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   Oct-19-14 FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014) (replies)
Shams: Why back-to-back grand prix?
   Oct-18-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Shams: <Marmot> I'd never heard that. Good story.
   Oct-17-14 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Shams: First, you asked to have them removed. Second, the admins complied. Third, they changed their minds. Fourth, they issued a statement explaining their reasoning behind changing their minds. None of that contradicts what I said in the slightest. Just go away.
   Oct-16-14 Robert James Fischer (replies)
Shams: <Domdaniel> Was he right about anything? Not a loaded question. I'm just curious.
   Oct-16-14 M Bansi Prathima vs S Gupta, 2008
Shams: Not taking on e2 wasn't enough of a hint?
   Oct-16-14 Nigel Short (replies)
Shams: If Short isn't interested in the Times column I suggest Ray Keene, who after all will never have a problem meeting a deadline.
   Oct-16-14 Louis F Stumpers (replies)
Shams: <al wazir> Did you ever work with anyone at the IAS?
   Oct-16-14 Wei Yi vs Ghosh Diptayan, 2014
Shams: <pmukerji> 18...Nxf2 19.Bxf2 Bh3 20.Bd5
   Oct-16-14 P Charbonneau vs G Shahade, 2001
Shams: <Mabe> The BOC ending looks like a dead draw; White can raid Black's kingside pawns and still keep an eye on the passed a-pawn.
   Oct-16-14 playground player chessforum (replies)
Shams: <YouRang> <One should think before taking offense, even when offense was intended.> You've had some good teachers in your life, <YouRang>.
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  MarkFinan: <Shams: <MarkFinan> So I tried my first ever Cockney Rhyming Slang. Please be honest and tell me if it sucks. I was getting information for my girlfriend and after I got it I texted her, asking her to call me so I could "give her the mule".>

I'm guessing you know this, lol.

Donkey Kong. Dong! You were inviting the aforementioned lady to spend some time with.... Your Nintendo Wii... Or something LOL ✌

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  Shams: <Mark> I assure you, it was strictly PG-rated.
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  Karposian: Hi, <Shams>, I would like to thank you for the book tip you gave me a couple of weeks ago, 'Positively 4th Street' by David Hajdu.

I have now read the book and it was really a great read, so many thanks!

It was very interesting to read about the dynamics between Dylan, Farina and the Baez sisters. Like you said, Dylan does not make a good impression. Hajdu portrays him as a rather self-obsessed and misogynistic person (what a musical genius he is though).

But for me the real revelation in this book was Richard Farina. Quite the interesting character, that guy! I had no idea that he had been so influential in the early stages of the folk revival in the sixties.

Anyway, terrific book <Shams>. Thanks again for that great book tip!

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  Shams: <Karposian> I completely agree about Richard Fariña. He's an impossibly compelling figure.

Here are some short notes on him by Pynchon:

I'm glad you liked the book! Where do you call home, by the way?

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  parisattack: <Shams> Great work on the Seattle tournament! 2.5/5.0 is terrific after a long time away; I am sure I wouldn't do that well. I've been threatening to enter a OTB tournament for a few years, just haven't found the time.

I'd enjoy seeing any of the games you decide to share - esp the English Defense even though you lost (to a master!). Guessing if you can get in a couple more tournaments you'll catch some pretty strong scalps!

(I didn't know you were in Seattle; my daughter and family is up that way (Graham). Perhaps I will ping you the next time we go see them, you can give me a lesson.)

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  Karposian: <Shams> Italy and NorCal..

Pynchon is great, someone recently gave me his latest book, Bleeding Edge, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

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  Shams: <parisattack> Ok, here's the English Defense game. Looking at it again it's pretty bad. This one was only a G/60 because I played the two-day schedule.

[Event "Seattle Fall Open"]
[Site "Seattle Chess Club"]
[Date "2014.9.20"]
[Round "1"]
[White "D.H."]
[Black "Shams"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "2220"]
[BlackELO "1892"]

1. c4 b6 2. Nc3 e6 3. e4 Bb7 4. Bd3 Ne7 5. Nf3 Ng6 6. Bc2 Be7 7. d4 d6 8. g3 Nd7 9. h4 e5 10. h5 Ngf8 11. d5 h6 12. Ba4 Nh7 13. Be3 O-O 14. Qe2 Nc5 15. Bc2 a5 16. O-O-O Bc8 17. Nh4 Bg5 18. f4 exf4 19. Bxf4 Nf6 20. Bxg5 hxg5 21. Nf5 Bxf5 22. exf5 Nfd7 23. h6 Qf6 24. Rh5 gxh6 25. Rdh1 Kg7 26. Rxh6 Rh8 27. R6h5 Rag8 28. Nb5 Rxh5 29. Rxh5 Na6 30. a3 Ne5 31. Nc3 Kf8 32. g4 Qd8 33. Rh6 Nc5 34. Nb5 Qd7 35. Nd4 Qe7 36. f6 Qd8 37. Nf5 1-0

Here is an easy PGN viewer:

My <4…Ne7> appears to be a bold theoretical novelty! (On this site at least.) I haven't engine-checked the game much less analyzed it so any comments are welcome, however general. Obviously I never got in …f5, sigh. My play was just too slow. Incidentally, I'm playing 1…b6 because I don't know anything else, not because I want to.

