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Member since Mar-08-04
My father taught me to play chess when I was a kid, and for some reason I've started playing again recently, and studying the game seriously. Above all I'm becoming addicted to the way time is suspended during a game, and the world contracts to the size of that board. Or rather, the board and the chessmen expand. When I think back over a game, it's as if the terrain was as large and grand as Glacier National Park, and the forces at work as varied and intricate as the forces of nature. I feel taken over by the game in ways I don't understand, almost like having a waking "quest" dream in no known language. Chess seems like the weather pondering the theory of its own being--What complexities do I not contain? it seems to ask. Then I blink and the world sifts back into place. A deeply weird game, and I hope--I think I hope-- it doesn't get tired of me again.
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   dag has kibitzed 10 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Apr-19-04 Capablanca vs Janowski, 1911 (replies)
dag: Cool game. What struck me the first time through was the breathtaking aplomb with which they tossed away their rooks--not something I'd do if I hoped to reach an endgame! And speaking of rooks, I've often thought you can predict the winner by who castles second (except when it's on the ...
   Apr-13-04 Reti vs Tartakower, 1923 (replies)
dag: Yes, great ending--great beginning and middle, too. The whole meticulous scurry after 27--as Mayor Daley said of winning elections in Chicago, you have to know how to count. Though not only that here--Réti's one-pawn advantage could have easily been frittered away, but instead he slyly ...
   Apr-06-04 Morphy vs J Schulten, 1857 (replies)
dag: Strange game--almost like Morphy is pitted against a parody of himself. Several of Black's moves are incomprehensible except as attempts to do something that felt like what Morphy does, the shell without the substance. After 11....Bxf3, Black's distinctly un-Morphian lack of development
   Apr-06-04 Morozevich vs Van Wely, 2000 (replies)
dag: Good eye, To the Death. And speaking of twinning, how about the triplet of twinned pieces after 12 Rhe1? White's whole gnarly armadillo of a formation is pretty cool--just <looks> dangerous!
   Apr-06-04 Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1914 (replies)
dag: Satisfactory, as Nero Wolfe would say. How many times has your opponent said, "Darn, I was two moves from checkmating you!" Yup, but 1 < 2.
   Mar-17-04 Morphy vs Maurian, 1866 (replies)
dag: <tamar> Thanks for your post. Good point, that match would have been truly valuable to have--the clash of two philosophies. I guess I feel I as a player benefit more from seeing the really contrasty games like this one--I'm much more of a Maurian in my approach, alas, but even a ...
   Mar-16-04 Morphy vs A D Ayers, 1855 (replies)
dag: It looks to me as though, at 11, Black was motivated by desperation. He saw the threat against his Rook, and just started his Hail Mary cascade of checks, hoping to profit from it, at the very least by somehow preserving his ability to castle on the King side. It's pointless to ...
   Mar-15-04 Anderssen vs Morphy, 1858 (replies)
dag: The impressive thing is indeed Morphy's selection of ♘ to capture at 22. Richard Réti, MODERN IDEAS IN CHESS, calls 19 ♘–K5 "another of the deep Anderssenian traps," and says of 22 ♘x♗, ♕x♘ (K4), "With this Morphy avoids the last trap. If 22...QxKt ...
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