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|Jun-01-13|| ||whiteshark: Fresh blog adress is: http://kevinspraggettonchess.wordpr...|
Can't wait to see the new 5 sec tactic puzzles...
|Jun-01-13|| ||LucB: Cool, thanks for the link!|
|Jun-01-13|| ||evlozare: nice, but does anyone know exactly what happened and why mr spraggett's blogspot was removed?|
|Jun-01-13|| ||Shams: <evlozare> Either link given will tell you.|
|Jun-01-13|| ||evlozare: thanks, <shams>. am a keen follower of his blogspot.|
|Jun-01-13|| ||Shams: <evlozare> I like to keep abreast of it too.|
|Jun-01-13|| ||Ken MacGillivray: many thanks to LucB and whiteshark for your information. I am now able to access Kevin's blog and my routine is back in good shape.|
|Jun-01-13|| ||LucB: <Shams>, you're a naughty boy! :D|
|Jun-02-13|| ||PhilFeeley: Living in Saudi Arabia, Kevin's blog was always blocked (curiously, they blocked another chess website - chessmix.com - which had no offensive content whatsoever, let alone any pictures, so they're not very smart), but he had an alternative address, ending in .pt which I was able to view. Now I can see the new wordpress blog. We'll see how long that lasts.|
|Jun-04-13|| ||AgentRgent: <PhilFeeley: Can anyone else offer evidence to support My System as a worthy teaching manual?> Anecdotal perhaps but... Bent Larsen ,Vasily Smyslov ,Anatoly Karpov, and Vladimir Kramnik have all spoken highly of Nimzowitsch and My System. Of course that doesn't really compare to Kevin Spraggett and User: Just Another Master so take that for what you will... ;)|
|Jun-05-13|| ||PhilFeeley: I just thought one of Kevin's points about "My System" was pretty accurate (Nimzowitsch never played his own system). And I haven't seen anyone else discuss the subject.|
|Jun-05-13|| ||AgentRgent: <(Nimzowitsch never played his own system).> Nonsense.|
|Jun-06-13|| ||PhilFeeley: Spraggett's own words: <His works are very famous, but, in my humble opinion, over-rated. I've read everything he has written (and spent a great deal of time thinking about what he said--I now regret having wasted my time), it is all very interesting and entertaining, but I think that, self-promotion apart, he almost never achieved in his tournament practice (i.e. his games) what he makes you believe he did in his books. It is really hard to find a game played from move 1 to the end where he even followed his own 'system' ! On top of this, his books are filled with many tactical oversights, and simply bad judgement. And a lot of the other stuff he wrote about is just pure 'technique'...and he did not 'invent' it, but he did try to make his readers believe he did...|
Nimzovich was a great player ! No doubt about this...but his advice given in his books never even worked in his own time...not many players realize that his strength was due primarily due to his ability to play white ! With black he was a pigeon by comparison...and far too much of what he wrote was from the black side (again, he was trying to 'promote' the Nimzo-Indian -type systems). In fact, most of it is pure fantasy..
There are some famous players who will swear by his books, this I acknowledge, but take my word for it, there are many, many more famous players who believe his stuff is second rate 'schillerism'!
His name will always be associated with 'hypermodernism' and deservingly. But even most of the variations of the Nimzo-Indian defence that he played are known (and have been known as such for more than 50 years) to be simply bad. There is a famous game of his where he tried to provoke d5 by playing his rook to e6...just garbage ! The truth is that his position was already desparate, and he was willing to try anything...
This is not to say that he didn't win some nice games in the Nimzo... in fact he did play two or three really nice games (he was definitely a 2600+ player)...but they had very little to do with his 'system'... and most modern masters can do the same if they get the help that he got from his opponents !
I think that you will find it very difficult to find former 'Soviet' GMs to say anything nice about Nimzo's books; I think they mostly didn't like the very 'commercial' aspect of his books. And I think that maybe 'lack' of objectivity on Nimzovich's part played a role also..> http://canchess.tripod.com/Nonimzo....
