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Compiled by fredthebear

Emulate -- DO What the GREATS Did. Read GM chess books, rehearse opening traps and brevities, replay annotated GM games, and study endings (Authors like I.A. Horowitz, Frank James Marshall, Emanuel Lasker, Edward Lasker, Siegbert Tarrasch, Yuri Averbakh, David Hooper, Jose Capablanca, Irving Chernev, Eugene A. Znosko-Borovsky, Aron Nimzowitsch, Paul Keres, Reuben Fine, Max Euwe, Edmar Mednis, Mikhail Botvinnik, etc.); it worked for Fredthebear. If you're a queen's gambit player, perhaps Cecil J.S. Purdy, Milton Finkelstein, Capablanca, Harry Nelson Pillsbury, and Dr. Euwe's series should get more focus.

Do NOT sacrifice w/out good reason! There has to be a strong, sustainable follow-up. Give every piece a job, build up the position, then explode! Great players (and good players too) sacrifice to bust up the position, and then pour reinforcements into the void. Combinations are the heart of chess!

"Get there firstest with the mostest." -- Nathan Bedford Forrest

Thank you Jabot, Gabbo, and Robert Samuels.

from the simpleton poet:

Roses are red.
Violets are blue.

Chess is creative.
And a journey too.

Good in the morning.
Or just before bed.

Play cheater_1, with engine.
Or OTB, all in your head.

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Paul Revere's Ride
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - 1807-1882

Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five:
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, "If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-arch
Of the North-Church-tower, as a signal-light,— One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country-folk to be up and to arm."

Then he said "Good night!" and with muffled oar Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore,
Just as the moon rose over the bay,
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay
The Somerset, British man-of-war:
A phantom ship, with each mast and spar
Across the moon, like a prison-bar,
And a huge black hulk, that was magnified
By its own reflection in the tide.

Meanwhile, his friend, through alley and street
Wanders and watches with eager ears,
Till in the silence around him he hears
The muster of men at the barrack door,
The sound of arms, and the tramp of feet,
And the measured tread of the grenadiers
Marching down to their boats on the shore.

Then he climbed to the tower of the church,
Up the wooden stairs, with stealthy tread,
To the belfry-chamber overhead,
And startled the pigeons from their perch
On the sombre rafters, that round him made
Masses and moving shapes of shade,—
By the trembling ladder, steep and tall,
To the highest window in the wall,
Where he paused to listen and look down
A moment on the roofs of the town,
And the moonlight flowing over all.

Beneath, in the churchyard, lay the dead,
In their night-encampment on the hill,
Wrapped in silence so deep and still
That he could hear, like a sentinel's tread,
The watchful night-wind, as it went
Creeping along from tent to tent,
And seeming to whisper, "All is well!"
A moment only he feels the spell
Of the place and the hour, and the secret dread
Of the lonely belfry and the dead;
For suddenly all his thoughts are bent
On a shadowy something far away,
Where the river widens to meet the bay,—
A line of black, that bends and floats
On the rising tide, like a bridge of boats.

Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride,
Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride,
On the opposite shore walked Paul Revere.
Now he patted his horse's side,
Now gazed on the landscape far and near,
Then impetuous stamped the earth,
And turned and tightened his saddle-girth;
But mostly he watched with eager search
The belfry-tower of the old North Church,
As it rose above the graves on the hill,
Lonely and spectral and sombre and still.
And lo! as he looks, on the belfry's height,
A glimmer, and then a gleam of light!
He springs to the saddle, the bridle he turns,
But lingers and gazes, till full on his sight
A second lamp in the belfry burns!

A hurry of hoofs in a village-street,
A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark,
And beneath from the pebbles, in passing, a spark Struck out by a steed that flies fearless and fleet: That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light, The fate of a nation was riding that night;
And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight, Kindled the land into flame with its heat.

He has left the village and mounted the steep,
And beneath him, tranquil and broad and deep,
Is the Mystic, meeting the ocean tides;
And under the alders, that skirt its edge,
Now soft on the sand, now loud on the ledge,
Is heard the tramp of his steed as he rides.

It was twelve by the village clock
When he crossed the bridge into Medford town.
He heard the crowing of the cock,
And the barking of the farmer's dog,
And felt the damp of the river-fog,
That rises when the sun goes down.

It was one by the village clock,
When he galloped into Lexington.
He saw the gilded weathercock
Swim in the moonlight as he passed,
And the meeting-house windows, blank and bare,
Gaze at him with a spectral glare,
As if they already stood aghast
At the bloody work they would look upon.

It was two by the village clock,
When he came to the bridge in Concord town.
He heard the bleating of the flock,
And the twitter of birds among the trees,
And felt the breath of the morning breeze
Blowing over the meadows brown.
And one was safe and asleep in his bed
Who at the bridge would be first to fall,
Who that day would be lying dead,
Pierced by a British musket-ball.

You know the rest. In the books you have read,
How the British Regulars fired and fled,—
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farmyard-wall,
Chasing the red-coats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,—
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo forevermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.

