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   Oct-30-14 FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014) (replies)
Shams: <gokusano> But <Everett> said "crimes", not "sin", a distinction at the heart of his dryly humorous comment.
   Oct-29-14 Shams chessforum (replies)
Shams: Housekeeping note: in my post on the French below I wrote, <or ....d5 with a further branch depending on whether Black retakes with the Queen or the c-pawn.> But of course Black recaptures with the <e>-pawn in that line.
   Oct-29-14 A Giri vs Jakovenko, 2014 (replies)
Shams: <basjebooi> The rest of the game is your answer: to build a fortress. Clearly he felt that any opportunity Black had to play for a win was in the past, so why not play to force a draw in a direct manner?
   Oct-29-14 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
Shams: <OCF> Has anyone died lately? The world could use a clerihew.
   Oct-29-14 Darja Kaps (replies)
Shams: <OCF> Looks like the exclam is what saved your 9.28 post. A LIFE LIVED IN MAJUSCULE (for this person's tombstone)
   Oct-28-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Shams: <Petrosianic> Don't forget the nice red uniforms.
   Oct-28-14 E Inarkiev vs A Berelowitsch, 2014 (replies)
Shams: <perfidious> I'd be keen to look at that game against Hergott, as well as the other two. If you find the PGN you should post it on my forum. I know Schiller and others have laid 9...d4 beneath the cold hard ground but as a Club Player for Life I still have a healthy respect for ...
   Oct-28-14 Karjakin vs A Giri, 2014 (replies)
Shams: From a research standpoint, <drleper> is our most prized possession.
   Oct-28-14 Wesley So (replies)
Shams: <john barleycorn> Six feet under and worm food, same as the rest of us.
   Oct-28-14 A Herzog vs K Petschar, 1994 (replies)
Shams: Anyone who complains about the stonewall (and I include myself) should be forced to commit this game to memory.
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  Shams: <FSR> Thanks. I was paired quite a ways up in Round 2 and also got a draw, so that's a good day's work for me. (700+ rating differential combined between both rounds.)

My goal in chess is to get to where I can beat masters, and as you know you can't beat them until you stop losing to them. So this is progress.

My girlfriend gets partial credit-- she took the extra carbs out of my hand for lunch and gave me a pile of fresh broccoli instead to go with my chicken enchiladas. I groused, but I had a lot more energy this evening because of it.

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  FSR: Broccoli! Recommended by GM Yury Shulman!
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  Shams: So I had a good weekend overall, drawing a master and then another kid whose rating had just slipped below 2200 in the first two rounds.

Then in Round 3 I lost to a C player. Ok, he's clearly a B player-- these kids are underrated. For the record, I knew he was dangerous going in and not for a second did I take him lightly.

One cause of my defeat was poor time management-- a common problem for me, although taking lots of time in the openings has served me well too, so I'm not sure how much of a problem it is.

Here is the first part of the game:
[Event "Challenger's Cup"]
[Site "Seattle Chess Club"]
[Date "2014.10.26"]
[Round "3"]
[White "shams"]
[Black "Trevor Jung"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteELO "1892"]
[BlackELO "1592"]

1. d4 f5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 d6 4. Nf3 e6 5. O-O Be7 6. c4 O-O 7. Qc2 Nc6 8. a3 Qe8 9. Nbd2 e5 10. e3 Kh8 11. b4 Nd8 12. Bb2 e4 13. Ne1 d5 14. cxd5 Nxd5 15. Rd1 h5 16. Nc4 h4 17. Qe2 Rf6 18. Ne5 Rh6 19. f3 Bg5 DIAGRAM

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I don't have the game score in front of me; the position is correct but I may have slightly misremembered the move order.

<After 15 moves I felt like White was in the driver's seat, and all I had to do was come up with a good plan to neutralize his play on the kingside before I could take control of the game.>

Here I strongly felt that after 20.f4 and 21.g4 only White could play for a win. Practically speaking I felt that this was probably the way to go as I'm a reasonable grinder and would have had a good chance of bagging the point. A win would have given me a chance to play for the (modest) U1900 prize in the final round and, as important, another strong opponent as well.

