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Friday, December 7, 2012

Old Indian Defense (2), back to ChessMaster 10

Today’s blog entry is against ChessMaster 10, with the opponent rated at 1554. White makes early threats while I defend and continue to develop. I like the Old Indian because it has a lot of themes in common with my 1.e4 Philidor Defense. I own the center and have king-side space, so after White castles I work on destroying his protection. I missed a beautiful combination on move #26, but shortly after trade down to a winning endgame.

The variations and move symbols are Houdini’s (1.5 w32), diagnosed with ‘Scid vs PC’ at (increased to) 20 seconds per ply. The verbal comments are my thoughts during the game and my interpretations of the analysis provided by Houdini. The score chart is at the bottom of this entry.

There is a quote somewhere about when an opponent has an unprotected piece, there must be a combination ... no matter how deep you need to look to find it. Does anyone know the source? I would like to add it to my quotation list at the bottom of my blog.

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