Here is Speelman faring rather better against <4.Bd3>: S Williams vs Speelman, 1999

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  parisattack: Grazie! I'll pull my 1. ...b6/English books in the AM, go over this. Thanks for the viewer, too. I've seen ...Ne7 but not sure at that exact point.

(New 1. ...b6 book out soon in the Move-by-Move series.)

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  parisattack: Found this one is all on Chesslab -

"Cordara,Michele"] [Black "Dausch,Rene"] [Round "4"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A10"] 1. c4 b6 2. Nc3 Bb7 3. e4 e6 4. Bd3 Ne7 5. Nge2 d5 6. O-O d4 7. Nb5 Nec6 8. f4 a6 9. Na3 Nb4 10. Qb3 N8c6 11. Nc2 Na5 12. Qa3 Nac6 13. Nxb4 Nxb4 14. Qb3 a5 15. a4 Bc5 16. Kh1 Qh4 17. Bb1 O-O-O 18. d3 f5 19. Ng3 h5 20. Bd2 Nc6 21. Qd1 Qf6 22. e5 Qe7 23. Ne2 h4 24. h3 Rdg8 25. Qe1 Bb4 26. Bxb4 axb4 27. Qf2 g5 28. a5 g4 29. Ng1 Nxa5 30. hxg4 0-1

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  parisattack: The English Defense - Keene, Plaskett, Tisdall gives Watson-Schussler, NY 1978 "4.Bd3, Qg5!; 5. Qf3, Nc6; 6. Qg3?, Qg3; 7. hg, g6! and Black's grip on the d4 square gives a tangible edge. Schussler suggests 6. Nh3 when he intended 6. ...Qh4 with unclear play."
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  parisattack: I played over your game; thanks. I think you did well <Shams>, put up a good fight. I am not a 1. ...b6 guru but not sure about allowing d4 with the N on g6?
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  Shams: <parisattack> I'm sure you're right. The whole Ne7-g6 scheme of development is not something I understand; I know players sometimes follow with ...Nh4 trading off White's knight but there's surely more to it than that. A lot of strong 1...b6 players play it, so I guess I did the same in the spirit of exploration.

I like that Schussler idea. Thanks for that.

One advantage to my current repertoire (forgive me if I mentioned this to you before) is that because I now play the French, I can meet 1.d4 with 1...e6 if I wish, intending 2.e4 d5 or 2.c4 b6 whereby I'll see a lot of French and English Defense games. So at least I'd get to drill on it a lot, at the cost of getting reps in my beloved Benko but oh well.

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  parisattack: Hi <Shams>

Concur on 1. ..e6. Wonderful repertoire move. You can go all sorts of ways - French/Dutch, English/...b6, Sicilian Kan/Taimanov, Franco-Benoni, QGD...

Surprised it doesn't warrant more books - 1...d6 and 1...Nc6 many books.

I am also playing the French tho my heart is still with the Robatsch. I may just not be the 'breed apart' sort of player but I am having decent results with French...esp the Mac against 3. Nc3.

Keep us in the loop on your new tournament career!

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  moronovich: <One advantage to my current repertoire (forgive me if I mentioned this to you before) is that because I now play the French, I can meet 1.d4 with 1...e6 if I wish, intending 2.e4 d5 or 2.c4 b6 whereby I'll see a lot of French and English Defense games. So at least I'd get to drill on it a lot, at the cost of getting reps in my beloved Benko but oh well.>

When 1.d4-e6 it is seldom people go 2.e4 as far as my experience goes,also with strong(er) players.

One of my former students was to play at the national championship and we decided to go for 1.b6,especially against 1.d4.And in 3 games nobody ! went 2.e4 which is both the principal move and part of how to refute the whole Owens defence.They all went 2.c4.

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  parisattack: <moronovich - When 1.d4-e6 it is seldom people go 2.e4 as far as my experience goes,also with strong(er) players.>

Very true! If you are willing to go Dutch then 2. c4 by White gives Black some options as opposed to the standard 1. d4, f5 course of withholding c4 for a few moves.

Owens/English - My sense is Black has to play them very aggressively...much more so than the Robatsch where he can get away with a little rope-a-dope sometimes.

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  moronovich: <Very true! If you are willing to go Dutch then 2. c4 by White gives Black some options as opposed to the standard 1. d4, f5 course of withholding c4 for a few moves.>

Shure.And if Black wants to avoid the
Stauntongambit,1.d4-e6 is a way to go.
And an interesting moveorder is a black setup with e6,d5,c6 and first now 4-f5!? aiming for a stonewall where White sometimes doesn´t play the optimal setup and will be surprised by 4-f5 as he was dreaming about Queens Gambit in the first place.

