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|Jan-20-02|| ||Webmaster: Welcome to the Kibitzer's Cafe!
This page was created for the purpose of general discussion related to this site, chess, or anything you folks want to talk about. If you have any questions I will be happy to answer them.
|Jan-22-02|| ||Doctor Who: Great site, guys! |
|Jan-22-02|| ||Harry: Still trying how to get a game |
|Jan-22-02|| ||Harry: If anyone can inform me how to play another person on this site, i will be forever grateful. |
|Jan-22-02|| ||Webmaster: Harry, you've got the wrong idea about this site. Here is where you can improve your game by reviewing historical games of GM's, and discussing the games with other users. |
If you want to play live chess, try http://www.freechess.org/ or http://www.chessclub.com/ or even http://games.yahoo.com/ ... Thanks!
|Jan-25-02|| ||Webmaster: We have a new feature found on every game page called "find similar games." Click on that link (under the game board) and you'll enter a special search where it finds games that have exactly the same opening moves. It's similar to looking up games in the same ECO code, only much more specific. It also locates the "novelty" of the game: the first move that distinguishes the game from all others.|
Unfortunately it's not savvy to transpositions yet, sorry.
|Jan-25-02|| ||Sneaky: "Similar games" is a killer feature... just what I needed! |
|Jan-28-02|| ||Webmaster: Update on "similar games" feature: we've fixed it so that it now recognizes most transpositions. E.g. 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 (Nimzo Indian) will be considered the same as 1 c4 Nf6 2 Nc3 e6 3 d4 Bb4, as it should be. |
|Feb-15-02|| ||black knight: No I don't have a comment |
|Feb-15-02|| ||black knight: My question is that i want to play a chess game but i can't find one. |
|Feb-15-02|| ||Webmaster: Black knight, if you want to play a game with somebody on the internet, see this
|Feb-16-02|| ||Webmaster: New feature... you can now cut-and-paste URLs to chessgame.com games into comment windows, and the site will automatically turn it into a clickable link that includes the players and year of the game. E.g.|
Torre vs Gufeld, 1994
Yurtaev vs Tal, 1979
|Feb-20-02|| ||Asilva: when do you think it is smart to trade queens or subject your queen to a trading queens attack. |
|Feb-20-02|| ||Sneaky: Welcome Asilva. Common wisdom holds that if you are down in material--e.g. you have the initiative but have gambited a pawn--you want to keep the queens on the board and avoid queen trades. (However this is not always the case, e.g. Benko Gambit players are often very keen on trading queens even a pawn down.)|
Likewise, if you're downright losing the game, and playing on in desparation, you want to keep the queens on the board since the queen is a powerful drawing piece.
The opposite of this is when you have the upper hand, in terms of material, or space, and trading queens will clarify the situation, leaving you with a good endgame.
Attacking players often keep the queens on the board simply because they enjoy the mating threats associated with the piece.
I've played games where somebody resigned in reponse to a move which did nothing more than force the trade of queens: that can often spell the end of all hope for the side that is losing.
Hope this helps,
|Feb-21-02|| ||knight: The trading of queens when material ahead is universally good advice.
If one has a space advantage instead of a material one the general suggestion is for the side with the extra space to make some kind of attack before the side with the lesser space can improve his position. Since the queen is the most powerfull attacking piece the side with the extra space should refrain from trading queens unless some advantage can be obtained by the exchange. |
|Feb-21-02|| ||ramachess1: how can we inprove our game by self-analysis of
our own games |
|Feb-21-02|| ||ramachess1: how can we decide which opening suits us most? |
|Feb-21-02|| ||Sneaky: From the book "Kasparov's Chess Openings" by Otto Borik:|
Which is the correct opening for you? To play chess well, you must learn, understand and enjoy playing certain types of positions. For this reason, your selected opening must fit your style of play. One player who likes endings wil be happy to exchange pieces. Another player who enjoys active play may wish to keep pieces on the board but at the same time only launch an attack after thorough preparation. Yet another player will attack, whatever the cost.
If we offer these three distinct kind of players the position in the Caro Kann after 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 and then ask them to continue with White, the end-game player will opt for a peaceful existence with 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3, the active player go in for 3. Nc3 on the basis of "Let's wait and see what happens" and the hot-head will choose 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nc3 e6 5. g4, with an inward cry of "Let me at his KING!"
|Feb-21-02|| ||Sneaky: Ramachess, welcome! You asked <how can we inprove our game by self-analysis of our own games?>|
I think the #1 thing to do is to look at the games you lose and decide which was the first move you played that deteriorated your position; the "losing move."
This is not always easy. It helps if you can receive help from somebody who is rated higher than you, and if you don't happen to be friends with any very strong players, try using your computer chess program. (But be careful, while the computer will point out tactical points better than your average master, but it will not understand many basic positional concepts.)
|Feb-22-02|| ||knight: Ramachess,Here is some advice from Bronstein from his book "The modern chess selftutor."|
"Record the games you play-if not in full,then at least as far as move 12. Endeavour to give an evaluation to the position reached by this time.If the opinions of you and your colleagues differ,play six games starting from this position,look for your mistakes and note the successful ideas and strong moves of your partners-the position will become clearer,and the truth will be found.
|Feb-22-02|| ||Doctor Who: Sneaky, knight is right, an advantage in space is not the best time to trade queens. Of course in chess there are always exceptional positions... for example, if trading queens allows you to penetrate his 2nd rank with your rooks, do it!|
Good advice by Bronstein there.
|Feb-23-02|| ||Sneaky: Webmaster ......... the Linares tournament starts today. Is chessgames.com going to be covering it? |
|Feb-23-02|| ||Webmaster: Sneaky, there will not be any "live coverage" but the games will appear in our database shortly for post-mortem analysis. |
|Feb-23-02|| ||ramachess1: can we find ANNOTED GAMES in this site? |
|Feb-23-02|| ||Webmaster: rama, yes you can: games with annotation appear on the search page with a little pencil by them showing you that there is some sort of annotation. This can be anything from a comment like "strong move" at one point, to full-blown GM analysis.|
There is also "kibitzing" which is the user contributions found at the bottom of each game.
To help you find games like these we provide the two boxes "with annotation" and "with kibitzing" on the home page. E.g., if you want to find all games by Kasparov
with annotation, select "kasparov" as one of players and click on "with annotation." You'll find this game: Kasparov vs Nunn, 1982
For now there are very few games with analysis; we're working on annotating more games, especially the older ones where we can draw from copyright-free analysis by Steinitz, Laskers, et al.
Hope this helps
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