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|Sep-05-09|| ||WhiteRook48: just your common endgame|
|Jul-14-10|| ||GrahamClayton: Well played game by White - gaining space on the Queenside, and then attacking in the centre with 19.f7 & 20.e5.|
|Oct-06-10|| ||perfidious: <Phony Benoni> Commons actually married a woman called Kim Ellen Monson in the 1970s.|
For those who were asking after his whereabouts, when I played on ICC in about 2000, he was also a member.
|Oct-03-11|| ||sevenseaman: 25...Nxg6 26. Rf7+ Kd8 Rd7#|
|Oct-03-11|| ||Nilsson: 27.Bg5+ !
|Oct-03-11|| ||An Englishman: Good Evening: This game still astounds after all these years. If only I could have played even one game like this.|
|Oct-03-11|| ||Caissanist: <Richard Taylor: K S Commons must have been or must be quite a brilliant player.>|
He was for about a year, that year being 1976, when he won three tournaments in Bulgaria and also had the best score at the Haifa Olympiad. Shortly afterward he took a job as a real estate agent; according to Commons, when he tried to play in tournaments after that he wasn't really able to do justice either to his chess or his real estate work, so he stopped playing.
|Oct-03-11|| ||NewLine: Until move 23, black didn't put a piece beyond the 6th rank (except for that short-living c5). In fact, the 5th rank remained empty until white's 18th move. Meanwhile, black buried his pieces as deep as he could, until white decided everything was ready to the spectacular break-in.|
What a waste of fireworks on a non-existing enemy!
|Oct-03-11|| ||paavoh: Oh, one of my pun suggestions actually got accepted - not the best of the crop, I admit, but still pleased to see it appear.|
|Oct-03-11|| ||Gilmoy: A neat variant of what I whimsically call: Game Collection: The Swinging Gate: Push That P to 6 or 3!|
The canonical pattern element is <24.fxe6++>, a pawn double-check for a triangle mate with R+(protected-P). Here, the pattern is shifted 1 rank south, so the R entry isn't a triangle mate-in-1, as Black can retreat to d8 -- but it's an epaulette mate-in-2, which is even more charming.
Backtracking, the pattern sac would normally be Qxf7+ to set up the double check (and the N would be protecting the P :). White reverses the roles: the N hops to sac, while the Q protects the P. <25.Qxg6> steals an N back, untouchable by the mate at the end of the pattern.
That's a wrinkle well worth remembering. The <swinging gate> is already worth a Q sac, so getting one for <only two pieces> is a bargain. Combine that with the thematic Nxf7 sac for mayhem, and our K-side attacks get a little more vicious. Examine the lines that <smite, smite, and swing>!
|Oct-03-11|| ||Richard Taylor: "Caissanist: <Richard Taylor: K S Commons must have been or must be quite a brilliant player.>|
He was for about a year, that year being 1976, when he won three tournaments in Bulgaria and also had the best score at the Haifa Olympiad. Shortly afterward he took a job as a real estate agent; according to Commons, when he tried to play in tournaments after that he wasn't really able to do justice either to his chess or his real estate work, so he stopped playing."
Thanks for this.
<Albertan: Hi Richard Taylor. For your information here is Commons' record against opponents:...>
Thanks also! He certainly played some good games.
|Oct-03-11|| ||whiteshark: It's like watching a car crash in slow motion.|
|Oct-03-11|| ||Magic Castle: 25. Qg6.... Ng6 (giving the queen), but 26. Rf7 Kd8. 7. Rd7 mate. Beautiful queen sacrifice which black saw, but to no avail.|
|Oct-03-11|| ||JohnBoy: For a while he was married to a woman named Kim. That was interesting.|
|Oct-03-11|| ||erniecohen: 20... dxe5 21. fxe5 xe5 22. xe5 xe5 23. xe5 g7 looks drawable.|
|Oct-03-11|| ||soberknight: What a beautiful attack! I especially liked Qxg6 where white follows up with an epaulette mate if black should capture the queen.|
|Oct-03-11|| ||kevin86: The sac at g6 sets up a lethal double check...then a queen sac followed,gaining a rook on the skewer.|
|Oct-03-11|| ||meppi: 14. b4 15. a3 18. Ng5 played in a most proactive manner. blak plays 18. h6 moving pawns in-front of king also weakening the g square. you can see the importance of this fact on move 22. Bxg6 the move that is recieving many praises from these peers and fellow kizbitzers|
|Oct-03-11|| ||Domdaniel: < he wasn't really able to do justice either to his chess or his real estate work>|
Isn't that known as "The Tragedy of the Commons" ... ?
|Oct-03-11|| ||JohnBoy: <Dom>: LOL - thirty years ago I would have called the Kim/Kim split-up the tragedy of the Commons - if I was a bit more clever. Example of convergence of terminology?|
BTW - nice avatar. Is the name for the dungeon at the bottom of the sea, of for the bad guy in the Septimus Heap books?
|Oct-03-11|| ||Domdaniel: <JohnBoy> Thanks. It's been a while since anyone commented on either my avatar or my username - both have been in place for at least five years - but I'll tell you what I can.|
'Domdaniel': most definitely the undersea dungeon, originally from an 18th century translation of 1001 Nights (Kitab 1000 + 1, The Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night, 'Arabian Nights' etc ... binary-using chessplayers might call it "9s").
