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Member since Feb-17-09 · Last seen Apr-18-14
My name is David Ewing. I am retired, living in rural France. I used to play club chess in England until 1993/1994. I started playing Internet chess in 2009 hence my handle.

Currently I play regularly on as DavidMMIX, and occasionally on the Free Internet Chess Server and on Chesscube (same handle). Please feel free to message me in my forum if you would like a game, or email me at DavidMMIX(at) France is 1 hour earlier than UK time and 4 hours later than US Eastern Standard Time. Over the board, I play for Montbron chess club (echecs):

When I joined my first act was to look up games with the NN vs P ending, which has interested me for a long time. I have moved material on the NN v P ending to David2009 chessforum I have now widened my interests to endings in general.

User profile edited March 2014 (previously November 2009).

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   David2009 has kibitzed 1852 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-03-14 A Dod vs D Mills, 1903 (replies)
David2009: [DIAGRAM] The Botvinnik Variation before Botvinnik was born! Black to play (20...?) avoids the thematic Be8 and plays h6 instead, so avoids becoming victim to a Monday puzzle. I must confess that on playing through the game quickly and before studying the kibitzes or Opening ...
   Apr-03-14 Anthony Dod (replies)
David2009: A Dod vs D Mills, 1903 is the only game of Mr A Dod in the data base - but what a brilliant game! The final combination is POTD for today 3 April 2014, but there are plenty of tactics on the way: [DIAGRAM] Black to play (20...?) avoids the thematic Be8 and plays h6 instead, so ...
   Apr-01-14 DeFirmian vs N Ristic, 1981 (replies)
David2009: <AJ> interesting analysis. The critical position seems to be at move 22 with White to play (Black has just played 21...g5): [DIAGRAM] Black is threatening to pick up the Bh4 and attampting to keep the piece by 22.fxg5? runs into Rxh4 23.gxh4 Be5 with a mating attack. As ...
   Mar-31-14 LIFE Master AJ chessforum (replies)
David2009: <LIFE Master AJ: The only person I think that will have a chance against Carlsen in a match ... anytime soon ... is GM Fabiano Caruana.> Interesting comment. I had the privilege of playing against GM Caruana on the Free Internet Chess Server at the start of 2013. The game ...
   Mar-29-14 Anand vs Svidler, 2014 (replies)
David2009: Anand has been a very worthy champion and is a well-deserved winner of the Candidates Tournament. I am delighted he will be able to continue last year's match against Carlsen, from a clean scoresheet.
   Mar-26-14 Once chessforum (replies)
David2009: Have you tried out Google Play? For us non-Kindle owners it is a high-class alternative. You can experience a customers-eye view for free by choosing your favourite classic. Oh, and a great post on today's POTD! [DIAGRAM] White, under heavy pressure for a long time, to play and ...
   Mar-23-14 Radjabov vs Ivanchuk, 2013 (replies)
David2009: I don't understand this game at all. Why did Black resign in the final position [DIAGRAM] or did he lose on time? If White rushes ahead like a bull at a gate he can lose: 35.Kxg3 Nf4 36.Nxf4 gxf4+ 37.Kf2 Rg6 38.a4 Rff6 39.a5 Rh6 40.a6 Rh2+ 41.Kf1 Rg6 42.a7 Rh1+ 43.Ke2 Rg2+ 44.Kd3
   Mar-20-14 Lasker vs Steinitz, 1894
David2009: Steinitz avoids falling into the "Lasker trap" 6...exd4 7.Nxd4 g6? (7...Nxd4 transposes into the game) 8.Bg5 Bg7 [DIAGRAM] 9.Nd5 Bxd4 10.Qxd4 0-0 11.Nf6+ Kh8 12.Ng4+ Nxd4 13.Bf6+ Kg8 14.Nh6# (analysis by Lasker in a post-match lecture in London, 1895). Source: G Renaud and Victor
   Mar-10-14 David2009 chessforum (replies)
David2009: I previouslyt edited my User profile on 13 November 2009. The information below was current on that day: I am retired, living in rural France. I used to play club chess in England until fifteen years ago. I have a temporary rating of about 1700 standard, 1400 blitz from the Free ...
   Feb-20-14 morfishine chessforum (replies)
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NN vs P ending, and others

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  morfishine: Good morning <David2009>! I hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying your traveling, rest, family, etc. Everything is fine here; I'm trying extra hard to play well at 'slow chess'; Its quite a change from 5-min, but I'm really getting quite absorbed in it.

Thanks much, Morf

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  morfishine: Hi <David2009>! Great to hear from you and I hope you have enjoyed your travels! <scormus> mentioned; I haven't joined; I play over at Mostly 960 chess and 5-minute. My username is 'morf'. I haven't ruled out joining, I just haven't found the necessity to sign up there. Sounds like you are really interested in Chess 960, and so am I: Its a refreshing relief to standard chess, and the players over at take it quite seriously!

In any case, if you want to play some real time chess, we need to coordinate the time-zones as you are ahead 6 hours (I think).

