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|Mar-28-09|| ||parisattack: Two ideas that interest me with regard to Suttles chess (in addition to those delicious hypermodern openings, of course!) - |
1) The concept of 'flexibility' in chess. I've hypothesized this as a basic element along with space, position, material and time (initiative). Suttles, Petrosian and perhaps Ulf Andersson were on a separate plane in this regard. IM Day's chapter in Keene's Learn From the Masters seems to hint at this concept. Flexibility is closely related to 'dynamic' in the way it is expressed in Cole's old book, Dynamic Chess...
2) That Suttles was a superb tactician. I remember studying Nimzo's games with my teacher, Eugene Salome, who had been close to Senior Master strength in his prime. One comment always stuck, "Remember, all of this fancy positional work is totally meaningless unless you have the tactical skill to execute it.' There is almost always a tactical 'point' that makes the strategy viable.
The Chess on the Edge series are the most enjoyable books I've purchased for many years. Yet I am hesitant to recommend them to many players on the 'Kids, don't try this at home' theory. Although its made my enjoyment of chess much greater I have always suspected hypermodernism cost me 200 ELO in strength.
I have other thoughts, including the 'half-fianchetto' but will wait to hear from others with their ideas.
|Apr-10-09|| ||ray keene: i shall shortly be reviewing the suttles trilogy in the times and the spectator|
|Apr-10-09|| ||parisattack: <ray keene: i shall shortly be reviewing the suttles trilogy in the times and the spectator>|
Great! I will watch for it but if you could let us all know when and a pointer to it, much appreciated, GM Keene.
|Jun-18-09|| ||parisattack: I consider the dreath of interest on this forum to be symptomatic of the lack of genius and creativity in classical chess today. |
Let's all Fritz the Semi-slav, forget everything else.
|Jun-19-09|| ||IMlday: Nakamura is scoring a very high percentage with the Suttles systems. Maybe he will bring them back to fashion.|
|Jan-07-10|| ||parisattack: Back on a hypermodern kick I went through quite a few games in all three volumes of Chess on the Edge.|
Wonderful books; I am surprised after everyone so anxiously awaiting them, no discussion...
|Jan-07-10|| ||MaxxLange: I thought about buying them when I saw them in a club's bookstore at Christmas, but I'm on a kick of trying to quit buying every chess book that catches my eye. I ended up buying just de la Villa's "100 Endgames You Must Know" (which is really good, by the way). Maybe I'll budget for V1 of the Suttles later this year. |
I don't make New Year's Resolutions, but I am tempted to say "this year, new chess books can only be bought with money from selling some of the old ones"
|Jan-07-10|| ||TheFocus: Oh, man, I forgot all about putting these on my wish-list. I think Suttles was one of the most under-rated GMs of all time. A highly creative genius!! I am going to study all his games before returning to tournament play. It is time to bring back hyper-modernism, and show these young whipper-snappers how some of the old school used to play!|
|Jan-07-10|| ||parisattack: <TheFocus: Oh, man, I forgot all about putting these on my wish-list. I think Suttles was one of the most under-rated GMs of all time. A highly creative genius!! I am going to study all his games before returning to tournament play. It is time to bring back hyper-modernism, and show these young whipper-snappers how some of the old school used to play!>|
Thanks for checking in here!
Yes, he was a genius with truely unique ideas and concepts. The books are enormously entertaining, instructional and thought-provoking.
I believe the Robatsch and other hypermodern openings/defenses will make a comeback - they just need a GM-level player to understand them and promote them via his/her play.
