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chessgames.com: Congratulations Richard, that's great. I just checked, and the site still doesn't seem to have the PGN. If we can't get our hands on PGN soon, feel free to email me your personal games.
 
   Jan-20-17 Hans Berliner
 
chessgames.com: I had a brief encounter with Mr. Berliner that, to me, spoke volumes. Back in 2009 or so, my partner Alberto Artidiello gave me a copy of "The System", claiming that it was must-read material for any chess player. I ended up reading it at least twice, and gained great ...
 
   Jan-19-17 Tata Steel (2017) (replies)
 
chessgames.com: The Tata Steel Chess Tournament will visit the Feyenoord Stadium today, and the game will start 30 minutes later than the previous rounds. (More info: http://www.tatasteelchess.com/visit... ) Today's feature game will be Eljanov vs Aronian, 2017 .
 
   Jan-18-17 Eljanov vs Aronian, 2017 (replies)
 
chessgames.com: Please note this game starts 30 minutes later than the other rounds, 8:00am USA/Eastern.
 
   Jan-17-17 The Caissars chessforum (replies)
 
chessgames.com: <whiteshark> Perhaps the source of confusion here is that there is no longer any nomination process. Every member gets one vote, period. The checkbox is an easy way to vote for something that's already on the list without needing to figure out what the URL is. ...
 
   Jan-16-17 Carlsen vs Wei Yi, 2017 (replies)
 
chessgames.com: Perhaps the two most popular players these days; it would be a crime to not show this game. See you at 7:30am USA/Eastern.
 
   Jan-14-17 Carlsen vs R Wojtaszek, 2017 (replies)
 
chessgames.com: By popular demand, we're going to show the Carlsen game tomorrow, and switch to the top board if time permits. Enjoy!
 
   Jan-14-17 Eljanov vs R Rapport, 2017 (replies)
 
chessgames.com: Let's see how Rapport's theoretical novelty 4...g5 works out for him.
 
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   Dec-31-16 Biographer Bistro (replies)
 
chessgames.com: <Are "draws" counted in CG regardless of match stipulations?> Yes, but alternate scoring formats can be programmed on a case-by-case basis. To date, the only alternate format is the 3–1–0 scoring, but if there are enough cases to warrant programming "draws ...
 
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Jan-16-17
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  Richard Taylor: My first round game. I misplayed the opening and came back to manage to draw. My opponent is, in NZ rating terms, the strongest rated player. His FIDE rating is 2333. I have played him before with some interesting games but lost those.

The opening here is the Classical. I was a bit rusty on it as I expected other openings he has played.

Because of the technical problems, I was there to day and 'assisting' as one of our ex Club players metered out the transformers or power supplies. I think they were going to split them and they seemed to have got some ones with a higher VA rating. Once those go. Some of the PGNs should be available, but I don't know how they get them all, or if it is possible. I think someone has to enter them in manually into a computer. Not sure.

But in anycase this is the only PGN from the event I have seen!

[Event "Oceania Zonal 2017"]
[Site "Waipuna Lodge,Auckland, NZ"]
[Date "2017.01.14"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Ben Hague"]
[Black "Richard Taylor"]
[Result "*"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5 Bd7 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O b5 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10. Kb1 h5 11. Nf5 Bxf5 12. exf5 Bh6 13. f4 Rc8 14. g3 Ne5 15. Nd5 Nc4 16. Bxc4 bxc4 17. Rhe1 c3 18. Nxc3 O-O 19. Nd5 Re8 20. Qe2 Kf8 21. Qxh5 Bg7 22. Qf3 e6 23. Ne3 Qb6 24. Re2 Rb8 25. b3 d5 26. h4 d4 27. Nc4 Qc5 28. Qd3 e5 29. Rf1 e4 30. Rxe4 Rxe4 31. Qxe4 Qxc4 32. Rd1 Qb5 33. Qxd4 Kg8 34. g4 Qe2 35. Rg1 Rc8 36. Qd1 Qh2 37. g5 Rxc2 38. gxf6 Rb2+ 39. Kc1 Rc2+ 40. Kb1 Rb2+ 41. Kc1 Rc2+ 42. Kb1 Rb2+ *

Jan-16-17
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  WannaBe: Looks like the transmission for Tata have screwed up, there's a bunch of Wei Yi vs Nepo games with 0 moves. =))
Jan-16-17
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  Domdaniel: I have never *trained* anywhere, in any way, at any time. Not (argh!) physical training, as in running, walking, or jumping. Not (yeuch!) chess training, as in tactical exercises. They sound like masochism. I can do without torture.

