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AgentRgent
Member since Sep-30-02
I've been playing for many years, but only seriously for about 10. I prefer positional play and some of my favorite players are Reti, Petrosian, Smyslov, Karpov, Larsen, Vaganian and The Master: Aron Nimzowitsch.

My favorite active player is Vladimir Kramnik.

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   AgentRgent has kibitzed 6123 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-18-15 AgentRgent chessforum (replies)
 
AgentRgent: <Karposian: True, but the Qb3 line you mention here: 1. Qb3 Rxe3 2.Qa4 Bb7 leads to the same position as after 1.Qa4 Bb7, the only difference is that White has lost a tempo and Black has gotten in ...Rxe3! So, 1.Qa4 is clearly superior to 1.Qb3, got it?> Actually no, I ...
 
   Apr-17-15 Gashimov Memorial (2015) (replies)
 
AgentRgent: Sorry to hijack the kibitzing (figured this would be the easiest way to catch most of the strong members hehe)... I'm looking for some analysts to check out a position in my Forum. I'm pretty proud of my find and I'm looking to get an opinion on if it is really sound (to make it ...
 
   Apr-15-15 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
AgentRgent: American History X is the film and the "black guy" (actually 2) wasn't killed in a fight but rather executed gruesomely (curb stomped) after failed attempt to steal a truck. The film is one of the finest on the subject of racism, neo-nazism, and redemption.. I give it 6 out of 5 ...
 
   Jan-29-15 Carlsen - Anand World Championship (2014) (replies)
 
AgentRgent: <Conrad93: I think chess fans have had enough of seeing Anand get stomped.> Well, the list of people who WOULDN'T (likely) get stomped is pretty darn small...
 
   Jan-23-15 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
 
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   Jan-20-15 Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2015 (replies)
 
AgentRgent: The position after white's 8th looks <eerily familiar> ;)
 
   Nov-20-14 Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 (replies)
 
AgentRgent: <kamagong24: are these the kind of world champion and world contender we want to have? play for a draw with black and hope for a win with white... i like both players, but their strategy for winning is not fitting of a world champion> When you win the championship, you're ...
 
   Nov-14-14 Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
 
AgentRgent: It's likely to be a draw, but far from certain.
 
   Nov-11-14 Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2014 (replies)
 
AgentRgent: <Petrosianic: Petrosian always tried to make the objectively best move, and played as though his opponent would too. Even when playing a weak opponent, which meant that he missed out on some wins...> I've often said the same about Kramnik.
 
   Nov-11-14 Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
 
AgentRgent: <IndianFan: To me winning with opening prep is akin to a boxing match in which one boxer fights with his fists and the other one has sneaked in a club into the ring.> Feel free to believe what you will, but you'll not likely find many who share (or care about) your opinion.
 
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Feb-11-09  Ziggurat: rb6+?

Jun-23-09
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  Thrajin: <AgentRgent>, as you may know, we've recently put together a team, on gameknot, that consists solely of chessgames.com members. Your name came up in a recent conversation I had with Brankat, and we both agree you'd be a strong member of our team, should you agree to join.

We've put together a solid team, with people like <brankat>, <blacksburg>, <warmasterkron>, <ganstaman>, <ketchuplover>, and <nakosonorense>.

If you want to join, go here: http://gameknot.com/team.pl?id=1374 and click the join team link to sign up. Then I'll accept your request to join and that's all there is to it.

James (a.k.a. thrajin)

Jun-24-09  brankat: Welcome to the Team!
Jul-10-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  jessicafischerqueen: <AgentRgent>

Well that was a truly beautiful game <GM Kramnik> played yesterday.

He left no doubt- no doubt whatsoever.

Seemingly out of nowhere he brought down <Carlsen's> position = an ensuing king hunt and mating net in which <Carlsen> would have had to give up his Queen for a Rook and a minor piece in order to prevent it.

I have spent several hours this morning with my chess engine already trying to figure out the complexities of the Middle game to the Finish.

Ok then thanks for your patience.

Impossible not to be thrilled by <GM Kramnik's> play in this case.

Oct-26-10  LIFE Master AJ: I saw your header.

I understand Nimzowitsch was your favorite player.

I have written numerous articles on this player.

I respectfully submit this page for your enjoyment: http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera....

If you liked this one, let me know. (I have done a few more as well.)

Oct-26-10  LIFE Master AJ: For all the players who stated - a while back - that Kramnik was "done."

Look at some of his recent games.

