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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 9842 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-28-15 Edward G Sergeant (replies)
morfishine: One thing I like about E G Sergeant is he seemed to never stop getting better. In his early days, he lost a number of "shorties" to admittedly, upper-tier players. But as the years went on, the short losses dropped in frequency and wins became more common as well as draws against
   Jul-28-15 V Zavoronkov vs V Bukhteeva, 2012 (replies)
morfishine: <23...Qxf1+> and Black wins <Phony Benoni> summed up White's options nicely. Either lose a piece and the game, or walk into mate after 24.Bxf1 Rxf1+ 25.Kc2 Bf5+ 26.Kc3 Nd5# Good point by <patzer2> White improving with 23.Bc3 clearing <b2> for the King ...
   Jul-27-15 Kan vs Botvinnik, 1930
morfishine: I Tvink I Kan, I Tvink I Kan
   Jul-27-15 P Dubinin vs Aronin, 1947 (replies)
morfishine: Two connected pawns are powerful. Two unconnected pawns can also be powerful <sydbarrett> Shine on you Lazy Diamond *****
   Jul-27-15 E Bankert vs R Ehrler, 2007 (replies)
morfishine: Cool Game <patzer2> Navara vs M Keller, 2000 showing the correct treatment of the position with <10.h3>; even as late as move 12 White improves with <12.Be3> which is also what I thought For those who took more time than normal for a Monday, try viewing the ...
   Jul-26-15 Szabo vs K Langeweg, 1964 (replies)
morfishine: Cool game, love those cross pins: Tal vs B Brinck-Claussen, 1966 What does Kan stand for in this variation? I searched everywhere and found nothing. Decent pun if one remembers far enough back. 'Dodge Ball' or basic hide and seek was more my time *****
   Jul-26-15 Le Quang Liem vs Adams, 2014
morfishine: Great sequence of moves: 36...Bf8 not just to win the exchange, but win a piece with 38...Qxc2 White just can't get out of those annoying pins exacerbated by his unconnected rooks And the final shot deflection is just great 44...Rxd4 which besides opening up <f1> lasers the
   Jul-26-15 Kupreichik vs I Radulov, 1980 (replies)
morfishine: <scormus> My post, almost word for word, except I added: "I couldn't see it if I saw it" *****
   Jul-25-15 Karpov vs Van der Wiel, 1980 (replies)
morfishine: <Jimfromprovidence> I too pondered 27...Bxb2+ probably for about as long as <agb2002> if not shorter, mainly because the White Knight prevents Black Queen from entering via <a3> *****
   Jul-25-15 A Nickel vs Hydra, 2004 (replies)
morfishine: Quite an interesting game, particularly for that year and how far engines have progressed since then. Surely an error was <35...Kh8> what with the pawn on <f6> Black's back rank is weak in the extreme: the only route to escape was via <f8>
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May-03-12  JoergWalter: <morfishine> thanks for that little beauty. very instructive.

<According to 'Mensa Guide to Chess' White draws with <1.Kc6!! c2 2.Re1 b2 3.Re8+ Kf7 4.Kd7> and white has a perpetual>

The solution is correct (I checked it but didn't find it myself). any effort to neutralize the pawns on b3, c3 and d4 leads to a white loss. White's only hope is a perpetual and since black needs 3 pawn moves to queen the b or c pawn white on the move has exactly the necessary time to achieve it.

May-03-12  JoergWalter: <morfishine> does the problem also demonstrate some of the limitations of chess programms?

<LMAJ>'s comment :
<1.RxP/b3, c2; " "
Fritz agrees with me, White is lost.>

What would the computer find if you execute 1.Kc6 with black to move? Does it already show 0.00 evaluation?

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  morfishine: <JoergWalter> Glad you liked that one: I saw it a couple of years ago and came across it yesterday. I wouldn't know what an engine eval would show: I only have a 2200+ computer that plays strong moves.

Earlier you had mentioned that you 'stole' puzzles from other sources or something like that. I wouldn't look at it like that, sounds too negative: its all about ingraining certain positions. We'd be nowhere without whats gone before us. In any case, I am working on a problem...trying to make it as 'real' as possible :)

May-03-12  Patriot: <morf>, I couldn't agree with you more regarding time, Kotov, and aspiring players!

