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"The position you see in the diagram is like an empty canvas standing on an easel. If you have any aptitude, talent or, no less important, desire, then boldly take up your brush and paints, decide upon the necessary color and embark upon your creative work. But how should one begin? I cannot say what feelings artists experience at that moment, but, whenever I have to start a game with an 'empty' chess board in front of me, I cannot stop thinking that today, right now, I have the very fortunate possibility of playing the most beautiful, the most fighting, and the most profound game since the time of my birth and since long before it" ~ David Bronstein

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Game Of The Week

[Event "Rapid Match"]
[Site "Lillehammer NOR"]
[Date "2013.06.29"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Predojevic, B."]
[Black "Carlsen, M."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B22"]
[WhiteElo "2616"]
[BlackElo "2864"]
[PlyCount "113"]
[EventDate "2013.??.??"]
[Source "Mark Crowther"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c3 d5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. d4 Nf6 6. Na3 Nc6 7. Nb5 Qd8 8. dxc5 Bxc5 9. Qxd8+ Kxd8 10. Bf4 Ne4 11. Ng5 Nxg5 12. Bxg5+ f6 13. Be3 Bxe3 14. fxe3 Ke7 15. O-O-O Ne5 16. Be2 Bd7 17. Nd4 Rac8 18. Rd2 Rc5 19. Rhd1 Rhc8 20. Nf3 Ba4 21. Re1 Nf7 22. c4 Bc6 23. b3 Nd6 24. Kb2 a5 25. Nd4 Be8 26. Red1 Re5 27. Bf3 Ne4 28. Bxe4 Rxe4 29. Re1 Rc5 30. Nc2 e5 31. Na3 Rg4 32. Nb1 b5 33. cxb5 Bxb5 34. Nc3 Bc6 35. e4 h5 36. a3 h4 37. Re3 Ke6 38. Re1 g6 39. Re3 f5 40. exf5+ gxf5 41. g3 Bh1 42. Ne2 Rd5 43. Rc2 Be4 44. Rc4 Rd2+ 45. Kc1 Ra2 46. h3 Rxe2 47. Rxe2 Rxg3 48. Rc5 Rxh3 49. Rxa5 Rxb3 50. Ra6+ Kd5 51. Ra5+ Kd4 52. Ra4+ Kd3 53. Rh2 f4 54. Rxh4 Ke3 55. Rb4 Rxb4 56. axb4 f3 57. Rh1 0-1


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   morfishine has kibitzed 8797 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-31-14 G Minchev vs A Petrov, 1994 (replies)
morfishine: <Cheapo by the Dozen> FWIW: Since this gambit originated in the 19th century, its only natural the resulting lines reflect that era
   Oct-31-14 K Spraggett vs B Harper, 1976 (replies)
morfishine: My candidate progression went from 19.Qg4+ to 19.Ne4 to 19.Nxd5 to 19.Bxh7+, in that order, without forcing a win Whats particularly mortifying is in not fathoming the strength of 21.Red1, I abandoned 19.Nxd5 with the least amount of effort :( *****
   Oct-30-14 A Rodriguez Vila vs G Kanefsck, 2007 (replies)
morfishine: <patser2> I also spent some time musing over <30.R1e6> before finding 30.Qb4 Nice job!
   Oct-30-14 Rauzer vs Botvinnik, 1933 (replies)
morfishine: <al wazir> True
   Oct-29-14 Duras vs V Vlk, 1902
morfishine: <Rookiepawn> Excellent! A straightforward method to implement your instructions would be to (1) Imagine the word 'Vulcan' (2) Looking in the mirror, slowly speak the word 'Vulcan' 3-times, focusing on the correct enunciation, & (3) On the fourth attempt, stop at the letter ...
   Oct-29-14 T Schmehl vs A Simonov, 2004 (replies)
morfishine: 15.Bxh7+ Kxh7 16.Ng5+ Kg6 17.Qd3+ <Sneaky> Excellent post! *****
   Oct-28-14 A Herzog vs K Petschar, 1994 (replies)
morfishine: First <28.b4+> which forces 28...Qxb4 which allows 29.Qxa6 mate (sweet the way the White Knight conveniently covers b3) White can force the Black win by first playing 28.Qxa6+??? allowing the Black King to escape via b4 *****
   Oct-27-14 S Bercys vs J D Williams, 2012 (replies)
morfishine: Very interesting game. I had the feeling White lost the thread early. But one minor inaccuracy doesn't always lose a game outright. However, a series of inaccuracies can compound to the point where loss is inevitable.
   Oct-27-14 NN vs V Grimm, 1864 (replies)
morfishine: <12...Qg1+> is a Grimm reminder that its time to resign *****
   Oct-26-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
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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.

Jul-30-14  DaringSpeculator: I think you may enjoy this lecture by GM Varuzhan Akobian!

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  cro777: We have discussed the endgame from Svidler vs Karjakin, 2013 (relevant to our game) which ended in a draw after 41...Nxf4+

The final position

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The game could have continued

42.Bxf4 Rxf4 43.Rxc7 Rxh4 44.Rxb7 Rb4 45.Rxb4 axb4 46.Kf3 Kg8

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Interestingly, in the diagram position the only move that secures a draw for White is 47.e6! In all other cases Black wins.

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  eternaloptimist: <morf> I replied to the last kibitz that u made at the "Kann Opener" game. I don't know if u ever saw it.
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  morfishine: <eternaloptimist> Sure, no problem. I've been highly critical of the pun selection over the past few months. My main point is a GOTD (Game of the Day) should be exactly that. The GOTD should be a high quality game, or why bother calling it "Game of the Day"?

Too often, the game is chosen for some silly, shallow play on word or "pun" without the game being very high quality.

