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Think am improving
Posted by MM David littlefair XI  on 4 Feb 2016 at 11:01PM
#10098956

What those think constructive criticism only please Smiling
     
Re: Think am improving
Posted by Robyn Hode on 5 Feb 2016 at 4:10PM
Can you explain the reasoning (why) you played 3...Ba6? You've opened the a8-h1 diagonal and then instead of playing ...Bb7 (or ...e6), you performed a feat of alchemy by changing your bishop on a6 into a doubled pawn. If White had played 4 e5 then ...Nd5 5 c4! Nb6 (5...bxc4 is losing) 6 c5 Nd5 7 Nc3 Bb7 (7...Nxc3 8 bxc3 e6 9 d4) 8 Nxb5 and you have lost a pawn and tempos.

In the game, you have sacrificed your knight on your fifth move for virtually no compensation (weakened dark squares? but the Bg5 remains). You are essentially lost at this point.

If you're just starting out it's best to play something like 1...c5 or 1...e6 against 1 e4. In the opening you are contesting control of the central squares either directly or indirectly. I would not recommend 1...e5 because there are too many ancient traps to fall into.

His blunder is on move 20 a3? (overloading the queen) was compounded with 21 Qxc2?? which leads to mate. If he had played simply 20. Nc3 freeing the rook on a1 to defend the bishop then you would have been down two pieces without compensation.

On the good side, you did see 20...Nxc2!, but 21 Nd2 holds. You win the rook but are still down materially. At that point all four of your remaining pieces are hanging and uncoordinated. Your knight on a1 is out of play, your bishop on a6 blocked by a pawn, the rook is prey to active minor pieces and the queen is busy having tea with her king.

Play the Sicilian of the French defense.
          
Re: Think am improving
Posted by MM David littlefair XI  on 5 Feb 2016 at 9:53PM
The knight was sacrificed on 5th move to stop the castle and to move the king out on the board but granted I do need more practice
               
Re: Think am improving
Posted by Robyn Hode on 5 Feb 2016 at 10:30PM
OK, but you have to weigh the value of the piece. In this case it was not worth sacrificing for a minor positional consideration. You are giving up a piece and all your other pieces are still at home and a long way from taking advantage of White not castling. After 4 Bg5 you could have played h6, in effect asking, "Are you going to take the knight and give me the bishop pair and a half open e file?" Or you could have played c5 to contest the d4 square. If he then plays e5 then you play Nd5 and then possibly Nc7. Knights on c7 and c6 are excellent--you are transposing into a sort of Sicilian setup. You will have to move the bishop back to b7 so you lost a tempo. But your position is playable. Your strategy will be to undermine his center.
Remember, chess has been studied for hundreds of years so there is very little that is new in the opening. Sacrificing a knight on move 5 is dubious. Even the line in the Petroff where white sacs on f7 is not very good. 
                    
Re: Think am improving
Posted by MM David littlefair XI  on 6 Feb 2016 at 1:07AM
Thank you.Smiling
                         
Re: Think am improving
Posted by Robyn Hode on 6 Feb 2016 at 11:21AM
You're welcome David. Smiling

I would recommend 1...e6 against anything. When I was first starting playing in tournaments my mentor suggested I play the Modern Defense (1...g6) and it wasn't right for me. I kept getting steered into Pirc setups or simply bum rushed off the board with pawn rollers. I didn't know how or when to strike back. I decided I needed something more closely related to my current level of understanding. Also, I needed a universal type of opening. Something that was similar in themes no matter what I was facing. So I choose 1...e6.

1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5
1 e4 e6 2 f4 d5
1 d4 e6 2 c4 d5
1 c4 e6 2 e4 d5
1 c4 e6 2 Nc3 d5
1 d4 e6 2 Nf3 d5
1 Nf3 e6 2 d4 d5
1 Nf3 e6 2 c4 d5
1 g3 e6 2 Bg2 d5
1 g3 e6 2 c4 d5

Same idea. Support a pawn on d5 with a pawn on e6. Stake a claim in the center of the board. Most of the time you will be playing a French Defense (against 1 e4) or a Queen's Gambit (against 1 d4).

Against the French Defense (1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5) you will see a lot of Exchange (3 exd5 exd5) and Advance Variations (3 e5 c5). To a lesser extent Tarrasch ( 3 Nd2 c5 or Be7 or Nf6) or 3 Nc3 when you can play a Winawer with 3...Bb4 or, as I played back then, a Rubinstein setup with 3...dxe4 4 Nxe4 Nd7. All these lines are solid and not particularly difficult to understand. At first you should select as few variations as possible and become familiar with them.

Against the Queen's Gambit ( 1 d4 e6 2 c4 d5) you'll see many different setups, but it's safe and sound to play 3...Nf6 4...Be7 5...0-0. You can play it against the QG, Catalan, Reti, etc.

Of course you're going to see odd setups. But the system works against anything and because you will be playing it over and over again you will become familiar with the positions. Eventually, you may know more about it than your opponents since you are always seeing these positions!
Passive Slav
Posted by Robyn Hode on 27 Jan 2016 at 2:09PM
Recent game on FICS where Black choose to play a very passive Slav, not knowing how to break. This position was reached with White to move. Notice how Black's pieces have abandoned the defense of his King.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.g3 Be7 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Bg2 c6 7.O-O Nbd7 8.b3 Re8?! (better is b6 and Bb7 and Rc8)
9.Bb2 Qc7 10.Rc1 Qb8 11.Re1 a6 12.e4 dxe4 13.Nxe4 Nxe4 14.Rxe4 Nf6 15.Re2
Rd8 16.Qc2 Qd6 17.Ne5 Nd7 18.d5 (opening the position) cxd5 19.cxd5 exd5

White to play and win



20.Nxf7 White will sac two pieces and the exchange to force mate on the exposed and defenseless king as three Black pieces watch helplessly as their queen tries to fend off the attack. Only the prelate offers his head, but it is too late.

Kxf7 21.Qxh7 Nf6 22.Bxd5+ Qxd5 23.Rxe7+ Kxe7 24.Qxg7+ Qf7 25.Bxf6+ Ke8 26.Qh8+ Qf8 27.Qh5+
Qf7 28.Re1+ Be6 29.Rxe6+ Kf8 30.Qh6+ Kg8 31.Qh8# 1-0

Final Position

Cancellations in pre-Internet days
Posted by Guanarteme  on 24 Jan 2016 at 8:35AM
The storm and the cancellations it brought on has reminded me of the situation in the 1960s and 1970s when there was no Internet. If there was inclement weather or some other situation (e.g. campus political disturbances) there was no way to cancel a chess tournament, as one did not know who was coming or how to contact players intending to come. I organized several opens in those days and remember once being told that it should be cancelled. I explained that most players did not preregister and that I had no idea who or how many were planning to come, or how to reach them. This was compounded by the fact that in those days prize money was not necessarily contingent on attendance, so a strong player who showed up had traveled with a reasonable expectation of winning some money.

The concept of an open tournament was as problematic for my father (who was not a chess player) as the concept of a wedding without RSVP. What if everybody in the country showed up? And it became even more problematic when there was a reason to cancel the event. Today the Internet allows us to post cancellations, and to receive alerts. And organizers are more prone to make prizes contingent on attendance. But it was not always so.
     
Re: Sorry, guys, no 72 virgins for chess players...
Posted by Rogue Trooper on 22 Jan 2016 at 8:13AM
No chess, no music, no dogs, no way!
Pawn Sacrifice
Posted by Bobbyb1947  on 5 Jan 2016 at 11:04AM
I for one got what I expected!(from the trailer) Toby should have watched Bobby Fisher Against the World and Anything to Win!! The movie lacked completely the joking comedian side of Fischer! Toby portrayed Fischer as a person of HATE only! This was not accurate at all!! And did I miss something in my study of Bobby's life?? Where did the priest fit in? Bobby had nothing at all to do with that Religion!! As for the rest of the cast? For me at least they left NOTHING TO BE DESIRED!! (only my own opinion)
     
Re: Pawn Sacrifice
Posted by Grimsweeper  on 5 Jan 2016 at 11:52AM
GM William Lombardy a Catholic priest was a long time friend and second to Bobby Fischer in real life.
          
Re: Pawn Sacrifice
Posted by Birds of Prey on 5 Jan 2016 at 12:55PM
Yes, it could've been made better! Maybe the next one will be better!
               
