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Member since Sep-26-08 · Last seen May-26-17
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 3898 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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.
   Jan-03-17 T Mauwa vs R Cecchetti, 1996 (replies)
Patriot: <morf> Thanks! It's great hearing from you again! Great job on your rating!! I'm sure my playing strength has dropped a bit since I haven't played in a while. Plus I allowed my ICC subscription to lapse this time, not that it's terribly expensive, but I'm tired of paying out ...
   Oct-23-16 D Stern vs Hybl, 1968 (replies)
Patriot: That doesn't make it possible.
   Sep-24-16 M Sion Castro vs Shirov, 1995 (replies)
Patriot: I forgot to include, 29.Rxc3 Qxc3 30.Rxc2 Qe1+ 31.Kb2 Rxc2+ 32.Kxc2 Qxf2+ 33.Kb1 Qxa2+ 34.Kxa2 gxf6
   Sep-18-16 Aronian vs Caruana, 2015 (replies)
Patriot: <agb2002> <C.1) 28... Ne3 29.Ne6+ Kh6 (else 30.Qg7#) 30.Qg7+ Kh5 31.Be2+ Kh4 32.Qg4#.> I assume you meant 32.Qg3# since 32.Qg4+ Nxg4. I like your line better than mine although mine wins also, but finding that it wins is all that is important. My <29.Nd6+> ...
   Sep-17-16 D Gormally vs Sutovsky, 2005 (replies)
Patriot: <Jimfromprovidence> Nevermind...32...Ng3+ loses there to 33.hxg3.
   Sep-02-16 Van Wely vs T Beerdsen, 2015 (replies)
Patriot: <agb2002> In your line E) <43...Kf8>, 44.Qb4+ Kg8 45.Rxe8+ Kh7 46.Qh4+ Qh6 47.Qxh6+ Kxh6 48.Rxa8 . I could've stopped at 44.Qb4+ , but just wanted to show ...
   Aug-28-16 agb2002 chessforum (replies)
Patriot: <agb2002> <In Spain you can get about 200 if you win a local rapid tournament, not too bad for eight hours of work, but you need at least IM strength to have realistic chances.> Not sure how that compares with U.S. dollars but here you can win in the thousands at ...
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