Finally something to blog about chess!

Yesterday, we did not go anywhere or do anything. It was so hot in New Orleans, we stayed in under the air conditioning and just relaxed. That gave me an opportunity to actually do some chess work. I didn’t do a lot, but I did something, and that’s what counts. My goal is to do at least some chess every day, no matter what, even if it is only for five minutes.

So, yesterday I worked more on Watson’s Mastering the Chess Openings: Volume 1. Specifically, I studied fianchetto bishops and prophylaxis in the opening, and today I will focus on color complexes and internal weaknesses. All of that is in Chapter 2 of the book. I’m hoping to move on to Chapter 3 today also, which deals specifically with pawn structures. That is the point at which I think Rios’ book on chess structures would be a helpful supplement.

Today, hopefully, will also include a review of the previous subjects in Watson’s book. In order to make that easier, I have been inputting the positions, games, and examples from the book, along with Watson’s commentary, into a dedicated database in Chessbase 15. Now, I can go back to the examples in Chessbase and review those, only referring back to the book if I need clarification or more detail.

I am also tempted to play an actual game. However, I need to resist. I don’t know what we will be doing today or when we may decide to leave and go into the city and, as my luck runs, about ten minutes into a 30 minute rapid game, it would suddenly be time to leave.

More updates later.

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