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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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[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 8904 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-21-14 Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
morfishine: 25.Re2
   Nov-21-14 chessforum
morfishine: <CG> Have you considered re-tooling the GOTD so the games presented are representative, from a quality standpoint, of being called "Game of the Day"? Open a separate segment of this site for "Fun puns" and have the Game of the Day become a location for exciting, high ...
   Nov-21-14 M Gluzman vs Bareev, 2001 (replies)
morfishine: Black is pressing for a check on the h-file while his DSB covers <g1>; In trying to prevent this, White will lose material and the game I think both 26...Re3 & 26...Be3 win <26...Re3> 27.Ne2 Qe5 28.Rae1 Bd6 29.g3 Qe4+ 30.Kh2 Qh4+ 31.Kg2 Rxe2+ 32.Qxe2 Qxg3+ 33.Kh1 ...
   Nov-20-14 Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 (replies)
morfishine: Brilliant Game !???
   Nov-20-14 V Gashimov vs Tiviakov, 2008
morfishine: Gashed
   Nov-20-14 A E Post vs Spielmann, 1907 (replies)
morfishine: This looks more like a Thursday puzzle than a...wait, it is Thursday!? Now I know why I missed it: I don't even know what day it is! :) FWIW: I thought 30...d2+ was sufficient First, the simple and flawed "mainline": <30...d2+> 31.Rxd2 Nxd2 32.Kxd2 Rxf2+ 33.Kd3 Rd2+ Or ...
   Nov-19-14 A Korotylev vs Z Izoria, 1998 (replies)
morfishine: A myriad of complications that I still haven't worked out
   Nov-19-14 Zsuzsa Polgar vs V Dimitrov, 1984 (replies)
morfishine: Took me awhile to sort out the correct move-order: <20.Bxe6> best 20...fxe6 21.Bxf6 Bxf6 22.Qh5+ Ke7 23.Qxh7+ Kd6 24.Nf7+ forking the Queen *****
   Nov-18-14 S Kun vs G Merenyi, 1997 (replies)
morfishine: <Honza Cervenka> Excellent point about 41...Bxa4 and the offsides White King
   Nov-18-14 Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
morfishine: 10.b4 followed by 11.c5
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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!

click for larger view

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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  MarkFinan: Oh Morf. Morf Morf Morf Morf....Morf!

I'd like to quote Brad Pitt and the very last sentence in the very last scene of, "Inglorious Bastards"

"I think I just made my masterpiece!" Lol. Check this out when you have time.. I was going to resign around move 15, I thought it was just one of those throwaway games that I try something new or different in, but it backfires and I just resign. I'm so pleased with this game because even though the engine doesn't agree with a lot of my moves, and the engine made 2-3 howlers, it just looks brilliant and my endgame play is pretty spot on... 2 takebacks in the endgame but not 4-5 moves down the line, straight up blunders that I had to take back.. we all do it after one move blunders, anyone who hasn't (against an engine of course) I don't believe....

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2014.11.04"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Player AM "]
[Black "Stockfish 121014 (61.0%)"]
[Result "*"]
[TimeControl "50/300+15"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 c5 4. d5 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nc3 g6 7. Bf4 a6 8. a4 Bg7 9. e4 O-O 10. h3 Nh5 11. Bh2 Re8 12. Bd3 f5 13. O-O Bxc3 14. exf5 Bxb2 15. fxg6 Bxa1 16. gxh7+ Kg7 17. Qxa1+ Qf6 18. Bxd6 Qxa1 19. Rxa1 c4 20. Bxc4 Nd7 21. Bd3 Nhf6 22. Rc1 Nxd5 23. Ba3 b5 24. Bb2+ N7f6 25. axb5 axb5 26. Bxb5 Kxh7 27. Bxe8 Nxe8 28. Be5 Nef6 29. g4 Kg6 30. Kg2 Nd7 31. Rc6+ Kf7 32. Ng5+ Ke8 33. Re6+ Kf8 34. Bd6+ Kg8 35. Re8+ Kg7 36. Rd8 Kg6 37. h4 Ne3+ 38. Kg3 Nxg4 39. Kxg4 Ne5+ 40. Kg3 Nc6 41. Rg8+ Kf6 42. h5 Bb7 43. Rxa8 Bxa8 44. h6 Kxg5 45. h7 Nd4 46. Bf4+ Kg6 47. h8=Q Ne6 48. Qxa8 Ng7 *

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  morfishine: <MarkFinan> This game just feels like you had a whole lotta fun playing it! I think there's a lot more accuracy in this game than blunders or howlers, very well played! While it was ingenious the way Black tried to extricate his position, it was equally ingenious the way you maneuvered around his traps. The position after 24.Bb2+ looks overwhelming for White (despite being a rook down) with your raking Bishops
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  cro777: <morfishine: Pretty cool, Naiditsch is offering 50% discount on his newsletter to <CG> members.> Hi <morfishine>!

I haven't seen this information. Where could I find that offer?

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  morfishine: <cro777> I received the offer via email. Here's the link, just enter 'CG' as the Bonus code

Hope this helps!


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  cro777: Thanks <morfishine>. That's all I needed.
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  MarkFinan: <<morfishine: <MarkFinan> This game just feels like you had a whole lotta fun playing it! I think there's a lot more accuracy in this game than blunders or howlers, very well played! While it was ingenious the way Black tried to extricate his position, it was equally ingenious the way you maneuvered around his traps. The position after 24.Bb2+ looks overwhelming for White (despite being a rook down) with your raking Bishops>>

Thanks for those comments Morf, I appreciate you even looking through my games! I have another three games for you to look at (and post some in my forum of yours and I'll let you know what I think?) but I'd like you to look at this draw first, whenever you have time. I think it's probably the best draw I've ever had on this setting, tactics, mistakes, blunders and inaccuracies galore (I just looked with the engine on analysis and I was up over 1.09 by the time I played Qb6 which forced the draw by rep) but even though the engine just doesn't like my Rxf6!? one bit, I really love this game. I have two others that I've played this year that I think are brilliant, I'll post them if you're interested? I have the white pieces of course, lol. Been playing some really good chess lately, after a good 5-6 months of really bad chess block. Hope you're okay mate and post some of your games in mine too.. ✌

<<<[Event "?"] [Site "?"]
[Date "2014.11.15"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Player AM "]
[Black "Stockfish 121014 (61.0%)"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[TimeControl "50/300+15"]

1. d4 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. a3 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 c5 6. f3 d5 7. e3 Nc6 8. Bd3 e5 9. Ne2 e4 10. fxe4 dxe4 11. Bc2 Qe7 12. O-O O-O 13. Ng3 Na5 14. Rxf6 Qxf6 15. Nxe4 Qh4 16. g3 Qe7 17. Nxc5 g6 18. Qe2 Bf5 19. e4 Rac8 20. Bd3 Rfe8 21. Qf1 Rxc5 22. exf5 Nb3 23. fxg6 Nxa1 24. gxh7+ Kh8 25. dxc5 f6 26. Bf4 Qxc5+ 27. Kg2 Nb3 28. h4 b6 29. Qf3 Qf8 30. Qh5 Rd8 31. Bf5 Qg7 32. Bh6 Qe7 33. Qg6 Qe2+ 34. Kh3 Qf1+ 35. Kg4 Qe2+ 36. Kh3 Qf1+ 37. Kg4 Qd1+ 38. Kh3 1/2-1/2>>>

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