Re:Owens.I played it occasionally(with great succes,70% vs 2350 opposition in 10 games) and studied it(all on my own)intensively for hundreds of hours:It would enriching the whole game it was 100% sound.But unfortunately it isn´t. But close too ;)Larsen told me there are 2 refutations.And I know of one,but not the other one.

Which aggressive continuation(s)do you consider ?.

All the best - moro.

Oct-15-14  Pulo y Gata: Hi, Shams.

I have a copy of 1Q84 but it's not on my priority shelf. I guess I have to mention my Murakami reading progression to give you some idea: The Elephant Vanishes, Kafka on the Shore, Sputnik Sweetheart, Norwegian Wood, South of the Border, West of the Sun, and his latest book, Colorless Tsukuru Tasaki and his years of pilgrimage.

I really enjoyed Kafka but thought he was showing off and that the ending didn't complete the whole experience for me. Sputnik I liked for its economy, the tightness of the whole yarn where things are just enough and Murakami didn't caper to such extravagance as he did in Kafka. After this South and Sputnik were really underwhelming and I ceased to read him for a while until Colorless came out. It was ok for me and so 1Q84, which I have been postponing reading had to take a farther back seat to my already long list of to-read books.

Thanks for the Wind-up push, that might be my next Murakami read.

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  Shams: <Pulo Y Gata> I liked Kafka on the Shore well enough but literally nothing about it has stayed with me.

What is funny is that you have read just about everything except what I'd consider to be his best books-- all of them are in the vein of dreamlike fantasy. Leaving non-fiction and short stories out of it, here is my list of his best:

1. Wind-up Bird
2. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
2a. 1Q84
3. Wild Sheep Chase
4. Dance Dance Dance

So, if you like any of the first three of these, then I envy you since you have a lot of fun waiting for you. Let me know what you think. The last third of 1Q84 is also the weakest, on the other hand, it actually has an ending whereas some of these other ones just sort of stop.

Murakami is hard for me to figure. I think he breaks-- boldly so, repeatedly and unapologetically-- several of what I'd consider cardinal rules of fiction (and dialogue). But for some reason it all holds together for him and even seems to work in his favor.

Oct-15-14  Pulo y Gata: <Shams> Yes, my random pickings weren't so lucky perhaps. Thanks for that list. I'll try 1 first and I'm quite sure I'll like it as people whose recommendations I trust liked it a lot.

In reading so many different authors, I couldn't help but think that somehow Murakami has stagnated. There are flashes of brilliance but nothing really sustained- with saying that, I hope to be proven totally wrong. All this Nobel hoopla must be taking ts toll, too. His publishers seem to schedule the release of his recent works around it (a short work was even in New Yorker on the week of the announcement!); somehow, I suspect it affects his creativity. Colorless was quite predictable and too wordy.

He has a weird way of plodding along with the actual writing (look up his past interview with the Paris Review if you haven't done so yet), relying much on dreams and intuition. Sometimes, he said, he just wait, wait for the story to flow.

Compare this with Garcia Marquez and many other writers and his professed approach is quite rare.

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  Shams: Wait, is he in line for a Nobel? I hadn't heard that. I've actually been a bit out of touch with the literary world for a few years.
Oct-15-14  Pulo y Gata: He's been one of the nominees for several successive years already, if I'm not mistaken.

This year's Nobel Prize in Literature went to French writer Patrick Modiano, who I haven't read or heard of until he was announced as the winner of the prize.

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  Shams: <Pulo y Gata> I thought they didn't release the names on the shortlist? I guess it gets leaked out.

Do you read the Spanish language translations or the English?

Oct-16-14  Pulo y Gata: Yes, it gets leaked out as the names are reported every time.

I can only read English, alas! I had several units of Spanish in college but I can hardly read, what more speak, it now. That's one of my regrets, not taking Spanish seriously-- only later would I realize how wonderful Latin American literature is. (I also had units in Chinese, bdw.)

I plan to take up Spanish language courses again. Right now I am reading Edith Grossman's English translation of Carmen Laforet's Nada, which won the first Premio Nadal in 1944. I also have with me a Spanish original copy of the novel.

What do you read nowadays, if I may ask? :-)

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  FSR: <parisattack: Hi <Shams>

Concur on 1. ..e6. Wonderful repertoire move. You can go all sorts of ways - French/Dutch, English/...b6, Sicilian Kan/Taimanov, Franco-Benoni, QGD...

Surprised it doesn't warrant more books - 1...d6 and 1...Nc6 many books.>

Here's one coming out: But it apparently doesn't cover the French - the authors have another book on that opening. Incidentally, Langrock and Watson have a book coming out on the Rubinstein French. That line has the virtue of being the same against both 3.Nc3 and 3.Nd2. The only other important line you have to learn is the Advance Variation.

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  parisattack: The Modern Bogo looks pretty sexy. I have it on my Christmas 'buy' list of chess and go books. "The Fighting French" by Soltis is good...ditto Short's little tome on the French.

I've been trying to play it Nimzo/Petrosian/Heidenfeld style and getting my you-know-what kicked.

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