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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 9016 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-19-14 Z Rahman vs Yudasin, 2004 (replies)
morfishine: After <28...Qxe1+> 29.Bxe1 Rxe1+ 30.Bf1 I had <30...Bd4> (instead of 30...Ra8) which prevents 31.Qf2 I then had the same <31.Kg2> and finally 31...Ra8 I wonder if this is good enough: [DIAGRAM] *****
   Dec-19-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
   Dec-19-14 H Vatter vs H Langrock, 2002 (replies)
morfishine: <Phony Benoni>...My Uncle Albert was on that ship <...but even Admiral Halsey can't save the ship from going down>...and it went down with all Hans
   Dec-18-14 Fischer vs W Nyman, 1964 (replies)
morfishine: One thing about Fischer that must be understood is that he was not a prodigy and he was not a genius. What he was, was a product of his surroundings: A fatherless boy, spending loads of time on chess by himself because his mother was working multiple jobs. He only became "good" ...
   Dec-18-14 Nijboer vs A Zhigalko, 2004 (replies)
morfishine: H-pawn push oughtta do it Gotta get to work *****
   Dec-17-14 Patriot chessforum
morfishine: Hello <Patriot>! Whats going on? *****
   Dec-17-14 Jobava vs G Arzumanian, 1999 (replies)
morfishine: <Once> At least for me, this is what fuels the interest: After realizing that <32.Rxg6+> followed by 33.Nf4+ is not quite adequate, what other continuation is stronger, including the possibility of something other than 32.Rxg6+ to start? This led me to 32.Rxg6+ ...
   Dec-16-14 T Farley vs W Teerapabpaisit, 2004 (replies)
morfishine: <ragtag> If 39.Qh6?? Black wins with 39...Rxa1 and Black is two pawns up with the White Queen en prise
   Dec-16-14 Sahlmann vs K Junge, 1941 (replies)
morfishine: 65 moves is not "smoked"
   Dec-15-14 Larsen vs Ivkov, 1967
morfishine: <Longview> Excellent point, but one must take into consideration Black's passers too, despite the material deficiency: 44...Kf6 45.Kb5 Kxe6 46.a5 Kd7 47.a6 Kc8 48.Kc6 Bb8 49.Kxc5 Ng1 50.Kxd4 Ne2+ 51.Kd5 Bxg3 *****
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  sevenseaman: Thank you <morf>. Your response is very comforting and encouraging.

One always rues the missed opportunities!

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  MarkFinan: Easy Morph.. Just been going back through my forum (I saw your post about the Kamsky Anand 94 game) and I think we should have another game? Maybe a 60 min on fics?? Either way I think you've come a long way chess wise since our game, and you were better than me back then anyway!

All the best mate. I don't use that old email address anymore but if you fancy a game I'll give you my new email? I don't mind losing to you again. ✌

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  sevenseaman: Hi <morf>. POTD today. I must be completely out of depth. I never even considered 28. c4. Guess I am a fossil now.
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  cro777: Center of Gravity in Chess - What Makes Chess Masters Superior

The Center of Gravity (CoG) in physics deals with masses and forces distributed in space. It is the point where the resultant of all individual forces is acting. In chess, the ability to identify and use CoG effectively is the biggest single differentiator between chess Masters and the rest of us.

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  morfishine: <cro777> This is a very interesting article which gets right to the point, literally! And thanks for the link too!


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  sevenseaman: Hi <morf> From my forays against the machine!

click for larger view

An interesting/challenging position I found myself in against the computer; to be or not to be?

1. I could not have played passively on a/c of the back rank mate.

2. Since everything Black was isolated Q-side, I could elect to go with perpetuals for a draw.

3. I decided to take a wild plunge (with a hazy but a tad optimistic calculation).

My play;

1. Qh7+ Kxg5 2. Rd5 (my 'c' P was my big strength!)+ Kf4 3. Qh6+ Kf3 4. Qh3+ Ke4 5. Qf3#


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  morfishine: Hello <sevenseaman>! Thanks for showing this problem. Check the starting position: 3...Kf3 is not possible
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  sevenseaman: Yes. The pieces are ok. Error in recalling the moves;

I think my line was

1. Qh7+ Kxg5 2. Rd5+ (my 'c' P was my big strength!)+ Kf4 3. Qh6+ Ke4 4. Qh4+ Ke3 5. Qh3+ Ke4 6. Qf3#

Does it tally now.

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  sevenseaman: POTD is crazy today. 19. Be4 is too tough to see, especially when the N hangs.

