Thanks to I'm improving!

  • ollie
  • | Aug 11, 2007 at 12:01 PM
  • | Posted in: ollie's Blog
  • | 990 reads

After a fairly  ropey start on this site, my game is starting getting a lot better.

I really recommend reading the articles, in particular The Opening for Beginners - Part #1 and Part #2 which teaches to control the center, develop you pieces, protect your king. Antoher great article is  The Middlegame - What to Do which really emphasis the need for every move to be improving your position. 

I have included a game which I just won which is one of there first that I feel I really controlled the game well especially the ending. My opponent made couple of mistakes with his horses (he moved them into positions where they were instantly taken without exchange) but other than that played a pretty solid game. Not many pieces were taken by either of us, which I personally think is the sign of an interesting game. When the game gets really long and comes down to a few pieces it seems to get really scrappy.

I would love to hear opinions on this game. Take care and I look forward to playing you soon.




  • 9 years ago


    My advice about weak squares is not something that your opponent necessarily takes advantage of the very next move, or even the next 5 moves. It may be a weak square that he takes advantage of 10-20 moves later. It is something you just need to be aware of when playing, that every time you move a pawn, you are "weakening" the squares to the left and right of that move. Yes, you're bishop is protecting that square, but you can no longer "control" that square with your pawns. Perhaps someone can post a good game example where weak squares are exposed to highlight this concept. I don't have any games I can think of that really demonstrate this at the moment.

  • 9 years ago


    Thanks for the advice. I agree I played quite an aggressive game with little thought towards the protection of my king. As for the pawns that is something that I need to work on. I find it hard to get all of my pieces out in particular the rooks. I guess castling is quite a good way to get one of them out.  In this game my knight and rook on the left were inactive throughout the whole game.


    As for the b4 move I don't really see what you mean as c4 was protected by the bishop and his pawn couldn't get to it as his horse was blocking it.

  • 9 years ago


    My biggest piece of advice for you on this game Ollie would be focus on developing your pieces and protecting your king more. 7 out of your first 8 moves were ALL pawn moves. That's never a good sign. Don't try to take over the whole board with pawns, because you need your pieces to support them. Get your pieces developed, activated into better positions first, castle your king to a safe corner, and then start pushing your pawns. Keep in mind, EVERY time you move a pawn, you create weaknesses where that pawn used to be protecting. A good example of this is when you played b4, you created a very weak square on c4, since now you can no longer protected that square with either your b or d pawns. Otherwise, very good attack on his king, and good job taking advantage of his mistakes.
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