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|Sep-10-12|| ||Tal7777777: I see... you've pulled the old transposition trick on me to avoid the Keres Attack. My next reply may take a while, since I had expected you to play the Najdorf. I had a special variation and everything prepared! Why, why couldn't you have played the Najdorf? O the pain, o the agony!!!!!!!|
|Sep-10-12|| ||Tal7777777: Finding a reply actually took shorter than I thought it would...|
|Sep-11-12|| ||Tal7777777: My bad...apparently what you're playing is a type of Najdorf...sorry.|
|Sep-12-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: <morf> Thanks for the game you posted on my forum. I will send you a note tomorrow Thursday with my impressions on it.|
Thank you kindly,
|Sep-12-12|| ||Tal7777777: |
|Sep-12-12|| ||Tal7777777: How many sports do you follow exactly?|
|Sep-13-12|| ||Patriot: Hi <morf>! Interesting game--was it a 5 minute game?|
By the way I gained a few rating points back yesterday (29 points), winning 2.5/3.
|Sep-13-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: <morf> Thank you very much for the game you posted there on my forum. |
I am indeed sorry that time prevented you from finishing your opponent off, as you played a brilliant game.
I really enjoyed going through the game and observing the fact that you played really strong and fully deserving of the W.
|Sep-14-12|| ||MarkFinan: Hi Morf.... Iv'e left a reply to your post In my forum, and I left you a message there about 2 weeks ago too, but don't know If you seen them because of all the junk thats been getting posted there by the filippinos..|
I hope you're well anyway mate, speak soon :)
|Sep-14-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: <morf> Thanks for the game! I will reply to you on it tomorrow Saturday, as I need time to both look at it and come up with pertinent comments for it.|
|Sep-14-12|| ||Patriot: Hi <morf>! Thanks! Yeah I would love to tell success stories all the time, and would if I had the chance!|
Here's one of the more interesting games. I was white and the time control was G/30:
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. Nf3 c5 6. e3 cxd4 7. exd4 b6 8.
Be2 Bb7 9. O-O Nc6 10. a3 Be7 11. Bf4 a6 12. Rac1 Rc8 13. b4 d5 14. c5 bxc5
15. bxc5 Nh5 16. Bd2 f5 17. Rb1 Qc7 18. Na4 Nf6 19. Nb6 Rb8 20. Bd3 Ng4 21.
Qc1 Nxd4 22. Bf4 Nxf3+ 23. gxf3 e5 24. fxg4 exf4 25. Bxf5 Bc6 26. Be6+ Kh8
27. Bxd5 Bxd5 28. Nxd5 Qxc5 29. Qxc5 Bxc5 30. Rfc1 Bd6 31. a4 g5 32. Rxb8
Rxb8 33. f3 a5 34. Rc6 Rb1+ 35. Kg2 Bb4 36. Rc7 Rb2+ 37. Kg1 Ra2 38. Nf6
Ra1+ 39. Kg2 Ra2+ 40. Kh3 lack resigns 1-0
Move 21 was the most interesting. Black just played 20...Ng4:
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The threat is 21...Nxd4. I saw the possibility of 21.g3, which stops his threat while counter-threatening 22.Bf4. I saw something interesting and decided to allow him to carry out his threat. Maybe it was the wrong decision (according to the computer--yes!) but I played it to mix things up. 21.g3 seemed too easy to prevent and my move 21.Qc1 was deep enough that I thought he may go for it (he did).
So 21.Qc1 Nxd4 22.Bf4 Nxf3+ 23.gxf3:
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Time-wise I stayed right with the player in this game that usually has much more time than me. And on another game (also a ~1740 player), I was ahead on time! During the last round though, I slowed down a lot against a ~1430 player and drew. I was ok with that because my opponent played well and I saw no winning chances after she defended a tough position very well. But I certainly applied pressure!
