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|Sep-27-11|| ||morfishine: Good Evening <Patriot>! Your comments are well received on this end. Its truly been a valuable lesson, not just an area to grasp at some positive in an attempt to alleviate the pain: it was really valuable. |
I'll bet you a dollar that Gulko was expecting <20...Ndf8>; and his eyes bulged-out and he licked-his chops when Black plopped down <20...Ngf8>; and also the line that <jimfromprovidence> produced was probably very similar to what Gulko had in mind! :)
BTW: Funny story on today's POTD. One did indeed have to be careful
|Sep-29-11|| ||morfishine: I'm curious about your move <2.Ne1> (which I think is very good; I too, would like to push <3.f4>). I wonder what makes that move better than 2.Nd2 (which also clears and prepares <3.f4>? Something to look at; Perhaps white wants to keep the c1-h6 diagonal open. Excellent play though. |
Glad you are playing regularly OTB. Thats really the point after all of your hard work.
The local club here only meets on Saturdays and I'm usually tied down to Family stuff then. I'm practically limited to Internet chess for now, unless I can find someone nearby who plays.
|Sep-29-11|| ||morfishine: The point I was trying to make is I am generally curious as to what made you decide on <1.Ne1> vs some other knight-clearance move. I am not trying to suggest a better move: I want to know what makes that move best. :)|
|Sep-30-11|| ||morfishine: Good morning <Patriot>! On your comment: <I loved the move because it is so ironic. It looks like a retreat but actually it's the most attacking move on the board!> You are thinking like Fischer! When one move can either (1) improve your position or (2) set-up an attack or (3) both, you can hardly go wrong. Your move does both. Very Good!|
I also favor <1.Ne1> over <1.Nd2> due to the semi-closed position on the Q-side; Like you said, its more flexible: The knight could go to <d3> or maneuver <Nc2> - <Ne3> planning on pushing the f-pawn to <f5>. White has lots of options.
|Oct-01-11|| ||morfishine: Good Evening <Patriot>! Missed you at today's POTD (Saturday 10/1).|
|Oct-02-11|| ||morfishine: Good morning <Patriot>! I am always open to suggestions, especially from yourself. |
Regarding Friday's puzzle, there was some interesting post-mortem analysis going on over <30.Qxg6+> & <30.Nxg6>.
<CHESSTTCAMPS> posted the following comment over these moves:
CHESSTTCAMPS: So why did several generally reliable kibitzers, (<dzechiel>,<CHESSTTCAMPS>,<FSR>,<rhickma4>,<morfi-
- shine>,<agb2002>), go for the blunder 30.Nxg6?? instead of 30.Qxg6+! ? Part of it may involve failure to notice the "long" move Qb2+ (away from the focus of kingside action), but I think that is secondary. Undoubtedly most of these kibitzers thought (as I did) that the wrong order of moves was actually the right order of moves because 30.Nxg6(??) Qxg6(??) 31.Qxg6+ forces the king to step into the pin at g6, whereas 30.Qxg6+! Qxg6 31.Nxg6 does not.
A formal identification of the opponent's major threats, as <JimfromProvidence> did today (and <agb2002>, among other, often does) would make this kind of blunder less likely.
And I replied:
<CHESSTTCAMPS> On your comment: <...but I think that is secondary. Undoubtedly most of these kibitzers thought (as I did) that the wrong order of moves was actually the right order of moves because 30.Nxg6(??) Qxg6(??) 31.Qxg6+ forces the king to step into the pin at g6, whereas 30.Qxg6+! Qxg6 31.Nxg6 does not> Good point! Unfortunately I cannot claim such justification; I simply focused on the fact the knight was attacked twice, and figured <30.Nxg6> solved that problem. In fact, I didn't even see <30...Qb2+> for some reason; Carelessness is the only explanation; No doubt if I did see the Queen check, I would've gone straight for <30.Qxg6+>
Good insight :)
Thus, I simply missed it.
I concluded after "analyzing my analysis" [ie: recalling what I was thinking when I decided on <30.Ng6>] that I became focused on the Knight on <h4>, which was attacked twice. <30.Nxg6> solved this and once I saw the followup <32.g4>, I figured that was the solution.
Going forward I will heed your suggestion when you wrote: <My only suggestion there is to always consider the most forcing candidates first> That would've served me well here. :)
|Oct-03-11|| ||morfishine: Good morning <Patriot>! Good analysis on your part Sunday. Interesting too is <Ajile> showed Black can play <14...cxd5> since after 15.c3 Qd6 16.cxd4 dxe4 Black has a pawn for the exchange and white has no immediate threats|
|Oct-03-11|| ||morfishine: Good Evening <Patriot> I wouldn't worry too much about this puzzle. When you wrote <The biggest concern was why it took so long for me to find the first move> I just want to say its funny how the puzzles from Monday - Friday almost always have a concrete, irrefutable answer. However, the Sunday puzzle (and sometimes on Saturday) tends to have a "murky" side to it [lately]. I don't think one is wrong if they find a winning continuation that differs from the game-score. On the contrary, congratulations to that person! Thats really the point since these aren't "cooked" puzzles but taken from real games; we have the opportunity to improve for both sides!|
I will never complain to CG stating this puzzle is flawed or is only good for a Tuesday puzzle, etc. But whats generated so much discussion about this Sunday's puzzle is Muller clearly played poorly, for whatever reason.
