21 August 2010

This week's brilliancy prize

Chess Dip

Last night I was dreaming about a chessboard that had this amazing Queen moving sequence that went on and on and on. It just refused to stop.
Heinz at sea
So, listening to my inner self's needs, last evening I started playing some games on the net again. All games progressed rather dramatically for me. I played toothless Blitz games like this one

[White "Mechanical Turk 2306"] [Black "Heinzk 2200"] [Result "1-0"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 e6 3. g3 Nc6 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. d3 Be7 6. h3 d5 7. exd5 e5 1-0

And within half an hour I had played fewer moves than the amount of rating points I had lost. OK, who cares about this e-rating ego rubbish anyway. So I played a few more. Things became worse and worse. My openings left me with useless positions and waayyy down on time. My opponents had nothing to worry about, and then I gave away pieces for no apparent reason. Resign. Reset pieces. Next game. This nonsense went on for a while.

Just when I was about to lose all confidence in the skills I have carefully built up over the years, I found myself playing against a 2150+ FIDE Spanish guy. Here is the account of that game.

This week's brilliancy prize

Play online chess

Tadaa. That will suppress my chess addiction for a while.

This Nc6 Nxc6 e5 idea is not all that original; I actually knew there was a predecessor while I was playing the moves. I saw this petite combinaison years ago, back in the days I played oldschool chess with an even more feeble foundation. It is possible to find any game of chess played in history through a quick Google query. "Nc6 Nxc6" "e5" led me to Tim Krabbé's site. Take a look around, he has collected a lot of aesthetically pleasing chess games. Krabbé frequently updated a Chess Diarrhea as well, but only scarcely since 2008. He's kind of a vain poser, like me. I like him. Googling Kholmov - Bronstein, Kiev 1964 led me to the game in full to click through; it is actually somewhat more beautiful, complex and sound than my random online effort. Nevertheless I enjoyed my own game - mainly because I finally won one? - and I thought it was wicked enough to show off here.


  1. Ida taken on f6 way back in the olden days.

    She is a good player that Ida.


    Sincerely Me:)

    P.S. this is NOT a Starbucks ad.

  2. Hello Starbucks

    These anonymous spam comments are driving me nuts. Somebody already implied that I am talking to myself here. No I am not, I am just enjoying my coffee.


  3. Who is Ida?

  4. That sounds like a trick question.

    Sincerely ...Me:)

  5. I wonder if Ida is talking to herself?

  6. That cat in the cartoon is certainly nifty.


  7. Ida take a Starbucks coffee - Komodo Dragon Blend.

  8. How many do write this ... er ... you know ... these comments?

  9. Hello

    I have identified a few:
    - HeinzK
    - NM-Dale
    - Starbucks
    - Ida from Idaho, USA
    - Anonymous

    It is quite possible all these "personalities" come from one and the same person though. Who knows?!

  10. I think this might be the record for number of posts for this Heinzkat Chess Plaza.


  11. The first comment started off promising with a whiff of in-depth analysis by Ida... but the rest...

  12. Great post, I am almost 100% in agreement with you

  13. Agree a percentage about what? Or is this another guised spamcomment