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Left Hand Doesn;t Know What the Right Hand Is Doing

I have been writing down my thoughts in this new blog and hope it is doing some good. I am mindful that my main objective in playing chess is to improve my game, enjoy the games and possibly make new friends through playing. So, it was quite a disappointment to discover that in the recently started Veterans World Cup 10, I have already made a strategic error in one game.

When starting the games I decided to stick with 1.e4, it is something that I have been playing mroe recently after a switch to d4 for quite a few games. I enjoyed d4 openings but wanted to try and win more games, e4 seems possibly a little more likely to give me that.

We started the game with my opponent going straight for the Sicilian Defence, not a huge surprise as it is a very popular defence. I had done a brief review of my opponents games before starting and thought it likely to get either a Ruy Lopez or the Sicilian, usual fare.

The moves have been, 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e6

This type of notation error has been eliminated by the ICCF server but of course it still occurs because we keep our own records and make mistakes. Luckily I spotted something wrong before I played 6.e5, a look at the ICCF Webserver and my own record showed the error was of my own making, I have therefore amended my record and continued 6. Bd3 which has a decent score in top level correspondence games.What do I take from this experience? I was lucky that the error did not lose the game nor a piece, previously I have lost games in such a fashion. Clearly when I recorded my opponents 4th move my right hand was busy typing away whilst my brain was elsewhere, or as we put it ‘the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.

Going forward I must take more care when recording the moves, not only to prevent blunders but also to save me wasting time on positions that do not exist!