Learning from "Poba" games

by Jonathan Speelman
9/8/2019 – A slightly larger column this week as Jon makes up for lost time. A fan of "moba" games sent in some of his (shall we say) "Playchess online battle arena" experiences. | Send in your own games! Jon can always use more material from readers. If your games are selected for the Agony column, not only will you get free detailed commentary of your games by one of chess’s great authors and instructors, and former world no. 4 player, but you also win a free three-month ChessBase Premium Account!

Magic of Chess Tactics 2 Magic of Chess Tactics 2

FM Claus Dieter Meyer has put under the microscope a comprehensive fund of topical and timeless games / fragments. On video Hamburg GM Dr. Karsten Müller has outlined corner points of Meyer's work and created 14 tests plus 10 interactive test sets.


Speelman's Agony #105

Apologies first for the week's delay I knew at the end of last month that another one would be beginning (apparently that's how the calendar works) but hadn't quite realized how late in the month it was and so Sunday, September 1st rather sneaked up on me!

This week's games are by John Isaac Torres-Piccio who is from Bacoor in Cavite province in the Phillipines and writes:

John Torres-PiccioI'm 27 years old  and just started playing chess again after a gap of about 7 years from when I played 2 seasons of NCAA during college for Colegio de San Juan de Letran. I am the eldest out of two I have one brother and have been married for almost 2 years.

Aside from chess I used to enjoy playing moba games [JS Multiplayer online battle arena for people out of touch like me] like dota [JS: Defense of the Ancients] and league of legends which helped me cope with the frustrations of losses played in the NCAA and also mobile legends.

I enjoy spending time with my family, watching movies, listening to Queen, Elton John, Red Hot Chili Peppers, playing with our dogs, visiting places, trying out new kinds of coffee, draft beer, wine and whisky, Formula1, cars and going on occasional road trips with my wife.

John sent me a number of games from Playchess. Normally I prefer just a couple (a nice win and vile loss) but there were a number of very interesting moments, so I'm presenting a selection in which very modestly, he has suffered more than triumphing. The notes are all mine.


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The aim of these Dvd's is to build a repertoire after 1.c4 and 2.g3 for White. The first DVD includes the systems 1...e5, the Dutch and Indian setups. The second DVD includes the systems with 1...c5, 1...c6 and 1...e6.

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Jonathan Speelman, born in 1956, studied mathematics but became a professional chess player in 1977. He was a member of the English Olympic team from 1980–2006 and three times British Champion. He played twice in Candidates Tournaments, reaching the semi-final in 1989. He twice seconded a World Championship challenger: Nigel Short and then Viswanathan Anand against Garry Kasparov in London 1993 and New York 1995.


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