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Member since Oct-21-04 · Last seen Oct-31-14
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   Shams has kibitzed 17876 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-31-14 Shams chessforum
 
Shams: <In fact I used it if I want a controlled fight.> Realizing how deeply my control issues run is what caused me to finally take up 1.d4, and I'm never going back.
 
   Oct-31-14 G Minchev vs A Petrov, 1994 (replies)
 
Shams: <jhelix70> <After 6. e5 Ng8 (if ...Qe7 7. Be3) 7. Bc4 white has some compensation surely.> For sure. It's my understanding that the refutation given by <visceral infestation> is best.
 
   Oct-31-14 Jobava vs D Andreikin, 2014 (replies)
 
Shams: Groan. It's not the only thing.
 
   Oct-31-14 Y Ajrapetjan vs Ponomariov, 2009
 
Shams: Fantastic endgame domination.
 
   Oct-31-14 FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014) (replies)
 
Shams: <Gypsy> Thanks!
 
   Oct-31-14 FSR chessforum (replies)
 
Shams: Argh. Third time's the charm. Le Quang Liem vs M Leon Hoyos, 2014
 
   Oct-30-14 Le Quang Liem vs M Leon Hoyos, 2014
 
Shams: Another way to play this is 9.Qa4 as in S Volkov vs A Eliseev, 2010 . But White's choice looks good as well.
 
   Oct-30-14 Jeremy Lim (replies)
 
Shams: <JB> <So basically, besides flipping 1st round picks when Chicago looked to have a better one, Chicago gave up a second round pick to move up from 8 to 5. Is that right?> Ok so at least there was a logic to it. But what if Polynice had gone 6 or 7? I guess the Sonics would
 
   Oct-30-14 Dong Mo (replies)
 
Shams: "I only showed him what I had to." -- Milton Berle
 
   Oct-30-14 Louis F Stumpers (replies)
 
Shams: <barleycorn> A classic joke that never gets old.
 
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Oct-29-14
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  FSR: This is a really cool miniature: M Cebalo vs Vasiukov, 2014.
Oct-29-14
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  Shams: <FSR> Wow, that is a cracking little game. If you're trying to get me hot and bothered about 2.Bg5 it might be working.
Oct-29-14
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  Shams: Housekeeping note: in my post on the French below I wrote,

<or ....d5 with a further branch depending on whether Black retakes with the Queen or the c-pawn.>

But of course Black recaptures with the <e>-pawn in that line.

Oct-30-14
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  parisattack: Sorry <Shams> housekeeping notes not permitted. ;) It is strictly 'touch-write' here at CG.com.
Oct-30-14
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  Shams: <parisattack> Without the 'delete' link I'd have long since been banned from this site.
Oct-30-14
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  OhioChessFan: I thought I was the only one. Just as important is the preview button, where at least you can get your venom out, look at it, realize it's not appropriate for public consumption, and then x out the window.
Oct-30-14
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  Shams: <OCF> The football coach at my high school also happened to be one of the best teachers (history and government), but as you might imagine he had to put up with a lot of "I understand you're just the football coach" garbage from parents and even other teachers.

One day the math teacher sent him a condescending note and he wrote a juicy missive in reply, mentioning among other things that he had taken lots of math in college, including several calculus courses, never getting anything but As; so apart from being qualified to teach history and government he could also teach math at the school.

One day I asked him how the letter had gone over. "I never sent it," he told me. "An old trick from Harry Truman: write the letter, then throw it away."

Oct-30-14
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  FSR: <Shams> I may give up on the Tarrasch French. There's tons of theory to learn - all for a line I'd only be playing once in a while. Also, White tends to get endings where he has a tiny advantage that he has to play very precisely to try to exploit. Not really my forte, so maybe I'll just play 1.d4 e6 2.c4, allowing the Dutch. OTOH, if I'm ever going to get really good - say FIDE Master - I'm probably going to have to learn to squeeze slightly better endings. That's how Hawkins improved.

A guy in an online correspondence game just got to a Dutch against me by another offbeat move order, which I hadn't seen before - 1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 f5.

Oct-30-14
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  Shams: <FSR> I find 1.d4 d6 very annoying as after 2.Nf3 the Saemisch KID is off the table.

I agree about the Tarrasch French being too much work if you aren't an e4 player. A different story if you played the French as Black of course, but I've given up hope of that happening.

Oct-30-14
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  FSR: <Shams> Ouch! Good point - it hadn't occurred to me that Black can avoid the Saemisch that way. As Silecki says, 1.d4 and related openings are full of move-order problems. I guess that leaves me with about three alternatives: (a) 1.d4 d6 2.e4. I have to learn something against the Pirc - not sure what the best line is considered to be these days.

(b) Alternatively, there's 1.d4 d6 2.c4 e5! 3.Nc3, which I think is supposed to give White a plus - as long as he avoids getting massacred, Huebner vs Kasparov, 1985.

