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  • 9 days ago · Quote · #6621

    Firethorn15

    I'd play the Sicilian if I were facing someone rated 500 points above me, especially in a blitz or rapid game, just as I would the Grünfeld or any other sharp line that I knew. I'd far rather lose 96 times out of 100 in a complicated, interesting game and win the odd one where he misses something than be ground down 85 times out of 100 and occasionally manage a draw in a game where I have no chances to win. 

  • 9 days ago · Quote · #6622

    Firethorn15

    #6621 I've played that trap so many times, mostly in the Caro-Kann 4...Nd7 lines: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Nxf6+ Nxf6 7.Bc4 Bg4?? and then the strongest move is 8.Bxf7+! Kxf7 9.Ne5+, but 8.Ne5 is more spectacular. 8...Be6 and White has an advantage due to the doubled e-pawns, but I'd far rather be a pawn up.

  • 8 days ago · Quote · #6623

    Barefoot_Player

    "There is no generally accepted definition of a miniature. I challenge you to find one, you won't be able to."

    Actually there is. Several authors have already said so. Bill Wall for example, in several of his books says that in his introduction.

    When I talk to other chess people, in person, most of them members of the USCF, not one of them have ever said 30 moves was a miniature. And 25.5 is still not 25. 

  • 8 days ago · Quote · #6624

    madhacker

    You only need to Google it to find the multitude of different answers and non-answers to this question. 

    Do you really have nothing better to do than post "Sorry, too long" on this thread every time someone posts a 26 move game?

  • 8 days ago · Quote · #6625

    Gil-Gandel

    One of my favourite chess books at home is Barden and Heidenfeld, Modern Chess Miniatures, 1960. They hew to the 25-move definition but give one or two games where White wins on move 26. The games can be found here and there are some tremendous ones.

    Another has the same title but is by Neil McDonald and was published in 1995. He uses a 30-move definition IIRC (I've read it much less than B&H's).

    Not that I'm going to insist that either Barden and Heidenfeld's opinion, or McDonald's, should carry any greater weight than yours, but you might engage a little humility on your own account.

    This game, from Barden and Heidenfeld, runs 33 moves, but the book gives it to move 25W, after which there's a perpetual check that the players carried on with for a few moves. It's a fun game though (and rather more wide-open than Nimzovitch's Defence normally gets).

  • 8 days ago · Quote · #6626

    Ziryab

    I bought Barden and Heidenfeld last year. The games are of outstanding quality--usually the critical blunder seems logical and natural, but there is some reason that it fails.

     

  • 7 days ago · Quote · #6627

    ufmgambit06

    Gil-Gandel wrote:

    One of my favourite chess books at home is Barden and Heidenfeld, Modern Chess Miniatures, 1960. They hew to the 25-move definition but give one or two games where White wins on move 26. The games can be found here and there are some tremendous ones.

    Another has the same title but is by Neil McDonald and was published in 1995. He uses a 30-move definition IIRC (I've read it much less than B&H's).

    Not that I'm going to insist that either Barden and Heidenfeld's opinion, or McDonald's, should carry any greater weight than yours, but you might engage a little humility on your own account.

    This game, from Barden and Heidenfeld, runs 33 moves, but the book gives it to move 25W, after which there's a perpetual check that the players carried on with for a few moves. It's a fun game though (and rather more wide-open than Nimzovitch's Defence normally gets).

    Thank you for this post. Lots of new licks to learn! Chess Licks!

  • 7 days ago · Quote · #6628

    Gil-Gandel

    Ziryab wrote:

    I bought Barden and Heidenfeld last year. The games are of outstanding quality--usually the critical blunder seems logical and natural, but there is some reason that it fails.

     

    I'm proud of myself for spotting an error in the analysis of one game though - towards the end of the Pirc Defence Balogh vs Sandor. Overall the lines they explore are extremely entertaining and instructive though. I absolutely love the Orang-Utan game between Sokolsky and Strugatch!

  • 7 days ago · Quote · #6629

    thematic_td

    My coach didn't want me to change to the Vienna instead of the Lopez, but I have decades of experience with it, and in my 4 years with the Lopez, I never got to play anything quite like this, Morphy-esque if I say so myself (well if not for his blunder on his last move, perhaps it wouldn't have turned out a miniature)



  • 6 days ago · Quote · #6630

    AIM-AceMove

    This was played on other site casual chess. I don't understand low rated players with all that h6 a6 with black and moving same piece multiple times without any plan..  don't they know they are supposed to castle and develop pieces...?


    You can't play like that even on 3 min blitz.. you will be always low rated and losing a lot. You might say you are playing for fun, but where is the fun when you lose a lot? If you like that then why did not wanted rematch to lose few more games...

  • 6 days ago · Quote · #6631

    ufmgambit06

    Here is a 25 mover.
     
     

     

  • 4 days ago · Quote · #6632

    alexm2310

    Loved both games AIM but don't you think your first comment on #6619 is a bit condescending? At the very least you ignore that some people just want a fun game when they play.


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