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|Apr-20-12|| ||blue wave: <Oh no, please not the Benko.> Just for you whiteshark, I'll change from voting Benko back to Benoni. I must be mad.|
|Apr-21-12|| ||Golden Executive: |
Thanks for voting, Golden Executive!
You are willing to play BLACK in The Modern Benoni
You are willing to play BLACK in The Benko Gambit
Just Paint it (all) black !
p.s. The video was just for fun
|Apr-21-12|| ||hoodrobin: <whiteshark: Oh no, please not the Benko!>|
|Apr-21-12|| ||hoodrobin: <Golden Executive: Just Paint it (all) black !>|
|Apr-21-12|| ||SamAtoms1980: A few questions:
* Why is the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit so unfavorable for Black? He is a pawn up and, unlike the Göring or Danish, White's King's position is blown wide open.
* Is the Traxler Counterattack really that bad for White?
* If we end up playing a Benko, is it better for White to turn the gambit down, or scoop the pawn up and try to drive it into the endgame?
|Apr-21-12|| ||whiteshark: <SamAtoms1980
<* Why is the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit so unfavorable for Black? He is a pawn up and, unlike the Göring or Danish, White's King's position is blown wide open.>>
In the hand of a patzer every opening looks bad. ;)
I think that after <4...exf3 5.Nf3 c6> black could build up a safe position and gets an easy game. I prefer a different defence, though.
|Apr-21-12|| ||AylerKupp: <Golden Executive> Thanks for the video. I think that the New Zealand national team has the right attitude for playing the Black side of the Benoni, Taimanov or no Taimanov.|
|Apr-21-12|| ||AylerKupp: <All> Speaking of the Benoni and the Taimanov, here's a shameless advertisement for it. There are 2 main continuations after 8.Bb5+, 8...Nfd7 and 8...Nbd7, assuming that the game goes along the lines of 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4 Bg7 8.Bb5+.
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8...Nfd7 is considered the "sounder" (if such a word can be applied to the Black side of the Benoni) of the two. There are 347 games in OE after 8...Nfd7 with White winning 48.1%, Black winning 26.8%, and 25.1% draws. 8...Nbd7 is considered semi-suicidal but Black's statistics are actually better in the 49 games in the OE database; White wins 48.1%, Black wins 36.7%, and 22.4% draws. And the resulting positions for both lines are certainly in the spirit of this Thematic Challenge.
If you have some time, try looking over at some of the games before today's voting deadline.
|Apr-21-12|| ||AylerKupp: And, speaking of last minute vote changes, here are my current preferences, in case anyone cares:|
WHITE in the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit
WHITE in the Evans Gambit
WHITE in the Goering Gambit
WHITE in the Halloween Attack
WHITE in the Tennison Gambit
BLACK in the Albin Countergambit
BLACK in the Benko Gambit
BLACK in the Immortal Draw Variation
BLACK in the Modern Benoni
BLACK in the Traxler Counterattack
I just wanted to give everyone the chance to change their votes if it looks like we might be on the same team so that they can avoid being subjected to my overly verbose and usually meaningless posts. :-) Of course, there's always the Ignore button. :-)
BTW, if you're wondering why I left out the "You are willing to play " it's because I wanted each opening to be on a different line without being separated by blank lines. Chessgames.com indicated that "The rules with spacing and double-spacing are hard to figure out, to put it mildly", see chessgames.com chessforum. The "magic" number of characters on a line to prevent ignoring the line break seems to be 52. If the number of words is 53 or more, it will treat the line break as a space and word wrap. No, please don't ask me why. But at least this post now has some useful information.
|Apr-21-12|| ||AylerKupp: Good grief, I can't even copy the numbers right from OE. Corrected number of games and percentages for the Benoni Taimanov Attack following 8.Bb5+:|
8...Nfd7: 343 games, 48.1% white wins, 26.8% black wins, 25.1% draws.
8...Nbd7: 49 games, 40.8% white wins, 36.7% black wins, 22.4% draws.
Now that makes it 2 posts in a row with useful information.
|Apr-21-12|| ||Thematic Challenge: Ahoy!
I've just posted the final tally before voting is closed at 11:59 pm tonight (that's less than 3 hours from now).
A come-from-behind victory seems to be in store for that wild and wooly Albin Countergambit. But it's not too late for the tides to turn, so hurry up and get your votes in if you haven't already.
|Apr-22-12|| ||Thematic Challenge: It's official! The game will begin 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5! Good luck Albin Countergambiteers. |
Please give us a little time to set-up the Challenge. The banner on the homepage will switch to that game.
|Apr-22-12|| ||SamAtoms1980: <in David Seville voice>|
|Apr-22-12|| ||OhioChessFan: <AK: The "magic" number of <<characters>> on a line to prevent ignoring the line break seems to be 52. If the number of <<words>> is 53 or more, it will treat the line break as a space and word wrap. >|
Is it possible the tendency for your posts to ummmmmmmm have a lot of words indicative of your confusing characters and words?
|Apr-22-12|| ||whiteshark: When I posted <Oh no, please not the Benko.> I have had something different in mind than activating the Albin Gambiteers. Well, <clear the decks for action <!!>>|
|Apr-22-12|| ||AylerKupp: <OhioChessFan> It's not only possible but certain. Then again, as everyone who knows me be now will readily agree, I never use a simple character when a lengthy word will do. :-)|
Then again, I did say that the characters were "magic". So they obviously can transform themselves into words when it suits their mood.
|Apr-22-12|| ||AylerKupp: <whiteshark> As the old saying goes, "Be careful what you ask for, you might get it." So "Cry havoc!, and let slip the dogs of war""|
|Apr-22-12|| ||Thematic Challenge: The game is set up:
Chessgames Challenge: Team White vs Team Black, 2012
Please note that even if you voted, you are NOT automatically assigned to a team quite yet. You still have to go to the page above and click on the "sign-up" link. At that point the software will consult your voting record and assign you to either Team White or Team Black as appropriate.
Also note that this forum is NOT for discussing the game in progress. The only appropriate place to discuss the game in progress is the secret team-only discussion forums at the link above.
However if you have a question or problem with the software (i.e., not related to any specific position or move) feel free to ask it here.
The game starts at noon on April 25th. Good luck to both teams!
|Apr-22-12|| ||OhioChessFan: Do I get 10 votes for each move?|
|Apr-22-12|| ||frogbert: ocf, it depends which team you're on.|
|Apr-23-12|| ||capafan: Administrator: This may not be the appropriate place for this comment, but I know of no other place to voice the comment. My votes were submitted **all** for white and I have been assigned to Team Black??! Did the rationale for assigning players to either side change?|
|Apr-23-12|| ||OhioChessFan: <capa> I put in a special request to have you as a teammate.|
<Thematic Challenge> a link to the new game at Chessgames Challenge would be nice.
|Apr-23-12|| ||cro777: <OhioChessFan: <capa> I put in a special request to have you as a teammate.> I did the same but <OCF> used a dedicated Administrator connection.|
|Apr-23-12|| ||whiteshark: <Good luck, <Team White>!>|
(You'll need it.:D)
|Apr-23-12|| ||cro777: Good luck, Team Black!
The best thing to give to yourself is to respect your opponents enough to play 100 percent the whole time.
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