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

Started with tournaments right after the first Fischer-Spassky set-to, but have long since 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 31556 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-07-20 Maria Pradi Ramos Donaire vs Ashley Todd, 2020 (replies)
perfidious: <jith1207>, nor is it at all likely that you, or anyone else here, shall ever get to face her.
   Aug-07-20 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
perfidious: <thegreatwanker....Hopefully enough fans will stay away to hurt the sports leagues financially, until they finally remove the politics (which are always Leftist).> It is our hope that you and your kind will stay away from what has become, in the main, a place of rational ...
   Aug-06-20 Jeremy Lim
perfidious: Foul shooting in the lower regions of 40-50 per cent for one's career is impressively bad and makes Wilt Chamberlain, dreadful as he was at the line, look an All-Star in that phase, along with the great Dale Davis.
   Aug-06-20 Hartston vs Spassky, 1965
perfidious: That little vignette was a classic example of selective memory.
   Aug-06-20 Ashley Todd vs Rachel Miller, 2020 (replies)
perfidious: Nasty defeat--and Black did not even play the most testing line! (4....Nxe4)
   Aug-06-20 Helmut Pfleger
perfidious: <Diademas>, while I agree with your view, in certain contexts, it is often used as a pejorative over here.
   Aug-06-20 Browne vs Ashley, 1991
perfidious: The opposite phenomenon was observed in Nunn vs Kiril D Georgiev, 1988 , with some publications having it that Black resigned before making his tenth move; Nunn assures us that his adversary played on as given in text, despite his material deficit.
   Aug-06-20 Hort vs Portisch, 1973 (replies)
perfidious: Portisch was long known for his erudition in the openings.
   Aug-05-20 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
perfidious: Have to do better, sport--your whole 'Carlsen really isn't all that' shtick is not good enough in the face of considerable evidence to the contrary.
   Aug-05-20 Steinitz vs W Bolt, 1865 (replies)
perfidious: <Who Slew Bolt>, while good grammar, would hardly generate the association intended as the pun has been rendered.
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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!
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  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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  ketchuplover: was pretty good in olden times. It was jumping so to speak. Live tourneys etc...It is now a shadow of its former self.
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  perfidious: A few minutes ago, I tried to post at the support forum on the ongoing battle of a certain element here at CG who seek freedom of expression--so long as they are allowed that right, unchecked, while opponents are ruthlessly muzzled when they step out of line, in true McCarthyite fashion. The site then proclaimed I was offline.

Not sure whether to laugh or be put out over this turn.

Perhaps the poster who proclaimed <heart attack giver!> can refute this; but any attempts at refutation will, of course, have to take place somewhere else, as I do not propose to have his dross, bullying and other forms of misconduct sully this page, a refuge for decent people.

Jun-10-20  posoo: I have contacted da man kennith RUGOFF himself to see if he is intarested in INJONCTIVE RELEEF
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  perfidious: Dang, injunctive relief sounds like a nasty sort of medicine--could it be even worse than the castor oil we constantly saw in Little Rascals shorts, so very long ago?
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  jith1207: I realize we share birthdays closer to each other though decades apart, so advance birthday wishes, though it's too early right now. Happy 60 and have many more happy returns!
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  perfidious: <jith1207>, thanks!
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  chancho: They say it's your birthday...

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  chancho: Next month.
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  perfidious: Hahahahaha!

As matters continue apace--not that any other outcome was expected.

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  chancho: Not as cool as the previous link, but there it is:

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