Monday, March 30, 2020

Chess Lesson 2020-03-20

Play online chess

Monday, March 23, 2020

Invitation to a virtual Chess Club online (Mondays and Thursdays!)

Both the Greenwood and Columbus Chess Clubs have suspended their public meetings until the current pandemic has subsided.

In the meantime, I invite you to join a virtual chess club on chess.com:

https://www.chess.com/club/greenwood-chess-club23     Meets Mondays from 5 to 10 PM.

 https://www.chess.com/club/columbus-chess-club     Meets Thursdays from 5 to 9 PM.

1.  If you are not a member on chess.com then you can join at https://www.chess.com/register

2.  Go to one or both of the above clubs and join.  Post a message that you have joined.

When you are on chess.com, you can find clubs that you belong to by going to the left-hand menu and hovering your mouse over "Connect" which brings up another menu and then selecting "Clubs".

3.  You do not have to be friends (on chess.com) with someone to challenge them, but it is very helpful because chess.com has a feature to challenge your friends.  From the chess club window, you can become friends with someone by clicking on their name twice, which takes you to their page where you can click "Add Friend."  The other person has to accept your friend request.  If you get a friend request, you should accept it.  

So here are some online rules for playing in the virtual chess club.

1.  Post a message to the club that you have arrived and are available to play.  Also, post a message when you leave.

2.  If you are on the club page, you can challenge someone by clicking on their name twice, which takes you to their page.  From there you can select "challenge", select your time control, and then select "Play."

3.  The tricky part here is that you will not see a play request unless you are in "Live chess".  If you are at the chess club page, you can open a second tab to live chess by hovering your mouse over the left-hand menu where it says "Play" which will open another menu, so then hover over "Live Chess" and *Right Click* which brings up the browser menu option "Open a link in a new tab."  If you get more than one "Live chess" tab open, chess.com will only let you use one of them.

4. Don't just play the same person over and over.  This will cause some people to have to wait a long time to get a game.  Try different players.  Rotate players.

5.  I am strongly suggesting that you do not play anonymously.  Other people will want to know who you are or to be able to see your picture.

This can be a little intimidating for people not used to the chess.com user interface.  If you have problems opening two tabs, as one person did as we were experimenting with this, then you may need to close down applications on your computer or even restart your computer.  If for some reason you can't open two tabs, I suggest first going to the chess club page first and then challenge people who are online.  The alternative is to go to the live chess page and challenge your friends or wait for a challenge.

Although some people might have difficulty getting used to this at first, once we get it working I think that it will be a good way for the chess clubs to meet until the current crisis passes.

I will send out updates if we run into any problems or if I have suggestions on how to make this work better.

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Exciting Game missed win

[Event "Casual 5+2"]
[Site "Greenwood Chess Club"]
[Date "Feb 24, 2020"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Dmitri Gusev"]
[Black "John Coffey"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 c6 4. g3 Bf5 5. Nc3 dxc4 6. Bg5 e6 7. Bxf6 gxf6 8. e4
Bg4 9. Bxc4 Bxf3 10. Qxf3 Qxd4 11. Be2 Nd7 12. Rd1 Qb4 13. Rd2 Bg7 14. O-O
O-O-O 15. Qe3 h5 16. Qxa7 h4 17. a3 Qc5 18. Qa4 hxg3 19. hxg3 Qg5 20. Rfd1 Qh6
21. Qa8+ Kc7 22. Nb5+ cxb5 23. Rxd7+ Rxd7 24. Rxd7+ Kxd7 25. Qxb7+ Kd6 26. Qb6+
Ke5 27. Qxb5+ Kxe4 28. f3+ Kd4 29. Qb6+ Kd5 30. Qb5+ Kd6 31. Qd3+ Ke7 32. Kf2
Qh2+ 33. Ke3 Bh6+ 34. Ke4 Qxg3
0-1