Re: Pawn Sacrifice
Posted by Grimsweeper  on 5 Jan 2016 at 1:22PM
they took liberties with the facts

like when Fischer ran from the press at the airport he actually ended up at IM Anthony Saidy's home where his father was dying of cancer.
          
Re: Pawn Sacrifice
Posted by cubs on 5 Jan 2016 at 9:44PM
Lombardy is no longer a priest, and is/was a prominent, successful IGM,
               
Re: Pawn Sacrifice
Posted by Grimsweeper  on 10 Jan 2016 at 11:42PM
I am a little out of touch, but he was back then.
     
Re: Pawn Sacrifice
Posted by JerNYC on 3 Feb 2016 at 5:29PM
I thought Schreiber did a better job as Spassky than Maguire did as Fischer. But Sarsgaard as the priest confidante was best of all. I wonder if Lombardy's life story would have made for a more interesting movie with his relationship with Fischer as a sub-plot.
          
Re: Pawn Sacrifice
Posted by Grimsweeper  on 4 Feb 2016 at 9:05PM
I agree
A noble sacrifice
Posted by MM David littlefair XI  on 5 Jan 2016 at 4:19AM
i was playing a chess today in RL and in a sacrifice move i sacrificed my knight to safely get my bishop out and also to safely capture my opponents knight Smiling
Nakamura To Play Komodo In Odds Match
Posted by dama1  on 3 Jan 2016 at 8:21AM
     
Re: Nakamura To Play Komodo In Odds Match
Posted by Robyn Hode on 3 Jan 2016 at 8:26AM
Nak can win that 4 move odds game but it will be tough to draw the pawn odds games.
          
Re: Nakamura To Play Komodo In Odds Match
Posted by JerNYC on 3 Jan 2016 at 12:18PM
What's an odds game?
               
Re: Nakamura To Play Komodo In Odds Match
Posted by Robyn Hode on 3 Jan 2016 at 12:21PM
A material or move advantage. Komodo will begin the game without its f pawn. In another game Nakamura will have four moves made for him to none for Komodo before the game begins.
                    
Re: Nakamura To Play Komodo In Odds Match
Posted by JerNYC on 3 Jan 2016 at 12:29PM
They should try Extinction Chess. Grinning
                    
Re: Nakamura To Play Komodo In Odds Match
Posted by Bobbyb1947  on 5 Jan 2016 at 10:48AM
Wouldn't the four moves in advance be a "death sentence?"
Viva Le France!
Posted by Bobbyb1947  on 21 Nov 2015 at 5:08PM
In my government group we are at anytime 250-300 strong! It has been the ULTIMATE PRIVILEGE to work with some Frenchmen and Frenchwomen both here and to "chat" abroad!! Best of luck to "Le group!"
Vive la France !!
Posted by Grimsweeper  on 14 Nov 2015 at 7:53AM
     
Re: Vive la France !!
Posted by rabbitoid  on 14 Nov 2015 at 8:09AM
Merci! Support from friends is always welcome.
          
Re: Vive la France !!
Posted by cubs on 14 Nov 2015 at 2:12PM
France is America's old, dear friend and every free man's second home.
               
Re: Vive la France !!
Posted by Robyn Hode on 21 Nov 2015 at 9:20AM
Our oldest ally of whom if not for Lafayette and de Grasse many more years of bloodshed might have occurred.


1 e4 e6 pour la France.
Expensive Paperback
Posted by Robyn Hode on 5 Nov 2015 at 1:23PM
     
Re: Expensive Paperback
Posted by cubs on 5 Nov 2015 at 1:43PM
Many chess books are like the girls in New York City: slim and expensive.
          
Re: Expensive Paperback
Posted by Robyn Hode on 5 Nov 2015 at 1:44PM
LOL
R.I.P...
Posted by unbeatable on 2 Nov 2015 at 4:24AM
Emory Tate & Krunoslav Hulak
All Chess Books
Posted by Robyn Hode on 27 Oct 2015 at 5:10PM
Here's all the chess books I own.



From left to right:

My Great Predecessors, Vols I-V, Garry Kasparov
Play the King's Indian, Joe Gallagher
Play the French 3rd Edition, John Watson
Bird's Opening, Timothy Taylor
Play the Caro-Kann, Jovanka Houska
The Scandinavian, John Emms
Alekhine's Defense, Nigel Davies
Play the Najdord: Scheveningen Style, John Emms
The Philidor Files, Christian Bauer
The Dynamic Reti, Nigel Davies
Play the Grunfeld, Yelena Dembo
A Killer Chess Opening Repertoire, Aaron Summerscale
Understanding the Grunfeld, Jonathan Rowson
Play the French, John Watson
Mastering the Najdorf, Julen Arizmendi and Javier Moreno
Play the Open Games as Black, John Emms
My Best Games of Chess: 1908-1937, Alexander Alekhine
My 60 Memorable Games, Bobby Fischer
Viktor Korchnoi's Best Games, Viktor Korchnoi
Play the Nimzo-Indian Defense, Svetozar Gligoric
Michael Adams: Development of a Grandmaster, Bill & Michael Adams
Play the Bogo-Indian, S. Taulbut
The Sicilian Defense Taimanov System, Mark Taimanov
The Test of Time, Garry Kasparov
Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953, David Bronstein
Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual, Mark Dvoretsky
Light Reading
Posted by Robyn Hode on 27 Oct 2015 at 4:17PM
The opening books are starting to get a little dated, but the others are timeless.

     
Re: Light Reading
Posted by JerNYC on 27 Oct 2015 at 5:04PM
How did Bobby stay sane long enough to complete a book? Is it just technical commentary or does he also give anecdotes?
     
Re: Light Reading
Posted by FragileKitty  on 27 Oct 2015 at 5:07PM
Some great books there. I used Emms's Najdorf book to prepare for a simul given by Martha Fierro years ago, because I saw she played Emms's line as White...where he had a nice novelty prepared. And what do you know, she opened 1.e4 against me and went right down that line. Unfortunately, my preparation began an hour before the drive to the simul, and I forgot the big novelty! Not that I would have won, but I might have made her nervous. Smiling

Love everything by Bronstein.
          
Re: Light Reading
Posted by Robyn Hode on 27 Oct 2015 at 5:12PM
I added all of them above. Thanks to FragileKitty for several books, also thanks to Grimsweeper for the Bronstein book.
               
Re: Light Reading
Posted by Robyn Hode on 27 Oct 2015 at 5:26PM
I have a theory why so many Soviet players played poorly against Fischer when he dominated the game in his comeback from 1970-72. Several of the Soviet players, asked afterwards why they didn't play the prepared move, said they simply forgot (both Petrosian and Spassky said this). My theory is the reason they forgot was because they didn't prepare the move, an army of Soviet GMs prepared variations for them while they slept comfortably. In constrast, Fischer did all his research and analysis so he not only remembered all his preparation he also knew why each move or variation should be played, so he couldn't possibly forget.

Just a theory.
     
Re: Light Reading
Posted by Grimsweeper  on 30 Oct 2015 at 1:44PM
I don't see Siegbert Tarrasch's book Three Hundred Chess Games? Half a century of masters learned to play from that book, the annotations are wonderful and a complete chess course on their own. Also Pal Benko My Life, games and compositions is a great book unfortunately it is $45.00 in hard back but if you get a chance to pick it up used for a reasonable price I would recommend it. Great games, great stories, wonder anotations, I always loved his column in Chess life.
          
Re: Light Reading
Posted by Robyn Hode on 30 Oct 2015 at 4:05PM
Those are two I should get. I gave away Hans Kmoch's Pawn Power in Chess and Samuel Reshevsky's The Art of Positional Play.
               
Re: Light Reading
Posted by Grimsweeper  on 30 Oct 2015 at 5:22PM
I found "Fire on Board by Shirov engrossing as well.

I have an entire wall of chess books and over 40 years of chess mags in the garage.
          
Re: Light Reading
Posted by cubs on 30 Oct 2015 at 4:28PM
And, for novices and itermediates, Mr. T;'s The Game of Chess. Best primer of all.
Rating difference
Posted by Stmhawk  on 18 Oct 2015 at 7:37PM
Would anyone know the difference between a 1600 chessigi rating and. 1585 chessigi rating, just curios if there is a really big difference.
     
Re: Rating difference
Posted by Knight Jarlynn  on 18 Oct 2015 at 8:43PM
         you are 1528 F....it is not a Tournament game...nice try...<><>
            my invite is for 1600.(1678). know your rating correctly.   
                 That is the difference...invite asked for a 1600 F rating.
              
