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Dump the World Championship. Chess should be like tennis: four majors a year.

"I believe what a man tells me about himself. Until he tells me something different, and then I believe that." -- Ray Bradbury

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   Feb-10-16 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Shams: <devere> <"Democracy" in action. Hillary wins the most convention delegates in New Hampshire.> Yes, she is on .5/2 right now and has a monster lead in delegates to show for it. Ladies and gentlemen, your Democratic party.
   Feb-09-16 technical draw chessforum (replies)
Shams: <td> Was it 2015? I misremembered it as Jan 2016. But anyway you're a good sport. My most recent prediction, made four months ago on the phone with my mother, was that Trump would drop out of the race by Feb 23rd. That one isn't looking so good.
   Feb-09-16 Tata Steel (2016) (replies)
Shams: The avenues to qualification were known in advance and Kramnik wasn't able to manage any of them. But it would have been a fitting bookend to his career if he got one final huge indulgence in the WCC cycle just for old times' sake.
   Feb-09-16 Alexander Morozevich
Shams: <Hawkman> Eight years is an eternity! Hell, Radjabov fell about that far in one year. Moro's style has a lot to do with his plummet in my opinion. Much less margin for error when you walk tightropes like he does.
   Feb-08-16 Jeremy Lim (replies)
Shams: <WannaBe> Point to you (assuming the author of the tweet is correct).
   Feb-08-16 Computer
Shams: <OCF> Thanks, good article. Those AI guys sure seem cocky for being in a field whose historical successes are so rare. Also cocky: <Next up for AlphaGo is a match this March in Seoul against legendary Go world champion, Lee Sedol, who in the 2014 Wired article was quoted ...
   Feb-04-16 Tradewise Gibraltar (2016) (replies)
Shams: Sir Gawain and his pet dragon knock off a top-20 player in the final round. A fine tournament for Mr. Jones.
   Feb-03-16 R Cifuentes vs V Zvjaginsev, 1995 (replies)
Shams: <luftforlife> Welcome to the site. I like your nick. Bit strange seeing that avatar not attached to User: Strongest Force (who I think uploaded it) but I'm sure you'll take good care of it.
   Feb-03-16 Shams chessforum (replies)
Shams: Four legs, give milk, whaddya want? :)
   Feb-01-16 M Esserman vs E Iturrizaga, 2016
Shams: An embarrassing end for poor Esserman.
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  Shams: I'd kill for the blonde to move her leg. Has Black already made two moves?
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  perfidious: <Shams: <jfq> It's even cooler than you imagine-- Negreanu is Canadian!>

First met Daniel at Foxwoods in 2001--he had, even then, a fair collection of hockey jerseys--do not recall which he was wearing the day we met.

<....And Hellmuth is the worst brat of all.>

Some things never change; it is as though Hellmuth remained stuck on nineteen in behavioural age for ever.

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  MarkFinan: Well played Shams you're a strong player, especially at those time controls. I got complacent in that last game, I knew I shouldn't have taken the pawn on g7, I really thought I'd win that at one point. As for me with the black pieces I have no comment. Lol.
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  Shams: <Mark> Let's have another session sometime. We can both play better!
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  MarkFinan: Yeah definitely mate 100%. I'm gonna play as many games of 10 min chess as I can online, and play like I do against the engine without caring if I blunder or drop a piece because at the moment I'm nervous, especially when I play someone from here. I've had a few more games today and I played really really well in one (posted in my forum if you're interested?). And I can definitely play better than that with the white pieces, black I'm not so sure. I really enjoyed playing you. Oh yeah. You puzzled me with the e6 (I didn't reply with e4 because I hate the French) - b6 opening. My engine can't possibly have that in it's opening repertoire and even though I've obviously seen it played before I've never played against it. I don't know names of 95% of openings but I usually know the first 8 or 9 moves <of> whatever the opening is.
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  Shams: <MarkFinan> <1.d4 e6> is the ultimate repertoire move-- I've been playing it lately with great results, partly at the encouragement of <parisattack>.

The price of entry, of course, is that Black must be prepared to play the French. Only rarely does White take him up on the offer but still, Black must be prepared.

After <2.c4> Black is spoiled for choice-- he can play a Nimzo, an English Defense (my choice), a QGD or even a Dutch Defense where two dangerous White choices (2.Nc3 and 2.Bg5) have been taken off the table.

I'd say, don't play computers more than 50% of the time. Good training but it's lopsided training, you know?

You have a good positional feel and the nice thing about playing the engine is you have that tactical radar built up so you know you aren't just giving material away.

