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|Mar-24-15|| ||keypusher: <Shams: How often do you end up in a French Defense, a la this game? Maroczy vs Lasker, 1924>|
Never. I have three responses to 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3: 2....d6, 2....e5 and 2....d5. (Three decent alternatives at any stage is a luxury in Alekhine's Defense.) ...d7-d6 generally gets me to a Pirc, which I played before I took up Alekhine's, so that's fine. The Vienna is also fine; quite a few people who play 2.Nc3 don't know the Vienna at all.
The only time I remember that 2....d5 3.e5 came up I played 3....Ne4, though I note that the cool kids meet that with 4.Nce2 and then drive the knight away. Lots of people play 3.exd5, which is harmless.
I used to play the French, but what I knew was the Winawer, so 2....d5 is not a very attractive move for me.
|Apr-17-15|| ||OhioChessFan: ** Last Call **
** Gashimov Memorial Moves Prediction Contest **
Conducted by the Legendary <chessmoron> and hosted at Graceland, home of Elvis. Click on Elvis for details
|Apr-25-15|| ||FSR: <keypusher> Did you have Hill and Reese for Torts? I see that Hill is apparently still with us. http://www.law.columbia.edu/fac/Alf... He must be about 100 by now.|
|Apr-28-15|| ||keypusher: <FSR> No, Richard Epstein, who apparently is still just 72. Torts was pretty much a fog after I de S v. whoever the hell it was from 13-whatever.|
|May-29-15|| ||keypusher: <gokusano: So Naka had shown maturity with his style now? The style is to draw with the top guns and pounce on the lower rated. Is this the same tactics being employed by Magnus?>
<torrefan: It's not really a style. It's just what happens. For the weaker is easier to beat than the stronger.>|
I got curious about this, so I looked at Carlsen's 2015 events: Tata, GRENKE and Gashimov. For Tata I consulted the FIDE rating list; for the other two I took the ratings from the tournament website.
At Tata he beat Van Wely (2667), Aronian (2797), Caruana (2820), Hou (2673), Jobava (2727), and Radjabov (2734). Average rating: 2736.
He lost to Wojtaszek (2744).
He drew with Giri (2784), So (2762), Ivanchuk (2715), MVL (2757), Ding (2732), and Saric (2666). Average rating: 2736.
He beat Adams (2738), Baramidze (2594), and Anand (2797). Average rating: 2710.
He lost to Naiditsch (2694).
He drew with Aronian (2797), Caruana (2820), and Bacrot (2711). Average rating: 2776.
He beat Mamedyarov (2754), Caruana (2802), MVL (2762), Kramnik (2783), and Mamadov (2651). Average rating: 2750.
He drew with Anand (2791), Adams (2746), Giri (2790), and So (2780). Average rating: 2777.
Combining the three events, the people he beat had an average rating of 2736, the people he lost to averaged 2719, and the people he drew with had an average rating of 2757.
Too small a sample to be meaningful, but it's interesting that he scored +2-0=1 against opponents rated over 2800 (in reality, just Caruana) and +4-1=1 against opponents rated under 2700. If we expand to opponents rated over 2790, his score is +4-0=2.
So, for 2015 at least, the answer to gokusano's question is no. But torrefan's point is obviously correct.
|Jun-01-15|| ||hv.U.grwnup: <keypusher> , nice post at <rogoff> forum about india population. your contribution at rogoff forum looks very productive from where i see.|
|Jun-05-15|| ||Alex Schindler: You had epstein for torts! Hah, he cowrote my casebook with my professor! Small world....|
|Jun-05-15|| ||keypusher: <Alex Schindler: You had epstein for torts! Hah, he cowrote my casebook with my professor! Small world....>|
No, sorry, my torts teacher used Epstein's casebook.
|Aug-17-15|| ||offramp: It's weird how people don't get jokes. YOU DO. But I posted a little harmless and pointless joke about an asteroid on the Smyslov page and one kibitzer took pains to refute it. Thankfully you commented TO THE EFFECT THAT he shouldn't have taken my post so seriously... |
A Mad World My Masters....!
|Dec-25-15|| ||chancho: http://scottsspot.net/wp-content/up...|
|Dec-25-15|| ||wordfunph: <keypusher> Merry Christmas!|
|Mar-31-16|| ||keypusher: [room in five star hotel]
[Sapiko plays tetris on her phone, whilst scrolling
through list of expensive handbags on her tablet;
The moon's in half! The clock's on half past twelve!
That semidarkness tieing half of shelve!
No gloom of winner neither looser's doom!
I didn't notice you were in the room.
How was... Lipo.. Liponares? Any good?"
I fought as hard as every chessman should.
I won all seven, proving I am mighter;
I lost just seven. People call me "fighter"
Chorus: Oh no, they don't.
Giri: Oh yes, they do.
Chorus: They not.
Giri: They do.
Chorus: They not. They not.
Giri (visibly shaken):
Who's there again? Again this "not" and "not".
Show face, you coward. I will have you shot.
(grabs colt hanging on the wall)
So many days of perpetual spite!
So many days you split in half "the" site!
(putting colt to his head)
Awww, all these voices ringing in my head:
you not! you not! I wish that I was dead."
[enters Leko carryin big treasure draw,
dressed like a pirate]
Arrr, hold yer horses, do not dare to bolt,
once draws went "chessgames". Drop that bloody colt!
ye sail to stalemate, to be tied ye raw;
that's life of chess-wolves: beauties, rum, and draw!
"But all these voices ringing in my head:
you not! you not! I wish that I was dead."
Oh, shut yer trap! By dieing in yer prime,
lest ye to hear, ye lose; ye lose on time.
