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Member since Oct-21-04 · Last seen Sep-02-14
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   Shams has kibitzed 17438 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-01-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
 
Shams: <JB><As far as tirades against Israel are concerned, they are in fact repetitive. But they come almost entirely from one poster.> What am I, chopped liver?
 
   Sep-01-14 H Charlick vs J Mann, 1880
 
Shams: <nilba> 22…Rh6 would rebound after 23.Nf3 defending the mate threat: Black has exposed the Queen's path to f7 and gets mated if he tries to save his Nf5.
 
   Aug-31-14 Nakamura vs Caruana, 2014 (replies)
 
Shams: <MarkFinan>That'd be classic.
 
   Aug-31-14 Shams chessforum (replies)
 
Shams: <Everett> How bad is soda for you? Not diet, the HFCS stuff. I was able to fit into my suit again and my gf thinks it's because I've (at great personal anguish) cut down on soda.
 
   Aug-31-14 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Nakamura, 2014
 
Shams: <devere> How does he make progress? Black has all his weaknesses covered.
 
   Aug-30-14 Caruana vs Aronian, 2014 (replies)
 
Shams: 50.Rh5 hoping for 50…Rxf7? 51.Rh7+ winning Black's whole army. Great line just shown by Ashley.
 
   Aug-30-14 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
Shams: <cg> I realize this could not be more trivial, but if Caruana pulls it off today against Levon it'd be a great time to unveil his Custom Dancing Rook!
 
   Aug-30-14 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2014 (replies)
 
Shams: <bobthebob> <With moves like that Carlsen is not difficult to face. Caruana proved that.> That's rubbish. If YOU had beaten Carlsen after he sacked the bishop, that would have proved that Carlsen is "not difficult to face" after making a move like that. What this game ...
 
   Aug-30-14 Sinquefield Cup (2014) (replies)
 
Shams: <Jambow> <Shams I must disagree it is not at all arbitrary it is your own performance over time.> Your own performance over time is irrelevant. The entire point of a TPR is to calculate the rating that a player would be expected to have in order to score as he did over the
 
   Aug-28-14 Caruana vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2014 (replies)
 
Shams: Caruana *still* doesn't have a custom dancing rook??
 
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Jul-07-14
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  chancho: Not pop, but it's a German electronic music band. :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCh...

Jul-07-14
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  Shams: <chancho> Kraftwerk I'm familiar with, but Lake was out of left field. Maybe because I was born in 1975.
Jul-07-14
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  chancho: Lake
Between The Lines
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-3...
Jul-10-14
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  Shams: <chancho> Great track!
Jul-17-14
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  parisattack: Hi <Shams>

Have you looked at the Caruna-Meier game (French)? The comments seem to be all Caruna. I don't have an engine but to me Meier looks fine into the late 20s of the game...

Jul-17-14
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  Shams: <parisattack> Caruana is such a French killer. Remember this game?

Caruana vs Vallejo-Pons, 2012

Jul-17-14
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  parisattack: <Shams> Yeah, that was sweet - seal off the K-side, just go to work. One of my French fears along with the hanging central pawns.

But I think Meier did OK and must have lost it quickly somewhere - tho I am not god enough to see where. Guess I will have to capitulate and buy an engine soon...ugh.

Jul-17-14
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  Shams: <parisattack> Why buy? You can get very strong engines for free. You'll need a UI of course, but that shouldn't be too much of a bother.
Jul-17-14
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  parisattack: Hi <Shams> I went ahead and bought Fritz 13 - ought to be enough for my purposes.

I'll try Fritz out on the Caruna-Meier game tonight. The game looks so even then 'blam!'

Jul-17-14
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  Shams: Fritz is a good choice-- enough extras to make it worthwhile.

Did you see <csmath>'s annotations on that game? He seems to have great respect for Caruana's efforts against the French.

Jul-17-14
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  parisattack: Yes, saw those. Actually is what got me thinking about buying an engine. Perhaps I will send <csmath> the tab. :)

I am also liking the French more and more so losses like this are important to consider. I am reminded of how much I like the Benoni positions - until I play over Gligoric's games against it!

Jul-17-14
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  Shams: I think you nailed it when you called the Benoni a young person's opening. Too much of hanging by tactical threads for old duffers such as you and I! Hang on, my lumbago is acting up.
Jul-17-14
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  parisattack: LOL! When I first saw this game in a Chess Review -

Polugaevsky vs Stein, 1965

I thought I'd give the Czech Benoni a try. What a nightmare! I needed a 9th rank for me pieces they were so crowded together.

Jul-20-14
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  parisattack: Hi <Shams>

I toyed with Fritz 13 and Caruana vs G Meier, 2014.

The two caveats - 1) I'm sure I am not competent to do engine analysis and 2) I began at move 24 where the position is probably not optimum for an engine.

Still, running about 20m-30m per half-move black looked fine until 34....gf:. I tried several other moves and the best of them seems to come out around +.50 .70 for white. 36. ...h6 pretty much ends it for black.

