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Member since Sep-25-09 · Last seen Oct-15-17
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 3974 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-28-17 Isle of Man Open (2017) (replies)
kardopov: It's better to use Praga instead of his full name. It's just too taxing.
   Sep-27-17 R Praggnanandhaa vs D Howell, 2017 (replies)
kardopov: this is scary... a 12 yr old smashing a nearly 2700 player.
   Sep-21-17 Edmund Beronio (replies)
kardopov: Congratz Ding Liren!
   Sep-15-17 Wesley So (replies)
kardopov: Draw is good for everyone competing. The fatigue factor is taking its toll on them and the early draw will give them time to rest and recharge. The quarter final has set the tone for conservation of energy and I think the best fitted has the biggest advantage. During his heydays, ...
   Sep-08-17 World Cup (2017) (replies)
kardopov: The bloated goldfish is still around, stomping his opponent like a merciless executioner. Who can stop him?
   Feb-18-17 Eugenio Torre (replies)
kardopov: Sad note regarding Philippine rating. Only one teener in the top 20 and the next youngster is turning 22 in 11th position.
   Feb-18-17 FIDE Grand Prix Sharjah (2017) (replies)
kardopov: Why include the drawing Giri? Adhiban or Jobava should have taken his place.
   Sep-07-16 Alexandra Botez (replies)
kardopov: Botez could be a strong contender in any beauty pageant, or a showbiz star, or a supermodel, but never a chess champion nor a chess queen as long as yifan hou is around.
   Sep-07-16 Hashim Darwish vs Zhu Chen, 2016
kardopov: Zhu Chen took advantage of her opponents Drawish tendency.
   Sep-07-16 Tomashevsky vs Ponomariov, 2016
kardopov: Why not 32.g5 and not Rgh2? No good tactics by black to force a win but white just gave pawns away without compensation. Horrible game by Toma. The pressure to win in his board assignment could have been too burdensome for him.
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