I did see some resonance with the idea I used in my play against the machine. (This is how one learns; and one isn't even aware of what residual memories stay at the back of one's mind!)

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  morfishine: <Sevenseaman> Yes, that makes sense now. UR right about todays POTD, but all in all, a good exercise
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  sevenseaman: Hi <morf>! MV-L has played a scintillating game here.

Caruana vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2014

I followed it live and was convinced at move 33...d5 that MV-L would take it.

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  sevenseaman: Hi <morf>! Could please get me the engine evaluation of this position.

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  morfishine: <sevenseaman> Well, if its White to move, I'd say there's a simple win after

<1.Qg7> 1...c6 2.Qg3 and both the a & b-pawn fall, White King moves to center while Queen blockades, then both move in for the kill

(a) 1...f4 2.Qxc7 and per the above

My computer doesn't create an actual evaluation


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  MarkFinan: Oh Morf. Morf Morf Morf Morf....Morf!

I'd like to quote Brad Pitt and the very last sentence in the very last scene of, "Inglorious Bastards"

"I think I just made my masterpiece!" Lol. Check this out when you have time.. I was going to resign around move 15, I thought it was just one of those throwaway games that I try something new or different in, but it backfires and I just resign. I'm so pleased with this game because even though the engine doesn't agree with a lot of my moves, and the engine made 2-3 howlers, it just looks brilliant and my endgame play is pretty spot on... 2 takebacks in the endgame but not 4-5 moves down the line, straight up blunders that I had to take back.. we all do it after one move blunders, anyone who hasn't (against an engine of course) I don't believe....

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2014.11.04"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Player AM "]
[Black "Stockfish 121014 (61.0%)"]
[Result "*"]
[TimeControl "50/300+15"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 c5 4. d5 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nc3 g6 7. Bf4 a6 8. a4 Bg7 9. e4 O-O 10. h3 Nh5 11. Bh2 Re8 12. Bd3 f5 13. O-O Bxc3 14. exf5 Bxb2 15. fxg6 Bxa1 16. gxh7+ Kg7 17. Qxa1+ Qf6 18. Bxd6 Qxa1 19. Rxa1 c4 20. Bxc4 Nd7 21. Bd3 Nhf6 22. Rc1 Nxd5 23. Ba3 b5 24. Bb2+ N7f6 25. axb5 axb5 26. Bxb5 Kxh7 27. Bxe8 Nxe8 28. Be5 Nef6 29. g4 Kg6 30. Kg2 Nd7 31. Rc6+ Kf7 32. Ng5+ Ke8 33. Re6+ Kf8 34. Bd6+ Kg8 35. Re8+ Kg7 36. Rd8 Kg6 37. h4 Ne3+ 38. Kg3 Nxg4 39. Kxg4 Ne5+ 40. Kg3 Nc6 41. Rg8+ Kf6 42. h5 Bb7 43. Rxa8 Bxa8 44. h6 Kxg5 45. h7 Nd4 46. Bf4+ Kg6 47. h8=Q Ne6 48. Qxa8 Ng7 *

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  morfishine: <MarkFinan> This game just feels like you had a whole lotta fun playing it! I think there's a lot more accuracy in this game than blunders or howlers, very well played! While it was ingenious the way Black tried to extricate his position, it was equally ingenious the way you maneuvered around his traps. The position after 24.Bb2+ looks overwhelming for White (despite being a rook down) with your raking Bishops
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  cro777: <morfishine: Pretty cool, Naiditsch is offering 50% discount on his newsletter to <CG> members.> Hi <morfishine>!

I haven't seen this information. Where could I find that offer?

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  morfishine: <cro777> I received the offer via email. Here's the link, just enter 'CG' as the Bonus code

Hope this helps!


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  cro777: Thanks <morfishine>. That's all I needed.
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  MarkFinan: <<morfishine: <MarkFinan> This game just feels like you had a whole lotta fun playing it! I think there's a lot more accuracy in this game than blunders or howlers, very well played! While it was ingenious the way Black tried to extricate his position, it was equally ingenious the way you maneuvered around his traps. The position after 24.Bb2+ looks overwhelming for White (despite being a rook down) with your raking Bishops>>

