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|Apr-28-13|| ||morfishine: Hi <Patriot>! I was sure I made a check list and saved it somewhere, but I can't find it. I guess I need to put that on the check list: Carefully log where the check list is stored :)|
I guess this is what pretty much separates players by strength: What one sees and doesn't see, which by itself embraces or relates to almost all aspects of analysis: Checks, captures, threats, non-forcing moves, etc., all must be seen and carefully appraised. Leave one out and disaster strikes.
Also, thats a maddening aspect of chess in general: Some days one can "see" everything while other days, its like looking through a fog
|Apr-28-13|| ||morfishine: Hi <Patriot>! Thanks for the comments! I read your solution to the POTD today and your follow up: <...But taking that move seriously, took more time than actually working out what happens afterward. I have no problem admitting I only found 27...Bxf4 because it's a puzzle. During a game with limited time, I probably would have tried 27...Qh1+, trying to win h2> A question here is did the GM plan it or see it "all of the sudden" by inspiratiion|
<The question is, would you have seen this during a long time control? Just knowing it's a puzzle lures us to keep searching until we find the winning move. But during a real game, how do you know there is a winning move? What would trigger you to switch into "puzzle mode" and search until the winning move is found? That's the key, and I have to give Fedorov a lot of credit for finding this while the clock is ticking> The ability to assess the position figures here I think; visualization is one thing but calculating is another
Here's an interesting audio from Alekhine where he comments on memory and visualization: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMRg...
|Apr-29-13|| ||morfishine: Hi <Patriot>! I wanted to add we rarely know when a GM found a great idea. He could've planned it 10-moves ago or only saw the possibility a few moves before or even the move before; Or it could've been prepared at home months before. I think this is an aspect to consider|
Sometimes during the PM interview, we do find out when a GM found a great idea. For example here, Anand admitted finding thus powerful move order during home preparation resulting in this brilliancy: Aronian vs Anand, 2013
|Apr-29-13|| ||morfishine: Hi <Patriot>! A few thoughts on visualization that I dropped off at <DcGentle>'s forum: DcGentle chessforum|
|Apr-30-13|| ||morfishine: Hi <Patriot>! Some more thoughts on visualization. Any feedback is always welcome: DcGentle chessforum|
|May-01-13|| ||morfishine: Hi <Patriot>! Glad you liked the Akekhine audio, though it was short. On your comment: <... I agree that staring at a set position can cause us to see pieces on different squares when looking ahead. It's sort of like the retained image. This error also seems to crop up whenever I start looking for ideas in future positions or start playing with different moves trying to find the best, for example. It doesn't work so well!> This is the problem, keeping the pieces on the correct squares in long and complicated variations. As you mentioned in the past, when things get "fuzzy" its best to start over, but the clock's ticking. The experts at visualization rarely have the problem of "retained image" since not only are they better at keeping the board straight, seeing the pieces move is a tiny bit of information that aids in calculating. After all the pieces do move; I'm trying now to actually see the pieces move besides just figuring out the position after they've finished moving.|
|May-04-13|| ||morfishine: Hi <Patriot>! Nice write up on the POTD today even though you had the same problem as me and others, namely finding Rf5. <jimfromprovidence> had a nice post as well. |
Are you playing in any tournaments soon? How's your rating looking? I've taken a beating lately at 5-mon and Fischer Random or Chess960 (losing 150 points) Ouch!
|May-05-13|| ||LIFE Master AJ: Hi! How have you been?|
|May-05-13|| ||Patriot: Hi <LMAJ>! I've been doing pretty well. It seems like there has been one issue after another. First it took a while to get my vehicle fixed. Apparently a mouse chewed some wires and caused the traction control/stability/brake assist lights to come on and disable the system. That cost me over $350 once the problem was found and then the lights came on again! It apparently spiked the power module (a $1000 part!) but luckily that was under warranty so no extra cost there. Right after that (as I told <morf>), I had a water heater leak. I got that replaced. Now there is a 7 inch hole in my bedroom window! :-) I hope things are going better for you!|
|May-05-13|| ||morfishine: Hi <Patriot>! Thanks for thinking about me in the Sunday POTD: I'm so inveigled in my game with <scormus> I just bypassed it; I thought <60...Nxb3> must be the insane move, but didn't look further. |
Water heaters come and go. Short story, our water heater went out and flooded the condo on New Year's Eve a few years back. Luckily, we called my sister's handyman, who arrived instantly, sized up the situation, drove to Lowe's, bought a new water heater, then returned and installed it; I'll never forget this bear of a guy man-handling our old water heater out the door, still half full of water, all rusty and heavy, then quickly hooking up the new unit. The whole ordeal costs about $350, but what a deal to get a new water heater! And on such short notice on New Years Eve!
|May-06-13|| ||morfishine: I tell you <Patriot> my thought process is just pitiful. I had the winning move all decided on and then over-analyzed the position and switched rooks. Instead of 19.Rde1, 19.Rhe1 wins on the spot. I knew intuitively that was the move but switched at the last minute. I'm pretty disgusted at this point.|
|May-06-13|| ||LIFE Master AJ: <patriot> My hot water heater leaked too, major fix the day (Friday) before I went to the tournament in Birmingham. (I had a flood, a fire, and then another flood ... all in the house, all on the same day.)|
|May-06-13|| ||LIFE Master AJ: Hopefully - problems are all solved for now! How's your chess?|
|May-07-13|| ||Patriot: <LMAJ> Hopefully one flood put out the fire? It sounds like you had a terrible time! But I'm glad it's all been resolved.|
I haven't been playing much at all recently. To get the most mileage out of lessons, I decided to only take them as-needed.
