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Leiph, cookiemonster & even TheGrobe DO believe Chess is a draw. While I do not.
You know there is more to chess than just USCF or FIDE over the board play.
Some players may have disabilities which prevent them from playing that type of chess.
One can write a book, or teach chess to hundreds or set chess records, whatever he/she may be talented in.
ad hominem attacks are not the way. [and I do not accuse Reb of such an attack at all as he had legitimate questions]
So does this mean you think White has a forced win from the starting position? [or maybe Black]?
I've often considered this tread like the movie, " Beautiful Mind" (I hope that's the title).
Where the his vindication wasn't proven throughout the story (where he'd believed, and more than likely, made everyone believe there was a conspiracy).
In the end, though...even though his conspiracy theory was found out ta be delusional...his mind, his life was beautiful. To be ultimately shared.
Yes. I have stated many times throughout, that I believe White to play wins. From the Opening.
I discount black, from the initial position with white to play, can even win.
My Late Uncle often said to me, "Play to win as white, draw with black..."
I totally believe this to be true.
Of course, Im just making an analogy. I'm not saying your thread is an "conspiracy".
I would say "Play to win as White and also play to win as Black. In the 7th USA Correspondence Championship I won all 7 of the games where I had Black. [which is a record which will never be tied or broken]
In my two exhibition matches here on Chess.com, I took Black in all my games in both exhibitions.
World Champion, Carlsen, often keeps the pressure on even when playing Black.
Yes, I agree in the practical sense! When the opportunity presents itself, in any position (white or black) play to win.
" play to win as white, draw as black" is merely a guide. Because, as I truly believe, white to play wins...whereas as black, I play not to lose (draw) UNLESS white loses the initiative, I manage ta equalize (or close to it)
It's anyone's game!
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