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   morfishine has kibitzed 11322 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-27-16 A Dueckstein vs H Kramer, 1956 (replies)
morfishine: <31.Rxe6> *****
   Jul-26-16 Motylev vs D Andreikin, 2016 (replies)
morfishine: There is no such thing as "theory" in chess. This repulsive term, "theory", as it applies to chess, was created by some unknown forgotten patzer who had no better way to increase a chess annatator's credibility other than to toss in the term "theory" since this carried the ...
   Jul-26-16 M Matlakov vs Bologan, 2016 (replies)
morfishine: Wow, what an exciting game!
   Jul-26-16 Bologan vs Smirin, 2016 (replies)
morfishine: So <CountryGirl> Exactly where does the <Yep> originate from? *****
   Jul-26-16 Tal vs T Paehtz Sr, 1974
morfishine: Nice game, but what does "Binding the Patzer" have to do with ANYTHING???????
   Jul-26-16 Sliwa vs Uhlmann, 1956 (replies)
morfishine: <28.Bg5+> followed by 29.Rg1+ *****
   Jul-25-16 Fischer vs Stein, 1967
morfishine: "Brooklyn Lager" is another lame attempt by some patzer trying to achieve their own witty "immortality" at something other than actual chess It really needs to be erased The sooner, the better *****
   Jul-25-16 Dus Chotimirsky vs Capablanca, 1925 (replies)
morfishine: Yes, this game is good enough to be "GOTD" Quality-wise, no argument The title is plain stupid and needs to be removed lest we offend certain others *****
   Jul-25-16 M Khachiyan vs Robson, 2006 (replies)
morfishine: <Sally Simpson> But Sally, us mortals are not familiar with every game And I wasn't really trying to "save the Knight" as much as I was following <PB> that it escapes anyways. My analysis stopped at 44.Kxf3 Nd4+ and Black is 3-pawns up, and thats enough for even ...
   Jul-24-16 morfishine chessforum (replies)
morfishine: <Patriot> Sometimes the games are quick, but not usually. What started out as this: [DIAGRAM] Ends with the Queen forked after 22 moves: 1. b3 f6 2. c4 e6 3. e4 Ndf7 4. f4 Ng6 5. d3 Bd6 6. g3 e5 7. f5 Ne7 8. Ne3 c6 9. Nf2 Bc7 10. Be2 g6 11. fxg6 Nxg6 12. Neg4 Qd8 13. d4 h5
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  morfishine: <Patriot> I think I know what you are talking about regard how one thinks. And this is critical when one seeks guidance from a professional

Any teacher can spew out all types of analysis and programs, but really, the point where a teacher begins instruction should embrace how the student thinks in the first place.

We all think differently and you have highlighted an important aspect of cognitive analysis: We all think differently


Jul-03-16  Patriot: <morf> I see it more as a skill that will develop over time. If I practiced analyzing deep every day my visualization skills should improve. Sometimes I'm just better off forging ahead in a particular line as quickly as I can because the future position as I'm visualizing it is in short-term memory and that lasts for about 20 seconds? I typically play over entire lines in my head over and over to reproduce the position in my mind and look for other possibilities.

But before I begin analyzing I take stock in how the pieces are aligned and their potential because that tells me if there is a combination possible. I look for advanced pawns, x-rays of line pieces, knight jumps, loosely protected pieces, etc.

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  morfishine: <Patriot> I always like this game, it was my first Chess960 win vs 2000+ rated player:

