< Earlier Kibitzing · PAGE 23 OF 23 ·
|Jun-17-14|| ||Diademas: <Lutefisk> is the hairy equivalent to haggish and steak & cidney pai.|
Growing up this was considered poor mans food, and the only meal us children could opt out from.
It is now raised to a delicatessen and a way to state your national pride.
Imagine a country built on cod marinated in caustic soda. No wonder we were feared by our naighbors.
|Jun-19-14|| ||Shams: <Diademas> You had me at hairy.|
|Jun-19-14|| ||parisattack: <Shams: Another wrongly set-up board in popular culture. At this point I think they're just trolling chessplayers.>|
My Russian professor in college, also the chess coach, kept a file of magazine ads with a chess motif. I don't recall the percentages (he had a couple hundred examples) but it was something like 70/30 that the board was set up with a dark square on h1.
Given that you could see some of the ads were even folding boards we thought the numbers interesting and often pondered the reason, if not the significance. It probably proves the universe is after all a hologram. :)
|Jul-06-14|| ||parisattack: <Shams: Any idea why youtube is now recommending Donald Duck cartoons for me? :)>|
You googled 'Donald Rumsfeld' then hit a hyperlink about a question he ducked in a news conference.
Besides getting pointed to Donald Duck cartoons you are now on the NSA 'Hi-Pri' list. :)
|Jul-07-14|| ||chancho: Not pop, but it's a German electronic music band. :-)|
|Jul-07-14|| ||Shams: <chancho> Kraftwerk I'm familiar with, but Lake was out of left field. Maybe because I was born in 1975.|
|Jul-07-14|| ||chancho: Lake
Between The Lines
|Jul-10-14|| ||Shams: <chancho> Great track!|
|Jul-17-14|| ||parisattack: Hi <Shams>
Have you looked at the Caruna-Meier game (French)? The comments seem to be all Caruna. I don't have an engine but to me Meier looks fine into the late 20s of the game...
|Jul-17-14|| ||Shams: <parisattack> Caruana is such a French killer. Remember this game?|
Caruana vs Vallejo-Pons, 2012
|Jul-17-14|| ||parisattack: <Shams> Yeah, that was sweet - seal off the K-side, just go to work. One of my French fears along with the hanging central pawns.|
But I think Meier did OK and must have lost it quickly somewhere - tho I am not god enough to see where. Guess I will have to capitulate and buy an engine soon...ugh.
|Jul-17-14|| ||Shams: <parisattack> Why buy? You can get very strong engines for free. You'll need a UI of course, but that shouldn't be too much of a bother.|
|Jul-17-14|| ||parisattack: Hi <Shams> I went ahead and bought Fritz 13 - ought to be enough for my purposes. |
I'll try Fritz out on the Caruna-Meier game tonight. The game looks so even then 'blam!'
|Jul-17-14|| ||Shams: Fritz is a good choice-- enough extras to make it worthwhile. |
Did you see <csmath>'s annotations on that game? He seems to have great respect for Caruana's efforts against the French.
|Jul-17-14|| ||parisattack: Yes, saw those. Actually is what got me thinking about buying an engine. Perhaps I will send <csmath> the tab. :)|
I am also liking the French more and more so losses like this are important to consider. I am reminded of how much I like the Benoni positions - until I play over Gligoric's games against it!
|Jul-17-14|| ||Shams: I think you nailed it when you called the Benoni a young person's opening. Too much of hanging by tactical threads for old duffers such as you and I! Hang on, my lumbago is acting up.|
|Jul-17-14|| ||parisattack: LOL! When I first saw this game in a Chess Review - |
Polugaevsky vs Stein, 1965
I thought I'd give the Czech Benoni a try. What a nightmare! I needed a 9th rank for me pieces they were so crowded together.
|Jul-20-14|| ||parisattack: Hi <Shams>
I toyed with Fritz 13 and Caruana vs G Meier, 2014.
The two caveats - 1) I'm sure I am not competent to do engine analysis and 2) I began at move 24 where the position is probably not optimum for an engine.
Still, running about 20m-30m per half-move black looked fine until 34....gf:. I tried several other moves and the best of them seems to come out around +.50 .70 for white. 36. ...h6 pretty much ends it for black.
I doubt I will use Fritz very often - I found it neither illuminating nor entertaining. I'll stick with books for now.
|Jul-21-14|| ||Shams: <parisattack> Where engines are indispensable is in analyzing your own games for tactical shots. Beyond that, I agree with you-- but tactical checking is still one heck of a useful resource. People deride "one-trick ponies". I say, the goose that laid the golden egg was a one-trick goose, but what a trick.|
I'll even use engines occasionally for opening study. Yes, we should look for ideas and not moves, but sometimes you're at the end of your rope and you just need a move. Fritz can give you a move faster than you can blink.
|Jul-21-14|| ||parisattack: Howdy <Shams>
Yes, I can see where they would be useful reviewing games for tactical shots.
I am guessing for openings the engines would be most helpful in open/semi-open games? I'm right now studying the Portisch-Hook Winawer. Perhaps I'll see how Fritz compares to book analysis.
|Jul-21-14|| ||Shams: <I am guessing for openings the engines would be most helpful in open/semi-open games?>|
I have the same thought but I'm a relative neophyte myself with engines so I couldn't say for sure. I suspect that a new, top of the line engine running on reasonable hardware (neither applying in my case) would give pretty darn good instant suggestions in closed positions too. Engines have gotten so good.
Personally I find closed positions easier anyway because the strategic goals are so clear-cut compared to open games.
|Jul-21-14|| ||parisattack: Houdini 4 latest-and-greatest? I have a 6-core machine but I use it for work (trading) don't want to burn it up on chess analysis.|
The advantage you mention - strategic goals - is probably the tough nut to crack for engines. <DcGentle> seems to be doing interesting work in that direction. On the other hand, move-to-move, less candidates to consider in a closed game. That was always a plus for me since I am a slow calculator.
|Aug-02-14|| ||parisattack: Hi <Shams>
I was just catching up over at ChessPublishing and saw the analysis of this Mak Attack -
Wang Hao vs C Sandipan, 2014
Hope all goes well. I've been mostly doing Go but also a little study of the Gurgenidze and related Robatsch lines. I copied several articles in Shakmatnyi Byulletin on it over the years, going through those. Haven't seen any other games with Nepo's 3 ...a5 in the Tarrasch French.
|Aug-09-14|| ||FSR: <Shams> I think the <Oracle of Ohio> was offended by this post of mine on Rogoff almost a month ago:|
<Jul-11-14 FSR: <OCF> Do you own any clothing emblazoned with any of the following: <I ♥ Racism>, <The KKK Is A-OK>, <Martin Luther King Sucks>, or a Confederate flag? If your answer to the prior question, or any subpart thereof, is "yes," do you ever wear that clothing to your job at the Postal Service?>
|Aug-12-14|| ||Fusilli: <Shams: In honor of the player of the Black pieces:
lol. Yeah, that precise cartoon was the inspiration for my cat's name, which I later decided to use as my username here.
< Earlier Kibitzing · PAGE 23 OF 23 ·