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generror
Member since Nov-15-22
"She hung up and I set out the chess board. I filled a pipe, paraded the chessmen and inspected them for French shaves and loose buttons, and played a championship tournament game between Gortchakoff and Meninkin, seventy-two moves to a draw, a prize specimen of the irresistible force meeting the immovable object, a battle without armor, a war without blood, and as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you could find anywhere outside an advertising agency." (Raymond Chandler, <The Long Goodbye>, 1953)

I am just another Chess bum from Mars who loves this game for its richness, its beauty, and its psychological aspects.

I really do not claim to be a good chess player (my current aim is to get past Elo 1100 on chess.com). I like to go through old games with Stockfish to understand what's going on. If I criticize any of the masters here, I do it with all due respect, knowing that I would never be able to play on their level (which I don't mind, you don't have to be a master to enjoy a beautiful game!).

Although I do love Stockfish for the insights it provides to patzer me, I'm totally aware that human chess is just something very different than computer chess. Between human players, the battle is also psychological, and playing unnerving, unexpected or annoying moves makes them good even if they are, from Stockfish's God-like view, inaccurate.

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   generror has kibitzed 164 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-06-23 Anderssen vs Steinitz, 1862
 
generror: The very first encounter between Anderssen and Steinitz is not the most flashy game of its time, but I found it a fascinating battle where both play great moves. Steinitz defends himself smartly in a cramped position and achieves equality via a most devious swindle, but he then ...
 
   Feb-06-23 J Rosanes vs Anderssen, 1863
 
generror: Another classic wild King's Gambit game. Just check out the position after <10...dxc6>: [DIAGRAM] Pawn structures do not exist, the queensides are all virginal, the kingsides are ravaged, To me that's a *nightmare*, but back then people seemed to have enjoyed such a mess. ...
 
   Feb-05-23 A Fritz vs J Mason, 1883
 
generror: As to this game, it's really quite amazing, especially because Alexander Fritz only scored 5.5/18 points at that tournament, while James Mason -- one of the world's top players at the time -- scored 12/18 and finished 3rd. The only thing Mason does wrong here is that he plays a bit
 
   Feb-05-23 Steinitz vs A Mongredien, 1862
 
generror: The game that made Steinitz famous. Although in his younger years he was known to be a great attacking player, I found this game interesting as even back then he seemed to favour solid development more than all-out attacking. He plays <6.Bd3> instead of <6.Ne5> or ...
 
   Feb-05-23 Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858
 
generror: <<User not found:> I can't quite believe black, one of the greatest players of his era took the Bishop on move 9!? My inner monologue went full Admiral Ackbar screaming "It's a trap, it's a Trap!", lol.> Sure, but taking seems to still be the best thing. For example ...
 
   Feb-05-23 Bird vs Morphy, 1858
 
generror: <<Jgamazo:> So it took a stockfish computer in 2018 rated like 3600 to draw Morphy playing black in 1858. Smart guy.> I do get what you mean, but analyses are not meant to lessen" players in any way, they just try to find out what would theoretically be best. Also, that
 
   Feb-05-23 Duke Karl of Brunswick vs Prince of Villafranca, 1870
 
generror: The Duke indeed redeems himself for the abysmal Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 . I don't think the Count is to blame for it though, I mean, he's only a Count so the Duke will have the final word. Maybe the Duke had a few drinks too much at the Opera, or he had improved ...
 
   Feb-05-23 Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858
 
generror: <Granny O Doul>, chess.com's engine-produced game report isn't very smart. This is far from being a "close game", White has a won position (defined by me as being evaluated as equivalent to a piece up, i.e. +3, or more) from <6...Nf6?!> on, after <10...cxb5?>, ...
 
   Feb-04-23 Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857
 
generror: No need for me to give a thorough analysis of this game, as it seems it's all been said a thousand times already in this forum. So just a few personal remarks. I found it very interesting that Stockfish found <12.c3?> only dubious, at best (the evaluation goes from +0.4 to ...
 
   Feb-04-23 Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852
 
generror: People often say, and I often think, that analyzing these old classics with engines takes all the fun out of them. However, when Stockfish shows you such awesome variations as (D) <20...Kd8! 21.Rxd7+! Kc8! 22.Rd8+!>, I realize that it just makes me enjoy the games more. ...
 

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