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Member since Dec-23-04
Behold the fiery disk of Ra!

My name is Alan Shaw and I have given up active play in favour of poker.

In my chess playing days, one of the most memorable moments was playing fourth board on the team that won the National High School championship at Cleveland, 1977. Another which stands out was having the pleasure of playing a series of rapid games with Mikhail Tal on his first visit to the USA in 1988. Even after facing a number of titled players, including Teimour Radjabov when he was 'only' an IM (he still gave me a beating), these are things which I'll not forget.

Fischer at his zenith was the greatest of all champions for me, but has never been one of my favourite players. In that number may be included Emanuel Lasker, Bronstein, Korchnoi, Larsen, Romanishin, Nakamura and Carlsen, all of whom have displayed outstanding fighting qualities.

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   perfidious has kibitzed 29290 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-21-19 Grand Swiss IoM (2019) (replies)
perfidious: <Pedro>, where players such as Anton, Caruana, Nakamura and Howell succeed, some others must perform below expectation--much of this is simple fluctuation. Run this event again next spring with the same lot, and expect to see a great many players who score differently.
   Oct-21-19 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
perfidious: <Nisjesram>, there is a great deal of intellectual masturbation which takes place here in the Rogovian morass, led by such pseudointellects as <thegreatwanker>, <ohiyuk> and <dicetwat>.
   Oct-21-19 J Schuster vs V Bellas, 1989
perfidious: The opening Black tried provides a curious contrast to the perfectly normal variation he essayed in our meeting some twenty years ago.
   Oct-21-19 W Cornwall vs M Koput, 1968
perfidious: The real problem lay in 12....0-0-0, after which, one might say, Black's game went Koput.
   Oct-21-19 Magnus Carlsen
perfidious: Dang, and here Ah thought Carlsen never even got an inferior position--not one! Shows what <Ah> know!
   Oct-20-19 Jeremy Lim (replies)
perfidious: Masses of home runs, a terrific bullpen, but that tattered starting rotation spelled ruination for Yankees' hopes this year; signing Paxton was a step in the right direction, but with his chequered injury history, no guarantee of ultimate success either.
   Oct-20-19 Wesley So (replies)
perfidious: Killtown soon to come on the Black queenside--can Robson find enough compensation in this to hold?
   Oct-20-19 Tarrasch vs Alekhine, 1926 (replies)
perfidious: In retrospect, reading <The Soviet School of Chess> and their portrayal of the classical school as utterly dogmatic, whilst casting top players of their own as the epitome of <Soviet Man>, made for rich theatre but had its share of inaccuracies, to put it mildly.
   Oct-20-19 Nakamura vs Aronian, 2019 (replies)
perfidious: Always thought superior beings were above that sort of claptrap.
   Oct-18-19 Botvinnik vs Lasker, 1936 (replies)
perfidious: During this and the Nottingham event during summer 1936, it was clear that Lasker was not what he had been even the previous year at Moscow, where he turned in an outstanding performance.
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  perfidious: Before the heavy-handed censors strike, time to save this from elsewhere:

<<N0B0DY>, the list runs as follows:

<Big Pawn>, <Mrs Butterworth>, <Hungry Jack>, <thegoodneega>, <In The Woodpile>, <Muhammad Speaks>, <highlycorrect>, <The Kingfish> and <Cassandro> will get y'all off to a flying start.

This post will probably be deleted after one of the above sockies whinges to the powers that be, so I hope you get to see it.>

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  saffuna: You forgot Aunt Jemima!
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  perfidious: <saffuna>, dang it, 'deed I did!
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  perfidious: <Nisjesram: Hey , <perfidious> I am learning English grammar these days - SAT English grammar book by Erica Meltzer and a lot of googling. I have spent a lot of time googling on the first topic that I have studied - 'part of speech'. However, I am still left with a few questions unanswered.

Can you please help me with those questions ?>

I would be most happy to help where possible, but I have never never much of a student--very much an autodidact, with an undisciplined streak a mile wide.

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  perfidious: <saffuna>, forgot one other, short-lived sockie--<ayertiam33>.

Big shock to see that the post outlining the numerous sock accounts of <sybil> had a date with the executioner, whilst his hate-filled screeds are allowed to stand for all time.

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  perfidious: <wtpy...I know, I know I am about to be thrown into the briarpatch of ignore, the slough of despond, the ultimate punishment.>

Poor bugger; the dilemma of Scylla or Charybdis is as nothing against this ultimate of sanctions.

Not to worry--there is always a place for you here, a spot where all topics may be discussed without fear of such horrific retribution. We deal in realities, as we are not ensconced in the Kingdom of Delusiana.

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  wtpy: Perf, It is nice to know that when finally exiled by the Emperor I have a refuge.
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  perfidious: <wtpy>, it is a simple life here.
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  perfidious: An interesting choice of nom de guerre:

User: depraved

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  perfidious: <morf>, remember the John Jakes series styled The Kent Chronicles? There was a passage early on in which a Virginia planter refers to someone as a damned, perfidious spawn of Satan. Believe he also went on to call him a wretched, blundering miscreant--as if the other were not enough!
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  perfidious: From the 1950 USSR Championship page, in case it, too faces the executioner:

<<NeverAgain>, plenty of inter alia, anti-Semitic commentary has been allowed and even condoned elsewhere; this piece by Voronkov is very clearly a parody--to those willing to see it for what it is.

