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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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Game Of The Week

[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 9870 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-01-15 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
morfishine: <ljfyffe> Interesting take on <Animals> but what about the <Dogs>? My favorite song on the album: <MarkFinan> You know, its a great credit, don't you think, that the greatest bands originate from England? It hardly ...
   Aug-01-15 R Rapport vs R Wojtaszek, 2015
morfishine: <Ulhumbrus: Rapport has taken more risk than Caissa will permit but that is the way to find out how much risk Caissa will permit> Quote of the Year LOL *****
   Aug-01-15 Navara vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015
morfishine: This was too easy. White was Navara in this game
   Aug-01-15 K Junge vs C Kottnauer, 1942 (replies)
morfishine: <waustad> & <goodevans> LOL <Penguincw:...I'm also giving credit to <<WannaBe>> for coming the closest to predicting the pun> Double LOL *****
   Aug-01-15 I Salgado Lopez vs Acs, 2011 (replies)
morfishine: I had <25.g6> but figured Black must trade down: 25...Bxe5 26.gxh7+ Kxh7 27.fxe5 For me, as usual, its hard to find the best moves for the losing side *****
   Jul-31-15 MindCtrol9 chessforum
morfishine: <MindCtrol9> Good Evening! I am glad your forum is open, though unhappily there appears not to be much recent posting(s) No worries, I hope those so inclined will at the very least follow your example of steady, honest effort at improvement. Chess must be worked at to ...
   Jul-31-15 Colle vs Ahues, 1930
morfishine: Colle at his very best
   Jul-31-15 Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1990) (replies)
morfishine: <offramp> Yes, all these "Ruy Lopez, Closed" games are in fact "Zaitsev" variations and should be titled as such...IMO *****
   Jul-31-15 H Spangenberg vs Van Wely, 1994 (replies)
morfishine: <offramp> Yes, these games are fun to play through despite unfortunate Witton *****
   Jul-31-15 Fischer vs Keres, 1962 (replies)
morfishine: <offramp: Howard: It does indeed appear that 23.b3 would have won outright. Could any viewers perhaps elaborate on this ? I don't have a computer (yet). How do you post here, then?> I think he meant 'engine' but LOL anyways *****
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  Golden Executive: Very good summary <morfishine>. It is unfortunate that the game has been tainted by that questionable call of the referees.

Sunday's game looks like a great match with the two most efficient offenses in the league. Also worth mentioning that the Packers remain undefeated at home while the Cowboys are unbeaten on the road.But this time the game is played at Lambeau Field, so the challenge is really huge for the 'Boys.

Go Cowboys!, Go Packers!
Give us another memorable game.

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  David2009: Many thanks for your Christmas message received today. Happy New Year!
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  Golden Executive: <morfishine> Congratulations on the Packers win.

Another dubious call by the referees and this time the Cowboys were not lucky.

At any rate, Rodgers showed how good quarterback is. Next week at Seattle will be a great game.

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  Golden Executive: <morfishine> The ruling was: Incomplete Pass

From the book of rules:

A catch is made when a player inbounds secures possession of a pass, kick, or fumble in flight (See 8-1-3). Note 1: It is a catch if, in the process of attempting to catch the ball, a player secures control of the ball prior to it touching the ground and that control is maintained during and <after the ball has touched the ground>."

Control after the ball has touched the ground?

If the receiver had possession I understand he had <control> of the ball, so asking for *more* control sounds like non-sense to me and is inconsistent with the other rules you already mentioned in your post.

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  Golden Executive: <morfishine> Are you ready for some football?

Too bad Rodgers is still in pain for the calf injury, but if his Offensive Line can protect him the same way they did it in the second half vs the Cowboys game, my take is that Aron has all the skills to lead the Pack to the SB.

Go Packers!

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  sevenseaman: Good morning <morf>. @your comment in Bondarevsky vs Bronstein, 1945 today.

Exactly! Your idea and my thinking coincide.

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  Golden Executive: <morfishine> Just unbelievable what happened yesterday.

Fake field goal, onside kick, 2-point conversion Hail Mary pass, 2 consecutive long passes in OT; How could all this happen?

Very disappointing.

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  morfishine: Here's a lively affair from Tata Steel Group 'B': Timman vs A Dale, 2015

Good to see Timman still able to crank out sparkling wins every now and then


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  Golden Executive: <morfishine> As usual, you made an excellent analysis. No wonder you are a winner of the Rinus Award. Thanks
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Happy New Year to you too, sir!

