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|Jun-16-14|| ||DcGentle: <morfishine>: Yes, you have a point there. It's very important to have a decent supply if necessary, I wonder what happens when Argentina's Messi is injured. Fortunately Germany is not do dependent of one special player. Nevertheless you need a certain quality to play on the top.|
Tonight it will be the moment of truth. ;-)
By the way, I posted something on the WT pages.
|Jun-17-14|| ||DcGentle: <morfishine>: Well, both of our teams won, this is the main thing. In earlier world cups Germany also started slowly, so I wouldn't be too worried.|
I keep my fingers crossed that the U.S. will survive the group stage. Show what you can do against Portugal!
Ghana is no slouch, by the way, and even the German team has to be careful.
|Jun-23-14|| ||DcGentle: <morfishine>: Wow, what a drama in the US - Portugal game! It would have been so sweet for the U.S. to defeat the Portuguese Team to win it, and only a stoppage time goal by Portugal prevented it. Whew. But congratulations, you can still proceed to the next round! Great game, and great effort by the Americans! :-)|
I wouldn't mind a tie between Germany and the U.S., if it's hard fought, nobody would complain.
I keep my fingers crossed for the U.S. and German team! :-)
|Jul-07-14|| ||morfishine: Chess has been compared to war. Lets compar war to chess|
Napoleon created a system that was based on 3
Dividing his force into 3 mutually independent components he
strived to concentrate 2 of these components at the point of attack
while his third component would serve to shield or delay any
force attempting to relieve the outnumbered portion of the enemy.
In this way, Napoleon was able to combat numerically
superior forces arrayed against him. The strategy was to seek
opportunity where his force would have a numerical advantage
at the point of attack.
The isolated component had an important role. Operating independently,
this component was self sufficient, well balanced, and able to operate
alone, at least for awhile. Of course, this smaller 'shield force' could
find itself owerwhelmed. Napoleon counted on the tactically ability of
this force, and his forces in general, to utiilize their superior training to
withstand adverse odds.
Napoleon's approach to an engagement was typified by fluidity of
movement and speed. For example, if units A, B & C were "on the move",
all were ready to either combine with another component and attempt
to overwhelm an opponent; or were ready to assume the blocking or
shielding role so the remaining 2 components could concentrate and
overwhelm an isolated portion of the enemy.
Also, with his forces divided into 3 units, Napoleon was also able to maximize their
mobility by avoiding road congestion while his army was in motion.
The formula that was the basis of Napoleon's success can be condensed as:
(1) Mobilize the entire force (2) concentrate against an isolated portion of the
enemy so as to achieve a numerical advantage at the point of attack (3) assign a portion of his force to delay enemy reinforcements (4) attack swiftly and decisively before
the enemy could bring his overall numerical superiority to bear (5) Retain the ability to shift the point of attack as the situation dictates. [For example if components A+B attack while component C holds/delays, once force A+B have achieved victory, force A may then march and combine with force C, so force B becomes the holding force while
force A+C initiate an attack in another sector.]
|Jul-07-14|| ||eternaloptimist: I see u guys have been keeping up w/ the world cup. I haven't watched any games since the USA team got knocked out but I plan to watch as many of the remaining games as possible since the semis are going to start soon. I'm rooting for Argentina now since I'm a fan of messi. Who are u guys rooting for now?
<morfishine> btw thanks for the complement @ this game!:
Letelier vs Najdorf, 1954|
|Jul-07-14|| ||hms123: <M>. Check your hotmail acct.|
|Jul-07-14|| ||morfishine: <eternaloptimist> Thanks for dropping by! Yes, I love soccer and always have since a fraternity brother in college taught us how to play, and by the way, we did quite good. Of course, I was pulling for the USA, but my favorite team is the German national team, and has been since 1982. Technically, Argentina looks very good, almost as good as the Germans with ball handling and passing. I figure the final will see Germany vs Argentina. Brazil just hasn't impressed, and as powerful as the Netherands look, I think Argentina has the edge; but you never know: Argentina has Messi, but the Dutch have Robben, and he's extremely aggressive and very good. |
NP about that game, it sure was a doozy!
|Jul-08-14|| ||DcGentle: <morfishine>: Interesting article about Napoleon. I am only afraid that his system cannot be transferred to chess, due to the lack of forces. But one thing is the same in war and chess: Only attack there, where you have the stronger forces. The only problem remains, how to create these imbalances, especially in chess.|
|Jul-08-14|| ||eternaloptimist: U r welcome! So your favorite team is the German nat'l team...they r talented to say the least! Of course I hated to see the USA nat'l
team get knocked out but I figured the quarters was about the best we could hope for. We didn't make it quite that far but at least we got out of the group stage. I'm really looking forward to the Argentina vs the Netherlands game. It could go either way. Hopefully u will be prophetic by correctly picking a Germany vs Argentina final. We shall see...|
|Jul-08-14|| ||eternaloptimist: Wow! Germany demolished Brazil 7-1!! Germany is definitely firing on all cylinders!!|
|Jul-10-14|| ||sevenseaman: Hi <morf>! Howdy?
