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|Jan-19-10|| ||kingscrusher: whatthefat: The point was that there was a Steinitz principle at stake - that he was essentially saying the pawn sacrifice must be unsound, because he had not built up an advantage with the "Accumulation of advantage" philosophy that Steinitz had been teaching for more than 10 years in his position as a magazine editor and authority as the 1st official world champion. The match was a battle of idealogy as much as about just trying to win.|
|Jan-19-10|| ||kingscrusher: Game 4 video annotated:
|Jan-19-10|| ||keypusher: <kingscrusher: whatthefat: The point was that there was a Steinitz principle at stake - that he was essentially saying the pawn sacrifice must be unsound, because he had not built up an advantage with the "Accumulation of advantage" philosophy that Steinitz had been teaching for more than 10 years in his position as a magazine editor and authority as the 1st official world champion.>|
Yes, that explains why Steinitz took the pawn, but not the horrible defenses he played afterwards.
|Jan-19-10|| ||kingscrusher: It is quite frankly incredible no one has noted that Chigorin was actually the adopted father of the Soviet Chess School.|
Also incredible that no one seems to understand the underlying ideoligical struggle here between Steinitz the "Generalist" and Chigorin the "Individualist", who sought to essentially almost refute many Steinitz generalisaitons such as :
- The power of the two bishops (with persistence with the Chigorin system of Bg4xf3)
- The unsoundness of going for the attack without 1st accumulating a positional advantage (thus Steinitz was going into the Evans Gambit deliberately).
Okay maybe not many people have tried to track down and trace the evolution of chess style but this match predates the Hypermodern revolution, and I thought it was important to highlight that in a way Chigorin was like a very early but unrecognised "Hypermodern".
|Jan-19-10|| ||keypusher: <kingscrusher: It is quite frankly incredible no one has noted that Chigorin was actually the adopted father of the Soviet Chess School.>|
It's been noted a million times. It's in the introduction to Botvinnik's 100 Selected Games, various Kotov writings, and a bunch of posts on this website. There's even Petrosian's joke about succeeding because his Soviet opponents were followers of Chigorin.
<I thought it was important to highlight that in a way Chigorin was like a very early but unrecognised "Hypermodern".>
Hardly unrecognized. That's why Keene, Lawrence Day etc. have paid so much attention to games like Lasker vs Chigorin, 1895 and Pillsbury vs Chigorin, 1896.
|Jan-19-10|| ||kingscrusher: keypusher: I meant it is not noted *here* in this kibitzing discussion of this match. It is like the games are just perceived as ordinary games without any ideological significance.|
|Jan-19-10|| ||whatthefat: <kingscrusher>
I am aware of the theoretical debate that was at stake, but I don't think this excuses the woeful quality of play.
|Jan-19-10|| ||kingscrusher: keypusher: BTW Excellent - I was going to video annotate that Lasker vs Chigorin Hastings 1895 game. I might do that next. It again is like a revolution against the Steinitz deduced principle of the two bishops. |
I.e. it is like a rebellion against a Steinitzian abstraction, and that is why that game is important - and that Chigorin won it in such a high profile event.
Raymond Keene is a kibitzer on this site sometimes. It is a shame he hasn't put some kibitzing against it *on this site* against that particular game. Some games are of vast ideological importance for contextualising abstract abstractions, which then impact the evolution of chess style.
BTW What do you think of the Tao symbol analogy I made in this video:
|Jan-19-10|| ||kingscrusher: BTW that Pillsbury game is crushing - I hadn't seen that one recently. It is almost like he his playing with Nimzo Indian principles long before they were invented.|
|Jan-19-10|| ||kingscrusher: In the introduction I have to disagree with this comment slightly :
"Chigorin rejected the doctrinal approach of Steinitz and Tarrasch"|
I would say more something like this:
"Chigorin put Steinitz elements and deduced positional abstractions such as the value of the bishop pair into a more dynamic context - often finding contexts where for example the two bishops were ineffective.
In particular in this match, he often voluntarily played the immediate Bg4xf3 and playing for pressure on d4 and fast development and initiative. "
I would not say it is a case of "rejection", but rather contextualisation of the Steinitz abstractions. Such a contextualisation is really important for practical positional play - to factor in the specific dynamics of the position.
|Apr-11-10|| ||jessicafischerqueen: It is ridiculous to subject historical games to computer analysis and then judge them "relative" to games played by today's masters in order to imply that "Today's Masters are great players" and the "Old Masters were terrible players".|
Steinitz and Chigorin did not have the luxury to investigate or train with computer resources, unlike today's Masters.
It is easy to state how many "horrible moves" were played in the past when you've got an electric Grandmaster installed on your computer to "confirm" this "truth."
I've got one too. Who doesn't? Big deal.
Historically, the most important "chess truth" is found over the board between serious men at a serious time control.
I find it difficult to accept the implication that Steinitz or Chigorin were Patzers.
Even Bobby Fischer didn't regard Steinitz to be a "weakie" and he didn't have a kind word for any past Champion except Morphy.
|Apr-11-10|| ||nimh: It's not more ridiculous than comparing Francis Jarvis' performance in Paris 1900 (10.8) to that of Bolt in Bejing (9.69). Shows mercilessly how much running has evolved and the same applies to chess too. |
No one has called them patzers just because computer regards them to be around 2500-2300 elo. Most of us here would give away half of their life to get to play as strongly. You're seeing ghosts.
|Apr-11-10|| ||jessicafischerqueen: <Knights who until recently said Nimh>|
It's not your project I took issue with, but rather with this conclusion about this Match here- which I recognize is not yours:
<the woeful quality of play>
<Whatthefat> made this conclusion, citing your project.
