David - Brandon [A00]
First Recorded Game/Somewhere, NJ USA 2005
I was disappointed at seeing this game from two of my students, until I took a look at my own earliest recorded games at age 13 -- when I was practically twice their age and had already read several chess books! (See the games below). You have to start somewhere. The most important thing is that they are writing their moves down, which means they have a chance to correct their mistakes. And being able to write chess notation means that they are able to read it, which opens up the world of chess literature to them. Our next lessons should do a lot to improve their performances. These first recorded games will serve as a valuable benchmark to help measure that improvement.
1. g4!? d5 2. Nh3? e5!? Better
2... >= Bxg4
3. Bg2? Nc6!? Better
3... >= Qh4
4. f3?! f6?! Better
4... >= Qh4+ 5. Nf2 h5
5. Rf1 >= 5. Nf2
5... Be6 6. Rf2 e4? 6... >= Qd7 and
7. f4? >= 7. Nf4! unclear.
7... f5?! 7... >= Bxg4
8. Bf3?? >= 8. Ng5
8... exf3 9. exf3 Qh4 10. Ng5!
Larry - Nick [B00]
First Recorded Game/Somewhere, NJ USA 2005
>= 2. Bxb5 winning material.
>= 3. Bxb5
Both players at least are very consistent with their opening strategies!
>= 6. cxd4+-
6... >= Bb6~~ controlling the critical diagonal and not exchanging Black's best piece for White's worst.
7... >= g4!~~ undermining the e4 pawn by attacking the base of the pawn chain.
>= 8. Bxg5
8... >= g4!~~
>= 12. Qb5!
and at this point White played the novel and illegal move 16.Rxe2??? capturing one of his own pieces and invalidating the remainder of the game! I was glad to discover that this was not a recording error (I at first had assumed that both players had skipped a few moves) so that I could correct this deeper error in understanding. Eventually Black went on to capture his opponent's King when he forgot he was in check!
Tom - Mike [E34]
First Recorded Match/Cranford, NJ USA (10) 1978
>= 8. exd4
8... >= e5
At least consistent.
The superficially attractive 15...
My friend and I would go over the games immediately afterwards and annotate the moves -- just as we had seen in our books. The exclamation marks and question marks I've included here are almost identical to those we had recorded.
Mike - Tom [A12]
First recorded match/Cranford, NJ USA (17) 1978
1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 c6 3. b3 Nf6 4. g3 Bf5 5. Bg2 e6 6.
Snagging a piece, which I must have foreseen on move 13. Black's fork, which I had likely overlooked, makes it two pieces for a Rook. Interesting that we are both playing to make threats and ignoring our opponent's counter-threats. Typical of beginners, but at least we were not playing defensive chess.
Blowing it due to poor calculation. After 16. Rxb1 the Bishop is still trapped.
I had a sneaky idea.
Very brave and the only way for Black to play for a win.
I must have contemplated the perpetual that Black had handed me. I remember taking these games very seriously--a lot of ego was on the line--and I never wanted to lose!
Position after 25...Kg6.
The best defense!
and the best move again! We took our time and really calculated.
Black almost has a saving resource in 30... Qe3+! 31. Kh1! (31. Kg2? Qe6! unclear ) 31... Qe6 32. Qg2-> but White should still win. We found this after the game and labelled it "unclear." Of course not 30... Rf6?? 31. Qxa8+-
Or 31. Kg2!
Michael Goeller - Robert Frommer (1586) [C00]
Hacketstown /Hacketstown, NJ USA (1) 1979
My first rated game. Based on the recommendation of my mentor, Edgar McCormick, I was placed in a C-level quad despite being unrated. I think I swept it.
You can see by comparison with my most recent game with Ken Chieu that my openings have not evolved much! Watch for how the pieces now take turns lining up along the two center diagonals.
a very imaginative concept, though not the best. >= 27. Qc6!+-
Not bad for a first rated game! I had been studying chess for over a year, had read a number of books, had received several lessons from a chess master, and had played a number of serious games. You would think I'd play better, but chess is hard! I was 14-years-old and making progress--a lot more advanced than my 6- to 8-year-old students, but a lot older and more experienced -- and still a bit shaky! Reviewing these games, I am suddenly quite hopeful that my students can be a lot better than I was (and certainly a lot better than I am now) if any of them start reading some chess books. 1-0
Games in PGN