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   Shams has kibitzed 20734 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-01-16 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Shams: <Aunt Jemima> <I don't think that a case needs to be made at all. It's the person that claims there is an invisible man in the sky that needs to make a case. The rest of us need not make any case whatsoever.> "The other side has to prove it." People have been making that ...
   Sep-29-16 Pentala Harikrishna
Shams: Top ten at last!
   Sep-29-16 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Shams: Harry Potter author JK Rowling published a pseudonymous book a few years ago. Her authorship was discovered by a professor at a small American college who ran the text through an engine that analyzed syntax, average sentence length, word frequency etc.
   Sep-26-16 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Shams: I have a question, and I don't want to sound ungrateful but I can't think of a better way to phrase it. How is it possible that a tournament such as Game Collection: Linares 1983 isn't yet indexed? Are there just that many tournaments, or has tournament indexing taken a back seat to ...
   Sep-26-16 Miles vs Larsen, 1983
Shams: <11.Nb1!> is one of many star moves in this game. Larsen was in rotten form for this tournament (+2-7=0) but full credit to Miles for a lovely crush in classical style.
   Sep-24-16 technical draw chessforum (replies)
Shams: This well-written article puts Garner outside the top ten. Ok, rankings mean little but the brief career sketches here are great.
   Sep-19-16 Tal Memorial (2016) (replies)
Shams: Hate to say it but this is a snoozy lineup.
   Sep-16-16 Jeremy Lim (replies)
Shams: <WannaBe> Today I learned that the Bills have two (2) kickers on their roster. The "kickoff specialist" was inactive tonight. He might have come in handy for that last-ditch onside kick. Also this week the Saints cut CJ Spiller, who wasn't cheap, but it cost them $3m more than ...
   Sep-15-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
Shams: <There's no doubt Alekhine's victory was a huge upset, but people were more surprised than they should have been.> Very much true of Kasparov-Kramnik as well.
   Sep-15-16 Gladys Anne Paloma vs Marie Faustine Shimwa, 2014
Shams: <fredthebear> I like your coinage. Names for mates like that are useful for teaching.
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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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  Abdel Irada: ∞

In reply to your invitation on my forum: I can't do that.

Mob psychology is governed by a variant of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. As soon as you describe it (and the mob becomes aware of the description), the description changes.

Kalima li 'l-hakim kifaya.

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  The Chess Express: Hi Shams. Just thought I'd stop by to see how all is going.
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  OhioChessFan: Don't be a stranger <TCE>
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  Shams: <The Chess Express> Great to see you again! Hope you're keeping your pawns nice and tight these days. And I second what <OCF> said.
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  The Chess Express: Yeah, heh, my play has mellowed a bit as of late. As an example I now play the 3. Bb5 lines of the Sicilian and the Exchange Ruy Lopez ... lol
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  Shams: For anyone over 20, 3.Bb5 against the Sicilian makes all the sense in the world.

If you have any good Exchange Spanish games to share you should do it. I'm playing that line a bit from the black side these days.

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  The Chess Express: I have an idea in the Exchange that I've only had the opportunity to play one time so far. Unfortunately, it was against a lower rated player whom I think was trying to draw me. The game is not too important because of the blunders, but I'll show it to give you an idea of what can happen.

1. e4 e5
2. ♘f3 ♗c6
3. ♗b5 a6
4. ♗xc6 dxc6
5. O-O g4
6. h3 ♗xf3
7. ♕xf3 < g6!? >

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This is the move I've come up with. The idea is simple really. Clamp down on d4 and preserve the dark ♗. It's also a little less drawish because there is no possibility of a Bishops of opposite color ending. I haven't checked it against large data bases yet, so I'm not sure if it's been played before, but regardless it's a product of my own analysis.

From what my rusty old engine gives it looks okay. At least I haven't been able to refute it yet. The line that my engine prefers is:

8. ♕b3 b6
9. ♕c4 ♕d6

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but I haven't found any problems with this position. From here my engine just makes a bunch of computer moves that don't really mean much. The game against the lower rated went:

8. d3 ♗g7
9. ♗e3 ♘e7
10. ♘d2 O-O
11. ♕e2 f5
12. ♗g5 h6
13. ♗xe7 ♕xe7
14. a4 ♖ad8
15. ♖ad1 f4

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I probably already have a edge here. My plan is to attack on the kingside. Here he blundered with 16. f3? allowing me to win with Qc5+.

Anyway, if you have a descent engine that can go over this for me I'd appreciate it. I hope this helps.

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  Shams: I've had this position probably 40 times in blitz against reasonable competition:

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White, although fine, has chosen a somewhat cooperative variation against Black's English Defense and his center is under pressure. What is his best continuation? Easy to appreciate once you see it, but so far nobody has found it against me.

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  Shams: <The Chess Express> Apologies for not getting back to you. I had it in mind to use your post as a springboard to finally cracking a book on Exchange Spanish theory, but that hasn't happened. Looks like a fun line, though, and of course you'll know it much better than your opponent.

Feel free to post games or analysis here anytime.

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  parisattack: <Shams: I've had this position probably 40 times in blitz against reasonable competition:>

What a nice hypermodern position for black!

Hello <Shams>. Something wrong with Nf3? I've also seen Kf1 in similar positions.

I had a friend who played 1. ...b6 exclusively in correspondence until the mid-90s when computers ruined correspondence chess. He got over 2400 in the CCLA. (I am guessing you got here via 1. ...e6?)

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  Shams: <parisattack> I get these games mostly through 1.d4 e6, yes.

<7.Nf3> is fine, probably best, but White has to find your other move-- <7...Bxc3 8.Kf1!> as well, since retaking the bishop allows 8...Qg4 with advantage to Black. A very nice idea.

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  parisattack: You seem to be making excellent progress <Shams>. I always enjoy seeing your games as you are inclined to post them.
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