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   Apr-16-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
hedgeh0g: <galdur> What the hell are you talking about?
   Apr-15-14 YouRang chessforum (replies)
hedgeh0g: <However, science can only explain the observable.> True, but then again, we live in the observable universe. :) <What happened before Big Bang, if indeed is it was a Big Bang, is still a mystery.> Recent developments in cosmology have indicated the Big Bang model of ...
   Apr-10-14 Jakovenko vs Jobava, 2014
hedgeh0g: 28...Bxh3! An easy shot to miss.
   Apr-09-14 Book vs Ingerslev, 1929 (replies)
hedgeh0g: Lovely game!
   Apr-08-14 optimal play chessforum (replies)
hedgeh0g: For these people, politics supersedes religion. Which is a little bizarre when you consider the consequences of this philosophy (which they must be fully aware of, as self-professed "believers") if their religion is indeed correct.
   Apr-03-14 Vassily Ivanchuk (replies)
hedgeh0g: <Conrad> You are a complete moron. You've been a member of this site for nearly two years and have failed miserably in your mission statement: <I am here to learn.> 0/10
   Apr-01-14 R Mateo vs E Kirk, 2008 (replies)
hedgeh0g: Awful game.
   Mar-31-14 V Neverov vs A Mastrovasilis, 2005 (replies)
hedgeh0g: Black played the middlegame very energetically. It's a pity that his desire to win overcame his common sense; after 100 moves with that kind of material configuration, one should probably just accept the draw :)
   Mar-28-14 Marijana Savic
hedgeh0g: Still a little green around the gills.
   Mar-28-14 Nigel Short (replies)
hedgeh0g: <One potential problem for secular families (which may not be a problem at all, depending) is that a lot of home schooling families are opting out of public schools for religious reasons.> Which should be illegal, in my opinion.
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  Karpova: <hedgeh0g: On a related note: have the admins ever banned a user with Premium Membership?>

If I remember correctly, <hayton3> was a premium member (Winston Churchill avatar) when he was banned.

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  The Last Straw: Heh heh.
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  hedgeh0g: Does anybody have experience playing the following variation of the Najdorf Sicilian as Black:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7

I'm primarily interested in the two main moves for White here: 7.Bc4 and 7.f4. Any comments on the resulting positions (particularly those relating to practical experience) would be appreciated. Games in this line between strong players are relatively scarce and results are somewhat lopsided in favour of White, but intuition and computer analysis suggest Black should maintain decent chances with precise play.

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  Shams: <hedgeh0g> I always played the main line with 6...e6.

Check this out though-- note the nifty gambit line in the 7.f4 system:

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  Shams: Here's that Namyslo - Bogner game. Quite a howler to end it, but you gotta love how smoothly that pawn sac worked out.

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  hedgeh0g: <Shams> Thanks for the response. I have been experimenting with 7...e5!? for a while now in response to 7.f4, with terrible results. I don't know why I keep playing it, to be honest. For some reason I have faith that Black should be okay with precise play, but my play just never seems to be precise enough. I think I need to take a look at some other 7th moves for Black, primarily 7...Qc7, as you mentioned.

7.Bc4 is probably a more critical test of Black's setup, taking aim at the sensitive f7-e6 complex. After 7...Qa5 8.Qd2 e6 9.O-O-O b5 10.Bb3 Bb7 11.Rhe1, Black faces a tough call whether to castle long or keep the king in the centre, in my opinion. 11...O-O-O is probably the safer of the two, while 11...Be7 12.f4 Nc5 13.Bxf6 gxf6!? is more dynamic.

I'll look at some more 7...Qc7 games with ...g5!? - as 2pac would say: "It's time to make a change."

Thanks for the tip.

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  Shams: <hedgeh0g> If I could get that gambit position every time, I'd go back to playing the Najdorf.
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  Shams: Your latest limerick was the finest yet!
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  perfidious: <hedgeh0g>: In one of my very first outings with the Najdorf, I got soundly thrashed by a player then rated 2000 after 6....Nbd7 7.Bc4. Don't recall the rest of the score, though it was ugly. Been almost forty years, but some memories stay with one.