But I just wasn't sure how good my game really would have been if I closed it up. I felt like White was better and shouldn't shy away from opening things up. So I played 20.Nc2, knowing he'd have to take on f3.

1.) Was my choice on move 20 bad?

2.) How should I recapture on f3 after he takes?

3.) Was my plan with f2-f3 a good one? If not, how should I have played?

4.) Was my evaluation of the position ~15 moves in correct? (I've put my evaluation in angle brackets.)

5.) I had several opportunities to play g3-g4 undermining Black's center; of course it would have weakened my kingside but I felt like I could deal with that. Should I have stabbed out with the g-pawn?

I'll post the rest of the game later. Have not analyzed yet, on my own or with an engine.

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  parisattack: Awesome <Shams>! WTG. 'Chess Master at any Age.' :)

The Dutch has some sting, I've had good correspondence luck with it, classical and stonewall. I wish I could figure out how to make the Benoni work...

(Semi-Slav) - There's an early Bf4 line that gets real tricky, great if your prep is superior. (French) Think I am throwing in the towel on it - again. I guess I am just not a breed apart...

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  Shams: <parisattack> If you're giving up the French, what will you play instead? Ye olde Gurgenidze?
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  parisattack: <Shams> Yes, I am actually organizing the book my friend and I were going to do on the Gurg before he passed in 2007. There's plenty of meat still on the bone, quite a bit of material. Amazing, 20+ pages of material just from old Shakmatnyi Bullyetins. Lots of transpositions, hybrids, nuances.

Also looking hard at the Pirc, going through Pirc Alert which seems to be the best written of 20 or so Pirc books.

You know Seattle is also a big Go hub? Do you play it at all? It may be just a little too unfathomable for me, but still at it, also.

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  Shams: <parisattack> I knew there was a bit of local interest in go; the Seattle Go Center actually sits on a reasonably prime piece of real estate. I wouldn't have thought it was any kind of a "hub", but it makes sense given the Asian connection.

I decided long ago that chess was enough of a time-suck for me, and that I couldn't justify go as well. So I've basically never played-- why take the chance of getting hooked?

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  parisattack: Probably 'good thinking' on your part <Shams>. Its tough being pulled between too lovers. :)

"Did you ever have to make up your mind, pick up on one and leave the other behind...its not often easy, not often kind..."

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  FSR: <Shams> I ran the game by Houdini, whose evaluations are of course much more accurate than my own. Here are my and (mostly) Houdini's views.

1) Your 20.Nc2! was best and gave you an advantage (about .26) according to Houdini. Instead, 20.f4? Be7 21.g4 h3 22.Bh1 a5 23.b5 a4 24.Nc2 Ra5 would be very good for Black (an advantage of over 1).

2) After 20...exf3, 21.Bxf3 is OK, but Houdini says that 21.Nxf3! is much stronger. If Black then grabs the pawn with 21...Bxe3+, White's pieces take over the game after 22. Nxe3 Qxe3+ 23. Rf2 hxg3 24. hxg3 Qxe2 25. Rxe2 Bd7 26. Rde1 Nf7 27.Bc1 Rb6 28. Ng5 Nxg5 29. Bxd5 Nh7 30.Bf4 +.9.

3) Yes, you had to play f3 to get play.

4) Not sure why you're so bullish on your position after move 15. Both of your bishops are chewing on pawns. Houdini gives Black a big advantage (over .8) after 15...Bd7! His ...h5-h4 plan was weaker, and allowed you to get back in the game and even get an advantage.

5) g4 would have just weakened your kingside without freeing your position. Black won't take on g4, and of course if you play gxf5 he'll respond with ...Bxf5. On move 17 or 18, Black would answer g4 with ...a5. On move 19, he'd play 19...h3 20.Bh1 Nf7.

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  Shams: <FSR> Thanks for that, I much appreciate it. Chess is hard.

I guess I just didn't handle the center correctly. I thought that allowing ...e4 would be fine since I could take on d5 and then threaten to open up the center, but it's possible this is just too slow. Over email <hedgeh0g> suggested I consider meeting ...e5 with d4-d5 which I must admit I gave zero thought to over the board. I guess my feeling was that it's just a bad KID-type position for me if I do that.

