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Member since Sep-26-08 · Last seen Dec-11-19
I'm a class A player with the USCF (~1840). But in 2006 I was class D (~1300) before I started taking lessons with NM Dan Heisman.

I've been coming to this site for quite a while and I believe it has helped me to better my analysis skills. It is very insightful to read posts by some of my favorite kibitzers: <johnlspouge> (was he kidnapped?), <dzechiel>, <TheaN>, <CHESSTTCAMPS>, <agb2002>, <gofer>, and of course <Once>, and other kibitzer "greats". My appreciation goes to them for helping me reach a higher level.

My thoughts on improvement have changed recently. I used to be dead set against helpmate problems which I thought teaches you the bad habit of expecting your opponent to make a bad move. Too much of anything is bad, but this has the positive of training piece coordination which is a very powerful skill to have. Here's another example: My coach showed me a few problems where you must force immediate checkmate by swapping any two pieces on the board, resulting in a legal checkmate position. For example, you can't swap a piece and a pawn if the pawn is on the 8th rank or checks your own king--that's not a legal position. There are many ways to improve key areas in chess.

If anyone wishes to critique my analysis or ideas, feel free to do so. I won't take it personally. I need feedback! Or if you want opinions on improvement, feel free to ask.

   Patriot has kibitzed 3999 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-10-19 K Treybal vs J Engel, 1932
Patriot: I saw the possibilty of 33.Nxh6 Nxh6 34.Qe3, but thought white could get more out of this. Then I found 33.Ng3, preparing 34.Ne4 and forking Rc5 and f6 (which is a fork of Qd7 and h7). It's like a game of Hopscotch at that point. 33.Ng3 Ng5 34.Qg6 I think.
   Nov-27-19 C Kottnauer vs Kotov, 1946 (replies)
Patriot: I also went with 23.Nxe6 - it's a simple win. No matter how black recaptures, white always regains material with an attack.
   Nov-26-19 Prins vs E Paoli, 1949 (replies)
Patriot: This is definitely a positional problem. The only tactical elements I saw were the Bf3-Qg7 and the loose Na5. Freeing the horrible Bc1 (which amounts to a pawn) and perhaps somehow taking advantage of the Bf3-Qg7 line seems good. One idea I had was 22.g4, 23.Nf5, Bg2, and f4. The ...
   Jun-23-19 J Gunnarsson vs J L Hammer, 2009 (replies)
Patriot: [DIAGRAM] 24...Bh4 25. Rxe2 Rc1+ 26. Re1 Rxe1+ 27. Qxe1 Bxe1 28. Bxf8 Kxf8 29. Rd8+ Ke7 30. Rb8 Bxb4 31. Rxb5 Somehow the computer is saying this evaluates to +0.95. Black is up a pawn for the exchange which seems more like -0.25.
   Jun-06-19 J Bentley vs S Tavares, 2018 (replies)
Patriot: <agb2002> <Curiously, I never considered 27.Rxe8+ Qxe8 28.Qxd7. I saw 27.Qf4 quickly and didn't bother to look for a better alternative. I should fix this old bad habit.> "Look wide before you look deep." That's the advice my instructor would give me. But you're a damn ...
   May-18-19 G Kuzmin vs A Choudhary, 1984 (replies)
Patriot: <1stboard> It ends in a draw. I didn't realize that Ne3 is en prise which is key to the draw starting with 31...Ne2+. For example, 32.Kf2 dxe3+ opening the Q-R battery down the d-file.
   Apr-27-19 Razuvaev vs I Farago, 1979 (replies)
Patriot: <goodevans> <I went with the N-sac <16.Bh7+ Kh8 17.Nxf7+ Rxf7 18.Bg6>. This looks promising but fails to the spectacular <18...Rxf2!>> Wow! 18...Rxf2 is the kind of move that makes Chess hard! I went with 18.Qxf7 Kxh7 19.Bxh6 Kxh6 20.Re5 thinking 20...Bg5 ...
   Apr-22-19 Vaganian vs A Planinc, 1975 (replies)
Patriot: Taking the queen is cheap if 23.Bc4 since 23...Qxc4+ a) 24.Nc3 Qd3 and mate next. b) 24.Kd2 Qd3+ 25.Kd1 Nc2#
   Apr-05-19 Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 (replies)
Patriot: Nice win. I was dismissive even though I considered 19...f4 20.exf4. However I did find 18...Nxd3 19.Qxd3 Qh5 20.Qe2 Qg4+ 21.Qxg4 fxg4+ 22.Ke5 Rxe1 wins.
   Mar-12-19 D C Cadelago vs S Decuadro, 2009 (replies)
Patriot: I just checked...1...Qe2 refutes it.
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