          
Re: Rating difference
Posted by Knight Jarlynn  on 18 Oct 2015 at 9:02PM
                    SIMPLE...
                YOU CANNOT INVITE SOMEONE FOR A TOURNAMENT GAME IN THE OPEN
                  ARENA......ONLY FRIENDLY RATED GAMES IN CHESSGI! 
Knight Jarlynn
          
Re: Rating difference
Posted by Stmhawk  on 18 Oct 2015 at 10:12PM
The rating under my chessigi rating is 1585T you asked for 1600T, so how significant is the difference of .15T? Would it had been that big of a deal, 1585 and 1600 are very close, I think you are sort of nit picky
T
               
Re: Rating difference
Posted by Robyn Hode on 18 Oct 2015 at 10:41PM
There's no real difference. A couple wins and you gain the 15 pts.
                    
Re: Rating difference
Posted by rabbitoid  on 19 Oct 2015 at 2:57AM
And anyway the rating calculation here is doubtful at best.
                         
Re: Rating difference
Posted by Knight Jarlynn  on 19 Oct 2015 at 6:45AM
you, yourself also know, you cannot ask for a Tournament invite...they are all Friendly invites in the open arena.
       T.Tournament games are in Tournaments.
the reason for the two ratings.
                        F- for the invites.
                        T- for the Tournaments you are in.
                                ...<><> 
                              
               
Re: Rating difference
Posted by Knight Jarlynn  on 19 Oct 2015 at 6:01AM
  You are WRONG!  
       invite was F.
            and was 1600 request. not 1528.

                you cannot ask for a T. game.
only in a Tournament.
                         ...<><>        
                    
Re: Rating difference
Posted by Knight Jarlynn  on 19 Oct 2015 at 6:03AM
                want to bet...<><>
               
Re: Rating difference
Posted by Knight Jarlynn  on 19 Oct 2015 at 6:59AM
   invite me for a Tournament game...for white/ Tournament/single game/
            I will invite you for black same way.    
then we will ask Mary to go back in time and look at the invites....on the pages.
                             my T is 1847. in Tournaments.
                                 your invite was for F.
                              the only way you can invite...
and besides the point, you answered an invite that did not apply to you...and yes every single point makes a difference...every point!
                                      ...<><>
show where there is a box to Choose T. or F. for an invite... you can't because...THERE ISN'T ONE!
                            so don't make up stories.
Knight Jarlynn
                           you are F 1528      I am F 1678
1600 F or higher was the invite...
                    
Re: Rating difference
Posted by JerNYC on 19 Oct 2015 at 10:17AM
Well, technically, you can't set a ratings limit for invites on here like you can, say, on BK, but you can write your preference into the body of the invite and hope that other people respect it. Which is what is is, a preference. If I'm playing a game where I'm strong, then I prefer to play other strong players (but I don't rule anyone out because I know there are far more weaker players than strong ones). If it's a game where I have a low rating then I for certain want to avoid having an advanced player pick me off as an easy target. The rating difference in question here is negligible but Jarlynn has a right to their preferences as the rest of us. Tournaments are democratic and inclusive. You must play whomever shows up. It's why tournament ratings have more weight and worth to them. You can't cherry pick your opponents. Friendly games are purely subjective and voluntary. You decide your own parameters. I understand Hawk feels slighted, but he can also put out his own invites.
                         
Re: Rating difference
Posted by Knight Jarlynn  on 19 Oct 2015 at 1:51PM
    YOU CAN'T INVITE TOURNAMENT>>>period. you can only enter a Tournament!
             you can only invite F rating... in the open arena.
                       no other option...invite was for 1600 F rating only/ or higher.
                              not 1528 F only. 
                              <><>... 
            the same way I do with Chess/dice...they are all F rated!
                         those are the rules!
                   and second; if someone does not respect what my invite says,
                         I delete it!!
                    you CAN put any rating number on the invite here.
                       ex. Chess
                         1900 F to 2300 F rating only.
                            3 day clock.
                           vacation time and days off ignored.
                             Loss of game.
                       
                              
Re: Rating difference
Posted by JerNYC on 19 Oct 2015 at 2:20PM
You can write the rating preference into the body of the invite, but there are no controls that allow you to filter by rating.
                                   
Re: Rating difference
Posted by Knight Jarlynn  on 19 Oct 2015 at 5:03PM
   you must be talking to yourself...<><>
                                        
Re: Rating difference
Posted by JerNYC on 19 Oct 2015 at 6:17PM
Well, at least one intelligent person is part of the conversation.
                                             
Re: Rating difference
Posted by Ray of Light  on 19 Oct 2015 at 6:27PM
LOL! Thumbs up
                                   
Re: Rating difference
Posted by Stmhawk  on 19 Oct 2015 at 5:13PM
Did anyone 1600 or above accept your invite? Go look at our record, I noticed I beat you in a few chessigi games. What I want to know then is a rating of 1500 or more compared to 1600 really that big a deal? To tell the truth I did not notice your 1600 restriction but a rating that close you could have accepted and reminded me you wanted 1600 but since you are close I will accept this time. By the way, I just noticed I was removed from your Dice Chess Club, so you are either rude or picky of who you prefer to play here
                                        
Re: Rating difference
Posted by JerNYC on 19 Oct 2015 at 6:20PM
1600s looking down on someone rated in the 1500s is like Danny Devito calling someone else, "too short." lol
                                             
Re: Rating difference
Posted by Oakheart on 19 Oct 2015 at 7:01PM
Oh my
                                                  
Re: Rating difference
Posted by Grimsweeper  on 20 Oct 2015 at 5:11PM
"Oh My"
that would be George Takei
                                                       
Re: Rating difference
Posted by Oakheart on 23 Oct 2015 at 9:09AM
Exactly
                                             
Re: Rating difference
Posted by Knight Jarlynn  on 23 Oct 2015 at 1:59PM
also incorrect reply, to a F rating invite. asking for a 1600 F only...and higher. withe a 1528 reply/ which is ignoring /the invite request! 1600 F or higher/NOT LOWER!
            my rating is 1678 F
               my T rating is 1840 T rating.   
           and I deleted the incorrect reply.    
              you can only invite for F ratings.
and then try to change it to Tournament R to sneak in...
             
T rating means you play in Tournaments, and are an established player, as a T rating. You can not invite as T rated...only F rated.
                      Read ratings   
                              <><>...            
,
                                        
Re: Rating difference
Posted by Knight Jarlynn  on 19 Oct 2015 at 8:38PM
READ..<><>
                                        
Re: Rating difference
Posted by Knight Jarlynn  on 19 Oct 2015 at 8:42PM
you are 1528 F and I asked for 1600 F.or higher Period! ...<><>
    so I seleted it...which you already know from my message to you first...<><>
                                             
Re: Rating difference
Posted by Stmhawk  on 19 Oct 2015 at 11:36PM
Ok, so you wanted 1600 or higher and I did not see that restriction and you deleted the games, ok I will accept that technicality .72 rating points, but one more question was not answered,
Why did you remove me from your Dice Chess Club, at least you could have messaged why that happened
     
Re: Magnus Carlsen Live Blindfold Simul--Vienna Now!
Posted by Robyn Hode on 6 Oct 2015 at 10:31AM
Unfortunately, it's being done very poorly, not on Carlsen's side, he's performing wonderfully, but we cannot see the boards and the the guy calling out the moves is confusing and hurried.
          
Re: Magnus Carlsen Live Blindfold Simul--Vienna Now!
Posted by JerNYC on 6 Oct 2015 at 11:18AM
So, Carlsen is playing several games at once in his head? I guess you need a photographic memory to be a world champion. I mean, it probably doesn't hurt.
               
Re: Magnus Carlsen Live Blindfold Simul--Vienna Now!
Posted by cubs on 6 Oct 2015 at 12:24PM
Playing blindfold isn't hard. We all do it as we examine positions and decide what to do. I'm not Kasparov, but I could play four blindfold in my day. A GM told me that playing blindfold cost you about 300 USCF rating points, and that if you could play two at once, you could play ten... try it!
                    