In the game I played 21.Rxf3? and things went downhill. That Houdini pawn sac line is something I'll have to take a hard look at. Thanks again Frederick.

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  Shams: I guess I'll have to get a book on the Dutch...sigh. Any recommendations, either of you?
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  parisattack: LOL! I can't speak to the Leningrad although it seems to be the Top Tulip these days. Antoshin under a cloud, perhaps a shot?

Classical -

Win with the Classical Dutch - Williams. Probably my fav Dutch tome.

Classical Dutch - Pinski.

Stonewall -

Win with the Stonewall Dutch - Johnsen/Bern. Also quite good.

Dutch Stonewall - Aagaard. I find this fellow exceptionally annoying as a writer but its a decent book.

Dutch -

Diamond Dutch - Moskolenko. Like all his books.

If you are OK with the French, 1. ...e6 is great. You'll also get 2. c4 a lot which gives you more options with the Dutch. It also avoids the wild sidelines.

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  Shams: <parisattack>I should have said, I'd like a book from White's perspective, one that covers all of Black's systems. At the moment I'm not keen on the Staunton gambit or the early Bg5 lines but I could be persuaded.

The Stonewall is one variation I'm more than happy to face-- Ng1-h3-f4-d3 and Nb1-d2-f3 gives White an easy game.

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  FSR: I'm a 2.Bg5 man myself. I also respond to 1...e6 with 2.e4! to avoid getting trapped into wimpy lines against the Dutch. As for books, I'll have to look at my library when I get home. Incidentally, Moskalenko in <The Diamond Dutch> says that he likes 2.Bg5! as White. He obviously isn't too happy with the Black side of that line.
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  Shams: <FSR> <I also respond to 1...e6 with 2.e4! to avoid getting trapped into wimpy lines against the Dutch.>

How often do you end up playing a French, and what variation do you head for when you do?

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  FSR: After 1.d4 e6 2.e4, almost everyone plays 2...d5, and I play 3.Nd2. I like this book: Probably with my present level of knowledge, I'd be afraid to play 2.e4 in a tournament game.
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  Shams: <FSR> The Tarrasch French is highly annoying to face as Black. But then, so is the 6.a3 Advanced Variation, and the theoretical load is less for the White player. Against 3.Nd2 Black can try the old main line, the Guimard, The Romanishin/Moro move 3...Be7!?, or ....d5 with a further branch depending on whether Black retakes with the Queen or the c-pawn.

You probably know all this already; I'm just thinking out loud.

Caruana - Vallejo from a couple years ago is about the latest word in the 6.a3 Advanced. Per <csmath>, Black is close to strategically busted in that line. But then, Caruana makes things look easier than they are sometimes...

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  FSR: Caruana vs Vallejo-Pons, 2012 - what a crazy game! It would probably take me about five hours with an engine to understand it.
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  Shams: <FSR> I'd be keen to take a look at any 15/0 games you have in the 2.Bg5 Dutch.
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  FSR: <Shams> I don't see the Dutch much. Here's a 5-minute game: btw, I trust you know about this cute trap in the 2.h3 Dutch:
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  parisattack: Andrew Martin's The Contemporary Anti-Dutch is a bit old (1990) but a nice discussion of 2. Bg5 and other Dutchie sidelines.

Just looked at 365chess - 2. Bg5 seems quite strong tho I think digging deeper would find the games a bit skewed to stronger-player/weaker-player (ratings). I believe you can do such filtering with ChessBase tho I don't own it. Bought v9 or so once, never even unwrapped it. Bought Fritz recently, hardly touched it either...what old age can do to you, I guess. I'm quite content with books.

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  FSR: This is a really cool miniature: M Cebalo vs Vasiukov, 2014.
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  Shams: <FSR> Wow, that is a cracking little game. If you're trying to get me hot and bothered about 2.Bg5 it might be working.
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  Shams: Housekeeping note: in my post on the French below I wrote,

<or ....d5 with a further branch depending on whether Black retakes with the Queen or the c-pawn.>

But of course Black recaptures with the <e>-pawn in that line.

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  parisattack: Sorry <Shams> housekeeping notes not permitted. ;) It is strictly 'touch-write' here at
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