How did I get so good at chess without trying? Simple: same way I got to be a great (and modest) writer: sheer bloody genius and a dash of irony.

Leave 'training' to railways.

Jan-16-17
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  chessgames.com: <a bunch of Wei Yi vs Nepo games with 0 moves.> Yeah that's a new one on us. I fixed it and hope they don't do it again tomorrow.
Jan-16-17
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  WannaBe: I don't think Wei will play Nepo tomorrow. It's a single round robin.

=)))

Jan-17-17
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  zanzibar: <DomD> you don't find an aesthetic beauty in a combination?

Finding it yourself on a board is very rewarding, for me anyways.

Plus I enjoy the analytics of it, the why's and the how's.

Here's a picture of someone who did a lot of home training with his mother, early in life:

https://en.chessbase.com/Portals/4/...

https://www.yogems.com/yopedia/how-...

In his case the torture paid off nicely.

(Another example - the Polgar sisters, who presumably used a "brick" for training.

cf. https://chessdailynews.com/chess-ta...)

Jan-17-17
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  Richard Taylor: I do tactics training and I also used to solve a lot of puzzles and problems especaially some of those games on YouTube where you pause the video. Dennis Monokroussos was helpful. I found the tactics exercises excellent and did help.

Soltis points out that one thing people can do, as the Polgars and also Seirawan did, is to assemble many many tactical types of posiions as well as position types. This is what strong players do, they do this either intuitively and also by study. Moving from key positions.

But added to that those exercieses where one tries to work out the moves are good. If a person had 'world enough and time' as well as talent these and endings and good opening knowledge all help. The trouble is it is all very time consuming.

I love the beauty of combinative ideas.
and positional. Sometimes it is great just to study as one reads a book, to enjoy the beauty of chess or art or whatever and not be concerned about improving. Improvement in practical games includes other skills...One I ahven't yet mastered is to avoid silly errors of oversights....But a big one is the ability to keep calm when things are difficult. Naroditsky and other writers have almost whole books on things such as "saving lost positions" (in fact Naroditsky, wise beyond his years, advocates "trying to save lost positions" as well as just defending.)...I tend to a avoid books that say "Winning with [opening]" a book that just says French Defence or Ruy Lopez and is fairly recent is good. And John Nunn's books are good. Also those of Dvoretsky. Of course tactics are good to work on. And they are fun. But the positional factors also combine with that....So I must try more of those "Guess the Move"...Now I think it is a good idea to ignore any scores or "rating" and just do the exercises or try to figure out moves. And also try to evaluate positions.

Does any of it translate to OTB...a lot does, it isn't obvious, it is a cumulative effect. Advice to keep struggling even when there is a "reversal" has helped me in many games. And also combinative ideas I have used a lot.

I have in fact, a lot of games where a I made Queen sacrifices in about 2006 to 2010. I also played a number of attacks and combinations. I didn't always win but I came close. I also won some (albeit) B Grade tournaments...but one has to chose, is there enough time for this fascinating but sometimes quite dispiriting game called chess?

Jan-17-17
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  Richard Taylor: <zanzibar: <DomD> you don't find an aesthetic beauty in a combination? Finding it yourself on a board is very rewarding, for me anyways.

Plus I enjoy the analytics of it, the why's and the how's.

Here's a picture of someone who did a lot of home training with his mother, early in life:

https://en.chessbase.com/Portals/4/...

https://www.yogems.com/yopedia/how-...

In his case the torture paid off nicely.

(Another example - the Polgar sisters, who presumably used a "brick" for training.

cf. https://chessdailynews.com/chess-ta>

I see this, but Anand was simply immensely talented. And much of that WAS genetic, inborn. But the exercises helped clarify and intensify his abilities.

Most on cg.com are and will never get where he is, but we can, if we are keen, do something along the same lines. We can improve or get more enjoyment studying problems, tactics and working out moves in master games...

But the beauty of combinations and tactics is endless, hence Tal's fascination and his great games. But we of the lower levels can also learn tactical ideas and appreciate solving end game problems, working out plans, etc even if we have no intention of playing another game of chess.

Jan-17-17
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  scout118: <Chessgames>

In reference to this:
<Annie K.: Let's get this right, <please>. <scout118> you are either going to start exhibiting manners here, or you will not be posting here. I see no reason to put up with your rudeness even one more time. Clear?>

Clear?? What kind of rude language is this used by your staff on a premium member? I wasn't being rude, just pointing out a mistake. I take exception to this and will be posting my comments in this venue instead of over there.

