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Member since Sep-26-08 · Last seen Apr-22-18
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 3937 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-17-18 Caruana vs T Petrik, 2006 (replies)
Patriot: <Marmot PFL> Time scramble, maybe...
   Apr-16-18 Keene vs Robatsch, 1971
Patriot: <ChessHigherCat> GM's calculate about the same as experts but recognize many times more patterns according to research. They have a better feel of what candidates are critical and which ones to not concern themselves with. He thought for 50 minutes because it was critical and ...
   Jan-30-18 A W Fox vs A Clerc, 1901 (replies)
Patriot: 22.Re8 pins the rook and diverts the queen from defending f6. 22...Qg5 is a defensive illusion since 23.Qxg5 has no good answer.
   Jan-20-18 Bareev vs M Khassanov, 1986 (replies)
Patriot: I got it thru 29.Bxf8 but calculated 29...Bg7 and 30.Bc5+ (good enough) or maybe 30.Be7+ Bf8 31.Bxf8. I didn't consider 29...Bxh3 as a defense. 26...Bxf6 27.Re8+ Nf8 28.Rxf8# 26...Nxf6 27.Qg7# There isn't much here for defense but 29...Bxh3 was a nice try.
   Jan-19-18 Sax vs Minic, 1975 (replies)
Patriot: It's funny that most of these can be solved easily just by noting the tactical elements. In this problem, Bg3 x-rays through to Qc7 and Rf1 x-rays to f7. It doesn't take much after that to see 20.Ng5 Nxg5 21.e6 with a double-attack to weaken the black king's position. Of course ...
   Jan-15-18 J Trapl vs Jansa, 1987 (replies)
Patriot: Just as <Phony Benoni> said. It helps to take stock of the position before calculating.
   Jan-08-18 L Cooper vs Igor Ivanov, 1987 (replies)
Patriot: <morf> LOL! I enjoyed your story and I can see the analogy. Good to see you again!
   Dec-29-17 C Garcia Palermo vs C Herrera, 2001 (replies)
Patriot: <agb2002> I like your line <C> better than what I chose because it is easier. But I went with 39.Nxd6+ seeing that it's a forced mate anyway: 39...Kg7 40.Qxf7+ Kh8 41.Qf6+ Kg8 (41...Kh7 42.Re7+ Rxe7 43.Re7+ and mate next) 42.Qxg6+ and mate next.
   Dec-28-17 Caruana vs Onischuk, 2016 (replies)
Patriot: I was thinking 25.Rxd6 cxd6 26.Re5 dxe5 27.c7 but missed 27...Rc4. The motifs seemed to be there...
   Dec-26-17 Damljanovic vs Geller, 1987 (replies)
Patriot: I agree it's winning and I would play this line as black, but as white I would need to see more proof.
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