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Member since Sep-26-08 · Last seen Jul-20-17
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 3901 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-09-17 Chandler vs A J Mestel, 1981 (replies)
Patriot: <morf> That's exactly what I had!
   Jun-05-17 Shirov vs Lautier, 1995 (replies)
Patriot: <agb2002> Sorry it just came across as "this is how I decided this idea and there were no other considerations" when it seems the position is set up for other tactical possibilities as well. Unless that's really all you considered before going into detailed analysis, it seems ...
   Apr-15-17 Lu Shanglei vs Yiyi Xiao, 2016 (replies)
Patriot: I almost went with 21.Bf6 Rxe1+ 22.Rxe1 Qxf6 23.Re8+ Kh7 and 24.Qh4+ cannot be played as <detritus> points out. The next logical move for me was 21.Bxd6 Rxe1+ 22.Rxe1 cxd6 23.Re8+ Kh7 24.Qh4+ Kg6 but I missed the key move, 25.g4, and didn't see anything useful. So I did some ...
   Jan-21-17 A Backlund vs J van Foreest, 2016 (replies)
Patriot: <morf> Hi, great to hear from you! I spent more time on this only because it is presented as a winning position. It did have some feel that something could be there because the knights, bishop, and queen were swarming around a king that is being suffocated. My test lines ...
   Jan-18-17 Hebden vs R Cantero, 1986 (replies)
Patriot: <Gawain> <18 ...cxd5 19 exd5 Ne5 20 dxe5> I prefer <20.Bxe5> threatening <21.Bxh8> or if <20.Bxe5 dxe5 21.Rxe5> with a deadly pin.
   Jan-03-17 T Mauwa vs R Cecchetti, 1996 (replies)
Patriot: <morf> Thanks! It's great hearing from you again! Great job on your rating!! I'm sure my playing strength has dropped a bit since I haven't played in a while. Plus I allowed my ICC subscription to lapse this time, not that it's terribly expensive, but I'm tired of paying out ...
   Oct-23-16 D Stern vs Hybl, 1968 (replies)
Patriot: That doesn't make it possible.
   Sep-24-16 M Sion Castro vs Shirov, 1995 (replies)
Patriot: I forgot to include, 29.Rxc3 Qxc3 30.Rxc2 Qe1+ 31.Kb2 Rxc2+ 32.Kxc2 Qxf2+ 33.Kb1 Qxa2+ 34.Kxa2 gxf6
   Sep-18-16 Aronian vs Caruana, 2015 (replies)
Patriot: <agb2002> <C.1) 28... Ne3 29.Ne6+ Kh6 (else 30.Qg7#) 30.Qg7+ Kh5 31.Be2+ Kh4 32.Qg4#.> I assume you meant 32.Qg3# since 32.Qg4+ Nxg4. I like your line better than mine although mine wins also, but finding that it wins is all that is important. My <29.Nd6+> ...
   Sep-17-16 D Gormally vs Sutovsky, 2005 (replies)
Patriot: <Jimfromprovidence> Nevermind...32...Ng3+ loses there to 33.hxg3.
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