Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Annotated Game etc.

I am playing the in-form David Cardenas, who has gained a lot of rating points in a the last few tournaments. He should be close to 1950 after this tournament gets rated.

Game Link (G/100)

I had dinner at a George Webb last night. There was this old waitress working hard and I decided that I was going to give her a really nice tip, but then I saw her go outside for a smoke. I figured she would just waste it on cigarettes, so I just went with 15%. I wasn't sure if I did the right thing. What do you think?

My work out program is coming along fine. I joined the WAC . My program consists of several (4-6) weeks of moderate training followed by a couple of weeks of more intense training. (Both weights and cardio) I just started the intense period.

My goals are:
  1. to get to about 155 lb with a good muscle to fat ratio. I am at about 146 lb right now.
  2. get in good cardiovascular shape


  1. What kind of rationale is: I saw her smoke, therefore all her money will go to cigarettes? If you saw her go outside to play a quick game of chess, would you assume she'd just spend all her money on chess books? And would that cause you to not give her the tip you originally thought she deserved (for providing service to you, not for being a person who meets your personal standards of health)?

    Pretty stupid on your part, but it is your money to do with as you please - and at least you gave 15%, and didn't let your weird logic cause you to stiff her.

  2. You should tip waiters based on their service, not their health habits!

    I think 5...Qd6 was ok, but you should have played 6.d4 Nf6 7.Nge2 Bg4 instead of 6.d4 a6 7.Nge2 Nf6 8.Bf4 Qd8.

  3. Interesting game. I don't see much in the way of "planning" in your comments. Have you read Silman? Good stuff.

    Also, it seems to me that you completely collapsed after losing the exchange. With even Ps all on the same side, you could have made White work very hard for a full point - whatever Fritz might say.

  4. In theory once the opening moves are complete you should come up with a plan for the rest of the game. They say a bad plan is better than no plan. In this game I thought I was worse in the opening which was true, but not by much. I was just trying to get equality, which I did. Then white dropped the pawn, and my plan then was to exchange off pieces and get to the end game. After he played Qf3 and I had the chance to pin the knight I felt I was winning a piece, and I was riight but I missed 33... Bb4. There was some intersting geometric motifs in this game.

  5. Ivan. I'm trying to be nice here, but what you just described is not a "plan." Read Silman's _Reassess your Chess_, or Michael Stean's wonderful _Simple Chess_. Really.

    Planning is not some "theoretical" Ivy League concept. Also, plans are fluid and changing - but that's not the same as not having a plan.

  6. You had a good game but then blundered by not playing Bb4. It must have shook you up, since then you followed up with another blunder. After a blunder, one needs to get up (time permitting) and shake the cobwebs out. It looks like the game was about level, even after missing the bishop move.