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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 3706 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-21-14 Wesley So (replies)
kardopov: Hehe... hb na si sir sugar.
   Dec-19-14 A R Saleh Salem vs Kramnik, 2014
kardopov: Haha... the cornered king was the winnah!
   Dec-17-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
kardopov: What is ICMB?
   Dec-12-14 Eugenio Torre (replies)
kardopov: Almost an even performance, and not bad overall. Actually, AFGM finishes one notch above his seeding. Congrats to you sir Eugene. Likewise, congratz to GM JP, the highest placed among the Filipino competitors. Is there another year ender tourney for the Filipino warriors?
   Dec-07-14 Y Yu vs Kramnik, 2014
kardopov: f5 will hound Kramnik for a long time.
   Dec-06-14 Yangyi Yu (replies)
kardopov: Beware of the Chinese domination! After coming out of their cocoon, the players from the iron gate quickly dominated the asian scene. Now, they are threatening the whole world. First step, conquering the olympiad. Tomorrow the individual world chess crown. No problem with them, ...
   Dec-05-14 R Antonio vs I Rogers, 2005
kardopov: Scary king march. Inspired by Andres bonifacio.
   Dec-04-14 Qatar Masters (2014) (replies)
kardopov: The question is, will yangyi go for everything? He has white.
   Dec-03-14 Anish Giri (replies)
kardopov: Open tourneys carry a packload of surprises at any given moment. Those singuefield participants are not sure to produce an unblemish performance at the quatar open. They maybe decorated with above 2700 elos but they can be susceptible to a surprise loss to a lower rated player in ...
   Nov-27-14 bubuli55 chessforum (replies)
kardopov: Happy thanksgiving sir bubz.
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