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Member since Sep-26-08 · Last seen May-31-16
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 3750 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-30-16 D Mitran vs M Carbajo Berrocal, 2007 (replies)
Patriot: <steinitzfan> I thought it was a Monday-ish puzzle. And this is a common theme so what gives?
   May-29-16 S Kasparov vs K Pytel, 2007 (replies)
Patriot: I looked at 23.Bg8 which is at least temporarily safe since 23...Rxg8 24.Qc4+ and 25.Qxg8+. The problem I had was 23...Qb6 and what to do next. But as some have found, 24.Nxh7.
   May-27-16 M Petrosyan vs I Kovalenko, 2015 (replies)
Patriot: I got 135...f3 136.gxf3 Kf1 137.Nf4 Nd4 but wasn't exactly sure what was to happen next. 135...Kf1?? 136.Nxf4 is probably even.
   May-20-16 Saidy vs Suttles, 1966 (replies)
Patriot: 30.Rb1 was a nice move, seemingly giving up a pawn but threatening to win a piece. I found the right line, 31.Nxc5 dxc5 32.Bxe5 Rxg5 33.Bf4 but thought it might continue 33...Rh5 34.Rb7 Nac8 35.d6 . It was fun.
   May-10-16 A Adamski vs G Szilagyi, 1976 (replies)
Patriot: <PawnSac> Thank you for a great response! My thought process was more like "47.Rxe5+ Kxe5 48.f4+ Kf5 49.fxg5 Kxg5 50.c4 Kg4 ...nah, 50.Ke3 should be winning easily since 50...Kg4 51.Kf2 and black has nothing. There's no need to calculate a pawn race." You are absolutely ...
   May-08-16 Krogius vs Korchnoi, 1967 (replies)
Patriot: <morf> Thanks! But I like yours better!! :-)
   May-07-16 Tal vs Adianto, 1986 (replies)
Patriot: Thanks <Longview>. It seems that so many tactics arise from x-rays of pieces. I consider it a "seed of tactical destruction" as Dan Heisman calls it--factors that indicate tactics may exist (but not always). If the seeds aren't there, there is no use to spending the time ...
   May-05-16 L Christiansen vs J M Bellon Lopez, 1976 (replies)
Patriot: But Bb5 doesn't look right either because of ...a6.
   May-04-16 A Caoili vs C Rodriguez Monteiro, 1996 (replies)
Patriot: I wish I could give a "thumbs up" or a "like" to the comments above!
   May-02-16 P W Power vs R Hart, 1983 (replies)
Patriot: "Very easy". I overlooked the pinned knight for the longest time and didn't see 26...Rxh3+ 27.Kxh3 Qh4#. Finally I saw it--not a typical Monday for me! But at least I saw white's mate threat very quickly, which pretty well limited black's choices. Dan Heisman calls that a "killer ...
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