The thought crossed my gentle mind that CGs needs some additional avatar variance of figures like Emory and Andrew Tate, Tani Adewumi, James Black Jr., Ambakisye Osayaba, Tom "Murph" Murphy, and Pontus Carlsson, Taahir Levi, Praggy and Pentala Harikrishna, Nihal Sarin, Adhiban Baskaran, Manuel Aaron, and Juan Carlos González Zamora, María Teresa Mora Iturralde, Daniela De la Parra, Alejandra Guerrero Rodríguez, Azarya Jodi Setyaki, Medina Warda Aulia, Errol Tiwari, Elshan Moradiabadi, Joey Razo, Collette McGruder, Diamond Shakoor, Phiona Mutesi, Jessica Hyatt, Jean-Pierre and Koneru Humpy, Tania Sachdev, Rout Padmini and Hou Yifan and Zhao Xue, Medhat Moheb, Yao Ming and Awonder Liang, Jeffery Xiong and Liem Le, Li Chao and the like. Our avatars are rather lily silly; not everybody looks like Smith, Jones, Thomas, or Mikhail.

On the other hand, we definitely need some redheads too (Anna Rudolf, Isla Fisher, Jude Acers, Prince Harry, Ed Sheeran)!! I'd say at least a dozen redheads, some with and without beards. Some Canadians too!

This poem is dedicated to all
Caissa members who are the Silent Majority.

The Silent Majority

Spoke the silent pawn to the opposing queen:
Your master is a filthy man and also very mean.
He does naught but curse and foulmouth my gentle master. Your king ought to punish him real fast if not faster. because we are all tired of his filthy ranting and raving. We want to play chess which is our gift and inborn craving. But if he is allowed to continue to act like a filthy prick, we'll catch him and drown him in the cesspool with frick. Replied the queen smilingly though in a very loud voice: Fear not silent majority because that is also our choice. So it came about,that one could hear in the deep of night an inhuman scream of the filthy man who died slowly of fright.

KIA exd5 Nxd5 vs Dbl Fio (A07) 1-0Black Exchange Sac, Q retreat
Nimzowitsch vs Swiderski, 1907 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

G1 p. 6 in King's Indian Attack by John Emms, Everymans Press
Vasiukov vs Uhlmann, 1962 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

e5 break and kingside attack to finish
S Matera vs Nunn, 1975 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Brilliant queen sac to finish
D Svetushkin vs V Economescu, 2001 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

How to play a closed French
Bologan vs K Maslak, 2009
(C00) French Defense, 66 moves, 1-0

Great attack after 15...h6??
D Boros vs V Ryzhkov, 2015 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

KIA vs Bg7, Nge7, Nc6 (A07) 1-0
B Gurgenidze vs Y Sakharov, 1956 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

KIA vs dxe4 dxe4, Be7, Bb7 (A07) 1-0
I Bilek vs J Kostro, 1960
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

KIA Double Fianchetto vs c5, d5, e5, Bg7 (A07) 1-0
Petrosian vs R Teschner, 1962 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

KIA Advance vs Bd6, Nge7, Bb7 (A07) 1-0 Lolli's Mate
V Ciocaltea vs Jansa, 1964
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

Game 49 in Stein: Move by Move by Thomas Engqvist
Stein vs S Zhukhovitsky, 1969 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 52 moves, 1-0

KIA 0-0 vs Be7, Bb7, 0-0-0 (A07) 1-0
A J Mestel vs C Hoi, 1981
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

KIA vs dxe4 dxe4, Be6 w/e7 (A07) 1-0 Black refrains
Shirov vs G Giorgadze, 1989 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 46 moves, 1-0

Hungarian 0-0 vs d5, e5, d4, 0-0-0 (A00) Blitz
Kasparov vs Fritz, 1992 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 54 moves, 1-0

Q retreat in lieu of P thrust
H Hamdouchi vs M Bezold, 1999 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

KIA vs. dxe4 dxe4, e5 (A08) 1-0
C D'Amore vs R E Andersen, 2008
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 29 moves, 1-0

KIA vs dxe4 dxe4, e5 (A04) 1-0
P Johansen vs P Dhame, 2009
(A04) Reti Opening, 36 moves, 1-0

KIA exd5 Nxd5 vs Be7, Bb7 (A07) 1-0
D Bocharov vs A Mokshanov, 2015 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

KIA vs copycat KID (A07) 1-0 W Rook penetrates, eats pawns
Fischer vs O Popovych, 1956 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 52 moves, 1-0

KIA w/e5 wedge (A07) White tears open fianchetto w/Q sac
Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

KIA e5, Qe2 vs French (A08) 1-0 Pawns expand, tactical MG
Fischer vs U Geller, 1968 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 32 moves, 1-0

KIA Chigorin's 2.Qe2 vs Botvinnik System (A07) 1-0
Tal vs H Liebert, 1974 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 43 moves, 1-0

Excelling at Positional Chess by Jacob Aagaard
Fischer vs I Ibrahimoglu, 1970 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

