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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 3522 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-12-14 Wesley So (replies)
kardopov: Mysql, let's hope for the better and be positive. As of now, we have to wait for the two years sit-out period to pass.
   Aug-20-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
kardopov: The dogs and the magicians are two different entities.
   Aug-16-14 Eugenio Torre (replies)
kardopov: Gutsy performance by the Philippine team. The members should be commended and remunerated. However, their achievement will not hide the sorry state the Philippine chess is experiencing. One miserable example was the absence of proper training the team should have before they were ...
   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.
   Jul-04-14 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
kardopov: <HeMateMe: < Hah, in two rounds, pacquiao sent hatton to ignominy. what dya sez finan.> That isn't much to brag about. Rickie Hatton is a washed up brawler with a cocaine habit. Pacqie could have raised his stature to that of Sugar Ray Leonard or Duran if he five years ago
   Jul-02-14 Joselito Oliveros (replies)
kardopov: Meron na bang announcement para sa composition ng Phil. team?
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