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Mating Net
Member since Dec-01-04 · Last seen Aug-16-18
My philosophy when playing chess has changed quite a bit ever since I became a member of <chessgames.com.> The fundamental lesson that I have learned is that one's eyes have to be conditioned to identify the <most forcing moves> in a given position. All checks, captures, & threats must be examined, FIRST! The player who truly masters this methodology will be a force to be reckoned with. Thanks to this terrific site, I feel that I'm on the road to becoming one of those players.

I was deployed to the Middle East for over 5 very long years and <chessgames.com> was invaluable in sustaining my sanity while insanity raged all around me. Big time thanks to this site.

Favorite Quotes:

"I missed a shot." <Every Chess Player>

"Activate the Rook." Karsten Mueller

"Many have become Chess Masters, but no one has become the Master of Chess." Siegbert Tarrasch

"The stomach is an essential part of the Chess Master." Bent Larsen

"Whoever sees no other aim in the game than that of giving checkmate to one's opponent will never become a good chess player." Max Euwe

"I have never defeated a healthy opponent" Savielly Tartakower

"It is always better to sacrifice your opponent's men." Savielly Tartakower

"The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made." Savielly Tartakower

"I don't believe in psychology. I believe in good moves." Robert James Fischer

"Petrosian has an incredible tactical view, and a wonderful sense of danger…No matter how much you think deep…He will smell any kind of danger 20 moves before." Robert James Fischer

"It is to Petrosian's advantage that his opponents never know when he is suddenly going to play like Mikhail Tal." Boris Spassky

"Nobody see's combinations like Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov." Mikhail Botvinnik

"To win against me, you must beat me three times: in the opening, the middlegame, and the endgame." Alexander Alekhine

"There are two types of sacrifices-sound ones and mine." Mikhail Tal

"Centralize and Sacrifice." Mikhail Tal

"They can only take one at a time." Mikhail Tal

"I drink, I smoke, I gamble, I chase girls, but, postal chess is the one vice I don't have." Mikhail Tal

I play in the U1800 section in tournaments and in my club. My favorite players are Spassky, Capablanca, Tal, Alekhine, Tartakower and Robert James Fischer.

I have a special fondness for Paul Morphy. Chess would not be what it is today, if not for Morphy.

Of the current championship contenders, I really like Fabiano Caruana. I think Fabiano is destined to topple Magnus Carlsen.

I think <chessgames.com> is an amazing website. I have learned so much and had tons of fun everytime I visit. Keep up the good work. I would like to see a bit more humility from some members. Bragging about how quickly they can solve a puzzle or taking special delight at making the first post on a page, does not enhance my online experience.

<My Forum is open to anybody who wishes to post something constructive> Chess topics are the priority. I'll post some positions of interest either from my own games or from puzzles I run across. Everybody is encouraged to post a solution.

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   Mating Net has kibitzed 2042 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-19-18 Penguincw chessforum (replies)
 
Mating Net: I'm in. In the quarters I'll go with: Swe Can Oar USA Semis: Can Oar Final Oar Bronze Swe Bonus: In the ladies final I'll go with USA. They have to win one of the years, right?
 
   Jan-05-16 Mating Net chessforum (replies)
 
Mating Net: A bit of a throw away game by the Kings, never generated any offense. A nice home stand coming up, GKG!
 
   Jan-05-16 M Lyell vs Paul Gluckman, 2016
 
Mating Net: 57...Bd1 is next and White can't hold the Queen side pawns.
 
   Dec-22-15 O Chernikov vs Savon, 2002
 
Mating Net: 45...d3 is textbook interference to promote the a pawn, or to force White to invest a Rook to prevent the promotion.
 
   Dec-18-15 I Upton vs R Granat, 2000
 
Mating Net: 47...Rf2! is a slick intermezzo. The Rook is immune from capture as the e pawn would cost White his last piece.
 
   Dec-18-15 O Dementiev vs Dzindzichashvili, 1972
 
Mating Net: One of the best two movers. You have to FORCE your opponent into unfavorable piece alignments. 61...Rh1+ certainly does.
 
   Dec-18-15 R Bertholee vs Judit Polgar, 1990 (replies)
 
Mating Net: The technique exhibited by 35...Rb4! is in the category of "must know" for the endgame tactician.
 
   Dec-17-15 D G Baird vs Steinitz, 1898
 
Mating Net: White makes a last ditch attempt to save the game with 68.Nxa5 hoping for 68...c1Q when 69.Nb3+ would fork the royal couple. The old warhorse Steinitz was never going to fall for that trick.
 
   Dec-17-15 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
Mating Net: I got a big laugh from this guy's explanation. It makes perfect sense. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...
 
   Dec-17-15 Bogoljubov vs Nimzowitsch, 1929 (replies)
 
Mating Net: A cruel, ironic twist in this game is that Black mercilessly exploited White's weak, doubled pawns, but ended the game with doubled pawns and a winning position.
 