BTW: Today was mine (Purdy) and not a pun at all: just a silly rhyming play on words. But I think the game is good enough


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  morfishine: W Pollock vs Allies, 1893
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  sevenseaman: Hi <morf> W Pollock vs Allies, 1893 is a brilliant end game starting move 25. White. Very impressed.
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  Once: Liked your idea of a steamroller mate. It just seems like so much firepower directed at the king - one queen and two rooks!
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  Fusilli: <morfishine: Sana is hot today

29...Qxg5+ 30.hxg5 Nh3+ and mate next move>

Yeah, seeing my game as the POD made my day today! :)

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  Robed.Bishop: <Morph> W Pollock vs Allies, 1893. Nice find!
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Talent in chess is like a greased pig: The closer one gets to an accurate definition, the farther away one gets. Trying to get a firm handle on talent results in one invariably slipping and falling in the mud. Why is that? Simply put, talent, like our elusive pig, is in motion, malleable and changeable. While talent can be nurtured and cultivated, it can also be ignored and allowed to wilt.

Without doubt, some chess players are gifted with more talent than others. But is talent the only factor determining the ability of a chess player? Take for example two players, 'A' & 'B'. Player 'A' is a prodigy gaining the GM title by age 16. Meanwhile, player 'B' has a lot of talent, but must work harder and "only" gains the GM title at age 22. Has not player 'B' become as good a chess player as 'A' despite his "lack" of talent? Is it possible that other factors, like a good work ethic, never giving up and always playing to win, can somehow "make up" for a lack of talent? Are these values in fact a sort of talent in their own right?

For argument's sake, lets take two players of "equal" talent. Player 'A' has a well developed "killer instinct", always playing to win no matter the situation. On the other hand, player 'B' has a more circumspective approach and can tend to coast or "call off the dogs" when he finds himself in the lead in a match or tournament. Who is the better chess player? Who, in reality, has more talent? Who is more likely to find success in chess?

While the answer is purely speculative, one thing is certain: I still can't get ahold of that pig


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  sevenseaman: Hi <morf>!. Looking up the POTD I was very touched by this top quality quote by <patzer2>; ( I could not reply directly to <patzer2> as his forum wasn't responsive.)

It embodies my life's experience about moments of art/joy; it may be a painting, sculpture, a song/lyric or a fine play in chess or bridge or anything.

Sometimes I feel so touched by a fine piece that I feel if I died after that moment of total bliss/rapture, a kind of exalted feeling, it would still have been a wonderful life for me to have lived up to that point.

Never mind I just wanted to share my happiness with you.

As for the puzzle itself I got <27...b4> but not <27...Ra4> which is much more compelling.

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  sevenseaman: Thank you <morf>. Your response is very comforting and encouraging.

One always rues the missed opportunities!

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  MarkFinan: Easy Morph.. Just been going back through my forum (I saw your post about the Kamsky Anand 94 game) and I think we should have another game? Maybe a 60 min on fics?? Either way I think you've come a long way chess wise since our game, and you were better than me back then anyway!

All the best mate. I don't use that old email address anymore but if you fancy a game I'll give you my new email? I don't mind losing to you again. ✌

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  sevenseaman: Hi <morf>. POTD today. I must be completely out of depth. I never even considered 28. c4. Guess I am a fossil now.
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  cro777: Center of Gravity in Chess - What Makes Chess Masters Superior

The Center of Gravity (CoG) in physics deals with masses and forces distributed in space. It is the point where the resultant of all individual forces is acting. In chess, the ability to identify and use CoG effectively is the biggest single differentiator between chess Masters and the rest of us.

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  morfishine: <cro777> This is a very interesting article which gets right to the point, literally! And thanks for the link too!


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  sevenseaman: Hi <morf> From my forays against the machine!

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An interesting/challenging position I found myself in against the computer; to be or not to be?

1. I could not have played passively on a/c of the back rank mate.

2. Since everything Black was isolated Q-side, I could elect to go with perpetuals for a draw.

3. I decided to take a wild plunge (with a hazy but a tad optimistic calculation).

My play;

1. Qh7+ Kxg5 2. Rd5 (my 'c' P was my big strength!)+ Kf4 3. Qh6+ Kf3 4. Qh3+ Ke4 5. Qf3#


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  morfishine: Hello <sevenseaman>! Thanks for showing this problem. Check the starting position: 3...Kf3 is not possible
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  sevenseaman: Yes. The pieces are ok. Error in recalling the moves;

I think my line was

1. Qh7+ Kxg5 2. Rd5+ (my 'c' P was my big strength!)+ Kf4 3. Qh6+ Ke4 4. Qh4+ Ke3 5. Qh3+ Ke4 6. Qf3#

Does it tally now.

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  sevenseaman: POTD is crazy today. 19. Be4 is too tough to see, especially when the N hangs.

I did see some resonance with the idea I used in my play against the machine. (This is how one learns; and one isn't even aware of what residual memories stay at the back of one's mind!)

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  morfishine: <Sevenseaman> Yes, that makes sense now. UR right about todays POTD, but all in all, a good exercise
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  sevenseaman: Hi <morf>! MV-L has played a scintillating game here.

Caruana vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2014

I followed it live and was convinced at move 33...d5 that MV-L would take it.

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  sevenseaman: Hi <morf>! Could please get me the engine evaluation of this position.

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  morfishine: <sevenseaman> Well, if its White to move, I'd say there's a simple win after

<1.Qg7> 1...c6 2.Qg3 and both the a & b-pawn fall, White King moves to center while Queen blockades, then both move in for the kill

(a) 1...f4 2.Qxc7 and per the above

My computer doesn't create an actual evaluation


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