Thanks for the game. 21...Rxb1+ was gutsy! I probably would have played 21...Ra8, with the threat of 22...Rxb1+.
|Sep-15-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: <morf> Thanks for the game that you posted on my forum. You played well and you deserved the win!|
|Sep-15-12|| ||Tal7777777: I'm sorry about no reply yet. I had a concussion yesterday, and I just got better. I still have some pain,but I will have my reply tomorrow.|
|Sep-16-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: <morf> I'll be happy to see more of your games.|
|Sep-17-12|| ||Patriot: Good morning <morf>! There is one thing that is reiterated in the game I sent you. Whenever you choose a less forcing line, be prepared for anything. Instead of Nxd5 I chose Bxd5 which loses. Dan pointed this out when he watched me play the computer during a lesson. He asked "Why would you play a move that is less forcing?", since the forcing move was very good and winning. Another point about that game was my decision to go with Qc1 instead of g3, and the fact that I didn't analyze g3 but assumed there was some defense and it would lead to a dull line.|
A lot can happen in those fast games, but they do reveal a lot about what we're thinking about. Since you chose the rook sac, it means you are looking at strong candidates many players assume are bad at first glance. That's a good thing!
Speaking of blitz, last night I upgraded my opponent rating strength since my rating has gone up. I was beat up several games before winning the last. As black, I quickly played 15...Qd5 here:
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There is just no good answer to this.
|Sep-17-12|| ||Tal7777777: |
|Sep-18-12|| ||Patriot: <morf> I have to agree with 36.d4. It makes a powerful statement, although 36...f4 threatens perpetual. 36.Rgf7+ Kg8 37.Rxf5 is nice as well. As far as best move...I'm not sure. 36.Bd6 looks very dangerous but seems dubious after 36...Qd4--WAIT! 36.Bd6 is very powerful! 36...Qd4 37.Rf7++ Ke8 38.Rf8#! That's gotta be best! I'll check this with Houdini.|
The second position is an exciting one, albeit 5 minutes or 2 hours! So 43.Kg2 can be played instantly--no need for white to figure out what happens after that. 43...Qag1+ 44.Kh3 h5! looks very powerful, threatening 45...Qdf1+ 46.Rg2 Qxg2#. White doesn't have a check and seems to have no reply to this.
|Sep-18-12|| ||Patriot: For the first position, at around 23-ply here's what Houdini says. My move is number 5!|
New game - Houdini 1.5a x64,
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Analysis by Houdini 1.5a x64:
1. (#6): 1.Ref7+ Ke8 2.Bd6 Kd8 3.Rb7 Qe6 4.Rb8+ Qc8 5.Bc7+ Ke8 6.Rxc8#
2. (#7): 1.Rgf7+ Kg8 2.Rxf5 Qxe5+ 3.Rfxe5 a6 4.R5e6 Kf8 5.Ra7 b5 6.Rb6 h6 7.Rb8#
3. (#11): 1.d4 f4 2.Rxa7 Qg3+ 3.Rxg3 fxg3+ 4.Bxg3 b5 5.d5 h6 6.d6 Ke8 7.Bh4 h5 8.Rg7 Kf8 9.Re7 Kg8 10.d7 Kh8 11.d8Q#
4. (#11): 1.Rxh7 Qh6 2.Rxa7 Qxh7 3.Rxh7 f4 4.Bxf4 Kg8 5.Rb7 Kf8 6.Ra7 Ke8 7.h4 Kf8 8.h5 Ke8 9.h6 Kd8 10.h7 Ke8 11.h8Q#
5. (#20): 1.Bd6 Qxe7 2.Rxe7 a6 3.Rb7+ Ke8 4.Rxb6 Kd7 5.Rxa6 f4 6.Bxf4 Ke7 7.Kg3 Kd7 8.Rh6 Ke7 9.Rxh7+ Kf6 10.Rh5 Ke6 11.Rb5 Kf6 12.h4 Ke6 13.h5 Kd7 14.h6 Kc6 15.a4 Kd7 16.h7 Kc6
6. (#32): 1.a4 Qxe5+ 2.Rxe5 Kxg7 3.Re7+ Kf6 4.Rxa7 Kg6 5.Kg3 Kf6 6.Rxh7 Ke5 7.Rb7 b5 8.Rxb5+ Kd4 9.Rb6 Kc3 10.Kh2 Kd2 11.a5 Kc3 12.a6 Kd2 13.a7 Kc3 14.a8Q Kb2 15.Qc6 f4 16.Qd5 Kc3
On the second position, silly me! 44...h5? 45.Qxg5 leaves room for escape. Houdini suggests 44...Qgf1+ 45.Kg4 Qc4+ and 46...Qxc8. I vaguely recall calculating this line this morning.
