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agb2002
Member since Jun-28-08 · Last seen Sep-30-16
I'm an applied mathematician who lives in the south east of Spain.

My approach to the puzzles is similar to that of David Zechiel (User: dzechiel): I first write the variations I find in a reasonable amount of time (using the puzzle diagram only) and post them before watching the game or other's comments. Then I have a look at them and try to be critical with my work. I apply the touch-move rule to my posts (see Unzicker vs Fischer, 1960). I hope to improve my tactical vision this way.

Often I cannot even spend a couple of minutes looking at the diagram (work, family, other interests, etc.) so I try to blind solve it along several breaks. My first attempt was R Vera vs S Garcia Martinez, 2001 and although the variations I found were not very deep I felt quite satisfied with the experience.

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   Sep-30-16 Grischuk vs Caruana, 2015 (replies)
 
agb2002: White has a bishop for three pawns. Black threatens h5. The bishop on d5 is defenseless. This suggests 30.Ra6: A) 30... Qxa6 31.Qxg5+ Qg6 (31... Kf7 32.Rf1+ wins; 31... Kh8 32.Bd4+ wins) 32.Qxd5+ Kg7 (32... Rf7 33.Qxa8+ wins; 32... Qf7 33.Be6 wins; 32... Kh8 33.Be5+ wins) 33.Bd4+ ...
 
   Sep-29-16 Ganguly vs Zhong Zhang, 2015 (replies)
 
agb2002: White has a rook for a bishop and two pawns. Black threatens fxe5 and Qxd1. The only move seems to be 39.Rd8: A) 39... fxe5 40.Rdxf8+ Kg(h)7 41.R3f7+ Kh6 42.Rh8#. B) 39... Rxd8 40.Qxf6+ (40.Rxf6 Qd1+ 41.Kg2 Qd5+ 42.Qxd5 Rxd5 43.Rxb6 c4 - + [B] ) B.1) 40... Kh7 41.Qe7+ B.1.a) ...
 
   Sep-28-16 Koltanowski vs M Defosse, 1936 (replies)
 
agb2002: The material is identical. Black threatens Bxe5. The position looks ready for a double bishop sacrifice 22.Bxh7+: A) 22... Kxh7 23.Qh5+ Kg8 24.Bxg7 A.1) 24... Kxg7 25.Qg5+ A.1.a) 25... Kh7 26.Rd4 Bf4 27.Rxf4 Qxf4 28.Qxf4 + - [Q+2P vs R+B] . A.1.b) 25... Kh8 26.Rd4 f6 27.Rh4+ Qh7
 
   Sep-27-16 P N Lee vs M F Littleton, 1966 (replies)
 
agb2002: The material is identical. Black threatens Qxd3 and Bxc4. White can attack the black king with the three remaining pieces and a pawn starting with 31.hxg6: A) 31... Qxd3 32.Qxh7+ Kf8 33.g7+ Ke7 34.Qxd3 + - [Q+2P vs B] . B) 31... hxg6 32.Bxg6 B.1) 32... fxg6 33.Qxg6+ (33.Rxe6 Qd1+
 
   Sep-26-16 M Pitz vs S Stark, 2009 (replies)
 
agb2002: White has a pawn for a bishop. White can finish off the game with 9.h5+ Kh6 10.Nf7#.
 
   Sep-25-16 Aronian vs A Volokitin, 2008 (replies)
 
agb2002: White is two pawns down. Black threatens fxe3, Nd(g)xe5. White has a number of moves: dxe6, Na4, Ne4, Ng5, Rdg1, Rhg1, Rxh6, Qe4, Qg6. The latter looks losing after 20.Qg6 Ndxe5 21.Nxe5 Nxe5 with the triple threat Nxg6, fxe3 and Nd3+. After 20.Rxh6 Nxh6 21.Ng5 Rf5 White is ...
 
   Sep-24-16 M Sion Castro vs Shirov, 1995 (replies)
 
agb2002: Black has two knights and a pawn for a rook and a bishop. White threatens axb5. The first idea that comes to mind is 27... c2. Other options are 27... Nd4 directly and 27... gxf6. In the case of 27... c2: A) 28.Rdg1 Nc3 A.1) 29.Qxc2 Ne2+ wins. A.2) 29.Qb2 Ne2+ 30.Kd2 Nxg3 ...
 
