Malkovich Chess, Losing on Time, Baffo on Timmy’s Chess

    • I will be playing in the Reno Western States Open next weekend.  Several of my chess friends will be there as well, including Troy Oberg and Francisco Baltier.  Should be fun!  I have played in Reno several times, and it is always a great tournament.  I’m planning on doing a new podcast or two while I am there, so stay tuned!
    • The Pueblo SOCO Open only had four players in it last weekend, which has to be the smallest Colorado Tour event ever held!
    • There is an interesting article on Chess Life Online about Nakamura losing on time in a recent game.  He thought that he had made the time control of 40 moves, but actually only played 39 moves.  He asked the arbiter, who was not allowed to respond, if he had made 40 moves, and thought that the arbiter responded “yes”.  So he got up to get some juice, came back to his table and his opponent claimed a win.

I had a similar thing happen to me once, when playing in New Mexico.  I played my 40th move, got up from the table.  When I came back, my opponent was claiming a win on time.  He actually had an incorrect scoresheet, and we had to get the TD involved.

The lesson I learned from this is that I now will normally play at least 41 moves before getting up from the table if possible.  I also use a Monroi now, which makes recording the moves much easier.  I am surprised that a professional like Nakamura was not using a Monroi as well.

Situations like this are another reason that the 30 second increment time control is a good idea.   That way you always have time to record your moves.

    • I just passed over 150 subscribers to my newsletter!  I have been getting a lot of referrals and “Word of Mouth” subscribers!  I appreciate those of you who are helping me spread the word, and telling your friends about the newsletter!  For those who don’t know, it comes out every other day, and contains a new original chess tactics problem.  The problems come from real games, from real players.  Most are 2-3 moves long, and designed to help you improve your chess game and rating!  The newsletter is free, but designed to also be fun, and not take chess too seriously.   I won’t spam you, and you can unsubscribe at any time if it isn’t your cup of tea, with just one click.  I have people ranging from absolute beginners, to noted chess authors who have subscribed!  Thanks everyone :-)
    • Colorado ChessI just received the October 2011 Colorado Chess Informant in the mail.  This will be the last paper issue of the magazine, as the membership had an overwhelming vote to go to an electronic issue.  I am sad to see the paper issue come to an end, as I always enjoyed getting it in the mail.  End of an era.  Fred Spell did an outstanding job as always!
    • Jeff Baffo annotated a game that I played against him in the latest Colorado Chess Informant in an article entitled “Tromping the Tromp”.  Jeff wrote about me,

      “Tim is all the things that make a good chess player; logical, ruthless, creative, and well informed.  But he also adds to those characteristics the two traits that make a chess player truly dangerous; unpredictability and fearlessness.  Facing him means challenges from move one.”

      Wow!  Thanks Jeff!! Here is the game  


  • I just learned of a new form of correspondence chess called “Malkovich Chess“, where players comment on the game as it is being played.  This is named after the movie “Being John Malkovich“, which is Their opponent is not supposed to look at the comments, but spectators can read what the players are thinking as they make their moves.  Pretty interesting idea!

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