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I've lost my mind all over again: I've re-upped for another two years on <>. What was I thinking? I'll say something more profound as soon as something occurs to me. Full Member

   Artar1 has kibitzed 5770 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-08-16 Klinova vs D Spence, 2006 (replies)
Artar1: The position looks hopeless for Black, and it is, or is it? That didnít stop me, however, from searching for a Black win. Not finding one after several minutes, I suspected that I should be looking for a stalemate instead. Black can only move two pieces, and that gave me the clue I ...
   Dec-04-16 P K Wells vs Y Habu, 2005 (replies)
Artar1: It took Stockfish a matter of a few seconds to find the right continuation at move eighteen. Amazing.
   Nov-30-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
Artar1: <OhioChessFan>, yes, it's been awhile, but I'm retired now, so I have a little more time for chess, but not half the brain required to excel, in any meaningful way, at our royal game. How have you been? I'm truly amazed to see many of the original players still here. That's a ...
   Nov-30-16 Artar1 chessforum
Artar1: <chesstoplay>, Iím happy to be back, and happier still that you dropped by to say hi. How are you my good friend? Iím acquainted with the St. Louis Chess Club from the various videos Iíve seen on YouTube. Iím most impressed by the instruction the Club has presented, and I have ...
   Nov-29-16 Boomie chessforum (replies)
Artar1: <Boomie>, What a beautiful piece! I didn't know that blues could be so melodic. I love it!
   Nov-28-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
Artar1: Well, I can't say that this match was the most exciting I've seen. Carlsen missed a draw in Game 8, as I'm sure you all know, so that means this contest will drag on a little longer. I miss the days when championship contests seemed to be more exciting and included many more games at
   Dec-15-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
   Jan-15-14 S Williams vs The World, 2013 (replies)
Artar1: <ajile>: Hi, yes you're right. It was my typo. It's good to speak with you too and to be back playing chess once again. Anyway, this game is in the bag for us.
   Nov-22-13 hms123 chessforum (replies)
Artar1: <hms123> Thank you for your warm welcome. It's good to be playing again, especially on the World Team. And, of course, it's good to see that you're still playing and enjoying our wonderful game!
   Nov-22-13 capafan chessforum (replies)
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  brankat: <Artar1> It is good to have You back my friend! A fresh start? A new forum, new avatar. In this new photo You look so young :-)
Mar-04-12  hms123: <Artar1>. Welcome back, indeed. I hope all is well in your world.
Mar-05-12  chesstoplay: Hey, friend, long time no post!!

Hope all is well in California.

4.0 quake today in the San Francisco area we saw on Yahoo.

Our retirement driving plans include a trip in my wife's convertible to California in the next two years.

Missed you -- happy you are back!


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  Artar1: Hi <brankat>,

I hope all is well with you.

So many questions.

Yes, it's very good to be back and to see so many familiar people still posting.

I'm not sure it's a fresh start for me, but I do feel new in some ways.

I had <> clear out my forum. Many of the posts didn't seem relevant any more.

My avatar does look new, doesnít it? But I've used it in the past. I like the idea of the inner child, and besides I haven't grown up yet!

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  Artar1: Hi <hms123>,

It was so nice of you to drop by and to wish me well.

How are you? I've noticed you have been busy in your forum and elsewhere.

I'm doing well. Iím still playing chess when I get the chance. I seem to be focusing more on the basics of the game rather than worrying too much about achievement.

My life is going well enough, I suppose. I hope all is well with you.

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  OhioChessFan: WB Artar. I found my inner child last week and beat him up.
Mar-08-12  hms123: <Artar1>

Things are going quite well in my world. As you mentioned, I have been quite busy with a variety of things, not least of which was an article I wrote (with a lot of help from many other cg members) about the World Team.

It is in the August 2011 issue of <Chess Life>, but you can also find it here: Go to pages <32-35> to read it. I am pretty sure you will find it interesting.

I am on spring break this week and have a little more time for reading the pile of chess books that are piling up in my office and on my iPad. I can't wait for summer to start really catching up on them.

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  brankat: <OhioChessFan> <I found my inner child last week and beat him up.>

If the Admin finds out You'll end up on the Probation, too.