For example, If I can forward an improvement for Black, then someone else (ie:<Ajile>) can improve even better on that, what does that say about Muller's play? So as long as you focused on the theme to move the knight and fork the Queen and Rook, then you have "solved" the puzzle, despite how poorly Muller played.
One shouldn't be penalized because the real opposition played poorly. Thats no the point at all. :)
|Oct-03-11|| ||morfishine: BTW: I meant to add maybe the reason it took you so long to settle on the first move, was the position of Black: Both 14.Nd5 and 14.Nb5 take advantage to fork the Black Queen and Rook. Which one? Toss a coin. I just didn't like 14.Nd5 because it seemed a little too murky. 14.Nb5 seemed more precise because it carried the added threat of 15.Na7+ followed by the double capture on <c6> |
Shoot, with black's awkwardly placed pieces, 14.a3 may win too! Best, Morf
|Oct-05-11|| ||morfishine: Good morning <Patriot>! I'm surprised you missed the Wednesday POTD. For a player of your caliber, there must've been a distracting reason: Perhaps in a rush this morning?|
I don't like to overdo advice, but here I'd like to take the liberty and say, If there is anything interfering with one's thought process (while solving a chess position), just walk away from it. Come back later when all is quiet and there is no stress to finish. It'll mean more to you when you find the correct answer that way. :)
|Oct-07-11|| ||morfishine: Good morning <Patriot> and Good Going Today at the POTD! Good to see you back in form! Now, thats a lot of 'Goods'!|
Thanks for the condolences: Maybe I'm off form today! After all, I'm not sick and in no rush. The most irritating part is I've worked numerous problems lately with this exact theme. After thinking about it, I became too concerned about the pawn on <c3> and figured I saw a brilliancy with <19.Qxc3>. Misses like this hurt, but only for a little while.
Back to the problems! :)
|Oct-09-11|| ||morfishine: Thanks for the comments <Patriot>! While not the exact line that White Played, I'm satisfied that it drew too: perhaps Lilienthal was concerned about the White Queen on <g3> hitting <g6> along with the <Bf7> and so took the safe route with <28...Bg1+> instead. I can't blame him. |
Once one realized that Black is the exchange down and White has a powerful exposed-check, then it becomes clear Black is playing to draw.
The funny thing is when I looked at it I thought "I've seen this game before" but I couldn't recall it exactly. I ended up choosing the move he didn't play! So much for perfect recall!
Finally, <Treestar> tried the hardest to win for Black. I spent a little time on it, not much; But sure looks interesting
|Oct-12-11|| ||LIFE Master AJ: HI! I'd like to ask a favor.
Please watch one of my newest video's. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny7k...) The give me your honest opinion, preferably posted on the page: Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858.
Please feel free to be 100% honest. Thanks!
PS I am still a little nervous when I do this, I am not as smooth as I could be, I am sure I will get better.
|Oct-12-11|| ||agb2002: <Patriot: <agb2002> You've seen it all! :-) >|
Advantages of preferring to read chess instead of playing it! ;-)
|Oct-16-11|| ||morfishine: Good Evening <Patriot>! Good work on todays POTD (Sunday). I was too familiar with the game to make a fair analysis, so I threw a joke out there instead! It was actually a relief to take a Sunday off: I don't usually get Sundays right anyways! :)|
|Oct-17-11|| ||morfishine: Good morning <Patriot>! Very good idea to add a tiny, yet important segment to your pre-move thought process. This adds discipline. Reminds me of my golfing days when I added a pre-shot routine. Was difficult at first to remember to do it every time, but soon it became ingrained and was a habit. |
I had a strange occurrence during the Saturday puzzle. I missed <Rxf2+> going with <Rd3>. The weird part is I saw white's response <Ba4> but somehow calculated (or mis-calculated) that white couldn't do this as the Bishop would be attacked twice. Of course it wasn't. I could only conclude I saw a 'mirage' or something like that.
Weird, huh? All I could do was laugh as I hadn't overlooked the base move.
As you didn't post Saturday, I didn't post Sunday. I was just too familiar with the game. I did enjoy watching those solvers work through the variations. Although this was quite a game by Pillsbury, I think he played weakly on the Q-side; This resulted in him having to find an ingenious path to solve his problems.
|Oct-17-11|| ||morfishine: <Patriot: Time> When you wrote at the Monday POTD: <Is that Pac-Man?> I had a good laugh, but no, 'Boink, Boink' is my spin on the ole on-two punch: 1-2, its all over.|
Funny thing, when I read your solution <36.Re8+ Bxe8 37.Qe7+ Kg8 38.Qxe8+ Qxe8 39.Rxe8#> I admit this almost happened to me. For short puzzles, I just throw a roll-up board on the floor at my feet beside the computer. When I'm done I pick it up. The problem is when looking virtually straight down, a Bishop can appear as a pawn. Only when I got up and walked around to the other side did I fully realize the Bishop cuts off the Black king. Of course, I should have realized that all along.