Van Wely vs R van Kampen, 2014
I was attracted to this hot-paced game. Like Germany swamping Brazil in 6 electrifying minutes.
Cheers for the wonderful performance of the US team. Tim Howard was incredible. DeAndre Yedlin is real hot package (and future).
Wondoloski missing a match-winning sitter (Jones had put it on a platter for him)in regulation time, tragic!
I am of the view they have to be a cup-winning team in the near future. At this mega stage its always the heart that matters as much as the skills.
|Jul-11-14|| ||sevenseaman: This WC has exposed the shortcomings in even the best teams. Injury replacement is a tough cup of tea for most.|
Notwithstanding the 16 saves Tim Howard had to make against Belgium I think the US are near world class in defense. (This is so because they play with lot of heart). What they lack is a sharp and sure-footed attack. This is an absolute must against top teams.
DeAndre is one for the future; there need to be at least two more of his quality. (The Germans have as many as 5 and they enjoy the luxury of quality substitution). I think Klinsmann will find some. That is why I am optimistic about the future.
Germans look to have the Cup wrapped up but the gambler in me wants to put 5$ on lesArgentines.
|Jul-12-14|| ||David2009: Hi Morf, fascinating comments about Napoleon. Compare Morphy: someone (who I am paraphrasing from memory) said that Morphy's method could be summed up as (1) Develop (2) Centralise (3) Open lines and only then (4) Attack. Does anyone know the source for what I have tried to paraphrase?|
|Jul-12-14|| ||morfishine: Hello <David2009>! Great to hear from you! Glad you enjoyed my comments on Napoleon. I enjoy wargames, especially from the Napoleonic era and the US Civil War. The strategy and tactics involved are to me at least, quite interesting. |
As far as I know, Morphy's "method" was based on quick development. One thing about Morphy is though he was a marvelous attacking player, he was a precise and stubborn defender too. I don't think Morphy has been credited enough on how astute he was at defending. Of course, he rarely was on the defense, but when he was, his accuracy was uncanny
|Jul-13-14|| ||DcGentle: *is smiling happily.*
<YES!> Germany made it.
|Jul-13-14|| ||sevenseaman: Hi <morf>. Cheers! 'twas an iffy win but I am happy that Germany won.|
|Jul-14-14|| ||David2009: Hi Morf, thanks for yesterday’s post to my forum. Have you come across “The battle” by Alessandro Barbero (English translation published in 2005)?|
One thing I learned from reading this book was that there were in fact two battles at Waterloo. The first battle, between the French and the Allies (mainly British) lasted from about 11 AM to about 7.30 PM and was a narrow British victory. It ended with the Old Guard retreating. The second battle was between the Prussians and the French, starting at about 7.30 PM and continuing until just after dawn the next day. It was a moving battle which began at Waterloo and ended at Charleroi, and was a total, smashing and complete Prussian victory. The French were by then short of ammunition, especially for their cannon, so they could not made a stand: the Prussians, led by General Gneisau, pursued them relentlessly. The Prussians were fresh and had plenty of ammunition. At Charleroi: the French army escaped across the only bridge – but left all their artillery and Napoleon’s war chest (a million francs in gold) in Prussian hands. Without money Napoleon was finished
|Jul-14-14|| ||sevenseaman: Hi <morf>. By 'iffy' I meant close calls were about even. Either team falling behind in regular time may have found it hard to come back. |
I find some substance to Joachim Loew's pre-match claim 'if Germany win tomorrow they will dominate the game for many years to come'. At the time I thought he was referring to a very youthful team, and justifiably.
(Only Miloslav Klose 36, Philip Lahm 30, Bastien Schweinsteiger 29, Lukas Podoloski 29, Per Mertesacker 29,
Roman Weidenfeller, GK, 33 may not play the next WC).
Of the above, the first 3 were regular first team and will take <some> replacing. I'd love to see Bastien survive.
I am smitten by the Germans. What is your view? You may know more about young talent that lurks in Germany.
