful challenging game. I belong to a chess club but often can't go to their meetings. I would like to learn and practice through my computer.

Your assistance will be appreciated

There are many options depending on your predilection.

You can play chess by email. There are two main groups the International Email Chess Group http://www.iecg.org/ and the International Email Chess Club http://www.chess-iecc.org/

Then there is live online play. Many sites have chess playing as a part of the games they have on offer. However the two biggest seem to be the chess specific servers FICS http://freechess.org/ whichis (as the name suggests) free and the ICC http://www.chessclub.com/ which offers a subscription based service but offers trial memberships. (Be warned though, while longer games are played on the internet live servers most chess is played at fast time controls.)

Then there is getting a chess program for your computer and just playing against that. There are a myriad of programs available on the market and if you are a beginner, all of them will be fine for playing strength. But try some out at a shop if you can and see which interface suits you and look for training/mentoring/coachnig modes. You may get some additional value from these features.

All in all, best of luck, wlecome to chesschat and ask more questions as the need arises.

Mischa
04-10-2005, 02:23 PM
Hello Fred....Rowena here
Glad you made it!!!

anthonyambrose
14-10-2005, 06:48 AM
hi kerry
i'm from mount isa q 4825 australia and would like to start a chess club with the help of some chess players i personally know.
chess is dead here at the moment. it used to be big before during the early 60's when the mine was growing. i had the chance to play a couple of good players from european countries some of which were woodpushing for money.
i would say they were good players during their days. on one occasion, i was
fortunate to play the former queensland champion and the score was one a piece and two draws. the club where i used to play every sunday closed in 1993 due to financial problems.
i am keen in becoming a chess coach or teach chess in TAFE as a hobby but i haven't got a formal qualification. would you be able to help me with my problem?
i reckon i need that qualification to be able to sell chess in the isa.
any comment would be highly appreciated.
thanks and regards
tony

ElevatorEscapee
17-12-2005, 05:38 PM
Hi Tony,

I apologise for not replying to this post earlier, as I haven't visited this part of the site before.

On the off chance that you might still visit here, I will provide my response. :)

Qualifications vary from state to state, however you should be able to acquire a TAFE equivalent Certificate IV in Workplace Training. This is likely to be the minimum qualification to allow you to officially teach certain subjects at TAFE.

A few years ago, I was paid by the local TAFE to teach chess once a week in a prison as part of the Certificate I in Sports & Recreation being studied by the inmates.

This turned out to be positive, as chess helped to distract at least some of the inmates from their boredom and it also provided them with an outlet to compete against one another in a non-physical/non-violent manner.

I think I wound up donating half a dozen chess books and a chess playing computer program to the prison library.

Tony, I wish you the best of luck with your endeavours, and I hope you get a chance to coach and promote chess in Mount Isa.



PS I remember Bas telling me about playing telechess (games over the phone) against a team from Mt Isa, during the time when the mining company was active.

Apparently the games would start of well, and the people at the Mt Isa end would have a few drinks to help them along. :)

By the end of the evening however, with some games still in progress, only silence could be heard from the Mt Isa end of the line... :lol:

IMJP
22-02-2006, 08:32 PM
I recommend avoiding openings with doubled pawns, until a FIDE elo level of 2300 or age 14 has been reached, in the average. On the other hand, I recommend creating doubled pawns in your opponent's pawn structure, whenever possible, without material loss (in most cases), of course. I also advise teaching not to fear having doubled pawns.

PHAT
22-02-2006, 09:53 PM
I recommend avoiding openings with doubled pawns, until a FIDE elo level of 2300 or age 14 has been reached, in the average. On the other hand, I recommend creating doubled pawns in your opponent's pawn structrure, whenever possible, without material loss (in most cases), of course. I also advise teaching not to fear having doubled pawns.:lol: Surely this bloke is taking the piss.

IMJP
22-02-2006, 10:10 PM
You mean "the toilet variation"? But, I was serious!?

PHAT
22-02-2006, 10:43 PM
You mean "the toilet variation"? But, I was serious!?
:hmm: OK

IMJP
22-02-2006, 11:10 PM
No problem. :cool:

Take a look at the recent "refutation of openings with double pawns" at http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=2932, for example.

