Atheist's Chess Club


Atheist's Chess Club

For those who enjoy thinking, and the thinking man's game.

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Latest Activity: Sep 3, 2013

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Remains of James Madison's Chess Set Discovered

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by AgeOfAtheists14 Jan 3, 2012. 3 Replies

Bobby Fischer Documentary on HBO

Started by John Jubinsky Jun 8, 2011. 0 Replies

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Comment by John Jubinsky on October 2, 2011 at 6:20pm
I don't trust that I wouldn't be playing a computer!
Comment by Panku (Pankaj Kumar) on October 2, 2011 at 2:13pm

what about playing a game ?


Comment by Think4URSelf29 on May 2, 2010 at 7:04pm
Hmmm, that would work but would be cumbersome. I'll try to think of an easier way. Anyone have any ideas lemme know...
Comment by John Jubinsky on April 26, 2010 at 6:21am
I don't know how facebook works but I guess a game could be played here by exchanging comments.
Comment by Think4URSelf29 on April 26, 2010 at 5:01am
Is there an option here to play similar to facebook chess?
Comment by George Kane on January 18, 2010 at 3:25pm
I would recommend buying Fritz 12 for your PC. Then you can play it any time you want, and it comes with a year's membership in an online membership in an international online Club where you can play, attend lectures and so on. Just google Fritz12.
Comment by Temothy Thomas on January 18, 2010 at 11:30am
hello! i haven't played for a long time, however joining has inspired me to challenge the wife. lol where's my set? lol maybe some internet chess. any recommendations?
Comment by George Kane on July 24, 2009 at 6:37am
Welcome, nwcomers.

To all -- I just got Pocket Fritz 3 yesterday. and there are three things I am not finding:

How do you resign?
How do you offer a draw?
How do you enter and save an entire game, providing the moves for both sides?

Can anybody help?
Comment by David Lee Halle II on July 24, 2009 at 12:31am
Comment by George Kane on May 1, 2009 at 12:25am
It takes most players a long time to learn how to study openings. If you just memorize the lines in an opening book with judgments like “White stands better” or “Black stands better,” you are just wasting your time. The most important thing is to learn the strategic themes and typical tactics, Don’t study openings, study games that are played with those openings.

Also, don’t study an opening “for White” or “for Black.” Study openings to figure out what is going on. Play the opening for the side that the variations objectively favor.

Keep a notebook of your opening studies, and play through it and update it continuously. At some point you have to go through it looking for holes and blank spots, but try to understand the strategic themes before you are concerned with completeness.

The Sicilian is always a popular opening because it is not easy for White to simplify and play for a draw against a stronger player. After 1. e4, c5; 2. Nf3, d6; 3. d4, cd4:; 4. Nd4: Black has a majority of center Pawns, d & e vs. e alone. If White plays passively or planlessly, this is a long-term advantage.

In the Schevenningen, Black adopts a compact Pawn center at e6 and d6. White has a spatial advantage that in general he must convert into a Kingside attack. Black has plenty of counterattacking possibilities, over the half-open c-file, by advancing the Queenside Pawns, or by striking in the center with …e5 or …d5.

White has several plans of attack:
1. To play for e4-e5, usually after f2-f4.
2. To weaken the e6 Pawn, or to force Black to play …e6-e5 when the d5 square will be very weak.
3. Some form of “Bayonet Attack” with g2-g4-g5 is often effective when Black has castled on the Kingside. It drives Black’s knight away from a useful defensive square on f6, and opens up squares for White’s pieces around Black’s King.

Black’s setup is so flexible that he often transposes into structures more typical of the Boleslavsky Variation (by …e6-e5) and the Dragon (by Be7-f8-g7). To learn to play the Schevenningen well, expect that you will also have to study the Dragon, the Rauser, the Najdorf, the Paulsen, etc, etc. I don’t mean memorizing lines, but studying games.

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