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Member since May-08-11 · Last seen Dec-02-22
Welcome to anyone who visits my forum! I don't look much like my avatar, but that's pretty much how I think I am.

As I get older (and I think that's why), I'm much more interested in how chess works than whether I win a particular game. I want to understand a bit more before I die; I'm less interested in whether I'm better on a particular day than someone else is. So if I sometimes get a bit caustic about chess as a sport, that's why.

My interest is mostly in the older games, where the titans of the past discovered the principles we show off by knowing now.

20221011 Whitehat1963 (Jun-06-08): NATO has a chess tournament? I guess they had to find something to do after the end of the Cold War and dissolution of the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact. And wouldn't you know that it ended up in detente! Dionysius1 (Oct-11-22): Hi <Whitehat1963> Better in detente pissing out than outside detente pissing in.

20220226 I've no intention of playing competitive chess again, or even improving my game. But I'm enjoying the heck out of this site. It's friendly, provocative and with the great little ignore button if some kibitzers get a bit out of their tree for a while. Lots of features to explore particularly around ways of searching. And I like the family feel to it through Daniel and Susan Freeman.

20220212 <Daniel Freeman: At that point, I committed a cardinal sin of chess: I bluffed. I had fallen in love with my conception so much I decided to play it anyhow, hoping that my young opponent wouldn't be savvy enough to find the best defense. Bluffing is for poker, not chess.> Don't I ever know the feeling! Rest in peace Mr Freeman D Freeman vs Robson, 2004

20220202 "Botvinnik once wrote 'Chess is the art which expresses the science of logic as music is the art which expresses the science of acoustics' " Becoming a Grandmaster, by Raymond Keene. Batsford, 1977. p 35

20220102 For Milunka Lazarevic, chess was a "symbiosis of all arts". A "female Tal", she was a passionate if rather stern chess teacher, who would exclaim with joy if a pupil made a particularly good move. One of those people I'm very glad existed, even if she might have been uncomfortable to know. Giants aren't all friendly, just as saints aren't all easy company.

20211018 Though I loved being in Wales [as a student 1974-78], I got the feeling to be Welsh you needed to have been born there, ideally more than once. United States Championship (2021)

20210909 Words to live by: 0ZeR0: Alas, almost doing something on the chessboard counts for little.Carlsen vs A Tari, 2021

20210810 I've renewed my premium membership just now, so let's see if I can't contribute more & use the premium facilities a bit more and have fun.

20210603 CG.COM kibitzing resembles a rowdy pub near closing time, with a few sensible conversations going on in the corners, and a lot of shouty fantasists holding court and assuming status more because of their noise than their sense.

>> Click here to see Dionysius1's game collections. Full Member

   Dionysius1 has kibitzed 2819 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-26-22 J Tompa vs J Cuibus, 1973
Dionysius1: I like the threat of Bb2 in some variations. Long range sniper :-)
   Nov-22-22 Megan Lee (replies)
Dionysius1: It would be much better to base your judgment on FIDE's statistics
   Nov-19-22 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Dionysius1: <HeMateMe> This is not only silly (fun) but it's stupid (serious). I expect come Xmas the site will not be hearing from me any more. Right across the sight youse are a pack of idiots looking for a moment of fame, and I no longer want to give youse the publicity.
   Oct-18-22 Dionysius1 chessforum
Dionysius1: What a mess organised chess has become. My standard test is: if I was coming to chess without history of playing or past commitment, would I bother with it the way it is now? I so would not. I'll give it all a miss for the rest of the year and see what January brings. Cheers, ...
   Oct-16-22 U.S. Championship (2022) (replies)
Dionysius1: So <Petrosianic> and others. Where ARE these FIDE Rules that are being so broken? I've read so much claimed about breaches of the FIDE Laws it's about time that anyone serious about it quoted which sections are being broken. I take it they're all encapsulated in FIDE's ...
   Oct-16-22 R Jedynak vs Y Afek, 2015 (replies)
Dionysius1: Isn't the Nc3 a bit of a gift horse in these openings? It defends so many critical things (squares I suppose, even more than pieces) - it's got to be worth a Rook. Anyway, I didn't look it in the mouth, and got the solution as far as 15...Bxg4, but I assumed White would take the ...
   Oct-15-22 Y Zelinsky vs A Lipiridi, 1986
Dionysius1: yep <syracrophy> there are some lovely economic winning variations after 46...♔xg6 ♖g8+ if White doesn't play 47.Kf7. Heard melodies are sweet but... Keats would've been proud.
   Oct-12-22 Sam Shankland
Dionysius1: Come on Sam! All these draws. Is that what happens when you over prepare? Whatever made you great enough to get here is needed to get you beyond. Leave something for the day of.
   Oct-11-22 J den Besten vs A Toll, 2001
Dionysius1: Hi <Whitehat1963> Better in detente pissing out than outside detente pissing in.
   Oct-11-22 J D Ruiz Castillo vs M Narciso Dublan, 2014 (replies)
Dionysius1: 31.Qb8 Qc7 32.Ne6+ . The Knight fork threat works a 2nd time. Nice.
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  Dionysius1: I may be more confused than I realised, but I'm staggered that the Danish Gambit is the Opening of the Day, but there's nowhere we can discuss it, at least for today.