Playing 2 5 games seems to have helped me speed up in tournament chess. During the recent tournament, I consciously played faster to save time for complicated positions. Plus I had a better general idea of what to play in non-critical positions.

Here's something funny. In the last 2 5 game, I had to take a break! I missed a move that probably would've caused my opponent to resign on move 32 or so. The game continued for 98 moves! I checkmated him with a rook, bishop, and knight. He had a rook and pawn.

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  MarkFinan: 8.Nf5?

May as well try something different :)

May-04-12  Limpin Kt: <morfishine> Probably i'm such a patzer that my appreciation or disagreeing with you doesn't matter to you at all- but let me appreciate the beauty of the problem you posted- white to move and draw- it was really amazing. The coordination of k and R was strong enough to fight and draw against the still- immature-new-queen :). Good puzzle sir! Thank you for posting it.
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  MarkFinan: <Morf> 9.Ng3
May-04-12  LoveThatJoker: <morf> Thanks for Mongredien vs Morphy, 1859! The game and his final combination are phenomenal, to say the least!


PS. Keeping on our discussion of Morphy games check out this cool and straight-forward win of his that I found via Guess-the-Move today: J Schulten vs Morphy, 1857

May-04-12  JoergWalter: <morfishine: BTW: My K2250L didn't find <1.Kc6> either but spit out <1.Ka4?> after 1.5 hrs. I'm going to let it run all day at max depth to see if it finds the right >

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black to move.

Fritz8 gives here:
1...c2 2.Re1 b2 3.Kd7 b1=Q 4.Re8+ Kh7 5.Re7+ Kh6 (-6.63) Too strange. Perpetual is obvious.

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  MarkFinan: You there Morf??

10. 0-0

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  morfishine: <Limpin Kt> Thanks for dropping by and I am glad you enjoyed that position! I had seen it a couple of years ago and was quite taken by it; I stumbled across it lately and couldn't resist (though SS prefers mate problems) :)
May-04-12  LoveThatJoker: <morf> Thanks for having shared Morphy vs Harrwitz, 1858 on my forum.

I remember this game for sure as the final combination is just exactly what you said of J Schulten vs Morphy, 1857 in that something special and stunning has occured. The motifs and goal of that combination comes across as just way too ahead of its time.

Here is a game by Morphy's friend and rival, A. Anderssen that I came across on G-t-M: Anderssen vs Staunton, 1851

I look forward to your next one there at my forum, man!


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  MarkFinan: Wow, you really don't mind doing the morning shift Morf...:)

Maybe i should have stuck to theory here, and took this game a lot more serious, but I still feel ok-ish about the position.. I'm focused now..

Anyway... 11.h3

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  MarkFinan: 12.Nh1?
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  MarkFinan: <Morf> 13.f4..

Iv'e just started really paying attention now, i see trouble on the horizon lol... I weighed up 3 moves, but I'll wait till the games over for any analysis, of course..

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  MarkFinan: 14.Be3.. You've given me extra f pawn mate :)
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  MarkFinan: 15. Qf3
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  MarkFinan: 16. Rad1
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  MarkFinan: <Morf> Check out a game between someone called 'Vlassov' and Radjabov that iv'e just commented on, see my forum..

I don't know what the engines would make of it, but there's everything i like about chess in that one game!

It really is that good mate

May-06-12  Patriot: Hi <morf>! Actually the 98 move game was a 2 min. game with a 5 sec. increment, which is similar to 5 min. 0 increment. I was mostly calm and played to avoid time loss, while looking for tactics. But there was tension which is why I needed a break!
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  MarkFinan: 17.bxc3
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  MarkFinan: 18.f5..

<Morf> Ignore whats going on at my forum. I'm still seeing your moves posted, and i'm still focused (no pun intended!) on our game...

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  MarkFinan: 19.Rb1

Getting Interesting now <Morf> :)

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  MarkFinan: 20.Rfd1
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  MarkFinan: 21.Nc2
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