Kramnik,V (2780) - Shirov,A (2749) [D16]
Grand Slam Final Masters Bilbao ESP (2), 10.10.2010

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 e6 6.e3 c5 7.Bxc4 Nc6 8.0-0 Be7 9.Qe2 cxd4 10.Rd1 0-0 11.exd4 Nd5 12.Bb3 Na5 13.Ba2 Nb4 14.d5 Nxa2 15.Rxa2 Bf6 16.dxe6 Qe7 17.Nd5 Qxe6 18.b4 Nc6 19.b5 Ne5 20.Nc7 Nxf3+ 21.gxf3 Qxe2 22.Rxe2 Be6 23.Nxa8 Rxa8 24.Bb2 Rc8 25.Rc1 Rd8 26.Bxf6 gxf6 27.Kg2 a6 28.bxa6 bxa6 29.Rc6 Kg7 30.Re4 f5 31.Rh4 Ra8 32.a5 Kg6 33.Kg3 Kg5 34.Rd4 h5 35.h4+ Kf6 36.Kf4 Rb8 37.Rxa6 Rb2 38.Ra4 Rxf2 39.Rxe6+ fxe6 40.a6 Re2 41.a7 1-0

I download the latest games from "TWIC" faithfully every week. I also add games "by hand" from the U.S. Chess Magazine ... and many other sources. I also try to visit all the websites and download the PGN files of all the latest tournament games.

Since about 2007, I have about 750,000 games in this database.

Searching it for ONLY Kramnik's recent wins, we find the following list: Carlsen, Aronian, Mamedyarov, Naiditsch, Ponomariov, etc.

"Impressive, MOST impressive." (Darth Vader - in <Star Wars IV>.)

Nov-02-10  LIFE Master AJ: < Nov-02-10 AgentRgent: Just an editorial note... at http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera... In the intro to the Matisons-Nimzowitsch game you state: "<Black> resigns before he has lost a single pawn." Obviously you mean White, furthermore you may wish to clarify, perhaps with "before he is down even a single pawn" rather than "before he has lost a single pawn". The latter is a bit unclear as white has had 2 pawns captured.

Other than that, a nice page, thanks for sharing.>

Very nice "word-smithing," I may do exactly that.

Thanks for the compliment as well.

Apr-27-12  LoveThatJoker: Thanks for stopping by my forum, man! I'll say your name like a pirate for sure! :D

Any truly exciting games that you have come across lately?

LTJ

May-18-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  AgentRgent: Just got back from the US Championships in St. Louis. What an awesome club and experience. Got to speak with Jennifer Shahade, Sunil Weeramantry, and Irina Krush (who was extremely gracious and accommodating!) The only thing that would have made made the day better was if Rusudan Goletiani had prevailed.

Unfortunately I won't be back this year, but I will certainly be back in the future!

May-19-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: <AgentRgent: <GlennOliver: isn't this game exhilarating compared to the dull-as-dishwater World Chess Championship?> I think both are exciting? Playing precise chess at the highest levels is like walking a tightrope. Isn't it enough that the walker reaches the other side? Must there be a fall for it to be exciting?>

Hey, like that one, man. Good seeing you around.

Jun-24-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  AgentRgent: Ok, well here's a mystery.. Someone renewed my premium membership and I have no idea whom. I thought perhaps my wife had it done secretly, but she swears it wasn't her or any of our family. So, whoever my benefactor is.. a huge THANK YOU!!! Later this year when my finances improve, I will be sure to pay it forward!
Jun-25-12  LoveThatJoker: It wasn't me, but I'm glad you're back, AgentRgent!

"Arrrrrghh!"

:)

LTJ

Sep-01-12  Tal7777777: "First restrain, then blockade, and lastly destroy!" -Aron Nimzowitsch
Mar-08-13  wachter123680: Nice poster of Tatat Schmitz game on the Spassky Fuchs game, in which Fuchs lost for not early replacement of that e5 solid unbreakable pawn in my view.
Dec-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <AgentRgent> Merry Christmas!
Apr-14-15
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  AgentRgent: Got this position in an OTB tournament game recently:


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White to move:

There may be a better continuation than the one I found, but I thought I'd see what you all think...

Apr-17-15  thegoodanarchist: I am not seeing posts by either Mark Finan or chuckles.

Neither is on my ignore list, so I am guessing they deleted their failed attempts at finding the move!

Apr-17-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  AgentRgent: <offramp> I never even considered that... perhaps I should look at it.

<Chuckles> Yes that was the line that I felt kept black in the game.

<thegoodanarchist> Is it really "the human move"? Wow. I looked at your computer's preferred move and frankly I don't think it ultimately works any better (not sure what depth you reached).

<e4ia> I guess I'm clearly not 2200+ FIDE because I could NEVER have found that line OTB. But I'm sure interested at looking at it now.

Apr-17-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  AgentRgent: <thegoodanarchist: I am not seeing posts by either Mark Finan or chuckles.> I deleted them to allow others to continue to "guess" the answer.
Apr-17-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  AgentRgent:


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So visually it appears that white may already be lost, but it seems there may actually be 3 ways for white to save the game? (based on the analysis so far).

1: Qb3 which (although thegoodanarchist's engine likes it best) strikes me as the least effective after ...Rxe3 Qa4 Bb7 which looks only equal (although that's a lot better than it looked after black's ...Ng4!?

