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|Feb-17-14|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: United, we would top the all-time speed skating medal table :s|
|Feb-19-14|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: We has gold!
And our hockey team made the semis. The first good day for Finland at these Olympics so far :)
|Feb-20-14|| ||dakgootje: Congratulations!
I notice you'll encounter them pesky Swedes - seems like a nice moment to beat them :D
In related news, according to the wallstreet journal <"Finnish Athletes are the Gremlins of the Sochi Games"> - so job well done there :P
|Feb-20-14|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: <dak> Another puzzle :)|
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Can White to play hold a draw?
|Feb-21-14|| ||dakgootje: Shame about the Finnish icehockey team :(
Haven't really looked much at it yet. c5 looks plausibel, but slow. Qe7 same, and might even allow 1. ..Qxb3 2. Rxb3 Rxg6 and it just doesn't look comfortable. Well, maybe 3. Rg3. Don't know, doesn't seem convincing.
I don't know, will get back to that :)
Actually, if 1. c5 - can't black simply trade down to a winning endgame with 1. ..Rab8?! Probably - which would be a downer.
|Feb-21-14|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: <dakgootje: Shame about the Finnish icehockey team :( > |
Yeah :( But it was hardly a surprise, and it's not as if we don't have plenty of experience at losing to Sweden. They were a bit better and deserved their victory.
In the actual game there followed 1.h5? Rab8 0-1. So yes, ...Rab8 with simplifications is something you'll have to stop :)
|Feb-22-14|| ||dakgootje: Right, so, puzzle. Just looked at it more carefully, and I think white probably isn't winning. Which is fine whenever the question is whether white can hold the draw - but such luxery isn't available during a game :)|
Think we should start with the blunt & brute force 1. Rb7+. Two options, Kc8 or Kd6. Let's start with the first, as it's the most forced. 1. Rb7+ Kc8 2. Qe7 Qxb1+ 3. Rxb1 Kc7. Of course the g6-bishop hangs, but then 4. Qf8+ picks up the rook and white should win. On the other hand, after Kc7 black starts to untangle again, with rbp vs q. Orrrrr.. I don't know, perhaps even consolidate with 3. ..c5. 4. h3 looks passive, so say 4. Be4 Rb8 and white can't go Rxb8 Kxb8 Qxd7 because of Rg1#. So yeah, I quite like black there.
Heh, I thought I had to do some calculation in the Kd6-lines because they seemed harder, but Kc8 seems like a bust already :P Perhaps not winning for black, but I'd say at least equal - even though white wins material in the line. White's king is horrible, blacks bishop might become very strong - and the white queen has no obvious way to do damage. But you know, it's still complicated. With just one tempo more for white [after 3. ..c5], he can get in both Be4 and Qd6 and black is probably gone. The black rook is undefended, has to move, but the one safe square leads to Rb8#. However.. white can't move twice the same move. And if Qd6 then the g6-bishop falls; and if Be4 black can move to b8 as mentioned. Hell, even if 4. Be4 Ra7 5. Qe6 there might be ..Bb5?!?. Although that has to be dubious on several levels, and isn't necessary.
Yeah, think black is fine despite giving up the queen for the rook. And might have better in case of 1. ..Kd6. But those lines are too complicated for now with lines like 1. Rb7+ Kd6 2. Rxd7+ Kxd7 3. Rb7+ Kc8 4. Qe7 Qa1+ 5. Kg2 Rxg6+ 6. Kf3 Qh1+ 7. Ke2 Rg2+ 8. Kd3 Qd1+ 9. Ke4 Rg4# and that line looks very forced actually, after 4. ..Qa1+ [unless white gives up the queen, which obviously loses quickly as well]. Well, in that case that line is probably busted - and white is lost after all. Unless there's something better than the rooksac at d7, which I doubt.
|Feb-22-14|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: At least we beat USA for the bronze!
<dakkie> You're on the right lines but not quite there yet :-)
|Feb-22-14|| ||TheAlchemist: Congratulations, this was a thorough thrashing.|
|Feb-22-14|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: <TheAlchemist> Thanks :)|
Slovenia have had their best ever medal haul at any Olympics (winter or summer) here, right? Nice showing!