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May-01-15
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  WannaBe: You better watch out,
You better not cry,
Because I'm telling you why,
Them New North Stars are coming to town.
May-01-15
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  Penguincw: Minnesota rallies and ties it up within the first 9:30 of the period, but with just 59 seconds left until the 2nd intermission, Chicago takes the lead, back.
May-01-15
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  WannaBe: TB wins in 2OT!
May-01-15
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  Mating Net: Way to go Bolts! That won't be the only OT game in that series.

The New Stars are out of their comfort zone with these high scoring games.

May-02-15
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  WannaBe: Good game, Chicago 4, Minn 3
May-02-15
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  Mating Net: Who do you guys like in the fight?

I'm going with Floyd, I think he's meaner than Manny.

May-02-15
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  Penguincw: < Mating Net: Who do you guys like in the fight?

I'm going with Floyd, I think he's meaner than Manny. >

I agree, I'm going with Floyd. I don't really watch boxing at all, so I'm just looking to enjoy the match.

May-02-15
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  Mating Net: What a goal by Ovechkin! If you haven't seen it, be sure to check out a spectacular goal by the great 8. 3-2 Rangers with 8 mins to go in 3rd.
May-03-15
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  Mating Net: I'm not one for guarantees, but I can guarantee that I will not pay to watch a rematch. The fight was ho-hum, if you didn't see it, you didn't miss much.
May-03-15
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  Penguincw: Looks like the Giants and Dodgers both won the same way: with the benefit of interference:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/217535...

May-03-15
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  Mating Net: That was bizarre <Penguincw> both were grounders to second and both ended the game.
May-05-15
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  WannaBe: Not lookin' guuuuud for them New Minnesota North Stars tonight, or for the series...
May-05-15
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  Mating Net: Corey Crawford did his best Patrick Roy with Velcro imitation tonight, totally shutdown the New Stars. Since Calgary is going down also, it looks like we'll both need new teams Bugsy.
May-05-15
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  WannaBe: I'm pickin' the San Francisco Seals.
May-05-15
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  Mating Net: In that case, I'm picking the Charlestown Chiefs, http://www.hollywoodmoviejerseys.co...
May-05-15
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  WannaBe: "Fans are screaming 'Kill! Kill! Kill!'. And as a reminder, the Chiefs are at home this Saturday, be sure to come out and take in the game. Wholesome fun for the family."

"Way to go, Ned. Way to go."

"This is a serious game, this is not a freak show!"

"What are you talking about? Serious game? This is hockey."

May-05-15
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  WannaBe: "Oh this young man has had a very trying rookie season, with the litigation, the notoriety, his subsequent deportation to Canada and that country's refusal to accept him, well, I guess that's more than most 21-year-olds can handle... Ogie Ogilthorpe!"
May-05-15
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  Mating Net: That's some serious comedy <WannaBe> you're making me want to watch it again for the 19th time. I just need to find my Hanson glasses.
May-06-15
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  Mating Net: Wow, I see the Flames showed some life against the Mallards. Johnny Hockey ties it up late before Backlund wins it in OT. Real gutsy.
May-06-15
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  Penguincw: Darn it, I thought they could go up 3-0 and start paying more attention to the CHI-DAL series. I swear they were leading like 2-0 when I went to sleep...
May-06-15
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  Mating Net: Gaudreau scored with 20 seconds left to tie it up. This is the first time the Ducks face some resistance so we'll see how they respond next game.

In the meantime, the Habs have to win tonight or c'est fini. No way they come back from 3-0 down.

May-06-15
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  Mating Net: Tough one <Penguincw> TB was sleep walking/skating the entire 2nd period and 19 minutes of the 3rd. All of a sudden, Price was under siege as the Habs kept turning pucks over and sitting back.
May-06-15
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  Penguincw: Looks like Tampa Bay is making it to the Conference Finals. At least the Ducks are doing well...

For the record, the last time a non-orginal Six team beat 2 Original Six teams in the first 2 rounds of the playoffs: 1982, when the Quebec Nordiques upset Montreal 3-2 and Boston 4-3 to reach the Prince of Wales Conference finals, only to be swept by the Islanders 4-0. :| Yeah, that was like too long ago.

FTR: No team has done it against 3, so TB would become the first, should the Rangers advance and lose to them (and who knows, maybe Chicago will go down as well).

I guess having the best home record in the league really helps (it helped Detroit in 2008).

May-06-15
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  Mating Net: That was a great piece of trivia on the Original 6 <Penguincw> I never would have guessed that the old Avalanche were the last to do it. Looks like TB will get a chance to join that club tomorrow night. It would be cool to see a team beat 4 of the Original 6 to win the Cup.
May-08-15
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  Penguincw: < It would be cool to see a team beat 4 of the Original 6 to win the Cup. >

Well, it's still possible, as the Rangers stay alive with an OT winner, as New York is looking to become the 21st team ever to win a series down 3-1.

Meanwhile, I see the Flames (who are down in the series 2-1) are leading 2-1 in Game 4. Still nothing to be alarmed, but I'd be surprised if Calgary wins both games at home, considering Anaheim has the 2nd best road record, while Calgary has the 15th worst home record (yes, I exaggerated a bit). Of course, coming from Toronto, I'm not really aware that regular season records don't necessarily translate easily in the playoffs. ;)

BTW: Any baseball teams you like?

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