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   Diocletian has kibitzed 252 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-30-23 Diocletian chessforum
Diocletian: thank you, YoungEd
   Jan-30-23 D Prelevic vs P Orlov, 2001
Diocletian: see a check, check it out.
   Jan-06-23 R Antonio vs R Phillips, 2006 (replies)
Diocletian: The mind's eye got me to 40.Qxe7+, and that was enough for me to begin the sequence in tournament game. Black pieces cornered, and White's bishops to be quickly activated.
   Oct-09-22 Siegbert Tarrasch
Diocletian: "Chess, like money, like opiates, has the power to make you happy."
   Sep-29-22 Karoly Sterk
Diocletian: Happy Birthday, KAROLY STERK. I have searched unsuccesfully for your picture. Anybody who can outsmart Frank Marshall deserves a picture. Agreed, Chessgames? This is my birthday too. What's really strange is that I recently lied about my birthday, claiming it was the 19th.
   Sep-01-22 A Cioara vs M Godena, 2000 (replies)
Diocletian: Compositions are presented as White to Move, and my choice was Ne7+.
   Aug-30-22 R Klabis vs N Pert, 2011 (replies)
Diocletian: Always look for checks. Always play a check, and it's best to announce the check out loud: "CHECK!" to let your opponent know you're no fool and that you have a low opinion of his game. For example, I played here 33....Rxf2, 34.Rxf2 Bxe3, which draws to 35. Qf7+ "CHECK!"
   Aug-23-22 N Huschenbeth vs M Hoffmann, 2006 (replies)
Diocletian: 30...Rb6 was my choice too. I spent some minutes looking for a decisive "puzzle move" but found none. 30....Rb6 piles onto the Black's weak b pawn and soon opens attack lines to the Black king.
   Jul-25-22 B Rabar vs E Paoli, 1953 (replies)
Diocletian: I got this instantly. I got them all last week too, never more than a few seconds. I have been beating Stockfish consistently, mostly in three-minute games but also in traditional 40 moves/2.5 hours.
   Jun-07-22 Unzicker vs Tal, 1975 (replies)
Diocletian: <Brenin: Great game, but does the pun mean anything, other than a reference to White's surname?> Most of the puns are like that, merely a silly play on a player's name. They make me wonder if the game itself is really worth looking at. Occasionally, a really good pun ...
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Apr-04-17  ketchuplover: First!
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  diceman: Second!
Apr-05-17  technical win: 3-tiered cake!
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  Diocletian: It is nice to have witty, mysterious cronies here. Thank you for your friendly greetings.You are welcome to look at the collections of my favorite and most hated games.
Feb-08-18  JimNorCal: Not everyone has a collection of most "hated" games!
Feb-08-18  Travis Bickle: Is that you Bobby?
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  Diocletian: <Travis Bickle: Is that you Bobby?> Well, we have a lot in common.
Mar-10-21  ketchuplover: This is the ghost of chessgames' past
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  Dionysius1: Hi <Diocletian>. What are the rules violations you refer to in S P Tanin vs G Sanakoev, 1960

I thought when I saw it in your most hated, that it must have broken games rules, like castling across check. So I rushed to play it through.

Then I slapped my head. Of course if it breaks that kind of rule the score can't be included here, can it?

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  Diocletian: <Dionysius1>Well, this unattractive game begins with one of my favorite openings for either side, the Winawer French, but it soon degenerates into an adolescent display by each player fighting on opposite sides of the board rather than a head-on clash between honorable men. It reminds me of thoughtless, idle games I played against myself as a boy without real opponents. Certainly there is something wrong here, but I find the trouble hard to pinpoint - even after a thorough review of the official rules of chess.

I too am older - I am from the exciting Fischer era - and I mostly only play computers now.

Thank you for your interest.

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  Dionysius1: Thanks. Some games just annoy me - though mostly when I think the players aren't trying. I wasted too many of my school opportunities playing silly opening traps - I felt the only way to play good chess was to dominate from the start.

Playing in the Irish Schoolboys championships mostly cured me - they were too good for that. (0,0,0,1,1,1,1). But between rounds someone showed me the Q and N smothered mate, and I was made up.

Thanks for getting back to me.

Sep-29-22  YoungEd: Happy birthday!
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  Diocletian: Chess, like money, like opium, has the power to make you happy.
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  Diocletian: thank you, YoungEd

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