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Member since Sep-25-09 · Last seen Jan-22-18
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 3980 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-17-17 Eugenio Torre (replies)
kardopov: Congratz GM Eugene for the fine performance.
   Nov-14-17 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
kardopov: < He's a monster in speed chess. No one is even close. Carlsen at fast time controls over anyone in history.> You can say it again! Nakamura's name exploded at chesscube because of his sizzling performance as a blitz monster. But after his dismal one-on-one performance ...
   Nov-13-17 Carlsen vs Ding Liren, 2017 (replies)
kardopov: Ding must be Worrying now that he won this game. His preparation for the candidates was exposed in this Taimanov line. The piano plays grandiously.
   Nov-13-17 Champions Showdown: Carlsen-Ding (Blitz G/10) (2017) (replies)
kardopov: Ding is hiding his preparation for the Candidates. All lines he played so far were just alternative variations. Hopefully he won't forget his preparation come candidates.
   Nov-13-17 Ding Liren vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
kardopov: Where is 43. Kc3 there? I am lost.
   Nov-11-17 Wesley So (replies)
kardopov: Maybe hiding his preparation for the candidates. There could be such thing, and there could be none also.
   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-08-17 World Cup (2017) (replies)
kardopov: The bloated goldfish is still around, stomping his opponent like a merciless executioner. Who can stop him?
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