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"The position you see in the diagram is like an empty canvas standing on an easel. If you have any aptitude, talent or, no less important, desire, then boldly take up your brush and paints, decide upon the necessary color and embark upon your creative work. But how should one begin? I cannot say what feelings artists experience at that moment, but, whenever I have to start a game with an 'empty' chess board in front of me, I cannot stop thinking that today, right now, I have the very fortunate possibility of playing the most beautiful, the most fighting, and the most profound game since the time of my birth and since long before it" ~ David Bronstein

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[Event "Rapid Match"]
[Site "Lillehammer NOR"]
[Date "2013.06.29"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Predojevic, B."]
[Black "Carlsen, M."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B22"]
[WhiteElo "2616"]
[BlackElo "2864"]
[PlyCount "113"]
[EventDate "2013.??.??"]
[Source "Mark Crowther"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c3 d5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. d4 Nf6 6. Na3 Nc6 7. Nb5 Qd8 8. dxc5 Bxc5 9. Qxd8+ Kxd8 10. Bf4 Ne4 11. Ng5 Nxg5 12. Bxg5+ f6 13. Be3 Bxe3 14. fxe3 Ke7 15. O-O-O Ne5 16. Be2 Bd7 17. Nd4 Rac8 18. Rd2 Rc5 19. Rhd1 Rhc8 20. Nf3 Ba4 21. Re1 Nf7 22. c4 Bc6 23. b3 Nd6 24. Kb2 a5 25. Nd4 Be8 26. Red1 Re5 27. Bf3 Ne4 28. Bxe4 Rxe4 29. Re1 Rc5 30. Nc2 e5 31. Na3 Rg4 32. Nb1 b5 33. cxb5 Bxb5 34. Nc3 Bc6 35. e4 h5 36. a3 h4 37. Re3 Ke6 38. Re1 g6 39. Re3 f5 40. exf5+ gxf5 41. g3 Bh1 42. Ne2 Rd5 43. Rc2 Be4 44. Rc4 Rd2+ 45. Kc1 Ra2 46. h3 Rxe2 47. Rxe2 Rxg3 48. Rc5 Rxh3 49. Rxa5 Rxb3 50. Ra6+ Kd5 51. Ra5+ Kd4 52. Ra4+ Kd3 53. Rh2 f4 54. Rxh4 Ke3 55. Rb4 Rxb4 56. axb4 f3 57. Rh1 0-1


