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Jordy Mont-Reynaud vs Eric Schiller
Falconer International (1999), ?, Apr-02
Slav Defense: Smyslov Variation (D16)  ·  1-0

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Jun-16-05
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  TheAlchemist: <Eric Schiller> Too bad about your loss, Eric, but I agree White's 20th move is a really rare specimen, and beautiful at that.

I don't understand, however, why White's move 22.Rxc6 has an exclamation point behind it. Isn't it logical, I mean White was down a piece and he regained it that way. Was there another, seemingly more "logical", but in fact worst continuation?

Jun-16-05
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  Eric Schiller: Logical, yes, but there were many tempting alterntatives, such as the capture at g5, trying to undermine defense of a7. Sometimes the most straightforward move really is best!

The point is that if I play 22...bxa4, White would have planted the rook at c7.

Jun-16-05  Montreal1666: <Eric Schiller:> If by any chance you remember, what was the approximate ratings of you and your opponent at the time?
Jun-17-05
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  Eric Schiller: <montreal> Jordy Mont-Reynaud was about 2300, I was a bit less. Jordy was one of the kids who broke Fischer's record, and was at one time our youngest FIDE rated player. I have a good score against most of the students I've trained, but Jordy has beaten me a few times. He's been out of chess for a bit but is planning to play again later this year. He is one of the young stars profiled in my book Whiz Kids Teach Chess.
Jun-17-05  SnoopDogg: I have a question <Eric Schiller>, how can you be satisfied with your position when its absolutely horrible. Let me disect the position.

White's center is optimal. He clearly owns that side of the board which leaves you with little options. You can try and undermine it or you can start a counter attack on one of the wings.

The second problem why I hate this position for black is the coordination of the pieces. Look at the knight on a6 it is clearly misplaced has no advanced outpost and if its not working together with the rest of its army its not doing its job! Chess is a team game last time I checked!

The queen looks like she's having a smoke on the side of the board and the bishop is waiting to get some valuable commands from its general. It also takes some weakening moves to replace the radio and communication between the rooks.

Black's misplaced pieces, loss of time (13. Qh5?!) (14. Nb4?) and faulty plans were rightly punished for lack of harmony among the pieces.

I know its being a little harsh but after just one dissection of the postion which 5 minutes max you could see white is clearly clearly better.

Jun-17-05
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  Eric Schiller: <snoop> I don't agree. Positional evaluation in open positions is never easy, but White has more structural weaknesses: h2, f4, b2 and a more exposed king. This means that White cannot arrange the d5-break, vritually the only ambitious plan, without risking blowback in the direction of his king. My knight can go to b4 or c7, keeping the battle over d5, and castling queenside or ...Rd8 is also available. White's pieces look good, but what are they really doing? What are his rooks going to do? Of course, it will all come down to tactics, since it is a sharp position. And I definitely overplayed the position, but that's not the fault of the position!
Jun-17-05  SnoopDogg: <Eric Schiller> Thank you, Eric for your insights on the position. If you ever want to blitz it the position out with me come to playchess.com and you'll find me. :))
Jun-18-05
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  Eric Schiller: <Snoop> There should be special servers for disputing positions, where you can set challenges for exact positions. I don't play at playchess, but you are welcome to challenge me at ICC or Chess.ac, though I suggest that disputing positions is better handled at chess.ac's turn-based server. I have never felt that blitz games prove anything, especially since I am too slow for 5-0 games.
Jun-18-05  SnoopDogg: <Eric Schiller> I might get a membership at ICC in the next couple of weeks so watch out for the handle "Snoop Dogg" (with the space if they allow it. But I'm afraid its already taken. Anyways your right blitz games prove nothing yet you have to admit they're fun; I was first inspired by blitz when I saw the Movie "Searching for Bobby Fischer" and saw Lawerence Fischburne aka Vinny or Morpheous if you will because he looked so cool trash talking to GM's while playing them blitz.
Jun-19-05  Gahvandure: Mr. Schiller, will you please upload the Schiller vs. Dogg game after it's completion? <evil grin>
Jul-05-05  Knight13: Why not 8. Qxf3 ? Is there a trap or something?
Jul-05-05  Stevens: <knight13> not a trap exactly but simply the white d pawn is taken by the black queen 8...Qxd4
Jul-05-05  Knight13: < <knight13> not a trap exactly but simply the white d pawn is taken by the black queen 8...Qxd4> Oversight. I though the d-pawn was defended so I asked Qxf3.... Dang it.

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