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Date: 06 May 2005 05:06:23
From: John J.
Subject: First place tie tonight... thanks all!
I unexpectedly was drafted to play in a Quad tonight.

Round 1 - I beat a 1608 player.

Round 2 - Draw with an 1808 player

Round 3 - I beat a 1000 player.

My rating was 1589 17 years ago......

I split first place with the 1808 player which meant I got my entry fee
back. :)

I want to thank all those who have made suggestions for my study plan. I
have come up with a plan using two books for now: 'How to Reassess Your
Chess' and Schiller's 'Big Book of Combinations'. Both seem very good. They
cover everything except openings which I will train with Bookup....

Heck, maybe I'll learn the Benko Gambit. lol


John









 
Date: 06 May 2005 08:05:56
From:
Subject: Re: First place tie tonight... thanks all!

John J. wrote:
> I unexpectedly was drafted to play in a Quad tonight.
> I split first place with the 1808 player which meant I got my entry
fee
> back. :)

Congrats on a good performance.

> Heck, maybe I'll learn the Benko Gambit. lol

Just don't include the writings of Sam Sloan in your study plan. ;-)



 
Date: 06 May 2005 09:33:47
From: Ray Gordon
Subject: Re: First place tie tonight... thanks all!
>I unexpectedly was drafted to play in a Quad tonight.
>
> Round 1 - I beat a 1608 player.
>
> Round 2 - Draw with an 1808 player
>
> Round 3 - I beat a 1000 player.
>
> My rating was 1589 17 years ago......
>
> I split first place with the 1808 player which meant I got my entry fee
> back. :)

Not bad.


> I want to thank all those who have made suggestions for my study plan. I
> have come up with a plan using two books for now: 'How to Reassess Your
> Chess' and Schiller's 'Big Book of Combinations'. Both seem very good.
> They cover everything except openings which I will train with Bookup....
>
> Heck, maybe I'll learn the Benko Gambit. lol

The Benko gambit requires you to book up to about move 13 in order to hold
the draw.

The Silman book is very good; I'm not a big fan of Schiller's, plus I owned
a copy of ECM (Encyclopedia of Chess Middlegames) for the tactical drills.

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Date: 06 May 2005 16:36:47
From: John J.
Subject: Re: First place tie tonight... thanks all!
So you think that the Benko is unsound?

John


"Ray Gordon" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:%[email protected]
> >I unexpectedly was drafted to play in a Quad tonight.
>>
>> Round 1 - I beat a 1608 player.
>>
>> Round 2 - Draw with an 1808 player
>>
>> Round 3 - I beat a 1000 player.
>>
>> My rating was 1589 17 years ago......
>>
>> I split first place with the 1808 player which meant I got my entry fee
>> back. :)
>
> Not bad.
>
>
>> I want to thank all those who have made suggestions for my study plan. I
>> have come up with a plan using two books for now: 'How to Reassess Your
>> Chess' and Schiller's 'Big Book of Combinations'. Both seem very good.
>> They cover everything except openings which I will train with Bookup....
>>
>> Heck, maybe I'll learn the Benko Gambit. lol
>
> The Benko gambit requires you to book up to about move 13 in order to hold
> the draw.
>
> The Silman book is very good; I'm not a big fan of Schiller's, plus I
> owned a copy of ECM (Encyclopedia of Chess Middlegames) for the tactical
> drills.
>
> --
> Ray Gordon, Author
> http://www.cybersheet.com/easy.html
> Seduction Made Easy. Get this book FREE when you buy participating
> affiliated books!
>
> http://www.cybersheet.com/library.html
> The Seduction Library. Four free books to get you started on your quest
> to get laid.
>
> Don't buy anything from experts who won't debate on a free speech forum.
>




   
Date: 07 May 2005 21:48:57
From: Ray Gordon
Subject: Re: First place tie tonight... thanks all!
> So you think that the Benko is unsound?

If White knows what he's doing, Black has to play like an IM or GM just to
hold the draw (usually a pawn-down endgame where he clings to dear life).

I play the Benko myself, so no, I don't think it's unsound. I just think no
one really understands it.


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