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Welcome to my chess website. This site provides strategies, tips and advice on chess. Topics discussed include chess openings, strategy and endgames. My writing primarily targets beginners up to club players, although sometimes I could not resist throwing in some advanced material. I am not a programmer and lack the patience to learn website-creation. So, I came up with the convenient concept of having a simple, plain white website. This website has been running since mid-2007. I have put the article date on the bottom right corner of each page. You may find that newer articles contain more eloquent language as my English improves over the years.

What does ‘GeniusProphecy’ mean? Previously I just asserted that it had no specific meaning and was chosen because it was a reasonable generic-sounding name, but for once, I will try to interpret it: We all have a sleeping genius inside of us. The great ones wake theirs up by dedicating their lives to their passions. Maybe one day I can wake mine…

About the webmaster

– Many years ago; the webmaster sitting with the legendary 12th World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov, the most successful tournament player in all of time

I have been playing chess for more than half my life now. Before I started playing serious tournaments, I first played on the internet for several months, which turned out to be an excellent practical decision. Many players immediately play nationally rated games as beginners, and find that they start off with very low ratings which will be a pain to try and improve on, even if they are actually much better. Eventually, I dabbled my way into tournaments. In 2003, I won the Australian Chess Championship for Under 10’s in Adelaide. Of course, at under 10 level, a lot of luck is required in order to win.

I started obtaining chess coaching about 2 years after I learned the rules. One of the important things I learned in this period was that the opening repertoire I had adopted, seemingly be chance, was not ambitious and I should have a complete overhaul of my openings systems. My competence for the game grew fairly fast and after playing for about 6 years, I won the Australian Chess Championship for Under 16’s in Canberra.

I had a major breakthrough at the end of 2006, winning a tournament in front of 1 GM and several IMs. This increased my Australian rating from about 1881 to 2084, and my FIDE from 2066 to 2152. Since the end of 2007, I have almost completely stopped playing tournament chess due to a combination of financial matters and increasing schoolwork. I have only played two long time control tournaments in the last two years. (Incidentally, I won all 10 games I played, so my Australian rating is somewhat inflated!)

In chess, we have something called a ‘rating system’, which is an estimate of how strong a player is. In a nutshell, your rating is a number and the higher that number is, the better you are (and vice versa). 0-1200 is a typical beginner’s rating. 2500 is the level of a distinguished ‘Grandmaster of chess’. 2851 was the highest rating ever achieved. I have a Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) rating of 2146 (07/2010). The FIDE rating is the most common metric in measuring a strong player’s standard of play. My peak FIDE rating was 2189. A secondary although overall much less important rating system is the national rating system. Living in Australia, my national system is called the Australian Chess Federation (ACF) rating system. My ACF rating is 2256 (03/2010), which is currently at its peak.

Whilst I play little chess ‘over the board’, I actively play on the Internet Chess Club (ICC). Click here to see the live statistics for my ICC account. The statistics are reasonably self-explanatory; the ‘need’ section (not particularly important) is the number of games needed in order to make the rating active. If the ‘need’ is 6 or above, then I probably haven’t played that category for at least a month. I have not played ‘standard’ games for years. I devote my spare time to practicing and studying chess because I love the strategical deepness of the game.

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