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|Apr-11-14|| ||LIFE Master AJ: <<Constantly doing these things without further groundwork makes you good solving at puzzles and nothing more,>>|
I am going to disagree with that statement.
I teach chess nearly every day of the week, either in person or on the Internet. I teach chess to a fairly decent group of students that attend a local private school. I also have a small, modest little class that meets at another school (chess club - after school) here in Pensacola.
My own results have improved by doing the puzzle on a constant basis. And many of my students, especially a few Internet students (most southern FL and a few in California); have also ALL seen an improvement in their rating after I challenged them to come here on a daily basis and solve problems.
I DO think that their is a big difference between playing chess and ONLY doing puzzles ... (IMO) "puzzle only guys" usually have problems formulating strategy, do not play the endgame well and usually have a very poor opening repertoire. I think that these shortcomings are what hurt them, and not their tactics.
I am certain that solving tactics here has made me a better player. Usually older guys see a steady decline in their playing strength. I think that I have (mostly) avoided that, thanks to my work here.
I had a (very minor) stroke in 2012 - this seemed to affect the way my brain worked ... especially for chess. Prior to this, I had won or tied for first in like nine-out-of-ten tournaments. Since the incident, I am pretty much sitting on my rating floor, and it remains to be seen if I can get back to my prior playing levels.
About two weeks ago, a PCC student quizzed me. (His Dad was paying for the lesson, so I could not argue!) Anyway, he gave me 30+ problems out of a book, I only got one wrong. (He thought that was outstanding.)
When I first started coming here, I got stumped a lot on Friday-Sunday problems. Nowadays, that never happens. I am quite sure I am a MUCH better tactical player and analyst since solving problems here on a nearly daily basis for around 10+ years now. (I had another handle before this one ...)
|Apr-11-14|| ||john barleycorn: <LITE Master> try to get the numbers right.
353 solved out of 667 that is a solid 52,9%
höchstes: 2216 (06.04.2012)
niedrigstes: 1275 (13.11.2011)
gelöst: 353 (52.9%)
Fehlversuche: 314 (47.1%)
Gesamtzeit: 7,1 Std.>
|Apr-11-14|| ||LIFE Master AJ: And my average here - most weeks - is 7-out-of-7.|
|Apr-11-14|| ||john barleycorn: <LITE Master AJ: And my average here - most weeks - is 7-out-of-7.>|
And I believe you.
|Apr-11-14|| ||LIFE Master AJ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mC3...|
A video on this game.
I mainly did it for myself. I had the Question, "Was the sacrifice sound?" (Yes!) I also wanted to - at least - a cursory analysis of this game. (Tremendous combination!)
|Apr-11-14|| ||yureesystem: This game is in the style of Paul Morphy, what a beautiful ending.|
|Apr-11-14|| ||Penguincw: Wow! This is the closest I've ever gotten to a Friday puzzle, has I got 16.Nxc6 Qxc3 17.Rxe7+. I was thinking of following up with 17...Kf8 18.Re3+ Kg8 19.Rxc3 Bxc6, but white is only "up" a bishop for 2 pawns. :||
|Apr-11-14|| ||morfishine: <LucB> NP
<kevin86> Yes, I too noticed the similar attacking angles: S Globus vs Gross, 1884
|Apr-11-14|| ||IMRKs: plain simple, i got this one very easy|
|Apr-11-14|| ||john barleycorn: shouldn't he that tough problem if you have seen this classic before|
De Riviere vs P Journoud, 1860
|Apr-11-14|| ||BOSTER: <S.Simpson
click for larger view
Most players play 18...Kq8 , and only <agb2002> and Fritz12 gave another line with 18...Ke8.
But why not here?
click for larger view
and no Bb2.
|Apr-11-14|| ||PJs Studio: 20.Bb2!! "Is it cold in here? I'm feeling a bit chilly."|
|Apr-11-14|| ||Cheapo by the Dozen: I'm stumped.
16 Nxc6+ Qxc3
lines are failing for me because of White's hanging bishops. Winning Black's queen with a discovered check is just leaving him a bit ahead in material, while punching through with double checks is letting Black's king escape to h7.
