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Pawnmower
04-21-2010, 02:27 AM
Yes, this thread is about chess.

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Pushead2
04-21-2010, 02:29 AM
Lord have mercy.....

http://oddbounces.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/chess-nerd-bill-polian.jpg

KurtCobain
04-21-2010, 02:29 AM
I played chess when I was locked up and I lost alot of food gambling. I'm no good.

Pawnmower
04-21-2010, 02:31 AM
I played chess when I was locked up and I lost alot of food gambling. I'm no good.

Well if you had fun, and want to get better I could teach you how to win some of your grub back!

Pawnmower
04-21-2010, 02:33 AM
Lord have mercy.....


Yah..I am a chess dork...But I just wanted to see how many others there were on CP...

Who knows you might even get sucked into the dark side if you try a game or two...

Silock
04-21-2010, 02:53 AM
I love chess, but I suck at it.

Pawnmower
04-21-2010, 03:00 AM
I love chess, but I suck at it.

Check out

www.chesstempo.com

Make a free account and if you ever need help understanding any of the problems, post the problem ID# in this thread...It will help us all to help you! If you do like 10 problems a day youll get WAY better in no time.

Silock
04-21-2010, 03:02 AM
Yeah, I actually do some of the problems via an app on my iPhone, but I'm really inconsistent with it. I also play a lot of Shredder chess, which constantly whoops my ass.

colt459
04-21-2010, 04:07 AM
I love chess, I just started really playing 5 months ago, but I downloaded Chess Master 10th edition and it helped alot for the learning curve. Anyways i am up to 1000 which is pretty cool. I would suggest anyone download that program if you want to get to better at chess. The academy is very helpful.

Msmith
04-21-2010, 08:37 AM
I just read an article yesterday about how chess could help people in old age combat against Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases due to its thought process structure.

There was a time I played chess and read books, until computer games appeared to take that interest away. I found out that if I played those games such as Age of Empires or Starcraft a while my chess playing skill went down, especially the thought process. Then someone said that chess requires a linear thinking process where the common computer games I mentioned empathized on multitasking skills which are keen on instant decision making rather than deep concentration.

Currently I play a lot of Yahoo chess. My rating is hovering around 1400s which is about a C player level.

Amnorix
04-21-2010, 09:28 AM
I played quite a bit of chess when I was younger. Read books, etc. while in High school, and was in the chess club in college. For that crowd I was basically average. We had a couple guys that pretty much never lost, and when they went head to head it was worth watching if you had the time. But I've never done anything that involved getting rated or whatever. I know I'm better than most of my friends, but we're all casual players, and I haven't played in years now.

Otter
04-21-2010, 09:38 AM
Many a wedgie need to be handed out on this thread.

Sandyskc
04-21-2010, 09:57 AM
I used to be rated by USCF and was a TD for several years. I gave it up when my husband - the serious chess player - passed away. I now have a grandson learning to play.

Amnorix
04-21-2010, 10:53 AM
Many a wedgie need to be handed out on this thread.

Hunh. You can't write a grammatically correct sentence and your sig contains a "quote" that was never actually said by the stated author. Yeah, surprising that you're not a chess player really....



:p

BWillie
04-21-2010, 10:57 AM
I just bought a marble chess set to go w/ my other marble tables. All I know is I've owned all my friends so far and I didn't even remember how the Knight moved

Amnorix
04-21-2010, 12:02 PM
Check out

www.chesstempo.com (http://www.chesstempo.com)

Make a free account and if you ever need help understanding any of the problems, post the problem ID# in this thread...It will help us all to help you! If you do like 10 problems a day youll get WAY better in no time.

Cool site. I did a set of 12 problems and got 6 right. Now I'm working on a second set of 12, and have 7 right and 4 wrong. The 12th is the first to leave me wondering WTF is going on however.

http://chesstempo.com/chess-problems/41607

So after the black pawn goes to e3, why doesn't the white Qxe3?, rather than the disfavorable exchange that results from White Pawn xc8?

Amnorix
04-21-2010, 12:08 PM
NM. There is a comment section, and someone laid out the elegant and deadly result of Qxe3.

also if 1. Qxe3 then Rxc2 2. Kb1 Rxe2 discovered check winning queen the next move

Otter
04-21-2010, 12:47 PM
Hunh. You can't write a grammatically correct sentence and your sig contains a "quote" that was never actually said by the stated author. Yeah, surprising that you're not a chess player really....



:p

Lighten up Francis, it was a joke.

As soon as you can prove your claim that the quote's never been stated by Thomas Jefferson I'll remove it from my signature. Which, you cannot, therefore you seem to be the one in error. Actually I wouldn't remove the quote even if you could prove your case (which you cannot) just the author.

And for the record I played chess quiet a bit in a small coffee shop during college.

Dats where done tout me to spell and rite?

QuikSsurfer
04-21-2010, 12:52 PM
Many a wedgie need to be handed out on this thread.

ROFL


Yeah, well.... I was on a chess team when I was 10.. then I got my first boner.

