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Member since Dec-23-04
Behold the fiery disk of Ra!

My name is Alan Shaw and I have given up active play in favour of poker.

In my chess playing days, one of the most memorable moments was playing fourth board on the team that won the National High School championship at Cleveland, 1977. Another which stands out was having the pleasure of playing a series of rapid games with Mikhail Tal on his first visit to the USA in 1988. Even after facing a number of titled players, including Teimour Radjabov when he was 'only' an IM (he still gave me a beating), these are things which I'll not forget.

Fischer at his zenith was the greatest of all champions for me, but has never been one of my favourite players. In that number may be included Emanuel Lasker, Bronstein, Korchnoi, Larsen, Romanishin, Nakamura and Carlsen, all of whom have displayed outstanding fighting qualities.

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   perfidious has kibitzed 29949 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-19-20 Robert James Fischer (replies)
perfidious: Curiously enough, I do not believe Fischer himself has ever been quoted as stating he felt unwell through the first five games vs Petrosian, or was ever quoted as the source of the anecdote regarding the young lady in Buenos Aires 1960, something mentioned by Levy in <How ...
   Feb-19-20 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
perfidious: <WPE: Americans are all racists....> And you are no better than a great many of those whom you tar with this brush. Go piss up a rope.
   Feb-19-20 Jeremy Lim (replies)
perfidious: Not to worry: same as that other dilettante, Jerkoff Jimmy Dolan, Dan Gilbert will recoup the money through his various business ventures.
   Feb-18-20 Leko vs Topalov, 2002
perfidious: The other point is that, in the continuation given by <qkxwsm>, White must, nolens volens, play fxe3, even if he does not go in for it straight away, as 53.Ke1 d3 forces 54.fxe3.
   Feb-18-20 perfidious chessforum
perfidious: <Fusilli>, a belated thanks! As you say, but seldom do I read or post here.
   Feb-17-20 Prague Chess Festival (Masters) (2020) (replies)
perfidious: <----does not raise hand. Probably <HMM>. (laughs) Definitely <kudzu catamite> of the Rogovian morass, from his self-description.
   Feb-17-20 G Oparin vs Morozevich, 2015 (replies)
perfidious: <offramp>, even before reading your post, my thought was: <Where is the Breyer part of this unwieldy bit of nomenclature? He never played ....Nb8, at move nine or any other time.>
   Feb-16-20 A E Blackmar vs A Labry, 1876
perfidious: From a practical point of view, snatching the pawn gives White everything he wants; I would plump for 3....d5 and aim to transpose back to the main line after 4.Nc3 Nf6, or perhaps try 3....e5 as mentioned.
   Feb-16-20 Cairns Cup (2020) (replies)
perfidious: <Weight is a choice> has about as much grounding in reality as does <ohiyuk>'s shibboleth <liberalism is a mental illness>; moreover, as others more knowledgeable than I on the topic have noted, numerous external factors contribute one way or another.
   Feb-16-20 Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987 (replies)
perfidious: <HMM>, that was the notorious eleventh game.
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  perfidious: <saffuna>, forgot one other, short-lived sockie--<ayertiam33>.

Big shock to see that the post outlining the numerous sock accounts of <sybil> had a date with the executioner, whilst his hate-filled screeds are allowed to stand for all time.

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  perfidious: <wtpy...I know, I know I am about to be thrown into the briarpatch of ignore, the slough of despond, the ultimate punishment.>

Poor bugger; the dilemma of Scylla or Charybdis is as nothing against this ultimate of sanctions.

Not to worry--there is always a place for you here, a spot where all topics may be discussed without fear of such horrific retribution. We deal in realities, as we are not ensconced in the Kingdom of Delusiana.

Apr-02-19  wtpy: Perf, It is nice to know that when finally exiled by the Emperor I have a refuge.
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  perfidious: <wtpy>, it is a simple life here.
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  perfidious: An interesting choice of nom de guerre:

User: depraved

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  perfidious: <morf>, remember the John Jakes series styled The Kent Chronicles? There was a passage early on in which a Virginia planter refers to someone as a damned, perfidious spawn of Satan. Believe he also went on to call him a wretched, blundering miscreant--as if the other were not enough!
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  perfidious: From the 1950 USSR Championship page, in case it, too faces the executioner:

<<NeverAgain>, plenty of inter alia, anti-Semitic commentary has been allowed and even condoned elsewhere; this piece by Voronkov is very clearly a parody--to those willing to see it for what it is.

Rich theatre.>

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  perfidious: Foxwoods, part trois:

Another interlude of aggro featuring Cope carried on with us now four-handed, as I lay back a little after my narrow escape at the hands of Buster Jackson. Seemed to me it was time to tighten up and show down a bit of strength. Before long, Cope busted out and that left me facing former bracelet winner Stern and Seymour, the latter of whom I knew was no milksop.

Once the action went three-handed, I opened the game a bit more and got it in before the flop with QT suited facing Stern, a hand which had served reigning WSOP main event winner Robert Varkonyi well the previous spring in his bid for the title. The QT mentioned managed to outdraw Max, and I had the edge in chips as battle was joined heads up, but this set-to was far from over.

