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Member since Sep-26-08 · Last seen Jul-24-16
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 3802 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-23-16 morfishine chessforum (replies)
Patriot: <morf> Nice! I never would've thought of that--it shows good imagination. What was the time control and how much time was remaining?
   Jul-22-16 S D Swapnil vs M Narciso Dublan, 2015 (replies)
Patriot: <morf> LOL! Yeah it's definitely not a Monday problem. <AylerKupp> Oooh I would feel bad about that also. Sometimes being right isn't the only thing important--it's a question of what it's worth. <posoo> I neva saw anyone by dat name.
   Jul-17-16 B Chatalbashev vs D Howell, 2015 (replies)
Patriot: I had some of the right ideas but didn't put them together in the right way. I looked at 25...Nf5+ but 26.exf5 isn't forced, even though it is best. It's unclear how to proceed if white simply dodges the bullet and he also looks better materially. Next was 25...Nxh1 26.Rxh1 Qh4. A ...
   Jul-16-16 A Sokolov vs J Ye, 2006 (replies)
Patriot: <devere> I think it is still a good problem because 26.Bxh6 is the only way to get an advantage. According to Stockfish, 26...g6 is the best move which is not a scary move or anything--it doesn't really attempt to get anything back for the pawn--but everything else is ...
   Jul-13-16 Santasiere vs B Thurston, 1956 (replies)
Patriot: I went with 26.Rxh7+ Kxh7 27.Ng5+. On 27...Kg8 28.Qc4+ d5 29.Rxd5. There are lots of ways to win this starting on move 27.
   Jul-12-16 Schirmer vs Schleipen, 1956 (replies)
Patriot: <agb2002> What about 20.Rd3? There are a lot of options in that position.
   Jul-10-16 S Williams vs D Howell, 2015 (replies)
Patriot: The first few moves are really easy. White has a killer move which leads to mate (21.Qxh7+). I only saw one way to stop the mate, 20...Bxg5. After looking a little more, 20...Bf6 is another way to prevent immediate mate and at least allows the black queen to guard f7. So after ...
   Jul-09-16 Ding Liren vs Lu Shanglei, 2015 (replies)
Patriot: That's what I get for trying to solve a Saturday problem quickly and when I'm tired! 18...exd5 19.Qxe8+ Bxe8 wins But at least my 18...Bxd5 line is accurate...
   Jul-06-16 V Kamenov vs T Galunov, 2009 (replies)
Patriot: <<Penguincw>: < scormus: ... Times like this I feel CG needs a <like> button > I feel like that sometimes too, but <cg> did give reasons as to why not:> I totally agree with having a "like" on these posts. But the <CG> comments you posted is like ...
   Jul-05-16 R Mamedov vs N Dzagnidze, 2006 (replies)
Patriot: <PawnSac> But of course! Every tactics book out there, unless they are checkmate problems, involves finding a winning combination that doesn't go on until mate. It's about attaining a winning advantage. An actual game, if the player doesn't give up, requires winning technique.
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