That sounds like careful analysis to me, not nonsense.
|Jun-06-13|| ||PhilFeeley: Lawrence Day adds:|
<"I don't like Nimzo either.
Many of the ideas are ripped off from Tchigorin.
In those days, when he wrote, the idea was to raise fan money for a world championship purse.
Hence 'his' system, but the Soviets (knowing their Tchigorin) see thru the scam, imo".>
Maybe it's just Canadians. They seem to like the odd "rat" opening a lot (Duncan Suttles).
|Jun-06-13|| ||keypusher: <Phil Feeley>
<.not many players realize that his strength was due primarily due to his ability to play white ! >
I'm not qualified to speak to most of what Spraggett says, but this, at least, appears not to be true. I did a comparison of various masters' scores with White and Black. Everyone did better with White than with Black, but Nimzowitsch came very close to scoring equally with Black and White. Apologies for the formatting. The usual caveats about the database apply.
White 64.5% Black 62.8%
122 47.1% 129 45.2%
47 18.1% 55 19.4%
90 34.7% 100 35.2%
White 73.5% Black 72.4%
747 61.5% 401 57.0%
176 14.5% 86 12.2%
292 24.0% 216 30.7%
White 73.7% Black 67.8%
188 57.5% 136 45.6%
33 10.1% 30 10.1%
106 32.4% 133 44.3%
White 63.1% Black 61.5%
432 51.1% 306 47.4%
211 24.9% 158 24.5%
203 24.0% 182 28.2%
White 70.2% Black 57.9%
205 54.8% 152 39.4%
54 14.4% 91 23.6%
115 30.7% 143 37.0%
White 65.6% Black 57.3%
177 44.4% 120 31.0%
53 13.3% 64 16.5%
169 42.4% 203 52.5%
White 70.8% Black 61.9%
131 60.9% 91 48.1%
41 19.0% 46 24.3%
44 20.4% 52 27.5%
White 71.4% Black 57.3%
286 57.9% 185 42.8%
75 15.2% 122 28.2%
133 26.9% 125 28.9%
White 72.7% Black 63.9%
335 53.8% 265 43.7%
53 8.5% 96 15.8%
235 37.7% 245 40.4%
White 73.9% Black 66.8%
581 54.8% 468 45.8%
85 8.0% 125 12.2%
395 37.2% 429 42.0%
White 66.0% Black 49.8%
196 44.6% 106 25.3%
55 12.5% 104 24.8%
188 42.8% 209 49.9%
|Jun-06-13|| ||AgentRgent: <PhilFeeley: That sounds like careful analysis to me, not nonsense.> I fear you may have mistaken analysis with demagoguery. |
For what it's worth, I suggest you simply read Nimzowitsch and decide for yourself.
|Jun-06-13|| ||KKDEREK: So Kevin like hot teens? Well who doesn`t? ;)|
|Jun-12-13|| ||HeMateMe: Canadian Black Widow jailed:
|Jun-12-13|| ||perfidious: <HMM>: Another piece of work.|
|Jun-18-13|| ||PhilFeeley: <AR> Too many books to read. I already have more than I can deal with for the rest of my chess life. Thanks for the discussion.|
|Jul-17-13|| ||Everett: Well, you play a system and make moves on principle when you are able to. But each position is different, so chess players have to address specific issues in specific ways. |
Larsen put it best when he said that there is no "System" of play in Nimzo's books, just intriguing and worthwhile concepts to study and utilize at the chessboard when appropriate.
|Aug-23-13|| ||kingfu: He's back! Spraggett had a nice attack starting from the English in the first round. It is the 15th Internacional de Sants in Barcelona, Spain.|
|Nov-10-13|| ||ketchuplover: happy birthday young man|
|Nov-10-13|| ||Kikoman: <Player of the Day>|
Happy 59th Birthday GM Kevin Spraggett! :D
|Nov-10-13|| ||Penguincw: Happy 59th birthday to Canadian GM: Kevin Spraggett.|
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