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Member since Sep-26-08 · Last seen Nov-30-15
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 3685 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-21-15 Smyslov vs Hort, 1973 (replies)
Patriot: My line went: 27.Bxe5 dxe5 28.Nf6+ Kh8 29.Nxh7 Kxh7 30.g6+ fxg6 31.Rxf8 Rxf8 with mate threats. It took a long time to decide on 27.Bxe5, as opposed to 27.Nf6+. The key move seemed to be eliminating the knight first in order to meet 29...Kxh7 with 30.g6+. But I haven't ...
   Jun-20-15 Ehlvest vs V Neverov, 2005 (replies)
Patriot: <<al wazir> 27. Qg6 is an obvious choice and I would have played it OTB, since it costs white nothing. (He is assured of getting his material back). But I had no continuation in mind and no plan for converting it into a win. I probably would have played 30. Rf2 to defend ...
   Dec-28-14 ketchuplover chessforum (replies)
Patriot: Thanks and I hope you improve greatly as well!
   Dec-28-14 morfishine chessforum (replies)
   Dec-28-14 wordfunph chessforum (replies)
Patriot: Thanks. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year!
   Nov-02-14 Morozevich vs Chekhov, 2014 (replies)
Patriot: My first instinct was 40.Ne4, attacking the pinned piece. 40...Nd4 is the expected reply. It looks like an advantage but there are a few other candidates: 40.Rxc6 and 40.fxg5. I chose 40.fxg5 as a direct attempt to win the pinned rook. 40...hxg5 and now 41.h4 is less accurate since ...
   Nov-01-14 Li Ting Tan vs Thi Nhu Y Hoang, 2014 (replies)
Patriot: <<goodevans>: I'm going to give myself half marks today. I looked at <25... Bxg3 26. Nxg3 Ngf4+>, saw that black's Q could invade against any response and stopped there. I didn't even consider that white might decline the B-sac!> Take a full mark! Seeing the queen ...
   Oct-31-14 K Spraggett vs B Harper, 1976 (replies)
Patriot: <morf> <Whats particularly mortifying is in not fathoming the strength of 21.Red1...> I didn't consider that move either. I chose 19.Nxd5 mostly because it doesn't risk a lot of material and it seems to be the start of some sort of attack, although I wasn't completely ...
   Aug-30-14 M Dziuba vs A Ipatov, 2009 (replies)
Patriot: <morf> You got much further than I did. I didn't even consider 33.Bf6.
   Jul-15-14 Chigorin vs Burn, 1905 (replies)
Patriot: Chigorin played 13.Qb5?? here? That's a pretty simple and big mistake for a player of his caliber, but anything can happen on the right day I suppose.
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