Re: Magnus Carlsen Live Blindfold Simul--Vienna Now!
Posted by Robyn Hode on 6 Oct 2015 at 12:31PM
My friend and I used to play blindfold games when we drove to tournaments. We just call out moves. It's not that difficult because you know the squares and coordinates after years of playing. Someone can call out a square and you know its color and location immediately. You also know your openings and where most pieces are most likely to be. Ng1-f3-e5, Bc1-g5-f4, it's not hard. You remember patterns, etc.
                         
Re: Magnus Carlsen Live Blindfold Simul--Vienna Now!
Posted by JerNYC on 6 Oct 2015 at 1:45PM
I think that's a level of mental acuity that's way beyond the capacity of most game players. Just like some people can speak multiple languages fluently while others struggle to master one.
                              
Re: Magnus Carlsen Live Blindfold Simul--Vienna Now!
Posted by cubs on 7 Oct 2015 at 12:26AM
Not really. Try and see!
                                   
Re: Magnus Carlsen Live Blindfold Simul--Vienna Now!
Posted by JerNYC on 7 Oct 2015 at 1:50PM
I'm still learning chess so that would be a futile exercise but even at the games that I do excel in, I couldn't begin to rattle off coordinates and I've played them for years. I'm just a visually-oriented person. I did drink a lot when I was younger so I might be brain-damaged. Falling

Good luck tonight with the Cubbies! There's a sports forum by the way in case you want to gloat or bemoan later depending on the final score. Blinking
                                        
Re: Magnus Carlsen Live Blindfold Simul--Vienna Now!
Posted by Guanarteme  on 7 Oct 2015 at 2:06PM
Many chess players, including me, have played a decent single game of blindfold chess (my best man and I -- both past presidents of the Virginia Chess Federation -- played a blindfold game while waiting for my bride to arrive) but I have never tried playing more than one game at a time.
                                             
Re: Magnus Carlsen Live Blindfold Simul--Vienna Now!
Posted by Lion Rampant on 7 Oct 2015 at 2:33PM
Many great masters of the past excelled at blindfold chess.
Philidor,Morphy,Pillsbury,Alekhine,Koltanowsky and Najdorf to name a few.
But the mental strain must have been tremendous.
In 1937 Koltanowsky was paid $1000 for conducting a 34 board match in which
he won 30, drew 2 and lost 2 He later confessed it was only the financial
consideration that convinced him to undergo such a huge mental ordeal(!)
Pawn Sacrifice
Posted by Robyn Hode on 21 Sep 2015 at 3:26PM
Liev Schreiber as Boris Spassky and Toby Maguire as Bobby Fischer,
     
Re: Pawn Sacrifice
Posted by JerNYC on 22 Sep 2015 at 11:15AM
We take for granted on these online game sites that we have the convenience of making moves at our leisure instead of actually sitting across from our opponent and being expected to finish an entire game right there. There are no backspace buttons or "undo" features to allow you different looks; everything has to be configured in your head. There's so much more psychological pressure to get it right. It can drive a person insane. Blinking
          
Re: Pawn Sacrifice
Posted by Robyn Hode on 22 Sep 2015 at 11:47AM
In Kasparov's great series on former World Champions, My Great Predecessors he devotes most of a single volume (IV) to Fischer. During Fischer's amazing comeback and run to the title from 1970-72 Kasparov was constantly amazed at how great GMs crumbled under Fischer's relentless pressure. It's easy to sit back after the fact and say, "why didn't Taimanov, or Petrosian, or Spassky play this?" But Kasparov concedes that it was quite a different matter to sit across the table from Fischer and come up with those moves!
               
Re: Pawn Sacrifice
Posted by JerNYC on 22 Sep 2015 at 12:43PM
Think of the pressure just to project confidence even as you may be second-guessing every move. Think of the doubt that could be created just from your opponent's reaction to your last move. Will you unravel or will you play it cool? It's very similar to poker 'tells' where each player is constantly trying to be as still and stoic as a statue in order to not give anything away. When you can't hide behind a screen, you're as human as the next person.
Live Chess
Posted by Robyn Hode on 3 Sep 2015 at 1:10PM
Great stuff here. Just ended but you can rewind and watch all the great GMs having fun in St. Louis.

http://livestream.com/accounts/3913412/UltimateMoves
     
Re: Live Chess
Posted by Robyn Hode on 3 Sep 2015 at 1:17PM
          
Re: Live Chess
Posted by Robyn Hode on 3 Sep 2015 at 1:19PM
Aronian, So, Kasparov, Anand

               
Re: Live Chess
Posted by Robyn Hode on 3 Sep 2015 at 1:28PM
LOTS of trash talking going on at this fun event!

L-R Kasparov, Grischuk, So, Giri, Topalov, Carlsen

                    
Re: Live Chess
Posted by Robyn Hode on 3 Sep 2015 at 1:34PM
The above team is playing Team Blitz vs this team: Anand, Aronian, Caruana, Nakamura and Vachier-Lagrave.
Father, son who sponsored tourney begin. A Sicilian...

                         
Re: Live Chess
Posted by Robyn Hode on 3 Sep 2015 at 4:04PM
When Seirawan sat down to play Kasparov in blitz all the joking in the background with the Super GMs stopped. Kasparov was serious and unsmiling. He gained the advantage playing his KIA vs a Samisch. He won a pawn and had Seirawan reeling. Topalov, Carlsen, Grischuk, Giri, Capuano, Anand, MVL, Aronian, Nakamura, So...all quiet and leaning forward over each other watching. Then Seirawan slipped out of losing position and a draw was accepted. Kasparov not happy, but not angry. The tension in the room when he was playing was powerful.

                              
Re: Live Chess
Posted by Robyn Hode on 3 Sep 2015 at 4:09PM
Who knew Levon Aronian was such a funny person? All the players say he's a "nice guy." But very funny during blitz, trash talking and making everyone laugh. After MVL made a move Aronian said, "Good move, he has developed all his pieces and now it is time to exchange them all." The entire room broke up.



When you have all your pieces developed one of the last things you want to do is then get rid of them. Smiling
                    
Re: Live Chess
Posted by JerNYC on 6 Sep 2015 at 10:03PM
Magnus is the only one who can get a date. Looking cool
          
Re: Live Chess
Posted by Sir Gilmour of the GoldTable on 6 Sep 2015 at 9:09PM
Thanks for posting all this chess stuff. I had given up on the board. Watching this is amazing. I've dabbled in blitz, but quit doing so online with all the cheating. I am in awe at watching these games. Thanks.
King's Indian Defense Lives!
Posted by Robyn Hode on 29 Aug 2015 at 9:41PM
Nakamura mates So today at Sinquefield Cup...



[Event "Sinquefield Cup"]
[Site "Saint Louis USA"]
[Date "2015.08.29"]
[EventDate "2015.08.23"]
[Round "6.4"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Wesley So"]
[Black "Hikaru Nakamura"]
[ECO "E99"]
[WhiteElo "2779"]
[BlackElo "2814"]
[PlyCount "78"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5
7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. Ne1 Nd7 10. f3 f5 11. Be3 f4 12. Bf2
g5 13. Nd3 Ng6 14. c5 Nf6 15. Rc1 Rf7 16. Kh1 h5 17. cxd6 cxd6
18. Nb5 a6 19. Na3 b5 20. Rc6 g4 21. Qc2 Qf8 22. Rc1 Bd7
23. Rc7 Bh6 24. Be1 h4 25. fxg4 f3 26. gxf3 Nxe4 27. Rd1 Rxf3
28. Rxd7 Rf1+ 29. Kg2 Be3 30. Bg3 hxg3 31. Rxf1 Nh4+ 32. Kh3
Qh6 33. g5 Nxg5+ 34. Kg4 Nhf3 35. Nf2 Qh4+ 36. Kf5 Rf8+
37. Kg6 Rf6+ 38. Kxf6 Ne4+ 39. Kg6 Qg5# 0-1
     
Re: King's Indian Defense Lives!
Posted by Lion Rampant on 30 Aug 2015 at 1:48AM
The King Hunt lives too. I thought the age of the King Hunt was dead...
good to see it's still alive and well... Smiling
Topalov vs Caruana
Posted by Robyn Hode on 28 Aug 2015 at 10:51AM
A patient win by the young American Fabiano Caruana against Veselin Topalov. The Bulgarian loses his way in the middle game and Fab strikes at the right moment!