Thanks for those comments Morf, I appreciate you even looking through my games! I have another three games for you to look at (and post some in my forum of yours and I'll let you know what I think?) but I'd like you to look at this draw first, whenever you have time. I think it's probably the best draw I've ever had on this setting, tactics, mistakes, blunders and inaccuracies galore (I just looked with the engine on analysis and I was up over 1.09 by the time I played Qb6 which forced the draw by rep) but even though the engine just doesn't like my Rxf6!? one bit, I really love this game. I have two others that I've played this year that I think are brilliant, I'll post them if you're interested? I have the white pieces of course, lol. Been playing some really good chess lately, after a good 5-6 months of really bad chess block. Hope you're okay mate and post some of your games in mine too.. ✌

<<<[Event "?"] [Site "?"]
[Date "2014.11.15"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Player AM "]
[Black "Stockfish 121014 (61.0%)"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[TimeControl "50/300+15"]

1. d4 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. a3 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 c5 6. f3 d5 7. e3 Nc6 8. Bd3 e5 9. Ne2 e4 10. fxe4 dxe4 11. Bc2 Qe7 12. O-O O-O 13. Ng3 Na5 14. Rxf6 Qxf6 15. Nxe4 Qh4 16. g3 Qe7 17. Nxc5 g6 18. Qe2 Bf5 19. e4 Rac8 20. Bd3 Rfe8 21. Qf1 Rxc5 22. exf5 Nb3 23. fxg6 Nxa1 24. gxh7+ Kh8 25. dxc5 f6 26. Bf4 Qxc5+ 27. Kg2 Nb3 28. h4 b6 29. Qf3 Qf8 30. Qh5 Rd8 31. Bf5 Qg7 32. Bh6 Qe7 33. Qg6 Qe2+ 34. Kh3 Qf1+ 35. Kg4 Qe2+ 36. Kh3 Qf1+ 37. Kg4 Qd1+ 38. Kh3 1/2-1/2>>>

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  sevenseaman: Hi <morf>. Reality must have dawned on Vishy. His predisposition towards an occasional blunder has not left him ever since that 'Rooky' game against Kasparov in 1995.

In game 11 he was overly ambitious, and was duly punished. Carlsen has the ability to cope with situations on the board and deservedly wrapped up the title.

It looked to me Anand was quite a well-liked challenger here. A tad painful for most, he may yet be good enough to re-earn the challenge.

There is no miracle potion that will enable him to eliminate what now look to be some characteristic flaws.

A little wishful but he may have done enough to inspire a future champion from his part of the world.

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  morfishine: <sevenseaman> From a preparation standpoint, it was what I expected: Anand was super prepared, perhaps too much to the point that he was so focused with his own plans, he overlooked simple strong forcing continuations. For example, in Game 2, 34...Qd2 just had to be played. 34...h5 was just awful

And in game 6, Anand overlooked 26...Nxe5 failing to take advantage of the one clear blunder made by Carlsen during the match, namely 26.Kd2

Condensed down, we can say Anand came within two moves of completely changing the character of the match. Thats not to bad, all things considered


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  cro777: Magnus Carlsen:"My esteemed opponent former World Champion Viswanathan Anand was excellently prepared and put up at great fight. The match was not decided at all until the end of the 11th round cliffhanger."
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  cro777: <Who was behind Magnus Carlsen's openings?>

Magnus Carlsen: "Norwegian media interviewed my hardworking seconds located at the Kragero Resort south of Oslo: Jon Ludvig Hammer, Laurent Fressinet and Michael Adams! A special thanks to the three of them and to my main coach Peter Heine Nielsen present in Sochi.

Iím very grateful also to Garry Kasparov for valuable advice before and during the match and some really good help from my friends (and former European Champions) Ian Nepomniachtchi and Vladimir Potkin who was having a training camp at the player hotel (in preparation for Ianís participation in the Russian Super Final starting later this week).

During the match, Kasparov was a lot in touch with Peter Heine Nielsen. Kasparov is one of few people who still can teach me something new."

(Adams, Hammer and Fressinet at the Kragero Resort south of Oslo analyzing the more ambitious line of the Berlin endgame with ...Bd7...Kc8 and ...c5)

(Potkin and Nepomniachtchi with Carlsen at the hotel)

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  sevenseaman: Yes <morf>. You are spot on. overlooking opportunities equates with blunders, nay worse, as after a blunder the opponent needs to exploit it.

In game 11, 17...a5 was overly ambitious. Also I wonder if he saw 36. Rxc7+ coming. (Though I need to say the weaknesses he accrued in the opening were taking their toll now).

He cannot have hoped to go an exchange down and survive. His defensive skills may have given him hope but at the very top level these were inadequate.

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  morfishine: <cro777> Thanks for the posts! It was good to see that Anand was much better prepared than last year. A couple of missed moves...
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