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Member since Sep-25-09 · Last seen Jul-07-19
Who's the greatest chess player ever? Until now, no concrete answer will unify all chess fans. Each one would conclude that his idol deserves that accolade, only to be rebuffed by a horde of skeptics. To my mind, there were two that come closest, and yes, they are Fischer and Kasparov. The third one is just struggling at the moment but may soon squirt past the strict level many are imposing. Hehehe, dream on chessfans, so far so good!!

Back in the summer of 1995, I happened to play a game with National Master Julius Sinangote, then a Varsity Player of a University, the name of which I can't remember. The game was held in a barangay tournament at Cavite St., Tondo, Manila. I started with e4 and he responded with Alekhine Defence. I played my usual style: ala Kaparov since I'm not familiar with bookline theories regarding openings. To my amazement, I was able to make the correct moves and even managed to upstage NM Julius in the opening phase of the game. Reaching the middle game, I sacrifice a pawn and was able to loosen up his fortress and constrict him to a very limited space. This made Julius felt so uneasy in our game. After a long thought in a certain position, thereby diminishing his remaining minutes, my brother in law heard him whisper to someone, "Idadamay pa yata ako ni Ric ah. Kahit anong mangyari, itatabla ko ito." True to his word, he played so gritty and defended well. I found my position too difficult to convert to a win. I'd like to play so tenaciously that time and show to everyone that "Hey, I've got the spunk!" And this is my habitual problem which greeted me while in deep thought, converting a winning game to a win. With the time dwindling down, I majestically moved a piece that proves to be a blunder. I was horrified and told myself why did I do that? I resigned a few moves later and saw Julius grinning from ear to ear savoring the result. Well, what can I do? To this date, I play the game just for fun and have no intention of curing my problem of how to convert to a win a virtually winning game. It would take so much precious time to study different position in chess with no assurance at all that I will still improve. I still remember the games I have played against Jasper and Spartan where I have some proverbial advantage and end up losing because I was unable to execute the coup d' grace. Ah, that is the chess that I have known, play until I lose. LOL!

   kardopov has kibitzed 4099 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-03-19 Edmund Beronio (replies)
kardopov: Goku, where are you? Miss ka na ng lover boy mo. Lol!! Oh the euphoria those chamba chamba wins brought to the land of the lemmings. Parang kabute, biglang naglabasan ang mga nagtatagong fanatics.
   Jan-31-19 Vladimir Kramnik (replies)
kardopov: No. Garry's treasure chest is fully loaded and any hunter could fill his bucket from it. Garry is at the top 3 of all time and fits him at 1 or 2 or 3 while Kramnik will have a hard time making it to 10 all time greats.
   Jan-29-19 Wesley So (replies)
kardopov: Si Lotis Key ang second at third nya, sya ang tumutulong. Pero parang hindi sya lumalakas kay Lotis Key.
   Dec-28-18 A Rakhmanov vs P Maghsoodloo, 2018
kardopov: The beauty of rapid! Advantages is limited to none at all by time constraint.
   Nov-20-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
kardopov: <starry2013: Nakamura also said that Caruana is really great at calculating things when there are just a few options, but give him loads of options and he doesn't do as well. If it goes to rapids Carlsen would complicate things I expect and with the limited time it could change ...
   Nov-09-18 Y Yu vs So, 2015 (replies)
kardopov: You mean you young yee is really better and should be perched above board?
   Nov-09-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
kardopov: A first game win by any of the two will make this championship a very exciting and interesting one. Fans, oftentimes like to see a blood spill.
   Nov-07-18 So vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
kardopov: <<It won't happen again.> and so it never did.>> He's been on a slide, downward, in danger of falling out of top ten.
   Oct-28-18 Isle of Man Masters (2018) (replies)
kardopov: A draw will result to a playoff between naidistch and wojtaszek for top place? It seems, the way I see it. Congrats to the two if that will take place unless they will slug it out for a win tonight.
   Oct-22-18 Virgil Aluyen (replies)
kardopov: Happy birthday!!!
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