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|Jul-06-15|| ||zanzibar: Finding out about the SCID opening books is not easy. They were made with polyglot (a tool created by Fabien Letouzey, the guy who wrote Fruit and open sourced it - basically creating the world of engines that we know today).|
The opening books probably haven't been tweaked for years now. The exact data sets used for their creation, and the stats, aren't documented in the obvious place (e.g. the README.txt file in the books directory).
|Jul-06-15|| ||RookFile: Well, if you're a chess professional, you can prepare 3...g5 in the King's Gambit. I think the rest of us hackers can content ourselves with either 2...Bc5 or an early ...d5 break, as Marshall says. I was an ...e5 player for many years, maybe I saw a grand total of 10 King's Gambits.|
|Jul-06-15|| ||zanzibar: <RookFile> I'm lucky if I make hacker rank myself. |
Your (or Marshall's) suggestion to play a KGD with 2...d5 or 2...Bc5 is a good one, and FCO agrees
<In a way, these words are still valid today. Somehow or other, the King's Gambit seems to elude rational judgement. Coundess refutations of 2 f4 have been claimed, but each and every time the opening has survived the onslaught. It remains a source of inspiration to those who have courage and imagination. And even those who do not dare to play it, can learn a great deal from the wealth of variations this opening has to offer. There is only one theme here, yet it is an eternal one, the theme that no chess-player can avoid: the battle between the initiative and a material advantage.
The most prominent of these variations start with 2...exf4, the King's Gambit Accepted, but several other moves have also grown into full-blown variations, most notably 2...d5, the Falkbeer Counter-Gambit, and 2...!.c5, the principal form of the King's Gambit Declined.>
Anybody can bone up on the 3...g5 defense - White and Black. It's a question of temperament whether or not one wants to play it.
I agree that most White players don't play the King's Gambit, but it certainly shows up on FICS a lot, and I've certainly been crushed enough times as Black to confirm this fact. But for me, it's always a bit of a thrill to play the KGA out as Black and get a win.
|Jul-06-15|| ||perfidious: While known to respond to the KG with 2....d5 once or twice, I generally preferred acceptance with the Becker line (3....h6), which typically transposed into the Classical without allowing White to play down the main line of the Kieseritsky, via a move order such as 4.d4 g5 5.Bc4 d6 6.0-0 Bg7.|
My guess is that the KG player to whom <RookFile> refers was Rich Daly; the one time we met at the board, the game avoided the transposition into the main line of the Classical above, as he went in for a quick h4, hxg5 and exchange of rooks.
|Jul-07-15|| ||zanzibar: You can see Kingcrusher playing White against the Becker here:|
It's a 5-min blitz, and a little sloppy. But worth a watch, and many of the mistakes make for good little side lessons (e.g. why 44...Ke7 fails whereas 44...Kf7 wins for Black).
|Jul-25-15|| ||offramp: Uncopyrightable is the longest word in English with no repeat letters.|
|Aug-10-15|| ||TheFocus: Happy Birthday Frank!!
Thanks for the swindles.
|Aug-10-15|| ||eternaloptimist: Marshall was such a strong player defeating the likes of Janowski, Capa (twice), Pillsbury & Chigorin. Of course Capa beat him many times but you can't beat a World Chess Champ twice unless you're an extremely strong player. I still have fond memories of going to the Marshall Chess Club in NYC back in '95 & playing in a tournament there!|
|Aug-10-15|| ||TheFocus: <Of course Capa beat him many times but you can't beat a World Chess Champ twice unless you're an extremely strong player.>|
Or extremely lucky.
|Aug-28-15|| ||wordfunph: from Essay on Chess by Anthony Santasiere..
