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|Nov-20-14|| ||moronovich: Countdown in Sochi.Anand in a mustnotlose situation.And for chess and personal preferrence I certainly hope he makes it.|
So 1.e4 and e5/c5, but which pawn ?
I prefer the one pointing to the East ;)
Good luck with your bets gentlemen.
|Nov-20-14|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: Good luck for today's game!|
|Nov-20-14|| ||dakgootje: Wait, what?
Oh, they started already.
Uhhh.. Well, that'll be a quiet betting day for me :P
Good luck gentlemen!
|Nov-21-14|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: Brilliantly managed to forget the closing time :)
|Nov-22-14|| ||dakgootje: Alright. Uhm, I'm out of the running for at least the following week. Perhaps the rest of the leg. Have some bets already standing, but for all intents and purposes I'll stand pat at 6k-7k.|
The day before yesterday, I was called whether I could do a job interview yesterday. So I did. Think it went really well. Although if they like me as well, there'll be a second part with some parts I won't be looking forward to. So in general that was all rather hectic, but quite positive.
About 3 minutes after the interview was over, I got another call. My grandfather had had a double heart-attack. And he had been really really bad lately in any case [with at least 3 recently discovered brain tumors]. So went there yesterday, after the interview. The only thing left, was pain medication. He died last night.
Oh, right, and last night I woke up at some zooming sound. Turns out some electronic plug-thing [of something that wasn't even on], was sharing all kinds of fancy sparks with the world. But after yesterday, I couldn't be having with dying in a fire, so I pulled it out.
So yeah.. Chessbookie temporarily lost the position of Top Priority in my life.
|Nov-22-14|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: Sorry to hear about your grandfather and your plug :( My condolences.|
Good luck for the job-seeking, and your life in general. Never forget Chessbookie will be there for you when times get less hectic again; if that won't give you strength, I don't know what would.
|Nov-22-14|| ||Annie K.: ^ What <Switch> said...|
|Nov-22-14|| ||dakgootje: Thanks :)
I won't leave completely. Hell, I might well follow some of the more interesting games on the side.
I just can't be bothered with finding edges, and betting them, for the time being.
So even if I'd stand pat for the rest of the leg.. then there's always the championship leg with all to play for :)
|Nov-29-14|| ||dakgootje: Heyhey, got some mixed news:
- Funeral of my grandfather was yesterday. Was a really good service. And lots of attention, counting both the church service and the.. hmm, the chance to say your goodbyes, and express your condolences to the family; there were at least 300 people. And at least 100 cards of people who couldn't come. So that was quite heartwarming :)
- For the job interview I had last week, I got invited for a second interview. That was the day before yesterday, in the morning. That same day, in the afternoon, I got the news that I got the job :) So that's a really heavy burden from my shoulders.
It's a 4-years promotion position regarding a longitudinal study on [use etc] of hearing aids among non-elderly [everyone below 70]. Because not much is known about that yet really. And 2 of those 4 years will be in Swiss :)
I'll start the first of January, so that's all very exciting! It will also mean that I will miss all daytime closing times for the chessbookie. So that does put a major dent in my career as a chess gambler ;D
Heh.. even aside from the part that I had my 1st interview for this job the day before he died; and the second interview the day before he was buried. It's also the institute [academic hospital] where he has worked for 25 years. So yeah.. thematically it all fits perfectly.
It's nice in a way :)
- For something comparably utterly trivial: I've been playing a bit more against the Magnus app.
And my opening knowledge is even much worse than I thought. I'm generally completely out of book by move-5, and tend to have a knack for finding continuations with really bad track records according to the CG-database. Even so, I tend to be able to wiggle out of it, and win, against Magnus Age-9.
Today I had a first go against Magnus age-10.
In 18 moves.
The worst thing about it, was that it wasn't even my openings doing. It simply consistently made good moves. There might be one exception on that: 5. Qd3. I couldn't recall seeing it before [apparently the CG-db hasn't], and it looked a bit iffy, but there's no real way to refute it, so it's probably playable. But aside from that move.. The magnus-10 machine played like a machine ;D
Magnus vs Me:
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 0-0 5. Qd3 d5 6. Bg5 dxc4 7. Qxc4 Be7 8. e3 b6 9. Rc1 Ba6 10. Qa4 Bxf1 11. Rxf1 c5 12. Ke2
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Around this point I realized that 1. My position was starting to become really uncomfortable, and 2. the c5-pawn, which was moved to attack whites central king, might actually prove a liability.