If there was, this is what I would have posted there. And it would have been more visible there, wouldn't it?

Here’s a perspective from someone maybe wondering whether to play the Danish Gambit as white in lower grade tournaments etc.

The overall figures for games that reached what I think of as the unsophisticated position for the Danish Gambit are wonderful for White

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Counting the White wins and Black wins in this database, gives 84 White wins, 31 Black wins, and 7 draws. Reason to be optimistic on the White side.

But it’s interesting once one digs just a little bit. If I was wondering whether to play it in tournaments, I’d look at the results since 1980. There must have been improvements in analysis for Black at some time, and with computers coming in to help in the 1980s, I chose that as a likely enough starting point.

Results on this database since 1980 give 7 wins for Black from 22 games (32%), which is better than the full figure of 31 Black wins from 122 games (25%).

So I might be a little less inclined to mug it up for tournaments as a sure-fire winner for White than if I took results over the whole 156 years into account.

But the universe of games played with this opening is maybe too small to rely on much anyway, and the play for attack or defence at the level that the games in this database are played, are maybe not reflective of what would happen in lower level tournaments.

Overall, I had high hopes of being able to get some indication of good lower level tournament openings to mug up. But the more I think about it with the figures in front of me, the more I’m beaten back into an attitude of “There’s no short cut – just look at the games that come from the opening and see if they suit you!”

Does anyone have a more sophisticated, data-led approach to suggest?

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  Stonehenge: I'm sure it can be discussed here:

Center Game (C21).

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  Dionysius1: Cheers <Stonehenge>!
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  Dionysius1: I'll be gone come 2nd March. See y'all on 14th April D
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  Dionysius1: Computer chess analysis is going to be more fun when it's capable of saying what the purpose of a player's bad move was.

Maybe that's why lower ranked games retain charm, mind you. They might represent a fantasy that only the player could explain, and even then not long after the game :-)

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  Dionysius1: Heh, look what I found!

So when you're kibitzing you don't have to have white figurines all the time, you can have black ones too

In narrative context it doesn't matter: 1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗b5

But in analysis you can have: At move 3 ♞ is under attack from ♗. The ♛ can protect it from f6, but that takes a natural development square away from the other ♞

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  Dionysius1: Goodness knows what has happened to the daily puzzle feature. It used to be an interesting and intelligible challenge, but over the last few weeks and particularly today it hasn't made sense any more.

I'm giving the feature a miss from now on, and will have a look at it again when I'm deciding whether to extend my subscription to in August.

There are other chess puzzle websites, and if the puzzle feature is still daft here I'll see in August whether for me is worth belonging to (free OR premium) without it.

Disappointing, but that's how things wax and wane I suppose.

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  Dionysius1: Ok, it's not that bad. Just blowing off some steam. Within the parameters of trying to please everybody at least some of the time, the daily puzzle feature's ok. I'm back onside.
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  Fusilli: Happy to be your spokesperson in T Gareyev vs G Milos, 2006. :)

<I'll see in August whether for me is worth belonging to>

That's a good question for reasons other than the puzzles too. I confess to be lazy with the puzzles, but I got used to how the website works even when there are better ones (e.g. Opening explorer). I like the Guess the Move feature.

