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|Mar-26-15|| ||FSR: <Shams> I sent you a couple of e-mails. Let me know if you want me to forward it to you. And cool that you were able to get that ending, and win it. I've only had it once, and on the losing side - but my opponent had no idea how to win it, and offered a draw after about 35 moves of futility.|
|Mar-26-15|| ||Shams: <FSR> I hit you back, thanks.|
|Apr-06-15|| ||Shams: Best version of this I found on youtube and the kid was only 14 when he played it. Damn.|
|Apr-06-15|| ||FSR: This is what happens when I play the frigging French, a tempo up no less. I get a two pawns up ending with my silly French bishop against a knight and can't figure out how to win:|
[Event "Live Chess"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3 Nf6 4. d3 d5 5. e5 Nd7 6. d4 e6 7. Bb5 Qb6 8. Bxc6
bxc6 9. O-O Be7 10. b3 O-O 11. Be3 cxd4 12. cxd4 c5 13. dxc5 Bxc5 14. Bxc5 Nxc5
15. Nc3 Ba6 16. Re1 Rac8 17. Na4 Nxa4 18. bxa4 Rc4 19. Qb3 Rb4 20. Qe3 Rxa4 21.
Qxb6 axb6 22. Reb1 Rb8 23. Nd2 Kf8 24. g3 Ke7 25. f4 Kd7 26. Rb2 Bc4 27. Nf3 h6
28. Kf2 Kc7 29. h3 Rba8 30. Nd4 Rxa2 31. Rbxa2 Rxa2+ 32. Rxa2 Bxa2 33. Ke2 Bc4+
34. Kd2 Kd7 35. Kc3 f6 36. Kb4 Ke7 37. Nc6+ Kf7 38. Nd8+ Ke7 39. Nc6+ Kd7 40.
Nd4 fxe5 41. fxe5 Ke7 42. Nc6+ Kf7 43. Nd8+ Ke7 44. Nc6+ Kd7 45. Nd4 Bf1 46. h4
Bh3 47. Kb5 Ke7 48. Kxb6 Kf7 49. Kc6 Kg6 50. Kd6 Kh5 51. Nxe6 Bxe6 52. Kxe6 d4
53. Kf7 d3 54. e6 d2 55. e7 d1=Q 56. e8=Q Qd4 57. Qb8 Qf6+ 58. Kg8 Kg4 59. Kh8
g5+ 60. Kh7 gxh4 61. gxh4 Kxh4 62. Qb4+ Kh5 63. Qb5+ Kg4 64. Qc4+ Qf4 65. Qxf4+
Kxf4 66. Kxh6 Game drawn - insufficient material 1/2-1/2
|Apr-06-15|| ||FSR: Ah, I should've activated my damned king: 38...Kg6! 39.Nxe6 (39.exf6 Kxf6) 39...fxe5 40.fxe5 Kf5 41.Nxg7+ Kxe5 42.g4 Bd3 43.Kc3 (43.Ne8 d4) 43...Bg6 44.h4 b5 45.h5 d4+ 46.Kd2 Kf6. Black (me) is winning in all lines. I just played the ending in a wussy way.|
|Apr-06-15|| ||Shams: <FSR> Your game deserved better than that minor piece ending anyway. Out of curiosity, did you look at ...f6 sometime in moves 11-15 or so?|
|Apr-06-15|| ||FSR: <Shams> No, it was just a 10-0 game so I didn't have a lot of time to think, and if he was going to let me eat his whole queenside, then by god, I was going to do so.|
|Apr-06-15|| ||FSR: <Shams> How is one supposed to play chess these days, anyway? Theory is growing like kudzu.|
|Apr-06-15|| ||Shams: <FSR> So play lines that don't depend so much on theory! |
I'm curious how an experienced French player would have handled your game. Clearly Black is much better out of the opening. Maybe <Dom> will wander by.
|Nov-12-15|| ||Shams: I can justify frivolous expenses again!|
|Nov-12-15|| ||parisattack: You hit the Washington State lottery! :)|
|Nov-12-15|| ||Shams: The day that happens is the day I start building a chess library to rival yours.|
|Nov-12-15|| ||parisattack: Drats! I was planning to pinch you for a couple grand to upgrade some items.|
I hope you are playing lots of hypermodern openings (and winning, of course).
|Nov-23-15|| ||Shams: The Making of "Amadeus" (2002, 60 min)
Some nice remembrances by cast and crew.
|Nov-23-15|| ||Colonel Mortimer: Thanks for the link, very nice doco.|
|Nov-26-15|| ||Shams: My online opponent, rated 1990, just played Qe2 in this position as White.|
click for larger view
The time control was three days a move!
|Nov-27-15|| ||parisattack: The queen fianchetto strikes again!
I play on RHP and have been on both sides of such.
This was a QID? How did the Q get to a8 and behind the QB?
Happy Holidays <Shams>!
|Nov-27-15|| ||Shams: <parisattack> It was an English Defense: http://en.lichess.org/Et9ihfVsJDO7|
|Nov-27-15|| ||parisattack: Nicely played <Shams> - The English Defense seems to agree with you.|
|Nov-27-15|| ||Shams: Well, before he blundered White is a little better per the lichess instant eval engine. |
I feel like once I get a teacher I'll be able to play A40 more correctly. It's very much a gum-up-White's-plans sort of approach and to play that correctly I need more insight.
|Nov-30-15|| ||parisattack: I bought Fritz 11 some time back, never used it, gave it to my grandson.|
Either way, I like the two hypermodern games I've seen of yours. You play them fairly aggressively which I think is needed. What are you playing as White these days? I see the Makagonov KI is doing well of late - I think you were studying that at one time.
|Nov-30-15|| ||Shams: <parisattack> It's true that I played the early h3 line against the KID but I don't think it's doing well right now in view of Black's play of ...Qd8, ...Nh5 and ...f5. |
I quite like the Saemisch so that's what I've been playing. But the 1.d4 d6 move order is a bit of a bear so sometimes I end up playing 2.Nf3 which eliminates the Saemisch obviously...I dunno, hopefully I'll figure something out.
What I really need is a line against the Nimzo. I don't like any options right now.
|Nov-30-15|| ||parisattack: Some nice Maks on ChessPublishing this month.
Have you looked at Spassky's old line, 4. Bg5 against the Nimzo?
|Nov-30-15|| ||Shams: <parisattack> You know, I should take a second look. Leningrad Variation yes? GM Bryan Smith on chess.com has done a superb job with an ongoing series covering the historical development of certain openings and I think he devoted a column to this line. |
It's pretty sharp, isn't it? I'm trying to get away from 4.f3 because of its aggressive nature.
|Nov-30-15|| ||parisattack: Spassky played it in the 50s.
Yes, it is sharp and you can get Benoni-like formations out of it. I liked it best of all the non-standard (4.Qc2, 4.e3) lines. Out-of-favor so if you have some prep, might be something to give a try.
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