[Event "Sinquefield Cup"]
[Site "0:54:33-0:24:33"]
[Date "2015.08.27"]
[EventDate "2015.08.21"]
[Round "5"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Veselin Topalov"]
[Black "Fabiano Caruana"]
[ECO "C65"]
[WhiteElo "2853"]
[BlackElo "2816"]
[PlyCount "106"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 O-O 6.O-O d6 7.Nbd2
Ne7 8.d4 exd4 9.cxd4 Bb6 10.Re1 Bg4 11.h3 Bh5 12.Qb3 d5 13.e5
Nd7 14.a4 a5 15.Qd1 Nb8 16.Nb3 Nbc6 17.Bg5 h6 18.Bh4 Qc8 19.g4
Bg6 20.Rc1 Bh7 21.Bg3 Nb4 22.Re3 Na2 23.Ra1 Nb4 24.Ne1 Nec6
25.Qd2 Qe6 26.Bxc6 Qxc6 27.Rc3 Qe6 28.Ng2 f6 29.Nf4 Qd7 30.e6
Qe7 31.Re1 f5 32.Nc5 Bxc5 33.Rxc5 c6 34.Rc3 g5 35.Ng2 f4
36.Nxf4 gxf4 37.Bxf4 Nd3 38.Rxd3 Bxd3 39.Bxh6 Rf3 40.Re3 Rxe3
41.Qxe3 Qh7 42.f3 Re8 43.h4 Qg6 44.e7 Qd6 45.Bf4 Qxe7 46.Qxd3
Qe1+ 47.Qf1 Qxf1+ 48.Kxf1 Rf8 49.Be5 Rxf3+ 50.Kg2 Rb3 51.h5
Rxb2+ 52.Kg3 b5 53.axb5 Rxb5 0-1
Sinquefield Cup Tournament Live Broadcast
     
Re: Sinquefield Cup Tournament Live Broadcast
Posted by Robyn Hode on 27 Aug 2015 at 12:03PM
Caruana and Topalov in a Berlin with again, the fashionable 4 d3.

          
Re: Sinquefield Cup Tournament Live Broadcast
Posted by Robyn Hode on 27 Aug 2015 at 12:09PM
Multi-board look.

     
Re: Sinquefield Cup Tournament Live Broadcast
Posted by Guanarteme  on 1 Sep 2015 at 7:40PM
Am I the only person who wishes that a diagram of the position on the board had appeared alongside the one where future moves were considered, I frequently lost track of what moves had been played, Otherwise it was an excellent broadcast!
          
Re: Sinquefield Cup Tournament Live Broadcast
Posted by Robyn Hode on 2 Sep 2015 at 3:39PM
Me too. The broacast on Livestream was good. GM Maurice Ashley at the board/engines with quick analysis and a non too reverent attitude. His interviews with the players after their games was very good. GM Yasser Seirawan and WGM Jennifer Shahade, with her slightly inappropriate low cut dresses (not complaining) hosting the show. Seirawan is such a gentleman (and before Nakamura perhaps the 2nd strongest American ever?). The big treat was Garry Kasparov on Tuesday, sitting in for 2 hours of amazing analysis. How can he analyze a position so fast and so brilliantly? Incredible. Seirawan asked him lots of questions about the old Soviet Union chess machine. Lots of stories from the past. Seirawan has beaten both Kasparov and Karpov and Garry seemed happy to stay a long while and talk. He didn't seem that friendly to Shahade which brings up questions probably not best to ask here. Although he was quite civil with her.

When Seirawan asked Garry why Russia wasn't such a power in chess since the fall of the Soviet Union, Garry said that the Soviet Union wasn't just Russia. Tal was Latvian, Petrosian was Armenian, etc. Garry said the one person he missed when he was training was Petrosian for his defensive skills. Iron Tigran died in 1984 at just 55.

Some real fun stuff when Ashley interviewed the players. He asked them who the best player of all time was (in front of Garry) and who from the past they wished could have played at Sinquefield. Grischuck said he wished Garry had played at Singquefield instead of wasting his time playing Nigel Short in an exhibition! Aronian said he thought Garry the best of all time by far and that most players thought the same. He and others said they wished Fischer was alive and had played here. One saying that Fischer stopped playing at too young an age (29) and the world lost a lot by not seeing later games.

Ashley showed Caruana a position after his draw with So where he missed a winning shot. Caruana looked for a few seconds, said something like "it's not clear" then said "Qh8!" "Yes, it's winning." It was a queen sac he missed.
               
Re: Sinquefield Cup Tournament Live Broadcast
Posted by Ray of Light  on 2 Sep 2015 at 7:55PM
Thank you for posting high-quality material.
Sinquefield Cup Tournament
Posted by Robyn Hode on 25 Aug 2015 at 7:09PM
After 3 rounds in Saint Louis.

Nakamura-Caruana
Posted by Robyn Hode on 25 Aug 2015 at 1:33PM
Battling it out in the Russian Variation of the Grunfeld Defense. Not playing mainline variations. Caruana, down a pawn, has all the play...

     
Re: Nakamura-Caruana
Posted by Robyn Hode on 25 Aug 2015 at 3:25PM
Nakamura defended strongly and now has a strong position in the endgame. There may be drawing possibilities as there are bishops of opposite colors.

          
Re: Nakamura-Caruana
Posted by Robyn Hode on 25 Aug 2015 at 7:03PM
The game ended in a draw, but Nakamura made Fab work for it.

[Event "Sinquefield Cup"]
[Site "Saint Louis USA"]
[Date "2015.08.25"]
[EventDate "2015.08.21"]
[Round "3"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[White "Hikaru Nakamura"]
[Black "Fabiano Caruana"]
[ECO "D81"]
[WhiteElo "2814"]
[BlackElo "2808"]
[PlyCount "151"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Qb3 dxc4 5. Qxc4 Be6 6. Qa4+
Bd7 7. Qb3 c5 8. d5 b5 9. Nxb5 Bxb5 10. Qxb5+ Nbd7 11. g3 Rb8
12. Qa4 Bg7 13. Bg2 O-O 14. Nh3 Nb6 15. Qxa7 Nfxd5 16. O-O Qc8
17. Qa3 Nb4 18. Qb3 Nc6 19. Bf4 Nd4 20. Qd1 e5 21. Be3 Rd8
22. Bxd4 Rxd4 23. Qc2 Rc4 24. Qd2 Rd4 25. Qc1 e4 26. e3 Rc4
27. Qd2 Rb4 28. Rac1 Rxb2 29. Qd6 c4 30. Ng5 Rxa2 31. Nxe4 Qf8
32. Rfd1 Qxd6 33. Rxd6 Ra1 34. Rxa1 Bxa1 35. Rc6 Rc8 36. Rxb6
c3 37. Nxc3 Bxc3 38. Bd5 Rc7 39. h4 Kg7 40. g4 h6 41. g5 hxg5
42. hxg5 Rc5 43. Rd6 Kf8 44. e4 Be5 45. Rd8+ Ke7 46. Ra8 Rc7
47. Kg2 Bf4 48. Ra5 Kf8 49. Bb3 Rc3 50. Rb5 Kg7 51. Bd1 Rd3
52. Be2 Rc3 53. Rd5 Kf8 54. Bb5 Ke7 55. Kf1 Rc2 56. Be2 Rd2
57. Ra5 Rd4 58. Bf3 Rd3 59. Be2 Rd4 60. f3 Kf8 61. Ba6 Rd7
62. Bc4 Re7 63. Kg2 Re5 64. Ra8+ Re8 65. Ra5 Re5 66. Rxe5 Bxe5
67. Kh3 Bf4 68. Kg4 Bc1 69. f4 Ke7 70. f5 gxf5+ 71. Kxf5 Bb2
72. e5 Bc3 73. Bb3 Bb2 74. Bc4 Bc3 75. Bb3 Bb2 76. Bc4 1/2-1/2
Sinquefield Cup Tournament Pictures
Posted by Robyn Hode on 25 Aug 2015 at 1:03AM
Hikaru Nakamura and Veselin Topalov (0-1)



Magnus Carlsen and Fabiana Caruana (1-0)

     
Re: Sinquefield Cup Tournament Pictures
Posted by FragileKitty  on 25 Aug 2015 at 5:01AM
Thanks so much for posting these (and the games)!
          
Re: Sinquefield Cup Tournament Pictures
Posted by JerNYC on 28 Aug 2015 at 11:47AM
Robyn does not get enough credit for not only being possibly the most knowledgeable chess player on GT but also the most generous with his time and expertise. I know I am biased as one of his good friends on the site but I think it's incredible what he's done as a player and as a commentator. Thumbs up
               
Re: Sinquefield Cup Tournament Pictures
Posted by Robyn Hode on 28 Aug 2015 at 11:52AM
Thank you JerNYC, but we have to admit also that he's kind of an annoying know-it-all jerk.
                    
