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notyetagm
Member since Mar-15-04 · Last seen Jul-06-15
"HARD WORK IS A TALENT" -- G Kasparov

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<MY WEAKNESS>

<PBA4T: PAWN BREAKS ARE <<<4>>> THREATS>

<PT3S: PAWNS THREATEN <<<3>>> SQUARES>

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*ALL* ASPECTS OF SAFETY ARE *EQUALLY* VALUABLE:

<LOOSENESS> =
<ALIGNMENTS> =
<TRAPPABLE> =
<EXPOSED>

CHESS IS *NOT* JUST COUNTING!

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WHEN YOU PUT A PIECE ON A SQUARE, ONLY ONE THING MATTERS:

<DOES MY OPPONENT HAVE <<<UNSAFE (LATE)>>> PIECES IN THE RESULTING POSITION, YES OR NO? AND IF YES, CAN I EXPLOIT THEM? IF YES AGAIN, THE SQUARE CAN BE TAKEN NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES IT IS PROTECTED. <<<CHESS IS NOT JUST COUNTING!>>>>

YOU CAN TAKE *ANY* SQUARE IF IT RESULTS IN YOUR OPPONENT HAVING *UNSAFE* OR *LATE* PIECES.

25 e5-e6! Petrosian vs Kozali Montevideo 1954
40 Nf6-d7+!! Kasparov vs Bareev Cannes Rapid 2001

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<<<FUNDAMENTAL THEOREM OF THREATS>>>

The number of times that a square is attacked (NA) and defended (ND) *cannot* be calculated by simply counting the number of pieces controlling that square. Rather,

<<THE NUMBER OF TIMES A SQUARE IS ATTACKED AND DEFENDED CAN BE COMPUTED ONLY AFTER -ALL- THE THREATS THAT CURRENTLY EXIST IN THE POSITIONAND THEIR -SEVERITY- (--) , AE WELL AS ALL THE THREATS THAT -CAN- -BE- -MADE- AND THEIR SEVERITY (++), HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.>>

See 11 d4-d5! in I Kurnosov vs M Dzhumaev, 2008 for a *perfect* example of using <MAKING THREATS (++)> and <MEETING THREATS (--)> to count properly the number of times that the d5-square is attacked and defended. The d5-square is not 1 attacker (White d4-pawn), 2 defenders (Black b6-knight, e6-pawn); rather it is 2 attackers (White d4-pawn, c3-queen <CHECKING> on c6)(++), 1 defender (Black b6-knight, e6-pawn is <PINNED> to e8)(--)!!!!

In particular, you must account for the <<MOST OBVIOUS THREAT ON THE CHESSBOARD>>: <<<<THE THREAT TO CAPTURE A SQUARE>>>>, with or without an enemy piece or pawn on that square. The threat of an enemy unit to occupy a significant square must be dealt with.

And you must account for the <<FOUR TYPES OF SUBTLE THREATS>>:

Q: creates loose squares near enemy king
BRQQRB: attack every single square on their lines
N: defender cannot defend tactical base, target
P: threatens to advance to the blockading square

Game Collection: FOUR TYPES OF SUBTLE THREATS TO SQUARES

<Part I (++).> Being able to -MAKE- a threat (especially <CHECK> or a <MATE THREAT>, a <<SENTE>> move) means that you control a square -MORE- times than meets the eye (<THREATS GAIN TEMPO>).

<Part II (--).> Having to -MEET- a threat means that you control a square -FEWER- times than meets the eye (<OBLIGATION RESTRICTS MOBILITY>).

Maybe I can add attackers to the square with tempo, making a threat.

Maybe you can add defenders to the square with tempo, making a threat.

Maybe some of my attackers are tied down meeting threats.

Maybe some of your defenders are tied down meeting threats.

>> Click here to see notyetagm's game collections.

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   Jul-03-15 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
notyetagm: <CG.COM> Can we please have a forum for the super strong <6TH HAINAN DANZHOU GM TOURNAMENT>?? Wei Yi just played a stupendous <KING HUNT> in Round 2 against Bruzon. 36 ♗f2-e1! 1-0 [DIAGRAM] Thanks ---- TWIC DOSSIER -> ...
 
   Jul-03-15 Wei Yi (replies)
 
notyetagm: https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t... [DIAGRAM] 36 ♗f2-e1! 1-0 [DIAGRAM]
 
   Jun-25-15 Norway Chess (2015) (replies)
 
notyetagm: <Chessinfinite: ... Carlsen, shows that he is not mentally as strong as some would have believed him to be.> Yes, I was **shocked** at how badly Carlsen collapsed after that round one fiasco. But someone like Mamedyarov probably would have withdrawn from the tournament if ...
 