Rich theatre.>

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  perfidious: Foxwoods, part trois:

Another interlude of aggro featuring Cope carried on with us now four-handed, as I lay back a little after my narrow escape at the hands of Buster Jackson. Seemed to me it was time to tighten up and show down a bit of strength. Before long, Cope busted out and that left me facing former bracelet winner Stern and Seymour, the latter of whom I knew was no milksop.

Once the action went three-handed, I opened the game a bit more and got it in before the flop with QT suited facing Stern, a hand which had served reigning WSOP main event winner Robert Varkonyi well the previous spring in his bid for the title. The QT mentioned managed to outdraw Max, and I had the edge in chips as battle was joined heads up, but this set-to was far from over.

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  perfidious: Epilogue:

With Bill Seymour and I now going at it for the greater glory of mankind and a pile of dough, curiously I remember little of what went at the final table; but it was well after midnight by now and we had been playing since 10.00 the morning before.

The one hand I recall with great clarity came with me holding roughly a 2-1 edge in chips. I brought it in as small blind with AQ, Bill three-bet and I shoved and was called by 88. The flop came 8xxx8 and all I could think to do was laugh when the river card was dealt.

After that piece of business, I managed to fight back with much aggression, regain the lead and eventually break Bill; to this day, I cannot recall what the winning hand was--probably because it was 3.00 or so and we were both dog tired.

A spot of dinner and four hours' rest left me far from ready to play the Omaha event at 10.00 that Saturday morning, so I had the good sense not to try. That afternoon, went to the poker room and ran into, of all people, old foe Dan Shapiro, who related his experiences in the hard fight Yusupov vs D Shapiro, 2002.

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  perfidious: This forum is intended to be a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere, with discussion wide open, but no harassment by sockies is allowed. Post again and you shall again be shown the door without explanation.


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  Fusilli: Too much poker? Need a chess break?

Here's a little jewel for you:

N. Grigoriev, 1923 (taken from Yusupov, Build Up Your Chess.)

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White to play and survive.

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  perfidious: <Fusilli>, dang, looks like a tough nut to crack.

Lemme get back to you on this one....

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  wtpy: Perf and Fusilli, Don't have a chessboard--I know that is kind of weird. I am thinking the main line is 1 c5 dc 2 Kb3 a2 3 Ka2 Ka4 4 Kb2 and white can keep the opposition. I just inherited some chess books among them Fine's BCE and am working though the positions that have diagrams. Still on king and pawns so hopefully this was in my wheelhouse.
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  perfidious: <wtpy>, maybe not so strange as you think--mine is in mothballs somewhere or other. In any case, I prefer to think for myself over using a computer for analysis, and my luddite tendencies, same as those of <Sally Simpson>, are well known hereabouts.
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  Fusilli: <wtpy> <I am thinking the main line is 1 c5 dc 2 Kb3 a2 3 Ka2 Ka4 4 Kb2 and white can keep the opposition.>

Well, not really. Black plays 4.Kb4 and it is black that has the opposition. Play can follow 5.Kc2 Kc4 6.Kd2 Kb3 -+

But you are correct that it is all about the opposition. Hint: prioritize the opposition over the capture of pawns (or rather, over the timing of capture of pawns).

You are also correct that the c-pawn must be pushed, but not in the first move. It's tricky, very tricky. White has one and only one correct move sequence to survive.

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  wtpy: Fusilli, I guess you are right. Will take another look.
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  Fusilli: OK, time's up! Here's the solution.

Grigoriev 1923, white to play. (Taken from Yusupov's book.)

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1. Kb3! (1.c5 loses to 1...dxc5 2.Kb3 a2 3.Kb2 Kb4! 4.Ka1 Kb3 and ...c4, c3, c2, c1=Q/R mate.)


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2.Kb2! ("2.Kxa2 Kxa4 3.Kb2 Kb4, and black either wins the c-pawn and has a reserve tempo or he gains the opposition after 4.c5 dxc5" -- Yusupov. Black wins.)

2...Kb4 (black fights for the opposition too!)

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Kxa4 (black has nothing better now) 4.c5! (Now the pawn sacrifice leads to a draw.)

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4...dxc5 5.Kxa2 Kb4 6.Kb2 Kc4 7.Kc2=

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White managed to secure the opposition and the draw. Of course, black would win if it were white's turn now. But it's not! Draw.

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  perfidious: <Fusilli>, that is an absolutely sick puzzle--just beyond belief.
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  Fusilli: <perfidious> It is, isn't it? It does bring home that king and pawn endgames are about opposition, opposition, and opposition.
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  perfidious: <fkohn>, there were several wins by Schulien which were listed with Viktor the Terrible as an opponent, a misattribution which was corrected some years ago.

Never met Chuck Schulien either at or away from the board that I recall, and in my chess playing days was only in Cleveland the one time already mentioned.

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  perfidious: Flying under the radar yet again, as has often been the case. Such pettiness is not without its amusing aspects.
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