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|Mar-03-14|| ||YetAnotherAmateur: It's Monday, so let's sac the queen! Oh wait, we don't have one, so I guess that's out.|
Ok, ok, we'll sac a rook instead: 26. Ra6+ Bxa6 27. Ra7#
|Mar-03-14|| ||TheTamale: <SimonCarter>: Welcome to the site!|
|Mar-03-14|| ||tgf: Another nice Monday warm-up puzzle.|
|Mar-03-14|| ||kevin86: Sorry, your excellency, you must open the door so that I can mate your king. Back to normal, Monday|
|Mar-03-14|| ||Once: <SimonCarter> Oops, I'm forgetting my manners! Welcome to the site.|
BTW, I think I know your brother John. A bit jumpy, perhaps?
|Mar-03-14|| ||BOSTER: If you as black can hold this Gambit ( Perenyi?)
where White sacr. the knight 10.exf5 more then 25 moves, you are lucky.
|Mar-03-14|| ||PJs Studio: Ra6+ is nice. But the tough trick is setting up these lovely sacrifices.|
|Mar-03-14|| ||fm avari viraf: 26.Ra6+ Bxa6 27.Ra7# Easy to find but difficult to play!|
|Mar-03-14|| ||MountainMatt: Cute and slightly out of the ordinary mate - 26. Ra6+ Bxa6 27. Ra7#|
<The Tamale: (p.s. Why does any 1600-rated player play the Sicilian? It's CRAAA-ZY.)>
Because most other 1600s never play it. What they don't know CAN hurt them!
|Mar-03-14|| ||perfidious: <TheTamale: (p.s. Why does any 1600-rated player play the Sicilian? It's CRAAA-ZY.)>|
When I was 16-1800, the Najdorf was all I played. Edmar Mednis set me on the right path, though it was some months after the lesson-and two disastrous defeats-before I took the teachings of that lesson to heart.
|Mar-03-14|| ||Once: <(p.s. Why does any 1600-rated player play the Sicilian? It's CRAAA-ZY.)>|
I suppose there are several schools of thought here ...
1. The Sicilian is the defence of champions. So if you dream of growing your rating from 1600 to 2600 you might as well start early on (arguably) black's strongest response to 1. e4.
2. As a 1600 you probably won't understand the Sicilian so you would be better off learning something simple. And anyway your opponents won't play fair by going into the open Sicilian. Instead they will wheel out all sorts of anti-Sicilian lines where they get to have all the attacking fun.
3. Your opponents probably know as little theory as you do, so it doesn't matter too much which opening you play as long as it is (a) moderately playable and (b) you stick with it.
Which is best? Heck, I don't know. I'm still confused by shoelaces.
|Mar-03-14|| ||Mendrys: <Once: <The Tamle:..(p.s. Why does any 1600-rated player play the Sicilian? It's CRAAA-ZY.)>...3. Your opponents probably know as little theory as you do, so it doesn't matter too much which opening you play as long as it is (a) moderately playable and (b) you stick with it.>|
It's your 3rd point that applies to me. I believe that I read Reuben Fine's openig book when it was already old and that is the extent of my chess opening study. It was/is an excellent book if I remember but that was 25 years ago.
I play the Sicilian almost exclusively as black, admittedly too much so, and rarely get into difficult games out of the opening against players near my own strength. In this regard the real question is, perhaps, why wouldn't any 1600-rated player play the Sicilian?
|Mar-03-14|| ||Patriot: <TheTamale> <(p.s. Why does any 1600-rated player play the Sicilian? It's CRAAA-ZY.)> Why is it crazy?? Open positions help a player's tactics. I think this is true even though I never play it! Besides, it's just a game.|
My instructor advised me to play the French, for example, to learn how to play the pawn structures stemming from that. So there are reasons for trying different openings.
|Mar-03-14|| ||PJs Studio: Interesting guys! I too have always played the Sicilian (a true fighting defense) although, one must have MUCH of it memorized. I find being prepared as WHITE against 1...c5 is EVEN more brutal. The Dragon, Kan, Rauzer...ugh. It's all too much for me. So I go for the Smith Morra - and why not? Sure it's unsound, barely, but I'm not playing any GMs either ;)|
I find the Sicilian defense to be so fun and exciting against club players. If I we're to try and make a living as a GM or in weekend Swiss events, I would feel better with 1...c6 or 1...e5.
|Mar-03-14|| ||Whitehat1963: I sometimes struggle on Tuesdays, usually struggle on Wednesdays and rarely solve a Thursday, let alone a Friday. This was probably one of the easiest Monday puzzles I've ever seen.|
|Mar-03-14|| ||sfm: Actually, the task today was to find the moves that do NOT win.|
|Mar-03-14|| ||chesssalamander: Honestly, this one was easy, even for me. Ra6+, bishop has to take it, and then, Ra7#.|
|Mar-03-14|| ||thegoodanarchist: Hmmm, curious that Hamdija played it out to mate. Either he doesn't know when to resign, or else he didn't see the rather easy mate after 26...Bxa6.|
When I was a 1600 player I could see much more complicated tactics than this one, so I am not sure which explanation is correct.
|Mar-03-14|| ||thegoodanarchist: < lost in space: <<whiteshark:> <lost in space: I love Mondays!> I wish I'd said that. ;)>|
The truth is that I love this specific Monday of the year the least. The reason is "Helau".>
Well, in Australia it is Labour Day. So cheer up!
|Mar-03-14|| ||Phony Benoni: In this game, it looks like Prasovic had no chance of holdin' Kaufeld.|
|Mar-03-14|| ||tamar: That pun is so Phony|
|Mar-04-14|| ||Once: <PJs Studio> I spoke to a friend who is a lifelong Sicilian player. He was grumbling that in club chess he rarely got to play an open Sicilian. Just about everyone he played would wheel out some anti-Sicilian system that they specialised in - c3, the Smith-Morra, the different variations of the closed, the grand prix attack, and so on. He felt that he had to learn dozens of systems but his opponents only had to learn one.|
|Mar-04-14|| ||OhioChessFan: <Phony: In this game, it looks like Prasovic had no chance of holdin' Kaufeld.>|
Best unused pun ever.
|Mar-04-14|| ||OhioChessFan: Need to submit "Holdin' Kaufeld" for a Kaufeld loss.|
|Mar-04-14|| ||thegoodanarchist: Try to work in <turn your head and Kaufeld>|
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