   Sep-23-16 Jakovenko vs Gelfand, 2015 (replies)
 
agb2002: Black has a knight for a bishop and five pawns. White threatens Kxf4 and Qd8+ followed by Qg5+ (Kh7 Qh4+). Black has Qe2+, Qg1+, Qg3+, Qh3+ and Nd5+. In the case of 50... Qg3+: A) 51.Kd2 Qd3+ 52.Kc1 (52.Ke1 Qe2#) 52... Ne2#. B) 51.Ke4 Qd3+ 52.Ke5 (52.Kxf4 Qe3+ 53.Kxe3 stalemate) ...
 
   Sep-22-16 O Girya vs A Kashlinskaya, 2015 (replies)
 
agb2002: Black has a bishop for a knight and a pawn. The advanced pawn suggests 44... Rg2 or 44... Rxb2. The former doesn't prevent Kd2 when the pawn moves, so 44... Rxb2: A) 45.Kxb2 e2 A.1) 46.Re6+ Bxe6 followed by 47... e1=Q, winning. A.2) 46.Ra7+ Bd7, etc. B) 45.Nd4 e2 46.Nxe2 Rxe2 - +
 
   Sep-21-16 Tartakower vs E Steiner, 1921 (replies)
 
agb2002: White has a knight and a pawn for a rook. Black threatens to take twice on e5 to play Qd1#. The first idea that comes to mind is 25.Rb8+ to deflect the pinning rook or to attract the king into the knight's range: A) 25... Kxb8 26.Nxd7+ A.1) 26... Kb7 27.Qb5+ Kc8 (27... Ka8 ...
 
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Sep-25-14
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  agb2002: Now in Baltimore MD. About 10000 miles in three days.

<OCF> I didn't know that song by CCR.

Sep-26-14
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  agb2002: Today in Milwaukee WI.

Impressive aerial night view of Chicago.

Sep-28-14
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  agb2002: Good, energetic concert by The Black Keys yesterday in Chicago.

About to fly to Cleveland.

Sep-30-14
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  agb2002: In Houston now.
Sep-30-14
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  OhioChessFan: Where in the world is agb2002?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozY...

Oct-01-14
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  agb2002: <OhioChessFan: Where in the world is agb2002?>

LOL. Tonight in Buffalo. Tomorrow in New York, London and back to Spain.

Business this time. Tourism next. Perhaps.

Oct-01-14
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  OhioChessFan: Shuffle Off to Buffalo- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h0...

New York, New York- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btF...

London Calling- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfK...

Never Been to Spain- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKS...

Dec-25-14
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  wordfunph: <agb2002> Merry Christmas!
Jan-01-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: <agb2002 from 12/26 POTD <Nice to see you again Phil!>>

Thanks. It's always nice to see you and your analysis, also!

Happy New Year!

Jan-02-15
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  agb2002: Happy New Year to you and your family, Phil!
Jul-06-16
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  Fusilli: Hola amigo! Como van los posibles planes de mudarse a la tierra del tio Sam?
Aug-19-16  Patriot: Hi <agb2002>! Just thought I would answer here...

<That's very true. Still the problem is how to differentiate between the essential and the superfluous?> I think this depends on the time remaining on the clock. Clock time remaining determines if you should be using "blitz logic" or "slow logic". In blitz, I would only focus on "scary" moves where someone could lose a piece. Moves that are purely defensive don't really count as worth considering because that takes too much time. But in a slow game, a defensive move could minimize an edge and therefore perhaps it was better to play a simple developing move. For example, if white had a 0.4 pawn advantage and started an attack which is easily defended then the advantage could go down to 0.1 whereas developing a knight would maintain the 0.4 evaluation. Therefore purely defensive moves could be considered a refutation.

Aug-20-16
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  agb2002: <Patriot: Hi <agb2002>! Just thought I would answer here...>

Why not? You're more than welcome.

<<That's very true. Still the problem is how to differentiate between the essential and the superfluous?> I think this depends on the time remaining on the clock. Clock time remaining determines if you should be using "blitz logic" or "slow logic".>

I'm far more interested in the "slow logic" than in "blitz logic". The basic rationale is that one should learn to walk before trying to run (I mean any time control, not only blitz). However, just 'walking' proves to be incredibly difficult.

