Each week I will be looking at a player from our Chess @ 4 series. This will be the player of the week and it is possible to be Player of the Week more than once! To be considered for this position, all you need to do is score 15 points during the week in the Chess @ 4 series on Tornelo. Chess @ 4 is a series of 5 round events that run Monday to Friday, starting at 4:00pm. Between the rounds there are interviews with players, analysis of games and positions, and chat about other chess related things.
A relatively new player to Chess @ 4 is Harshad Gurumoorthy who only started playing these tournaments about a month ago. Harshad was already quite strong at his first tournament but has quickly improved his rating.
Harshad is now very close to the magic 1000 rating. He seems to have a regular set of openings he plays, is quite strong at spotting tactics, and plays endgames quite well. This means he has a lot of ways that he can win games. First he uses his strategic knowledge of openings, then he finds tricks to win material, and he has technique to finish games off.
Harshad's favourite opening seems to be the London Opening.
Would you know what to play here? The London Opening has recently been played by Magnus Carlsen. It was considered a safe and sometimes boring opening, but recently there have been a lot of attacking ideas that have been found for White. Harshad shows good attacking technique in this game, opening the h-file to attack Black's king.
I have noticed Harshad plays some interesting tactics including Zwischenzugs. This is an in between move. In this position White has just played 1.b4 and the obvious thing is to move the bishop away, but Harshad plays a move in between the attack/run away sequence. 1..Nd4 attacking a bigger White piece. White now played 2.Qg3. Should the bishop move to safety now? See the answer here!
This endgame is tough, but players need to remember that "rooks belong behind passed pawns". So Black should play 1..Ra2 to get his rook behind White's passed pawn. Instead he played 1..Rf2 meaning to push his own passed h-pawn and a pawn race began!
Black to move in this position. What is best? What should you be trying to do in this ending? What is most important? Find the answers here!
So Harshad has shown that he is a good all round player. What does he need to do to improve? Just keep working on these things and keep playing lots of challenging chess. If he can get his rating to 1000, then he will have a new challenge in the Premier section of Chess @ 4 to test himself.
ch week I will be looking at a player from our Chess @ 4 series. This will be the player of the week and it is possible to be Player of the Week more than once! To be considered for this position, all you need to do is score 15 points during the week in the Chess @ 4 series on Tornelo. Chess @ 4 is a series of 5 round events that run Monday to Friday, starting at 4:00pm. Between the rounds there are interviews with players, analysis of games and positions, and chat about other chess related things.
This week there was a good spread of winners in both Premier and Challengers events which made choosing a Player of the Week difficult. But the player who has impressed me most this week is Ben Harding. Ben has a long Tornelo history and has been above 1000 level for the past 3 years.
Ben also started playing in longer time events and adult events. He is an extremely experienced young player. Ben's most interesting aspect is his unusual openings. Last week he opened every game with White by playing 1.b4, a tricky flank attack. And as Black he likes the French 1.e4 e6, and the King's Indian and Benoni type positions where Black allows White to get a big centre, but then will try to attack it later.
Ben is always trying hard to find the best move in the position and sometimes gets into time trouble in these fast games. Though sometimes he plays some excellent moves.
With little time, most of us would have pushed our pawns with White here. Ben saw a mating pattern and was rewarded when his opponent didn't see it. See the best move here.
Here's a game that Ben won as White, but his opponent had a good tactic here. Black to move, what is the best move? See if you can find a better move than the Black player here.
And finally I think we should look at one of Ben's games with his favourite 1.b4 opening.
Black needs to remember not to move the dark squared bishop if g7 can be taken. Ben has gained from this a few times recently!
White to move and force mate in 4. Remember, always look for the best move! See the answer and the whole game here.