I'll setup the board every now and again, when my Memphis buddy comes in to town -- he's ridiculously good.

anyone remember "gamesdomain.com" --- with the giant castle? Yahoo bought them YEARS back.

Amnorix
04-21-2010, 01:05 PM
Lighten up Francis, it was a joke.

err, so was mine. Hence the :p thing, or did you somehow miss that?

As soon as you can prove your claim that the quote's never been stated by Thomas Jefferson I'll remove it from my signature. Which, you cannot, therefore you seem to be the one in error. Actually I wouldn't remove the quote even if you could prove your case (which you cannot) just the author.

errr...ok.

"Anyone who names themselves Otter must stink of ass." Otter.

I'll make that my sig and as soon as you can prove your (presumed) claim that the quote's never been stated, I'll remove it from my signature.

Now see how silly that is. You could quote anyone saying anything and then say "well, you prove he didn't say it." It's absurd.

Heck, because Jefferson did say something that is in the same spirit as your quote, I think it'd be perfectly legit to keep the sig and just remove the quotes. With quotes, however, it's just basically a lie.

Otter
04-21-2010, 02:17 PM
err, so was mine. Hence the :p thing, or did you somehow miss that?



errr...ok.

"Anyone who names themselves Otter must stink of ass." Otter.

I'll make that my sig and as soon as you can prove your (presumed) claim that the quote's never been stated, I'll remove it from my signature.

Now see how silly that is. You could quote anyone saying anything and then say "well, you prove he didn't say it." It's absurd.

Heck, because Jefferson did say something that is in the same spirit as your quote, I think it'd be perfectly legit to keep the sig and just remove the quotes. With quotes, however, it's just basically a lie.\

Copy and paste my quote into Google and tell me who gets credit for the quote 90% of the time.

If you can find one quote of me admitting I smell like ass or someone quoting me saying I smell like ass then we'll have an argument.

Just for the record; we've reached the point where the quote will stay out of spite if nothing else. :D

Amnorix
04-21-2010, 02:37 PM
\

Copy and paste my quote into Google and tell me who gets credit for the quote 90% of the time.

The one that first appeared in 1986? That's Jefferson. Because, you know, everything you read must be true.

Just for the record; we've reached the point where the quote will stay out of spite if nothing else. :D

You're mistaken if you think I really care. I'd think you'd prefer not to engage in deception since it reflects on you, but I'll occassionally point it out anyway, just so people know that it's a deception.

BillSelfsTrophycase
04-21-2010, 02:42 PM
Many a wedgie need to be handed out on this thread.

ROFL

And a couple swirlies


:D

Otter
04-21-2010, 02:53 PM
done

(http://wiki.monticello.org/mediawiki/index.php/The_democracy_will_cease_to_exist)

Pawnmower
04-21-2010, 02:54 PM
Cool site. I did a set of 12 problems and got 6 right. Now I'm working on a second set of 12, and have 7 right and 4 wrong. The 12th is the first to leave me wondering WTF is going on however.

http://chesstempo.com/chess-problems/41607

So after the black pawn goes to e3, why doesn't the white Qxe3?, rather than the disfavorable exchange that results from White Pawn xc8?

Hey Amnorix!!

I am glad you like that site, it is really addictive!

#41607 is very pretty!!

The reason white cannot play Qxe3 is that black has Rxc2+! leaving white with only one legal move! White is absolutely FORCED to play Kb2.....Then I will give you a hint....Black has a move that wins white's queen! It is a pretty problem indeed, you found a good one....if you want me to give you the solution let me know in this thread, and I will spoil it....but you will probably get it with the hints!

I am +repping you for playing some chess tempo!! Welcome to the addiction bro! If you ever need help on anything let me know, I'd be glad to make recommendations etc...or help you go over games you have played.


I'll give you one more huge hint below

(spoiler below)



















After Kb2 think "Discovered Check" where you can do the most damage. (Notice your bishop on that nasty diagonal in bottom left corner...)

Pawnmower
04-21-2010, 02:58 PM
OOps I saw that you already found the solution! Nice job!!

CoMoChief
04-21-2010, 03:00 PM
When my parents got divorced I would go to my dad's house and we both got hooked on it. Played hundreds and hundreds of games. I liked to think I was good. Then I played some dragon fucker over from Hong Kong online and lost in about 15min.

Pawnmower
04-21-2010, 03:13 PM
The Chess World Championships begin Saturday April 24th

Information is here:

http://www.anand-topalov.com/


It is Anand VS. Topalov, they will play 12 games between each other to determine the World Champion. They will play tie breaks if the score is dead even after 12 games.


Vishy Anand (India) is the world champion currently:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vishy_Anand

Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) (Former World champion, Briefly) is his challenger. Topalov defeated Gata Kamsky of the USA for the right to challenge Anand.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veselin_Topalov


There will be several ways to watch the match live. I believe the 1st link in this post will be one way, the games will start at 8:00 AM eastern time daily (Starting on april 24th) The rest days are: April 26,29 and May 2,5,8,9 & 12. (No games on those days).

