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   Shams has kibitzed 20568 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-29-16 R Praggnanandhaa (replies)
 
Shams: Someone might update this bio as it has the lad gaining an IM norm at the tender age of three. Some more recent games would be nice too. :)
 
   Jul-27-16 Shams chessforum (replies)
 
Shams: For anyone over 20, 3.Bb5 against the Sicilian makes all the sense in the world. If you have any good Exchange Spanish games to share you should do it. I'm playing that line a bit from the black side these days.
 
   Jul-27-16 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
 
Shams: Last night Madeleine Albright made an appearance at the DNC. Some in the crowd started chanting "worth the cost! worth the cost!"
 
   Jul-22-16 Jeremy Lim (replies)
 
Shams: <A lot of short passes are the equivalent of runs.> Sort of Bill Walsh's idea, wasn't it? The difference is that when you run you hit and when you pass you get hit. :)
 
   Jul-08-16 S Paridar vs S Akter Liza, 2010
 
Shams: <Lost Rook> When moves are repeated like that it's usually a mistake in the game score, likely caused by the DGT boards the players use. The listed moves 10 and 11 here were never played; instead 9.Nd6+ was almost surely how the game went.
 
   Jun-30-16 Wang Yue vs Chang Liu, 2016 (replies)
 
Shams: Very pretty final position! The Panda is in good form this tournament, 6.0/7 on games currently in the database.
 
   Jun-30-16 Wen Yang vs E Inarkiev, 2016
 
Shams: Yes, very nice. Black's last move must intend ...d6 followed by rerouting the bishop with ideas like ...Bh3-g2. Is White simply lost after 20 moves?
 
   Jun-29-16 Wei Yi vs Mamedyarov, 2016 (replies)
 
Shams: Wow. Sure looks to me like one of the best games of the year.
 
   Jun-26-16 11th Edmonton International (2016) (replies)
 
Shams: Shankland will play the struggling youngster Richard Wang in the final round whereas Ganguly is up against Shirov. Looks like Longshanks will be king once again!
 
   Jun-25-16 David Moody (replies)
 
Shams: Sorry to hear that. Out of curiosity is it bad, good or neutral on your eyes to read with magnification anyway?
 
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Apr-19-16
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  Shams: It's time to get rid of the Olympics.
http://fittish.deadspin.com/report-...
Apr-22-16  Lord Ramsbottom: Hullo! Take a very close look at <Est2002> profile. That is Mark Finan, the clues are all there.
Apr-22-16
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  Shams: <Mark> did reference 48 laws of power once (Robert Greene) so it seems you are right.
Apr-27-16
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  Shams: Not hard but very pretty, White to play and win. From a Gerald Abrahams game:


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Apr-27-16
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  chancho: 1.Qg8+ Ke7 2.Qxf7+ Kd8 3.Rd1+ Nd5 4.Bxd5

(if 4...cxd5 5.Rxd5+)

If 1...Kxg8 2.Ng6 threatening Rh8#

But I get the feeling there's a better line.

Apr-27-16
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  Shams: <chancho> Second line was the one I liked.
Apr-27-16
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  chancho: <Shams> I think I've seen that position in Abrahams book:Technique in Chess.

At the beginning of that book, he explains how to read Forsythe notation.

I swear, I thought my brain wanted to escape through my ears.

Not because of his explanations, I just didn't get it.

Eventually I figured it out. ;-)

May-09-16
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  Shams: Black to play and win:


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http://en.lichess.org/sPoDuporSwfF

May-09-16
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  moronovich: -Rd8 followed by Rxd2 and then Nf1dbl check + Qh2+ # or Ng3+#.

Only "defence" is -Rd8.2.Bf4!?-Nf1+ followed by Qxf4+ and RxQ.

May-09-16
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: I don't see anything decisive against 1...Rd8 2.Bf4 Nf1+ 3.Qxf1 Qxf4+ 4.Kh1, or for that matter 3.Kh1.

1...Re3 looks good, though.

May-09-16
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  Shams: Yes I almost played my Queen sac straightaway; you can see where I repeated moves. Just in time I saw that the Queen still covered g3 and after that Black's move was easy to find.
May-09-16  thegoodanarchist: <I play 1.d4, French Defense.>

Look, I have seen many many MANY chess games with the French Defense.

