Monday, August 04, 2008

likesforests vs likesforests Sr.

I played my Dad a brief match and scored +4 -0 =0. That's not surprising since he only plays a few games per year, but what did surprise me is that it takes me longer to beat laymen now than a year or two ago. I'm certain I haven't gotten worse. I think I've just gotten better at determining whether an attack is sound and at restricting counterplay.

I can't wait for Sunday, my next USCF tournament. :)

me-vs-dad.pgn

14 comments:

Glenn Wilson said...

Well, you had won by move 7. I guess checkmate takes longer with the queens off? :)

likesforests said...

True, I suppose that's the way to look at it! I'm beating laymen faster than ever, it's just taking me longer to checkmate them. :)

Banatt said...

25.f7+ made me howl with laughter. that pawn chain is waaaay too long!

likesforests said...

Hehe! There were other ways to win but f5-f6-f7 seemed very pretty. :)

Chessaholic said...

haha very nice! that reminds me of the games I play with my dad. his strategy is usually to serve me plenty of rum&coke before we play.

Banatt said...

Hmm, serving alcoholic beverages before a match... I like it! I've got to try that at my next rated tournament =P

RT Solo said...

LOL@chessaholic

likesforests, I wish my dad played chess. Was there any way your dad could have saved his knight after 6.Qa4+? I couldn't see one.

likesforests said...

6...c6! would've blocked the check and protected his knight. I'm embarrassed to say I missed that defense during the game. ;)

Tommyg said...

Man that is awesome! I wish my Dad played chess! He just likes to go the track and put money on the horses!


Good luck on Sunday!

TommyG

liquideggproduct said...

It looked like it was pretty much a hammering. Like Glenn said, it was essentially over on move 7. Maybe it's just you win differently.

The retired pawn said...

LF: You owned the game...complete domination!!! Look over some GM games against even 1300 rated players; it takes time. I played GM Christiansen he had won by move 8 or so; yet he never checkmated me even by move 35...he just won by converting his advantages. That is in my opinion a mark of a mature chess player.

BlunderProne said...

The last time my dad played serious chess was in 2005 at teh NH open. We had 3 generations of blunders represented. He's about 1550 player. It was awesome growing up in a chess household!

likesforests said...

Tommyg, Blunderprone - We also went over a couple of the My System games together... it was fun. :)

L.E.P., RetiredPawn - Of course you are right. Having patience when converting the point is probably more a strength than a weakness. If you rush and give your opponent counter-chances that is much worse!

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