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   Sep-19-14 R Swinkels vs Caruana, 2014 (replies)
Shams: <[T] his was more an implosion than anything else.> I'm not sure I agree with that. The ...a6 Modern system has some venom; White played an aggressive line against it but didn't play with the utmost precision and wasn't able to hold his center. I wouldn't call that imploding so ...
   Sep-19-14 D Moody vs A Hubbard, 2014 (replies)
Shams: Congrats <Phony Benoni>! Very capable play on your part.
   Sep-19-14 technical draw chessforum (replies)
Shams: <technical draw> I bet you'd like this:
   Sep-18-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Shams: <al wazir>, <boz> You have to be some kind of killjoy to pick apart William Blake.
   Sep-17-14 Caruana vs M Roiz, 2014 (replies)
Shams: <1971> Roiz made GM in 2003 per his biography. Grandmasters have bad games too, you know. And it doesn't take a huge inaccuracy to be made to look foolish when you're playing Caruana.
   Sep-16-14 Bilbao Masters (2014) (replies)
Shams: <perfidious> I don't like 2.c4 because of 2...e5 straightaway.
   Sep-15-14 Shams chessforum
Shams: <Mark> I assure you, it was strictly PG-rated.
   Sep-15-14 MarkFinan chessforum (replies)
   Sep-13-14 P Nikolic vs Ivanchuk, 1998
Shams: A triumph for Black's light-squared bishop, normally his problem piece in this opening.
   Sep-09-14 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
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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!

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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.
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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?>

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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.

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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!

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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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  Shams: <Everett> Well, shoot, that's all a bit depressing. What I really miss when I've given up soda in the past isn't the sweetness, it's the bite as the carbonation hits my throat. Particularly if you really gulp it down, there's a moment of bliss where it builds up in the back of your throat before you unleash a giant belch. :)

I should stop asking fitness types how to get healthier. I never seem to like what I hear.

Sep-04-14  Everett: Sorry! Seriously just do some pellegrino with lemon for a while. Enjoy the carbonation without the calories and chemicals. None is us is an angel anyways, and life's too short, eh?
Sep-04-14  hedgeh0g: What's wrong with just drinking water?
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  MarkFinan: Just posting this in response to your post about the decriminalization of drugs on the Rogoff page last month. I saw something the other day about the crime rate going down in Colorado after they 'legalised' Marajuna. Can't find the original article but I'll find it at some point. It's thought provoking because drugs are obviously associated with crime. I think it would work in a lot of cities around the world, but forget about it when it comes to inner city Britain. All I see is zombies! ✌

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  Shams: <Mark Finan> Thanks for that. I've been keeping half an eye on Colorado (and my own state of Washington, the other dope smoker's paradise.) But the laws have just gone through a year and a half ago so it seems a bit early to have good enough data to draw conclusions. <PinnedPiece> posted something in Rogoff a couple months ago purporting to show an increase in crime in Colorado post-legalization.

<It's thought provoking because drugs are obviously associated with crime.>

If pizza were made illegal then pizza would be associated with crime. :)

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  MarkFinan: Especially those Meat feast specials. Addictive as hell, lol. I do know that in northern England the number of people using hard drugs like heroin and Crack are at a 15 year low. Normal cocaine usage has gone through the roof though, policemen, prison officers and even teachers have been caught with marching powder in my city recently. Weed doesn't appear to cause society any problems though, it's just some individuals have bad psychological problems from using it and only harm themselves. I think governments are hesitant to legalise any so called soft drugs, not because of any stigma attached to the drug itself, but because it could set precedents later on and next thing you'll have crack heads saying.. "What about us?". Lol, maybe not crack heads but definitely heroin users. Anyway, I'll try find that article for you. ✌
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Not the article I was reading the other day but it's more or less saying the same thing. Crime rates down, robberies, burglaries etc etc. ✌

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  perfidious: <Shams> The idea of <pipi> purporting to prove something--now there's an oft-seen fool's errand in these parts.
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  MarkFinan: <Shams: <MarkFinan> So I tried my first ever Cockney Rhyming Slang. Please be honest and tell me if it sucks. I was getting information for my girlfriend and after I got it I texted her, asking her to call me so I could "give her the mule".>

I'm guessing you know this, lol.

Donkey Kong. Dong! You were inviting the aforementioned lady to spend some time with.... Your Nintendo Wii... Or something LOL ✌

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  Shams: <Mark> I assure you, it was strictly PG-rated.
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