Jan-17-17
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  chessgames.com: <scout118> Please understand that Annie K. volunteered selflessly to run the Chessbookie game when we were lacking resources to do it ourselves. She's a premium member, just like you.

I read the thread on the ChessBookie! forum, and personally wouldn't call any of it particularly rude, either your posts or hers. Perhaps I'd categorize them both as "snippy."

Nevertheless, she is the official Chessgames Bookie for the next few months and her decisions are final with regards to that game, so do try to stay on her good side :)

Jan-17-17
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  zanzibar: <RichardTaylor> I enjoyed reading your replies, and generally agree with many of your points.

There are several very nice features of CT training - there's a free version for all who want to do basic training, there's also a sophisticated set of features for those who want highly targeted training (SRM - spaced repetition mode(?)).

Also, one can train on pure tactics, endgame tactics/positions, and mixed mode tactics. All the positions are mined from real games (generally 2200+ rated players - though lots of rapid/blitz games are mixed in with classical).

I know I sound a little like a shill, but Richard has done a fantastic job, one which is hard to imagine being improved upon.

For instance, consider the play during the solve. Here on <CG>, you get a position, and that's it. But on <CT> you get a postion, and have to find the correct sequence of moves through the entire combo (you move, the "computer" replies - if you find a suboptimal winning move (an alt in CT-speak), the computer asks you to remove, if you play a non-winning move you fail the problem).

So, you can't just find the first move (which might be rather obvious), but must find the entire play. And since Richard tries to follow the gameplay, that also means the defender often finds the trickiest, most resourceful replies (often, but not always).

The problem is that the combinations must be somewhat focused and forcing, for Richard's generator to dig them out. So, as <JFQ> and others have noted, even for tactical training its incomplete as the more amorphous positions don't get selected.

(E.g. there are very few problems involving a rook lift precursor move, as these generally long proceed the forced part of a combo, etc.)

<Soltis points out that one thing people can do, as the Polgars and also Seirawan did, is to assemble many many tactical types of posiions as well as position types. This is what strong players do, they do this either intuitively and also by study. Moving from key positions.>

CT utilizes the "wisdom" of the crowd for much of this, mostly in two ways.

The difficulty of each problem is measured by a rating, and an average solve time. Every time you face a problem you can either lose or gain rating points, just like otb play. The same is true for the problem. This provides a very good measure of the difficulty.

The problem also tracks the distribution of times involved in the solve - adding an extra dimension to the "difficulty". This can be quite revealing, as some low-rated problems can have really long solve times.

I forgot to mention another training mode that CT used - blitz vs. standard. You can involve the time dimension in your solving - so you can measure your response against the average. The mechanics are a little complicated, but I find this very helpful for me to assess my own level of play in an honest fashion.

It certainly indicates areas needing improvement in my own play.

The final feature that should be discussed is the tagging system CT has implemented. It ties in the quote I copied above - but allow me to come back to it in another post.

Jan-17-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Java update 121 confirmed, works with Chess Viewer Deluxe II.
Jan-18-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Boomie: <Chessgames.com>

In Tata Steel (Challengers) Tournament, Gawain Jones' games are split between G Jones and Gawain Jones.

Jan-18-17
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  whiteshark: <ceegee> The ECO code aside each game has again (by accident?!) disappeared at Recent Kibitzing Page
Jan-18-17
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  chessgames.com: <The ECO code aside each game has again (by accident?!) disappeared at Recent Kibitzing Page> No, quite intentionally, and it's been gone for almost a year now. You're the first person to mention it.

It seemed like a neat idea in 2002 but it just doesn't warrant a whole column. It was mostly there to fill space on large monitors before the era of mobile phones.

Jan-18-17
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  chessgames.com: <In Tata Steel (Challengers) Tournament, Gawain Jones' games are split between G Jones and Gawain Jones.> Expect that to happen daily. We have a rule that PGN that says "Carlsen" is Magnus, but we can't make a rule that any PGN that says "Jones" is assumed to Gawain Jones. We'll just fix them by hand as they come in.
Jan-18-17
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  zanzibar: <CG> What if the games come in with FIDE id?

I would assume you use it as priority identifier, yes?

(OK, maybe 2nd to CG pid).

Jan-19-17
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  Domdaniel: <Zanzibar & Richard Taylor> - You are, of course, both quite right. I was being ironic, or provocative, or something. I agree that a pretty tactic is a thing of transcendent beauty.

