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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 8727 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-01-14 Negi vs T Abrahamyan, 2012
morfishine: <Fusilli> I dunno, maybe chess blindness or her flag fell. The "weakpoint" <h6> is an illusion
   Oct-01-14 S Williams vs O Vasiliev, 2004 (replies)
morfishine: <Catfriend> Yes, thats the main point: with one rook on the 7th rank, an eventual Rb1 picks up the Bishop. I was looking at 31.Qc5 Rxc5 32.dxc5 Ng6 <33.Rxf7> when White Threatens 34.Bxh8 Nxh8 35.Rh7 with an easy win. In the middle of this, I realized Black could ...
   Oct-01-14 M Martinez Romero vs D Gonzales, 2014 (replies)
morfishine: Bishop sac, Knight sac, rook lift 18.Bxh7+ Kxh7 19.Qh5+ Kg8 20.Nf6+ gxf6 21.Qg4+ Kh7 22.Rf3 *****
   Sep-30-14 H Lehmann vs K Junge, 1942 (replies)
morfishine: Heinz's annotations puts this game in "layman's" terms...
   Sep-29-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
   Sep-29-14 I Bilek vs Szily, 1954 (replies)
morfishine: <29.Bh6+> takes advantage of Black's cramped position: 29...Rxh6 30.Qg7# *****
   Sep-28-14 sevenseaman chessforum
morfishine: <sevenseaman> If you are a fossil, I am a dinosaur. I considered 28.c4 but passed on it after 28...Bxc4 not fathoming the simple follow up 29.Qc3 winning at least a piece No matter, these are exercises only and half the problem is not knowing what the player was thinking ...
   Sep-28-14 Navara vs Korchnoi, 2008 (replies)
morfishine: I dismissed 28.c4 too early thinking Black was ok after 28...Bxc4 I could only guess that 28.Nxh6+ was the move *****
   Sep-27-14 Alekhine vs Marshall, 1925
morfishine: I would've played <29.Rxe4> (29...fxe4 30.Bxd5+ Qf7 31.e8=Q#) but thats me
   Sep-27-14 Tal vs Fischer, 1959 (replies)
morfishine: <Garech> Neither do the people that voted for it
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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.

Jul-26-14  doubledrooks: <morfishine>: I saw in a post you made at <Once>'s site that you enjoy reading about the Civil War. I just finished reading a book entitled "BLOODY SPRING: FORTY DAYS THAT SEALED THE CONFEDERACY'S FATE", about the battles between Lee and Grant. If you haven't read it already, I recommend the book to you.
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  morfishine: <doubledrooks> Thank you very much for dropping by! And thank you for suggesting the book which covers the Overland campaign. I am very well read on this subject and highly recommend Gordon Rhea's series (4 so far) that detail this campaign. (1) The Battle of the Wilderness (2) The Battles for Spotsylvania Court House and the Road to Yellow Tavern (3) To the North Anna River & (4) Cold Harbor

I think you will very much enjoy reading these books. Each are about 400 pages and reveal many details and interesting insights by Rhea. And in paperback, these are not too expensive


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  cro777: Today at the Igor Smirnov's Webinar, one of the questions was connected with the endgame which had occurred in Svidler vs Karjakin, 2013 after 40...Rxa4

This endgame can be reached from our current position after

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10...Bg4 11. h3 Bh5 12. Qb3 d5 13. e5 Nd7 14. a4 a5 15. Bd3 Re8 16. g4 Bg6 17. Bxg6 Nxg6 18. Nf1 Ndf8 19. Ng3 Ne6 20. Be3 Ngf4 21. h4 f6 22. Rad1 Rf8 23. Nf5 fxe5 24. dxe5 Qe8 25. Ng5 Nxg5 26. Bxf4 Ne6 27. Bg3 h5 28. Rxd5 hxg4 29. Ne3 Rf3 30. Rd3 Bxe3 31. Rexe3 Rxe3 32. Rxe3 Rd8 33. Re4 Qg6 34. Qc4 Kh8 35. Rxg4 Qf5 36. Re4 Rd2 37. Re2 Rd1+ 38. Kg2 Rd4 39. Qc2 Qxc2 40. Rxc2 Rxa4

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GM Smirnov suggested the following plans.

White's plan:

1)Develop king (Kf3-Ke3 or Ke4)

2)Advance pawns (f4)

Black's plan:

1)Develop King

2)Advance pawns (c5,b5) and try to use the pawm majority on the queenside.

(Black rook is well placed on the 4th rank and can be moved to b4 to attack the b2 pawn).

