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|Feb-21-12|| ||brankat: Thank You! Rudolf is OK, dropped by at my forum yesterday.|
|Feb-22-12|| ||whiteshark: quote
Something related: <Practical Endgame Play - Beyond the Basics> by Glenn Flear and <Endgame Strategy> by Shereshevsky.
The Flear book discusses "NQEs" (not quite endgames) with two pieces and pawns on each side in the endgame and is illustrative of the strengths and weaknesses of the minor pieces in different material configurations; eg. 2B v. B+N, R+B v. R+N, R+B or R+N v. Q. It's a fascinating book which cannot help but improve endgame technique and an appreciation of middlegame theory.
The Shereshevsky book has two important chapters on the minor piece theme: the 2 Bishops and the isolated d-pawn. Timman also looks at the IQP in endgames when he looks at B + IQP v. N. French Defence - Tarrasch Variation players (ie. 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. exd5 exd5) will testify to how important it is to know the classic endgame that can arise from this line. Black is slightly worse but can hold with good defence.
Finally, Watson spends time on minor piece issues in his <Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy>
post of <SimonWebbsTiger> on Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1895
It seems that I've many game collections which are thematical related to Flear's topics. :)
|Feb-22-12|| ||whiteshark: "Chess is war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent's mind." |
~ Bobby Fischer
|Feb-23-12|| ||whiteshark: < Improvement begins at the edge of your comfort zone. <>>|
- Jonathan Rowson
|Feb-24-12|| ||whiteshark: <"The more schizophrenic you are, the more you hold an inner dialogue with yourself, the better at chess you will become." >|
~ Jeremy Silman
|Feb-24-12|| ||whiteshark: In Ernest Hemingway’s <The Sun Also Rises>, one of the main characters (Mike Campbell) is asked how he went bankrupt. <Two ways>, he responds. <Gradually and then suddenly. |
|Feb-24-12|| ||whiteshark: <missing in auction>|
<The French - A dynamic Repertoire for Black" by GM Simon Kim Williams , <>>
Publisher: Everyman Chess, May 2011, 320 p
013 1) The Advance Variation
053 2) The Exchange Variation
081 3) The Winawer Variation: White's 4th Move Alternatives
108 4) The Winawer Variation: White's 5th Move Alternatives
132 5) The Winawer Variation: White's 7th Move Alternatives
162 6) The Winawer Variation: The Main Line, 7 Qg4
197 7) The Tarrasch Variation: White Plays 5 f4
221 8) The Tarrasch Variation: White Plays Bd3 and Ne2
260 9) The Tarrasch Variation: The Universal System
287 10) The King's Indian Attack
301 11) Minor Lines
314 Index of Variations
319 Index of Complete Games
Grandmaster Simon Williams presents an ambitious opening repertoire for Black in the ever-popular French Defence. One of the world's most creative players combines his attacking alent with the traditionally solid French structure, resulting in a powerful armoury of opening weapons. This will prove ideal for players who like to seize the initiative and cause problems for their opponents from the outset. Williams' recommendations in the French are based on his own repertoire which he has successfully employed at Grandmaster level.
Attacking Chess is a brand new series of opening repertoire books. It focuses on traditional attacking openings, as well as creative and forceful ways to play openings that are not always associated with attacking chess. It provides ambitious repertoires designed for players of all levels.