So after Ke2, I happily took the chance to trade it. I suppose at this point I shouldn't taken the opportunity to play Nbd7. Which proved a liability instead.
12. ..cxd4 13. Rfd1 Qe8 14. Nxd4 Nfd7
I'd hoped that I should simplify with 14. ..Nd5. That fails spectacularly. Nfd7 seems a bit counterintuitive, but the pin was starting to become really irritating. And with Nbd7 I thought I'd only get boxed in even more.
15. Nf3 Bxg5 16. Nxg5 Qe7
More than anything, Qe7 was probably the mistake. I might be able to hold with 16. ..Nf6, although it's quite hard already.
17. Qh4 h6 18. Qe4 1-0.
It's just gone.
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|Nov-29-14|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: <dakgootje: - For the job interview I had last week, I got invited for a second interview. That was the day before yesterday, in the morning. That same day, in the afternoon, I got the news that I got the job :) So that's a really heavy burden from my shoulders. >|
Congratulations!! Go <lucky> :-))
<But aside from that move.. The magnus-10 machine played like a machine ;D>
That does feel like cheating somehow.
|Nov-29-14|| ||dakgootje: I know!
By age-10 it shouldn't roll over and resign, but at least make some rolling movements :/
|Nov-30-14|| ||moronovich: Very good news <dakgootje>! Finally your effort and waiting time payed off . And heartly congrats on your part. Where are you going to practice btw ?|
|Nov-30-14|| ||dakgootje: Thanks!
You mean where the actual working location for my research position is?
For the part in the Netherlands: One of the academic hospitals of Amsterdam. Although for the time being I'll live in a village a bit to the south.
For the part in Switzerland: A little village called Stäfa, although I'll presumably live in/around Zürich :)
btw: Moro, your namesake played an opening against Svidler at the Russian Superfinals that would make Switch proud ;D
I suppose that's something anyone can do - but he actually went on to beat Sviddy :)
|Nov-30-14|| ||Annie K.: Congrats <dakkie>! =)|
|Dec-01-14|| ||dakgootje: Thanks miss Annie :)|
|Dec-01-14|| ||dakgootje: Man, that Giri vs Grandelius-game was some Carlsenesque grinding.|
Around the first time control, I thought the position was completely dead. But somehow young master Giri found ideas and problems..
Seems like a good game for future endgame books.
|Dec-04-14|| ||dakgootje: Let's once more steal a puzzle position :)
White to play and win:
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|Dec-04-14|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: My first thought was 1.Rg2 Rxa7 2.Rb2+ followed by a swap of rooks and Kd6, but it seems that's just too slow to work.|
1.Rg2 Rxa7 2.Rb2+ Ka5 3.Kc6! Ra6+ 4.Kc5! ought to work, though. Nice how the rook has no squares on the 7th rank :)
|Dec-05-14|| ||dakgootje: You are correct!
For some reason [also in previous puzzles and games I've seen over the years], I tend to miss the idea of trapping rooks. So in this position as well, I tried a number of ideas - but it took rather long before fully understanding the power of Kc6 :)
|Dec-10-14|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: Good luck for today's games! :)|
|Dec-10-14|| ||dakgootje: Good luck for these day's clues ;D|
|Dec-11-14|| ||dakgootje: For the first time in weeks, I made a Chessbookie bet.|
Happened to see by chance that closing times were nigh, and what do you know, better-than-evens odds for a draw at Giri Adams. That's something I couldn't let go ;)
|Dec-11-14|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: Heh, I haven't been betting much lately either - but I also backed the draw in Giri-Adams :)|
|Dec-14-14|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: <dakkie> Good luck for today's games! Both the London ones and the klu ones :) |
Pity about klu #19; at least you were doing the right things. Unlike some people.
|Dec-14-14|| ||dakgootje: Yeah, so close yet so far.
Computer was very slow loading the gamepages - so otherwise I would've had it.
Ah well, I'm just glad it's not a prize-clue ;)
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