Friday, January 13, 2012

Game 11 of 52

It was another shellacking of a Chessmaster (Grandmaster edition) opponent.  Today I played the "Trudy" personality.  Trudy is rated 1290 and I was rated 1082 going into the game.  We played a G/90.

When I've played these personalities before, I'd kind of go up in the game, only to later fall into some trap and lose.  I've learned to play slow; take my time; and calculate - which is the whole purpose of this 52 game quest.  Trudy dropped 4 pawns before she began to fight.  But by then, I forced her to trade queens and then eventually went up with 2 rooks and a bishop against two bishops and a rook.  I pushed my pawns, queened, exchanged some more and then pulled off the checkmate.

I expect the competition will get stiffer as I move up the ladder in Chessmaster.

Just a real quick accounting update ... before this game, I had played 3 games vs. a Chessmaster opponent.  Then I played 5 games in the US Class Championships.  Over the Thanksgiving break, I played a couple of other Chessmaster personalities, but I don't remember who.  I think I won one of them and lost the other.  So with this game, I've now played 11 and have 41 more to go before August.  I'm hoping to be more consistent with keeping up on the status of this 52-game quest.

As always, my readers and observers are always welcome to play me a G/90 or G/120 on FICS or in person. Just leave a comment and we can work out a date and time.


  1. I would be interested in a slow lesson should we be able to trick the Time Zone issues somehow,

  2. Anonymous10:02 AM

    I also enjoy playing the Chessmaster personalities and treat it as kind of a ladder tournament. Having the weaker ones shed material early on is a little annoying, but it's good training for winning won games and not taking an advantage for granted when your opponent can fight back.

    FYI, all rated games with Chessmaster are automatically stored in a single PGN database in the folder under your username, so you can go back and take a look at any you may have missed.