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Psihadal
Member since Oct-27-10 · Last seen Dec-16-14
I'm a chess player from Israel looking to constantly improve.

My favourite player is Karpov.
Other players I like are Smyslov, Capablanca, Petrosian, Spassky, Keres, Kramnik, Korchnoi, Rubinstein, Seirawan, Anand, Gelfand, Nimzowitsch and more. I also really enjoy Fischer's chess style but can't possibly call myself a fan of him since he was a horrible human being and a terrible sportsman. I like these players based on their playing style and/or personality. I usually like players with a good positional style, strategical play and good endgame technique but I also like many players with a completely different style but who have a very nice and pleasant personality.

My favourite style of play is positional and strategic. I can appreciate attacking tactical play as well but it's positional chess that excites me and what makes chess beautiful for me. The art of accumulating small advantages one after another and slowly squeezing the life out of a desperate opponent intrigues me. For me, tactical style with complex combinations shows an incredible eye for tactical opportunities, but positional play shows the use of logic, thought and formulation of a deep plan.

My favourite player described this in the best possible way:

"Let us say the game may be continued in two ways: one of them is a beautiful tactical blow that gives rise to variations that don't yield to precise calculation; the other is clear positional pressure that leads to an endgame with microscopic chances of victory.... I would choose the latter without thinking twice. If the opponent offers keen play I don't object; but in such cases I get less satisfaction, even if I win, than from a game conducted according to all the rules of strategy with its ruthless logic."

- Anatoly Karpov

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   Psihadal has kibitzed 68 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-06-14 Robert James Fischer (replies)
 
Psihadal: <Travis Bickle: If I could locate you right about now I'd show I'm a lot worse than that! I've been on this fu@%*^$ site for 6 yeras and you ignored every comment I ever said to you. So FU@% off.> How is it that you haven't been banned from this site for 6 years now??
 
   Apr-21-14 Christof Sielecki (replies)
 
Psihadal: His channel is, in my opinion, the best chess channel on youtube. He has a very clear way to explain chess, be it in live blitz videos, game kibitizing or opening analysis. Also has a very refined sense for position and of strategy which makes his videos very instructive to learn ...
 
   Apr-15-14 A Stefanova vs Yifan Hou, 2014 (replies)
 
Psihadal: <vergilam> 8...dxc6 and the d6 bishop is defended by the queen. White gives up an important centre pawn and giving black a free position with easy development of the queen's knight.
 
   Apr-09-14 Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 (replies)
 
Psihadal: <TomScott: Why did Karpov at move 28 play 28. Rc7+Rd7. What's wrong with 28. Bxb7 ?> It fails to 28...Rb4. If anything, then 28. Qxb7 but then simply 28...Qxb7 29. Bxb7 Rd1 30. Kf1 Nd2+ 31. Kg2 Rxf1 32. Rxd2.
 
   Apr-05-14 Keres vs Fischer, 1959 (replies)
 
Psihadal: <diceman: ...but I can say he refused to face Fischer.> I thought I already heard it all from Fischer fanboys - but Karpov refusing to face Fischer instead of the other way around is a new one.
 
   Apr-05-14 Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (replies)
 
Psihadal: <morfishine> All very true. I've always said that if there is one thing that works in Fischer's favour in this match is that Karpov was still on the rise and not in full strength like the dominating world champion he was in the 80's. However, on the other hand you have to ...
 
   Mar-24-14 World Chess Championship Candidates (2014) (replies)
 
Psihadal: I'm interested in why Flohr "hated" Alekhine, as Euwe put it. Never heard of anything about that. Does anybody know?
 
   Mar-22-14 Fischer vs Smyslov, 1965 (replies)
 
Psihadal: I think generally amateur players tend to use openings played by top GM's, both because they aim to emulate their favourite chess players, and because they probably view those openings as good/sound/tested or whatever.
 
   Mar-22-14 Sicilian (B20)
 
Psihadal: < rapidcitychess: I was thinking about an interesting possible line: 1.e4 c5 2.c4(?!) nc6 3.Nf3 with 4.d4 to follow. Basically the idea is to get the Maroczy bind no matter what. Since my premium membership ran out, I can't look at it with the OE... Haven't tested it yet. I ...
 
   Apr-13-13 Jeremy Lim (replies)
 
Psihadal: <HeMateMe: Just as well the Lakers won't make it. No. 8 seeds are usually just cannon fodder. Although, one year the Knicks made the finals, starting as the 8th seed in the east,so you just never know. Can an older play come back from a torn achilles? Kobe may be in Europe, next
 
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