And the Netherlands have also been brilliant... at least in one sport ;-)
|Feb-22-14|| ||TheAlchemist: Yes, my throat is very sore by now because of all the extatic yelling :-)|
|Feb-22-14|| ||TheAlchemist: And apparently my ability to spell correctly is gone as well...|
|Feb-22-14|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: Ah, the eternal question... which would you rather have, medals or good spelling? :-)|
|Feb-22-14|| ||Annie K.: Uh, models? ;)|
|Feb-23-14|| ||dakgootje: < At least we beat USA for the bronze! >|
Congrats! I guess they'll be very angry with themselves - although it's of course far from the first time they haven't done well.
<<dakkie> You're on the right lines but not quite there yet >
heh, had a bit of lost time today - so I tried to calculate a bit. Think it's always interesting to see how intact positions and calculations are without board or diagrams at hand.
Thought of the following interesting variation: 1. Rb7 Kd6 2. c5 Bxc5 3. Rd1 Bd4 4. Rxd7 Kxd7 5. Qxe5 Rxg6 6. Rxd4 Ke7 7. Qc7 Ke8 8. Qxc6 and I thought the rook at a8 would fall, because g2 is covered. And of course various other sidelines which would win one of blacks rooks. But now checking quickly with the diagram, black has 9. ..Qa1. And perhaps 6. ..Kc8 might be strong. So there were some deviations that I missed, which is logical.
But all in all quite satisfied I didn't completely mess it up :P
Anyway, with a bit of luck I'll come back to the position later today :)
|Feb-23-14|| ||dakgootje: <Anyway, with a bit of luck I'll come back to the position later today>|
Nope. No time.
In other news: did you know sloths tend to have tens of wingless moths in their pelts? And algae and fungi and literally hundreds of bugs and mites. Apparently they've got special tracts in their hairs that funnel rainwater to the algae. So presumably they in turn profit from their personal grocery - though despite many hours of observation they've never been spotted eating the algae. Might do it at night though - because they're almost impossible to observe in the dark.
Quite remarkable how intertwined they are with their surrounding habitat. Interesting creatures - much more than meets the eye :)
|Feb-23-14|| ||OhioChessFan: Sounds like a perfect pet for me.|
|Feb-23-14|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: <dakkie> Fascinating. |
Is there such a thing as animal health psychology? If not, there probably should be :)
<Annie> Next you'll be calling the Ogre "that modeling kid"?
|Feb-23-14|| ||dakgootje: I think that's called biology ;D
I actually know someone who is finishing her biology study, in the animal behavior category. There really are similarities - though not specifically for health psychology ;)
<Sounds like a perfect pet for me.>
Sloths are excessively hard pets to keep, presumably partly due to their specific food patterns. But often they die fairly quickly. :(
|Feb-23-14|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: <dakgootje: Sloths are excessively hard pets to keep, presumably partly due to their specific food patterns. But often they die fairly quickly. :(>|
Perhaps they need more exercise :s
Or perhaps it's just that they have bad and unhealthy habits (read more in Doc Gootje's new book!) and that uninspiring captivity (just imagine life without such stimuli as Doc Gootje™'s Sloth Gizmos™ - now for only €19.99!) stresses them and thus shortens their lives and they eat the wrong (= untrademarked) kind of food. Perhaps all they need to live longer (new study says up to <<200%>> increase in lifespan!) is a little (not too expensive) help from their owners :)
|Feb-24-14|| ||Annie K.: Heh...
<Switch: <<Annie> Next you'll be calling the Ogre "that modeling kid"?>>
That *would* be a perfectly consistent progression indeed! :)
|Feb-27-14|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: <dak> Since you don't seem to have made any progress on the puzzle, the solution is here :)|
D Hamilton vs M Traeger, 2001
|Mar-05-14|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: 7000 posts!
<dak> You there? Everything OK?
|Mar-06-14|| ||dakgootje: Hi SQ
Yeah I'm fine - sorry for not checking in. Have had a bit much on my mind. Well, actually the opposite - which does press on my mind.
I'll check out the puzzle's solution later. Heh, I might even give it another go beforehand.
I'll try to be less silent ;)
|Mar-06-14|| ||dakgootje: But congrats on your 7000th!
Soon you'll overtake me :)
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