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  hms123: <cro777> I am always appreciative of your efforts and am glad to help at any time.
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  elric: Has anyone read or got rhe book "It's Only me", about GM Tony Miles. I wondered whether its worth reading, I haven't seen the contents. It seems to get good write ups.
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  parisattack: <elric: Has anyone read or got rhe book "It's Only me", about GM Tony Miles. I wondered whether its worth reading, I haven't seen the contents. It seems to get good write ups.>

It is excellent! Entertaining, instructive. Miles had some very unique insights into chess, IMHO. GM Keene's Tony Miles - England's Chess Gladiator is a good complement to It's Only Me, also.

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  cro777: <hms123> I find the following post (on Tal's page) very interesting.

<Dr. Yes: In this month's Chess Life, Grigory Kaidanov explains just how far computers have influenced game study. It goes too much beyond just studying the openings. It goes to game conclusion and Kaidanov in a moment of self deprecation (whether intentional or not) says of a game which he won against A. Ivanov, that "at least I memorized it.">

I have no access to Chess Life. Would you take a look.

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  hms123: <cro777> I will take a look and post what I can find later today.
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  hms123: Nimzo-Indian Defense, Classical
Variation (E35)
GM Gregory Kaidanov (2658)
GM Alexander Ivanov (2595)
2011 Eastern Open (5)
Notes by Kaidanov
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2
Alexander and I have played this variation
three times prior to this game and every
time Black has tried a different system!
4. ... d5
There are two other continuations at this
point: 4. ... 0-0 and 4. ... c5. See the Opening
Theory section on page 24 for details.
5. cxd5
At the 2006 U.S. Championship in San
Diego, I played 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 dxc4
7. Qxc4 b6 8. Nf3 0-0 9. Bg5 Ba6 10. Qc2
Nbd7 11. e4 Qc8 12. 0-0-0 Bxf1 13. Rhxf1
c5 14. d5 Re8 15. dxe6 Rxe6 16. Bxf6
Rxf6 17. e5 Rh6 18. Qe4 Nf8 19. Rd6
Re6 and the game ended as a draw a few
moves later in Kaidanov-Ivanov, San
Diego, USA 2006.
5. ... exd5 6. Bg5 h6
We already had this position before at
the Aeroflot Open in 2004. Then I played
7. Bxf6 and didn’t have any advantage to
speak of. My main memory about this
game was that my favorite ’70s rock group
Slade was performing in Moscow that
evening. I never saw them live, so my first
impulse was just to make a short “grandmaster”
draw and proceed to the concert.
I then managed to talk myself out of it, saying
“I am a real professional, I have to
fight!” I fought indeed to save a draw from
a worse position! When I finally arrived to
the concert venue, Slade just finished their
performance. I still managed to hear a 30-
minute set of another great ’70s group,
Nazareth, so it was not THAT bad ... And
then I went to London to see Slade a few
years later!
7. Bh4 c5 8. dxc5 g5 9. Bg3 Ne4 10. e3 Qa5
During the game I worried about 10. ...
Qf6 but had decided to play 11. Rc1 with
the difference that unlike 10. ... Qa5, the
pawn on a2 is not hanging.
11. Nge2 Bf5 12. Be5 0-0 13. Nd4 Re8
(see diagram top of next column)
This is a very popular position in this
line. The main move now is 14. Bxb8.
