Speelman's Agony: Exercise your carbon-based noodle

by Jonathan Speelman
10/20/2019 – Help for "fish head" Fleming courtesy GM JON SPEELMAN. Three exciting and instructive games for your agony column. | 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!

Typical mistakes by 1600-1900 players Typical mistakes by 1600-1900 players

Some mistakes repeat themselves often in amateur games. With themes such as "Miscalculating Forcing Lines", "Being Too Materialistic" and "King Safety" Nick Pert shows you how to avoid making typical mistakes.

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Agony & Ecstasy #108

Liam FlemingThis week's pair of games are by Liam Fleming who frequents my Twitch stream as "fish_head_24".

Liam has been playing for three years online and OTB for a year for Hammersmith Chess Club He sent me three very interesting games which he'd annotated himself and I've added my own comments as 'JS'.

We start with the agony, which is against Alan Palmer from Battersea Chess Club, who is the President of the London chess league. A stonewall.

A "pseudo-Tromp" and a Cozio follow. Don't know what those are? Don't worry!

 

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Trompowsky for the attacking player

Tap into your creative mind and start the game on a fresh note. The Trompowsky (1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5) is an opening outside of conventional wisdom. Create challenges and make your opponent solve problems early on.

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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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