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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 9173 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-31-15 E Sobernheim vs S Langleben, 1895 (replies)
morfishine: <17...Qa3+> 18.Kxa3 Nxd3+ 19.Ka4 Bd7+ 20.Ka5 Rb5+ 21.Kxa6 Ra8# I thought I'd seen this game, and sure enough its Game 956 in Chernev's 'The 1000 Best Short Games Of Chess' "Wherein lies the fascination of this game? Is it the startling sacrifice of the Queen? Is it the ...
   Jan-30-15 Sax vs Ehlvest, 1988 (replies)
morfishine: Wonderful, <20.b4> a perfect compliment to 6.g4 I didn't see it. I went for 20.Rg1 and got lost in my own complications *****
   Jan-29-15 Mamedyarov vs T Nyback, 2005 (replies)
morfishine: <Tabanus> Great to see you drop by over here!
   Jan-28-15 Bergell / Neumann vs Knorre / Cordel, 1865 (replies)
morfishine: What I really like about this puzzle is it forces one to carefully analyze the primary candidates: 14.Bxe6 & 14.Nxe6. Neither can be accepted: (1) 14.Bxe6 dxe6?? 15.Qc6+ and (2) 14.Nxe6 dxe6 15.Bd3 simultaneously attacks the Black Queen and threatens 16.Qxc6+ However, 14.Bxe6 can
   Jan-28-15 Mamedyarov vs Aronian, 2014 (replies)
morfishine: Great Game
   Jan-27-15 Pillsbury vs Marshall, 1901
morfishine: Incredible game, notwithstanding Black's inaccuracies. White, the exchange down, forces a winning Zugzwang; Black having no defense to 34.Bc6 and literally no move *****
   Jan-27-15 Wei Yi vs A Haast, 2015 (replies)
morfishine: <SimonWebbsTiger> You make a very good point. Taken in context with the move-order selected, Black loses the thread; For example, instead of 14...e5?, <14...b4> is better chasing the other Knight undermining <e4> (while maintaining the 'hard-point' at ...
   Jan-27-15 Kotronias vs F Vallejo Pons, 2009 (replies)
morfishine: Once one realizes White has no time for the leisurely 42.Nf6 due to 42... Rc1#, this urgency necessitates finding a check and/or series of checks, which ideally, end in mate 42.Rh7+ Kxh7 43.Nf6+ Kh8 44.Rg8# *****
   Jan-26-15 N Barsalou vs B Wall, 1980 (replies)
morfishine: <Once> Sure, 7.d4 is obvious, but our hard-luck hero could also strive for activity with 7.Bg5 Ng4 <8.Ne4> which does many things: (1) Attacks Black's DSB (2) Protects <f2> (3) over-protects White's DSB (4) Keeps Black Queen en prise & (5) may cause Wall's eyes ...
   Jan-26-15 mistermac chessforum (replies)
morfishine: <mistermac> Good morning sir! You are too kind to mention me over at the World vs Naiditsch game. I hardly contributed having found our opening congested and unpleasant, which are not to my tastes. I thank you nonetheless. I enjoyed reading your posts as do many others I ...
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  FSR: <morfishine> Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!
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  sevenseaman: I was in X-mas spirit and visited the POTD. Hovarth has sprung a wonderful trap and I liked it immensely.

On the game page I saw your engaging comment(I always do if I visit).

<29.Rh5+ gxh5 30.Ng8+ Kg5 31.Re5+ Kf4 32.Re4+ Kg5 33.Qd2+ Rf4 34.g3 Ng6 35.gxf4+ Nxf4 36.Qe3 Bxh3 37.Re5+ Kh4 38.Qf2+ Kg4 39.Bf5+ Kg5 40.Qg3+ Bg4 41.Bxg4+Qxe5 42.Bh3#>

A very brave, long foray and I can imagine how much hard work you must have put into it. That in fact is the chess I like.

28...Qc7 is a weird choice of defense! Did you consider a change of plan for White after this move?

<28...Qc7 29. Qd2+ Kg7 30 Ne8+> forking the Black Q.

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  Golden Executive: Thanks <morfishine>. All the best for you and yours!

p.s. Go Cowboys

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  scormus: Thanks <morf> for the seasonal wishes. I saw your POTD post, I picked the same 34. as you. Clearly crushing but the game move is the most direct win.
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  morfishine: <sevenseaman> Yes you are correct! I guess I was obsessed with the White Knight on <g8> and the fascinating way it controls <f6> & <h6> funneling the Black King down the g-file; but this is flawed analysis since it blocks out better moves
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  Golden Executive: Well, The Packers offense looks great also. Looking at playoffs, I find quite probably to see the Pack hosting the ŽBoys at the Lambeau Field.

Remembering the legendary 1967 Ice Bowl game...

Dec-28-14  Patriot: Hi <morf>. I hope you had a great Christmas and have a Happy New Year!

