|Mar-09-13|| ||Bobby Fiske: I just visited a chess club for the first time in 30 years. Yes, its 30 years ago but it felt like yesterday. The usual venue (a classroom or some other public place for loan) the row of tables with boards, pieces and clocks. And all the tension and excitement in the air prior to the first round!|
But this time itís not me, but my kid who is about to make his debut.
|Mar-09-13|| ||WannaBe: Did he win? Was it a tournament? Quad? Swiss? =)|
|Mar-09-13|| ||Bobby Fiske: Yes, he played a 6 round Swiss. (When I was active, back in the late 70s, we used to call it Monrad. I guess it is more or less the same).|
My son is 7yr. As a baby he toddled around me feet when I was playing online blitz. Later he got curios seeing his dad glued to the laptop every time Magnus Carlsen plays a tournament. (To my wifeís despair, time controls in European tournaments usually happens around dinner time. And the end game drama usually takes place when it is time to put the kids to bed).
So, one glorious day he asked me to teach him the rules. Oh, happy me! He has made reasonable progress and is very keen. I think I will be able to rescue him from being taken by soccer. But I gotta act fast, before summer soccer season starts up.
|Mar-10-13|| ||moronovich: Conratulations on your new forum <Bobby Fiske> !|
Iīll be back later.
While we are waiting for friday to arrive;) It usually does.
|Mar-10-13|| ||Bobby Fiske: Thank you very much, Moron!
Introducing my son to chess got me so excited that I felt the theme deserved a dedicated forum.
Everybody is of course welcome to comment, both on-topic and off-topic.
|Mar-10-13|| ||Bobby Fiske: TOURNAMENT #1
Playing a Swiss open for the first time in your life is rather merciless. In round one my son was completely outplayed by a superior kid. In second round he was mated in 6 moves, in a variation of the Scholar's mate. (White played Bc4, Qf3 and mated on f7 after pushing g4-g5). At least the quick end allowed us a visit to the cafeteria for a pep-talk and a consolation waffle with strawberry jam. I had two, my son none. (He being cooler than his father is a good sign).
Before the next round I wanted to teach him everything I knew about chess, but realized that in 10 minutes you can achieve nothing, except being positive and cheerful.
Round three and Caissa were finally on our side. His first victory. A landmark win! His opponent didnít have a clue and my son took all his pieces one by one and managed to check mate in the end. I have noticed that the kids, when having the upper hand, they are not capable of finding a quick mate. They just continue eating all the opponents pawns and pieces, till there is only the bare king left. Then they mate, eventually. -Rather tortures if you think about it.
Opponent number 4 was several years older than my son. He didnít play any better, but he had learned to push the clock. My son reached the end game with K+Q vs. K, but was not able to find the decisive move. I think he overlooked mate in one at least 10 times. Then he ran out of time, because he often forgot to push the clock. I curled my toes in despair, but could not say anything of course. In the end he flagged but got the draw since his opponent only had the King left.
Then followed another draw and a loss in the final round. 2/6 score and last place. But all in all he had enjoyed himself and to my relief he wanted to sign up for next tournament. And next time, I told myself, we are going to be prepared!
|Apr-20-13|| ||Bobby Fiske: When writing this, itís Saturday morning and only 3 hours till next tournament starts!|
Team Fiske have prepared well since the disastrous tournament several weeks ago.
First of all I picked up a proper full-size chess set to replace the midi-size amateur set my son got for x-mas when he was five. Also I bought a clock, which we have used every time we play at home. At age seven they struggles to remember pushing the clock after each move, but now I am quite convinced he has got it into his fingers.
But the best move was downloading a Mate-in-1 app for the iPad. My son got very excited about it and he has solved all 200 puzzles (with some help on the tough ones). The app is intuitive and well made. At $1 this is tremendous value. It quickly replaced Angry Bird as his favorite game on the iPad.
Finally we have honed his opening preps, incorporating the Scholarís mate. -How to mate quickly with white and how to avoid it as black. This system is mandatory to prepare for, since almost <every kid> at this level plays it, he-he.
OK; mum is preparing lunch box and we do a final repetition before heading for the tournament venue. Cross fingers!
|Apr-20-13|| ||Bobby Fiske: BREAKING NEWS: Team Fiske will receive support from a GM throughout the entire tournament. What a psychological blow for our opponents!|
|Apr-20-13|| ||Bobby Fiske: TOURNAMENT #2
Grand Mother must have had a positive effect on todayís games! A generation ago she was present when her son was playing, now she watched her sonís son sitting quiet and concentrated with his game. She was however, mildly worried about me taking it too seriously. But I told her that while it was important to win, we are still in the comfort zone having fun and not dwelling too much with the losses.
After 2 losses against clearly better players, in R3 my son won convincingly against an even opponent. He even mated him with a nice combination, saying MATE! so loud that the whole hall turned their heads.
Being on a roll he won 2 more consecutive games and reached 3/5 before the final round. His last opponent was a 3 years older kid. My son played white and mated him in 4 moves with the Scholarís mate! 4/6 and winner of his group, it earned him a gold medal now proudly placed above his bed.