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  Golden Executive: <morfishine> In no time I saw excuses in your analysis but explanations of what happened.

No doubt the Seahawks are an excellent and well-balanced team. Like you said, they made the correct settings in the game plan and although it seemed too late, took every one of the opportunities presented to them in the final minutes and resolved the game as they do the big teams.

In the end, I think, the best defense prevailed.

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  morfishine: Here, another master rips apart L'Hermet's Kingside: Saemisch vs L'Hermet, 1927


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  cro777: <morfishine: I am unable to post at POTD or GOTD, but was able to post at my forum.>

Caruana - Carlsen

In this line of the Berlin endgame, Caruana defeated Carlsen last year at the Gashimov Memorial.

1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 h6 10. Rd1+ Ke8 11. Nc3

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In Shamkir Caruana chose a rare continuation 11...Bd7. Today he opted for the popular plan with 11...Ne7.

In the position after 15...Nf4

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Carlsen introduced the novelty 15...Nf8 which might be an improvement. 15...a6 and 15...Bd7 had been tried before.

It is interesting how many times Carlsen played with his knight in the first 15 moves: Nf6-Nxe4-Nd6-Nf5-Ne7 Ng6-Nf8 and Ne6 to follow.

Feb-08-15  1300patzer: Testing claim that posting works here.
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  morfishine: <cro777> Thank you sir for this post! Its always a pleasure to read your posts



Feb-11-15  theBlacksmith: <morf> a chess patzer with 153 pages.. WHAT A JOKE!
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  cro777: Reversing the rules of the opening ("Complete your development before moving a piece twice)"

In the theoretical duel with Caruana in the Berlin Defense, Carlsen played eight times (!) with his king's knight during the first 17 moves. Then he drew comfortably by sacrificing the other developed piece (the bishop on g5).

Caruana vs Carlsen, 2015

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  scormus: I seem to have missed your post while I was away and offline. I hope it goes well for you this year, jobwise and chesswise.
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  morfishine: Well, my Chess960 game has gone straight in the toilet
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Just a 3 min clip of Zizou's top ten goals. They're all absolute worldy's and apart from the #1 goal (The volley with his left foot in the champions league final, FIFA'S goal of the century) I prefer #5. It's not just technically outstanding, it's his vision to catch the keeper off of his line from distance. To me Zidane was the complete midfielder. Sir Alex said he had the chance to sign him in 91-92 but didn't because he classed Zidane as a right sided midfielder and already had Kanchelskis and Beckham coming through the ranks. I remember Steven Gerrard being interviewed before he won his 100th England cap and he said that Zidane was the best he'd ever played against. We played Sweden and it was when Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the most outrageous goal I've ever seen and when Gerrard came out for the interview after the game the interviewer asked him if he'd changed his mind given what Ibrahimovic had just done to us, but he still said Zidane was the best he'd ever played against. I think he's regarded as France's greatest ever player above Platini, a man some said was better than Maradona leading up to the 86 WC.

He's definitely in my greatest 11.

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I don't know whether you agree with this list of current players either, but I'd put Suarez in 4th instead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Good list though.

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  mistermac: Sometime ago, you wrote a very helpful post of advice on my chessforum, for which I give belated thanks.

It is worth reading, I assure anyone who casuaaly reads this, and all you have to do is to visit my forum to read it, that is, if you are in need of radical improvement.

You are a gentleman <morf>.

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  morfishine: 6th Hainan Danzhou (2015) (kibitz #49)
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  MindCtrol9: Hello, morphine.You play 960? I have not play one, yet.Possibly is more complicated than the standard.I have no internet, I use my phone to play.I would like to play you sometime,too.Your screen name is good, I have checked a bunch of Murphy games, an unbelievable player.
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  morfishine: <MindCtrol9> Thanks for dropping by, a real pleasure! I have only started playing Chess960 over the past few months, mainly to try something new. I had spent almost two years from 2013-2014 working hard on my regular game, but found it was taking up too much time due to family issues. Chess960 is not any more complicated than standard chess, after all the pieces are the same; one must just spend a few minutes at the opening planing on developing the pieces correctly: Things can get pretty hairy, pretty fast! Here's a recent effort with the starting position:

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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 1-0

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Well, that was fun. I've taken my lumps though

I enjoy your posts and appreciate your bio and desire to work at and improve at chess.

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