Svidler,P (2765) - Topalov,V (2801) [C67] 1-0 :clap:
XXIII SuperGM Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP (1), 18.02.2006
Commentary by GM Mihail Marin

By the way, I recently recommended using smileys :hmm: while annotating games (in ChessBase). They show much more than the usual !,!!,!?,?!, etc. I got the idea from prestigious Chess Forums such as this one.

bergil
24-02-2006, 02:41 AM
:hmm: OK
:lol: :clap:

McTaggart
18-03-2006, 06:07 AM
I am well past the age of consent and have just started playing this wonderful challenging game. I belong to a chess club but often can't go to their meetings. I would like to learn and practice through my computer.

Your assistance will be appreciated


Fred,if you are isolated from a chess club I suggest some kind of book on general chess theory. Basically any book by Cecil Purdy will do. He was the stand-out chess teacher of all time,no contest. Join a chess site known as Gameknot,there you can meet players of all standards and you can play as quickly or slowly as you like. You will even find me there.. Good luck....

verikt
24-10-2006, 09:32 PM
can you post a link to the thread where it explains how to post a game? I searched for it and couldn't find it, thanks.
I wanted to post this game

[Event "rated blitz match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2006.10.24"]
[Round "?"]
[White "verikt"]
[Black "thankxs"]
[Result "*"]
[WhiteElo "1381"]
[BlackElo "1243"]
[ECO "B00"]
[TimeControl "600+5"]


1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. a3 a6 5. f3 e6 6. h4 h6 7. g4 Bh7 8. Nc3 Be7
9. h5 Bh4+ 10. Ke2 Bg5 11. f4 Be7 12. Bg2 f6 13. Nh3 fxe5 14. dxe5 Bc5 15.
Be3 Bxe3 16. Kxe3 d4+ 17. Kf2 dxc3 18. Bxc6+ bxc6 19. bxc3 Qh4+ 20. Kf3 Qe7
21. Nf2 Rd8 22. Nd3 c5 23. Qe2 c4 24. Nb4 Qc5 25. Rhd1 a5 26. Rxd8+ Kxd8 27.
Rd1+ Ke7 28. Na6 Qc6+ 29. Kg3 Qxa6 30. Rd4 Qb6 31. Rxc4 Qg1+ 32. Kf3 Qh1+ 33.
Ke3 Qh3+ 34. Kd4 Kd7 35. Kc5 Ne7 36. Rd4+ Nd5 37. Qb5+ Kc8 38. Qa6+ Kd7 39.
Qxa5 Ke7 40. Rxd5 exd5 41. Qxc7+ Ke6 42. Qd6+ Kf7 43. Qd7+ Kf8 44. Qd8+ Kf7
45. Qxd5+ Ke7 46. Qd6+ Ke8 47. Qb8+ Kd7 48. Qb7+ Ke8 49. Qc8+ Ke7 50. Qc7+
Ke8 51. Kd6 Qh4 52. g5 Bxc2 53. Qe7

eclectic
24-10-2006, 09:35 PM
Look in the news and announcements section.

verikt
24-10-2006, 09:50 PM
obviously I'm doing something wrong. I put [p g n] at the beginning of the game and [/p g n] at the end and it didn't work

Zwischenzug
24-10-2006, 09:51 PM
can you post a link to the thread where it explains how to post a game? I searched for it and couldn't find it, thanks.


There's two ways to post the game, PGN uploader and PGN Recorder.

USING PGN UPLOADER
To use pgn uploader, make sure you have the game in pgn format. Basically copy the game into notepad and save the game with a .pgn extension. Then click PGN Uploader (make sure the .pgn is lower case). Click browse and select your .pgn file and click Upload pgn File. Then click send pgn.

Event: rated blitz match
Site: Free Internet Chess Server
Date: 2006.10.24
Round: ?
White: verikt
Black: thankxs
Result: *
WhiteElo: 1381
BlackElo: 1243
ECO: B00
TimeControl: 600+5