A Grandmaster's repertoire in the French Defence
Packed with new ideas and critical analysis
Illustrative games explain typical plans and tactics
'Review' by Tim Harding: "Subtitled "a Dynamic Repertoire for Black," the book concentrates on the main line Winawer Variation, 1 e4 e6 2 d4 3 Nc3 Bb4, and lines for Black against White's alternatives to 3 Nc3. There is also inevitably a lot of space devoted to the Tarrasch Variation, 3 Nd2, against which the author recommends 3…Nf6. This leaves less than thirty pages to discuss White's other options. Williams does not appear to think much of the King's Indian Attack (which is introduced by 2 d3 against the French). He says Black should go 1 e4 e6 2 d3 c5 3 Nf3 Nc6 4 g3 Nge7. Readers of his book should note by avoiding an early …d5, Black evades the line recommended by Jones against the 2…e6 Sicilian, but should be aware that formations involving Qe2 may still arise and are not discussed by Williams." http://www.chesscafe.com/Tim/kibb.htm
|Feb-24-12|| ||whiteshark: "The four most expensive words in the English language are <This time it’s different>." |
~ Sir John Templeton
|Feb-25-12|| ||whiteshark: "Die erstaunliche Logik und die mathematische Exaktheit stellen das Schachspiel auf eine Stufe mit jeder exakten Wissenschaft, während Schönheit und Bildhaftigkeit seiner Ausdrucksform im Verein mit künstlerischer Phantasie es in eine Reihe mit allen anderen Künsten rücken läßt." |
(Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz)
|Feb-28-12|| ||whiteshark: Quote of the Day*
"The game of chess is not merely an idle amusement;
several very valuable qualities of the mind are to be acquired and strengthened by it,
so as to become habits ready on all occasions;
for life is a kind of chess."
-- Benjamin Franklin
|Feb-28-12|| ||whiteshark: Here's another one:
" We learn by Chess
the habit of not being discouraged by present bad appearances in the state of our affairs,
the habit of hoping for a favorable chance,
and that of persevering in the secrets of resources. "
-- Benjamin Franklin
|Feb-29-12|| ||Xeroxx: Hi I was just wondering if u have any quotes kthx.|
|Mar-01-12|| ||whiteshark: <Xeroxx>
"Wisdom begins in wonder."
|Mar-01-12|| ||whiteshark: < The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder. <°>>><|
~ Albert Einstein
|Mar-01-12|| ||whiteshark: < We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives... inside ourselves. <°>>><|
~ Albert Camus
|Mar-01-12|| ||whiteshark: <Bundesbank at odds with ECB over loans <>>|
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The head of Germany’s Bundesbank has launched a powerful attack on Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, in a sign of mounting concern in Europe’s biggest economy at measures being taken to try to contain the eurozone financial crisis. http://www.ft.com/intl/indepth/euro...
Jens Weidmann’s warning of increasing risk stemming from some ECB policies highlights fears of potential costs for Germany from its role as the eurozone’s biggest creditor nation and may spark fresh doubts about the eurozone’s ability to deal with the long-running banking and sovereign debt crisis.
Mr Weidmann, who has an influential voice on the ECB’s governing council, said the central bank risked endangering its reputation and called for a quick return to stricter rules on the collateral that the ECB accepts from banks in return for central bank funds. The criticism in a letter to Mr Draghi was revealed on Wednesday by Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtscha...
The pointed criticism came on the day that the ECB injected an extra €529.5bn into the eurozone financial system, taking the total supplied to banks under the three-year loan programme beyond €1tn.
The broader collateral rules used by the ECB helped to draw smaller banks into the scheme, with take up from some 800 banks edging ahead of demand in December, when 523 banks borrowed €489bn.
<More than half of the institutions that borrowed were German, according to people familiar with the auction.> The ECB’s injection has boosted investor sentiment and lifted markets, enabling banks to make a flurry of bond issues.
But Peter Sands, chief executive of Standard Chartered, said that the glut of central bank money risked “laying the seeds for the next crisis”. Mr Sands, whose Asia-focused bank is insulated from the eurozone crisis, said that no thought had been given to long-term consequences. “It is not clear what the exit strategy is. What happens in three years’ time when it needs to be refinanced?”
Writing in the Financial Times today, former ECB board member Lorenzo Bini Smaghi added to Mr Sand’s concerns. He said that banks may become “addicted to easy financing”, creating a disincentive for them to “stand on their own feet once the crisis is over”.
Analysts had predicted European banks would tap about €500bn in the second phase of the ECB’s three-year, longer-term refinancing operations, which charges banks interest of just 1 per cent.