Just hold my coffer. I'll teach ye "Leko's game"
to make both life and death not one, but same"
(Leko takes all the bullets out of colt,
spins, put colt to his own head,
and pulls the trigger)
Now ye. Now me. Now ye. Now me. That's how
ye misdoubt not, "not not" you not allow.
(as bored Sapiko looks at them, Leko and Giri take spins and "fire shots" with no bullets; the curtain slowly falls)
last scene from play "A draw in Moscow" by NN
|Apr-05-16|| ||Castleinthesky: <Keypusher> On fixing matches in the 1960s by Soviet Players. I don't believe it is "imaginary" as you stated. In Mikhail Tal's autobiography, he admits to purposely drawing matches with Petrosian so that Soviet players would be fresher for their games with Fischer. Fischer himself complained about the very short games of the Soviets, a complaint that was not denied.|
|Apr-11-16|| ||keypusher: <Castleinthesky: <Keypusher> On fixing matches in the 1960s by Soviet Players. I don't believe it is "imaginary" as you stated. In Mikhail Tal's autobiography, he admits to purposely drawing matches with Petrosian so that Soviet players would be fresher for their games with Fischer. Fischer himself complained about the very short games of the Soviets, a complaint that was not denied.>|
I have Tal's autobiography. It doesn't say that.
The Soviets made short draws among themselves in just about every Western tournament (and many Soviet tournaments) they played in the 1960s and 1970s, whether Fischer was present or not.
|Apr-13-16|| ||keypusher: [Event "Challenge from keypusher"]
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. cxd5 exd5 7. Bd3 Nbd7 8. Nge2 h6 9. Bh4 g5 10. Bg3 c6 11. Qc2 Nh5 12. O-O-O a5 13. f3 Qb6 14. Bf2 Nhf6 15. e4 dxe4 16. fxe4 Ng4 17. Bg1 Ngf6 18. Kb1 c5 19. e5 cxd4 20. exf6 Bxf6 21. Nxd4 Bg7 22. Nf5 Qd8 23. h4 f6 24. Bc4+ Kh8 25. hxg5 fxg5 26. Nxh6 Qf6 27. Nf7+ Kg8 28. Qh7# 1-0
|May-15-16|| ||Shams: Are you still playing the Vulture?|
|May-16-16|| ||twinlark: <keypusher>
You might be interested in this: http://www.unz.com/article/the-iq-g...
|May-17-16|| ||keypusher: <Shams> I'm really not playing at all. I've got one online game going with an old friend.|
When I did play in recent years I mostly had gone back to the Czech Benoni after a few too many curb stompings with the Vulture. Why do you ask?
|May-17-16|| ||Shams: Well I see it so rarely that I can never remember my analysis. As much blitz as I play I still see it only a couple times a year so I end up playing into Black's hands. But John Watson recommends the very simple and seemingly compliant line <4.Qc2 Qa5+ 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.Bd2 e5 7.Bxc3 Qc7 8.f4 d6 9.Nf3> and now both of Black natural replies, 9.Nd7 and 9...exf4 (the latter given by Vulture guru Stefan Bücker) are met by 10.e3 with promising play for White even if he is gambiting a pawn. I was wondering if you had an opinion on this variation, or any experience in it.|
|May-18-16|| ||keypusher: <shams> Yes, I hated that line. It's one of the reasons I stopped playing the Vulture. It's so hard to deal with that bishop on c3. |
I didn't play well in that game by any means, but I never felt anywhere close to equal.
Here's a game by the man himself.
|May-18-16|| ||Shams: Ok, I'm calling that a seal of approval. If you ever want to share a line that gave you trouble against the Czech Benoni, I'm all ears. I find that a tougher nut to crack than I feel it should be. Thanks.|
|May-18-16|| ||Shams: For your troubles.
<The gist of an old joke—it has a dozen local iterations—is that the Loeb Classical Library translations are so baffling that you have to consult the original Greek or Latin on the left-hand page to decipher the English translation on the right.
Funny or not, the wisecrack catches the condescension long directed at the Loebs, that venerable series of Greek and Latin classics in uniform volumes with facing English translations. Professors of classics in particular used to frown upon them. Until recently, merely to be seen on campus with a Loeb was to court scandal. There were gradations of disgrace. Those Loeb editions of Boethius, Bede, and Augustine I saw on the shelves of the professor who taught me Anglo-Saxon: those were permissible for an English scholar. But I, as a classics major, was to eschew the very same volumes. Even as an undergraduate, though I prized my Loeb edition of The Republic, edited and imaginatively annotated by Paul Shorey, I knew better than bring it to my seminar on Plato. That same tact—that same hypocrisy—accounts for the care I took, as a graduate student, to avoid detection as I sifted the used bookshops of Cambridge for second-hand Loebs. For many of us, the pleasure we took in the Loebs was tinged with guilt.
But attitudes are changing. Once treated as evidence of the decline of Western civilization, the Loeb Classical Library is now, in its centennial year, more often regarded as, if not quite a pillar of our culture, at least one of its more enduring and useful props. The centenary invites consideration of how the Loebs have both reflected and, increasingly, shaped our literary culture.>
|Jun-14-16|| ||keypusher: keypusher: Thanks, Shams. When I got the Iliad and Odyssey I bought the Oxford editions, because I didn't want the English on the facing page (and I liked the pale blue dust jackets). Overambitious, and they've completely fallen apart too. Maybe I'll get the Loebs.|
|Jun-26-16|| ||Chessical: <Keypusher> I would like to have the Chigorin - Gunsberg Match (1890) included in the Tournament Index. I note, however, that you have already assembled the games so you have precedence. |
Is this currently an on-going project for you? If it is not may I write it up for submission? If you wish, it could be a joint enterprise.
|Jun-27-16|| ||keypusher: Hi, Chessical. Please feel free to write it up -- it's a noteworthy match and deserves a page.|
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