1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. a3 a6 5. f3 e6 6. h4 h6 7. g4 Bh7 8. Nc3 Be7
9. h5 Bh4+ 10. Ke2 Bg5 11. f4 Be7 12. Bg2 f6 13. Nh3 fxe5 14. dxe5 Bc5 15.
Be3 Bxe3 16. Kxe3 d4+ 17. Kf2 dxc3 18. Bxc6+ bxc6 19. bxc3 Qh4+ 20. Kf3 Qe7
21. Nf2 Rd8 22. Nd3 c5 23. Qe2 c4 24. Nb4 Qc5 25. Rhd1 a5 26. Rxd8+ Kxd8 27.
Rd1+ Ke7 28. Na6 Qc6+ 29. Kg3 Qxa6 30. Rd4 Qb6 31. Rxc4 Qg1+ 32. Kf3 Qh1+ 33.
Ke3 Qh3+ 34. Kd4 Kd7 35. Kc5 Ne7 36. Rd4+ Nd5 37. Qb5+ Kc8 38. Qa6+ Kd7 39.
Qxa5 Ke7 40. Rxd5 exd5 41. Qxc7+ Ke6 42. Qd6+ Kf7 43. Qd7+ Kf8 44. Qd8+ Kf7
45. Qxd5+ Ke7 46. Qd6+ Ke8 47. Qb8+ Kd7 48. Qb7+ Ke8 49. Qc8+ Ke7 50. Qc7+
Ke8 51. Kd6 Qh4 52. g5 Bxc2 53. Qe7#

PGN RECORDER
The other way is the PGN Recorder. When you click PGN Recorder a window with a chessboard will pop up. Click on the piece and the square it is going to (use the < button to undo moves) for the window to record the move. When you have finished recording the game, click Send PGN Now. The only problem with PGN recorder is that it can't record variations not played in the game (e.g. sometimes when analysing a game you display variations that could have been played at that certain move). Well, if there is a way to record variations with pgn recorder I am completely unaware of it. There's my tips on posting games, I only just figured it out yesterday!

[Edit] Dammit! I made it work before, it doesn't seem to be working for me now. Anyway, here are the link:
Ok I fixed my problem with pgn uploader. I think I know what the problem is now. Get rid of the asterisk (*) at the end. As for me, sometimes it doesn't work after editing/saving but after refreshing my window it works.
http://www.chesschat.org/announcement.php?f=29&a=11

Desmond
24-10-2006, 09:57 PM
1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. a3 a6 5. f3 e6 6. h4 h6 7. g4 Bh7 8. Nc3 Be7
9. h5 Bh4+ 10. Ke2 Bg5 11. f4 Be7 12. Bg2 f6 13. Nh3 fxe5 14. dxe5 Bc5 15.
Be3 Bxe3 16. Kxe3 d4+ 17. Kf2 dxc3 18. Bxc6+ bxc6 19. bxc3 Qh4+ 20. Kf3 Qe7
21. Nf2 Rd8 22. Nd3 c5 23. Qe2 c4 24. Nb4 Qc5 25. Rhd1 a5 26. Rxd8+ Kxd8 27.
Rd1+ Ke7 28. Na6 Qc6+ 29. Kg3 Qxa6 30. Rd4 Qb6 31. Rxc4 Qg1+ 32. Kf3 Qh1+ 33.
Ke3 Qh3+ 34. Kd4 Kd7 35. Kc5 Ne7 36. Rd4+ Nd5 37. Qb5+ Kc8 38. Qa6+ Kd7 39.
Qxa5 Ke7 40. Rxd5 exd5 41. Qxc7+ Ke6 42. Qd6+ Kf7 43. Qd7+ Kf8 44. Qd8+ Kf7
45. Qxd5+ Ke7 46. Qd6+ Ke8 47. Qb8+ Kd7 48. Qb7+ Ke8 49. Qc8+ Ke7 50. Qc7+
Ke8 51. Kd6 Qh4 52. g5 Bxc2 53. Qe7

verikt
24-10-2006, 09:58 PM
strange
did you just post my game?
because this is what I see. That's also what I saw when I added the notations by hand. I'm going to edit the post again. Can you tell me if you see it in the viewer?

verikt
24-10-2006, 10:03 PM
thanks Boris
I can see yours. what exactly did you do?

Desmond
24-10-2006, 10:15 PM
thanks Boris
I can see yours. what exactly did you do?No problem. Just put the PGN tags at either end of the moves you posted. You can see exactly how by quoting that post I made. Hope this helps.

Zwischenzug
24-10-2006, 10:21 PM
As for me, sometimes it doesn't work after editing/saving but after refreshing my window it works.

Yesterday my internet cable was working so refreshing isn't too much of a problem. Since my download quota is over now, it is much more noticeable that you need to refresh (press f5 or click refresh on your browser). I noticed after my post (with 56k modem speed) that the game didn't appear but it did appear after I refreshed the screen.

verikt
24-10-2006, 10:37 PM
ok now it's working.
Now if I want to hear opinions on the game should I leave it here, post it to a different thread or post it to games and analysis?
I screwed up at the beginning and made a pretty decent comeback, in my opinion.