And I recall a grand total of 2 games (only 2!!)in which the side that castled first actually won the game.

Since you play the French Defense can you please comment on this chess insanity? It seems like a corruption of the natural order of the game.

Thank you in advance.

May-09-16
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  Shams: <tga> I need to update my bio. Now I'm learning 1...e5 as my primary weapon.

Isn't it just Black who has to time his castling carefully in the French? In my limited experience with both colors, White's way to get in trouble castling is by going long when he should go short, not castling too early. Feel free to post counterexamples.

May-09-16  thegoodanarchist: <Shams: <tga> I need to update my bio. Now I'm learning 1...e5 as my primary weapon. >

Man, your comments cut to the bone.

Just kidding. In actuality I have been avoiding counterexamples.

I really don't like the French Defense - something about it offends my chess sensibilities. (Not that those are anything worth preserving - Korchnoi's sensibilities mean much more than mine, to the chess world and any other sane world).

The problem is, just keep an eye out for it, every time cg.com has a puzzle of the day OR game of the day that features the French Defense opening, it seems that ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS the loser is the side that castled first, except for 2 games, if memory serves me well.

I don't know what to say, other than that doesn't sit well with me. Castling in chess is supposed to be helpful!

Ah, enough of my anti-French Defense rantings.

May-09-16
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  Shams: <tga> Do you play 1.e4?

French players are a breed apart. :)

May-10-16  thegoodanarchist: <Shams: <tga> Do you play 1.e4?>

No, I play 1.d4 exclusively.

Against 1.e4 I play the Sicilian.

But I am curious, when you were in your French defense days, what did you play against 1.d4?

May-10-16
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  Shams: <tga> I played 1.d4 e6 and still do which is why I still get some French games by transposition.
Jun-29-16
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  Shams: https://twitter.com/Exen/status/748...
Jun-30-16
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  Abdel Irada: ∞

In reply to your invitation on my forum: I can't do that.

Mob psychology is governed by a variant of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. As soon as you describe it (and the mob becomes aware of the description), the description changes.

Kalima li 'l-hakim kifaya.

Jul-27-16
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  The Chess Express: Hi Shams. Just thought I'd stop by to see how all is going.
Jul-27-16
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  OhioChessFan: Don't be a stranger <TCE>
Jul-27-16
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  Shams: <The Chess Express> Great to see you again! Hope you're keeping your pawns nice and tight these days. And I second what <OCF> said.
Jul-27-16
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  The Chess Express: Yeah, heh, my play has mellowed a bit as of late. As an example I now play the 3. Bb5 lines of the Sicilian and the Exchange Ruy Lopez ... lol
Jul-27-16
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  Shams: For anyone over 20, 3.Bb5 against the Sicilian makes all the sense in the world.

If you have any good Exchange Spanish games to share you should do it. I'm playing that line a bit from the black side these days.

Jul-28-16
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  The Chess Express: I have an idea in the Exchange that I've only had the opportunity to play one time so far. Unfortunately, it was against a lower rated player whom I think was trying to draw me. The game is not too important because of the blunders, but I'll show it to give you an idea of what can happen.

1. e4 e5
2. ♘f3 ♗c6
3. ♗b5 a6
4. ♗xc6 dxc6
5. O-O g4
6. h3 ♗xf3
7. ♕xf3 < g6!? >


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This is the move I've come up with. The idea is simple really. Clamp down on d4 and preserve the dark ♗. It's also a little less drawish because there is no possibility of a Bishops of opposite color ending. I haven't checked it against large data bases yet, so I'm not sure if it's been played before, but regardless it's a product of my own analysis.

From what my rusty old engine gives it looks okay. At least I haven't been able to refute it yet. The line that my engine prefers is:

8. ♕b3 b6
9. ♕c4 ♕d6


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but I haven't found any problems with this position. From here my engine just makes a bunch of computer moves that don't really mean much. The game against the lower rated went:

8. d3 ♗g7
9. ♗e3 ♘e7
10. ♘d2 O-O
11. ♕e2 f5
12. ♗g5 h6
13. ♗xe7 ♕xe7
14. a4 ♖ad8
15. ♖ad1 f4


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I probably already have a edge here. My plan is to attack on the kingside. Here he blundered with 16. f3? allowing me to win with Qc5+.

Anyway, if you have a descent engine that can go over this for me I'd appreciate it. I hope this helps.

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