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Member since Sep-26-08 · Last seen Jan-20-19
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 3979 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-19-19 Rublevsky vs K Alekseenko, 2018 (replies)
Patriot: <agb2002> Black also has 33...Nxh3+ 34.Rxh3 Qa7. I'm not saying it's great but it is something to consider because white cannot defend the knight on b6. 33...Nxf6 is far more logical than 33...Nxh3+ though because it considers the x-ray battery down the F-file.
   Jan-16-19 K Petzold vs Dreev, 2008 (replies)
Patriot: I chose 27...Ng4 with such impunity.
   Oct-07-18 Gelfand vs Shirov, 1993 (replies)
Patriot: But, that line is flawed. 34...Bb6 is winning apparently for black. At least I saw the potential for danger and decided on the very safe and dangerous (for black) 34.Qh5. [DIAGRAM]
   Sep-15-18 Smirin vs Pelletier, 2002 (replies)
Patriot: This demonstrates a human vs. computer move: [DIAGRAM] Stockfish recommends in about 6 seconds, to play 32.Nd2 (+8.80). It took me about 0.5 seconds to decide 32.Rxc5. When the computer was forced to play this, it gave an evaluation of +13.55. Humans don't have an advantage these ...
   Aug-10-18 J Salomon vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2017 (replies)
Patriot: <Jim> I was thinking 29.Qc2 followed by 30.Na6.
   Jul-12-18 N Eliet vs Rozentalis, 2016 (replies)
Patriot: NM Dan Heisman has told me (when I was taking lessons) that it is more efficient to make a "pass move" to see what your opponent can do to you before looking to see what you can do to them. Here I think white is threatening Bxe6+ Kh8 Bxf5. I then calculated the right move sequence ...
   Jul-11-18 J Cox vs D Guthrie, 2016 (replies)
Patriot: I would say <40.Rexe6 Nxe6 41.Rb7+ Rxb7 42.axb7 +->
   Jul-10-18 Topalov vs Anand, 2016 (replies)
Patriot: 34...Rxf3+ removes the guard on a4 and the queen. 35.Qxf3 Qa4#.
   Jul-09-18 Hector vs A Gupta, 2016 (replies)
Patriot: 43.Rxf8+ Kxf8 44.Rd8#
   Jul-05-18 morfishine chessforum (replies)
Patriot: Thanks <morf>. It has been tough. I think Bobby Fischer came up with "Fischer random" which is the same as Chess960 - correct? And I think he did it to end all the standard opening stuff to revive the game and put people more at their wits as opposed to memorization.
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