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|Jul-08-13|| ||Tomlinsky: <I was actually referring to Kasparov adopting the setup I mentioned>|
I know. I mentioned Kasparov's use of the opening to agree that he probably thought it was a pretty valid response. :)
<Out of curiosity, what do you play against the English?>
Slav and Symmetrical (which needn't be as sterile as it is often painted) according to mood.
<The fact that it's a sideline also means you sidestep all the headaches associated with 6.Be3 and 6.Bg5.>
Thanks for the 6.h3 tip, will look into that. In blitz I'll sometimes, rarely, venture e4 and against Sicilian like to play Zvjaginsev's 2.Na3 which is always good fun. Oh, and GPA (with modern move order) as it was in my rep back in the early 80's.
|Aug-01-13|| ||perfidious: <hedgeh0g: Excuse me, <Annie K.>, but are you suggesting the LIFE Master title is inferior to the International Grandmaster title?>|
How presumptuous of this poster: I fancy myself the equal of any of them there weakies that call themselves Gee Emms.
They's jest afraid of ussen, cuz we's tough playahs.
|Aug-04-13|| ||hedgeh0g: <perfidious> For what it's worth, you can at least take comfort in the fact that you're a stronger player than I ;)|
|Aug-08-13|| ||Shams: When commenceth the <hedgeh0g> - <PinnedPiece> grudge match?|
|Aug-08-13|| ||hedgeh0g: As soon as <PinnedPiece> decides to step up to the plate.|
We'll see if he wants to run his mouth off when I'm done with him :)
|Aug-08-13|| ||Shams: Sadly I don't see it ever coming off. I've never seen <PinnedPiece> play but judging by his professed tactics rating on chesstempo.com, he'd be quite outmatched.|
Back in '05 I think it was, when I was a much worse player than I am even now, I shot my mouth off about the wisdom of White continuing to prosecute his kingside attack in the Yugoslav dragon after he has allowed his pawns to be ruined by Black's ...Rxc3 sacrifice. I think it was <RookFile> who challenged me to a mini-match in that line and duly thrashed me. The results were posted somewhere on this site, where presumably they still live today. Ahh, good times.
|Aug-09-13|| ||perfidious: <hedgeh0g: <perfidious> For what it's worth, you can at least take comfort in the fact that you're a stronger player than I>|
There are days when that's debatable, I think-feels that way, anyway.
|Aug-09-13|| ||hedgeh0g: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQuT...
<In his latest project, Hysterical Literature, photographer Clayton Cubitt takes a beautiful woman, places her at a table in front of a black backdrop and gets her to read from her favorite book while an unseen accomplice below the table attempts to bring the woman to orgasm with a vibrator. The results are an intimate, sexy experience that captures a beauty rarely found in most modern pornography.>
|Aug-23-13|| ||hedgeh0g: It's amazing how inaccurately chess is both explained and portrayed in popular culture. A few examples:|
The portrayal of "3D chess" as some kind of activity for those whose intellects are too advanced to be challenged by mere chess, like the characters in that insipid, pseudo-intellectual sitcom, "The Big Bang Theory".
In the New Dan Brown novel, there's a part describing a character as a child prodigy who, "at the age of four, beat a chess grand master [sic] at his own game". Rubbish (and yes, I know it's Dan Brown blah blah, but still...).
Another example: I was at the gym the other day and "Criminal Minds" was being shown on the flatscreens. The killer's modus operandi involved leaving behind the word "Zugzwang" on his victims' corpses. The supposed "genius" in the behavioural analysis group (who everybody naturally turned to for "intellectual stuff") comments that it's a term in chess used when a player "realises the inevitability of checkmate". Wow...
Obviously, the producers of these books/TV series/films/whatever do little (if any) research on the subject matter involved and simply assume (probably rightly so) that their audiences will be too ignorant to notice.
With this in mind, it's a bit disconcerting to consider how many times I might've been taken for a mug when the subject matter is something <I'm> unfamiliar with.
|Aug-29-13|| ||Shams: <hedgeh0g> <King's Gambit Brigade> Well, White scores too well after <4...g4?!>. Let's find something in the more testing 4...Nc6 line.|
|Aug-30-13|| ||hedgeh0g: <Shams> I think White gets good compensation after 5.h4! g4 6.Ng5 h6 7.Nxf7. Those kingside pawns look ready to fall and, when they do, Black's king is going to be in the firing line.|
I'll run it by my engine tonight and I assume it'll give Black an advantage, but I would happily take my chances with White in that line.
|Sep-23-13|| ||Shams: <hedgeh0g> I normally don't pay too much attention the the GM vs The World matches, but I'll make an exception this time. GM Simon Williams has played 1.b3, and the game has gone 1...e5 2.Bb2 Nc6:|
Chessgames Challenge: S Williams vs The World, 2013
|Sep-23-13|| ||benjinathan: <With this in mind, it's a bit disconcerting to consider how many times I might've been taken for a mug when the subject matter is something <I'm> unfamiliar with.>|
This is an important point, one that should always be kept in mind.
I occasionally am involved with things that find their way in the newspaper, some large and some small. The reporters simply never get it all right and sometimes they get it painfully wrong.
|Sep-24-13|| ||hedgeh0g: <Shams> I'll take a look - thanks for the tip.|
|Oct-03-13|| ||hedgeh0g: Just got my hands on ChessBase - long overdue, I suppose, but better late than never. Time to start constructing my own database and developing a comprehensive opening repertoire! :D|
|Oct-25-13|| ||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.
|Oct-27-13|| ||The Last Straw: Heh heh.|
|Oct-28-13|| ||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.
|Oct-28-13|| ||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:
|Oct-28-13|| ||Shams: Here's that Namyslo - Bogner game. Quite a howler to end it, but you gotta love how smoothly that pawn sac worked out.|
|Oct-28-13|| ||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.
|Oct-28-13|| ||Shams: <hedgeh0g> If I could get that gambit position every time, I'd go back to playing the Najdorf.|
|Nov-02-13|| ||Shams: Your latest limerick was the finest yet!|
|Nov-02-13|| ||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.
|Nov-22-13|| ||hedgeh0g: Gratulerer til Magnus Carlsen, verdensmester i sjakk! :)|
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