Tuesday, July 01, 2008

At the World Open July 3rd - July 6th

"The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there... and still on your feet." -- Stephen King

How to Recognize Me

Unrated section (3-day schedule).
I'm male, big & tall but in shape, late 20s.
I'll be wearing Hawaiin-style shirts, shorts, and brown shoes.



2.0/3.0 in 5th place

Round 1: Win
Round 2: Loss
Round 3: Win


Anonymous said...

Hey Likesforests,

I hope Philly and the World Open treat you well.

I can honestly say that I am now a lover of the Endgame as well.

I am seeing how studying it actually pays off in games!!

Any books on the Endgame that you would recommend? (I have gone through Alburt's book Just the Facts so far)

I like the study tracker feature on your blog. How did you do that?



likesforests said...

I have a gazillion endgame books. I think the most practical are, "A Practical Guide to Rook Endgames" by Minev and "Secrets of Pawn Endings" by Mueller, because these are the endings that occur (or threaten to occur) the most often.

As far as a general endgame book I like Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual with the caveat to stick to the 217 that are highlighted in blue--it's easy to get lost in the maze of variations.

This assumes you are interested in studying endings with the goal of improving your OTB or online play.

If you're a correspondence chess player Comprehensive Chess Endings is probably a better choice since it covers EVERYTHING.

If you just love endings, then "Secrets of Rook Endings" is very interesting. A complete book on K+R+P vs K+R! The ending is really that difficult to master. Most GMs have not fully mastered it.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recommendations!

I have thought about Dvoretsky's book before but am a little intimidated by at this point in time. I will check out the Minev and Mueller books and save Dvoretsky for when I am feeling just a tad more confident!

Thanks again,


Banatt said...

Good luck!

Chessaholic said...

Good luck man! Can't wait to hear about your adventures, I have a feeling you'll do well :)

likesforests said...

Thanks for the well-wishes. :)

likesforests said...

I spotted Blunderprone. Ivan and Chessloser are still elusive. ;)

Blue Devil Knight said...

Good luck!!! Keep kicking ass.