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Member since Jan-21-04 · Last seen Dec-17-18
From Atlanta, GA, Nasmichael loves to play and to study this royal game, likes other games of logic including mancala and shogi, and as of May 2005 is intrigued by chess variants including Transcendental Chess and Gothic Chess. Improving board vision is the primary goal. Also he is working with chesskids locally to improve their understanding of and expand their love of the game and its history.

Speaking of history, give some time to the page of Historical Championship games at Steinitz - Zukertort World Championship Match (1886), and see some of the other great matches of old as they are posted.

Chess variant fan? Take a look at King's Corps Chess at html and play the computer at

(For 2006) Thanks to User: takking for compiling the collection of games from Game Collection: GM RAM Game Selection ; Rashid Ziyatdinov, in his compilation of games, wants others to have the 'chess vocabulary' to expand her/his own gameplay. I value the challenge for my own understanding, and the concepts that can be discovered from these games from history are beyond value. Take a look at the inside cover and text: .

(For Spring 2007) I am appreciative of the collection Game Collection: hans bouwmeesters 100 briljante partijen --for good insight into some chess progressions look here to this collection by User: i.abderrahim. Many thanks.

October 2007. Comment on education in general:

"The profit of education is the ability it gives to discriminate, to make distinctions that penetrate below the surface. One may not be able to lay hold of the realities beneath the froth and foam, but at least one who is educated does not take the latter to be the realities; one knows that there is a difference between sound and sense, between what is emphatic and what is distinctive, between what is conspicuous and what is important." -- John Dewey

(for 2008) I am glad to work with so many good folks in promoting chess. Focus now for me is on the power of endgame study. If students can see how valuable review of some great master games (says IM Angus Dunnington) will be to their understanding, they would be eager to sit down and work through some ideas.

(Jan 29 2010, Friday) I am playing with in games with 45 45 time control--45 min. per side, with 45 sec. per move. The games are very civil, and the players really want to improve their chess. I like the community, and in addition to my friends at ŞahMat in Beyazit Mahallesi I get the chance to see some good games. Play a game with a chessfriend today; expand your chess mind.