|Sep-18-12|| ||Tal7777777: 100th kibitz!!!!!!!!!!!
|Sep-18-12|| ||Tal7777777: <Patriot>
...and so, black resigned.
|Sep-20-12|| ||Patriot: <morf> It seems I rely too heavily on patterns without really doing calculations! As you said, ...f4 is not a threat and is certainly not setting up a perpetual although it could happen if white is not careful. The rook on g8 prevents ...Qg3+.|
Pattern recognition is a good thing, but it should seldomly decide a move unless there is not much time. It's only there as a guidepost. You have to calculate and see what's really on the board!
For today's puzzle, I made the same analytical mistake--not seeing that black could repeat the position. I only considered pinning and winning a piece.
|Sep-20-12|| ||dzechiel: <If you don't mind me asking, what is this match with your Russian Friend?>|
At the end of last year, I joined the 21st Century and got myself a smart-phone (a Samsung Galaxy IIS).
One of the first things I did was search for a chess app, and the one I found is called "Chesspresso". It's an easy install, and once you are registered, you find yourself receiving challenges for "postal" style games (3 days per move) from all over the planet.
An early opponent of mine was a player from St Petersburg, Russia. At the end of each game he challenges me to one more game. We are on something like game #34 as I'm writing this. He manages a little English and he friended me on Facebook (I think I may be his only Facebook friend).
Some of the games were interesting, so I took to providing a few annotations and posting them in my forum. At this point in time, I think this "match" is open ended. We will see.
|Sep-21-12|| ||Patriot: Hi <morf>! Dan gave me some advice that is contrary to what he usually says about time management. He said that because I have done so many tactics, I may want to err on the side of keeping pace (time-wise) with my opponents. This is not the usual advice he gives on time management but in my case he said I may want to experiment with that. He has told me before that I recognize patterns better than most at my level, so maybe he is onto something.|
It's very rare that I would just drop a piece somewhere unless in extreme time trouble. And most, if not all games I have lost, were time-related problems. I am still convinced that by spending less time looking at my opponent's threats (and more time looking for strong candidates), the bar is raised on my potential.
However, I do need to try doing a better job on <CG> puzzles because there have been so many mistakes lately.
And by the way, good job on today's puzzle! You nailed it! :-)
|Sep-22-12|| ||sevenseaman: Hi <morf>! <25...Kxh6 26.Rh4+ Kg5 (forced 26...Kg7 27.Rh7 mate) 27.f4+ Kxh4 28.g3+ Kh3 29.Bf1 mate> is brilliant. Pleasing! You do not often go into so much detail.|
Maybe its because the weight of responsibility is lifted, today it took me only about 25 seconds to solve this; most of my time going into deciding upon <27. f4>.
I do not know why should I try to impress people when so much satisfaction comes from just doing the thing.
I will concede my Q sac on h6 was intuitive rather than deeply reasoned. Then the way the pleasant denouement rolled out kind of tickled my senses.
For a Saturday it feels like a piece of cake; hope you aren't overlooking anything.
|Sep-22-12|| ||Tal7777777: All right, I had to analyze this move for a while. (Not with a computer, I promise.)|
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