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|Feb-06-15|| ||morfishine: <keypusher> Interesting take on Positional play vs Tactical play. I spent about a year studying 'Positional play' with <DcGentle>. We, or at least I, learned much about positional play. The main idea seems to be a focus on 'relevant squares'. Development of all the pieces are an aspect of positional play that also stands forefront. The point is that immediate gains resulting from "tactics" are bypassed in favor of massing all the forces. So what may seem "slow" and "positional" is actually part of a larger plan|
Another idea we found is that tactics do not trump "positional play" since all tactics stem from positional play in the first place! So what may seem like a boring, drawn out, positional win, is in fact, well-defined in the notes. [ie: the tactics are all in favor of the player with the superior positional stance]
|Feb-18-15|| ||keypusher: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet...|
|Feb-19-15|| ||keypusher: https://chessnumbers.wordpress.com|
|Feb-21-15|| ||keypusher: <morfishine> Thanks, is your course of study with DcGentle on one of your forums?|
|Feb-22-15|| ||morfishine: <keypusher> Good morning! Most of what we looked at are in emails exchanged between January 2013 - July 2014, at which point <DcGentle>
disappeared altogether from <CG>. Sadly, I have not heard from him since that time. A considerable amount of data was posted on <DcGentle>'s
forum, which is now closed down.
Our interest in "positional play" stemmed from the Akobian game vs WT: The World vs Akobian, 2012 as well as Carlsen's winning the WC (which ran paralled to a chess project <DcGentle> was working on)
One of the more fascinating aspects of examining Carlsen's games is that what may appear to be a fairly hum-drum, if not boring contest, was in fact all played out in the notes. In other words, the tactics all work out in Carlsen's favor, which goes a long way to explaining why an otherwise 'dry' game evolved as it did. His opponent dared not enter
a tactical melee, so it grinded on to its inevitable conclusion.
Which was a revelation in itself: Carlsen is the best tactically. Better than Aronian, better than Topalov, better than all the others. His positional play creates winning tactics, which his opponent dare not risk, and so Carlsen wins "positionally"
Bizarre, isn't it?
|Feb-22-15|| ||Fusilli: Greetings, <keypusher>! Care to provide your input on the game below?|
M Czerniak vs Y Mashian, 1976
|Feb-22-15|| ||keypusher: <Fusilli> You do me far too much honor even asking for my opinion!|
|Feb-22-15|| ||Fusilli: <Carlsen is the best tactically. Better than Aronian, better than Topalov, better than all the others. His positional play creates winning tactics, which his opponent dare not risk, and so Carlsen wins "positionally">|
This reminds me that Spassky said that Petrosian was, first and foremost, a superb tactician. I'm pretty sure I read it somewhere, but you know, there are so many ambiguous and unsourced quotes in the world of chess...
|Feb-22-15|| ||Fusilli: <keypusher: <Fusilli> You do me far too much honor even asking for my opinion!> |
Ha! Not at all!
BTW, are you still active or have you quit competitive play?
|Feb-24-15|| ||keypusher: <Fusilli: <keypusher: <Fusilli> You do me far too much honor even asking for my opinion!>
Ha! Not at all!
BTW, are you still active or have you quit competitive play?>
I never had too much of an OTB career to give up, honestly. I played in 10 or so tournaments in the American South in the 80s, and I played in the Dominican Republic and at Wood Green chess club in London when I lived there. But after returning to the U.S. in 1992 I've played in exactly two events: a NY tournament in 2006 and the National Open in Las Vegas in 2008 (where WannaBe took my picture).
I've played a few hundred games at gameknot over the last 10 years, and a handful of blitz games at chess.com. I'm the world's worst at blitz.
This site has gotten me hooked on chess history. I'm better at reading about chess than playing it. :-)
But tell me about your career. You have collected some impressive scalps!
|Feb-24-15|| ||crawfb5: <morfishine: <keypusher> Good morning! Most of what we looked at are in emails exchanged between January 2013 - July 2014, at which point <DcGentle> disappeared altogether from <CG>. Sadly, I have not heard from him since that time. A considerable amount of data was posted on <DcGentle>'s forum, which is now closed down.>|
The forum may be closed but the posts are only "hidden." Individual posts may be found with the <search kibitzing> feature.
|Feb-24-15|| ||Fusilli: <But tell me about your career.> |
As it happens, yesterday I heavily edited my profile in a way that answers your question!
All I can add is that when I was a youngster I had some wins against other kids who went on to become titled players, even some GMs. I'm pretty sure I have a positive score against GMs Alejandro Hoffman, Diego Valerga, and Pablo Zarnicki. But I am 4 years older than Valerga and 5 years older than Zarnicki. Of course, when you are 16 or 17 and they are 12, that's a huge advantage! So, no merit in that. But I did beat Hoffman fairly at the 1985 Argentine junior championship.
The only time I did not lose against a GM (I mean someone who was a GM at the time of playing him) was a draw I got against Zenon Franco Ocampos. But I have played only a handful of GMs... less than ten in my life.
|Feb-26-15|| ||morfishine: <crawb5> Yes, thats right. Every now and then I will search for <DcGentle> too see if he's re-appeared, and all I get are others mentioning him :(|
|Mar-08-15|| ||keypusher: [Event "Challenge from ottopk4"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. e5 d5 6. Bb5 Ne4 7. Nxd4 Bc5 8. Be3 Bd7 9. Bxc6 bxc6 10. Nd2 Qe7 11. Nxe4 dxe4 12. e6 fxe6 13. Nxc6 Qd6 14. Qh5+ g6 15. Qe5 Rg8 16. Bxc5 Qxc6 17. Qg5 Rg7 18. Qf6 Qxc5 19. Qxg7 O-O-O 20. O-O-O Qxf2 21. Rhf1 Qe3+ 22. Kb1 Qe2 23. Qd4 e3 24. Rf7 Qxd1+ 25. Qxd1 Bb5 26. Qf3 Rd5 27. c4 Bxc4 28. Qxe3 e5 29. Qxa7 1-0
|Mar-12-15|| ||goldenbear: I think Korchnoi "owned" Tal because he played openings which lend themselves more to specific analysis than to creativity. For example, the Open Ruy Lopez or the French Defense or many of his c4 or d4 openings.|
|Mar-20-15|| ||Shams: How often do you end up in a French Defense, a la this game?
Maroczy vs Lasker, 1924|
|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 **
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|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... |
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