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Member since Sep-26-08 · Last seen Feb-11-16
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 3711 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-11-16 Sutovsky vs I Sokolov, 2005
Patriot: 51...Qd3 52.Bxd3 cxd3 is a familiar winning pattern. What's cool is 52.Rf2 Qe3 53.Rf1 Qe2 54.Rc1 Qd2. The queen dances in a square to win material.
   Feb-10-16 A Seyb vs E Safarli, 2014 (replies)
Patriot: Nice puzzle!
   Feb-09-16 V Artemiev vs P Ponkratov, 2013 (replies)
Patriot: <morfishine> <White is up a piece so he wins> On point! 44.Rxg6 is one way and white should have no problems. I'm not sure why black didn't resign sooner, unless white was low on time. But we've all had stubborn opponents and if time is there, it doesn't hurt to look for
   Feb-04-16 J Gallagher vs A Compton, 2014 (replies)
Patriot: <morf> Nice to see your posts as well! I'm glad you are having fun--fun is what it's about!
   Feb-04-16 H van Dongen vs E Wijsman, 2005
Patriot: <morfishine> <So, all in all, Its a draw> Amazingly, it is!
   Feb-02-16 A Jakubiec vs M Godard, 2013 (replies)
Patriot: <ChessGames> It's too bad we don't have the ability to "Like" comments on here (such as on Facebook). I'm probably not the only one on here who has thought from time to time that no one cares what we write. And unless someone addresses your post, who would know after days of ...
   Feb-02-16 J Houska vs T Hebbes, 2014
Patriot: <Sally Simpson> You are totally correct! It took me only a few seconds to consider 32.Rxe8+ Kxe8 33.Bb5. But it did take a bit longer to see 33...Kd7 34.Rxc5. A little longer to try the other option, 33...Rc7 34.Rxc5. But I didn't stop there because there is a loose rook on h7
   Jan-23-16 B Abramovic vs V Zheliandinov, 2000 (replies)
Patriot: <agb2002> Take a look at <Random Visitor>s post and as <patzer2> noted. 26.Nf6+ Kf8 27.Nxe8 Rxe8 28.Qxf5 gxf5 29.Ra5. I think the problem with 29.Rc4 is 29...b5 30.Rxc6 Nxd4 lighting up the board like a Christmas tree. After this, black is winning the exchange back
   Jan-17-16 N McDonald vs A Fier, 2014 (replies)
Patriot: <patzer2> I never considered 25...e2 26.Nxf7 Bc5+ because 26...exf1=Q+ seemed to lose material for nothing so I dismissed that. 26.Re1 was the try. It was surprising to see 26.Bxe2 because 26...Nc5 now has merit. But after 26.Re1, I didn't see that 26...Nc5 27.Nxf7?? Qd4+ ...
   Jan-10-16 S Savchenko vs S Smagin, 1992 (replies)
Patriot: I thought 20.Bf6 Nd5 21.Rxd5 exd5 22.Bxd5 looked strong, since 23.Qg3 is threatened and 23...g6 fails to 24.Qxg6#. The light-squared bishop is much better than the rook here.
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