What I am most disappointed about is the level of vitriol in political arguments coupled with the low level of true chess engagement. I think no one should be allowed to post 5 political comments (or more) for every chess comment they post.

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  Dionysius1: About my post here on Dec 29 last year. I've been coming up empty looking for humerous chess moves,

And then this happened. I laughed out loud when I saw the point of 33.c5 bxc5 34.Bb5

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Oh my dear goodness. I got a FEN diagram right first time. Never done that before. Isn't it great about chess that it's possible to be really sick of the idea of ever playing it again, and still love things about it? In this case every aspect of it being a language. Time for a cup of tea.

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  Dionysius1: That came from Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1916
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  Dionysius1: I know better than to post stuff that will please only me, but this is an indulgence.

Sometimes words are just brilliant.

I wrote data-led a few posts ago, and it looks like a miskeying of detailed, which would be a really really good alternative word for what I meant. DododoDOOdido. What a coincidence!

And coverlet isn't a small cover. It's a couvre lit! How great is that?

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  Dionysius1: Yikes! Yesterday I wrote <Oh my dear goodness. I got a FEN diagram right first time. Never done that before.> Today I discover ALREADY provides a lovely FEN copying facility on the settings.

My besetting sin is going off and exploring and inventing before checking.

I did it as a toddler (always getting lost).

I did it as a student and came up with some clever stuff (professors liked it anyway and weren't too bothered that they already knew it).

And I did it at work, so my career got becalmed - other people got on quicker "reading the manual" or doing what they were told.

So I'm not too surprised. But for anyone following this, <to access the FEN function>, click on any diagram, then settings, then far right on the list of settings.

Me? I'll probably go on doing it manually, and I hope it'll give me some visualisation benefits, and that warm glow of a skill mastered!

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  OhioChessFan: There's a few of us that love words. It can be frustrating to find a great word/phrase and not have anyone else around who shared your enthusiasm.
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  Dionysius1: Thanks for the acknowledgement <OhioChessFan>. Maybe I'm too fond of words, at the expense of analysis or creativity. But they can be great things.
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  Dionysius1: I'm surprised how vivid my memories of school chess are. The plywood boards, rusty and cream 2 inch squares, old fashioned clocks, and the second best set - plump, clumsy, battle scarred. It seems the most natural thing in the world to go into Room B6, "Hi Tom, hi Raymond. You won't believe where I've been for 50 years. Anyone fancy a game?"
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  Teyss: <As I get older (and I think that's why), I'm much more interested in how chess works than whether I win a particular game. I want to understand a bit more before I die; I'm less interested in whether I'm better on a particular day than someone else is.> Well said, I feel the same. All the best to you.
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  Dionysius1: Thanks Teyss - good to hear from you.
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  Dionysius1: I've posted 2700 times at What DOES that remind me of.
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  perfidious: <Dion>, is that equivalent to making the short list at
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  Dionysius1: I'm hoping :-)
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  Dionysius1: I'm mulling over the craziness of the race to be the youngest/first to reach various milestones in chess.

I know it makes a huge difference in attracting mainstream press attention. But what stress, and then presumably the player has a very small window to keep stunning the audience before someone even younger gets the attention, or someone does something else eyecatchingly first.

I like Maurice Ashley's quote in Wikipedia.

"African[-]continent GMs do exist; but, according to the system of racial classification, I am the first Black GM in history... it matters, and doesn't matter, all at the same time."

There's a lot in that.

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  diceman: <Dionysius1: I'm mulling over the craziness of the race to be the youngest/first to reach various milestones in chess.>

Is that what you think is going on?

<But what stress>

Prodigies typically do what they do out of
dedication and interest.

I doubt Mommy/Daddy can create a Fischer, or Firouzja. It only happens when they have interest.

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  Dionysius1: Yup. That's good.
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  Dionysius1: What a mess organised chess has become. My standard test is: if I was coming to chess without history of playing or past commitment, would I bother with it the way it is now?

I so would not. I'll give it all a miss for the rest of the year and see what January brings.

Cheers, chaps and chapesses. An early merry Xmas to all


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