Re: Sinquefield Cup Tournament Pictures
Posted by JerNYC on 28 Aug 2015 at 11:58AM
Noooo, he's only annoying when he wants two NFL teams to relocate to LA to satisy his insatiable appetite. Blinking
Topalov-Nakamura
Posted by Robyn Hode on 24 Aug 2015 at 12:28PM
Having at it in a Berlin with the currently fashionable 4 d3

1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Nbd2 d6 6. O-O O-O 7. c3 Ne7 8. d4 exd4 9. cxd4 Bb6 10. Re1 Ng6 11. h3 c6 12. Bd3 Nh5 13. Nc4 Bc7 14. d5 Nhf4 15. Bf1 f5 16. e5 Nxd5

Look out for those diagonals Hikaru. Smiling

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chesslive
     
Re: Topalov-Nakamura
Posted by Robyn Hode on 24 Aug 2015 at 12:48PM
Topalov can place his bishops on a3 and c4 and rake Black, but is it enough?



1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Nbd2 d6 6. O-O O-O 7. c3 Ne7 8. d4 exd4 9. cxd4 Bb6 10. Re1 Ng6 11. h3 c6 12. Bd3 Nh5 13. Nc4 Bc7 14. d5 Nhf4 15. Bf1 f5 16. e5 Nxd5 17. exd6 Bxd6 18. Nxd6 Qxd6 19. b3 *
          
Re: Topalov-Nakamura
Posted by Robyn Hode on 24 Aug 2015 at 1:34PM
White has reached a very favorable endgame. He has the bishop pair and Black's pawn structure is weak. In particular, the f pawn is very shaky. Then there's the black bishop with little scope and the disconnected knights. Black one strong outpost on d5, is under pressure.

          
Re: Topalov-Nakamura
Posted by unbeatable on 24 Aug 2015 at 1:43PM
I thought Ng5 and Qh5 looked quite vexing. That ketchuplover sure is a chess genus Laughing
               
Re: Topalov-Nakamura
Posted by Robyn Hode on 24 Aug 2015 at 1:47PM
Looks like Nak thought the same. We've got bishops vs knights with one rook and Nak has 3-2 pawns on Qside.
                    
Re: Topalov-Nakamura
Posted by Robyn Hode on 24 Aug 2015 at 5:53PM
Topalov won.

1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Nbd2 d6 6. O-O O-O 7. c3 Ne7 8. d4 exd4 9. cxd4 Bb6 10. Re1 Ng6 11. h3 c6 12. Bd3 Nh5 13. Nc4 Bc7 14. d5 Nhf4 15. Bf1 f5 16. e5 Nxd5 17. exd6 Bxd6 18. Nxd6 Qxd6 19. b3 Bd7 20. Bb2 Rfe8 21. Qd4 Qf6 22. Qd2 Qd6 23. Bc4 h6 24. Qd4 Qf6 25. Qxf6 gxf6 26. Bxf6 Rxe1+ 27. Rxe1 Re8 28. Rd1 Be6 29. Nd4 Kf7 30. Nxe6 Rxe6 31. Bd4 a6 32. Kf1 Ngf4 33. b4 Re4 34. f3 Re8 35. g3 Ne6 36. Bf2 Rd8 37. Re1 f4 38. g4 Ng5 39. Kg2 Re8 40. Rd1 Re5 41. Bd4 Re8 42. h4 Ne6 43. Bf2 Nec7 44. h5 Kf6 45. Kh3 b5 46. Bd4+ Kg5 47. Bxd5 Nxd5 48. Rc1 Re6 49. Rc5 Rd6 50. Bg7 Re6 51. Bd4 Rd6 52. a3 Re6 53. Rc1 Ne7 54. Bf2 Kf6 55. Bh4+ Kf7 56. g5 hxg5 57. Bxg5 Nd5 58. Kg4 Kg7 59. Bxf4 Nxf4 60. Kxf4 Rd6 61. Rc3 Kf6 62. Kg4 a5 63. bxa5 Rd4+ 64. f4 Ra4 65. Rxc6+ Kg7 66. a6 Rxa3 67. f5 b4 68. f6+ Kf7 69. h6 Kg6 70. Rc8 b3 71. Rg8+ Kf7 72. h7 Ra4+ 73. Kf3 1-0
Topalov Defeats Carlsen
Posted by Robyn Hode on 23 Aug 2015 at 3:11PM
Sinquefield Cup, Saint Louis.

1.e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. O-O Nf6 5. Re1 a6 6. Bd3 b5 7. c4 g5 8. Nxg5 Ne5 9. Be2 bxc4 10. Na3 Rg8 11. Nxc4 Nxc4 12. d4 Nb6 13. Bh5 Nxh5 14. Qxh5 Rg7 15. Nxh7 Qd7 16. dxc5 dxc5 17. e5 Qc6 18. f3 Qg6 19. Nf6+ Kd8 20. Qxg6 Rxg6 21. Ne4 Bb7 22. h4 Rc8 23. h5 Rg8 24. Bd2 Nc4 25. Bc3 Bh6 26. Rad1+ Ke8 27. Rd3 Bf4 28. Nf2 Bc6 29. Nh3 Bg3 30. Re2 Bb5 31. Rd1 Bc6 32. Nf2 Bxe5 33. Ng4 Bxc3 34. bxc3 Kf8 35. Kf2 Rh8 36. Ne5 Nxe5 37. Rxe5 Be8 38. g4 f6 39. Re6 Bb5 40. Rde1 Rc7 0-1
     
Re: Topalov Defeats Carlsen
Posted by JerNYC on 24 Aug 2015 at 12:10AM
Isn't this kind of a big deal?
     
Re: Topalov Defeats Carlsen
Posted by unbeatable on 24 Aug 2015 at 4:18AM
Wake me when Nakamura defeats Carlsen. Thank you Sleeping
          
Re: Topalov Defeats Carlsen
Posted by Robyn Hode on 24 Aug 2015 at 6:59AM
Yes it is JerNYC and for players who know this opening and it's history with Carlsen and Topalov's recent history it is even more impressive.
               
Re: Topalov Defeats Carlsen
Posted by Robyn Hode on 24 Aug 2015 at 7:24AM
Topalov is one of the few players who has the courage to play a move like 7...g5, and against the reigning world champion (Topalov was once world champion).

                    
Re: Topalov Defeats Carlsen
Posted by JerNYC on 24 Aug 2015 at 11:03AM
Why don't they televise these heavyweight matches with full commentary so lay people can get a better appreciation for the mastery on display?
                         
Re: Topalov Defeats Carlsen
Posted by JerNYC on 24 Aug 2015 at 11:09AM
I mean, ESPN broadcasts hundreds of hours of poker every year which isn't particularly exciting to watch...so why not give chess some much needed exposure? At least chess is mano-a-mano like boxing so there's a greater sense of drama with every move.
                              
Re: Topalov Defeats Carlsen
Posted by Robyn Hode on 24 Aug 2015 at 11:16AM
Good question. They do televise some tournaments but not on anything like ESPN or a broadcast network. As has been said, chess is an easy game to learn but a hard game to master. Something like that.
                                   
Re: Topalov Defeats Carlsen
Posted by JerNYC on 24 Aug 2015 at 11:32AM
Which is why it should be televised. There's obviously something special when a world champ and a former world champ square off. Besides, isn't Carlsen young and attractive? He should be the one bringing in the eyeballs.
                                        
Re: Topalov Defeats Carlsen
Posted by Robyn Hode on 24 Aug 2015 at 11:33AM
Online live coverage of this top event with analysis. This may explain why it isn't very popular with the general public. Smiling

http://livestream.com/chess24/events/4294307?origin=stream_live&mixpanel_id=a3816fe49cdf8-074f99495-43681f0a-2ee000-a3816fe49dec5&acc_id=4588265&medium=email
                                             
Re: Topalov Defeats Carlsen
Posted by JerNYC on 24 Aug 2015 at 11:39AM
If there was more money for grabs, it would increase the interest of the casual viewer. People like the World Series of Poker - Main Event because they know somebody is walking away with millions of dollars.
Live Streaming of Kasparov Simul
Posted by Robyn Hode on 19 Aug 2015 at 11:38AM
     
Re: Live Streaming of Kasparov Simul
Posted by rabbitoid  on 19 Aug 2015 at 11:47AM
He seems in trouble with the girl with glasses
          
Re: Live Streaming of Kasparov Simul
Posted by Robyn Hode on 19 Aug 2015 at 11:50AM
She does have some play. He tripled on the d file.
               