14. Nxf5!
Though this move is not a novelty, it was
played in only two games. I want to give
credit to IM Jake Kleiman (who in turn
gives it to Davorin Kuljasevic), who drew
my attention to this idea. After 14. Bxb8
the latest examples are: 14. ... Nxc3
After 13. ... Re8
15. Nxf5 Ne4+ 16. Kd1 Raxb8 17. f3 Rbc8
18. fxe4 dxe4 19. Bc4 Qxc5 20. Bxf7+
Kxf7 21. Qxc5 Bxc5 22. Rc1 Red8+ 1⁄2-1⁄2
Viktor Laznicka (2703)-Peter Leko (2720),
Porto Carras, GRE 2011, or 14. ... Bg6 15.
Bc7 Qxc7 16. Bd3 Bxc5 17. Bxe4 dxe4 18.
0-0-0 Rac8 and the game Evgeny Bareev
(2714)-Veselin Topalov (2735), Amber
Blindfold, Monte Carlo 2004 eventually
ended in a draw. After the game Alexander
mentioned to me that he knew the
move 14. ... Bg6 here.
14. ... Rxe5 15. Nxh6+ Kg7 16. Ng4 Re6
Alexander spent close to 40 minutes on
this move! Being a perfectionist, he couldn’t
decide whether the rook is better on
e6 or e7. However, the position is so complex
that even a computer doesn’t know
that (although Rybka also prefers 16. ...
Re6)! The only practical example saw 16.
... Re7 17. f3 Nxc3 18. Kf2 Ne4+ 19. fxe4
dxe4 20. a3 Qxc5 21. Qxc5 Bxc5 1⁄2-1⁄2
Oleg Biriukov (2389)-Vasily Yemelin
(2529), St. Petersburg 2005. I studied
this line as well, however, I have to admit
that during the game I didn’t remember
my analyses as clearly as I did with 16.
... Re6.
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  hms123: 17. Bd3! Nxc3
After 17. ... Bxc3+ 18. bxc3 Qxc3+ 19.
Qxc3+ Nxc3 20. h4 led to White’s advantage
in the game Davorin Kuljasevic-Jake
Kleiman, Lubbock, USA 2011.
Analysis after 20. h4
18. 0-0!!
An amazing sequence! White gives up
a piece ... for what?
18. ... Ne4 19. a3
And all of a sudden it turns out that
Black’s bishop is almost trapped.
19. ... Qxc5 20. Qd1!
Taking the bishop back was a safe
choice, but I knew that the queen’s retreat
is more testing. After 20. axb4 Qxc2 21.
Bxc2 f5 22. f3 Nd6 23. Nf2 Nc6, Black
wins back the pawn with at least equality.
According to Alexander, that’s what he
calculated. He said after the game that he
had a feeling that the queen might move
away, but to assess all those positions was
very difficult.
20. ... Bd2
It looks like this move wins a piece. Better
would be 20. ... Nc6 21. axb4 Nxb4,
though after 22. Bxe4 dxe4 23. f4! playing
Black’s position in time trouble would be
21. Bxe4 Rxe4
21. ... dxe4 22. Qxd2 f5 23. Rac1 and
after the queen’s retreat White checks
on either c3 or d4, starting a strong attack
on the black king. For example. 23. ... Qe7
24. Qd4+ Kg6 25. f4! exf3 e.p. 26. Qd3
and Black’s king is in trouble.
Analysis after 26. Qd3
22. h3!
Black is better in all other lines, but this
move creates problems for him, which is
impossible to solve (especially in time
trouble). I would love to take credit for all
those exclamation marks, however, all
those moves were results of computerassisted
analyses ... Actually, I do deserve
a credit for ... remembering them!
22. ... f5 23. Nh2 Bxe3
During the game I felt that after 23. ...
Nc6 Black might have compensation for
the pawn, e.g. 24. Qxd2 g4 I worried
about my knight on the side of the board.
However, it turns out White has a clear
way to advantage: 25. Rac1 Qd6 26. f3
and the knight gets out.
24. fxe3 Rxe3 25. Kh1 f4 26. Qg4
(see diagram top of page 20)
Black’s lack of development and
an open king determine the result of
the game.
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  hms123: After 26. Qg4
26. ... Rg3 27. Qf5 Qf8 28. Qxd5 Nc6 29. Ng4 Qd8