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   nasmichael has kibitzed 623 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-29-17 Blackburne vs Corlett, 1871
nasmichael: Blindfold games are always fun to watch. To be able to keep the focus to observe the position behind the eyelids is such a skill to appreciate.
   Jun-02-12 Alekhine vs Colle, 1925 (replies)
nasmichael: After running through the game with "Guess-The-Move", I can really appreciate the game more. FHBradley < FHBradley: Bronstein showed the right path here: G Fuster vs Bronstein, 1949 -- posted Feb 2010> I will take a look at the Bronstein game. Thanks for the suggestion.
   Apr-01-12 Bronstein vs Nezhmetdinov, 1957 (replies)
nasmichael: Maybe Morozevich is doing things like this now...
   Dec-11-11 Yates vs H E Atkins, 1922 (replies)
nasmichael: Coordination is king!
   Oct-08-11 Ivanchuk vs F Vallejo Pons, 2011
nasmichael: Under time pressure, a loss is a loss is a loss. Vallejo-Pons is a GM and deserves some respect. Armchair chess generals have an easy time criticizing from their laptops -- sing the same song when you are at the board. Any use of the clock brings pressure. "The 33rd piece" is ...
   Sep-29-11 E Tate vs M Bengtson, 1998 (replies)
nasmichael: ...Enough to put beads of sweat on your lip.
   Jul-02-11 G Pfeiffer vs G Szilagyi, 1957 (replies)
nasmichael: Is there a time control problem here, maybe the opponent overstepped ...? I am not seeing the imbalance. Any suggestions? I will put it through Fritz and see what I can learn, perhaps...but then again maybe it is a human perception that a computer may overlook.
   Jan-22-11 Marshall vs Rubinstein, 1906 (replies)
nasmichael: Once again I learn respect for Rubinstein and his innovative thinking. Problem-solving is a hallmark of his, and after playing through Guess-the-Move I know how difficult his decision making processes were (and are).
   Jan-02-11 Colle vs W Fairhurst, 1927 (replies)
nasmichael: I found this game while painfully reviewing one of my own games which I lost. I know the process is good for me, but there is no balm to replace the ache in my shoulder as I lift every piece again on the chess-road to my loss. It burns me.
   Jan-29-10 Shirov vs Kramnik, 2010 (replies)
nasmichael: <Hesam7> (on holding a position OTB) Yes, I agree. What's not in the books is the sweat and the fatigue and the persistence of vision and the mental distractions from playing in a tournament. The scrutiny--both self*scrutiny and ''other''s evaluations.
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  nasmichael: I would like players who know the minutes per move from master-class games to send them my way. I was reading the book <<Chess in The Eighties>> by D. Bronstein and Smolyan -- in chapter 4, "Decisions, Images, and Rhythms", the authors talk of giving some attention to the "psychological nature of chess creativity", which would, in new students of the game, give value to taking time in one's own game, and to think more deliberately about possibilities in the study of masterful games. It is not only the move alone that counts in study, but it is also good to consider how long a player thought about the possibilities before committing to a particular idea, which is not a move by itself, but sequences and consequences. From the book: "The question of playing rhythms deserves deeper consideration. The basis of it, of course, can only be formed by a time study of games by their time graphs. Following Blumenfeld, who as long ago as 1937 wrote of the importance of this work, we see the widespread, intelligent time study of games as an instrument of research work. Some 15 years ago, grandmaster David Bronstein suggested that the time spent on moves should systematically be recorded, and today we are happy to report that the time study of games is carried out in practically all major events. A vast amount of information has been accumulated, but essentially no-one has attempted to interpret it." [p.53] I saw a game from Kasparov-Karpov in 1983-4 as referenced in an old download in WinBoard, annotated by a GM from the Netherlands, I think, with times per move, and observations during the game from other GMs in attendance--the "chess essay" was most interesting, and insightful in seeing what the players thought of as valuable, what they considered worthy of time, what they responded to quickly, the passion in the position, and the time taken to make a wise move or a blunder. The game ended in a draw, but as I sat at the board and imagined how long this must have taken, how quickly I made choices, and then compared my vision to the depth of some of their moves. I could get a feel for the electricity over the board, and I could get a glimpse of how the audience must have felt during the course of the game. I would like to get access to some game times; with the level of fans here, I know I can find some interesting texts, and with the advent of computers, the data should be easier to access, what with so many games played "live" here, and timestamps more readily available, the sharing should yield some interesting conversations about what is needed in a particular opening, middlegame, or ending.
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  brankat: <nasmichael> Hi! Just discovered Your Profile/forum today, while trolling about. The post above: a most fascinating reading! I've been playing and following Chess, on and off (mostly off) for more than 40 years, and have never really given much thought, if any, to the ideas (and their implications) expressed above.

Should You read this, and feel like having a conversation on the topic(really, to enlighten me further), or any other Chess related topic, please get in touch at my forum, or leave a message here. Thank You!

Mar-21-07  dworkin: Hi nasmichael! I'm posting here just to tell you that the CV Game Courier Tournament 3 started a few days ago in case you aren't aware of it.
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  brankat: <nasmichael> Hi! Thank You for visiting my forum today.

Please, give me a couple of, 3 days, to re-focus. In last while I've been going through a pretty rough and sad time. I'll then drop by again.

Thank You so much.

Aug-25-07  Ed Trice: I am working on getting all of your Gothic Chess games from BrainKing linked into the site.

Check it out.


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  nasmichael: Thanks, Ed. I was just showing some coaches and students a game of yours from an April 2004 tournament between you and NSTRE (Nathaniel S. (Smith?) III where you forked his Black king and queen after promoting the e-pawn to a Chancellor. 36 moves, 1-0. Wonderful example of counterattack, on which I was focusing that day. How've you been?
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  nasmichael: Just thinking...

To teach the masses of people how it feels to play on such a time control, what would you think of accelerated games being played 10 times as fast as the current ''classical'' style, with 12 minutes for 40 moves, then
6 minutes for 20 moves, with
1.5 minutes for the remainder with 3 seconds/move added?

..and blitz 1.2 min, 40 sec, and then only 9 sec + 3 sec/ move, in respect?

At least people would then more readily appreciate the process, and be able to follow the ''clock form'' of the Master players of these days?

For those who whine about setting the clock (or who prefer the analog)--maybe that would unify those who are digital*friendly and give them something in common, and encourage those analog peers to try something different than just 5 min blitz. Get something more from the process.

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  nasmichael: Good 2010 to you all. I want to connect to the group-at-large, and ensure that communication remains open. This is a great site and I encourage dialogue. Perhaps I'll start with visiting my <favorite>'s sites and say hello. For those who stretch outside of the chessgame pages, what blogs do you use?
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