That said, I genuinely don't believe in formal tactical training, eg by setting oneself tactical puzzles. Of course I play through GM games frequently, and hope to absorb some lessons. And I analyse my own games. And so on.

In other words, I'm inconsistent.

Jan-19-17
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  Domdaniel: <CG> - < It was mostly there to fill space on large monitors before the era of mobile phones.>

As somebody still using large-ish monitors (and not mobile phones), I would prefer to have ECO codes.

Jan-19-17
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  OhioChessFan: Why not let it be a user default option? Click here for desktop view, click there for mobile view.
Jan-19-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: <<Domdaniel> I know what you mean. I do tactics exercises as I like working out problems. I think that the very basic tactics help me. I don't spend a long time (too much) on the very complex ones.

Sometimes I do as I always liked to work tactics out. But I saw a young man on YouTube once setting himself the task of many many tactical exercises each day and so on. Now all that is not for me. If I am to try and work out a combination or tactic I want to be able to enjoy it.

I used to walk each day with my son and play over master games as we had lunch. I would often try and work out the combination to be solved.

Once I spent two hours puzzling over one by Alekhine only to find I had set the position up wrongly! I think the exercise helped me in some way. But all that study of openings and training is for very ambitious youngsters.

Reuben Fine says in his book about Masters that, re himself (he was quite a witty man, who you probably know, became a psychoanalyst): he said he became a master before he read a chess book! (He added that he perhaps shouldn't say it as it might affect his chess book sales!)

The game of the day on here and the tactical problem and pausing those videos of <kingscrusher> and others were all good exercises....I think all those things plus concentrating on certain openings improved my game and at the age of 62 my NZ rating went over 2000 for the first time in my life.

Another aspect in practical chess are those books that urge you to fight back etc

That said, it all means a huge amount of time in something, chess, that fascinated me far more WHEN I DISCOVERED THE GAME. It was in those years it was a wonderful thing...I was fascinated by the chess pieces, and then I found out about forks and pins, and read about all the masters and so on in Edward Laskers book and the funny openings and the strange foreign names. I think that initial excitement was something I cant reacapture...it is now all too much of a chore playing chess.

In addition there were the "characters", the older men, and when I first saw Sarapu, I listened to him speaking in what I thought was Russian, and there was a funny little fat fellow called Feneridis who was always unshaven playing endless blitz games and saying: "What is this position, is it win or lose, nobody can tell because the grandmaster is not here." And there was Terry Free the blind chess player who fiddled with his special board. Once I got him with a knight fork, a lot were wathing, I was a really little fellow, and he exclaimed: "I didn't see that." Everyone laughed. The good old days. Now it is all rules and who is got what FIDE title and some who shall remain nameless here are obsessed with all that stuff.

"Chess? What was that game Grandad?" "Well sonny, it was a form of self torture that certain (rather touched) people put themselves through as a form of pre-run for Hell itself."

But there is also that endless feeling you can get better, which is a lie you keep repeating to yourself!!

Jan-19-17
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  Domdaniel: <Richard T> - <But there is also that endless feeling you can get better, which is a lie you keep repeating to yourself!!>

Indeed, Richard. At our advanced age, it's a matter of not declining into senility too quickly.

Either that, or somehow mutating into the next Viktor Korchnoi.

Jan-19-17  Transformer: In Tata Steel (2017), it seems that these games are duplicates:

B Adhiban vs W So, 2017

B Adhiban vs W So, 2017

Jan-20-17
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  Richard Taylor: Poor old Korchnoi! I did reasonably well in the Oceania Zonal getting my 4.5...won one of the prizes for a short checkmate (mine was 17 moves!) and I won my last game with two temp. sacs and then a Q sacrifice paralysing my opponents R and he couldn't stop my pawns queening. It was close to him getting a clever stalemate though.

A game that was a draw I played was actually quite chaotic. I made a slip and my opponent forced my K to e2 and he had 3 pawns for a piece. I sacrificed back and eventually forced a repetition. And interesting game!

I also qualified to be a Candidate Master (the incentive was offered for this Zonal)...but I have to pay $100.00 before March 31st....

The Australians won with the 15 year old IM Smirnov the outright winner. One NZr was in the leading few....I drew with an FM in round one. Actually he is NZ's strongest active player, FM Ben Hague. It was quite a complex game also. Some luck and good management. A mix of good and bad games as we all have...

Jan-20-17
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  chessgames.com: Congratulations Richard, that's great.

I just checked, and the site still doesn't seem to have the PGN. If we can't get our hands on PGN soon, feel free to email me your personal games.

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