Wednesday, October 20, 2010

H4 Opening!

As promised, I went and played a few games with the H4 opening. It was a while before I was able to get a good game.

Of course, this game started with me playing white and myself moving pawn to h4, and continued with g3 after my opponent moved d5.

The idea of the h4 opening is to get a powerful knight on the f4 square and a powerful bishop on the h3 or g4 square that cannot be kicked by a pawn. I developed my pieces with this idea in mind. My opponent had a very strong center that did not allow my pieces much movement or my knight to get to the f4 square, so I decided to open up the position with a pawn push in the center. My opponent castled in reply.

Castling in this position was a large blunder. I knew I could take advantage of this easily. With my king side pawns already extended dangerously close to his castle position, and my bishop in a  fianchetto position with a diagonal also bearing down on his castle position, it would be easy to generate a vicious attack. Play continued, and after a few sacrifices to remove defenders and get my pieces in better places, the board looked like this.

I gave black the option to give me a strong double-pawn center or move his queen with my move knight to f4. He chose to move his queen to d6, putting some pressure on my d4 pawn while moving fleeing his queen. After, I opened my bishop on b2's scope by moving my pawn up one square to d5 with tempo after black moves his knight. After moving the knight, he threatened my queen with his bishop, which I replied to by moving my queen to d3 and threatening a mate. My opponent had no way to stop the mate without losing a large amount of material, so he resigned with the board looking like this.

Making a last, random, hopeless move just for fun with Nd4, my opponent resigned.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


I know the blog has been inactive for the past few days but with major exams in most of my subjects, I really didn't have time. Anyways, my friend recently sent me a very interesting opening for white involving a h4 push followed by g3. I found it extremely interesting and if I get a good game in with the opening, I will post it.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Better way to play chess?

Usually when I want to play chess online, the only option for me is to ask my friends to play using an online chess website. I realize that playing the same five people over and over would be quite dull, so if anyone could give me a good chess website where you can play anyone, I would be very grateful.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Chess Help

I consider myself an average chess player, but I have a love of the game that I think would be considered above average. Realizing I have large room for improvement being only an average player, and tips that would help my game would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Busy Week

I haven't been able to get in a good game of chess in a while, and I probably won't have time for one this week. Midterms in school have been keeping me up late at night and give me no free time. I'll have at least one game up in the weekend though.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Thank You Followers

People who have found my blog through my twitter and youtube channel, I thank you for following me. I will soon make a Facebook group for this blog. I hope that one day this blog will become hugely popular. More games will be coming up shortly, but I have a busy schedule this week.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Casual Game

I decided to kick off this blog with a casual game with one of my friends. I played a King's Pawn opening and he replied with the Scandinavian Defense, d5. The game progressed with normal development play, and in the mid-game, I formed a plan to attack the king side.

I knew that Bh6 would create a weakness in the king side that I could exploit with my queen and knights should my opponent choose to capture the bishop. I started to maneuver my pieces over to the king side in anticipation of the attack. After moving Ne2 my opponent moved Nc6xd4 to which I recaptured with Ne2xNd4. After this, my opponent formed his own attack on my king side after c5, Nd4xf5 , Qc7, putting pressure on my h2 pawn. I replied by blocking the diagonal with Ng3, blocking the queen and bishop's scope of the diagonal with my knight protected by two pawns. After his next move, I carried out my plan and offered up the bishop sacrifice with Bh6. My opponent thought for some time, then decided to decline the trade and instead attack my Knight on f5 with his bishop. The game continued, and I took the g7 pawn with my bishop. My opponent replied by threatening my knight on f5 which I ignored and took the rook on f8 with my bishop and my opponent then captured my knight. After some repositioning moves, I moved Qg5+, forking the king and bishop. The game looked like this.

After my opponent moved Kh8, I captured the bishop and my opponent resigned.