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  brankat: <Artar1> <I like the idea of the inner child, and besides I haven't grown up yet!>

I suppose this non-growing child can help one remain young, regardless of one's age.

I do hope to keep on seeing You at the site on a more regular basis.

Cheers my friend!

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  moronovich: <OhioChessFan: WB Artar. I found my inner child last week and beat him up.>

You should love him tender,love him do,he aint no hounddog ;)

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  brankat: How are things my friend? There has been some very interesting discussion taking place in my forum, lately. I've been trying not to participate :-)

Also, <Memethecat>'s forum.

And, of course, the best of all: <Robed.Bishop>'s place :-)

Mar-30-12  chesstoplay: Hi < Artar1 >

...and I'm getting old enough to think about needing training wheels again!


Nov-20-13  capafan: It is very good to see you return to CGÖmany, including I, I know have missed your presence. Hope all is well. We could use your stabilizing influence in the World Game...
Nov-20-13  hms123: Welcome back.
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  Artar1: 1. (-1.79): 30.e4 Bc5 31.R1g2 h5 32.R6g3 Rad8 33.Rg6 a5 34.h4 Bd4 35.R6g3 Bb6 36.Kb1 Rd6 37.Rg6 Bd4 38.R6g3 Bc5 39.Rh3 Bb6 40.Rhg3 Rxc6

2. (-1.79): 30.Kb1 h5 31.e4 Rad8 32.Rc1 Be7 33.Ka2 a5 34.Kb1 Ra8 35.Rcg1 Bc5 36.R1g2 Rac8 37.R6g3 Rcd8 38.Rg6 Bb6 39.h4 Ra8 40.R6g3 Rad8 41.Kc1 Bc5 42.Kb1 Be7 43.Rg6 Bd6 44.R2g3 Bc5 45.Rg2 a4

3. (-1.79): 30.R6g3 a5 31.e4 Bc5 32.R1g2 Rad8 33.Rg6 Bd4 34.R6g3 Bb6 35.Kb1 Bc5 36.Rg6 Rd6 37.R6g3 h5 38.h4 Rdd8 39.Ka2 Bb6 40.Kb1 Rd6 41.Rg6 Bd4 42.R6g3 Bc5 43.Rh3 Bb6 44.Rhg3 Rxc6 45.Rxd3 Rd6

4. (-1.79): 30.R6g2 h5 31.Kb1 a5 32.e4 Bc5 33.Rc1 Be7 34.Rcg1 Rad8 35.Rg3 Bc5 36.R1g2 Rd6 37.h4 Rdd8 38.Ka2 Bb6 39.Kb1 Rd6 40.Rg6 Bd4 41.R6g3 Bc5 42.Rh3 Bb6 43.Rhg3 Rxc6 44.Rxd3

5. (-1.79): 30.R1g3 h5 31.Rg1 Rab8 32.e4 Bc5 33.R1g2 Rbd8 34.h4 Ba7 35.Kb1 Rd6 36.R6g3 Bb6 37.Rg6 a5 38.R6g3 Rxc6 39.Rxd3 Rd6 40.Kc2

6. (-1.79): 30.R6g4 a5 31.R4g3 Be7 32.h4 h5 33.e4 Bc5 34.R1g2 Rad8 35.Kb1 Rd6 36.Rh3 Bb6 37.Rhg3 Rdd8 38.Kc1 Bc5 39.Kb1

7. (-1.79): 30.R1g2 a5 31.e4 Ra6 32.R6g3 a4 33.bxa4 b3+ 34.Kxb3 Rb8+ 35.Kc4 Bf8 36.Bc3 Rd8 37.Rg1 Rxa4+ 38.Kb5

8. (-1.79): 30.h4 h5 31.e4 Rad8 32.R6g3 Bc5 33.R1g2 Bb6 34.Kb1 Rd6 35.Rg6 a5 36.R6g3 Rdd8 37.Kc1 Bc5 38.Kb1 Be7 39.Rg6 Bd6 40.R2g3 Bc5 41.Rg2 Rd6 42.R6g3 Rdd8 43.Ka2 Bb6 44.Kb1 Rd6 45.Rg6 Bd4

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  Artar1: Anyone knowing how to increase tactical strength, please share your knowledge with me; I promise to never use it against you in an over-the-board game, honest!
Nov-29-16  Boomie: Welcome back. Maybe we'll get another World Game going now that we have the whole family back together.