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   morfishine has kibitzed 8456 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-23-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
   Jul-23-14 J D Tisdall vs Judit Polgar, 1988 (replies)
morfishine: <33...Qa4+> Many chess adjectives suddenly come to mind: "X-ray, Skewer, Double-attack, overload" 34.Rxa4 Rxa4+ 35.Kb1 Rh1+ One of things I like about chess is after such a catastrophe, one can have a good laugh, grab a fresh beer and set up the pieces again :) ***** ...
   Jul-22-14 A Suarez Real vs A Alonso Alvarez, 2014 (replies)
morfishine: Pure pattern recognition here: <20.Qxf6> The Queen is immune; in fact, Black's Bishop is lost <20...Kf8> The only move that avoids immediate mate <21.Qxg7+> Black cannot survive long *****
   Jul-21-14 J Banas vs A Ornstein, 1974 (replies)
morfishine: White forces mate starting with <30.Rxh7+> followed by <31.Qh4/h3+> *****
   Jul-21-14 Korchnoi vs Nunn, 1981 (replies)
morfishine: Congratulations <HeMateMe>! Pink Floyd is my favorite band. Nice game here, Nunn plays completely within himself, a real picture of comfort, and against Korchnoi of all people
   Jul-20-14 Shirov vs Judit Polgar, 1996 (replies)
morfishine: White must've been in a rush to make Happy Hour to reach this position in only 13 moves A number of moves seem promising At first I liked <13.fxe6> with the idea that after 13...fxe6 White has the "Insane" move <14.Bxa6> opening h5 for the White Queen; Unfortunately ...
   Jul-20-14 Spielmann vs Flamberg, 1914 (replies)
morfishine: Since there is no swindle, there is no Flim-Flam; and since there is no Flim-Flam, there is no pun Simpler would've been to work in the word 'Flambe' and call it a day
   Jul-19-14 F Kafka vs Hromadka, 1921 (replies)
morfishine: <Garech> I think it was played by the real Kafka. How many "F Kafka's" were there in Prague at that time?
   Jul-19-14 Carlsen vs Wang Hao, 2013 (replies)
morfishine: <64...d3> I believe this finish is pretty well known *****
   Jul-18-14 sevenseaman chessforum (replies)
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  morfishine: <DcGentle> I think the Netherlands first goal that tied the game 1-1 vs Spain could very well be the Goal of the Tournament. That 20-yd header, from a dead run and with the ball coming from behind (not off a cross) and originating from a long pass, was absolutely stunning
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  DcGentle: <morfishine>: Absolutely. Even the New York Times, which I read sometimes, had a special graphic depicting this goal. Stunning! But I hope this is only the beginning. Maybe we are watching one of the better World Cups. And let's hope that Germany and the US will reach the knock out stages, who knows. Portugal is strong and the German team is challenged right from the start.
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  morfishine: <DcGentle> Yes, Group G, with Germany, USA, Ghana & Portugal, is intriguing. Germany is clearly the best, but who gets through with them? Having watched the US team this year, I think they should get through. In a weird sort of way, the Ghana vs Portugal match carries some import since a draw hurts both, so a decisive result is needed there. Ideally, from the US perspective, they would relish a draw vs Germany and wins vs the other two, which should get them through no problem. I don't see Germany actually losing a game in the round(s) of 32. The wild card I think is Portugal, while Ghana is unpredictable and always plays with much zeal and persistence.
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  DcGentle: <morfishine>: I share your assessments to a certain extent. But before we praise Germany too much, let's see their actual form first.

You know, traditionally I am always skeptical before the start of a German national team game, oh well... in the past, that is before 2000, Germany had a slump, and only when they changed their policies regarding the education of young players, things changed to the better as well.

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  morfishine: <DcGentle> One thing the German national team has demonstrated over the years (at least since 1982 since I've been following the World Cup) is a remarkable ability to "gel" once World Cup play begins. Its this ability to "play as a team" that sets the German national team apart from all others. They almost always lack a "superstar". Sure, the German team has its share of world-class players or stars, but hardly any superstars. Whats remarkable is when one is out, whether by injury or card, a reliable replacement smoothly fits in and the machine keeps right on ticking like nothing happened. For example, one of my favorite players over the years was Oliver Neuville. Talented enough to start, he was extremely dangerous coming off the bench. As good as he was, he was never a superstar. I guess thats what makes them so tough: lacking any bona-fide superstar, Germany counters with lots of really good players, almost an endless supply
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  DcGentle: <morfishine>: Yes, you have a point there. It's very important to have a decent supply if necessary, I wonder what happens when Argentina's Messi is injured. Fortunately Germany is not do dependent of one special player. Nevertheless you need a certain quality to play on the top.

Tonight it will be the moment of truth. ;-)

By the way, I posted something on the WT pages.

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  DcGentle: <morfishine>: Well, both of our teams won, this is the main thing. In earlier world cups Germany also started slowly, so I wouldn't be too worried.

I keep my fingers crossed that the U.S. will survive the group stage. Show what you can do against Portugal! Ghana is no slouch, by the way, and even the German team has to be careful.

We'll see.

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  DcGentle: <morfishine>: Wow, what a drama in the US - Portugal game! It would have been so sweet for the U.S. to defeat the Portuguese Team to win it, and only a stoppage time goal by Portugal prevented it. Whew. But congratulations, you can still proceed to the next round! Great game, and great effort by the Americans! :-)

I wouldn't mind a tie between Germany and the U.S., if it's hard fought, nobody would complain.

I keep my fingers crossed for the U.S. and German team! :-)

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  morfishine: Chess has been compared to war. Lets compar war to chess

Napoleon created a system that was based on 3

Dividing his force into 3 mutually independent components he strived to concentrate 2 of these components at the point of attack while his third component would serve to shield or delay any force attempting to relieve the outnumbered portion of the enemy.

