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Member since Sep-26-08 · Last seen May-06-16
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 3740 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-05-16 L Christiansen vs J M Bellon Lopez, 1976 (replies)
Patriot: But Bb5 doesn't look right either because of ...a6.
   May-04-16 A Caoili vs C Rodriguez Monteiro, 1996 (replies)
Patriot: I wish I could give a "thumbs up" or a "like" to the comments above!
   May-02-16 P W Power vs R Hart, 1983 (replies)
Patriot: "Very easy". I overlooked the pinned knight for the longest time and didn't see 26...Rxh3+ 27.Kxh3 Qh4#. Finally I saw it--not a typical Monday for me! But at least I saw white's mate threat very quickly, which pretty well limited black's choices. Dan Heisman calls that a "killer ...
   May-01-16 P Popovic vs Timman, 2006 (replies)
Patriot: I considered 31.Rxg6+ Kxg6 32.Bd3+ but did not think about 33.Rh5. My move was 31.Nc5 since 31...Qxc5 32.Rxg6+ Kxg6 33.Bd3+ wins the queen. It's not all forced and there are other replies. This is indeed "insane" but you also have to consider that white is already up a piece and a ...
   Apr-10-16 A Sokolov vs Speelman, 1989 (replies)
Patriot: I knew there was something suspicious about this position. There just didn't seem to be enough tactical factors for a win. But 18...Nxg3+ is a nice attempt to win, and of course it worked.
   Apr-09-16 P Ricardi vs N V Pedersen, 2004 (replies)
Patriot: 28.Rd6 was easy enough to find, but there was a bit more behind it. I considered 28...Bxd6 29.exd6 Rc8 30.d7 Rc7 and looked at several candidates. But first I considered 28...f5 but 29.Rxc6 fxe4 30.Rxb6 and game over. There is also the intermezzo, 28.Rd6 Bxd6 29.exd6 f5 but 30.dxc7 ...
   Mar-25-16 J Nielsen vs Hybl, 1965 (replies)
Patriot: This was a lot of fun. There were several candidates. Rxf7+, Rxg6+, and Bxf7. I considered 52.Rxg6+ fxg6 53.Bd3 Qf7 54.Qxe5+ Kh7 and saw nothing more. The beauty of 52.Rxf7+ is that the rook will have to be on f7, not the queen. 52.Rxf7+ Rxf7 53.Bd3 Kf8 54.Qxg6 but it's hard to see
   Mar-24-16 B Al Qudaimi vs B Amin, 2014 (replies)
Patriot: It was a bit tough for me. I quickly saw 27...d3 28.Bxd3 Rh1+ 29.Kg2 Ree1 30.f4 which became a real problem for me. Then I tried changing the move order; 27...Rh1+ 28.Kg2 d3 which transposes. I also looked at the unlikely 27...Rxe2 and 27...Rhe8. Finally it dawned on me that ...
   Mar-20-16 Adams vs D Baramidze, 2015 (replies)
Patriot: Erikko - Good job on the Sunday puzzle! Don't worry about chrisowen...he is harmless.
   Mar-19-16 A Moiseenko vs B Thorfinnsson, 2011
Patriot: I can't believe I saw this all the way to the end. LOL. But seriously, I saw 44.Rxg6! Rxg6 45.Qxf5 begins a nice attack (not 45.Rxh5+ Nh6).
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