As for learning tactics, everyone has their own style of learning. Some remember images where others use text, for example. The general rule to learning is practice, practice, practice. Use a tool like ChessTempo ( and play lots of positions. Lenin said that quantity has a quality all its own and he at least got that much right.

Yaz recommends taking notes and I think most players can benefit from that. Writing a post mortem forces you to answer questions like "What was I/he/she/it thinking?". To answer such questions requires a review of the tactics.

If you are asking about learning as a teacher, consider that everyone has different learning styles. If you are asking for yourself, find a learning method that works for you. In either case, there is no substitute for seeing a lot of positions.

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  Artar1: <Boomie>, thank you so much for responding to my post. I really appreciate it. How are you, by the way? Itís good to be back. I am amazed that so many of the players "of old" are still present and posting on a regular basis. I would say that we are a family of sorts, and Iím proud to be part of it.

Yes, another World Game would be wonderful. I learned so much by participating in those events.

I asked about tactics because I now feel itís the heart of chess. Every move involves tactics to some degree, and without tactical ability, oneís playing strength freezes at a lower level, maybe an Elo of 1300. Besides, there is a certain artistic quality to playing chess well, just like there is when one plays a musical instrument with both flair and competence.

I agree with the individuality of learning style. I like the idea of images; thatís how I spot tactical possibilities, and then use calculation to check the viability of a combination.

What I have discovered thus far is this: the game of chess is a struggle over space, force, and time, as <GM Seirawan> advocates, which ultimately leads to checkmate, a resignation, or a draw. Every move counts, and when one canít force the course of the game using tactics, then one ought to be improving oneís position while keeping space, force, and time in mind.

For me, I am spending several hours a day on tactics, alternating between easy and difficult problems. By doing so, I have noticed an increase in my playing strength, but better still, I have a greater understanding of a position, even those I donít normally play.

Thank you so much for recommending <ChessTempo>. Iím using <CT-Art 3.0>, <Idea Chess> (, and <Personal Chess Trainer 2.0>. The last program emphasizes visual recognition over straight calculation.

I agree with Leninís position about quantity being instrumental to quality. If one practices long and hard enough, an increase in performance is almost guaranteed. That method certainly worked for me when it came to writing. I was never a good student of English, but hard work and many hours of practice have improved my writing skills considerably.

Who is <Yaz>? I apologize for my ignorance. I like the idea of taking notes and annotating our games.

Thanks again for writing. I hope you have a great day!

Nov-29-16  Boomie: <Artar1: Who is <Yaz>?>

Oops. Sorry. That's Yasser's nickname. I spent some time with Yaz when he started playing chess. Even in his early teens, he was good company. He hasn't changed all that much over the years. That nice, genial man you see on his broadcasts is the real Yaz.

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  Artar1: <Boomie>, There's no need to apologize. I should have known that <Yaz> was <GM Seirawan's> nickname. What a wonderful human being. He is such a nice gentleman and a wonderful chess player as well, of course. I really love watching his videos. I learn so much.

It's time for me to make the rounds to say hi to everyone, or almost everyone.

Nov-29-16  chesstoplay: Hi Artar1!

Happy you are back!

We went to the St Louis Chess Club in September.

Yaz spends some time there, too.

Everybody likes him. He is easy to be around and always in a good mood.

Var (GM Varuzhan Akobian) was there doing a stint as a guest GM. Judi and I had coffee with him our first day and lunch the next. An Armenian, a Swede and an Italian and we had tacos... go figure!

Hope all is going well for you.


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  Artar1: <chesstoplay>, Iím happy to be back, and happier still that you dropped by to say hi. How are you my good friend?

Iím acquainted with the St. Louis Chess Club from the various videos Iíve seen on YouTube. Iím most impressed by the instruction the Club has presented, and I have especially enjoyed the presentations given by <GM Akobian> and <GM Seirawan>. Both men seem like delightful individuals and are great teachers of the game.

Do you live near St. Louis? Iíve moved from California. My wife and I have taken up residence in the Vancouver, Washington area, where we are enjoying all that wonderful rain, and I mean that sincerely. Californiaís drought seems never-ending.

I hope you are well.

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