In this way, Napoleon was able to combat numerically superior forces arrayed against him. The strategy was to seek opportunity where his force would have a numerical advantage at the point of attack.

The isolated component had an important role. Operating independently, this component was self sufficient, well balanced, and able to operate alone, at least for awhile. Of course, this smaller 'shield force' could find itself owerwhelmed. Napoleon counted on the tactically ability of this force, and his forces in general, to utiilize their superior training to withstand adverse odds.

Napoleon's approach to an engagement was typified by fluidity of movement and speed. For example, if units A, B & C were "on the move", all were ready to either combine with another component and attempt to overwhelm an opponent; or were ready to assume the blocking or shielding role so the remaining 2 components could concentrate and overwhelm an isolated portion of the enemy.

Also, with his forces divided into 3 units, Napoleon was also able to maximize their mobility by avoiding road congestion while his army was in motion.

The formula that was the basis of Napoleon's success can be condensed as: (1) Mobilize the entire force (2) concentrate against an isolated portion of the enemy so as to achieve a numerical advantage at the point of attack (3) assign a portion of his force to delay enemy reinforcements (4) attack swiftly and decisively before the enemy could bring his overall numerical superiority to bear (5) Retain the ability to shift the point of attack as the situation dictates. [For example if components A+B attack while component C holds/delays, once force A+B have achieved victory, force A may then march and combine with force C, so force B becomes the holding force while force A+C initiate an attack in another sector.]


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  eternaloptimist: I see u guys have been keeping up w/ the world cup. I haven't watched any games since the USA team got knocked out but I plan to watch as many of the remaining games as possible since the semis are going to start soon. I'm rooting for Argentina now since I'm a fan of messi. Who are u guys rooting for now? <morfishine> btw thanks for the complement @ this game!: Letelier vs Najdorf, 1954
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  morfishine: <eternaloptimist> Thanks for dropping by! Yes, I love soccer and always have since a fraternity brother in college taught us how to play, and by the way, we did quite good. Of course, I was pulling for the USA, but my favorite team is the German national team, and has been since 1982. Technically, Argentina looks very good, almost as good as the Germans with ball handling and passing. I figure the final will see Germany vs Argentina. Brazil just hasn't impressed, and as powerful as the Netherands look, I think Argentina has the edge; but you never know: Argentina has Messi, but the Dutch have Robben, and he's extremely aggressive and very good.

NP about that game, it sure was a doozy!


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  DcGentle: <morfishine>: Interesting article about Napoleon. I am only afraid that his system cannot be transferred to chess, due to the lack of forces. But one thing is the same in war and chess: Only attack there, where you have the stronger forces. The only problem remains, how to create these imbalances, especially in chess.
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  eternaloptimist: U r welcome! So your favorite team is the German nat'l team...they r talented to say the least! Of course I hated to see the USA nat'l team get knocked out but I figured the quarters was about the best we could hope for. We didn't make it quite that far but at least we got out of the group stage. I'm really looking forward to the Argentina vs the Netherlands game. It could go either way. Hopefully u will be prophetic by correctly picking a Germany vs Argentina final. We shall see...
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  eternaloptimist: Wow! Germany demolished Brazil 7-1!! Germany is definitely firing on all cylinders!!
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  sevenseaman: Hi <morf>! Howdy?

Van Wely vs R van Kampen, 2014

I was attracted to this hot-paced game. Like Germany swamping Brazil in 6 electrifying minutes.

Cheers for the wonderful performance of the US team. Tim Howard was incredible. DeAndre Yedlin is real hot package (and future).

Wondoloski missing a match-winning sitter (Jones had put it on a platter for him)in regulation time, tragic!

I am of the view they have to be a cup-winning team in the near future. At this mega stage its always the heart that matters as much as the skills.

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  sevenseaman: This WC has exposed the shortcomings in even the best teams. Injury replacement is a tough cup of tea for most.

Notwithstanding the 16 saves Tim Howard had to make against Belgium I think the US are near world class in defense. (This is so because they play with lot of heart). What they lack is a sharp and sure-footed attack. This is an absolute must against top teams.

