Speelman's Agony #64

by Jonathan Speelman
11/12/2017 – Jon looks at a pair of exciting if blunderful games from an enthusiastic Chilean amateur. Want Jon to take a look at your games? Send them in, and if selected, 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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An admirable lack of materialism

This week's games are by a Chilean who wrote to me as JJ or Juan Jose de la C.V.

He writes:

Juan Jose de la C.V.I am 40 years old, I'm from Chile, and I'm a translator by profession, but I also fill my days doing other very rewarding activities. I don't have a band, but I love playing electric guitar and singing, and transcribing complicated guitar solos that I like. Also, I recently started playing piano, because it sounds so beautifully. I love many kinds of music.

I started playing chess at a rather old age, but I always felt attracted to it. Maybe it has to do with the fact that chess always offers you the possibility of creating great things, of taking you beyond your boundaries, but in a constructive, challenging way — it might take place inside the confines of a 64-squared board, but it usually takes all of you to make it work.

Though at the beginning I used to gather with a good friend of mine to play blitz for hours and hours, I leaned towards correspondence chess once I discovered that you get, not merely hours to think of your moves, but weeks or even months! So I started playing correspondence chess, and after 10 years of hard-fought battles, I decided to try on-the-board chess again, but this time in actual OTB chess tournaments. Since then, I've played many OTB tournament games, with varying degrees of success, and I have learned to enjoy blitz and bullet online.

The two games I selected show the two sides of the coin that every player gets to know sooner or later in his chess life: the agony of losing badly, and the ecstasy of a great victory.

The games JJ sent are very far from totally accurate but interesting in that they show considerable flair and an admirable lack of materialism. He annotated both in detail and as usual I've added my own comments as JS.

We start with the Agony:


Click or tap the second game in the list above for the "ecstasy"!

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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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