|May-09-13|| ||LIFE Master AJ: Basically, the plumbing on top of the hot water heater gave way, it was a mishmash of about 10-15 different pieces ... the maintenance man called it one of the worst pieces of plumbing he had ever seen. (First flood.) |
He had to "sweat" the old fitting off, (copper pipe), and, in the process, set fire to the 2x4. (FIRE!!!) Actually, it was no big deal. He told me what he had done, and ran to the shop to get his fire extinguisher. I nonchalantly grabbed a glass of water and flung it onto the source, this put it out. Unbelievably - with maybe 50-100 gallons of water already all over the floor and in the carpets - the guy yelled at me for causing more water damage!
Then - when it was supposed to be all fixed - they turned on the water and something gave way, squirting water everywhere. (Second flood.)
Then I had to have a guy come over and suck up all the water ... this took another 1-2 hours. And that night, we drove all the way to Birmingham.
It was a heck of week, that Tuesday, I had to go to school ... my autistic daughter threw a fit ... she was taking off her shoes and throwing them at people.
All-in-all, one of the worst weeks ever. (Tater also woke me up many times that week, the least <lod> noise will wake her out of a sound sleep.)
|May-09-13|| ||LIFE Master AJ: should have been "a <loud> noise ...
|May-10-13|| ||Patriot: <LMAJ> Wow, that is crazy! Would I be right if I said the guy is an appointee by the landlord? Because he doesn't sound professional. It sounds like you did have a rough week.|
|May-12-13|| ||LIFE Master AJ: Actually - I had several rough weeks in a row. I kept telling my friend - John L. (my student) - that it could not get any worse ... and for about 4-5 weeks in a row, it got worse. |
The week after the hot water heater blew up, I sprained my ankle, and wound up going to the ER like 7-8 times in about 5 days. (Complications.)
Funny story - and true too. I was on crutches and I fell trying to open the bathroom door (in the ER) ... I spent like 90- minutes strapped to a backboard. All I could think about was I had to go pee!
|May-21-13|| ||LIFE Master AJ: HI!!! How are you?
Here is a game that I played, probably within the last month. (I liked it so much, I saved it to ChessBase.)
A.J. Goldsby (1800) - Some Player (1000) [A82]
1-0 (on-line) tournament, chess.com (3), 05.2013
1.d4 f5 2.e4 d6 3.exf5 Bxf5 4.Bd3 Qd7 5.h3 Nc6 6.Nf3 Rd8 7.c3 a6 8.a4 Na5?! 9.Bg5!? h6? 10.Ne5! dxe5 ;
('?') He did not even see the threat.
11.Qh5+ g6 12.Qxg6+ Bxg6 13.Bxg6# 1-0
I searched through my games - to find the link, so that you could replay it, it might have been more than 2 weeks ago. (I could not find it.)
I have actually seen this 5-10 times ... maybe spread over my last 1000 or so games.
(Here is the link to another example:
|May-23-13|| ||LIFE Master AJ: |
click for larger view
The final position ... in the above game. (I find it curious that anyone could fall into this pattern, even once! Of course, it is also one-minute, so anything is possible.)
|May-25-13|| ||Patriot: Hi <LMAJ>! 10.Ne5! - Nice move! Seeing that in 1 minute chess is really good. Not only that, the follow-up later 12.Qxg6+! That's very good pattern recognition in that time control.|
<The final position ... in the above game. (I find it curious that anyone could fall into this pattern, even once! Of course, it is also one-minute, so anything is possible.)> Bg6# is easy enough but you did a lot more to get there! I don't know how you saw the whole sequence at that time control, starting with 10.Ne5.
By the way, I'm not sure if you're aware of this little trick. Just in case, to play over your game, I opened Fritz and clicked "New Game" and then copied the text moves of the game in your post and clicked "Paste Game". It copies the whole thing into Fritz!
|May-25-13|| ||LIFE Master AJ: <Patriot> Thanks for the tip! (I may have known that a few years ago, but its easy to forget good stuff like that, especially if you do not use it all the time!)|
|May-25-13|| ||LIFE Master AJ: As for 1-minute, I am convinced that (if taken 100% seriously); its a great training tool. |
Back in the day of 10 or 20 moves per hour, fast chess was almost useless. Nowadays, to see the board quickly is essential, most games (between players that are close to each other in skill) are usually decided in the last few minutes or seconds of a SUDDEN-DEATH time control.
|May-25-13|| ||LIFE Master AJ: Thanks for the compliments, by the way.|
|May-25-13|| ||LIFE Master AJ: http://www.amazon.com/1000-Checkmat...|
John Laning and I are working our way through this book, we are only about 1/2 way through it. (A couple of my other students have finished it. One college student and I went through the whole thing last summer.)
PATTERNS are the key, and this is how the book is organized!!!!
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