chess


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To watch a game, you can copy+paste the text into this. You can also save the text in a txt file, change the extension to pgn, and open it with a chess program.

 

Computers are good at chess these days, so if I'm playing against a chess program, I'll cheat by undoing moves.

 

 

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how to Sicilian

 

1. e4 is the most common move in chess, so you probably want to have a plan for that.

 

I think a6 is the best move for black after 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3. The main responses to a6 are d4 and c3, which black can handle with:
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 a6 3. c3 e6 4. d4 d5
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 a6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 {Qa5 if white plays e5, obviously}

a6 -> b5 is a good response to Nc3:
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 a6 3. Nc3 b5
1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 a6 3. g3 b5

If you play b5, you probably want to play Bb7.

Playing Bc4 early seems bad for white. Play e6 and a6 in response:
1. e4 c5 2. Bc4 e6 3. Nc3 a6
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 a6 3. Bc4 e6

That leaves c4 and Be2 as reasonable options for white:
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 a6 3. c4 e6
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 a6 3. Be2 Nc6

Playing 2. f4 seems bad for white:
1. e4 c5 2. f4 d5 3. exd5 Nf6
1. e4 c5 2. f4 d5 3. e5 Nc6

 

 

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chess programs being dumb

 

[White "HIARCS"]
[Black "bhauth + HIARCS"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. a3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 e5 8. Bd3
c5 9. d5 Nbd7 10. Ne2 b6 11. O-O Nh5 12. Rb1 Qh4 13. Qa4 Nf4 14. Nxf4 exf4 15.
Qc6 Ne5 16. Qxa8 Bh3 17. Qxf8+ Kxf8 18. gxh3 f3 19. Kh1 Nxd3 20. Be3 Qxe4

computer what are you doing computer no


[White "HIARCS"]
[Black "bhauth"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 Na6 4. Nc3 Nc7 5. Bf4 d5 6. exd5 Nxd5 7. Bb5+ Bd7 8.
Nxd5 exd5 9. Bxd7+ Qxd7 10. O-O O-O-O 11. dxc5 Bxc5 12. Qd2 Nf6 13. Qc3 Ne4 14.
Qxg7 Rde8 15. Qh6 Qf5 16. Rad1 { 16. c3 Rhg8 17. Nd4 Bxd4 18. cxd4
Rg6 19. Qh4 Rg4 20. Rac1+ Kd7 21. Rc7+ Ke6 22. Qh6+ Rg6 23. Qh4 Rg4 24. Qh6+
Rg6 25. Qh4 Rg4 } Rhg8 17. Nh4 { 17. Bg3 Nxg3 18. hxg3 Rxg3 } Nxf2
18. Nxf5 Nxd1+ 19. Ne3 Rxe3 20. Bd6 Bb6 21. Kh1 Nf2+ 22. Kg1 Ng4 23. Qf4 Re1+
24. Kh1 Nf2+ 25. Kg1 Nh3+ 26. Kh1 Nxf4 27. Rxe1 Nxg2 28. Re7 Nf4 29. h3 Nxh3
30. Rxf7 Bg1 31. Rf8+ Rxf8 32. Bxf8 Bb6 33. Kg2 Nf4+ 34. Kf1 Ne6 35. Bd6 Kd7
36. Be5 Bd4 37. Bxd4 Nxd4 38. c3 Nf5 39. a4 h5 40. Kf2 h4 41. Kg2 Ke6 42. Kh3
Kf6 43. a5 Kg5 44. Kh2 Kg4 45. b4 h3 46. b5 Nh4 47. Kg1 Kg3 48. Kf1 h2 49. Ke2
h1=Q 50. c4 Qe4+ 51. Kd2 Nf3+ 52. Kc3 Qxc4+ 53. Kb2 Nd4 54. b6 Qb3+ 55. Kc1
Qc2# 0-1

Let's do a silly opening and see if we can get the engine to mess up! And...wow.

 

 

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sicilian with Bc4


Just a standard game of chess.


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 e6 7. a3 Be7 8. O-O

Nc6 9. f4 O-O 10. Kh1 Qc7 11. Ba2 Nxd4 12. Qxd4 Bd7 13. f5 Nh5 14. Qd3 Nf6 15.

Bg5 h6 16. Bh4 Rac8 17. Rad1 Rfd8 18. h3 exf5 19. exf5 Qc5 20. Rfe1 d5 21. Qe2

Ne4 22. Nxe4 dxe4 23. f6 Bd6 24. Qxe4 Bf5 25. Qxb7 Bc7 26. b4 Qxc2 27. Bxf7+

Kxf7 28. Rc1 Qd3 29. Rxc7+ Rxc7 30. Qxc7+ Rd7 31. Re7+ Kf8 32. Qc8+ Rd8 33. Qc5

Rd6 34. Re3 Qd1+ 35. Re1 Qd5 36. Qa7 Rd7 37. Qb8+ Rd8 38. Qxd8+ Qxd8 39. fxg7+

Kxg7 40. Bxd8

 

The defining move series of this game is d6 -> Bc4, a3, Ba2. The bishop points at the castled black king, and sets up for a pawn push to break black's position. That leads to a strong combination that finishes the game. I think that Ba2 is viable if black plays like that, but it's tense and any loss of tempo by white would make Ba2 fail.