KIA vs Copycat w/d5, c5, Nc6, Ba6 (A07) 0-1 Get the Q in close
A Bannik vs Tal, 1954 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 25 moves, 0-1

C-K Def: Breyer Var; W Dbl Fio (B10) 1-0 Good analysis & links
F Olafsson vs Eliskases, 1960 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 35 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann Defense: Breyer Var (B10) 1-0 Photo; Stockfish notes
Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 26 moves, 1-0

Game 18 in the book Take My Rooks by Minev and Seirawan
Stein vs I Birbrager, 1966 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 20 moves, 1-0

Game 77 in"Leonid Stein - Master of Attack" by GM Raymond Keene
Stein vs Golombek, 1968 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 18 moves, 1-0

KIA vs C-K Bg4 reversed Torre (A07) 1-0 GMs don't capture when
Korchnoi vs G Flear, 1986 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

King's Indian Attack: Yugoslav Variation (A07) 0-1
Landa vs S Shipov, 1998 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 0-1

KIA vs Yugoslav (A07) 1-0 Add to the King's EAD
Vaganian vs Kaidanov, 1994
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

KIA vs Yugoslav Var (A07) 1-0 Whte controls open lines
Nakamura vs Grigoriants, 2017
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

KIA vs Dutch Classical (A07) 1-0
Euwe vs W Fick, 1923 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

KIA vs dxe4 dxe4, e5 (A07) 1-0 Aggressive piece play
Botvinnik vs O'Kelly, 1952
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

KIA vs Indian dxe4 dxe4 (A07)1-0 h-pawn lever thwarted; weak Ps
Petrosian vs Sokolsky, 1954 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 60 moves, 1-0

"deserves to be counted among the finest examples of the art of
Smyslov vs Euwe, 1953 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 68 moves, 1-0

Game 241 in The Guinness Book of Chess GMs by William Hartston.
Benko vs Petrosian, 1962 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 43 moves, 0-1

KIA vs Dragon P thrust (A07) 1-0 Mutual batteries
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1954 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

KIA vs Sicilian Bind (B25) 0-1 backward d-pawn falls
Larsen vs Bronstein, 1959 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 61 moves, 0-1

KIA vs Polish Def (A07) 0-1 The aggressor Q double attack
A Saidy vs Karpov, 1972 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 52 moves, 0-1

KIA vs Polish Def (A07) 1-0 Watch DB tear open the center
Bronstein vs Alburt, 1972 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 20 moves, 1-0

KIA vs French exd5 exd5 (A07) 1-0 Spearheads on open e-file
Karjakin vs G Meier, 2017
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

KIA vs Indian Be7, Bb7 (A07) 1-0 Three connected passers
Nakamura vs Bacrot, 2017 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

KIA vs Nf6, Bg7, d5, c5, Nc6, e5 (A07) 1-0 Qside P expansion
Nakamura vs Grigoriants, 2017
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

KIA vs Ne7 Pachman (A07) 1-0 Qside Zwischenzugs for pawns
Nakamura vs Grigoriants, 2017 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

KIA vs QID closed e4, c4 vs e5, c5 (A07) 1-0Paralysed minors EG
Carlsen vs L Pantsulaia, 2017 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 46 moves, 1-0

KIA vs Botvinnik System (A07) 1-0Kside exchanges produce passer
Carlsen vs M Sebenik, 2017
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 60 moves, 1-0

KIA vs Sicilian/French (B40) 1-0 Obstruction from mating square
Fischer vs Ivkov, 1966 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 29 moves, 1-0

KIA vs. copycat KID 1-0 White takes the center & penetrates 1st
Fischer vs R E Fauber, 1957 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

KIA vs Sicilian (A07) 1-0 Classic kingside attack, N beats B EG
Fischer vs E Mednis, 1957 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 50 moves, 1-0

KIA vs Sicilian Double Fio (A07) 1-0 BF has a better bishop EG
Fischer vs M Green, 1957 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 58 moves, 1-0

KIA vs. NY System (A07) 1-0 BF gains time w/pawn thrusts
Fischer vs R Cardoso, 1957 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 32 moves, 1-0

"Bobby Fischer's Outrageous Moves" by Bruce Pandolfini
Fischer vs J Durao, 1966 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 46 moves, 1-0

KIA vs Bg7 (A07) 1-0 Furious Kside attack, Arabian Mate w/Q
Fischer vs Panno, 1970 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

Psakhis vs D Paunovic, 1986 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

Dolmatov vs Lautier, 1991 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 46 moves, 1-0

Evans vs R Filguth, 1978
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

Stein vs E Haag, 1969 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 29 moves, 1-0

P Biyiasas vs Vasiukov, 1978
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs M Yudovich Sr., 1953 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Deep Blue, 1997 
(A06) Reti Opening, 45 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Uhlmann, 1956 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs O'Kelly, 1963 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs I Kan, 1955 
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 32 moves, 1-0

Bg2, Bb2, b3, c3, d3 Old Indian Attk vs Semi-Tarrasch (A06) 1-0
Mohishunder vs Cochrane, 1851 
(A06) Reti Opening, 50 moves, 1-0

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