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   Jan-21-17 chessforum (replies) <Abdel Irada> Our rule with sockpuppets is that they are OK as long as you don't have some malicious or improper purpose, such as evading a probation, cheating on one of our contests, or just being generally annoying on purpose. It sounds to me that your motives are ...
   Jan-20-17 Harikrishna vs R Wojtaszek, 2017 (replies) The live feed was down for a bit; sorry about that. We resume at move 61.
   Jan-20-17 Hans Berliner (replies) I had a brief encounter with Mr. Berliner that, to me, spoke volumes. Back in 2009 or so, my partner Alberto Artidiello gave me a copy of "The System", claiming that it was must-read material for any chess player. I ended up reading it at least twice, and gained great ...
   Jan-19-17 Tata Steel (2017) (replies) The Tata Steel Chess Tournament will visit the Feyenoord Stadium today, and the game will start 30 minutes later than the previous rounds. (More info: ) Today's feature game will be Eljanov vs Aronian, 2017 .
   Jan-18-17 Eljanov vs Aronian, 2017 (replies) Please note this game starts 30 minutes later than the other rounds, 8:00am USA/Eastern.
   Jan-17-17 The Caissars chessforum (replies) <whiteshark> Perhaps the source of confusion here is that there is no longer any nomination process. Every member gets one vote, period. The checkbox is an easy way to vote for something that's already on the list without needing to figure out what the URL is. ...
   Jan-16-17 Carlsen vs Wei Yi, 2017 (replies) Perhaps the two most popular players these days; it would be a crime to not show this game. See you at 7:30am USA/Eastern.
   Jan-14-17 Carlsen vs R Wojtaszek, 2017 (replies) By popular demand, we're going to show the Carlsen game tomorrow, and switch to the top board if time permits. Enjoy!
   Jan-14-17 Eljanov vs R Rapport, 2017 (replies) Let's see how Rapport's theoretical novelty 4...g5 works out for him.
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  whiteshark: <ceegee> The ECO code aside each game has again (by accident?!) disappeared at Recent Kibitzing Page
Premium Chessgames Member <The ECO code aside each game has again (by accident?!) disappeared at Recent Kibitzing Page> No, quite intentionally, and it's been gone for almost a year now. You're the first person to mention it.

It seemed like a neat idea in 2002 but it just doesn't warrant a whole column. It was mostly there to fill space on large monitors before the era of mobile phones.

Premium Chessgames Member <In Tata Steel (Challengers) Tournament, Gawain Jones' games are split between G Jones and Gawain Jones.> Expect that to happen daily. We have a rule that PGN that says "Carlsen" is Magnus, but we can't make a rule that any PGN that says "Jones" is assumed to Gawain Jones. We'll just fix them by hand as they come in.
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  zanzibar: <CG> What if the games come in with FIDE id?

I would assume you use it as priority identifier, yes?

(OK, maybe 2nd to CG pid).

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  Domdaniel: <Zanzibar & Richard Taylor> - You are, of course, both quite right. I was being ironic, or provocative, or something. I agree that a pretty tactic is a thing of transcendent beauty.

That said, I genuinely don't believe in formal tactical training, eg by setting oneself tactical puzzles. Of course I play through GM games frequently, and hope to absorb some lessons. And I analyse my own games. And so on.

In other words, I'm inconsistent.

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  Domdaniel: <CG> - < It was mostly there to fill space on large monitors before the era of mobile phones.>

As somebody still using large-ish monitors (and not mobile phones), I would prefer to have ECO codes.

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  OhioChessFan: Why not let it be a user default option? Click here for desktop view, click there for mobile view.
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  Richard Taylor: <<Domdaniel> I know what you mean. I do tactics exercises as I like working out problems. I think that the very basic tactics help me. I don't spend a long time (too much) on the very complex ones.