 


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play 1 d4


If you want a strong opening as white that's not too fragile, here's what I suggest:


[White "bhauth + hiarcs"]

[Black "hiarcs + bhauth"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 d5 4. Nc3 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Bd3 O-O 8. O-O

dxc4 9. Bxc4 a6 10. Bd2 Qc7 11. Ne4 Nxe4 12. Qxe4 Nf6 13. Qh4 b5 14. Bd3 Bd7

15. Rfd1 Rfe8 16. Rac1 b4 17. e4 e5 18. dxe5 Rxe5 19. Nxe5 Bxe5 20. Bxb4 Bxb2

21. Rc2 Be5 22. Bc3 Bxc3 23. Rxc3 Qa5 24. Rc2 Rc8 25. Bc4 Qa4 26. Bb3 Qa5 27.

f3 Qc7 28. Qg3 Qb6+ 29. Kh1 Re8 30. Qd6 h6 31. Rc5 Qb8 32. Qxb8 Rxb8 33. e5 Nd5

34. Bxd5 cxd5 35. Rcxd5 Be6 36. Rd8+ Rxd8 37. Rxd8+ Kh7 38. Rd6 Bxa2 39. Rxa6

Bd5 40. Kg1 Bb7 41. Rb6 Bxf3 42. gxf3 Kg8 43. h4 Kf8 44. f4 h5 45. Kf2 g6 46.

Rb7 Kg8 47. Ke3 Kf8 48. f5 Kg8 49. Kf4 gxf5 50. Kxf5 Kf8 51. e6 fxe6+ 52. Kxe6

Kg8 53. Kf6 Kh8 54. Kg6 Kg8 55. Rb8# 1-0


The two rooks attack! That was brutal.


Hmmm, instead of solid, logical moves like those, it might also work to play h3 and g4.


1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nf3 e6 5. h3 Nbd7 6. g4 Ne4 7. Nbd2 Ndf6 8. Bd3

Bb4 9. Qc2 Ba5 10. g5 Nxd2 11. Bxd2 dxc4 12. Bxc4 Bxd2+ 13. Kxd2 Nd5 14. Rhg1

h6 15. h4 Nb6 16. gxh6 g6 17. h5 Nxc4+ 18. Qxc4 Qa5+ 19. Ke2 Qxh5 20. Rh1 Qf5

21. h7 f6 22. Rh6 Kf7 23. Rah1 g5 24. Nd2 Bd7 25. Qb3 Qd5 26. Qxb7 Rab8 27.

Qxb8 Rxb8 28. h8=Q


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How would I handle other responses?


1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3


1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3


1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nf6 3. cxd5 Nxd5 4. e4


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1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 Bb4+ 4. Nbd2 b6 5. a3


If your opponent has not played d5, I suggest playing Nf3 before c4 partly to avoid the Budapest Gambit:

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4


The pawn on c4 is mainly for threatening a pawn on d5, and you should understand why you're playing a move.


1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 c5 3. d5 b5 4. Bg5

This is another advantage of playing Nf3 before c4.


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1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4


If black plays Be7, then Bb4 and Bd6 are inefficient, and that makes Bf4 better for white.


bxc3 is only OK if black has played d5, because you can play cxd5 and not have doubled pawns.


If you want to play Bg5 and your opponent has not played d5 or Be7, preventing Bb4 with a3 is reasonable:

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 b6 4. a3 Bb7 5. Nc3 d5 6. Bg5 Be7 7. Bxf6 Bxf6 8. cxd5


1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 b6 4. a3 Bb7 5. Nc3 Bxf3 6. gxf3 Be7 7. e4 O-O 8. Rg1


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1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 c5 4. d5 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nc3 g6 7. e4 Bg7 8. Bb5+

Bd7 9. a4 O-O 10. O-O Re8 11. Re1 Bxb5 12. axb5


1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 c5 4. d5 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nc3 Be7 7. e4 a6 8. a4

O-O 9. Be2 Bg4 10. Nd2 Bxe2 11. Qxe2 Nbd7 12. O-O Re8 13. a5 Qc7 14. Nc4


1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 d4 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Nbd2 Nge7 6. Nb3 Nf5 7. Qd3


1. d4 c5 2. d5 d6 3. e4 Nf6 4. Nc3 g6 5. Nf3 Bg7 6. Bb5+ Bd7 7. a4






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