Great to hear from you, Best, Morf

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  morfishine: Good afternoon <David2009> BTW: If you want to play a slow game here of Chess 960, just let me know. We can decide on the set up easily enough. I have plenty of examples to start from. Morf
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  morfishine: Hi <David2009>! Thats great! Are you David2009 over there too? I'll look for you. Lately, I've been playing a few games around 5pm EST which is about 11pm your time, so its kind of late on your end. If you prefer an earlier time, lets try for the weekend and I'll log-in in the morning here which would make it about noon your time.

It can get a little tricky getting a game at ChessCube since the Play List board is always changing. You may click the 'play' button seeking a game and end up clicking a different player! If you want Chess 960, just specify on the 'seek' board at the right, make your settings (for example mine are 2min + 12sec increments) then click 'seek'. Your name will appear on the Play List with a little White triangle so you can cancel the offer. When you place a seek, others will hit your play button, or vice versa. If you hit play while you are 'seeking' and a game is accepted, your 'seek' disappears.

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  morfishine: Hi <David2009>! Sorry I missed you! I will look for your friend request. Coincidentally, I was all ready to log in to ChessCube today right about when you were logged in, when a picture broke and we had to clean up some glass...quite a mess! I'll keep checking!

I hope we have a good fight at the BOB! Its great to have you on Team White!

PS: I accepted your friend request and sent an we just have to coordinate the time zone difference! In general, I am on ChessCube in the afternoon around 5pm EST which is about 11pm your time. I can look for you in the morning here, which would be between 10am - noon your time.

Best, Morf

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  morfishine: Hi <David2009>! Now, I fully appreciate the to need to rest from correspondence play, and chess in general from time to time. I know what you are talking about. Its been very beneficial to re-charge the batteries, so to speak.
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  morfishine: Hello <David2009>! That sounds very interesting your engaging in Coursera. I may have to look into this since they've recently received accreditation from the American Council on Education.

Thanks for asking about the family matters. Things are progressing favorably. One of those times where the situation changes late into the planning and one has to adapt and change plans as best we can. We all can only do our best! No doubt, it was a compounded situation where I was getting worn out with too much chess and setting aside other priorities. So, all in all, a blessing in disguise :) morf

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  The Last Straw: Hi <David2009>

Black to play.

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Here's a good endgame to work on during spare time.

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  YouRang: <David2009><I am retired, living in rural France.>

That sounds like the good life. :-)

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  LIFE Master AJ: <<Thanks for posting your problem to my forum: it attracted irrelevant comments like a jam-jar does wasps.>>

No hard feelings ... and I appreciate the kind comments. I hope you have a good summer! (See you - back, and full force - in the fall.)

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  The Last Straw: Let's try to assess 1...exf4+.

I already know from a book that the position after 2.Kf3 is a draw, but can you find anything better? (No, I'm not sure if there is).

Hope to see you around more in the autumn!

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  LIFE Master AJ: Hello. Stopped by to say hi and wish you a safe and cheerful holidays.
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  morfishine: <David2009> You are very kind sir! I've done a poor job of keeping in touch with friends this fall. I hope you have a great New Year!

Tell me more about your exploration of Coursera

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  David2009: <<Morf>:[snip] Tell me more about your exploration of Coursera>. Not much to say. I have taken four courses getting certificates for three. All were good but perhaps the most interesting and challenging was the Introductory Physics I with Laboratory course run by Professor Michael Schatz and his team from Georgia Tech. Basically the course is about simple mechanics starting with Newton's three laws of motion and the momentum principle. The twist is the classroom exercises: you have to film moving objects with your mobile home or video camera; then analyse the motion frame-by-frame using public-domain software; then compare experiment and theory using a computer program called Python to do the math for you (i.e. doing calculus by arithmetic rather than algebra); and finally report the whole thing by posting a five minute video onto You Tube. It is this last step that I found very difficult. The physics has hardly changed since I was at school 50-55 years ago, but reporting by video (rather than posting a document) really took me out of my comfort zone. When I started I had great trouble getting the blessed software to work for posting text to You Tube in readable form, and could only manage to sort out a commentary in my final effort. This can be seen at “How to fall off a ledge” at

Happy New Year to one and all!

Cheers, David

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  morfishine: <David2009> Congratulations on your video! I think it was better than you suggest: Keep in mind, that live presentations, of any type, can always be improved upon since there are so many areas to scrutinize. If I were to offer any advice, it would be related to short presentations (5-minutes is very short, especially for this subject matter): Get right to the point since there is such little time to work with

Now you've re-kindled my interest in Coursera. Coincidentally, Physics was a big problem for me in college: I did well in Calculus and Chemistry, but since I couldn't get past the Physics courses, I had to switch from Engineering to Business; maybe, I can finally get that monkey off my back!

Thanks, and congratulations again on your first U-video, well done!

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  LIFE Master AJ: That was quite a compliment you left on my player page ...

Thanks! Happy New Year!!!