Another serious problem I have is that I tend to proceed in iterative ways (test and error) and this is not adequate in chess because one cannot take moves back.

Aug-20-16  Patriot: <agb2002> <I'm far more interested in the "slow logic" than in "blitz logic". The basic rationale is that one should learn to walk before trying to run (I mean any time control, not only blitz).> Absolutely! It's easier to adjust down--once you know how to analyze very well, you can trim that process in fast time controls.

<Another serious problem I have is that I tend to proceed in iterative ways (test and error) and this is not adequate in chess because one cannot take moves back.> I'm not exactly sure what you mean when you mentioned taking moves back. By iterative I assume you mean methodical as in an algorithm, testing each try. But the moves you consider are not random moves--they are usually critical and those are the ones you want to look at.

Aug-21-16
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  agb2002: <<Another serious problem I have is that I tend to proceed in iterative ways (test and error) and this is not adequate in chess because one cannot take moves back.> I'm not exactly sure what you mean when you mentioned taking moves back.>

If I try to improve some details or features in the design of a machine, algorithm, data structure, etc. and the modification turns out to be a mistake I can undo it. However, we cannot take back a move in a real game.

You don't need to be a doctor to suffer some kind of "professional deformation".

<By iterative I assume you mean methodical as in an algorithm, testing each try.>

Yep. And error control is usually an essential part of many iterative algorithms. As long as one can reduce it below the prescribed tolerance in the long or preferably not so long run everything is ok.

In chess one should be accurate always and this makes an essential difference.

Aug-21-16  Patriot: <agb2002> How are you taking moves back? If you are thinking ahead you have to sometimes reverse course.

<In chess one should be accurate always and this makes an essential difference.> I think accuracy is needed whenever you have competing main candidates. But if a line is simply winning you don't have to be totally accurate.

Aug-22-16
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  agb2002: <Patriot: <agb2002> How are you taking moves back? If you are thinking ahead you have to sometimes reverse course.>

I meant that when in a real game and in doubt if the chosen move eventually fails then it is not possible to go back and try any of the alternatives.

<<In chess one should be accurate always and this makes an essential difference.> I think accuracy is needed whenever you have competing main candidates. But if a line is simply winning you don't have to be totally accurate.>

Accuracy is important in every position, no matter whether one is about to start a combination, an attacking or defensive maneuver or a simplification to enter the endgame. For example, there can be some hidden details in that endgame which ruin the victory or even the draw.

However, an essential factor is energy. I normally prefer the (apparently) easiest, simplest and less energy demanding path than the shorter, more complex but more accurate alternatives, tipically chosen by engines.

Aug-23-16  Patriot: <agb2002> <I meant that when in a real game and in doubt if the chosen move eventually fails then it is not possible to go back and try any of the alternatives.> Ok, so you are saying you try a move to see what happens. Since I am usually playing no more than G/15, if I see an interesting try I spend a moment looking it over and if it looks interesting I play it.

<Accuracy is important in every position, no matter whether one is about to start a combination, an attacking or defensive maneuver or a simplification to enter the endgame. For example, there can be some hidden details in that endgame which ruin the victory or even the draw.> I disagree--accuracy is not important in every position. My Chess instructor (a master) teaches that all you need to do is prove a move is best (or even adequate) in a reasonable time. If a move is clearly best, it's a waste of time further proving it.

<However, an essential factor is energy. I normally prefer the (apparently) easiest, simplest and less energy demanding path than the shorter, more complex but more accurate alternatives, tipically chosen by engines.> I agree 100%! Computers won't miss a detail and get mated but human players can, no matter how good they are. Play for the easy and obvious win and your opponent will probably resign.

Aug-24-16
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  agb2002: <Patriot: ... Ok, so you are saying you try a move to see what happens.>

I meant that competition chess game is kind of a sequence of one shot situations while in many other activities it is possible to redo something and to improve it someway to avoid trouble.

<Since I am usually playing no more than G/15, if I see an interesting try I spend a moment looking it over and if it looks interesting I play it.>

One of the useful aspects of shorter time controls is to experiment opening plans (so you try a move to see what happens) to gain some experience, perhaps very superficial but better than plain ignorance, a most familiar feeling to me.