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1. b3 b6 2. g4 f6 3. Ng3 e5 4. f4 exf4 5. Rxf4 Ng6 6. Ra4 c5 7. Rxa7 Nc6 8. Ra4 Qd5 9. c4 Qf7 10. Rc3 O-O 11. Bc2 Bc7 12. Nf5 Nb4 13. Bd1 Rfe8 14. d4 Nf4 15. Nd2 d5 16. dxc5 bxc5 17. a3 Nbd3+ 18. Kf1 Ne5 19. Qxc5 dxc4 20. Nxc4 Nxc4 21. Rcxc4 h6 22. Rxa8 Rxa8 23. Qxc7 Qxc7 24. Rxc7 Nd5 25. Rxg7+ Kf8 26. a4 Ne3+ 27. Nxe3 Kxg7 28. Nd5 Ra6 29. Nxf6 Rxf6+ 30. Bxf6+ Kxf6 31. Kf2 Kg5 32. e3 Re4 33. h3 Kh4 34. Bf3 Rb4 35. Bd5 Kxh3 36. e4 Kxg4 37. e5 Kf5 38. e6 Kf6 39. Bc4 Rb6 40. Kg3 Rc6 41. a5 Ke7 42. a6 Rc7 43. Kh4 Kd6 44. Kh5 Ra7 45. Kxh6 Rc7 46. Kg6 Ra7 47. Kf6 Re7 48. b4 Rc7 49. Bb5 Re7 50. Bd7 Rh7 51. a7 Rh8 52. b5 Rf8+ 53. Kg7

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Jul-14-16  chessalem: hmmm... I looked around the page<s o>f CG and found this forum as the perfect place to poop...

Bye...see you tomorrow...

Jul-17-16  Patriot: Hi <morf>! On your Chess960 game above, that's an overwhelming position! There is probably all sorts of ways to win that.

Your position above, my idea was to play 1...f5 2.exf5 gxf5 3.Ne3 g4. The x-ray of rooks on h2 and the vulnerability of Ng4 led me to 1...f5.

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  morfishine: <Patriot> Yes, the position is overwhelming, and not too compelling. I posted this because it would've been a win against the highest-rated player I've faced, around 2150, but there was an error in the connection, yet the screen showed I played f5 and the opponents clock ticked down, time expired, then it showed I won!

Alas, later at the site, it showed I "lost" on time, and not only the game, but both cubits and rating points. Very disappointing, to say the least.

Thanks for looking!


Jul-21-16  Patriot: <morf> Wow, I would call that injustice!! What a disappointment. Hopefully that doesn't happen again!
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  morfishine: <Patriot> Yes, and it happens too often over at

But what can one do? I declined to renew here at <CG> so I could devote my few precious chess dollars over there for the purpose of actually playing; and for the most part, its been ok, but there have been too many "glitches" for my liking


Jul-23-16  Patriot: <morf> If you haven't tried it already, I highly recommend the ICC (Internet Chess Club). Download which software you want to use (I use Blitzin). It isn't free but I can tell you it is worth the money! I love the interface. There are videos from GM's and masters (including my instructor), and I know it supports things like "random shuffle" which I think is Chess960. I love watching strong players and sometimes my friends. Another really nice feature is you can get a friend to "follow" you and analyze a game together with both sides able to move pieces as long as you "mex" them. I doubt anything else compares with this package.
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  morfishine: <Patriot> This was an interesting draw. What started out at as this:

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Evolved to this where I found myself as White pondering move 39:

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What nice two-mover allows White to force the draw?


Jul-23-16  Patriot: <morf> That's a seriously interesting position! I mulled over this for quite a while and don't see a forced draw.

1.Qxb6+ is interesting because 1...Qxb6 2.c5+ Kb7 3.cxb6 Kxb6 still leaves white down material slightly.

I think black threatens 1...Qb4 and 1.e5 stops this since 1...Qb4 2.c5+ . 1...fxe5 2.h4 gxh4 3.Bf2 (the move I really wanted to play). Black could try 2...Rxh4 3.Bxh4 Rxh4 4.Qb5+ Qxb5 5.cxb5+ Kb7 6.Rxg5.

There are other possibilities here of course, but I "think" 1.e5 is what I would play. Now to check some of this with the machine and see just how far off I really am!

Jul-23-16  Patriot: Ok, so my candidate h4 should have been the first move. The little tidbit I forgot to mention is that after 1.Qxb6+, black has the much better 1...Kxb6 since 2.Bf2 Rxh2+ and black wins. (I thought I included that piece)

On 1.e5 fxe5 2.h4, black needs to find 2...Kb7 so that 3.Bf2 Qb4 maintains the advantage.