BTW, thanks to the actions initiated by <TheFocus> I now enjoy peace, (on this site). It was an absolutely amazing turn of events and it could not have been predicted by anyone. Even <Colonel Mortimer> and I have smoked the peace pipe and have abandoned our strife.

I cannot tell you how much this pleases me! Praise God!

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  David2009: <AJ>, <Morf>: Thanks very much for these kind words which have helped get my New Year off to a really good start! Cheers, David
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  LIFE Master AJ:

Are you a teacher? Physics major?

Trust me, I am not trying to be ugly, I am just intensely curious. (About a great many things!)

I know that my critics paint me as an ignoramus who knows nothing and only has some knowledge about chess, but this is actually incorrect ... I am curious about many different subjects, to include the natural sciences.

BTW, a lot of Christians are generally represented as being non-believers of science or saying that all of science is incorrect. I am firmly in the field that most science is both logical and correct. The stereotype is unfair but the one that Hollywood always seems to resort to. In fact, most movies (that I know of) always present a Christian as a nutjob/psycho ...

I also believe there is a lot of <supposed> science that is only a theory and borders on religion and is completely unproven. (Two good examples, for me ... anyway, are global warming and evolution.)

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  LIFE Master AJ: BTW ... a little known fact was that (when I was very young) I really wanted to be a paleontologist. (I have been absolutely insanely crazy about dinosaurs for as long as I can remember. The movie, "Jurassic Park," - I also read the book as well - bordered on being a religious experience for me, hehe. I have been told, when I was <about> 3-4 years old, I had a little plastic, yellow toy dinosaur ... and I carried it everywhere I went for several years.)

Unfortunately, when my maternal Grandmother told me that this was not a good profession to be in, I basically believed her and allowed her to (permanently) sway my opinion ... all I can say (in my defence) is that I was very young.

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  morfishine: <David2009> Thank you very much for the information! Let me know when you post new videos!
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  David2009: Crafty End Game Trainer has received a new lease of life. It is now programmed to try alternative lines which makes it much more challenging to play against. I have tried by luck with the ending Q vs R in a position which is a tablebase mae in 27.

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Crafty EGT link:

Without tablebase help, finding the win is very challenging and I have frequently only drawn (i.e. winning in over 50 moves). I stop as soon as I capture the Rook. The fastest win starts Qe6+. If you get stuck, try the Nalimov table base This last uses Java and you will have to give your computer the appropriate parmission as described by in their link Java Help Page.

You may also like to explore defending the ending, for example using the following link: or alternatively a link to the diagram position colours reversed so Black can mate in 26 with best play

Crafty normally finds the win efficiently: your task is to postpone losing as long as you can. Excellent training!

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  morfishine: <David2009> Hi David! Yes, I have tried 10-min and the quality improved instantly and dramatically. The reference I made to 5-min chess over in <Patriot>'s forum relates to a training exercise I undertook in 2012 and half of 2013. I played about 1,300 games of 5-min chess with the idea of speeding up calculating speed and enhancing time mgmt skills. Hopefully this would carry over to normal OTB controls. Some GM's advocate speed chess for these type of reasons.

I did well pushing my 5-min rating up to 1870; but as soon as I stopped doing tactics every day, and I stopped playing so much 5-min, my rating dropped like an anchor: it was that fast. Oh well, I know what it takes and how much discipline it takes to play good 5-min chess. I just don't have the time or desire to maintain peak efficiency at that time control.

Thanks for the comments! I still take my scalps, just not in heaps like before :)

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  David2009: I previouslyt edited my User profile on 13 November 2009. The information below was current on that day:

I am retired, living in rural France. I used to play club chess in England until fifteen years ago. I have a temporary rating of about 1700 standard, 1400 blitz from the Free Internet Chess Server (FICS) at . I am registered as DavidMMIX. I prefer standard games 5/15 (meaning 5 minutes initially plus 15 seconds per move). Please email me at if you would like a game and we can agree a convenient time. France is 1 hour earlier than UK time and 4 hours later than US Eastern Standard Time .

When I joined my first act was to look up games with the NN vs P ending, which has interested me for a long time. I have moved material on the NN v P ending to David2009 chessforum I have now widened my interests to endings in general.

I have become a daily puzzle addict. Following the example of <dzechiel> and others, I like to write out my solution (in Notepad) and then post it, warts and all (apart from proofreading), with a brief comment after I have seen how the game went. These "brief comments" have recently become longer, because I have discovered a free on-line version of the Crafty chess computer on the site which enables me to check my analysis and also win (if I can) the theoretically won positions. Thanks, Chessvideos! You can compose your own problem or have a go at a standard ending. Link:

User profile last edited 13 November 2009.

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  LIFE Master AJ: Thank you for your fime comment the other day, it was much appreciated.
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  LIFE Master AJ: DeFirmian vs N Ristic, 1981

I got a few comments and a few e-mails about last week, I annotated three games, Monday-Wednesday.

Above is yesterday's contest, I am interested in what you think about it.

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