Seems we really are doing progress now. Heeey Ė Magnus didnít even know the moves when he was this age. Sky is the limit!
|Apr-23-15|| ||Bobby Fiske: Had a 2 yr break. Good to be back at CG!|
|Dec-31-15|| ||chancho: http://www.851facebook.com/images/h...|
|May-08-16|| ||ketchuplover: Welcome back you knucklehead I mean it.|
|Apr-19-17|| ||Bobby Fiske: "LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT"
[White Magnus Carlsen (10 Śr)]
[Black Bobby Fiske]
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 dxc4 4. e3 Bg4 5. Bxc4 Bxf3 6. Qxf3 Nf6 7. O-O e6 8.
Qg3 g6 9. Qf3 Bg7 10. Nc3 O-O 11. Bd2 Nd5 12. g4 Nxc3 13. Bxc3 Nd7 14. Rac1
Nb6 15. Bb4 Re8 16. Bb3 Nd5 17. Bd2 Qh4 18. Rfd1 Nf6 19. h3 h5 20. Qg2 hxg4
21. hxg4 Qxg4 22. Qxg4 Nxg4 23. Bc4 Nf6 24. Kg2 Ne4 25. Bb4 Bf8 26. Be1 Nd6
27. Bb3 Bh6 28. Bb4 Bf8 29. Bc3 Nb5 30. Rb1 Nxc3 31. bxc3 Rab8 32. Rdc1 b5 33.
Bc2 c5 34. Ra1 cxd4 35. cxd4 Rec8 36. Be4 Kg7 37. Rg1 a5 38. f4 Rc3 39. Kf3 b4
40. Rgc1 Rbc8 41. Rcb1 Ra3 42. Rb2 Rcc3 43. Re1 Be7 44. Rg2 a4 45. Rb2 b3 46.
Bb1 bxa2 47. Rxa2 Rxa2 48. Bxa2 Rc2 49. Re2 Rc1 50. Rg2 Bb4 51. Kf2 Rd1 52.
Ke2 Re1+ 53. Kd3 Kf6 54. Rb2 Ba3 55. Rf2 Bc1 56. Re2 Rh1 57. Kc3 Ba3 58. d5 e5
59. Rf2 e4 60. Kd4 Kf5 61. Rg2 Rd1+ 62. Kc4 Bd6 63. Rc2 Rd3 64. Re2 Kg4 65.
Bb1 Rd1 66. Bxe4 Rc1+ 67. Kd3 a3 68. Kd4 f5 69. Bd3 Kf3 70. Ra2 Bc5+ 71. Ke5
Kxe3 72. Be2 Re1 73. Bb5 Kf3+ 74. Kf6 Kxf4 75. d6 Bxd6 76. Rd2 Be5+ 77. Kxg6
Rg1+ 78. Kf7 Rg7+ 79. Ke6 Rg6+ 80. Kd7 Rd6+ 81. Rxd6 Bxd6 82. Bc4 Bf8 83. Ke8
Bb4 84. Bb3 Ke3 85. Kd7 f4 86. Kc6 f3 87. Kb5 Bf8 88. Bc4 Kd2 89. Ka4 f2 90.
Kb3 Ke1 91. Bd3 f1=Q 92. Bxf1 Kxf1 93. Kc2 Ke2 94. Kc3 Kd1 95. Kb3 Kc1 96. Ka4
a2 97. Ka5 a1=Q+ 98. Kb5 Qc3 99. Kb6 Kd2 100. Kb7 Kd3 101. Ka7 Qb4 102. Ka8
Kd4 103. Ka7 Kd5 104. Ka8 Kc6 105. Ka7 Qb7# 0-1
|Apr-19-17|| ||Bobby Fiske: Thanks <chancho> and <ketchup>. Welcome much appreciated! Sorry for late reply.|
I'm planing to pick up my page again. Been warming up in the Cafe, but now my 11yr old son is all-in on chess again, after 2 yrs break (football almost got him, but only almost). Now he's back on daddy's track (football runs in the veins of his mothers family) and we are working on our chess daily and driving to kids tournaments in the area every 3rd weekend. So, look out, here comes Chess Dad mk II :-)
|Jul-22-17|| ||Bobby Fiske: My son is now 11yrs and on fire. After a hiatus for 2 yrs, he got hooked again before Xmas, while watching the WC Speed tournament. He's been studying chess on a daily basis. A small membership fee at chess.com gives him daily lessons and puzzles, and unlimited number of opponents of course. Playing Blitz, he started at rating 1000, dropped down to 800, and then started climbing. Now he is 1400-ish in both Blitz and Rapid.|
It's amazing how quick young brains absorbs information. He has memorized several long opening lines and I'm getting outplayed in the most common lines.
About time to join a club, or hook him up with a trainer or something.
Right now we're on vacation in Sicilia, sitting on the porch playing blitz with Steely Dan playing in the background. Happy days indeed
|Jul-22-17|| ||Bobby Fiske: The problem with kids, is that they blunder. They can memorize a tremendous number of chess theory, but still they blunder stupidly in game after game. I think it must be related to lack of impulse control or something. For the same reason they are not allowed to bicycle along roads until a certain age.|
Together with my son, I'm also coaching his best friend and neighbor kid. He is almost as much into theory as my son, but he is still a terrible blunder. I hope he outgrows it, before it kills his enthusiasm.
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