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  perfidious: Epilogue:

With Bill Seymour and I now going at it for the greater glory of mankind and a pile of dough, curiously I remember little of what went at the final table; but it was well after midnight by now and we had been playing since 10.00 the morning before.

The one hand I recall with great clarity came with me holding roughly a 2-1 edge in chips. I brought it in as small blind with AQ, Bill three-bet and I shoved and was called by 88. The flop came 8xxx8 and all I could think to do was laugh when the river card was dealt.

After that piece of business, I managed to fight back with much aggression, regain the lead and eventually break Bill; to this day, I cannot recall what the winning hand was--probably because it was 3.00 or so and we were both dog tired.

A spot of dinner and four hours' rest left me far from ready to play the Omaha event at 10.00 that Saturday morning, so I had the good sense not to try. That afternoon, went to the poker room and ran into, of all people, old foe Dan Shapiro, who related his experiences in the hard fight Yusupov vs D Shapiro, 2002.

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  perfidious: This forum is intended to be a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere, with discussion wide open, but no harassment by sockies is allowed. Post again and you shall again be shown the door without explanation.


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  Fusilli: Too much poker? Need a chess break?

Here's a little jewel for you:

N. Grigoriev, 1923 (taken from Yusupov, Build Up Your Chess.)

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White to play and survive.

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  perfidious: <Fusilli>, dang, looks like a tough nut to crack.

Lemme get back to you on this one....

May-13-19  wtpy: Perf and Fusilli, Don't have a chessboard--I know that is kind of weird. I am thinking the main line is 1 c5 dc 2 Kb3 a2 3 Ka2 Ka4 4 Kb2 and white can keep the opposition. I just inherited some chess books among them Fine's BCE and am working though the positions that have diagrams. Still on king and pawns so hopefully this was in my wheelhouse.
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  perfidious: <wtpy>, maybe not so strange as you think--mine is in mothballs somewhere or other. In any case, I prefer to think for myself over using a computer for analysis, and my luddite tendencies, same as those of <Sally Simpson>, are well known hereabouts.
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  Fusilli: <wtpy> <I am thinking the main line is 1 c5 dc 2 Kb3 a2 3 Ka2 Ka4 4 Kb2 and white can keep the opposition.>

Well, not really. Black plays 4.Kb4 and it is black that has the opposition. Play can follow 5.Kc2 Kc4 6.Kd2 Kb3 -+

But you are correct that it is all about the opposition. Hint: prioritize the opposition over the capture of pawns (or rather, over the timing of capture of pawns).

You are also correct that the c-pawn must be pushed, but not in the first move. It's tricky, very tricky. White has one and only one correct move sequence to survive.

May-14-19  wtpy: Fusilli, I guess you are right. Will take another look.
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  Fusilli: OK, time's up! Here's the solution.

Grigoriev 1923, white to play. (Taken from Yusupov's book.)

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1. Kb3! (1.c5 loses to 1...dxc5 2.Kb3 a2 3.Kb2 Kb4! 4.Ka1 Kb3 and ...c4, c3, c2, c1=Q/R mate.)


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2.Kb2! ("2.Kxa2 Kxa4 3.Kb2 Kb4, and black either wins the c-pawn and has a reserve tempo or he gains the opposition after 4.c5 dxc5" -- Yusupov. Black wins.)

2...Kb4 (black fights for the opposition too!)

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Kxa4 (black has nothing better now) 4.c5! (Now the pawn sacrifice leads to a draw.)

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4...dxc5 5.Kxa2 Kb4 6.Kb2 Kc4 7.Kc2=

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White managed to secure the opposition and the draw. Of course, black would win if it were white's turn now. But it's not! Draw.

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  perfidious: <Fusilli>, that is an absolutely sick puzzle--just beyond belief.
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  Fusilli: <perfidious> It is, isn't it? It does bring home that king and pawn endgames are about opposition, opposition, and opposition.
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  perfidious: <fkohn>, there were several wins by Schulien which were listed with Viktor the Terrible as an opponent, a misattribution which was corrected some years ago.

Never met Chuck Schulien either at or away from the board that I recall, and in my chess playing days was only in Cleveland the one time already mentioned.

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  perfidious: Flying under the radar yet again, as has often been the case. Such pettiness is not without its amusing aspects.
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  Fusilli: Hey, <perf>, I wrote back in my forum.

In the meantime, how about a little elegant finish by Viktor the Terrible?

From Hug vs Korchnoi, 1978

Black to move:

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  Fusilli: I think I once read that you rarely look at your own forum, but anyway: Happy New Year <perf>! For whenever you see it!
Feb-17-20  theagenbiteofinwit: You strictly a tournament player?

I came back to chess after 10 years of playing cash games, sometimes as a primary source of income. I got burned loaning some money to some degens and got disappointed in the scene.

I'm kind of shocked at how weak I've gotten. Games where I once had theory locked down, I now lose playing according to general principles.

But unlike NLHE, chess proves a fair game where the just are rewarded and the vile punished, for the most part.

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  perfidious: <Fusilli>, a belated thanks! As you say, but seldom do I read or post here.
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