Sometimes I do as I always liked to work tactics out. But I saw a young man on YouTube once setting himself the task of many many tactical exercises each day and so on. Now all that is not for me. If I am to try and work out a combination or tactic I want to be able to enjoy it.

I used to walk each day with my son and play over master games as we had lunch. I would often try and work out the combination to be solved.

Once I spent two hours puzzling over one by Alekhine only to find I had set the position up wrongly! I think the exercise helped me in some way. But all that study of openings and training is for very ambitious youngsters.

Reuben Fine says in his book about Masters that, re himself (he was quite a witty man, who you probably know, became a psychoanalyst): he said he became a master before he read a chess book! (He added that he perhaps shouldn't say it as it might affect his chess book sales!)

The game of the day on here and the tactical problem and pausing those videos of <kingscrusher> and others were all good exercises....I think all those things plus concentrating on certain openings improved my game and at the age of 62 my NZ rating went over 2000 for the first time in my life.

Another aspect in practical chess are those books that urge you to fight back etc

That said, it all means a huge amount of time in something, chess, that fascinated me far more WHEN I DISCOVERED THE GAME. It was in those years it was a wonderful thing...I was fascinated by the chess pieces, and then I found out about forks and pins, and read about all the masters and so on in Edward Laskers book and the funny openings and the strange foreign names. I think that initial excitement was something I cant is now all too much of a chore playing chess.

In addition there were the "characters", the older men, and when I first saw Sarapu, I listened to him speaking in what I thought was Russian, and there was a funny little fat fellow called Feneridis who was always unshaven playing endless blitz games and saying: "What is this position, is it win or lose, nobody can tell because the grandmaster is not here." And there was Terry Free the blind chess player who fiddled with his special board. Once I got him with a knight fork, a lot were wathing, I was a really little fellow, and he exclaimed: "I didn't see that." Everyone laughed. The good old days. Now it is all rules and who is got what FIDE title and some who shall remain nameless here are obsessed with all that stuff.

"Chess? What was that game Grandad?" "Well sonny, it was a form of self torture that certain (rather touched) people put themselves through as a form of pre-run for Hell itself."

But there is also that endless feeling you can get better, which is a lie you keep repeating to yourself!!

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  Domdaniel: <Richard T> - <But there is also that endless feeling you can get better, which is a lie you keep repeating to yourself!!>

Indeed, Richard. At our advanced age, it's a matter of not declining into senility too quickly.

Either that, or somehow mutating into the next Viktor Korchnoi.

Jan-19-17  Transformer: In Tata Steel (2017), it seems that these games are duplicates:

B Adhiban vs W So, 2017

B Adhiban vs W So, 2017

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  Richard Taylor: Poor old Korchnoi! I did reasonably well in the Oceania Zonal getting my 4.5...won one of the prizes for a short checkmate (mine was 17 moves!) and I won my last game with two temp. sacs and then a Q sacrifice paralysing my opponents R and he couldn't stop my pawns queening. It was close to him getting a clever stalemate though.

A game that was a draw I played was actually quite chaotic. I made a slip and my opponent forced my K to e2 and he had 3 pawns for a piece. I sacrificed back and eventually forced a repetition. And interesting game!

I also qualified to be a Candidate Master (the incentive was offered for this Zonal)...but I have to pay $100.00 before March 31st....

The Australians won with the 15 year old IM Smirnov the outright winner. One NZr was in the leading few....I drew with an FM in round one. Actually he is NZ's strongest active player, FM Ben Hague. It was quite a complex game also. Some luck and good management. A mix of good and bad games as we all have...

Premium Chessgames Member Congratulations Richard, that's great.

I just checked, and the site still doesn't seem to have the PGN. If we can't get our hands on PGN soon, feel free to email me your personal games.

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  User not found: Hi Daniel.. All your emails are going into spam folders because every few months you send email in bulk. I just replied to that email so if you'd check your own emails please.