I commented on several Robatsch games in the CG database today...Of the last 50 CG Robatschs its 16-10-24!
|May-16-10|| ||muwatalli: suttles is one of my favorite players, i love his style and the whole concept of unorthodox chess , which i try to incorporate into my style, here is my latest victory in the suttles style. =)|
[Event "rated standard match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. f4 a6 5. Nf3 b5 6. Bd3 Bb7 7. Be3 Nd7 8. O-O
Nh6 9. h3 O-O 10. Qe1 f6 11. Qh4 Nf7 12. Rad1 e5 13. dxe5 dxe5 14. f5 Nd6 15.
fxg6 hxg6 16. Nd5 Bxd5 17. exd5 f5 18. Bg5 Bf6 19. Bxf6 Qxf6 20. Qxf6 Rxf6
21. Ng5 Nb6 22. Be2 Nf7 23. Ne6 Nxd5 24. Rxd5 Rxe6 25. c4 Rd6 26. Rfd1 Rad8
27. Kf2 Rxd5 28. Rxd5 Rxd5 29. cxd5 Nd6 30. a4 Kf7 31. Ke3 Kf6 32. b3 Kg5 33.
g3 f4+ 34. gxf4+ exf4+ 35. Kd4 Kh4 36. Bg4 Kg3 37. Kd3 f3 38. Kd2 Kg2 *
here my opponent said bye and purposely disconnected leaving me to wait 10 minutes and eventually adjudicate as a win.
on another note i have studied only a small percentage of the games suttles played that are on cg.com i'm hoping to find a job and get the 3 volumes written on him soon, but evidently i don't seem like the type who can handle washing dishes or something according to all the times i've been passed over so far.
|Dec-05-10|| ||wordfunph: According to Pal Benko, GM Duncan Suttles has been called the Canadian Nimzovich. His wife Dobrila narrated that Duncan has no chess books at home but this does not mean that he is unprepared for his opponents.|
|Apr-12-11|| ||arthurp: Jeremy Silman has a point.Why did Suttles switch from regular openings in 1965? to 1...g6 and 1.g3? The 3 vol. on Suttles does not answer the question.IM Day,somebody!|
|Apr-12-11|| ||Dionysius: It seems Suttles games often finish with end games with lots of pawns still on the board. I wonder if that's because his openings don't have the more usual early pawn confrontations in the centre of the board which tend to end up with exchanges?|
|Dec-21-11|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday GM Suttles!|
|Apr-10-12|| ||WTHarvey: Here are some critical positions from his games: http://www.wtharvey.com/sutt.html What's the best move?|
|Apr-14-12|| ||jackpawn: Why so few reviews of the Suttles books? The few reviews found here are favorable, but I would like a little more input before making a financial leap! |
Personally I enjoy starting games with 1. g3, but somehow generally uncomfortable with 1 . . . g6.
|Apr-14-12|| ||parisattack: <Jackpawn> I've been wondering that for years! I played both 1. g3 and 1. ... g6 for several years and had decent success with them both.|
If you like 1. g3 be sure to get/have the books by Stephen Gerzadowicz!
|Apr-17-12|| ||jackpawn: <parisattack> Thanks for the suggestion concerning Gerzadowicz. I'll look into it.|
|May-04-12|| ||PhilFeeley: So did anyone ever see Ray Keene's review of the Suttles collection for the Times and Spectator?|
|May-04-12|| ||PhilFeeley: <CG.com> Perhaps you'd like to collect the games from the Suttles/Seirawan simul given by them in Vancouver in 2008. It's a nice collection from a great birthday/publication celebration:|
|May-04-12|| ||PhilFeeley: P.S. One important game missing from the above collection is the one by the Davies brothers against the Suttles/Seirawan duo. I watched most of it and it was extremely interesting as the Davies brothers had black. |
Perhaps someone in Vancouver (since I'm no longer there) could persuade them to upload the game. I've asked Steven Wright (editor of BC Chess and BC chess organizer) if he could get it but it's not in his collection of the games from this event. I do remember that the Davies brothers won.
|May-13-12|| ||parisattack: <PhilFeeley: So did anyone ever see Ray Keene's review of the Suttles collection for the Times and Spectator?>|
I recall reading it - tho has been some time back. I do remember lots of CG'ers anxiously awaiting the Suttles books - then when they finally arrived, silence. I think they are a terrific set of books.
|Dec-21-12|| ||waustad: Happy birthday!!!|
|Jul-27-13|| ||GrahamClayton: Suttles was the co-inventor with Bruce Harper of the chess variant "Bombalot":|
|Dec-21-14|| ||parisattack: Happy Birthday to the Canadian Nimzowitsch! His Chess on the Edge books are among my very favorites.|
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