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Decided to post on cg again without getting too fond of it. Welcome to anyone who visits my forum! I don't look much like my avatar, but that's pretty much how I think I am.
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   Dionysius1 has kibitzed 879 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-29-15 Dionysius1 chessforum
Dionysius1: I'm in one of those moods where I think: whoever invented chess could never have intended this level of attention and analysis and mental effort to be put into it; surely to goodness the whole thing has got way out of proportion. And equally surely, haven't we got to the point ...
   Oct-20-15 B Arjun vs J Houska, 2011
Dionysius1: Oh bloody! That must have been painful.
   Oct-19-15 Vaganian vs A Planinc, 1975 (replies)
Dionysius1: Good lord! 2 glasses of wine and I was about to announce that Bc2 is mate. It's not, is it?
   Oct-17-15 Carlsen vs Ivanchuk, 2015 (replies)
Dionysius1: Thanks <Offramp> :-)
   Oct-17-15 H Porth vs P Kotsur, 2001 (replies)
Dionysius1: Why so, Tiggler? The move played seems pretty conclusive: does 19Rxh3 achieve something even better or quicker?
   Oct-07-15 World Cup (2015) (replies)
Dionysius1: As usual the official website has videos for every session except the very last. In this case at it doesnt have a video of the Blitz games. I think I can see how this happens: once the last game of the event has been played everybody goes ...
   Sep-08-15 Joseph Waxman (replies)
Dionysius1: LMAO!
   Sep-04-15 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2014 (replies)
Dionysius1: That looks quite drawish to me after black takes the promoted Queen
   Sep-03-15 Sinquefield Cup (2015) (replies)
Dionysius1: Hi <Sally Simpson>. We know that's not proof, just a reiteration. But either way it's a great post. I like the 8 queen solution with planes!
   Sep-02-15 D H Campora vs K Shirazi, 1981 (replies)
Dionysius1: I'm very pleased. I think this is my first Wednesday solution.
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  Dionysius1: Hello and welcome to my forum. I really like this story of Russian school chess of the 1980s. For some reason it makes me want to start reading Chekhov stories again!
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  Check It Out: Good on you for opening your forum. You can title it if you like.
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  Dionysius1: Thanks- I'll think of something!
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  Dionysius1: Democracy is not a moral principle, it is a political principle. Discuss?
Sep-03-15  schweigzwang: I'm just here for the cocoa.
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  Dionysius1: And welcome you are. Watch the saucepan for me a minute.
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  Dionysius1: A thought on the long-running speculation about how the old champions would do against the current ones. Would they even want to play the way the game is today?
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  Dionysius1: There's a lovely little video about Lisa: a chess novel by the author Jesse Kraai on her website . It reminds me of a feeling I had when I was a schoolboy playing chess. In the academic year 1972 1973 I had a wonderful time when I hardly seemed to be able to do anything wrong at chess.

Of course, you've got to understand this in context: I mean I won all my games for the school team, came second in the school tournament and got to play in the Irish Schoolboy Championships in Dublin at Easter.

Once in a while during that year it was as if the pieces were showing me what they wanted to do. Instead of me racking my brains for a plan or a tactic the pieces moved themselves around in my mind without me asking. Looking back one of the most surprising things about this was that it seemed so natural to me then: it was cosy for a while and I didn't worry too much about why it was happening or how to stop it going away. I can't honestly remember whether the pieces were always right I doubt it! But to get that much cooperation from them was a treat that lasted on and off the whole of that school year.

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  parisattack: Good tip on the novel, thanks.

As to the pieces showing you what they wanted to do...I only played competitive chess for a few years - 1966-1973 - but I did have perhaps half-dozen games where I had a very similar feeling as it were. There was a sense that I was going to 'break through' to a higher level...but it never happened.

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  Dionysius1: I'm in one of those moods where I think: whoever invented chess could never have intended this level of attention and analysis and mental effort to be put into it; surely to goodness the whole thing has got way out of proportion. And equally surely, haven't we got to the point where the law of diminishing returns starts applying all the really big exciting life enhancing discoveries about chess have been made, all computers are doing is tidying up the technique?

Then somebody plays a game which feels like it opens up my soul and once again chess becomes one of the things that help me in my quest to appreciate life beyond the mind numbingly and soul destroyingly trivial things that waste the precious time I have left.

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