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notyetagm
Member since Mar-15-04 · Last seen Jan-14-17
"HARD WORK IS A TALENT" -- G Kasparov

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<MY WEAKNESS>

<PBA4T: PAWN BREAKS ARE <<<4>>> THREATS>

<PT3S: PAWNS THREATEN <<<3>>> SQUARES>

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*ALL* ASPECTS OF SAFETY ARE *EQUALLY* VALUABLE:

<LOOSENESS> =
<ALIGNMENTS> =
<TRAPPABLE> =
<EXPOSED>

CHESS IS *NOT* JUST COUNTING!

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WHEN YOU PUT A PIECE ON A SQUARE, ONLY ONE THING MATTERS:

<DOES MY OPPONENT HAVE <<<UNSAFE (LATE)>>> PIECES IN THE RESULTING POSITION, YES OR NO? AND IF YES, CAN I EXPLOIT THEM? IF YES AGAIN, THE SQUARE CAN BE TAKEN NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES IT IS PROTECTED. <<<CHESS IS NOT JUST COUNTING!>>>>

YOU CAN TAKE *ANY* SQUARE IF IT RESULTS IN YOUR OPPONENT HAVING *UNSAFE* OR *LATE* PIECES.

25 e5-e6! Petrosian vs Kozali Montevideo 1954
40 Nf6-d7+!! Kasparov vs Bareev Cannes Rapid 2001

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<<<FUNDAMENTAL THEOREM OF THREATS>>>

The number of times that a square is attacked (NA) and defended (ND) *cannot* be calculated by simply counting the number of pieces controlling that square. Rather,

<<THE NUMBER OF TIMES A SQUARE IS ATTACKED AND DEFENDED CAN BE COMPUTED ONLY AFTER -ALL- THE THREATS THAT CURRENTLY EXIST IN THE POSITIONAND THEIR -SEVERITY- (--) , AE WELL AS ALL THE THREATS THAT -CAN- -BE- -MADE- AND THEIR SEVERITY (++), HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.>>

See 11 d4-d5! in I Kurnosov vs M Dzhumaev, 2008 for a *perfect* example of using <MAKING THREATS (++)> and <MEETING THREATS (--)> to count properly the number of times that the d5-square is attacked and defended. The d5-square is not 1 attacker (White d4-pawn), 2 defenders (Black b6-knight, e6-pawn); rather it is 2 attackers (White d4-pawn, c3-queen <CHECKING> on c6)(++), 1 defender (Black b6-knight, e6-pawn is <PINNED> to e8)(--)!!!!

In particular, you must account for the <<MOST OBVIOUS THREAT ON THE CHESSBOARD>>: <<<<THE THREAT TO CAPTURE A SQUARE>>>>, with or without an enemy piece or pawn on that square. The threat of an enemy unit to occupy a significant square must be dealt with.

And you must account for the <<FOUR TYPES OF SUBTLE THREATS>>:

Q: creates loose squares near enemy king
BRQQRB: attack every single square on their lines
N: defender cannot defend tactical base, target
P: threatens to advance to the blockading square

Game Collection: FOUR TYPES OF SUBTLE THREATS TO SQUARES

<Part I (++).> Being able to -MAKE- a threat (especially <CHECK> or a <MATE THREAT>, a <<SENTE>> move) means that you control a square -MORE- times than meets the eye (<THREATS GAIN TEMPO>).

<Part II (--).> Having to -MEET- a threat means that you control a square -FEWER- times than meets the eye (<OBLIGATION RESTRICTS MOBILITY>).

Maybe I can add attackers to the square with tempo, making a threat.

Maybe you can add defenders to the square with tempo, making a threat.

Maybe some of my attackers are tied down meeting threats.

Maybe some of your defenders are tied down meeting threats.

>> Click here to see notyetagm's game collections.

   notyetagm has kibitzed 23244 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-01-17 P Cruz Lledo vs I Sokolov, 2016
 
notyetagm: <Gilmoy: <38..Ke5!> is necessary prep to snuff a fork-save by White. > Good catch. I was wondering why he didn't just play the trick with the king on d5.
 
   Dec-31-16 Nakamura vs Grischuk, 2016 (replies)
 
notyetagm: Nakamura vs Grischuk, 2016 <CHESSCAST> https://livestream.com/ChessCast/Ra...
 
   Dec-30-16 World Blitz Championship (2016) (replies)
 
notyetagm: Dubov got the Bronze so once again Naka got nothing.
 
   Dec-30-16 Jobava vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
 
notyetagm: Jobava vs Carlsen, 2016 <chancho: Watching Jobava's expression (after the game loss) was comedy gold.> A <TWEET> called "Jobava's disbelief": https://twitter.com/OlimpiuUrcan/st... This <TWEET> is what <chancho> was talking about. ;-)
 
   Dec-29-16 World Rapid Championship (2016) (replies)
 
notyetagm: <Eyal: ... Well, perhaps it was a bit early on the first day - but now that the tournament is over it's clear that Leko took full advantage of Giri's absence to secure the drawmaster title with <<<12 draws out the 15 games>>>> Damn, now *that* is ...
 
   Dec-27-16 Carlsen vs Ganguly, 2016 (replies)
 
notyetagm: <pinoy king: ... These sub 2700 Indian GMs are around as strong as Carlsen if not stronger. They just need more opportunities to play.> You are absolutely correct: they are *tremendously* strong.
 
   Dec-23-16 European Blitz Championships (2016) (replies)
 
notyetagm: Andreikin did not lose a single game in the blitz!
 
   Dec-18-16 London Chess Classic (2016) (replies)
 
notyetagm: Fantastic! Topa beat Aronian in the last game.
 
   Dec-17-16 Ju Wenjun (replies)
 
notyetagm: She's so smart and beautiful.
 
   Nov-28-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
 
notyetagm: <savagerules: Imagine paying to go see an Nfl playoff game and in 10 minutes after no first downs or pass attempts, just running plays up the middle for no gain, they agree to stop the game and play another day? But in chess this is acceptable. That's why it is not taken ...
 
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