When we were both at master level, some years on, retribution for this was exacted.

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  hedgeh0g: Gratulerer til Magnus Carlsen, verdensmester i sjakk! :)
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  FSR: <hedgeh0g> Hope that you had a merry Christmas, and have a happy New Year!
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  Shams: <hedgeh0g> Have a funky new year my man.
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  Shams: Maybe real, maybe not. But funny.
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  hedgeh0g: <Shams> Hahaha! Very good!
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  HeMateMe: kibitzing random thoughts and treating all of this b.s. like it was a college term paper, to be meticulously researched and documented, are two very different things. You should already know that.
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  Shams: <HeMateMe><all this b.s.>

It's quite clear it's b.s. to you, but it's not to a lot of us. If you wonder why you're so mocked, start there.

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  HeMateMe: Well, shams, much of the content on these pages IS b.s., but more importantly most of us don't think tying a few lines here and there (though the topic be serious) needs to be done with a scholarly focus and AP style precision. If you think researching every item you comment on is a heckuva way to spend two hours, more power to you. I see it differently.
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  Shams: Two hours! It literally took me five seconds to google the beginning of the British Mandate. (I had thought it was 1920.)

Two hours, five seconds, what's the difference?

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  hedgeh0g: <HeMateMe> Don't you think it reflects poorly on you when you spend so much time making the same claims over and over without even bothering to verify them? If <you> won't even take your posts seriously, how can you expect others to do any differently?

<If you think researching every item you comment on is a heckuva way to spend two hours, more power to you. I see it differently.>

If you don't want to spend time substantiating your claims, I would suggest not making them in the first place. On the one hand, you seem to want to be recognised as a "historian", but the moment your appeal to the historical record is challenged, you fall back on dismissing the argument as trivial. Maybe it's time to make up your mind?

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  hedgeh0g: Here's a cheeky defensive tactic I used the other day in a club rapid game. Not very deep, but somewhat unusual.

White has just played Rf7, intending to meet ...Bxb2 with Nf6. What did he overlook?

click for larger view

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  moronovich: It seemed he overlooked the manouver
Bxb2!followed by Ra7 and if Rxa7 then Bd4+.

A fine resorce several strong players could have missed in advance.Kudos to you.

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  hedgeh0g: Does anybody know of a disadvantage to playing the modern move-order (1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6) as opposed to the Pirc proper (1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6) or is it simply more accurate?
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  Shams: <hedgeh0g> At the risk of being simplistic I think there are advantages and disadvantages, but it's probably just a question of taste. The Pirc gives White slightly fewer options by putting pressure on e4 immediately; on the other hand Black's flexibility is also more limited since the knight is already committed to f6 (from where it must always reckon with the possibility of e4-e5).
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  hedgeh0g: <Shams> Yes, but as far as I can tell, there really isn't much additional benefit to the Nf6 move-order, since White is likely to play 3.Nc3 regardless of whether e4 is attacked or not. Of course, g6 invites the King's Indian, but if White opened with e4, how likely is it that he's going to change tack and play a QP opening? If White plays some other move before committing his knight to c3, Black can always follow up with Nf6 if he wants, transposing.

On the other hand, not playing Nf6 takes the sting out of certain aggressive White systems like the Byrne (Bg5) and maybe some lines with a quick e5 push. The quick pressure on the long diagonal also gives Black some additional flexibility.

So again: why not delay Nf6? :)

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  Shams: Nice zinger on Rogoff. :)

I have some inchoate thoughts about Pirc vs. Modern but I'm waiting for others to weigh in.

Wanted to let you know, I have a buddy who is studying with this player and from what I can tell he is a very good teacher. His lessons are *quite* reasonable. More than reasonable. A bargain, even. I'm guessing much cheaper than Yermo. You should think about it.

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