Finally I think Messi's award was undeserved. It looked a consolation that embarrassed even the recipient. There certainly were more deserving cases.
|Jul-15-14|| ||sevenseaman: Hi <morf>. Thanks for acquainting me with your commitment to German footy. |
Yes, very true; I did not see the Germans diving for unfair advantage. How hyperactive they are in getting possession anywhere in the pitch, total in-your-face dares. The way Schweinsteiger was fighting for the ball, he was like a boxer-terrier.
Best goal of the tournament; our choice coincides.
There were many great goals in this wonderful cup. James Rodriguez' floating volley, Robben's diving header that beat the defender's foot by inches and many more; but none beats Van Persie's ethereal, man-floating-in-the-air header that sailed over a hapless goalkeeper. (Something similar but more amusing happened to England's goalkeeper David Seaman years ago when he was beaten by a midfield Ronaldinho free kick).
|Jul-16-14|| ||David2009: Hi Morf,
A four-part chess problem as a change from Napoleon and Football:
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(a) White to play and lose;
(b) White to play and lose more slowly;
(c) White to play and draw (subject to computer verification!); and (d) White to play and win
<scormus> has posted (most of) the solution in my forum.
|Jul-26-14|| ||doubledrooks: <morfishine>: I saw in a post you made at <Once>'s site that you enjoy reading about the Civil War. I just finished reading a book entitled "BLOODY SPRING: FORTY DAYS THAT SEALED THE CONFEDERACY'S FATE", about the battles between Lee and Grant. If you haven't read it already, I recommend the book to you.|
|Jul-26-14|| ||morfishine: <doubledrooks> Thank you very much for dropping by! And thank you for suggesting the book which covers the Overland campaign. I am very well read on this subject and highly recommend Gordon Rhea's series (4 so far) that detail this campaign. (1) The Battle of the Wilderness (2) The Battles for Spotsylvania Court House and the Road to Yellow Tavern (3) To the North Anna River & (4) Cold Harbor|
I think you will very much enjoy reading these books. Each are about 400 pages and reveal many details and interesting insights by Rhea. And in paperback, these are not too expensive
|Jul-27-14|| ||cro777: Today at the Igor Smirnov's Webinar, one of the questions was connected with the endgame which had occurred in Svidler vs Karjakin, 2013 after 40...Rxa4|
This endgame can be reached from our current position after
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10...Bg4 11. h3 Bh5 12. Qb3 d5 13. e5 Nd7 14. a4 a5 15. Bd3 Re8 16. g4 Bg6 17. Bxg6 Nxg6 18. Nf1 Ndf8 19. Ng3 Ne6 20. Be3 Ngf4 21. h4 f6 22. Rad1 Rf8 23. Nf5 fxe5 24. dxe5 Qe8 25. Ng5 Nxg5 26. Bxf4 Ne6 27. Bg3 h5 28. Rxd5 hxg4 29. Ne3 Rf3 30. Rd3 Bxe3 31. Rexe3 Rxe3 32. Rxe3 Rd8 33. Re4 Qg6 34. Qc4 Kh8 35. Rxg4 Qf5 36. Re4 Rd2 37. Re2 Rd1+ 38. Kg2 Rd4 39. Qc2 Qxc2 40. Rxc2 Rxa4
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GM Smirnov suggested the following plans.
1)Develop king (Kf3-Ke3 or Ke4)
2)Advance pawns (f4)
2)Advance pawns (c5,b5) and try to use the pawm majority on the queenside.
(Black rook is well placed on the 4th rank and can be moved to b4 to attack the b2 pawn).
This endgame is playable. In the game, after 41.f4 Nxf4+, the players agreed to a draw, but this was a team competition and this result suited both teams.
This is an example of the "get the game to an endgame strategy". We can find other examples from our current position. Most importantly, irrespective of the strategy adopted, the first step should be to first improve our position (finding best positions for all our pieces and pawns).
|Jul-28-14|| ||morfishine: <cro777> I am finding diagrams like this extremely useful with regards to steering a game into a favorable endgame. |
Between the ideas that <DcGentle> has shared and the time you have set aside sending over various diagrams and games, I am slowly but surely grasping what positional play really means and how powerful it can be. One aspect or exercise I've never seriously utilized is to visualize positions with all the pieces off (ie: leaving only the pawns on the board). This way of considering pawn structure is very beneficial to me. I wish I'd tried this years ago!
|Jul-28-14|| ||DaringSpeculator: Hi <morfishine>. If you are new to and interested in learning about positional play, this is the book I would recommend:|
It is out of print, but you should be able to find a copy.
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