Re: Live Streaming of Kasparov Simul
Posted by Robyn Hode on 19 Aug 2015 at 11:55AM
She's passive, can she old with that passer?
                    
Re: Live Streaming of Kasparov Simul
Posted by rabbitoid  on 19 Aug 2015 at 11:56AM
Over.
                         
Re: Live Streaming of Kasparov Simul
Posted by Robyn Hode on 19 Aug 2015 at 11:57AM
Now the f pawn is passed.
                              
Re: Live Streaming of Kasparov Simul
Posted by Robyn Hode on 19 Aug 2015 at 11:59AM
98 minutes. 19-0. The 13 year old girl held out the longest. Smiling

                         
Re: Live Streaming of Kasparov Simul
Posted by rabbitoid  on 19 Aug 2015 at 11:57AM
I'd like to see the pgn for that one!
                              
Re: Live Streaming of Kasparov Simul
Posted by Robyn Hode on 19 Aug 2015 at 12:00PM
Me too! Smiling Some kind of Indian defense.
                                   
Re: Live Streaming of Kasparov Simul
Posted by MM David littlefair XI  on 19 Aug 2015 at 12:08PM
Wow Smiling
                                        
Re: Live Streaming of Kasparov Simul
Posted by rabbitoid  on 21 Aug 2015 at 10:12PM
Not Indian, Scandinavian. you can see the whole game here: http://chess-news.ru/en/node/19811?quicktabs_live_ratings=0 on board 5.
                                             
Re: Live Streaming of Kasparov Simul
Posted by Robyn Hode on 21 Aug 2015 at 10:57PM
Yes, I see now, she played g6 later. It's a sort of Portuguese variation that Garry tries to avoid with 3 Nf3 instead of 3 d4. But she plays Bg4 anyway. I like his setup against the 2 ...Nf6 variation (as opposed to taking the pawn with 2...Qd5). Simply develop naturally and force Black to find a setup that is not too passive. And that's what's happened, Garry kicks the Bg4 and there goes the only active piece. ...c6 is solid but confining (where are the pawn breaks?) while White has a large space advantage and freedom to do as he pleases. Garry lifts the rook and creates kingside weaknesses. Black, after weakening the dark squares around the king with g6 then trades her KB for the knight and Garry drops the rook on d6. The dark squares are indefensible. The pawn on f6 is a thorn, her knight is buried and her only counterplay attempt is a queen foray that achieves nothing, while her rooks try to defend the 7th and back rank from invasion. Garry triples on the d file and her fate is sealed.

That's what happens so many times with you try to play against a very strong player. You're so intent on maintaining material equality that you drift into positional inferiority. All your pieces are passive, you have no counterplay and the end is a foregone conclusion. Still, at 13, she played better than many adults who went down in flames with most of their pieces still on the board!
                                                  
Re: Live Streaming of Kasparov Simul
Posted by rabbitoid  on 21 Aug 2015 at 11:12PM
We couldn't really see the board during the show, just glimpses. The camera concentrated on the players, not the boards. I started watching when K had already control of the d column. So in hindsight yes, at that time the outcome was already certain.
                                                       
Re: Live Streaming of Kasparov Simul
Posted by Robyn Hode on 21 Aug 2015 at 11:50PM
Thanks for posting the link. Fun to play some of those games.
Improving
Posted by MM David littlefair XI  on 19 Aug 2015 at 7:36AM


but still need to Recognize Threats and practice a bit more Smiling
CHESS DICE INFORMATION
Posted by Knight Jarlynn  on 17 Aug 2015 at 9:38PM
           having now played over 1500 games of chess/Dice and logging notes;
I have found he follow tactics to be true and of value.
            1. The Dice run in patterns 
and repeat theses same patterns every 7 times. 
2. which each person you play over and over these same patterns; although different for each new person, will in fact/ repeat the 7 different patterns/ the reason for logging notes.
3. when over time you learn to 'SEE' the change of the patterns, is is of great value to use the same moves...just as Chess repeats patterns/ so does. 'Chess Dice' repeat patterns.
            4. after hours of research into what is called 'Random"...
      the bottom line is...Random is/'in fact' anything that happens at any time is random....
            5. if you won 100 games in a row or lost 100 games in a row...it 
       is because it is 'Random'!  
            6. I have moved the same piece 22 times in '2' games/ why/it
is 'Random"...so Random doesn't mean anything at all because it is 'Random"! 7. in 98% of 1500 plus games when I move the e pawn, my king moves forward....However when 98% of my opponents move the e pawn(e3/e4) their Queen or their Bishop move forward and it still has not changed that'Pattern"!
             8. why/ this happens because it is 'Random" Selection....
. the rules say each piece has an equal chance of moving but I have found this is not quite that way, because it is Random!
9 Finally...if you know your patterns/ your game will improve...the more games you play at the same time, the Greater the challenge is to maintain a steady rating...the less games played, it is MUCH easier to maintain a higher rating...and that rating is Random...so...if you have an 'ACTIVE" Knight pattern as white/ you can win a game in 4 moves///and and piece n the board can have an active random pattern! like Chess,
the moves are in front of you, all the time/ it is a matter of seeing them based on Random selection...and Chess/Dice cuts down on people trying to use chess software in the game/with 6 numbers on the die/the RANDOM ODDS are 6-1 and you would have to roll the die, on that correct number-R every time. If you don't move a Rook pawn you may find your-self moving back and forth in Random selection/ over and over/ again and again...Why / "RANDOM SELECTION"...
the Dice are >> Bow Target
there are other things that revealed themselves after 1500 games too. But this should help answer a lot of Questions I get asked from time to time... RANDOM is the reason that anybody...young or older/male or female
                  can win a game of Chess/Dice...  (unknown photo)    
                 
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Unsubscribing
Posted by ChipsChap on 13 Aug 2015 at 10:31AM
I'm going to unsubscribe this message board, as it seems many others have done, for obvious reasons.
     
Re: Unsubscribing
Posted by FragileKitty  on 13 Aug 2015 at 12:08PM
You can just block the person/people who annoy you.
          
Re: Unsubscribing
Posted by rabbitoid  on 13 Aug 2015 at 12:28PM
The problem with that is that you'll see threads with half a conversation. You may have fun trying to reconstruct the rubbish said before, though Smiling
               
Re: Unsubscribing
Posted by Robyn Hode on 16 Aug 2015 at 3:15PM
Thought I'd come back and see what has happened to this board. About what I thought. Virtually no discussion of this great and beautiful game. I had considered a comprehensive analysis of some of my games against top players on this site, IYT and Gameknot. This effort would be to help players to understand how to look at positions effectively. But I'm afraid it would be a waste of time. The analysis would be lost amongst the bickering over irrelevancies.

I'm afraid Chip Chaps is right. I've seen similar comments on the Strictly Politics and Polls DB where people have grown weary of continued abuse of discussion board rules by certain members. There is apparently no real supervision of these DBs. They can be effectively ruined by a single member. A few years ago another member sabotaged the Politics and Religions DBs and they were removed. It appears this DB is being sabotaged also.

If you don't have any respect for this site or its members should you be allowed to ruin it for everyone?

Will management take action or allow this abuse to continue? If action is taken, I will be more than willing to give my best efforts to help players improve their game. But as it is now, no.
                    
Re: Unsubscribing
Posted by Oakheart on 21 Aug 2015 at 6:39PM
if we had anything to say could not we drown out the ridiculous. I choose to ignore but I certainly see your point.
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Re: Unsubscribing
Posted by Knight Jarlynn  on 21 Aug 2015 at 10:33PM
            
                  Chess Board   
               
                 Rules  
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2 bishop checkmate
Posted by MM David littlefair XI  on 13 Aug 2015 at 9:51AM
A impressive winning move Smiling
Re: QUIT RESIGN NEVER!
Posted by Lion Rampant on 12 Aug 2015 at 3:26PM
Among grandmasters it's considered bad form to continue a game
where a win for the opponent is inevitable...that's why very few
GM games end in mate....
     