It's also been generalized to mean "a magician's castle or fortress" and "a hidden domain". Just one of my favourite words, I suppose - I wrote a few things under the pseudonym about 20 years ago, so I think I have squatter's rights.
It was only when I began using it here on CG that I found out about Septimus Heap and other uses - there is, or was, a Dungeons+Dragons-type game with Domdaniels as baddies. Always the bad guys.
Then there was the rumour that I was Dominic Lawson in drag, because he'd written a book about Nigel Short and I played Nigel in a simul. A few years after the Lawson rumour, true, but these things don't conform to the usual laws of time and space.
I also found some amusing anagrams. Somebody said "Die, old man!" during an argument once, so naturally we became good friends. And I use both <Idle Nomad> and <Idle Monad> as the mood takes me.
The Eye, in contrast, was a whim that stuck - a response to some long-forgotten joke. I didn't even notice the mascara at first. I'd hate to change it now.
Which just goes to show you can't always judge people by their representations here, either visual or verbal -- as, um, I did when I leaped to hasty conclusions about your Waltonoid moniker and the yin/yang symbol which looks like sperm whales indulging in interracial harmony. I apologize for that.
I used to use the username 'Offield', but people thought I was a football fan. I'm not ... it was a deliberately gauche translation of 'Duchamp'.
Innaresting point, actually. I can think of some members here who picked a name on the spur of the moment and stayed stuck with it - even though it conveys an image that isn't 'them' at all.
And since you refer to <thirty years ago>, even you may not be a young fellow called John.
We're all in disguise, aren't we? Some people are clever enough to keep their alter egos consistent, but mine are a bunch of accidents.
It's always a pleasure when somebody gets one of my cryptic comments. Feel free to say anything at all at my forum, Frogspawn.
You know, King's pawn, Queen's pawn, Frog's pawn. I like to play the French.
|Oct-03-11|| ||Domdaniel: To get back to the earlier topic of Kim Commons, he's woefully under-represented in the CG database. Just 75 games here, and a quick scoot around some other databases revealed upwards of 300.|
Funny thing is, I've found all his games from Plovdiv 1982, but can't find *anyone's* games from Plovdiv '76. I'm sure it took place - it was a big old-fashioned 15-round all-play-all, popular among Soviet bloc GMs who weren't trusted to head west but fancied some Bulgarian sand and sea.
The Bulgars were terribly secretive in those days, though. Maybe the 1976 event was a state secret, and Commons smuggled his brilliancy out in a tube of toothpaste. I'm sure estate agents make good spies.
Anyway, time to submit a few dozen games by the guy. There are many more good ones.
|Oct-03-11|| ||kdogphs: I watched this game and thought: "Wow White has lost his mind..." Until I saw the ending... just yeah awesome...|
|Oct-04-11|| ||JohnBoy: <Dom> - Excellent, thanks! I know you play the French, which I must admit I certainly don't get. I play the CK against e4, and like getting the bishop out. How to time the breaks in the French is an issue I struggle with.|
I am definitely not a youngster. How many youngsters have the slightest idea what "the Waltons" was? As you can read at my page, I was weak master strength in about 1980 as a 20 year old. Time has a way of instilling patience, and I've given up the Sicilians and KID/Benonis of youth for a more boring game that probably suits my nature. My guess is I play now at about 2300 level (supported by 30 min per side games I play with several very strong players from time to time). But mostly my game is a struggle to get out of the opening with enough positional cohesion to give rein to my ability to compute pretty well through mayhem.
No offense taken. I laughed. Water off a duck's back.
Be well and I will look for your lessons on how to play the French.
|Oct-05-11|| ||Gilmoy: <Domdaniel: It was only when I began using [my username] here on CG that I found out about ... a Dungeons+Dragons-type game with Domdaniels as baddies.>|
Hah. As a recent college grad in 1988, I did a solo walk-thru / "solution" of Gygax's G3 <Hall of the Fire Giant King> using the GenCon tourney party printed in the back of the module. Decades later, the only names I remembered were Beek Gwenders (half-elf ranger), Fonkin Hoddypeak (high elf f/mu), and Faffle something (human magic-user).
For Diablo, I made up <Gilmoy Faffle> because I thought it sounded snappy and appropriate for a mage. AFAIK, "Gilmoy" is original. In 2006, I bought the G1-G3 PDF from TSR online: it's "Faffle Dwe'o-mercraeft", which I think is lame.
Condensed version: G3 is a <rescue mission>. It dovetails too well, beyond mere coincidence.
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