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  • 3 years ago · Quote · #901


    Hey NachtWulf, to avoid having your posts time out in the future and delete all that you've written, simply select the entire comment (games and all) with Ctrl+A and then hit Ctrl+C to copy it.  Then, refresh the page and simply use Ctrl+V to paste the comment anew.  It will restore everything, including the inserted games (and any settings thereof that you changed).

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #902


    Also, NachtWulf, perhaps you'd like to try annotating some of the games I posted above Gorpo's game.  And I think we'd both benefit from you crossexamining my own analysis of Gorpo's game.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #903


    @Gorpo: Solid play is fine. However, when an opponent leaves weaknesses in the position (such as the loss of tempo via queen, and vulnerable placement of knight), exploiting them helps win the game. Then again, I personally prefer dynamic play when possible, so my opinion is biased.

    @theweaponking: Thanks, I'll try that comment-saving tip in the future. I think my annotations included my opinion on most of the points you mentioned, such as bishop placement in the opening. I wasn't all too sure about the exchange of knight for bishop, since it required getting two wing pawns, but my endgame play isn't great, to say the least.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #904


    A game I have played against one of the GMs in chess.com, I think you guys know this guy, because he had a monster bullet rating, and very good play from him :)

    can you find the move the GM played to finish me off ? ;)

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #905


    Not much higher ratings on both sides, but I was proud of it. Laughing


  • 3 years ago · Quote · #906


    A bullet game I played against one of the most popular people here in chess.com

    He's an FM, and plays really well, 1st time playing, and what did I get ? Black ;)

    that means I can use the alekhine :)

    if you want to comment, go ahead. I am posting this for fun :)
  • 3 years ago · Quote · #907


    @ strategic : can't you won material with 6. e5 ? you got a piece for the pawn, in which you already winning ! 

    nice job on spotting the mate, eventhough you didn't mate him when he play b6.

    Both sides made huge blunders (hanging pieces etc), but in the end, the right person wins. Good job.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #908


    A recent game, time control was 30mins. My opponent was very experienced and I was surprised on the gameplay he delivered. My best guess was that he was feeling sick and couldn't calculate properly.
  • 3 years ago · Quote · #909


    @Ryan : game bagus ! 

    I also don't understand the Nh7 move, and Bd7 was blunder, as it gives white free pawn, and king is stuck in center. After move 21 for me, I think that white is definitely better, and the worst result he could get is draw.

    All I can say is well done on playing this, as the ending is an easy 'unggul material jauh' win Tongue out

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  • 3 years ago · Quote · #912


    an example of 'cat and mouse' game. A term I known from IM Silman's article : It means, kill helpless opponent slowly, don't take any chances ;)

    I hope that lower rated players (all of us included !) will stop doing rash things after they win material, and instead, slowly improve position until finally we ready to finish the game.


    Thx, C & F appreciated !

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #913


    @  learnateverygame , Thanks! Ifeel the same way. I usually expect my opponent to resign when he's a rook down, although I've played some 1800+FIDE players OTB who refuse to resign until its a checkmate in #1. Makes me wonder how badly they think I will blunder a winning position. 

    Here is an endgame Q+pawns vs Q+pawns&passpawn.




  • 3 years ago · Quote · #914


    We had another game ,using KID, a line I am very familiar with. I actually think he was winning at one point, but didn't capitalize on it. 


  • 3 years ago · Quote · #915


    @learnateverygame , That's cool, I like to play the hunt variation against alekhine's :).

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #916


    learnateverygame wrote:

    an example of 'cat and mouse' game. A term I known from IM Silman's article : It means, kill helpless opponent slowly, don't take any chances ;)

    4.Nxd5 looks very pointless to me, also 6.c3, 8.0-0 (castling under attack), 9.Re1 (no minor pieces can cooperate with the rook along the e file; moreover it is short and will become even shorter after ...e4), 14.b3 (only weakening queenside light squares with no obvious purpose. 14.g4 instead threatens to opens the e file for the rook and in case of 14...g6? White have 15.d3!), 19.Ba3 (giving up the exchange with no compensation), 21.Kxe1 (blocking the rook on e2 where it is nothing more than a possible target), 25.Bd4 (dooming the bishop to inactivity from now on and forfeiting the endgame, as White's c pawn that gives White chances on the queenside is now tied to the bishop's defense).

    Your opponent wasn't practically putting up any fight. It was a good decision of yours not to force the game.

    However you could have also played some moves differently. 14...a6 is not a good idea because you have the center and the initiative, and all you have to do is to fully mobilize and crack your opponent. 14...Nd7 is much better, with ...Rae8 and ...Ne5 to come. 15.Nb5? is pointless as a "threat" for White as it further compromises his king safety, and should White exchange on d6 you get an extra central pawn, and Black - two wasted tempi.

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  • 3 years ago · Quote · #918


    @ marco : your opponent I think made a blunder a lot, as missing Nxf7, hangs the d4 knight.

    Well, against lower rated player, fried liver attack may work, but against people with 1700++, its likely to fail.

    Cheers, have a foster !


    @ glex : thanks for the feedback, after seeing your response, now I certain that Nb5 was a wasted threat. Thanks !


    @Ryan : itu Rc4 I didn't expect. Now I know 1 more trick in endgame :) for me I think taking on c5 was mistake as he doubles his c pawn on an open file, which is terrible weakness, and I think if you can manouver the knight to attack the dark bishop or force him to exchange, his c4 and c5 pawn will be goner :D

    game bagus !

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #919


    Lol, I can't get enough of this. I love when I pull off a scholarsmate! Definitely my favorite scholarsmate pattern. And please note, my rank is not accurate; It has been a long time since I played bullet, and I have improved since, therefore my bullet rating is lower than it should be.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #920


    This is not actually the Scholar's Mate. This is the Parham Attack, or the Wayward Queen Attack as it is also known. GM Hikaru Nakamura is a grandmaster that has studied this opening and has played it successfully.


    It is an opening that, although developing the queen early, forces Black to defend instead of seeking more active counterplay. 3.Bc4 should be met by either 3...g6 creating kingside dark squares' weakness and comitting to a kingside fianchetto, or by 3...Qe7/3...Qf6 which slows down Black's development. A common idea for White is to develop his king's knight to e2 instead of f3, which gives White different options for handling the center and/or preparing an attack.


    Very interesting opening, not very conventional but with challenging themes for both sides. I used to play it often before I gave up 1.e4 in favor of 1.d4.


    Here are three games I played with this opening a long time ago:




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