Re: QUIT RESIGN NEVER!
Posted by Guanarteme  on 12 Aug 2015 at 4:07PM
Among grandmasters it's considered bad form to continue a game
where a win for the opponent is inevitable...that's why very few
GM games end in mate....


You are correct for over-the-board non-blitz games, I have known masters who have a policy of not resigning when in time trouble. I remember one expert apologetically telling a master, "I do not have enough time to resign!".
          
Re: QUIT RESIGN NEVER!
Posted by Rogue Trooper on 12 Aug 2015 at 6:26PM
That was a very funny line!
               
Re: QUIT RESIGN NEVER!
Posted by Guanarteme  on 12 Aug 2015 at 8:25PM
Perhaps I should identify the players, since some of you may know who they are. The expert was Rick Callaghan, who later took up checkers and played online checkers until close to his death. The other was IM Norman T. Whitaker (one of the bad guys mentioned in The FBI Story) who was 79 at the time. I was the TD at the event
                    
Re: QUIT RESIGN NEVER!
Posted by dizzymind  on 13 Aug 2015 at 5:16AM
IS THIS NOW THE CHESS DB?
                         
Re: QUIT RESIGN NEVER!
Posted by alexlee  on 13 Aug 2015 at 5:20AM
??? That's what is says > Game: Chess - Discussion about Chess.
                              
Re: QUIT RESIGN NEVER!
Posted by dizzymind  on 13 Aug 2015 at 7:16AM
isnt there a db for discussing Chess? its says when there is no other db available for ur topic it can be discussed! otherwise it is polite to use the dbs available, Smiling
                                   
Re: QUIT RESIGN NEVER!
Posted by Dionysos  on 13 Aug 2015 at 9:34AM
This IS a game especially for chess, that's why it's called Game: Chess Discussion about Chess!
                                   
Re: QUIT RESIGN NEVER!
Posted by Grimsweeper  on 13 Aug 2015 at 3:15PM
seems to me people were just telling chess stories until you interupted them
Pieces In Front of us
Posted by Bobbyb1947  on 12 Aug 2015 at 9:33AM
Knight had a very fine statement when he said that we all see the pieces in front of us!! How true! And as for me in the one game that a lot of friends and floor supervisors actually call me a Genius at,I see all the Kings and Queens just like the other players looking at the green and white felt see! It's just that I interpret what I see differently than what they see!! So much so that on some occasions I have a beautiful woman standing behind me with a clipboard taking notes! Well I'm friendly with her and vice versa! And once in a great while we even enjoy some Steak and Lobster together. Sometimes I think she might be spying on me!! No, I'm just naturally paranoid! (And besides she just happens to be one of my piano students!)
     
Re: Pieces In Front of us
Posted by MM David littlefair XI  on 12 Aug 2015 at 9:39AM
The goal of Chess when i heard yesterday is not to clear the board but to go and check the king where the king can not move Smiling
(no subject)
Posted by Lion Rampant on 12 Aug 2015 at 12:57AM
"You cannot put in what the Almighy has left out.
Great Champions are not made,they are born"
                                           -Anon
     
Re: (no subject)
Posted by Lion Rampant on 12 Aug 2015 at 12:58AM
Almighty
          
Re: (no subject)
Posted by Knight Jarlynn  on 12 Aug 2015 at 4:13AM
   I'm not saying religion/ I am saying you are born with natural talent,
where and why nobody knows/ some people are born with cancer/why nobody knows/ some people are born with talent for many different things/ music/painting/ writing/sports/singing/all subjects from A-Z/ you have born natural talent/ where and why///it just is...no body knows/
but soon they will soon/as projections in life extension are working malnipulating
with genes/ and DNA/... say life span in the 50 years. will be 130 years old / this is the current project now/just as people live to 100 years old now. they know why we die at different ages, and they are working on tweaking DNA to Trump exercise , health ,wellness, nutrition. and exercise; which extends life on average 4-6 years. This is Science not religion.
                   which is a personal 'Belief" system...<><>  
Imagine tweaking DNA Genes and having a smarter brain for Chess/ or any area. Bowling/Golf... POLITICS
Clones of Donald Trump...
                             NO!  I am just Kidding on that...<><>
        
     
Re: (no subject)
Posted by Knight Jarlynn  on 12 Aug 2015 at 1:19AM
        I have that in my profile { in my own words) ...practice/practice/
              you get out of it; what you put into it...
                    "U N L E S S ///////"
'YOU HAVE NATURAL TALENT'! (you are born with/ like a singer for ex.} ...<><>
                     oh you can improve greatly...and that is still worth a lot.
if you had talent you would be seeing moves the others can't see and the chess pieces are in front of you all the time/for everybody.
like ALI in boxing/ all boxers learn the same moves/ but ALI had "UNUSUAL GREAT TALENT: in boxing! that he was born with...he knew it and made even stronger and more powerful in his Talent.
     
Re: (no subject)
Posted by Bobbyb1947  on 12 Aug 2015 at 9:03AM
WOW WOW WOW!!!! How tired I get of this Genius born or genius made debate?? Even the great father of 3 great daughters who all became Grandmasters as well as World Champions Mr. Polgar steadfastly states that Geniuses are not born but made! Well where does the word genius come from? The Latin or if you will the English! GENE, Gena,Genae. So,in simple English we are talking about a highly complex mixture of DNA,RNA and the many nucleopeptides,polypeptides and E.T.C. When the sperm hits the ovum it all begins! Hence a little boy or girl called an embryo starts to form! And isn't it wonderful that in this day and age we can see it all happening on photos!! This is where the Genetic and Chromosome business is going to work! NOT in the ER when the embryo now comes out of the womb as a Fetus!! So Mr. Polgar a lot goes on before the baby is even been born!! Now after we have our baby we educate him/her and hope for the best! The child has the gift bestowed upon him/her somewhere between the embryo and fetus stage!! Hence a Mommy may deliver a genius at birth!! Then that genius is matured virtually immediately!! Hence a Polgar,a Kasparov,a Cliburn,a Fischer or on and on!! Therefore I steadfastly contend that GENIUSES ARE MADE AND THEN BORN!! Well some of you might say "Bobby are you nuts or a Doctor?" Well a bit "nuts" perhaps but a Doctor? Yes, a retired D.C. who graduated on the Dean's List. Am I a Genius? Well at Chess,Piano and Martial Arts at best I'd say I'm only a lowly talent at about a 2000 rating at each! I get no thrill out of smashing an opponent! There's only one game that I get a SUPER THRILL out of defeating my opponents and that is "The Game Of 21" I'm what my opponents have called a Counter or an Earner! I do belong to an Elite group of about 5000 of us who can do to the ENEMY what THEY do to 30 or 40 million other poor souls! Well that's me and my thoughts! And thanks for your time! And always remember! "It's not whether you win a Gold,Silver or Bronze medal or become a GM. All that matters is that you perform or compete at the very Highest Standard that YOU ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING!!
          
Re: (no subject)
Posted by MM David littlefair XI  on 12 Aug 2015 at 9:08AM
Stephen Hawking born genius and still is even with his disability
               
Re: (no subject)
Posted by Lion Rampant on 12 Aug 2015 at 3:22PM
Indeed and long overdue to have his brilliant talent recognised
in the form of a knighthood... But he owes his great talents
to his parents His father,a celebrated doctor,his mother
a exceptional philosopher, politician and economist
Chess Groups Ended
Posted by MM David littlefair XI  on 11 Aug 2015 at 11:31AM
Might Return Next week and might be back. But still want Learn Chess and tactics Smilingn
     
Re: Chess Groups Ended
Posted by Dionysos  on 11 Aug 2015 at 11:35PM
You say "learn chess", but it takes ages, at least 5 years even to club standard.
          
Re: Chess Groups Ended
Posted by MM David littlefair XI  on 12 Aug 2015 at 2:01AM
thats why am on chess.com
               
Re: Chess Groups Ended
Posted by Dionysos  on 12 Aug 2015 at 6:43AM
That's good then - I use chess.com occasionally too. Not a lot, but sometimes.
                    
Re: Chess Groups Ended
Posted by Lion Rampant on 12 Aug 2015 at 6:51AM
It's a very good website.. You can play live games head to head
with anyone in the world and get free online tuition from masters.
I would highly recommend it. Smiling
                         
Re: Chess Groups Ended
Posted by MM David littlefair XI  on 12 Aug 2015 at 7:06AM
Smiling

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