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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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   Shams has kibitzed 20564 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-22-16 Jeremy Lim (replies)
Shams: <A lot of short passes are the equivalent of runs.> Sort of Bill Walsh's idea, wasn't it? The difference is that when you run you hit and when you pass you get hit. :)
   Jul-19-16 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Shams: A friend of mine does psych evals for the state and sees a lot of people with histories. One mean-looking dude sat in front of him as he looked at a printout of this guy's criminal history. Felony battery with an axe. Felony battery with an axe. The guy had been to prison like three ...
   Jul-08-16 S Paridar vs S Akter Liza, 2010
Shams: <Lost Rook> When moves are repeated like that it's usually a mistake in the game score, likely caused by the DGT boards the players use. The listed moves 10 and 11 here were never played; instead 9.Nd6+ was almost surely how the game went.
   Jun-30-16 Wang Yue vs Chang Liu, 2016 (replies)
Shams: Very pretty final position! The Panda is in good form this tournament, 6.0/7 on games currently in the database.
   Jun-30-16 Wen Yang vs E Inarkiev, 2016
Shams: Yes, very nice. Black's last move must intend ...d6 followed by rerouting the bishop with ideas like ...Bh3-g2. Is White simply lost after 20 moves?
   Jun-29-16 Wei Yi vs Mamedyarov, 2016 (replies)
Shams: Wow. Sure looks to me like one of the best games of the year.
   Jun-29-16 Shams chessforum (replies)
   Jun-26-16 11th Edmonton International (2016) (replies)
Shams: Shankland will play the struggling youngster Richard Wang in the final round whereas Ganguly is up against Shirov. Looks like Longshanks will be king once again!
   Jun-25-16 David Moody (replies)
Shams: Sorry to hear that. Out of curiosity is it bad, good or neutral on your eyes to read with magnification anyway?
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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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  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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