Welcome to my database: essentially, a growing story of my chess career. It is a desire of mine to add a touch of humour to my notes, and these commentaries are meant for entertainment just as much as tuition. Therefore, please enjoy playing through the games at your leisure. I recommend that you first look at the games without the notation window, in order to calculate variations, and to appreciate for yourself the complexities of the games. Then view the annotations next to the board (ctrl-alt-n) in order to check your analysis, see the things you might have missed, and understand the games through the eyes of the player.
I hope that the annotations I have diligently made are correct, and that the many variations prove instructive and useful for the improving player. The games are generally accompanied by the following information: an introduction to the game, theoretical opening knowledge (mainlines; reference games; strategies and themes in that opening), time status, match (team) situation, my thoughts, evaluations, assessments of moves, strategies in that kind of position, latent tactics, influential sidelines, variations of interest, the result, and a brief summary of the game. There is also an assortment of artistic Chessbase multimedia functions: green, yellow and red highlighters of squares and arrows, which I frequently use to facilitate the viewer's understanding of general tactics and strategies in the positions.
It would be much appreciated if you could spare the time to contact me (E-mail address: LordPLalic@aol.com) with your comments on this database. Questions are welcome, and I would gladly listen to your ideas about the games and/or their annotations. Enjoy! And remember the words of the great Robert James Fischer: "Chess is Life".
Peter Dragan Lalic.
Surrey, England. 15/02/2009.
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Best wishes, and good luck with all your chess!
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You seem to have taken particular pleasure in duffing up SCCA President Mike Gunn.
I wasn't ecstatic to read that Cherniaev is an idol of yours. I have to say that I think there are better role models.
"I wasn't ecstatic to read that Cherniaev is an idol of yours. I have to say that I think there are better role models."
Of course, Peter isn't an arbiter... I played Cherniaev once, and after he finished messing around before the game (demanding an appearance fee, demanding his two half point byes be scrubbed and the tournament re-scheduled so he could play people, refusing to play me because I was too weak), his behaviour at the board was exemplary. (Congratulations to Scott Freeman for sorting all that out without resorting to Jack Bauer impersonations.)
When Cherniaev's lunch was delivered, he even consumed it away from the board so as not to distract me.
I will now go away and look at the games...
Paul, I am very grateful for your replies; I am honoured that people have taken an interest in the games. You're absolutely right about what I said. I was being stupid when writing about the openings; I sometimes edit the database very late into the night, so I can't trust what I end up with in the morning!Paul McKeown wrote:One thing, Peter, why have you given up on 1.d4 and taken up insipid Nf3/b3 type stuff. You write that after 1. d4, Black has lots of good defences, but surely that applies even more so to Nf3/b3 stuff?
As to why I have changed my repertoire...I guess I got uncomfortable about needing to learn how to respond against certain Black openings. 1.d4 can frequently be met with highly theoretical and sharp lines in the King's Indian - I don't know, but it's too orthodox for me. I am not a fan of theory (unless it's some of my own wacky stuff), so I prefer to play b3 and to be inventive. I agree with what people say - it's innocuous and wet. But it's still my harmless way of playing, if you know what I mean; one can be creative in the less trodden paths. Thanks again. Best wishes!
I would die happy if I beat Wood Green in the Eastman Cup final - Richmond LL captain.
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Do you speak Nimzo-Indian? To me chess is a bit like that, sometimes I play fluently, sometimes I struggle to put the grammar together in an unfamiliar position. When you have to think about a position, it is usually where you are not fluent, and then you make mistakes.
Peter,Peter Lalic wrote:Paul, I am very grateful for your replies; I am honoured that people have taken an interest in the games.
It's always refreshing to come across someone who writes what they really think, rather than what people think they should think.
Best to put in the hard yards now; it only gets harder later.Peter Lalic wrote:As to why I have changed my repertoire...I guess I got uncomfortable about needing to learn how to respond against certain Black openings. 1.d4 can frequently be met with highly theoretical and sharp lines in the King's Indian
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Around here, Dani and Kaiser Malik, along with one of their friends, always worked on strange novelty openings for fun. That's fine, and it worked well when bashing up juniors or players in the lower sections. Now they're playing in the Opens, they're not entering them, because they know they're not likely to win. This is probably due to 200+ players being able to pick holes in their opening play. However, they managed to come 1st and 2nd in the Terafinal Challengers last year playing 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Ng8 as black. It's probably not going to be a long-term plan for success though.
Just one specific point about b3 type openings.
You opened one game as follows (from memory, probably a transposition, but the important point remains):
1. b3 g6 2. Bb2 Nf6 3. Bxf6 exf6 4. Nf3
The idea of b3 followed by Bb2xf6 is an interesting one, which I have myself played in the (distant) past. There is one thing though that I think is important to remember, which is that is often best to develop the king's knight via e2, as this prevents Black from eliminating his doubled f-pawns by f6-f5-f4 and then exchanging with White's e-pawn. If you can keep Black's f-pawns doubled, then you can try to develop play against them later... and they tend to get a little bit in the way of Black's bishops, either the dark squared bishop when the pawn is on f6 or the light squared one when the pawn is on f5. White often plays e3, Ne2, g3, Bg2, 0-0 with his eyes closed in this line, then looks up to see what to do next.
Thanks a lot, Paul - this is useful.Paul McKeown wrote:White often plays e3, Ne2, g3, Bg2, 0-0 with his eyes closed in this line, then looks up to see what to do next.
This is a good plan; I will implement it when I next get a chance.
You might have noticed that I am quite positional in style; this kind of strategic plan makes me feel at ease.
Perhaps you might like to pick up a book of Julian Hodgson's games; he often played this sort of way. Indeed one of the many possible plans in his beloved Trompovsky is 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 g6 3. Bxf6, with similar themes. Of course, Hodgson played many, many difficult and theoretical main lines before he took to the unexplored byways, which he enriched with ideas that he had learned from the main theoretical paths. Just a thought.