Most of them against title holders -- because I am cherry-picking my opponents -- and I scored more or less break even.
I am happy to turn in some of my precious virtual e-rating points for a couple of FM/IM/GM whoopings though.
And the inevitable result is that I win some of them too -- and those are going straight to this blog ;-)
First I screw a Slovenian FM... in one of the best games that I've played lately. After that he beat me three times in a row though. Good player.
Then I catch an English IM with a dirty premove recapture trick (=> he thinks I just recaptured while in the meantime I sneakily set up a trap)
And to wrap it up, I get to play an English Grandmaster!
Of course, it may be somewhat unfair, for them it is just another game of Chess against some random newbie while I am all excited about the privilege of facing titled players and playing Full Force.
And I am only showing my wins here; I lost a bunch of games too, and rest assured they weren't pretty.
OK, ready? Here they come.
The English IM
The English GMOK, then an English GM showed up. I sent him a challenge... and to my surprise he accepted!
Soon he won the first & the second game without much resistance...
I played opening variations I had never tried before, and he simply screwed me big time.
Lured into a false sense of security, he enters the third game.
I remember NM Dale's Groovy Advice and I grab a cheap internet win that will be cherished forever.
After all this Chess violence, I almost forgot the...
Chess ProblemA nice "deep" keymove, and a good solving exercise. White to move & mate in three.
By Johann Nepomuk Berger, Frankfurter Rundschau 1887.
After any black move, White will have a simple check&checkmate-in-two. Except for one. What to do to have a mate in two prepared for that one?