Thank you webmaster :)

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  Travis Bickle: Daniel, I see you reneged on your vehement pledge several months back, "as far as I am concerned, mark finan will never be allowed back on this website"! Also you contacted me saying that "you would cooperate with the police if necessary".

'Ol User not found must have really did a lot of butt smooching to you.

I did call the police out to my house after sociopath mark finan aka User not found threatened me that he contacted a Chicago drug dealer that was going to kill me.

I didn't need the police as 'Ol User not found is a Limey wimp & a true coward. But I contacted them just to have it on record.

He has sent me thousands of spam email including mostly gay porno & other useless B.S. Then the retarded junkie has the nerve to complain about Keyser Soze & tpstar on this site, the rotten drug addict bastard!

P.S. If I get hacked with any monetary issues I will contact the FBI & you will be hearing from my lawyer.

Have a nice night Freeman.

Premium Chessgames Member <Travis Bickle> I have no control over what people do outside of Chessgames. If there is a problem on Chessgames itself please report it.
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  Abdel Irada: ∞

<>: As you know, I generally disapprove of sockpuppets.

Nonetheless, I'd like to know if there'd be any objection to my creating one for a specific purpose.

<Big Pawn> says he would like to debate <objective moral values>, but as it stands, he would use my past agreement with his position to claim "victory."

If, however, I carry on the debate under a pseudonym, that possibility is ruled out, and an actual debate becomes possible.

Are there any objections to this?

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  Abdel Irada: ∞

<OhioChessFan: Why not let it be a user default option? Click here for desktop view, click there for mobile view.>

Typically, the way it works is that the site identifies the user agent (browser) and renders the correct version for it by means of <conditional declarations>.

This means, among other things, that when it recognizes a user agent as associated with a PC, you see one version of the site, and when it recognizes one as associated with a mobile device, you get the other.

Premium Chessgames Member <OhioChessFan: Why not let it be a user default option? Click here for desktop view, click there for mobile view.> Your Preferences Page has an option "Disable mobile features (even on mobile devices)" so that you can override mobile versions of pages. This is becoming more and more important as we are converting several pages to mobile-friendly versions right now. Our game collections, game pages, player pages, and live broadcast pages are all now set to "viewport=350" for very thin and long-scrolling experiences.

However the decision to drop the ECO from the new Kibitzing table went beyond the mobile concerns; it was just a space-filling column anyhow that we didn't think that many people were using. In the early days of CG we put a lot of "filler" around so that things didn't look so empty.

I still think that's true. On the other hand, perhaps ECO pages would be more useful if they had a "recent discussion" section.

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  WannaBe: Anyone else experiencing super slowness, or just me? 11:42 Pacific Time right now, been going on for about 30 minutes or so.
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  WannaBe: Speed improved, after the Carlsen/Giri game was drawn. Must be the number of people signed on.
Premium Chessgames Member Kev was in charge at that time so I can't really say, but we've been fighting off some really obnoxious spammers lately. They are registering accounts like this one, dozens at a time: User: Ayitossnup.

Or it could have been the traffic, or a combination.

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  OhioChessFan: <They are registering accounts like this one, dozens at a time: User: Ayitossnup.>

Wow, <chrisowen> is massively spamming this place.

Premium Chessgames Member I'm tempted to put a captcha type question in the login that says "What is 2+3?" or "What color is snow?" or "What is the opposite of 'down'?"

The problem is, as easy as those questions are, if you don't speak English they aren't easy at all. Chessgames has a large silent group that never posts but figures out how to use the features through common sense. I'd hate to lock such members out.

Meanwhile the spammers are doing something that tips their hand. I won't say what it is, in case the walls have ears here.

Premium Chessgames Member <Abdel Irada> Our rule with sockpuppets is that they are OK as long as you don't have some malicious or improper purpose, such as evading a probation, cheating on one of our contests, or just being generally annoying on purpose.

It sounds to me that your motives are innocent enough, so do as you please.

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  MissScarlett: I got games waiting. Jump to it.
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