Speelman's Agony: Lessons from amateur errors

by Jonathan Speelman
11/17/2019 – This week Jon goes solo on annotating, with five games for your review, including the popular Alapin and London. | Send in your own games! Jon welcomes submissions 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!

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Agony & Ecstasy #110

A couple of months ago, I showed some games here by John Isaac Torres-Piccio who is from Bacoor south of Manilla, in the Philippines.

John, who is in his late twenties (27, a couple of months ago) recently started playing chess again after a gap of about 7 years. He sent me several games then and has now sent another tranche.

Seven years is a long time not to play and there are a number of serious errors and also a few mouse slips. But he reached some very interesting positions on the way and so here is another batch. The notes are all mine.

 

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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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