And lines that start 16 Re7+ are failing to early Be6 interpositions.
|Apr-11-14|| ||Cheapo by the Dozen: Ack! Ne7+ didn't even occur to me!!|
|Apr-11-14|| ||Conrad93: Wow, I actually got this puzzle...|
|Apr-12-14|| ||standardwisdom: Swooooosh! Waaaaay over my head. I just saw that 16. Nxc6 would drop my queen so I didn't even pursue it further.|
|Apr-12-14|| ||morfishine: <john barleycorn> I like that game showing a different angle to break down this piece arrangement|
|Apr-12-14|| ||Sally Simpson: Hi AJ.
"I am going to disagree with that statement. "
and then you say....
"I DO think that their is a big difference between playing chess and ONLY doing puzzles ... (IMO) "puzzle only guys" usually have problems formulating strategy."
You are agreeing with me!
You have to keep the tactical brain topped up but the skill is setting them up and spotting them.
Before you look for the moves of a combination - first you must see it.
|Apr-13-14|| ||LIFE Master AJ: I disagreed with the concept that solving puzzles won't make you a better player ... empirical evidence proves otherwise. |
You can play word games, if you like, but that was the gist of my statement.
|Apr-16-14|| ||LIFE Master AJ: S Globus vs Gross, 1884.
This was the game for the POTD today. (Friday; April 11th, 2014.) |
See my video - I already gave the link, see above.
[ During my video, I mention the following contest, see Kasparov vs Anand, 1995, for a related game. ALSO - during the course of my video - I mention the the following entertaining little game: Fischer vs Fine, 1963. ]
|Apr-20-14|| ||hemy: Does anyone know where this game was published?
Any information about tournament Riga, 1884?
|May-04-14|| ||wwall: I believe it was first published in British Chess Magazine in 1885. I overlooked it in my collection of Italian Chess Miniatures.|
|Aug-02-17|| ||Eagle41257: Solomon M. Globus http://www.edochess.ca/players/p464...|
|Aug-02-17|| ||hemy: This brilliant game was published in "Nordische Rundschau", 1884, volume 2, page 223 before it was published in "The British Chess Magazine", 1885, volume 5, pages 93-94.|
In his article about chess games for time period from the 1858 to 1892 Friedrich Amelung published this game in "Baltische schachbletter" 1893, pages 261-262 with references to "Nordische Rundschau":
(Nach „Nordische Rundschau 1884, Bd. 2, p. 223“, mit den dortigen
Anmerkungen 1 bis 4.)
1) Bis hierhin hatte Schwarz correct gespielt, nun versäumt er aber
den von der Theorie angegebenen stärksten Zug Laö—b6 zu machen. —
2) Es gab kaum etwas Besseres, denn auf 12. 0—0—0 wäre 13. Tbl
mit sehr starkem Angriff gefolgt. —
3) Etwas besser war Dd8—f6, doch es folgte alsdann 14. dö!!‚
Sc6—e7, 16. Tbl mit Gewinnstellung für Weiss. —
4) Dieses Damenopfer ist eine auf fünf Züge vorausberechnete
wunderschöne Combination, welche der Partie einen glanzvollen Schluss
verleiht. Namentlich brillant ist der Zug 20. Lb2 vorausberechnet,
worauf dann Lc4—d3-l- das Mat erzwingt. —
5) Auch bei Ke8! lässt sich der Gewinn für Weiss erzwingen. —
6) Obgleich diese Partie in dem Verlauf der Züge 1 bis 16 durch
Nichts sich auszeichnet, stempelt sie hingegen die herrliche Schlusscom
bination 16. Sd4—c6: wohl zu der schönsten bisher in Liv-Est-Curland
gespielten. Ueber den jungen Wilhelm Tell, der diesen MeisterschussÜ
gethan hat, Stud. pol. Globus machten wir schon eine Erwähnung. Es
lohnte sich der Mühe, eine Analyse des Zuges 16. Sd4—c6: auszuarbeiten
und wir geben das Resultat im Cap. 9 unter den Endspieldiagrammen
wieder, um zu zeigen, dass 16. Sd4—c6: nicht nur „schön“, sondern zu
gleich auch „correct“ gespielt war. —— Erwähnt möge noch sein, dass
Herr Salomo Globus aus Vilna stammt und in der Chemiker-Abtheilung
des Riga’schen Polytechnikum’s bis zum Jahre 1884 studiert hat. — F. A"
It was also included in the book of Ellis J. H., "CHESS SPARKS, short and bright games of chess", London, Longmans, Green and CO, 1995, page 102.
|Dec-18-18|| ||GumboGambit: Black displayed Gross Negligence|
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