(c) 1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.e4 0-0 6.h3, which AFAIK is the best-scoring line against the King's Indian. Opening Explorer

Oct-30-14
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  Shams: <FSR> Yes, that last line with 6.h3 (Krasenkow variation) is what I play against the KID when Black takes the Saemisch off the table. There's a great video on it online that I'll dig up a link to if you're interested.
Oct-30-14
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  Shams: <FSR> I think this line has been scoring well for Black lately in that KID variation:

P Cramling vs Navara, 2014

Oct-30-14
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  FSR: <Shams: <FSR> Yes, that last line with 6.h3 (Krasenkow variation) is what I play against the KID when Black takes the Saemisch off the table. There's a great video on it online that I'll dig up a link to if you're interested.>

Yes, I'd definitely like to see that.

Oct-30-14
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  Shams: <FSR> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shEi...

At the moment I can't seem to find part 2.

Oct-30-14
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  FSR: <Shams> Thanks, I'll check it out.
Oct-31-14
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  FSR: <Shams> I hear there was some huge @#$%storm on the Rogoff page a few days back? Sadly, I missed it, and apparently the admins have nuked the relevant discussion. Can you fill me in on what happened? (E-mail me if you prefer.) Thanks.
Oct-31-14
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  Shams: <FSR> Check your email in ten minutes.
Oct-31-14
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  FSR: <Shams> Got it. Thanks.
Oct-31-14  Pulo y Gata: Shams, I feel guilty about coming here and butting in on your conversations, but since you invited me here, I feel that you might forgive my occasional wanderings.

About the French, I play both sides and usually play 2.Nd2 if I feel that my opponent is not as "booked" as I am. But if I know that my opponent is a connoisseur, then I choose some sideline with a bite to it for surprise.

The variation 1.e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 offers very interesting play, for example. Maybe equal with good play from Black, but quite dangerous if he is surprised and doesn't know what to do. It is always uncomfortable to be surprised in the opening -- you're bound to think your opponent has prepared it and perhaps see some ghosts.

It was Chinese GM Yu Yangyi who got me interested in the line (although Fischer popularized it and it is named after him, if I'm not mistaken) when he beat Shulman with it at Reykjavik last year: Y Yu vs Y Shulman, 2013. So look up his games on this line, and some games of notable (meaning highly rated) practitioners of this variation: Games Like Y Yu vs Y Shulman, 2013.

This also will cut down on the work you have to do in preparation, although you will have to prepare something else if Black plays 3...Nf6 instead. But this is my approach in preparing: Cut down on the work and cut down on your opponent's choices--in a way, you are dictating the terms of the fight if you prepared well.

Enjoy playing!

Oct-31-14
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  Shams: <Pulo y Gata> You are always welcome here-- it is I that feel guilty, for not answering your earlier query about my favorite fiction books. I'm finding it a complicated question to answer.

Anytime you want to talk French theory is great. Keep in mind though that I used to only play it from the White side; now I only play it from the Black side.

<About the French, I play both sides and usually play 2.Nd2 if I feel that my opponent is not as "booked" as I am.>

I assume you mean <3.Nd2> here.

That Winawer line with 4.a3 (which I think is called the Winckelmann-Riemer Gambit) is something I've looked at a bit, again, back when I played 1.e4. An A player friend of mine uses it exclusively against the Winawer and has for years. I agree with you that it's an intriguing line. Winawer positions are just too messy for my taste on both sides! I need some order in my life for crying out loud. :)

Oct-31-14
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  FSR: <Shams> Langrock (the guy who wrote the best pre-Esserman book on the Morra Gambit) has a new book on the Rubinstein French. http://www.amazon.com/French-Defens... It's an easy opening to prepare, since you play it against both 3.Nc3 and 3.Nd2. I was annoyed when the guy who won the Greater Midwest Classic last year half a point ahead of me did so by winning with the Rubinstein in the last round, while I only drew as White.
Oct-31-14  Pulo y Gata: <Shams>, thanks.

<I assume you mean <3.Nd2> here.> Yes.

<I need some order in my life for crying out loud.> LOL! That's why I cut on my studies and analysis. There's just no way we can cover everything, even if we try. Life beckons. :)

Oct-31-14
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  Shams: <FSR> Thanks, I may consider that variation though it spooks me a bit. Learning just one system against Nc3 and Nd2 is a huge selling point.
Oct-31-14  Pulo y Gata: I play a bit of everything, which reflects my general temperament: I play to enjoy-- despite my streaks of competitiveness and the hard work I sometimes put in my studies.

I also play 1.d4 and I have quite a reasonable score with it. In fact I used it if I want a controlled fight. Quite often, my 1.e4 games degenerate into chaos.

Oct-31-14
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  Shams: <In fact I used it if I want a controlled fight.>

Realizing how deeply my control issues run is what caused me to finally take up 1.d4, and I'm never going back.

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