I doubt I will use Fritz very often - I found it neither illuminating nor entertaining. I'll stick with books for now.

Jul-21-14
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  Shams: <parisattack> Where engines are indispensable is in analyzing your own games for tactical shots. Beyond that, I agree with you-- but tactical checking is still one heck of a useful resource. People deride "one-trick ponies". I say, the goose that laid the golden egg was a one-trick goose, but what a trick.

I'll even use engines occasionally for opening study. Yes, we should look for ideas and not moves, but sometimes you're at the end of your rope and you just need a move. Fritz can give you a move faster than you can blink.

Jul-21-14
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  parisattack: Howdy <Shams>

Yes, I can see where they would be useful reviewing games for tactical shots.

I am guessing for openings the engines would be most helpful in open/semi-open games? I'm right now studying the Portisch-Hook Winawer. Perhaps I'll see how Fritz compares to book analysis.

Jul-21-14
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  Shams: <I am guessing for openings the engines would be most helpful in open/semi-open games?>

I have the same thought but I'm a relative neophyte myself with engines so I couldn't say for sure. I suspect that a new, top of the line engine running on reasonable hardware (neither applying in my case) would give pretty darn good instant suggestions in closed positions too. Engines have gotten so good.

Personally I find closed positions easier anyway because the strategic goals are so clear-cut compared to open games.

Jul-21-14
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  parisattack: Houdini 4 latest-and-greatest? I have a 6-core machine but I use it for work (trading) don't want to burn it up on chess analysis.

The advantage you mention - strategic goals - is probably the tough nut to crack for engines. <DcGentle> seems to be doing interesting work in that direction. On the other hand, move-to-move, less candidates to consider in a closed game. That was always a plus for me since I am a slow calculator.

Aug-02-14
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  parisattack: Hi <Shams>

I was just catching up over at ChessPublishing and saw the analysis of this Mak Attack - Wang Hao vs C Sandipan, 2014

Hope all goes well. I've been mostly doing Go but also a little study of the Gurgenidze and related Robatsch lines. I copied several articles in Shakmatnyi Byulletin on it over the years, going through those. Haven't seen any other games with Nepo's 3 ...a5 in the Tarrasch French.

Aug-09-14
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  FSR: <Shams> I think the <Oracle of Ohio> was offended by this post of mine on Rogoff almost a month ago:

<Jul-11-14 FSR: <OCF> Do you own any clothing emblazoned with any of the following: <I ♥ Racism>, <The KKK Is A-OK>, <Martin Luther King Sucks>, or a Confederate flag? If your answer to the prior question, or any subpart thereof, is "yes," do you ever wear that clothing to your job at the Postal Service?>

Aug-12-14
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  Fusilli: <Shams: In honor of the player of the Black pieces: http://cookbookcherie.files.wordpre...

lol. Yeah, that precise cartoon was the inspiration for my cat's name, which I later decided to use as my username here.

Aug-31-14
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  Shams: <Everett> How bad is soda for you? Not diet, the HFCS stuff. I was able to fit into my suit again and my gf thinks it's because I've (at great personal anguish) cut down on soda.
Aug-31-14  Everett: I'm not the first to think soda is very unhealthy. Spikes the blood sugar, and the body works hard to bring the body back into balance. Probably the quickest way to type II diabetes. And the carbonation seems to also wreak havoc on bone density. Finally, liquid calories always go down too easily. Easy to get heavy on soda, fruit drinks, etc., because they load you with calories but don't make you feel full.

All told, it is a strong hormone disruptor (insulin for the sugar, getting the caffeine out of the system through the kidneys) every time you drink one.

I imagine it is not easy getting off the stuff, but you are doing yourself a favor by limiting it. And I'm sure you look great in the suit!

Aug-31-14
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  perfidious: <Everett> It is only too easy to turn to such drinks as soda when there is little else to hand.

You really know far more about this than I do, so what do you propose as reasonable alternatives for someone trying to adjust one's habits?

Aug-31-14  Everett: <perfidious> I don't have all the answers, but <drinking> calories in general is a bad idea. There is a reason why the slim beer drinkers at the bars are all under 30. At some point, the body cannot handle all the calories, alcohol (and late nights)

The pleasure of anything we are attached to is not easy to replace satisfactorily, eh? I can't stop eating peanut butter and occasional ice cream. So, what I do is try to get the highest quality version of the stuff I can and don't beat myself up about it too much.

In the case of soda, maybe a flavored bottled water, smartwater, pellegrino with a lemon squeezed in there. I know it's not sexy, and even here the carbonation is not ideal, but the chemicals even in diet sodas are really to be avoided.

Personally I'm good with water and lemon, along with a reputable sea salt. Herbal tea (ginger, rooibos, tulsi), some green tea, some red wine. It is interesting that at some point just plain water wasn't enough for us humans...

I also drink kombucha, a strange vinegary drink that is not for everyone, and certainly not the panacea many claim it to be, but I find the dryer (less sweet) ones hit the spot.

And again, not to put too fine a point on it, drinking soda, sitting and smoking have been shown to shorten one's life.

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