Speelman's Agony #70

by Jonathan Speelman
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Fritz 16 - He just wants to play! Fritz 16 - He just wants to play!

Fritz 16 is looking forward to playing with you, and you're certain to have a great deal of fun with him too. Tense games and even well-fought victories await you with "Easy play" and "Assisted analysis" modes.


A helping hand for Hobart 

This week's pair of games come from Lee Phillips, who is from Hobart, in Tasmania. He writes:

Lee PhillipsI've been playing chess for over ten years, but only started studying the game seriously over the past couple of years. I like technology, photography and gardening but if I had a time machine, I'd like to go back and start playing chess from an earlier age so I'd be a lot better today. I like to play games that are 15min with a 5 second increment. Even though we can't change our past, we can shape our future with the decisions we make now, and at the age of 43, I've decided to work harder at the game of chess so I can improve and become a better player. Obviously, on the way to improving we learn a few hard lessons, but it's all because we love the game of chess and that's why we're here.

As you'd expect, his two fifteen minute online games include a number of mistakes. But the thing that shines through both is the necessity of fighting to the very end and that is crucial to all chess playing.


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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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