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Member since Sep-25-09 · Last seen Nov-27-14
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 3594 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-27-14 Eugenio Torre (replies)
kardopov: It will be a miracle if Anand can get past ahead of the blood thirst youngsters. For me, he will be one of the past champions, no more, no less. It will be difficult for him to compete against young guns because of his age. He'll be two years older come next cycle and surely will ...
   Nov-25-14 Wesley So (replies)
kardopov: Kung galit kayo sa mga taong nakaupo sa ncfp, ilabas ang ebidensya ng katotohanan para maalis ma ang mga dapat tanggalin. On the other hand, if it's just a malicious and false accusation, the propagators must be nailed to the cross!
   Nov-20-14 Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 (replies)
kardopov: Why on earth does Anand played less-objevtive chess? He should have tried a sicilian or a french toast. It seems he has conceded this match to Carlsen this early. Well, I can't blame him. It's obvious that Carlsen Is really stronger than him in every aspect of the game. 3 more ...
   Nov-20-14 Carlsen-Anand World Championship (2014) (replies)
kardopov: And what do you think Anand is capable of doing to upstage Carlsen? Anand cannot outduel Carlsen in a positional struggle. Review some of Carlsen's victory and you will notice that he is yet the strongest positional, intuitive player bar none. Most of latest carlsen's loss were ...
   Nov-18-14 Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
kardopov: White stands better but still drawish with correct play from both sides. Those living at eastern hemisphere may now recline and snore.
   Nov-17-14 Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 (replies)
kardopov: It's obvious that Carlsen is just tiring out Anand. Carlsen will later pounce on an exhausted opponent to win the match. That is tactics out of the board.
   Nov-16-14 Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 (replies)
kardopov: Hi sally simpson. What I meant is little did Carlsen realized it was a mistake before making the actual move. And yes, I made the assumption that they are both tired even though there was only 5 games completed and the 6th being played at the moment. The double blunder is a rarity ...
   Nov-12-14 Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 (replies)
kardopov: The isolani will soon drop dead. It will be a big problem for black defending it.
   Nov-09-14 Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 (replies)
kardopov: How would I say it? This early, Carlsen has taken the full measure of Anand. Carlsen can now just coast along to retain the title. Alas no! Carlsen is to strong for Anand and this match will end up in a rout.
   Nov-07-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
kardopov: Big bang baloney...
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