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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 9389 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-29-15 Tarrasch vs G Marco, 1892 (replies)
morfishine: Very instructive. The only thing missing is the insanity
   Mar-29-15 Arasan vs Critter, 2014
morfishine: One of my absolute favorite engine vs engine games. Critter plays positionally with perfect aplomb, while White looks like he's trying to figure it out as he goes along
   Mar-28-15 E Formanek vs R Byrne, 1967 (replies)
morfishine: Great finish, really great!
   Mar-28-15 Yifan Hou vs R Rapport, 2015 (replies)
morfishine: <Richard Taylor> is right. Most of these puns are pathetic attempts to put a twist on some players name. Whatever happened with creating a pun based on the game, opening, variation, chess-piece, location, venue or mating theme? What is it with this obsessive-fixation with ...
   Mar-28-15 Marshall vs Von Scheve, 1904
morfishine: That Marshall always has something up his Schleeve *****
   Mar-28-15 Macieja vs Karpov, 2003 (replies)
morfishine: I looked at both deflections <13...Nd3+> & <13...Nc2+> and thought White simply has <15.Qe2> figuring 15.Bxe5? was losing after 15...Qxe5+ followed by 16...Qxa1 I guess there is something fatally flawed with 15.Qe2 ***** PM: After reading the posts, its good
   Mar-27-15 J Yuchtman vs V Djalolov, 1956
morfishine: Yuchtman is one of my favorite players, but here, Black should have played 18...Kxe7
   Mar-27-15 L Gutman vs M Schurade, 2004 (replies)
morfishine: Pigs on a Wing
   Mar-27-15 Caruana vs Aronian, 2014 (replies)
morfishine: Seen this one: <50.c4>
   Mar-26-15 Paul Morphy
morfishine: <Pawn Ambush> Excellent game by Anderssen! A great example of how winning tactics result from airtight positional play. Position before tactics *****
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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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  morfishine: Here, another master rips apart L'Hermet's Kingside: Saemisch vs L'Hermet, 1927


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  cro777: <morfishine: I am unable to post at POTD or GOTD, but was able to post at my forum.>

Caruana - Carlsen

In this line of the Berlin endgame, Caruana defeated Carlsen last year at the Gashimov Memorial.

1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 h6 10. Rd1+ Ke8 11. Nc3

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In Shamkir Caruana chose a rare continuation 11...Bd7. Today he opted for the popular plan with 11...Ne7.

In the position after 15...Nf4

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Carlsen introduced the novelty 15...Nf8 which might be an improvement. 15...a6 and 15...Bd7 had been tried before.

It is interesting how many times Carlsen played with his knight in the first 15 moves: Nf6-Nxe4-Nd6-Nf5-Ne7 Ng6-Nf8 and Ne6 to follow.

Feb-08-15  1300patzer: Testing claim that posting works here.
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  morfishine: <cro777> Thank you sir for this post! Its always a pleasure to read your posts



Feb-11-15  theBlacksmith: <morf> a chess patzer with 153 pages.. WHAT A JOKE!
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  cro777: Reversing the rules of the opening ("Complete your development before moving a piece twice)"

In the theoretical duel with Caruana in the Berlin Defense, Carlsen played eight times (!) with his king's knight during the first 17 moves. Then he drew comfortably by sacrificing the other developed piece (the bishop on g5).

Caruana vs Carlsen, 2015

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  scormus: I seem to have missed your post while I was away and offline. I hope it goes well for you this year, jobwise and chesswise.
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