Wednesday, January 14, 2009

If this is you, then you have come to the wrong blog


Blogger From the patzer said...

It's not me. I love to read of blunders, then i know i am not the only one who isn't as good as he or she wants at this game

1/14/2009 02:47:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

CT: Thanks. Heck, the whole point of the Knights Errant is to decrease blunders.

1/14/2009 02:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus prefers the purity of the White pieces rather than the Black ones, which reflect the darkness of Hell.

1/14/2009 04:26:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...


Those are the pieces of his enemy.

1/14/2009 04:56:00 PM  
Blogger katar said...

The problem with the "Knights Errant" in particular is that there is SO MUCH pressure and expectation to improve madly that an implied censorship prevents people from posting their mediocre games and/or results that fall short of unhealthy expectations (ie, acknowledging reality).

1/14/2009 05:39:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Only J'adoube is The Way, The Truth and The Light. . .of chess. . .

1/14/2009 05:44:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Katar: I wonder. I know I don't usually post games with horrible blunders just because they are usually crappy games. I tend to post games with positional blunders and such. The thing is, if you are an Errant Knight, then it is because you have poor tactical vision (I can't imagine anyone doing such a thing if they are happy with their tactics!).

Perhaps I should start posting my best and worst games of the week to counter this.

J'adoube: Now the Truth comes out!

1/14/2009 06:05:00 PM  
Blogger Chessaholic said...

If I disliked reading about blunders, I would pretty much be precluded from reading my own blog.

1/14/2009 07:54:00 PM  
Blogger BlunderProne said...

I've posted mediocre games of blunder ... just not recently.

Jesus saves... he shoots ...and SCORES!

1/15/2009 08:24:00 AM  
Blogger Polly said...

LOL!!! I need that picture on my blog! I don't even talk about methods of inprovement, I will just keep playing chess until my brain rots away. In my own sanitized way, I'm filling in for Chess Loser with my tournament reports. They will never be quite as colorful as Chees LOser's. but "Suck" has cropped up more recently in my writings, especially some of the posts on my new blog Sorry the f-bomb is still off limits. :-Þ~
Since that blog is dedicated to reconstructing ancient history of my chess playing past, some of the games are utter amusing. "I sucked" is the best way of describing some of my play.

1/16/2009 01:47:00 AM  
Blogger Polly said...

Jesus says we must love ourselves. He will forgive of of our chess sins if we confess them. What better way to confess our chess sins, then blog about them.

1/16/2009 01:50:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

LOL Polly that is great. I look forward to reading your new blog!

1/16/2009 02:07:00 AM  
Blogger katar said...

BDK, don't link to me or anything, but FYI i analyzed my own game which i think is a great example of how to analyze one's own games to maximize improvement. I am always shocked at how few "chess improvement" blogs even bother to publish their own instructive losses... and equally shocked at how players can stay stuck at 1400 or whatever despite years of intensive "training". I think the 2 are related. Most of the higher-rated bloggers do a great job analyzing their own games: Drunknite and Loomis come to mind.

1/16/2009 11:49:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Katar: Thanks I'll take a look and compare to my style of postmortem. I do postmortems on all my slow games, annotate, save the key positions in my 'study me' database, and for the really confusing games save them for review with a better player.

As for improvement notes, I've noticed that 1500 (ICC standard) is an interesting threshold. Past that, most games are not won or lost by crass blunders in the middlegame (e.g., leaving a piece hanging, letting the opponent pin the Queen to the King with a Bishop). Rather, these motifs hang around in the background strongly influencing the lines that are actually played.

In other words, my games are starting to be decided by things a coach can actually be helpful with (a coach can only be of so much use when it comes to elementary tactical improvement).

Perhaps I should start posting them again.

Blitz games for me are 99.9% still decided by crass blunders.

1/16/2009 01:07:00 PM  
Blogger BlunderProne said...

@Katar ( and BDK):
FWIW, I analyze my own games after every event. I think its important to jot down what I was thinking. I review with stronger players at the club and/or at the least with a chess engine. I keep a data base of study positions from my own games.

I just chose not to blog about those since I've been doing the time travel series as a study supplement to my game. I am finding that doing this study exercise with historic tournaments, has improved my ability to anotate games.

1/18/2009 02:21:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

BP: funny I just started doing that. If I dont' have time for proper analysis, right after the game I write down my thoughts on every move. That makes a huge difference if I have to delay a couple of days before doing my actual postmortem.

1/18/2009 09:09:00 PM  
Blogger Grandpatzer said...

I can't help but think that Raptor Jesus would be more appropriate for such a snarky caption.

1/27/2009 11:35:00 AM  

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