<So finally dear Frank had to die. (We all knew that towards the end he had a serious heart condition.) He had gone to Jersey City, alone, to play in a game of Bingo. Afterwards, walking on the street, he dropped dead. I went to the widow at once to console her. She was dry-eyed, and said, "Thank God! San - I gave him new underwear only this morning.">
|Nov-24-15|| ||ljfyffe: Soltis claims that Marshall
won the Montreal Club Chess Championship in 1893
but my research indicates that he only won the <handicap> tournament.
|Feb-05-16|| ||TheFocus: From the <Mechanics Institute Newsletter #722>: The following forgotten Frank Marshall simul game was discovered by <Eduardo Bauza Mercere>.|
Danish Gambit C44
Frank James Marshall–Edmund Bayly Seymour
Philadelphia (simul) December 12, 1916
1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2 d6 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. O-O Be6 8. Bxe6 fxe6 9. Qb3 Qd7 10. Ng5 Nd8 11. Nd2 h6 12. Nh3 Nf6 13. Nf4 Qf7 14. Rac1 c6 15. g3 e5 16. Nd5 cxd5 17. f4 d4 18. Nc4 Nc6 19. fxe5 dxe5 20. Qb5 Qc7 21. Nxe5 Qxe5 22. Qxb7 Rb8 23. Qxc6+ Nd7 24. Qg6+ Kd8 25. Rf5 Qd6 26. Qxd6 Bxd6 27. Bxd4 Rg8 28. Rd1 ˝-˝
Source: <Philadelphia Inquirer>, October 21, 1917, page 6.
|Feb-09-16|| ||zanzibar: Near the conclusion of the <Marshall--Showalter (1909)> match, Marshall is quoted as saying he planned to retire from professional chess after playing in then upcoming Hamburg International Tournament.|
Good thing it was either a misquote, or Marshall later changed his mind.
From Nov. 23, 1909 Cincinnati Enquirer:
|Feb-17-16|| ||offramp: I think Marshall, more than any other top player, tried for piece activity above everything else. He would give up loads of pawns to get his knights, and secondarily his bishops, into good attacking positions. When it works out it is a Mt-St-Helens-like apocalypse of attack.|
|Aug-10-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Frank Marshall.
I hope you are swindling everyone in Chess Heaven.
|Mar-05-17|| ||thegoodanarchist: < offramp: Uncopyrightable is the longest word in English with no repeat letters.>|
You should copyright that.
|Mar-05-17|| ||tamar: Wouldn't "uncopyrightables" have one more?|
|Mar-05-17|| ||thegoodanarchist: < tamar: Wouldn't "uncopyrightables" have one more?>|
Is that even a word? A noun? Things that are uncopyrightable?
Who decides if a string of letters is a word or not? OED?
|Mar-05-17|| ||tamar: copyrightables
plural of copyrightable
|Mar-05-17|| ||thegoodanarchist: however, uncopyrightable is an adjective|
|Mar-05-17|| ||tamar: Would it not morph into a noun the same way as copyrightable? "Copyrightable works" becomes copyrightables almost instantly in speech.|
|Mar-05-17|| ||thegoodanarchist: <tamar: Would it not morph into a noun the same way as copyrightable? "Copyrightable works" becomes copyrightables almost instantly in speech.>|
I don't know, honestly. I will leave it to the good folks at OED.
|Mar-06-17|| ||offramp: <thegoodanarchist: < offramp: Uncopyrightable is the longest word in English with no repeat letters.>
You should copyright that.>
I tried but I can't, for some reason.
|Mar-06-17|| ||tamar: Well if uncopyrightables ever is approved, I have the copyright!|
|Jun-03-17|| ||zanzibar: Let's have a mention of Canada's role in shaping this player:|
<Frank J. Marshall, the Brooklyn chess champion, has been visiting here [i.e. Montreal, Quebec] for a week past, coming here shortly after the close of the annual mid-summer state meeting at the Thousand Islands. The youthful expert spent much of his boyhood in Canada, and first learned the game of chess in Montreal, where he achieved his earlier successes, which laid the foundation of the brilliant career he has since mapped out for himself.
BDE 1900.08.08 p12
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