Maybe try a little caffeine! :)
|Oct-18-11|| ||morfishine: Good luck tonight! <Patriot> |
You hit the nail right on the head: You probably need(ed) a break. I fell into that trap badly: I worked 12-15 problems a day for a month and was badly burned-out. Definitely, my sharpness improved but after 30-days, I didn't even want to look at a chessboard. And after I took a break, I found it hard to get going/training again, and so my accuracy fell-off dramatically. I was in a bad tailspin. I couldn't believe how quickly my accuracy fell off when I stopped doing problems.
The key is to balance the training so one doesn't overdo it. Yet, keep it up on a regular basis.
Again, Good luck in your tournament! Stay fresh and alert and don't let too much time go by calculating, unless its a critical move.
|Oct-19-11|| ||morfishine: Good afternoon <Patriot>! Looks like quite an interesting game you had. Sometimes, those in-between pawn moves are a little hard to identify. Good game, nonetheless!|
On another note, I missed the rank-pin too today at the POTD; no matter, white wins anyways.
|Oct-22-11|| ||morfishine: Very good today <Patriot>! The sharpness of the position shows Black must toss the rook and fight a piece down. Quite inciteful!|
|Oct-23-11|| ||morfishine: I hope its a fine morning <Patriot>! It is here: nice and cool. |
The thing about the Botvinnik game is the previous game featured a pawn-push so I was already in 'pawn-push' mode. 27...d4 seemed so 'Botvinnik-like' and it also just seemed the most natural move, which it was. But this puzzle had a twist: The actual move was not the solution! We get those every now and then.
Frankly, I never even bothered to look for another move. Its a great credit to those who took the time and found <27...Rb1>.
I like your 'new' procedure too: You still do what you were doing, but you changed the 'move-order' so-to-speak. Once you ingrain it as habit, I think you'll find your games moving at a more stable, tension-free pace. Let me know how it progresses. :)
|Oct-23-11|| ||morfishine: Now its evening <Patriot>! and what a lovely evening it is!|
The thing about today's puzzle is <24.Nxd7> literally wins outright, from what I can tell. Its funny that Botvinnik would go in for <24.Nxf7> since its just not his style.
Its all good though. In this position, Black is so poorly positioned that <24.Rxf6> or <24.g6> besides the other two tries (24.Nxd7 or 24.Nxf7), all lead to very strong attacks for white.
This leaves the field rich for exploration and analysis. :)
|Oct-29-11|| ||morfishine: <Patriot> Same to you! In todays POTD, 27...Re5 wasn't my move: I was just admiring what others had found and Old 'Crafty' confirmed. |
Haven't been doing much lately, a few problems each day a little 5-minute here and there. Plus working through <sevenseaman>'s problems. He always serves up real zingers.
How's the progress at the Chess club? Any tournaments planned soon?
I posted an interesting 5-min game I lost. The point was to focus on time management. I got a little outside of my strict regime and was in time and positional trouble. At move <27> he had 2-min and I had 30-seconds. He then spent 45-seconds (I guess he figured he could afford it) on 28.Bh6?? overlooking my 28...Bg5+ winning his Queen. A mad time scramble ensued and my flag fell when he had 10.8 seconds left. A hard lesson to learn, but a fun game anyways!
BTW1: In todays POTD, I thought Black's best was 29.Qxg7 Ke8 30.Rh8+ Kd7 31.Qxf7+ Re7 32.Qd5+ Kc7 33.Rxc8+ Kxc8 34.Qc4+ forcing the exchange of Queens and at least Black is not mated on move <35>
BTW#2: I saw Polgar's book with the 5334 problems at Barnes and Noble. I am going to get this book soon. Thats a great looking book.
|Oct-30-11|| ||morfishine: Good afternoon <Patriot>! I won't say it on the POTD page, so I hope you don't mind that I say it here, but I thought both Saturday and Sunday were weak, but for different reasons: Saturday's POTD was just not "Very Difficult" and was more like a Wednesday or Thursday POTD. Todays Sunday POTD may have been insane, but the two primary candidates 19.Bxa6 and 19.Ne6 both draw! with best play...so, whats the point? Toss a coin and hope for the best? I'm a little disappointed in that if I had "guessed" right, it would've been the first time I got Monday thru Sunday all correct. Oh well, another week begins. |
I sure miss 40/2hr though I think I am benefiting as much as possible from 5-min. Later, Morf
|Nov-01-11|| ||johnlspouge: Hi, <Patriot>. This is the Internet equivalent of holding up the newspaper to show that despite my kidnapping, I am still alive.|
I am watching old Columbo re-runs, too. Mysteries are almost as good as chess puzzles :)
Columbo's problem-solving techniques include the acquisition of what they call "domain-specific knowledge" in machine learning. Falk certainly played his character to perfection, and apparently, he was so enamored of the role that he even bought the Pugeot he drove in the series.
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