Maybe the new year will be better. I lost my mom 3 months ago to cancer and a brother over a month ago to pancreatitis. Back in July one of my uncle's passed away. In late July, I took mom to the ER since she was complaining about abdominal pain and they discovered tumors. Around August 2nd, she had a stroke and was in the hospital for about a week and then went straight into rehab. They said she had only a few months to live. We brought her home for about a week before she died. It has been a really tough year, and is still tough.

I've been slowly getting back into chess a little. I went to play a friend of mine at another club who is an Expert and ended up playing a Life Master from Texas. The last time I played the Expert, he was winning and I managed a swindle.

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  Golden Executive: You were right <morfishine>, I absolutely loved the story and many thanks for sharing it. I am just trying to figure out the moment when your sister came back and told you something like "YouŽll never guess who I met !". Priceless.

Also thanks for the explanation and the link showing a key play of the Ice Bowl.Since Bob Lilly was one of the best all-time defensive tackles, I understand why Bart Starr says this was the best play call he ever made.

Congratulations on the Pack winning their Division and First Round Bye. Undefeated at Lambeau Field, the Packers look like a serious contender to play for the NFC Championship.

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  sevenseaman: <Morf> I have forgotten the word we use for move/moves made by a defender after he has a lost position to only delay the inevitable.
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  Golden Executive: <morfishine> Yep, definitely a great call by Bart Starr followed by a very good execution.

After that, IMO, came one of the greatest decisions ever made by a Head Coach:

"On <third-and-goal> at the Dallas two-foot line with <16 seconds remaining>, Starr called the Packers' <final timeout>................On the sidelines, according to Starr, he told Lombardi, -Coach, the linemen can get their footing for the Wedge, but the backs are slipping. I'm right there, I can just shuffle my feet and lunge in.- <Lombardi told Starr, [Run it, and let's get the hell out of here!]>"

The winners attitude: all or nothing

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  morfishine: <sevenseaman> I'm not sure, other than the simple term 'delaying moves'

An offshoot is perhaps 'spite checks'

I checked two chess glossaries.


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  sevenseaman: Thanks <morf>; yes it was 'spite'. Such a simple word. Oppressive mental torture! My memory retentivity is a shambles. One good thing about it though, I forget things so fast that when they reappear they are like new ones to me.

This facility for letting things slip out of my mind like they never met me has enabled me to enjoy your idol's brilliancy every time I meet it(its on my forum today).

Spite! Never again, in spite of my fragile failing.

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  Fusilli: Best wishes for 2015, Morf!
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  sevenseaman: Best wishes to you and the family for the year ahead.
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  Golden Executive: Very good summary <morfishine>. It is unfortunate that the game has been tainted by that questionable call of the referees.

Sunday's game looks like a great match with the two most efficient offenses in the league. Also worth mentioning that the Packers remain undefeated at home while the Cowboys are unbeaten on the road.But this time the game is played at Lambeau Field, so the challenge is really huge for the 'Boys.

Go Cowboys!, Go Packers!
Give us another memorable game.

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  David2009: Many thanks for your Christmas message received today. Happy New Year!
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  Golden Executive: <morfishine> Congratulations on the Packers win.

Another dubious call by the referees and this time the Cowboys were not lucky.

At any rate, Rodgers showed how good quarterback is. Next week at Seattle will be a great game.

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  Golden Executive: <morfishine> The ruling was: Incomplete Pass

From the book of rules:

A catch is made when a player inbounds secures possession of a pass, kick, or fumble in flight (See 8-1-3). Note 1: It is a catch if, in the process of attempting to catch the ball, a player secures control of the ball prior to it touching the ground and that control is maintained during and <after the ball has touched the ground>."

Control after the ball has touched the ground?

If the receiver had possession I understand he had <control> of the ball, so asking for *more* control sounds like non-sense to me and is inconsistent with the other rules you already mentioned in your post.

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  Golden Executive: <morfishine> Are you ready for some football?

Too bad Rodgers is still in pain for the calf injury, but if his Offensive Line can protect him the same way they did it in the second half vs the Cowboys game, my take is that Aron has all the skills to lead the Pack to the SB.

Go Packers!

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  sevenseaman: Good morning <morf>. @your comment in Bondarevsky vs Bronstein, 1945 today.

Exactly! Your idea and my thinking coincide.

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  Golden Executive: <morfishine> Just unbelievable what happened yesterday.

Fake field goal, onside kick, 2-point conversion Hail Mary pass, 2 consecutive long passes in OT; How could all this happen?

Very disappointing.

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  morfishine: Here's a lively affair from Tata Steel Group 'B': Timman vs A Dale, 2015

Good to see Timman still able to crank out sparkling wins every now and then


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  Golden Executive: <morfishine> As usual, you made an excellent analysis. No wonder you are a winner of the Rinus Award. Thanks
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Happy New Year to you too, sir!

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  Golden Executive: <morfishine> In no time I saw excuses in your analysis but explanations of what happened.

No doubt the Seahawks are an excellent and well-balanced team. Like you said, they made the correct settings in the game plan and although it seemed too late, took every one of the opportunities presented to them in the final minutes and resolved the game as they do the big teams.

In the end, I think, the best defense prevailed.

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