I missed some simple stuff too. If 1.e5 fxe5 2.h4 gxh4 3.Bf2 then 3...h3+ is possible. Luckily that can be met with 4.Kh1! Qxf2 5.c5+.

And I missed 1.e5 fxe5 2.h4 Rxh4 3.Bxh4 Rxh4 4.Qb5+ Qxb5 5.cxb5+ Kb7 6.Rxg5?? Rxa4. Better is 6.Rxh4 gxh4 7.Kh3.

I really need to work on it more.

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  morfishine: <Patriot> I apologize, technically not a "2-mover" since Blacks first move is not forced, but he took the bait :)
Jul-23-16  Patriot: <morf> The suspense is killing me. What's the "2-mover"? :-)
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  morfishine: <Patriot> A little lead-in, I would love to deflect the Black Queen with 39...Bf2, but this lets in 40.Rxh2+ and White can resign. So instead, lets offer a poison pawn with 39.e3

Which Black promptly gobbled up with 39...Qxe3?

Frankly I was surprised how fast he grabbed the pawn, but what I had seen in that event was, and I answered <40.c5+> and the White Bishop is immune due to 40...Qxd3?? 41.Qxb6#

Black ran with 40...Ka7

But its tricky still for White and the best I could get was a perp

Position after 39.e3 Qxe3 40.c5+

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Fun Stuff


Jul-23-16  Patriot: <morf> Nice! I never would've thought of that--it shows good imagination. What was the time control and how much time was remaining?
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  morfishine: <Patriot> Time Control was 2-12

I don't know the time remaining, didn't matter since I had a forced draw

Whats interesting is this is my favorite opponent, he's from Hungary, and he just kills me, literally. His rating fluctuates to the low 1900's to the mid 2000's and I'm always struggling to get over 1900. He's always willing to play me, since we have such interesting and fun games. Out of about 90-games, he's won about 80 and I've won maybe 6 with a few draws. I don't suffer too much since he's rated about 200 pts higher, so when I lose, I only lose a few rating pts, and when I win, I gain a lot of pts, but he's a great fellow, very friendly, I would like to meet him some day.

I just wish I could win more often vs him lol


Jul-24-16  thegoodanarchist: <I just wish I could win more often vs him lol>

I got competitive with the 2000 to 2200 crowd by studying openings and, more importantly, tactics.

I treated every tactical puzzle as an actual game, just studying until I decided on a move, then checking the solution.

I had at least half a dozen puzzle books plus 3 different puzzle softwares. It really helps! Of course, I spent a LOT of time on it.

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  morfishine: <thegoodanarchist> Thanks, I followed that route for almost two years from 2013 to late 2014. It was very productive, increasing my rating by 200 pts.

<Patriot> has been a big help for myself suggesting books and references as well as offering insight into thought processes. I was working about 15 tactical puzzles each and every day. I didn't address openings too much, I did that about 35 years ago: Maybe I need to bring my opening knowledge more current LOL

I just don't have the time to dedicate each day. One must be committed.

Tell you what, I am having loads of fun playing Chess960. I was getting stale playing regular chess so its the perfect alternative

What is shocking to me is when one stops chess training, the drop off in accuracy and rating is precipitate. I played the local golf circuit off and on over the years, and when I stopped practicing, my game didn't suffer too much, not near as much as chess


Jul-24-16  Patriot: <morf> Thanks. I always felt like most people didn't bother reading my posts but some obviously did and you are one of them. This is why I wish <CG> would create "like" buttons so at least people can see how many people do like what they write without having to comment.

One of the things Dan Heisman made clear was that teaching Chess to one person is not the same as what you would teach someone else. If a person were rated around 1000 USCF, then telling them to develop their pieces efficiently and learning things like "knights before bishops" does far more for them than suggesting they learn tons of opening lines. He compares it with teaching math--teach beginners simple arithmetic, not calculus. At your level (and mine), it is perfectly sound to get a good handle on our openings. Beginners need to almost exclusively learn tactics.

