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Member since Sep-26-08 · Last seen Oct-23-17
I'm a class A player with the USCF (~1840). But in 2006 I was class D (~1300) before I started taking lessons with NM Dan Heisman.

I've been coming to this site for quite a while and I believe it has helped me to better my analysis skills. It is very insightful to read posts by some of my favorite kibitzers: <johnlspouge> (was he kidnapped?), <dzechiel>, <TheaN>, <CHESSTTCAMPS>, <agb2002>, <gofer>, and of course <Once>, and other kibitzer "greats". My appreciation goes to them for helping me reach a higher level.

My thoughts on improvement have changed recently. I used to be dead set against helpmate problems which I thought teaches you the bad habit of expecting your opponent to make a bad move. Too much of anything is bad, but this has the positive of training piece coordination which is a very powerful skill to have. Here's another example: My coach showed me a few problems where you must force immediate checkmate by swapping any two pieces on the board, resulting in a legal checkmate position. For example, you can't swap a piece and a pawn if the pawn is on the 8th rank or checks your own king--that's not a legal position. There are many ways to improve key areas in chess.

If anyone wishes to critique my analysis or ideas, feel free to do so. I won't take it personally. I need feedback! Or if you want opinions on improvement, feel free to ask.

   Patriot has kibitzed 3906 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-18-17 A Bachmann vs V Fedoseev, 2016 (replies)
Patriot: What's wrong with 33...Rdxe4? Like <malt>, that's the line I had.
   Oct-03-17 Short vs Ljubojevic, 1987 (replies)
Patriot: Once you see the x-ray of queen and rook to queen it isn't hard to find the right sequence. But still I always look to see what those sneaky knights can do.
   Sep-21-17 Von Der Lasa vs Staunton, 1853
Patriot: I found 22...Na2+ 23.Kd2 but decided it wins at least a pawn after 23...Qb4+ and that was it for me. That was good enough to decide on 22...Na2+ because what else was there? It's not imperative to see 23...Rxe4 at that point and find a 'genius' move.
   Sep-19-17 C F Morris vs D Garcia Ilundain, 1997 (replies)
Patriot: I was a bit slow on this one because I immediately noticed the rook pin and first thought of 43...Bf3 without seeing the a-pawn. Then I noticed the advanced a-pawn and it clicked. No matter how easy or difficult these positions are, it helps to take stock of the tactical potential ...
   Sep-10-17 Salov vs Korchnoi, 1997 (replies)
Patriot: <Jimfromprovidence> I noticed that also but was looking at move 57.? I think 57.Rf5 loses to 57...Qxf5 58.gxf5+ Kxf5 59.Kg3 (59.Kf2 Kf4 -+) 59...Kg5 60.f4+ Kf5 61.Kf3 h5 62.Kg3 Ke4.
   Jun-09-17 Chandler vs A J Mestel, 1981 (replies)
Patriot: <morf> That's exactly what I had!
   Jun-05-17 Shirov vs Lautier, 1995 (replies)
Patriot: <agb2002> Sorry it just came across as "this is how I decided this idea and there were no other considerations" when it seems the position is set up for other tactical possibilities as well. Unless that's really all you considered before going into detailed analysis, it seems ...
   Apr-15-17 Lu Shanglei vs Yiyi Xiao, 2016 (replies)
Patriot: I almost went with 21.Bf6 Rxe1+ 22.Rxe1 Qxf6 23.Re8+ Kh7 and 24.Qh4+ cannot be played as <detritus> points out. The next logical move for me was 21.Bxd6 Rxe1+ 22.Rxe1 cxd6 23.Re8+ Kh7 24.Qh4+ Kg6 but I missed the key move, 25.g4, and didn't see anything useful. So I did some ...
   Jan-21-17 A Backlund vs J van Foreest, 2016 (replies)
Patriot: <morf> Hi, great to hear from you! I spent more time on this only because it is presented as a winning position. It did have some feel that something could be there because the knights, bishop, and queen were swarming around a king that is being suffocated. My test lines ...
   Jan-18-17 Hebden vs R Cantero, 1986 (replies)
Patriot: <Gawain> <18 ...cxd5 19 exd5 Ne5 20 dxe5> I prefer <20.Bxe5> threatening <21.Bxh8> or if <20.Bxe5 dxe5 21.Rxe5> with a deadly pin.
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