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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 3316 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-13-14 Wesley So (replies)
kardopov: <So much for bad omens> is there something like a "good omen?" Just asking.
   Mar-09-14 optimal play chessforum (replies)
kardopov: <Bear in mind that Samuel/Kings was completed during the Babylonian captivity and the author was looking back to the reign of Josiah with nostalgic admiration.> Was it 1/4, 1/5, 1/2 or whatever percent completed? What if the book found was just a partial copy? Possible isn't ...
   Feb-10-14 Jambow chessforum (replies)
kardopov: <Colonel Mortimer: Whatever, Marcos and his wife didn't behave like Christians.> Who are the true Christians? The bible depicts Paul as one. And many still can be found from the bible. What do you have against them kernel? Why single out the couple as your model?
   Feb-08-14 Rogelio Barcenilla
kardopov: <Fiona Macleod: A child does not inherit only the genes of the father. Maybe their mothers are into martial arts.>Maybe. But both Banjo and his wife are chess players. Maybe it's about the concern for future of their offspring that was taken into consideration. Even Eugene ...
   Feb-07-14 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
kardopov: No aeroflot this year? It is one tournament where Magnus can proverbially promote chess. New breed of chess players usually have that dream in their mind to play against strongest players in the world and that includes the world champion. In a close tourney, mostly top ten are ...
   Feb-02-14 Paulo Bersamina (replies)
kardopov: Happy birthday to Pau Bersamina.
   Jan-25-14 Tata Steel (2014) (replies)
kardopov: <maelith: <plang: In 1999 when Kasparov scored 10-3 there were 7 of the top ten players in the world> Kasparov is a beast.> With a team of Grandmasters working for him, any result lesser than no. 1 would be a disaster. Levon has only his pretty girlfriend helping him in
   Jan-25-14 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
kardopov: **Round 11 Sunday the 26th** Nakamura, H. Giri, A. 1-0 38 Naiditsch, A. Rapport, R. 1-0 38 So, W. Caruana, F. 1/2 30 Gelfand, B. Harikrishna, P. 1/2 34 Aronian, L. Van Wely, L. 1-0 40 Karjakin, S. Dominguez, L. 1/2 31
   Jan-21-14 Jose Alexis Marquez (replies)
kardopov: Maligayang kaarawan sa guwapong tagabantay ng ET Page.
   Jan-21-14 Eugenio Torre (replies)
kardopov: <spawn2> Maligayang kaarawan sa guwapong bantay ng Eugene Torre page. :0)
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