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Member since Sep-25-09 · Last seen Oct-03-14
Who's the greatest chess player ever? Until now, no concrete answer will unify all chess fans. Each one would conclude that his idol deserves that accolade, only to be rebuffed by a horde of skeptics. To my mind, there were two that come closest, and yes, they are Fischer and Kasparov. The third one is just struggling at the moment but may soon squirt past the strict level many are imposing. Hehehe, dream on chessfans, so far so good!!

Back in the summer of 1995, I happened to play a game with National Master Julius Sinangote, then a Varsity Player of a University, the name of which I can't remember. The game was held in a barangay tournament at Cavite St., Tondo, Manila. I started with e4 and he responded with Alekhine Defence. I played my usual style: ala Kaparov since I'm not familiar with bookline theories regarding openings. To my amazement, I was able to make the correct moves and even managed to upstage NM Julius in the opening phase of the game. Reaching the middle game, I sacrifice a pawn and was able to loosen up his fortress and constrict him to a very limited space. This made Julius felt so uneasy in our game. After a long thought in a certain position, thereby diminishing his remaining minutes, my brother in law heard him whisper to someone, "Idadamay pa yata ako ni Ric ah. Kahit anong mangyari, itatabla ko ito." True to his word, he played so gritty and defended well. I found my position too difficult to convert to a win. I'd like to play so tenaciously that time and show to everyone that "Hey, I've got the spunk!" And this is my habitual problem which greeted me while in deep thought, converting a winning game to a win. With the time dwindling down, I majestically moved a piece that proves to be a blunder. I was horrified and told myself why did I do that? I resigned a few moves later and saw Julius grinning from ear to ear savoring the result. Well, what can I do? To this date, I play the game just for fun and have no intention of curing my problem of how to convert to a win a virtually winning game. It would take so much precious time to study different position in chess with no assurance at all that I will still improve. I still remember the games I have played against Jasper and Spartan where I have some proverbial advantage and end up losing because I was unable to execute the coup d' grace. Ah, that is the chess that I have known, play until I lose. LOL!

   kardopov has kibitzed 3542 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-03-14 Caruana vs Gelfand, 2014 (replies)
kardopov: Who's advantageous by now? Any good comment from anyone? It's deadlock with the engine but black has some dynamic plays in the position. All his major pieces are poise... to attack
   Sep-29-14 Eugenio Torre (replies)
kardopov: Winning isn't everything!
   Sep-28-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
kardopov: <Colonel Mortimer: Those bombs were dropped to save lives remember.> It's war time and you have two contrasting sides fighting for a cause, for a win, for victory. The rightful question that needs to be address (and you may answer it or may not), Who started the war and why? ...
   Sep-28-14 Wesley So (replies)
kardopov: <iking: 7 days to go with death match with naka ...> Hmm, what death match is this?
   Sep-21-14 Sinquefield Cup (2014) (replies)
kardopov: Tough field routed by no. 3 FIDE rated, Caruana. Will he be able to duplicate this amazing performance? Only his future tournaments can tell.
   Aug-08-14 Paulo Bersamina (replies)
kardopov: Exhaustion is now the incumbent enemy that is haunting our players aside from the actual fight over the board. Jayson should play to relieve the regulars from the stress caused by preparing openings and over the board analysis. All Jayson need to do is play solidly and ask for an ...
   Jul-12-14 D Baramidze vs Caruana, 2014 (replies)
kardopov: Bravo Caruana! Time will tell when you are going to be the next person to challeng Carlsen for the crown. Not this year, but perhaps, in the next cycle.
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