30. Qe6 Qe7 31. Qh6+ Kg8 32. Rae1, Black
resigned in view of 32. ... Qg7 33. Nf6+ Kf7
34. Qxg7+ Kxg7 35. Nh5+. This game won
the first prizes for Best Played Game and
Opening Innovation.
Queen’s Gambit Declined (D06)
Yuri Barnakov (2290)
GM Lawrence Kaufman (2459)
2011 Eastern Open (5)
Notes by Kaufman
1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 d5
I chose 2. ... d5 since I recommend it in
my new book on a complete opening
repertoire, The Kaufman Repertoire in
Black and White, published by New In
Chess. I chose it for the book because I
think White has some chances for a slight
edge against the other moves such as 2.
... Ne4, 2. ... e6, or 2. ... c5.
3. c4?!
The alternatives: 3. e3, 3. Bxf6, 3.
Nc3 (Veresov), and 3. Nf3 (Torre) are all
better moves.
3. ... Ne4
Black is already better. I was already on my
own here as I had never seen 3. c4 before.
4. Bf4?!
White has two better moves: 4. Bh4 c5
also favors Black, though less clearly so,
or 4. Nf3, giving up the bishop pair after
4. ... Nxg5 was objectively best, but no one
would play 3. c4 with this intention.
Analysis after 4. ... Nxg5
4. ... e5!!
According to the Aquarium database,
this position has been reached in 28 previous
over-the-board games, with no
human ever finding this probably winning
move! It has been played before in computer-
assisted correspondence games,
which is no surprise as the engines love this
5. dxe5 Bc5 6. e3 Bb4+ 7. Ke2 Qh4! 8. g3
Qh5+ 9. Nf3
Technically this is a novelty, as 9. f3 was
played in a previous correspondence game.
Both moves leave Black much better.
9. ... g5!
After 9. ... dxc4!?, Black regains his pawn
with a safe edge in king safety. The white
bishop on f4 is insecure after 10. a3 Be7 11.
Nbd2 Bg4 with a nice pull for Black.
Analysis after 11. ... Bg4
10. Qa4+?
This move loses. Better alternatives are:
10. cxd5 gxf4 11. Qa4+ (11. Bg2 b6 12.
Qa4+ Nd7 13. Qxb4 Ba6+ 14. Ke1 Ndc5
15. Qa3 0-0-0 and Black’s attack more
than offsets the material deficit.) 11. ... Nc6
12. dxc6 b6 13. exf4 a5 14. Nc3 Qf5 with
Black on top; or 10. a3?! gxf4 11. axb4
fxg3 12. Qxd5 (if 12. fxg3 Nc6! 13. Bg2 Bg4
14. Qxd5 Qg6 15. Rd1 Rd8 16. Qb5 Rxd1
17. Kxd1 Qh5 and Black wins a piece.) 12.
... Nxf2 13. Rg1 gxh2 14. Rg5 Qh6 15. Bg2
Bg4 16. Nbd2 c6 17. Qd4 Qxg5 18. Kxf2
Bxf3 19. Nxf3 Qf5 and Black is up the
Exchange; or 10. Qxd5 Qg6 (10. ... Nc5 is
also good but less clear. I couldn’t decide
between them during the game but was
leaning towards ... Qg6. After 11. Bxg5 Nc6
12. a3 Be6 13. Nc3 Bxd5 14. Nxd5 Qg6 15.
axb4 Qc2+ 16. Ke1 Nxb4) 11. a3 c6 12.
Qd1 Be7 13. h4 gxf4 14. h5 Qg8 15. gxf4
Bg4 and White has three pawns for the
knight, but with his king awkwardly
placed, Black is better.
10. ... Nc6 11. cxd5 Nc5 12. Qd1
If 12. Qc2 b6! 13. Nbd2 Bxd2 and Black
wins a piece.
12. ... Bf5 13. Nc3 0-0-0 14. Ke1 gxf4 15. Be2?
Somewhat better is 15. gxf4 Be4 16.
Ng5 Qg6 17. Nxe4 Qxe4 18. Rg1 Rxd5 and
Black has both a material advantage and
a strong attack.
15. ... fxg3 16. fxg3 Qh6
16. ... Be4 is another way to win.
17. Qc1 Rxd5 18. Bc4 Nd3+ 19. Bxd3 Rxd3 20.
Ke2 Bxc3 21. bxc3 Rhd8 22. h4 Bg4, White
resigned, as 23. Kf2 Bxf3 wins easily. It
appears that I played a “perfect” game,
meaning every move was best or at least
as good as any other. For me at least this
is an extremely rare occurrence. This game
won the first Brilliancy prize and the third
Best Played Game prize.
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  cro777: Thank you <hms123>. This is what I have found.

