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Life is hard. When you don’t do any kind of chess training for some time, it’s almost back to start. Mistakes start to creep in again and things that worked smooth last year don’t work out anymore. This is no reason to despair though and together with my chess buddies I have started a new trainings season. Nothing really special but we found a good way to keep us motivated and to do some serious work.

Let’s see if the results get better! I can definitely need it, almost lost against a 1280er last night after too many piece exchanges and trying to hard to win. The endgame was actually even lost for me but I managed to squeeze out a win.

This position is won for Black if he plays 48…Ke5. The point is to slowly push back White’s king and to win the g-pawn under favorable circumstances. Fortunately my opponent fell for the trap and played 48…Kg4. What’s the difference? After 49. b4 Black will promote earlier but White is in time and does it with a check.

A perpetual can’t be avoided and I was almost ready to offer a draw but then I thought that my opponent might be a bit annoyed by missing this variation. I decided to play on to see if he makes another mistake. The point in this position is that if the king can be pushed to the queen side and if Black allows the exchange of queens by a careless king move, White will win. The h-pawn isĀ  doomed and having the g-pawn on g2 gives the required tempo to get the opposition.

And this is exactly what happened (the opposition wasn’t needed, the king was already too far away to stop the pawn). A very lucky win!

 

It’s Hugo time again! The Hugo is one of the most important awards in the Science Fiction scene. Similar to last year I will try to read all the nominees for short fiction. You can find the reviews and also the past reviews on this special page.

Finally, after a long time in the making, Pinball Arcade is out for many platforms. Virtual pinball never looked better and I am looking forward to many new tables that will be released in the next months.

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