   Jun-19-15 Anand vs Carlsen, 2015 (replies)
 
notyetagm: <Pulo y Gata: Revenge is a dish Vish served cold?> Ahh, Magnus, do you not know the old Indian proverb that revenge is a dish best served cold? It is very cold, in Norway.
 
   Jun-17-15 Carlsen vs A Giri, 2015 (replies)
 
notyetagm: I bet $200 on Giri because Carlsen is going to be on tilt this game. :-)
 
   Jun-17-15 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2015 (replies)
 
notyetagm: <Marmot PFL: After yesterday's debacle this was about the worst pairing Carlsen could get.> Yep, Carlsen's "reward" for losing a +14 position on time against Topalov was to play Black against Caruana. Carlsen has White against his nemesis Giri tomorrow. 0/3 anyone???
 
   Jun-16-15 Carlsen vs Topalov, 2015 (replies)
 
notyetagm: So the time control is 40/120 then SD/60+30sec per move.
 
   Jun-13-15 28th Leon Rapid (2015) (replies)
 
notyetagm: <latvalatvian: After 40 years of study, I have determined that chess is harder than it looks.> Not to Wei Yi. :-) D Anton Guijarro vs Wei Yi, 2015
 
   May-30-15 European Individual Women's Championship (2015) (replies)
 
notyetagm: <Maatalkko: Based on the Chessbase report and the statement by Sandu that <ChessVip> linked to, it seems that Natalia Zhukova drafted, circulated, and published both petitions directly before her Round 8 game against Sandu. That was a low blow by Zhukova, given that she ...
 
   May-26-15 FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015) (replies)
 
notyetagm: <schweigzwang: ... But it came down to Tomashevsky having a mediocre tourney.> Tomashevsky can blame the draw with Grischuk in Round 2 when he missed like a dozen wins, some even simple enough for class players to see. Jakovenko can blame the incredible, ingenius stalemate ...
 
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Sep-16-14
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  notyetagm: <2014 WORLD YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS>

http://www.chess-results.com/tnr144...

Oct-06-14
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  notyetagm: <2014 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP>

http://www.chess-results.com/tnr147...

Oct-16-14
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  notyetagm: S Khademalsharieh vs A Goryachkina, 2014

OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG!

An <OPENING CATASTROPHE> on Board 1 in Round 10:

10 ... g5-g4 0-1


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If the White f3-knight moves, then Black plays 11 ... ♘e4x♘d2 and White cannot take back becase 12 ♕d1x♘d2?? ♗f8-b4 <PINS> the White d2-queen to the e1-king.

A *crushing* way to lose a White game on Board 1 late in the tournament. White must have been in shock after this game.

<THE UNDERRATED REMOVAL OF THE GUARD> stikes again!

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[White "Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat"]
[Black "Goryachkina, Aleksandra"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Round "10"]
[Date "Thu Oct 16 2014"]
[WhiteClock "1:02:06"]
[BlackClock "1:13:04"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 e6 4. Bg5 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 Qa5+ 7. Nbd2 dxc4 8. Bxc4 Ne4 9. Bh4 g5 10. Bg3 g4 0-1

Oct-17-14  ketchuplover: I rate ROTG most highly :)
Oct-24-14  The17thPawn: <notyetagm> - Have you compiled a swindles collection of games? If not are you aware of one on this site? Thank you in advance for any insight you may offer.
Oct-25-14
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  OhioChessFan: <17> try Game Collection Search
Oct-25-14  The17thPawn: <OhioChessFan> - Thanks for the link.
Nov-29-14
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  notyetagm: http://chess-results.com/tnr153113....
Dec-04-14
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  notyetagm: Can some <ALEKHINE FAN> please identify this position from an Alekhine game?


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White has just <BROKEN THE PIN> on the <UNDEFENDED> White d3-queen with 1 ♘d4-e6!, threatening ... ♕d5x♕d3?? ♖c2-c7#. And 1 ... ♕d5-a5 protecting c7 can be met by the <REMOVAL OF THE GUARD> 2 ♕d3-b5+!.

Thanks

Dec-25-14
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  wordfunph: <notyetagm> Merry Christmas!
Jan-07-15
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  notyetagm:


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Jan-07-15
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  notyetagm: <wordfunph: <notyetagm> Merry Christmas!>

Belated Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to you, too.

Jan-14-15
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  Abdel Irada: What you say in your profile about chess not being just a matter of counting, for pawn breaks in particular, is an important point.

It reminds me of a game I played in Santa Cruz in 1998 against Dana MacKenzie. I had Black in an Alekhine, and Dana had an apparently strong bind with pawns on c5, d4, f4 and g5.