I've learned that it's very important to soak in what's going on in a position before looking at forcing moves and just calculating. For the position you showed me above I didn't see anything obvious at first and knew it could be very complicated so I counted material to know where the bar is. I noticed the x-ray of the bishop to the black king, and the black knight barely keeping the pawns on the board. I also noticed white's king looking like it is barely holding together with those rooks bearing down on h2 and the queen beaming down on f2. So taking stock in the "elements" of the position is extremely important. Dan calls them "seeds of tactical destruction" but that's a mouthful so he often calls them "seeds". If the "seeds" aren't there, don't even bother looking for a tactic or long combo--that's how I approach it. But whatever candidate you choose, you must apply the same "test" to make sure the move is safe. Understanding what causes combinations to exist is at the heart of improvement, because when you work on tactics you already know something is there and OTB you don't have that luxury.

Having said all of that, your game was 2 12 so there's not much time to do a lot of analyzing. But the better you are at spotting seeds the better you will become at faster time controls. Personally, I think playing blitz hurt my game somewhat because it started changing the way I was thinking. My thoughts were organized around playing fast so I was missing out on how to think better in faster time controls. I never served in the military but I think it is very similar--you train to do your best and when you go into combat, you act on your training. Strong blitz play is acting on the good training you received during slow play, doing a lot of analysis on puzzles, etc. This is why I think a lot of blitz play is harmful to a player's development.

But it all comes down to what you want out of it...become stronger or just simply enjoy playing.

By the way, I stopped by my old Chess club recently (I haven't been there in several years) and everyone was shocked to see me. I played one of the strongest players in a 10 minute game and made some opening mistakes and had a bad game, but then I complicated things a bit and ended up winning the game! I played another guy (same time control) and beat him badly. Then I played a "girl" and got my butt kicked because of how risky I was playing--I miscalculated. But I had fun! The thing is I haven't played people of that strength in years.

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  morfishine: <Patriot> All you say is true, as before. The only point I have some issue is with the 2-12 increment and not having much time to analyze. This is where I've got them "hoodwinked" so-to-speak

This increment, 2-12, actually affords loads of time to analyze. Its much more accommodating than lets say a 5-3 or 3-3 time control increment. I insist on the "12" seconds since this fits in very well with "960" mentality. The '2-minute' is there to give a base, but its the '12-seconds' that adds the flavor. In other words, I can use my time judiciously at the beginning, and actually get ahead on the clock.

But I understand exactly what you are talking about


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  morfishine: <Patriot> Sometimes the games are quick, but not usually. What started out as this:

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Ends with the Queen forked after 22 moves:

1. b3 f6 2. c4 e6 3. e4 Ndf7 4. f4 Ng6 5. d3 Bd6 6. g3 e5 7. f5 Ne7 8. Ne3 c6 9. Nf2 Bc7 10. Be2 g6 11. fxg6 Nxg6 12. Neg4 Qd8 13. d4 h5 14. Ne3 d6 15. Nf5 Qd7 16. Bxh5 Nf4 17. Bg4 Ne6 18. d5 cxd5 19. cxd5 Ba5+ 20. Kd1 Qb5 21. dxe6 Ng5 22. Nxd6+

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One must always keep an eye out for the simplest of tactics


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  OhioChessFan: <Patriot: I always felt like most people didn't bother reading my posts but some obviously did and you are one of them. This is why I wish <CG> would create "like" buttons so at least people can see how many people do like what they write without having to comment.>

I have thought about that too, not sure if it's worth the trouble. But you can read someone's posts, enjoy them, but not think it's worth a non-response of "Hey, liked your post". Anyway, you never know when people are reading you, so just keep going with it.

Jul-24-16  Patriot: <morf> Yep! Especially with those tricky knights!

<OhioChessFan> I'm used to Facebook. It's so much easier just to hit "Like".

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