2: The "insane Houdini idea" found by e4ia: 1.Ne4 Nxe3 2 Rxf7! Kf7 3.Qb3! Bxd4 4.Bxd4 Nf5 5.c5+ d5 6.Nd6+ Ke7 7.Nxe8 Ke8 8.Bb2 Nf8 9.e4 de4 10.Be4 Be6 11. Qf3 Rc8 about which I think "If I could find this OTB at G70, I'd have good chances become WC!" ;)

And 3: Nb5 "the human move", although I have to admit I was very pleased that I found it. After ...cxb5 cxb5 my opponent fortunately (for me) played ...Qb6 which allowed me to play Nc4 wherein followed a queen trade and my win of the exchange and later the game (doubled b pawns FTW!) My analysis during the game and afterward led me to believe that after cxb5 black could stay in the game by returning the knight with ...Nc5. But I now think that it eventually proves insufficient due to Bxg7 Nxe3 Qb3! as suggested by Chuckles.

Apr-17-15  thegoodanarchist: <AgentRgent:...

1: Qb3 which (although thegoodanarchist's engine likes it best) strikes me as the least effective after ...Rxe3 Qa4 Bb7 which looks only equal (although that's a lot better than it looked after black's ...Ng4!?>

Or 2. Qc2 in reply to 1... Rxe3, instead of 2. Qa4. Difference is marginal, though. Maybe 2 centipawns in the hands of the silicon monsters.

Apr-17-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karposian: <1: Qb3 which (although thegoodanarchist's engine likes it best) strikes me as the least effective after ...Rxe3 Qa4 Bb7 which looks only equal>

Well, 1.Qb3 cannot possibly be better than my suggestion 1.Qa4. You dismissed my proposed move Qa4 on the grounds that Black could respond with 1...Bb7 (instead of 1...Rxe3).

True, but the Qb3 line you mention here: 1. Qb3 Rxe3 2.Qa4 Bb7 leads to the same position as after 1.Qa4 Bb7, the only difference is that White has lost a tempo and Black has gotten in ...Rxe3!

So, 1.Qa4 is clearly superior to 1.Qb3, got it? Your analysis doesn't add up. In my earlier comment that you deleted I made this clear: 1.Qa4 was better than 1.Qb3, because of the loss of tempo after 1.Qb3 Rxe3 2.Qa4.

<but it seems there may actually be 3 ways for white to save the game? (based on the analysis so far)>

Well, in that case there are at least 4 ways for White to save the game. Obviously you dismissed my proposed move 1.Qa4 way too quickly.

Apr-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  AgentRgent: <Karposian: True, but the Qb3 line you mention here: 1. Qb3 Rxe3 2.Qa4 Bb7 leads to the same position as after 1.Qa4 Bb7, the only difference is that White has lost a tempo and Black has gotten in ...Rxe3!

So, 1.Qa4 is clearly superior to 1.Qb3, got it?> Actually no, I don't "got it". They are different positions, and it's not certain that Black getting in ...Rxe3 is better for him. The rook isn't well placed there and the Ng4 is now misplaced as well. Black would much rather play ...Nxe3 than ...Rxe3, but after Qb3 Nxe3 he runs afoul of the same Nb5 lines as before.

After Qa4 Bb7 what do you propose to continue with? Looks like ...Nxe3 is inevitable and black is better.

Apr-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karposian: <Actually no, I don't "got it". They are different positions, and it's not certain that Black getting in ...Rxe3 is better for him.>

I see what you mean, but if that is the case then perhaps 1...Rxe3 is not Black's best response after 1.Qb3 in the Qb3 line?

<After Qa4 Bb7 what do you propose to continue with? Looks like ...Nxe3 is inevitable and black is better.>

Let's see..after 1.Qa4 Bb7 I propose 2.Bh3. And now, Black's best option is probably 2...Nxe3, because I tink you're right: it's better for Black to get ...Nxe3 in than ...Rxe3.

My point is that under your "3 ways for White to save the game", both in the Ne4 line 1.Ne4 Nxe3 2 Rxf7!, and in one of the Nb5 lines (...Bxg7 Nxe3 Qb3!) as well, Black gets to play ...Nxe3 but White still holds. So, even if as you say after 1.Qa4 Bb7, ...Nxe3 is inevitable, White should hold in this line also.

Anyway, back to my proposed line:

After something like 1.Qa4 Bb7 2.Bh3 Nxe3 3.Rf3, White should be able to hold the game. Black is still slightly better, though. I accept that the Nb5 move that you found OTB, and the "insane Houdini" move Ne4 are better. My point is simply that if 1.Qb3 works (and I'm not sure if it does, because as you mention, it's the least effective of your three alternatives and is only equal, if even that)), then 1.Qa4 should work too.

Apr-18-15
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  Karposian: <AgentRgent> By the way, I don't agree at all with <tga>'s assessment that 1.Qb3 is the computer move and that 1.Nb5 is the human move in the position. In fact, I think it's completely the other way around!

I think it was very impressive by you to find Nb5 over the board.

When I first looked at your very interesting "puzzle" I did not consider Nb5 at all. What first struck me in the position is the threat of the unpleasant ...Nxe3 forking White's Queen and Rook.

So, a natural "human" assessment is to move the Queen away, at least that was my first thought, anyway! In my opinion 1.Qb3 or 1.Qa4 are the most natural moves in the position, while moves like 1.Nb5 and 1.Ne4 are much more "computer"-like.

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