Gregory Kaidanov - Alexander Ivanov
Eastern Open, Washington DC 2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 c5 8.dxc5 g5 9.Bg3 Ne4 10.e3 Qa5 11.Nge2 Bf5 12.Be5 O-O 13.Nd4 Re8

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Before the game Kaidanov had used a computer program to analyze this position. "I played a rare move 14.Nxf5 which was played only in two games, so I assume this move was not played more often because it was considered to be bad. But after digging into that I realized that it’s actually very good. The game lasted 32 moves and 22 of them were my preparation," Kaidanov said.

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  cro777: Nigel Davies is in the process of expanding and improving his "Power Chess Program". Begun as a correspondence course it became a couple of books "The Power Chess Program (Book 1 and 2): A Unique Training Course to Improve Your Chess".

"Right now I'm planning to make it a web based course plus FOUR books! I've also started work on a FIFTH book which will explain how the improvement process works and the most efficient way to go about it" (Nigel Davies)

According to Davies the heart of chess mastery is development of 'vision' and a knowledge of typical patterns (pattern recognition).

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  elric: Are there any good books that deal with pattern recognition ?
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  hms123: <elric> What do you mean by <pattern recognition>? There are tons of puzzle books that are arranged by themes (e.g., kinds of mates, sacrifices on h7, etc). Did you have something else in mind?

Books on specific openings also tend to discuss the typical patterns for that opening. Here's a terrific example for the French:

Here's one reviewer's comment:

<Typical pawn structures arising from different variations are discussed in 10 chapters (Advance Centre, e6 weakness vs d4 weakness, f4 Central Clamp,Classical Centre,Winawer Centre, Poisoned Pawn Centre, Rubinstein, Exchange Centre, IQP Centre, Miscellaneous Structures) and followed by three or four model games illustrating thematic plans - hence, the subtitle "read and play." Most of the games are 1990s and are extensively annotated. This is not a repertoire book and concrete variations are not stressed so you might want John Watson's Play The French as a companion book, although this is not critical. Mastering The French is great not only for learning one opening but also for chess thinking in general, and closed/semi-closed games in particular. The ideas here will stay with you as long as you play the game.>

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  cro777: "One of the biggest misconceptions about chess is it requires a lot of memorization. In reality, while some memorization is required, pattern recognition plays a crucial part in chess mastery." (GM Susan Polgar)

"The Power Chess Program" (Two books by Nigel Davies) is a trainig course for chess improvement based on pattern recognition. (Nigel: "My ideas have developed and refined over the years and now focus heavily on the development of pattern recognition in typical middle games.")

There are basically 6 types of patterns one needs to learn:

1) Opening patterns, 2) early middlegame patterns (where planning is tightly controlled by the specific pawn structure), 3) positional patterns (learning to place pieces and pawns on their optimal squares), 4) tactical patterns, 5) strategic endgame patterns and 6) technical endgame patterns. (Matzleeach Reed)

An introduction

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  elric: Many thanks for your replies.

I enjoyed the Youtube video. Very instructive for me.

Are you saying Nigel Davies covers these 6 types of patterns in his Power Chess Programme.

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  cro777: Nigel Davies covers mainly middlegame structures, covering different strategic themes.

Weteschnik's book "Understanding Chess Tactics" is good for tactical patterns.

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  wordfunph: Book Watch!

+ Walter Penn Shipley: Philadelphia's Friend of Chess by John Hilbert

+ The Magic Tactics of Mikhail Tal: Learn from the Legend by Karsten Muller & Raymund Stulze

+ The Powerful Catalan: A Complete Repertoire for White by Victor Bologan

+ Attack with Black by Valery Aveskulov

+ A History of Chess: The Original 1913 Edition by H.J.R. Murray

Apr-03-12  kamalakanta: HMS123, thanks for the notes about "The Ragozin Complex". It looks extremely interesting! Its on my wish list now....
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  wordfunph: "Now it's about five thousand books."

- Anatoly Karpov (when asked in 1988 "how big is your chess library?")

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  parisattack: I'd rather have his stamp collection!
Apr-06-12  kamalakanta: Hi, everyone!

I have a question. More than 30 years ago, I read a story in a chess book, about Capablanca playing against the devil.

I have found a link to a version of it,

but would like to know if any of you remember which book it was originally on, because it was told (written) very well, and it had a chess diagram, too, showing in which position Capablanca outwitted the devil, thus saving his own soul.


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  hms123: <kamalakanta>

Try scrolling down a bit to see a story of Morphy and the Devil. Perhaps this is what you (and I) remember reading many years ago.

Apr-06-12  kamalakanta: Thanks, hms, but I remember clearly it was a story involving Capablanca.
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  hms123: <kamalakanta>

I will keep searching when I can.

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  hms123: <kamalakanta>

Try this:

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  cro777: Capa and the Devil

Capablanca was one of only two men in history to win a chess game against the Devil.

The story's name is "The Most Important Game", and the author is Pedro Saavedra Jr. It appeared in Chess Review (July 1963, pg. 200) and also in one of Chernev's books ("The Chess Companion").

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