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Post by harry_rag » Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:18 pm

Just when you thought I'd run out of ways to bore you with stats about our mammoth tussle, I've decided to add the dates for each game (just by month for now). So here's how the record looks for each month (total games played, my wins, Kenbo's wins and draws).

May: 23 - 13-8 (2)
Jun: 39 - 20-17 (2)
Jul: 24 - 9-12 (3)
Aug: 33 - 12-18 (3)
Sep: 25 - 11-9 (5)
Oct: 13 - 7-5 (1)

May and (obviously) October are part months, our first game being 5 months ago on 13th May! {8 July was sort of a part month as, when we finished a series we decided to play some "pre-season friendlies" before the next series started on the 1st of August.

Final fun stat, each of the last 3 months has started with a drawn game!

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by kenbo » Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:46 pm

39 games in June! 8]

I’m obviously a better player when the sun is out. That doesn’t bode well for me in the coming months! :lol

I thought I may have fared better than that, I had a hot streak where I won four series on the trot. You’re red hot fav to take the outright lead again though.

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Post by harry_rag » Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:25 pm

Well you had the best month in terms of margin in August, when my daft mistakes were at their peak. I took the first 3 series and was 11 in front which takes us to early June, you took the next 3 and levelled the overall score which sees us into early August. Since then we've each taken a series by a single point and I'm now 3 in front in the current series (at "match point") and 3 up overall. So nothing to speak of between us over the last couple of months.

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Post by harry_rag » Wed Nov 04, 2020 3:07 pm

Usual end of series tot up (Kenbo prevailed 10.5-9.5 to level things at 5 series each).

My record as white is 40-38 (9) and Kenbo's is 40-39 (13) so a very marginal advantage to playing white overall. In each of the last 2 series we've both done better as black though. My record as white is 7-10 (2) while Kenbo's is 5-9 (5), giving white an overall record of 12-19 (7). Identifying a better way of playing as white would be a good strategy!

Castling stats (last 2 series), I'm 8-3 (1) when I don't castle while Kenbo is 3-6 (1). Castling King side it's 6-9 (3) and 7-8 (4) while Queen side it's 2-3 (3) and 5-2 (2). Kenbo leads 7-2 (2) in the games where we've castled in opposing directions. So I'm better off not castling and Kenbo should castle the opposite way to me! :lol

Taking yesterday's game into account (a poor losing performance from me) I think I'd be better off letting Kenbo sacrifice a piece to stop me castling than worrying about preventing him from doing so!

My mission is to win this series and be the first to reach 100 points (currently 90-89 overall, 79-78 with 22 draws).

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by kenbo » Wed Nov 04, 2020 3:56 pm

Those stats prove that my sacrifices to stop you from castling just doesn’t pay off! I do however think that my newer sacrifice works better. That’s where I let you castle, then take your end pawn out of the game with my knight.

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Post by harry_rag » Wed Nov 04, 2020 4:22 pm

Still small samples and I suppose some of the figures could be skewed by games that were won or lost due to random errors by one of us. I think I need to worry less about what you're going to do and concentrate more on the best moves for me. I think I have my worst games when I start tripping myself up trying to stop your early sacrifices. I'll be going back to an opening as white where my current record is 12-5 (2). I didn't use it in the last series and my next best opening went 0-3 so doesn't look so good anymore, with an 11-9 (2) record. Other than that neither of us has any openings that stand out from the crowd.

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