But I had a resource up my sleeve that startled him: ...e5!

The pawn was completely undefended, and he could take it either of two ways. But if he took with the d-pawn, I'd pick off his c5 pawn with check, so after some thought he took with the f-pawn. I replied with ...Bxg5 and we then entered a double-edged position in which Dana maintained his central/queenside bind, but I had a ready-made kingside attack and got through first.

I've often wondered, though, whether he was objectively lost, or whether ...e5 had thrown him so far off balance that he never recovered. At the time, it certainly seemed as though he must have had stronger defenses than he found, although to be sure, nothing obvious turned up in the post-mortem.

In any case, a lesson I took away from this (or at least enormously reinforced): If your opponent has deployed his forces so as to make a certain move appear impossible, try to find a way to play it anyway; if you can make it work, you are almost certain to win.

Feb-19-15  sotimely: @Abdel Irada
"If your opponent has deployed his forces so as to make a certain move appear impossible, try to find a way to play it anyway; if you can make it work, you are almost certain to win."

Isn't that the definition of positional play? To make your opponent do bad moves?

Feb-21-15
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  Fusilli: <notyetagm> Good morning! May I shamelessly suggest this game of mine:

K Gulamali vs M Sana, 2014

...for one of your game collections?

To be honest, I'd like the game to show up as "Notable games" on my player page... I am not notable so far :) I think that happens when (enough) people add a game to their game collections, right?

It features a fancy queen sac. It is the best game I played since I resumed playing in 2003. Sadly, I did not keep records or scores on any of the games from my youth (I quit playing between 1994 and 2003).

Thanks for considering it!

Feb-21-15
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  Fusilli: Also, so that you know, I asked the same thing to <YouRang> and <BishopBlunder>.
Feb-21-15
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  Fusilli: Sorry, never mind. It's a moot point, as noted by <SwitchingQuylthulg> here: Fusilli chessforum
Mar-12-15  ChessCoachClark: I would like to request that <notyetagm> revise his game collection for MATING PATTERNS => ARABIAN MATE, please.

I've found that two of the labels are confusing (for the Kramnik vs Carlsen 2008 game and the Kazhgaleyev vs Judit Polgar game).

More concerning, however, is the jumbling of Knight and Rook Mates under that game collection title, however. It seems better, especially as a resource for teaching, that the categories of K-R mates be distinguished from Arabian Mates.

I would like to suggest that the Hook Mate, the Vukovic Mate (see the ChessTempo site, under Tactical Motifs) and the Arabian Mate be covered under separate game collections.

They really are quite different in terms of the relationships between the three pieces, i.e., enemy King, friendly Knight and friendly Rook.

20 games are in the Arabian Mate game collection, but five are Hook Mates and the Spassky-Larsen 1968 game has the Vukovic Mate. I am particularly fascinated by the Vukovic Mate these days, looking for more examples in OTB play.

I look forward to seeing *someone* make a game collection for the Vukovic Mate, then. (If I can find more than three games at ChessGames, then I'll prepare my own game collection for them.)

All the best to all, always!

Mar-20-15  ChessCoachClark: Although I had asked for a revision of your Arabian Mate game collection, with emphasis on separating out certain games into other categories, I did take the time to prepare game collections on my own to suit that purpose.

The one for Arabian Mates in pending, but Vukovic Mate Examples and Hook Mate Examples are up and somewhat populated by now. I'd still like to hear your response(s), if you'd care to share them.

Apr-01-15
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  notyetagm: Game Collection: Uhlmann's 60 French Defence Games
Apr-02-15
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  parisattack: Good job! Great to see these all posted in a single collection. Winning with the French was a little different than most of the other 'Winning with' books...This one was a translation of Uhlmann's Ein Leben lang Franzosisch.'
Apr-03-15
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  notyetagm: <parisattack: Good job! Great to see these all posted in a single collection. Winning with the French was a little different than most of the other 'Winning with' books...This one was a translation of Uhlmann's Ein Leben lang Franzosisch.'>

Don't thanks me, thank User: MidnightDuffer.

I only found the link. :-)

Apr-03-15
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  parisattack: Teamwork!
Apr-29-15
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  notyetagm: <parisattack: Teamwork!>

Indeed.

May-18-15
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  notyetagm: One of my favorite tactics:

<REMOVING THE GUARD OF A CHECKING SQUARE FROM A MINED SQUARE:>


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White wins with 1 ♖b7-b8! with the idea 1 ... ♖e8x♖b8 2 ♗d4x♗e5+ and then 3 ♗e5x♖b8, winning a clear piece.

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