<<Accuracy is important in every position, no matter whether one is about to start a combination, an attacking or defensive maneuver or a simplification to enter the endgame. For example, there can be some hidden details in that endgame which ruin the victory or even the draw.> I disagree--accuracy is not important in every position. My Chess instructor (a master) teaches that all you need to do is prove a move is best (or even adequate) in a reasonable time. If a move is clearly best, it's a waste of time further proving it.>

If a move is better or even adequate then it is more accurate than a number of others and therefore accuracy matters. Perhaps my concept of accuracy in this context is a bit loose.

<Play for the easy and obvious win and your opponent will probably resign.>

Not my little son, aka the phaser hitman. He will resist and strive and stand and struggle and try and try over again and will take advantage of even the tiniest chance, typically when I'm distracted serving myself another bunch of salad at dinner, to deliver a back rank mate or a crushing knight fork or the like, carefully prepared by me to reward his effort (but please don't ever tell him!).

Aug-24-16  Patriot: <agb2002> It sounds like your son is going to be one mean player! :-)
Aug-25-16
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  agb2002: <Patriot: <agb2002> It sounds like your son is going to be one mean player! :-) >

He started playing blitz tournaments for children last year and got a trophy in almost all of them. Not too bad.

However, I'd prefer he doesn't pursue anything serious about chess, even if I knew he would become eligible for a sports scholarship in a top notch university.

I suspect you would have a similar opinion.

Aug-25-16  Patriot: <agb2002> Wow, congrats to your son (and proud father)! That is great to hear! This is all a testament to his teacher...you! :-)

It's tough to get far in Chess but if he makes expert or master, he could win real money in tournaments! I would encourage him to reach for his dream.

Aug-26-16
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  agb2002: <Patriot: <agb2002> Wow, congrats to your son (and proud father)! That is great to hear!>

Thanks a lot!

<This is all a testament to his teacher...you! :-) >

The first time he won a tournament is particularly memorable to me: he managed to beat out the favorites (two children whose families emigrated from ex-soviet republics, another from China and a couple of nationals, all of them very aggressive players) with a perfect score.

A curious anecdote happened in the fourth round. He was already playing at board #1 and his next opponent was a girl. I noticed that her granny sat down very close to their table but didn't give much importance and continued reading a newspaper. I noticed that the tournament arbiter announced the beginning of the round but read a few lines more and then had a look at my son.

To my surprise both players were standing since the game was already over. I thought "well, it doesn't matter, this girl is probably a very good player because she reached board #1 and surely caught him in an opening trap".

Then he came to me as if everything was ok and told me that he mated her in less than a dozen moves. I was perplexed. He then told me that the girl didn't even know the very basics and her granny was pointing out the moves but missed a relatively simple mate threat!

<It's tough to get far in Chess but if he makes expert or master, he could win real money in tournaments!>

In Spain you can get about 200 if you win a local rapid tournament, not too bad for eight hours of work, but you need at least IM strength to have realistic chances.

<I would encourage him to reach for his dream.>

That's the point. He's too young to really know what his dream is. At the moment he just wants to play with other children. It is typical to see them fighting mercilessly on the board and seconds later after the game rushing to play soccer, hide-and-seek, etc. before the next round.

Aug-28-16  Patriot: <agb2002> <In Spain you can get about 200 if you win a local rapid tournament, not too bad for eight hours of work, but you need at least IM strength to have realistic chances.> Not sure how that compares with U.S. dollars but here you can win in the thousands at tourneys across America.

<That's the point. He's too young to really know what his dream is.> Yes, but I would go along with whatever current dream he has and let him have fun with it.

Aug-29-16
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  agb2002: <you can win in the thousands at tourneys across America.>

You had to take part in the bigger open tournaments to find such prizes here but then you must be a quite strong GM to have chances.

<I would go along with whatever current dream he has and let him have fun with it.>

I'm trying to introduce my children to as many activities as reasonable, including chess, airplane model construction, maths, robotics, soccer, gym workout, etc. Hope they eventually find the occupations and hobbies which really satisfy them so that they can enjoy a happy and productive life. That's probably best at the moment.

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