They said it was easing funding strains on banks but there was little sign it was filtering down to the real economy as loans to companies.
Markets reacted fairly positively to the announcement by the ECB, although Portuguese yields rose. By contrast Italian 10-year bond yields fell 16 basis points to 5.18 per cent.
The ECB figure included funds rolled over from shorter-dated operations. About €310bn of net new liquidity was added to the system – much more than in December.
“This is at the higher end of market expectations and should have a positive impact on risk assets,” said Divyang Shah, global strategist at IFR Markets.
END THE EURO
|Mar-02-12|| ||whiteshark: < European Solidarity - < "Everybody Knows The Spanish Are Lying About The Figures” >>|
Back in October, when Greece was rewarded with further bond haircuts for progressively missing its economic targets, even after having gotten caught on at least one occasion making its economy appear worse than it was, we said that it is only a matter of time before "Portugal, Ireland, Spain and Italy will promptly commence sabotaging their economies (just like Greece) simply to get the same debt Blue Light special as Greece." In the aftermath of this statement, we got the Irish and the Portuguese proceeding to slowly but surely do just that. Today, it was Spain's turn to make it 3 out of 4 after as Reuters noted so appropriately, "Spain defies Brussels on deficit target" clarifying that "Spain set itself a softer budget target for 2012 on Friday than originally agreed under the euro zone's austerity drive, putting a question mark over the credibility of the European Union's new fiscal pact. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy insisted he was acting within EU guidelines because the plan was still to hit the European Union public deficit goal of 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013." That Italy is sure to follow is absolutely guaranteed, however just because the ECB is now indirectly monetizing BTPs the true impact will be delayed far more, and instead of taking prompt steps to remedy the situation, the European complacency will be accentuated by the fact that bond yields are very low, and supposedly indicates the true state of the economy. No. All it indicates is the conversion of future inflation (courtesy of €1 trillion in new money in the past 3 months) for a very temporary respite before all hell ultimately breaks loose as countries pretend everything is ok as bond yields are pushed artificially low. And in doing nothing, the fundamentals in the economy only get worse and worse. Germany knows this very well, and the Economist explains the reaction to Spain's surprising statement today perfectly...
|Mar-03-12|| ||whiteshark: Quote of the Day
< An important rule for the beginner is the following:
if it were possible to develop the pieces without the aid of pawn moves, the pawnless advance would be the correct one, for, as suggested, the pawn is not a fighting unit until in the sense that his crossing of the frontier is to be feared by the enemy, since obviously the attacking force of the pawns is small compared with that of the pieces. <>>
That makes sense, oder? ;)
|Mar-03-12|| ||whiteshark: Saturdays are good days for mulling about. We are not rushing from meeting to meeting and facing the aggravation of lawyers and auditors and the countless personal problems of ruffled employees; we can take some time to actually ponder what we face. |
< There is no substitute for thinking, < assessing the facts < and making some decisions based upon our collective deductive abilities.>>>
So then let us begin:
|Mar-03-12|| ||whiteshark: "Yes, I have a turn both <for observation and for deduction> . The theories which I have expressed there, and which appear to you to be so chimerical are really extremely practical -- so practical that I depend upon them for my bread and cheese."|
|Mar-03-12|| ||whiteshark: |
“<Excess generally causes reaction, <and produces a change in the opposite direction>>, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.”
|Mar-03-12|| ||whiteshark: "A chess game is a work of art between minds, which need to balance two sometimes-disparate goals - to win, and to produce beauty." |
~ Vasily Smyslov
|Mar-03-12|| ||whiteshark: "We will often find compensation if we think more of what life has given us and less about what life has taken away."|
~ William Barclay
Game Collection: 53_Middlegames: Positional Exchange Sacrifices
|Mar-03-12|| ||whiteshark: <In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.<>>|
~ Albert Einstein
I'd guess it's also a 2000 y-o Chinese proverb, but o.k.
|Mar-03-12|| ||whiteshark: Your effort to remain what you are is what limits you.|
~ Puppet Master
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