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Member since Oct-21-04 · Last seen May-24-16
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I will gladly trade CPT files. Inquire below if you have a CPT license and are building an opening repertoire with it. I play 1.d4, French Defense.

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   May-23-16 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Shams: <JB> Your approach is trivially easy for a campaign to circumvent.
   May-20-16 chessforum (replies)
Shams: "I make no claim to have controlled my tone but rather confess plainly that it has controlled me." Whatever, we deserve it. <Annie K> is quite right. As they say in Zen practice, the way to control your animal is to give it a yard in which to play.
   May-20-16 FSR chessforum (replies)
   May-20-16 Jeremy Lim (replies)
Shams: <WannaBe> Maybe the headline is right and the photo is wrong.
   May-19-16 M Gagunashvili vs D Dubov, 2016 (replies)
Shams: Merabile Dictu!
   May-19-16 Alexander Morozevich (replies)
Shams: Morozevich took part in the recent Moscow championships and took...37th place:
   May-18-16 keypusher chessforum
Shams: For your troubles. <The gist of an old joke—it has a dozen local iterations—is that the Loeb Classical Library translations are so baffling that you have to consult the original Greek or Latin on the left-hand page to decipher the English ...
   May-17-16 A Ipatov vs Stefansson, 2016
Shams: Black could simply move the Bishop too. :)
   May-17-16 I Saric vs M Matlakov, 2016 (replies)
Shams: <magnuschess> Forgive me if this is obvious but c5-c6 is coming and Black's problem is that the pawn can basically never be taken since piece liquidation results in a winning pawn ending for White. The play isn't that forcing but a line like 48...g6 49.c6+ Kc7 50.Rc5 Kd6 51.Rb5 ...
   May-17-16 N Birnboim vs J L Hammer, 2016
Shams: Black can play this way against the Tarrasch!?
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  MarkFinan: I'm logged in Shams.... How do I find you again, I can't remember?
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  MarkFinan: I'm online now mate.. Losing horrendously at blitz.. Lets get a good 20-30 min game going?
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  Shams: I have a pending challenge on lichess for you.
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  MarkFinan: Just call me Buster Douglas, I beat the 2250 champ lool. I enjoy playing you and <wished> I'd recorded that :)

Btw.. I said <unrated>! I don't even know what mine is

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  Shams: Nice win Mark! Now don't put on 40 pounds before your title defense like Buster did.
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  MarkFinan: Thank you Shams. But I intend to put a little weight on for our rematch? Tonight?
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  Shams: <Mark> Can you send me a message on lichess instead of here if you want a game? I can play in a couple hours, that's better for me than much later.
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  MarkFinan: I'll figure it out mate. It'll be about 9pm London time if you're available.
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  Shams: It's time to get rid of the Olympics.
Apr-22-16  Lord Ramsbottom: Hullo! Take a very close look at <Est2002> profile. That is Mark Finan, the clues are all there.
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  Shams: <Mark> did reference 48 laws of power once (Robert Greene) so it seems you are right.
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  Shams: Not hard but very pretty, White to play and win. From a Gerald Abrahams game:

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  chancho: 1.Qg8+ Ke7 2.Qxf7+ Kd8 3.Rd1+ Nd5 4.Bxd5

(if 4...cxd5 5.Rxd5+)

If 1...Kxg8 2.Ng6 threatening Rh8#

But I get the feeling there's a better line.

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  Shams: <chancho> Second line was the one I liked.
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  chancho: <Shams> I think I've seen that position in Abrahams book:Technique in Chess.

At the beginning of that book, he explains how to read Forsythe notation.

I swear, I thought my brain wanted to escape through my ears.

Not because of his explanations, I just didn't get it.

Eventually I figured it out. ;-)

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  Shams: Black to play and win:

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  moronovich: -Rd8 followed by Rxd2 and then Nf1dbl check + Qh2+ # or Ng3+#.

Only "defence" is -Rd8.2.Bf4!?-Nf1+ followed by Qxf4+ and RxQ.

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: I don't see anything decisive against 1...Rd8 2.Bf4 Nf1+ 3.Qxf1 Qxf4+ 4.Kh1, or for that matter 3.Kh1.

1...Re3 looks good, though.

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  Shams: Yes I almost played my Queen sac straightaway; you can see where I repeated moves. Just in time I saw that the Queen still covered g3 and after that Black's move was easy to find.
May-09-16  thegoodanarchist: <I play 1.d4, French Defense.>

Look, I have seen many many MANY chess games with the French Defense.

And I recall a grand total of 2 games (only 2!!)in which the side that castled first actually won the game.

Since you play the French Defense can you please comment on this chess insanity? It seems like a corruption of the natural order of the game.

Thank you in advance.

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  Shams: <tga> I need to update my bio. Now I'm learning 1...e5 as my primary weapon.

Isn't it just Black who has to time his castling carefully in the French? In my limited experience with both colors, White's way to get in trouble castling is by going long when he should go short, not castling too early. Feel free to post counterexamples.

May-09-16  thegoodanarchist: <Shams: <tga> I need to update my bio. Now I'm learning 1...e5 as my primary weapon. >

Man, your comments cut to the bone.

Just kidding. In actuality I have been avoiding counterexamples.

I really don't like the French Defense - something about it offends my chess sensibilities. (Not that those are anything worth preserving - Korchnoi's sensibilities mean much more than mine, to the chess world and any other sane world).

The problem is, just keep an eye out for it, every time has a puzzle of the day OR game of the day that features the French Defense opening, it seems that ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS the loser is the side that castled first, except for 2 games, if memory serves me well.

I don't know what to say, other than that doesn't sit well with me. Castling in chess is supposed to be helpful!

Ah, enough of my anti-French Defense rantings.

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  Shams: <tga> Do you play 1.e4?

French players are a breed apart. :)

May-10-16  thegoodanarchist: <Shams: <tga> Do you play 1.e4?>

No, I play 1.d4 exclusively.

Against 1.e4 I play the Sicilian.

But I am curious, when you were in your French defense days, what did you play against 1.d4?

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  Shams: <tga> I played 1.d4 e6 and still do which is why I still get some French games by transposition.
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