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|Jul-20-06|| ||YouRang: <patzer2> Thanks! I look for the same 'key elements' as you, although I would put "weak/immobile king position" as #1 (if the order matters). |
I suppose your list wasn't intended to be exhaustive. I also consider (4) the safety of my own king: If the opponent has immediate threats on my king, it limits my moves to forcing moves. I also look for (5) promotion potential: chances to promote upset the normal sense of piece value.
Funny -- today, several people found 16...Nxf2. I was so focused on makeing the criss-cross mate work that I never even considered it! :-)
|Jul-20-06|| ||MaxxLange: Missed yesterday, got today. The first thing that struck me about the position was how dangerously restricted the White King is, so I was sure there was something to exploit that. I found the diagonal checks while floundering about with ...Nxf2, then looked for another way to use them.|
|Jul-20-06|| ||MaxxLange: 8 Ba4 is bad in this line, isn't it? I think 8 Be2 is the main line.|
|Jul-20-06|| ||patzer2: <YouRang> Thanks for adding to the list of things to check for when considering a tactial move. Someone should write a book on tactics with examples under each of those five themes.|
|Jul-20-06|| ||beatles fan: souper easy for a thursday got it right away|
|Jul-12-09|| ||JimmyVermeer: pawntificator, it was Emanuel Lasker who said that. Michael Adams later modified the quote to "When you see a good move, sit on your hands and look for a better one."|
syracrophy, 17 Nf1, Nb1, and Nb3 were all much better than 17 bxc3. After 17 bxc3, Black has a forced mate in 11 (if White were to prolong the mate as much as possible after move 17):
17 bxc3 Rxe3+ 18 Qe2 Rxe2+ 19 Kd1 Rd8 20 Rc1 Bf4 21 Rc2 Bxd2 22 Nxd2 Qf4 23 Kc1 Rdxd2 24 Kb2 Qxa4 25 Rxd2 Rxd2+ 26 Kb1 Qxa2+ 27 Kc1 Nb3#
|Aug-22-11|| ||Eggman: Today's game of the day would make a good puzzle of the day for the early- to mid-week ... oh, I see it already was puzzle of the day on July 20, 2006.|
|Aug-22-11|| ||sevenseaman: The R sac at 17...Rxe3 to deflect the f2 pawn is far-sighted and sublime! Unadulterated enjoyment!|
If as it looks, it was a puzzle at Black's move 16, it was quite tough for a Thursday. Very perceptive play by Barnes and a very appropriate pun too "Bases Loaded"!
|Aug-22-11|| ||akatombo: More puns: Noble Barnes, Barnes Burner.|
|Aug-22-11|| ||Eggman: Maybe <Barnes Burner> would be a good title for a game in which Barnes got crushed.|
|Aug-22-11|| ||rilkefan: Brilliant title, esp. given white's shoot-self-in-foot approach.|
|Aug-22-11|| ||whiteshark: White didn't smell the rat.|
|Aug-22-11|| ||chessworm: What a streak of sacs!! btw, I just noticed that chessgames.com has changed the image for exchange sacrifice to X sac.. better than old one with knight and rook...|
|Aug-22-11|| ||chessworm: oh ok.. the image is still the same in other games. The X must be for many then?|
|Aug-22-11|| ||erniecohen: <MaxxLange: 8 Ba4 is bad in this line, isn't it? I think 8 Be2 is the main line.>|
|Aug-22-11|| ||newzild: Nice little combo at the end.
I've never heard of these guys, and I'm a New Zealander. Back in the 1920s there were very few strong chessplayers in NZ.
|Aug-22-11|| ||perfidious: <MaxxLange: 8 Ba4 is bad in this line, isn't it? I think 8 Be2 is the main line.>|
In the half-dozen games I've played in this line, my opponents have always played 8.Be2, and 8.Ba4 doesn't look to be an improvement over the other alternatives, which include 8.Bd3 (which has gained popularity since the following game: Nakamura vs J Friedel, 2009) or 8.Qf3.
|Aug-22-11|| ||kevin86: A Boden style mate involving the sac of a bishop and rook instead of a queen.|
Pun is weak-I would prefer:
Balk! Barnes scores from third...
|Aug-22-11|| ||blackburne: ¿Robert Henry Barnes?|
|Aug-22-11|| ||Phony Benoni: More of a Rube Goldberg contraption than a combination. I seem to remember Irving Chernev, in his <1001 Best Short Games of Chess>, comparing it to the poem "The House That Jack Built".|
|Aug-22-11|| ||Domdaniel: One meaning of 'balk' is 'check' (in the sense of 'frustration', not the chess usage). Still, <Balk balks under a cascade of Balks> is nice.|
Assuming the 'L' is silent, then <Balks of Tricks> is an option. Or pronounce the 'L' and call it 'Silly Balks'.
When a racehorse refuses to jump a fence it is also said to balk. Here, Balk didn't just balk at any old fence - he balked his whole *defence*.
Horses get put down for less.
It's amusing to see the puzzle-oriented kibitzes from 2006 alongside the new ones with a broader view.
I'm still not convinced, btw, that being able to *name* patterns like Boden's Mate or Philidor's Legacy (etc) is a good thing. Of course it's crucial to be able to *see* them, and maybe naming can help. But I suspect it's unnecessary baggage.
That said, I can name a ridiculous number of opening variations, which is probably even less useful.
|Aug-22-11|| ||Domdaniel: "Barnes couldn't hit his Barn door at this dist--."
Famous last words.
|Aug-22-11|| ||Owerbart: what a nice combination. anyone has any data about this player or the event of this fine game?|
|Aug-22-11|| ||LIFE Master AJ: Interesting game ... although I have a vague feeling that I have seen it before. (Is it in ano old chess books???)|
|Aug-22-11|| ||LIFE Master AJ: I know that a <<BALK>> is a baseball term ... but I still don't get the pun. (Anyone care to draw a diagram for me?)|
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