If you have an issue, take it up with him.
I find his conclusion to be both needlessly pejorative and inaccurate in the "big picture."
Using your own analogy, would anyone label the Paris 1900 athlete's running of "woeful quality" simply because Bolt's speed is so much faster?
This is exactly what <whatthefat's> conclusion does.
|Apr-11-10|| ||jessicafischerqueen: Finally, regarding your own post:
<computer regards them to be around 2500-2300 elo>
Well, no "it" doesn't because "computer" doesn't even exist.
What you mean is "My analysis employing a chess computer(s), using the following method (fill in method here), concludes that these players are around 2500-2300 elo."
I'm not just nitpicking here for the sake of it.
Some people (I'm not saying you) have a kind of half-articulated notion in their head that "computer" really exists, and "he" knows the "truth" about all matters chessical.
|Apr-11-10|| ||nimh: What whatthefat said is true, running 100m a second slower is as woeful as playing 500 elo weaker chess. This comparison is obviously arbitrary, but describes perfectly the point.|
|Apr-11-10|| ||nimh: <Some people (I'm not saying you) have a kind of half-articulated notion in their head that "computer" really exists, and "he" knows the "truth" about all matters chessical.>|
If play quality is as lousy as even top humans have nowadays, one doesn't have to have perfect knowledge to assess their strength. :)
|Apr-11-10|| ||jessicafischerqueen: <Knights who now say Nimh again>|
Yes nobody will dispute that pretty much any engine can beat the best human players today.
With regard to "woeful"- yes, what you say is true in an absolute, and technical sense.
However, a sports writer would never use the phrase "woeful" to describe the 1900 sprint champ's performance in a million years.
Similarly, neither should a chess writer use the word "woeful" to describe Steinitz's play in this Match.
At least with respect to a computer evaluation.
Recall also that another school of evaluation (Sonas) seeks to emphasize synchronic comparison in his elo analysis.
For example, Sonas reports that Steinitz's performance at the London 1872 tournament was a <2703 elo Performance rating>.
This number would not hold up to a comparative chess engine study.
At any rate, interesting discussion thank you-
That said, all due respect to <whatthefat>.
I respect him and his many contributions to this site. I wouldn't take his comment here seriously unless I took *him* seriously.
And I do.
|Apr-11-10|| ||ughaibu: I've just played through all the games, and it seems to me that the number of appalling games and the number of good games, isn't wildly different from the 1972 match.|
|Apr-11-10|| ||nimh: <I've just played through all the games, and it seems to me that the number of appalling games and the number of good games, isn't wildly different from the 1972 match.>|
Obviously not <wildly> different. They weren't patzers and from the standpoint of a weak amateur even a mediocre 19 century player is miles ahead of him.
|Apr-11-10|| ||whatthefat: <jessicafischerqueen: <Whatthefat> made this conclusion, citing your project.>|
Perhaps there has been some misunderstanding - I actually came to this conclusion after playing through all the games of this match for the first time. I had expected to see something akin to a match between IMs today, and was rather taken aback by how sloppy some of the play was, especially when compared to something like the level of play in championship matches from 1896 onwards.
The results of <nimh>'s study placed their playing strength at around 2350-2400 by modern standards. But if I had nothing to go by other than this match, I would probably have estimated them to be weaker than this. Perhaps I'm being overly harsh, but that was my initial impression.
|Apr-12-10|| ||jessicafischerqueen: <whatthefat> well you stand by your words I can respect that. |
I haven't done a systematic investigation comparing all the WC Matches, and I'm neither a strong player nor a strong analyst.
I have taken a good look at many of Steinitz's games prior to this Match, and many of them certainly impressed me.
However, that said, I have at present only investigated game one of this match, in which Steinitz blunders a piece, and the game, apparently out of the blue-- which is not much of an advertisement for my argument.
So I will demur to you gentlemen until I finish the whole Match here.
Thanks for your elucidation.
|Jun-28-10|| ||jessicafischerqueen: WILHELM STEINITZ: CHESS CHAMPION
Part One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-TY...
Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1-d...
Part Three: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEJ3...
Part Four: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIBK...
Part Five: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTor...
Part Six: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGAF...
|Apr-02-11|| ||squaresquat: Bobby Fischer was a god. He was also a
great American. He made his fortune at what he loved.
He obeyed the conservative maxim of 'my country; love it or leave it.'
His greatness was he never sold out his ideals.
|Jan-16-12|| ||AVRO38: <Looking at the quality of the games in this match, it's a wonder the chess world championship didn't die in its cradle.>|
Given that this was not a world championship match, I'm not quite sure what you mean.
I know, I know...all the CG.com kibitzers will have a cow, call me a troll, etc..so predictable!
But once again, small minds cannot grasp complex subjects. So to save you the time I know what you are going to say: Steinitz beat Zukertort which means he's the world champion, and since he's playing a match it must be a world championship match. Very simple, very easy, very tidy, a small mind can understand it.
But unfortunately (for CG.com kibitzers) it's just not true! And no matter what you say, you cannot change that fact.
|Mar-05-13|| ||Garech: One draw in seventeen games! What the chess world would give for a similar statistic at a WC match nowadays!!|
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