The Abysmal Depths of Chess

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Jonathan Bryant
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The Abysmal Depths of Chess

Post by Jonathan Bryant » Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:57 pm


A summary of posts for June 2020

Beat the Masters
5: An Opening position
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... shops.html

6: White against the Sicilian
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... en-to.html

7: Versus the Sicilian again. Different but the same?
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... c-ram.html

8: Endgame or Opening?
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... ening.html

9: Are you better than a late 80s chess computer? part 1
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... ratos.html

10: Are you better than a late 80s chess computer? part 2
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... again.html

11: Another White against the Sicilian (on reflection, that’s probably quite enough of these for the time being)
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... stuff.html

12: The first BtM I looked at
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... t-one.html

13: When both kings are vulnerable
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... -with.html

Chess in the 80s
Towards the start of the month I realised that I was really enjoying flicking through the magazines as well as studying the Beat the Masters positions … so I decided to start publishing other random bits and pieces once a week.

1: some photographs of chess players at work back in the day
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... -1988.html

2: Computer ads
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... 21988.html

3: Editorial (FIDE top 10, a World Cup Cross table, Speelman-Short match and have they found the next Bobby Fischer?)
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... 81988.html

Countries Which Have Sent Somebody to The Abysmal Depths of Chess
Up to 45 at the time of writing
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... rs-by.html

Argentina; Australia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Bahrain; Belgium; Brazil; Canada; Costa Rica; Czech Republic; Denmark; Egypt; Finland; France; Germany; Great Britain; Greece; Hong Kong; Iceland; India; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Japan; Lithuania; Mexico; Netherlands; New Zealand; Nigeria; Norway; Philippines; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Taiwan; Turkey; Ukraine; United Arab Emirates; USA

Jonathan Bryant
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Re: The Abysmal Depths of Chess

Post by Jonathan Bryant » Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:18 am

The Abysmal Depths of Chess

July 2020

Beat the Masters
- Analyse a position then compare your thoughts with a dozen or so British chess masters.

14: There’s a queen sac in the air. Is it right?
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... ewman.html

15: I finally get a complete solution (needless to say, this position is easier than the others)
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... nally.html

16: A knight and pawn ending
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... pawns.html

17: Does it matter if you make a mistake setting up the board and spend an hour analysing the wrong position?
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... -work.html

18: On the importance of studying classic game
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... ssics.html

19: Simple tactics aren’t necessarily easy
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... -easy.html

20: Trying out a cognitive tool to help assess chess positions
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... ietly.html

21: Does it help if you recognise the opening from which I middlegame position derived?
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... -name.html

Chess in the 80s
- A collection of random items from old chess magazines

4: Tal interview from CHESS July 1988
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... 71988.html

5 Readers letters from January 1989
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... 11989.html

6: Photographs of chess players (including a Soviet GM giving a simul in a local British chess club) from CHESS March 1989
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... ngham.html

7: Kasparov interview from CHESS August 1988
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... 81988.html

8: Adverts for books, clocks and chess sets from CHESS October 1988
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... 01988.html

Knowing Me Knowing Yusupov
- Halfway through the month I decided to make another attempt on the Yusupov challenge and write a series of posts documenting my journey.

1: Knowing Me Knowing Yusupov - the importance of notebooks
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... supov.html

2: Are we there yet? - How long does it take to finish the 10 books?
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... .html#more

Countries Which Have Sent Somebody to The Abysmal Depths of Chess
I’m now up to 52, the latest being Paraguay
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspo ... rs-by.html

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