DeAndre is one for the future; there need to be at least two more of his quality. (The Germans have as many as 5 and they enjoy the luxury of quality substitution). I think Klinsmann will find some. That is why I am optimistic about the future.

Germans look to have the Cup wrapped up but the gambler in me wants to put 5$ on lesArgentines.


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  David2009: Hi Morf, fascinating comments about Napoleon. Compare Morphy: someone (who I am paraphrasing from memory) said that Morphy's method could be summed up as (1) Develop (2) Centralise (3) Open lines and only then (4) Attack. Does anyone know the source for what I have tried to paraphrase?
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  morfishine: Hello <David2009>! Great to hear from you! Glad you enjoyed my comments on Napoleon. I enjoy wargames, especially from the Napoleonic era and the US Civil War. The strategy and tactics involved are to me at least, quite interesting.

As far as I know, Morphy's "method" was based on quick development. One thing about Morphy is though he was a marvelous attacking player, he was a precise and stubborn defender too. I don't think Morphy has been credited enough on how astute he was at defending. Of course, he rarely was on the defense, but when he was, his accuracy was uncanny


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  DcGentle: *is smiling happily.*

<YES!> Germany made it. :-)

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  sevenseaman: Hi <morf>. Cheers! 'twas an iffy win but I am happy that Germany won.
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  David2009: Hi Morf, thanks for yesterday’s post to my forum. Have you come across “The battle” by Alessandro Barbero (English translation published in 2005)?

One thing I learned from reading this book was that there were in fact two battles at Waterloo. The first battle, between the French and the Allies (mainly British) lasted from about 11 AM to about 7.30 PM and was a narrow British victory. It ended with the Old Guard retreating. The second battle was between the Prussians and the French, starting at about 7.30 PM and continuing until just after dawn the next day. It was a moving battle which began at Waterloo and ended at Charleroi, and was a total, smashing and complete Prussian victory. The French were by then short of ammunition, especially for their cannon, so they could not made a stand: the Prussians, led by General Gneisau, pursued them relentlessly. The Prussians were fresh and had plenty of ammunition. At Charleroi: the French army escaped across the only bridge – but left all their artillery and Napoleon’s war chest (a million francs in gold) in Prussian hands. Without money Napoleon was finished .

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  sevenseaman: Hi <morf>. By 'iffy' I meant close calls were about even. Either team falling behind in regular time may have found it hard to come back.

I find some substance to Joachim Loew's pre-match claim 'if Germany win tomorrow they will dominate the game for many years to come'. At the time I thought he was referring to a very youthful team, and justifiably.

(Only Miloslav Klose 36, Philip Lahm 30, Bastien Schweinsteiger 29, Lukas Podoloski 29, Per Mertesacker 29, Roman Weidenfeller, GK, 33 may not play the next WC).

Of the above, the first 3 were regular first team and will take <some> replacing. I'd love to see Bastien survive.

I am smitten by the Germans. What is your view? You may know more about young talent that lurks in Germany.

Finally I think Messi's award was undeserved. It looked a consolation that embarrassed even the recipient. There certainly were more deserving cases.

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  sevenseaman: Hi <morf>. Thanks for acquainting me with your commitment to German footy.

Yes, very true; I did not see the Germans diving for unfair advantage. How hyperactive they are in getting possession anywhere in the pitch, total in-your-face dares. The way Schweinsteiger was fighting for the ball, he was like a boxer-terrier.

Best goal of the tournament; our choice coincides.

There were many great goals in this wonderful cup. James Rodriguez' floating volley, Robben's diving header that beat the defender's foot by inches and many more; but none beats Van Persie's ethereal, man-floating-in-the-air header that sailed over a hapless goalkeeper. (Something similar but more amusing happened to England's goalkeeper David Seaman years ago when he was beaten by a midfield Ronaldinho free kick).


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  David2009: Hi Morf,

A four-part chess problem as a change from Napoleon and Football:

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(a) White to play and lose;
(b) White to play and lose more slowly;
(c) White to play and draw (subject to computer verification!); and (d) White to play and win

<scormus> has posted (most of) the solution in my forum.

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