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Member since Sep-26-08 · Last seen Aug-27-16
I'm a class A player with the USCF (~1840). But in 2006 I was class D (~1300) before I started taking lessons with NM Dan Heisman.

I've been coming to this site for quite a while and I believe it has helped me to better my analysis skills. It is very insightful to read posts by some of my favorite kibitzers: <johnlspouge> (was he kidnapped?), <dzechiel>, <TheaN>, <CHESSTTCAMPS>, <agb2002>, <gofer>, and of course <Once>, and other kibitzer "greats". My appreciation goes to them for helping me reach a higher level.

My thoughts on improvement have changed recently. I used to be dead set against helpmate problems which I thought teaches you the bad habit of expecting your opponent to make a bad move. Too much of anything is bad, but this has the positive of training piece coordination which is a very powerful skill to have. Here's another example: My coach showed me a few problems where you must force immediate checkmate by swapping any two pieces on the board, resulting in a legal checkmate position. For example, you can't swap a piece and a pawn if the pawn is on the 8th rank or checks your own king--that's not a legal position. There are many ways to improve key areas in chess.

If anyone wishes to critique my analysis or ideas, feel free to do so. I won't take it personally. I need feedback! Or if you want opinions on improvement, feel free to ask.

   Patriot has kibitzed 3878 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-26-16 Feuerstein vs Bennett, 1955 (replies)
Patriot: After 9.Qxh8, I wondered how long the queen would stay bottled up after 9...Qxd2+ 10.Kxd2 Ne4+ and 11...Nf6? I went with 9.Qxc3 with two threats to make things tougher for black.
   Aug-25-16 agb2002 chessforum (replies)
Patriot: <agb2002> Wow, congrats to your son (and proud father)! That is great to hear! This is all a testament to his! :-) It's tough to get far in Chess but if he makes expert or master, he could win real money in tournaments! I would encourage him to reach for his ...
   Aug-25-16 morfishine chessforum (replies)
Patriot: <morf>/<thegoodanarchist> Thanks guys. I try to offer good advice because I want to see people improve. It's nice to see that I have helped <morf> and hopefully others. Many times it is advice that I got from NM Dan Heisman, my teacher for about 6 years. Dan ...
   Aug-25-16 Goglidze vs Botvinnik, 1935 (replies)
Patriot: I solved this only because it's a puzzle. I didn't have a clue a combination was even there with exception there are mutually hanging pieces. The key is the e4 pawn. After a good 5-10 minutes I saw the whole combo.
   Aug-21-16 Sutovsky vs A Giri, 2009 (replies)
Patriot: Why didn't I consider 27.Rc3...
   Aug-20-16 M N Sher vs J Pinski, 1996 (replies)
Patriot: <YouRang> <I don't think you missed anything. As <patzer2> pointed out earlier, 30.Bxc7 is actually the engine preference because the king hunt succeeds.> Thanks. I wasn't sure how the hunt would win but thought it might. The main threat after 28.Rxf8+ Kxf8 ...
   Aug-19-16 Chiburdanidze vs M Sharif, 1995
Patriot: <agb2002> Thanks for the reply. I decided to answer on your forum.
   Aug-17-16 R Beer vs Grob, 1966 (replies)
Patriot: With the bishop aimed at g2 and the rooks battering f2, the gun is aimed and the hammer is cocked--all you have to do is pull the trigger. 32...Rxf2 33.Rxf2 Qxe3 33.Rxe5 Rxg2+ 34.Kh1 Rxd2+ 35.Rxd5 Rxf1# 33.Rxe5 Rxg2+ ...
   Aug-16-16 D Orzech vs N Popova, 2009 (replies)
Patriot: <MaczynskiPratten> The problem I have with Qd2 or Qxe2 is they don't attempt to refute 24...Rxc3--they just lose. Show me a move that is dangerous for black and then it may be worth looking at.
   Aug-14-16 Yu Yangyi vs L Dominguez, 2015 (replies)
Patriot: <David2009> I tried and tried. The best I could find is a guaranteed draw: 39.Re8+ Kc7 40.Rxc8+ Kb6 41.Bf2+ Ka5 42.Be1+ Kb6 43.Bf2+ = Everything else was a loss for me.
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