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Member since Sep-26-08 · Last seen Jul-26-16
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 3808 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-26-16 Sliwa vs Uhlmann, 1956 (replies)
Patriot: I went with 28.Bg5+ Kxg5 29.Rh5+ Kf4 (29...Kf6 30.Rf5#) 30.Rf5+ etc. which HAS to be winning.
   Jul-25-16 S D Swapnil vs M Narciso Dublan, 2015 (replies)
Patriot: <Dirkster> I didn't know that! I used to watch the Addams Family but never watched Dobie Gillis. <posoo> There was a <dzechiel> by your description, but I don't think he ever cheated. He was thorough and I always enjoyed the way he analyzed. He would pull up Word ...
   Jul-24-16 morfishine chessforum
Patriot: <morf> Yep! Especially with those tricky knights! <OhioChessFan> I'm used to Facebook. It's so much easier just to hit "Like".
   Jul-24-16 Tal vs Kirjatsky, 1959 (replies)
Patriot: Sorry <morf>, for using the word 'amazing'...LOL. I didn't read your post until after I posted. I made some pretty big mistakes in my analysis. In the first line, 30...Rxd6?? 31.Re8#. In the second paragraph, 29...Rxd6 still loses for black because of 30.Qf5. And lastly... ...
   Jul-17-16 B Chatalbashev vs D Howell, 2015 (replies)
Patriot: I had some of the right ideas but didn't put them together in the right way. I looked at 25...Nf5+ but 26.exf5 isn't forced, even though it is best. It's unclear how to proceed if white simply dodges the bullet and he also looks better materially. Next was 25...Nxh1 26.Rxh1 Qh4. A ...
   Jul-16-16 A Sokolov vs J Ye, 2006 (replies)
Patriot: <devere> I think it is still a good problem because 26.Bxh6 is the only way to get an advantage. According to Stockfish, 26...g6 is the best move which is not a scary move or anything--it doesn't really attempt to get anything back for the pawn--but everything else is ...
   Jul-13-16 Santasiere vs B Thurston, 1956 (replies)
Patriot: I went with 26.Rxh7+ Kxh7 27.Ng5+. On 27...Kg8 28.Qc4+ d5 29.Rxd5. There are lots of ways to win this starting on move 27.
   Jul-12-16 Schirmer vs Schleipen, 1956 (replies)
Patriot: <agb2002> What about 20.Rd3? There are a lot of options in that position.
   Jul-10-16 S Williams vs D Howell, 2015 (replies)
Patriot: The first few moves are really easy. White has a killer move which leads to mate (21.Qxh7+). I only saw one way to stop the mate, 20...Bxg5. After looking a little more, 20...Bf6 is another way to prevent immediate mate and at least allows the black queen to guard f7. So after ...
   Jul-09-16 Ding Liren vs Lu Shanglei, 2015 (replies)
Patriot: That's what I get for trying to solve a Saturday problem quickly and when I'm tired! 18...exd5 19.Qxe8+ Bxe8 wins But at least my 18...Bxd5 line is accurate...
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