This endgame is playable. In the game, after 41.f4 Nxf4+, the players agreed to a draw, but this was a team competition and this result suited both teams.

This is an example of the "get the game to an endgame strategy". We can find other examples from our current position. Most importantly, irrespective of the strategy adopted, the first step should be to first improve our position (finding best positions for all our pieces and pawns).

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  morfishine: <cro777> I am finding diagrams like this extremely useful with regards to steering a game into a favorable endgame.

Between the ideas that <DcGentle> has shared and the time you have set aside sending over various diagrams and games, I am slowly but surely grasping what positional play really means and how powerful it can be. One aspect or exercise I've never seriously utilized is to visualize positions with all the pieces off (ie: leaving only the pawns on the board). This way of considering pawn structure is very beneficial to me. I wish I'd tried this years ago!

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  DaringSpeculator: Hi <morfishine>. If you are new to and interested in learning about positional play, this is the book I would recommend:

It is out of print, but you should be able to find a copy.

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  DaringSpeculator: I think you may enjoy this lecture by GM Varuzhan Akobian!

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  cro777: We have discussed the endgame from Svidler vs Karjakin, 2013 (relevant to our game) which ended in a draw after 41...Nxf4+

The final position

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The game could have continued

42.Bxf4 Rxf4 43.Rxc7 Rxh4 44.Rxb7 Rb4 45.Rxb4 axb4 46.Kf3 Kg8

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Interestingly, in the diagram position the only move that secures a draw for White is 47.e6! In all other cases Black wins.

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  eternaloptimist: <morf> I replied to the last kibitz that u made at the "Kann Opener" game. I don't know if u ever saw it.
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  morfishine: <eternaloptimist> Sure, no problem. I've been highly critical of the pun selection over the past few months. My main point is a GOTD (Game of the Day) should be exactly that. The GOTD should be a high quality game, or why bother calling it "Game of the Day"?

Too often, the game is chosen for some silly, shallow play on word or "pun" without the game being very high quality.

BTW: Today was mine (Purdy) and not a pun at all: just a silly rhyming play on words. But I think the game is good enough


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  morfishine: W Pollock vs Allies, 1893
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  sevenseaman: Hi <morf> W Pollock vs Allies, 1893 is a brilliant end game starting move 25. White. Very impressed.
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  Once: Liked your idea of a steamroller mate. It just seems like so much firepower directed at the king - one queen and two rooks!
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  Fusilli: <morfishine: Sana is hot today

29...Qxg5+ 30.hxg5 Nh3+ and mate next move>

Yeah, seeing my game as the POD made my day today! :)

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  Robed.Bishop: <Morph> W Pollock vs Allies, 1893. Nice find!
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Talent in chess is like a greased pig: The closer one gets to an accurate definition, the farther away one gets. Trying to get a firm handle on talent results in one invariably slipping and falling in the mud. Why is that? Simply put, talent, like our elusive pig, is in motion, malleable and changeable. While talent can be nurtured and cultivated, it can also be ignored and allowed to wilt.

Without doubt, some chess players are gifted with more talent than others. But is talent the only factor determining the ability of a chess player? Take for example two players, 'A' & 'B'. Player 'A' is a prodigy gaining the GM title by age 16. Meanwhile, player 'B' has a lot of talent, but must work harder and "only" gains the GM title at age 22. Has not player 'B' become as good a chess player as 'A' despite his "lack" of talent? Is it possible that other factors, like a good work ethic, never giving up and always playing to win, can somehow "make up" for a lack of talent? Are these values in fact a sort of talent in their own right?

For argument's sake, lets take two players of "equal" talent. Player 'A' has a well developed "killer instinct", always playing to win no matter the situation. On the other hand, player 'B' has a more circumspective approach and can tend to coast or "call off the dogs" when he finds himself in the lead in a match or tournament. Who is the better chess player? Who, in reality, has more talent? Who is more likely to find success in chess?

While the answer is purely speculative, one thing is certain: I still can't get ahold of that pig


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  sevenseaman: Hi <morf>!. Looking up the POTD I was very touched by this top quality quote by <patzer2>; ( I could not reply directly to <patzer2> as his forum wasn't responsive.)

It embodies my life's experience about moments of art/joy; it may be a painting, sculpture, a song/lyric or a fine play in chess or bridge or anything.

Sometimes I feel so touched by a fine piece that I feel if I died after that moment of total bliss/rapture, a kind of exalted feeling, it would still have been a wonderful life for me to have lived up to that point.

Never mind I just wanted to share my happiness with you.

As for the puzzle itself I got <27...b4> but not <27...Ra4> which is much more compelling.

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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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