The only thing I'd say to you is the same thing I say to myself-- cut your imagination loose but be as concrete as possible in looking at variations.

I'll definitely have a look at your games. Cheers.

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  MarkFinan: Well <ParisAttack> is a friend of a friend and he definitely knows his stuff. And I agree with everything you just said about that opening but I wonder why you hardly ever see it at 2600+ level anymore. It must be flawed in some way, but to people who are your level, my level, and then below that it's a neat little opening worth looking into, especially for me with the black pieces.

<The price of entry, of course, is that Black must be prepared to play the French.>

Black? What about white!? Lol. I'd love to see you play <Domdaniel> with that opening, he's a ruthless B*****d with it.

<I'd say, don't play computers more than 50% of the time. Good training but it's lopsided training, you know?>

I know mate, everybody keeps telling me that. I could sit down face to face at the board with most men and not feel anything but excited about the game. Last night I had butterflies in my stomach! I felt like I used to do before a fight at school, it was really weird. I think I'm too bothered about what other people say about me, you know the "You're cheating", "You're crap" etc etc on the internet because I know no one would say it to my face. But I appreciate that advice and I shall overcome.

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  Shams: <Mark> <And I agree with everything you just said about that opening but I wonder why you hardly ever see it at 2600+ level anymore. It must be flawed in some way>

In general I fully subscribe to this reasoning. But I think it's possible that the elite are so booked up by this point that the tiny transposition games which occupy players like us are to them just so much pageantry. "We both know it will be a Nimzo, so let's play a Nimzo." That sort of thing?

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  Shams: A tree struck by lightning:
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  Shams: Black here played 1...Rb8 since everything is hopeless. What is the prettiest win?

click for larger view

(shammies - sarthur, lichess 3/0)

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  moronovich: Nf5 threatening Qh6 1-0.

Prettiest and most effective.

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  Shams: <moronovich> You're an aesthete!
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  moronovich: Thank you ! It is actually a noteworthy
position as it not seldom occurs in practical play,at least as a motive. On the highest level I recall it happened between Anderson and Kortchnoi.(-Qxg2.Kxg2,Nf4 doublececk,Kg1-Nh3 #)Anderson saw it ,but too late,lost a pawn and soon the game.
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  moronovich: Forgot to mention that there is a black bishop on B7.And that the fireworks starts with Q on e4 and a N on d5.
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  Shams: <moronovich> I'm thinking this must be the game you refer to: Ulf Andersson vs Korchnoi, 1979

The position is slightly different but the game is almost 40 years old so I'll give your memory a break. :)

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  moronovich: Hi <Shams> !

Well well,after all these years ;)
And thanks for finding this gem.
And a bit strange to see Andersson going down so relatively easy.

Jan-31-16  ketchuplover: Four majors. Interesting.
Feb-01-16  thegoodanarchist: < Shams: If <al wazir> commissioned a New Yorker cartoon this would be it:>

Reminds me of a science joke. Stop me if you've heard it.

A biologist, mathematician and physicist are observing a building. They see two people enter the building. A while later, they see 3 people walk out.

The biologist says "They reproduced."

The physicist says "There is not enough data to determine what happened."

The mathematician says "There are negative 1 people in the building."

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  Shams: <tga> I've heard it. I like the one about the train passing the herd of cows better. :)
Feb-02-16  thegoodanarchist: <Shams> I don't think I've heard that one.
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  Shams: A mathematician, a physicist, and an engineer were traveling through Scotland when they saw a black sheep through the window of the train. "Aha," says the engineer, "I see that Scottish sheep are black." "Hmm," says the physicist, "You mean that some Scottish sheep are black." "No," says the mathematician, "All we know is that there is at least one sheep in Scotland, and that at least one side of that one sheep is black!"
Feb-02-16  thegoodanarchist: < Shams: <<<tga> I've heard it. I like the one about the train passing the herd of cows better. :)

<Shams: A mathematician, a physicist, and an engineer were traveling through Scotland when they saw a black <<sheep>> ... "Aha," says the engineer, "I see that Scottish <<sheep>> ..."You mean that some Scottish <sheep> are black." "No," says the mathematician, "All we know is that there is at least one <<sheep>> ...that one <<sheep>> is black!">>>

Nice <cow> joke :)

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  Shams: Four legs, give milk, whaddya want? :)
Feb-03-16  thegoodanarchist: It is what I <don't> want that is the issue here.

I don't want woolly leather.

Feb-05-16  hedgeh0g: The bartender says: "We don't serve faster-than-light particles in here!"

A tachyon walks into a bar.

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