You can listen to audio commentary on www.chess.fm during the games, but I think you may need to become a member....You CAN get a free one week membership and check it out...Sometimes they also do a broadcast of some of the games for free (without being a member). If you are a member of ICC you are automatically a member of chess.fm, and can use your same password/ID.


They have played each other in classical chess (4+ hour games [ 2+ hours each])) 44 times in the past. Topalov has won 11 times, Anand has won 10 times, and they have 23 draws.

Pawnmower
04-22-2010, 02:42 PM
Basic Endgame puzzle

You have a winning endgame position, and have traded all your pieces off of the board, your King is in a better position..

Now it is your move and you must convert the win

http://www.chess.com/forum/view/daily-puzzles/4222010---convert-for-the-win


Can you solve it?

Pawnmower
04-24-2010, 10:13 AM
Game One of the Chess world championship is heating up...

Listen to an audio broadcast at: www.chess.fm (press play on audio player, do not press 'watch video')

Or you can try this: http://www.anand-topalov.com/en/live.html <--then click watch video , then turn down the sound and listen to the chess.com link above

I like the chess.fm broadcast audio with the anand-topalov video the best (turn down the anand-topalov video - i think it is in russian).

If you have any trouble with the links let me know (saturday 8:00 AM eastern-1:00 eastern or so)

Game is heating up and will be over soon.

Pawnmower
04-24-2010, 10:20 AM
Game 1 of Championship:

The younger Topalov just made a crushing move 24 Nxf6, tune in now to watch the devastation.
Broadcast finished

You can use this link to play through the game:

http://www.chess.com/news/anand-v-topalov-game-1-7312

(Go back to the beginning of the game and play through it move by move, move 24 by white is the crusher!)



(See previous post)

Game over

Game result - game 1
Topalov 1 Anand 0

Series Score

Topalov 1
Anand 0

jAZ
04-24-2010, 11:08 AM
Basic Endgame puzzle

You have a winning endgame position, and have traded all your pieces off of the board, your King is in a better position..

Now it is your move and you must convert the win

http://www.chess.com/forum/view/daily-puzzles/4222010---convert-for-the-win


Can you solve it?
Take away space with the king, keeping his king back. Sacrafice your center pawn, then take his right pawn and then his unprotected middle pawn.

Up 2 pawns + K to his 1P and K. Run down the board, trade for a Q and mate a few moves later.

Pawnmower
04-24-2010, 11:27 AM
Take away space with the king, keeping his king back. Sacrafice your center pawn, then take his right pawn and then his unprotected middle pawn.

Up 2 pawns + K to his 1P and K. Run down the board, trade for a Q and mate a few moves later.

Very nice explanation!!! Correct and +rep!!

This method of taking away space (putting one space in between your king and the enemy king with HIM to move) is called 'the opposition' and is kind of like a jedi using the force...

Nice explanation!

JohnnyV13
04-24-2010, 01:49 PM
Very nice explanation!!! Correct and +rep!!

This method of taking away space (putting one space in between your king and the enemy king with HIM to move) is called 'the opposition' and is kind of like a jedi using the force...

Nice explanation!

Sure, it works because you've made his king inactive, while activating your king. He'll knock off your e file pawn, but that will let u munch the a file pawn with your king ahead of the pawn. He can't stop it.

Ari Chi3fs
04-24-2010, 01:53 PM
Did someone say Chest?


http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6I27LgG9bck/SQKQtbqKEgI/AAAAAAAAAzg/sC0V1xluMig/s1600/aaa4mk5.jpg

JohnnyV13
04-24-2010, 01:56 PM
Did someone say Chest?


http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6I27LgG9bck/SQKQtbqKEgI/AAAAAAAAAzg/sC0V1xluMig/s1600/aaa4mk5.jpg

Ummmm....I only play that with girls. But, hey, if that floats your boat, who am I to criticize?

Pawnmower
04-24-2010, 09:24 PM
Sure, it works because you've made his king inactive, while activating your king. He'll knock off your e file pawn, but that will let u munch the a file pawn with your king ahead of the pawn. He can't stop it.

Yes, that is the point of the problem...it all starts with understanding opposition...call it 'activating the king and deactivating the opponent king' if you want to, but there already exists a term for this...and it is called opposition.

Here:

Opposition Fundamentals

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFRNFh3eyuo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opposition_%28chess%29

otherstar
04-24-2010, 10:17 PM
Yep. Black was out of contention because his King was not centralized and active. When you get to the endgame with all of the pieces off the board (and only the K and Pawns left) you need to have your King active and close to the center of the board, or near your passed pawns. in this study. Shereshvesky's book Endgame Strategy has a wonderful chapter on that topic.

JohnnyV13
04-25-2010, 12:57 PM
Yes, that is the point of the problem...it all starts with understanding opposition...call it 'activating the king and deactivating the opponent king' if you want to, but there already exists a term for this...and it is called opposition.

Here:

Opposition Fundamentals

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFRNFh3eyuo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opposition_%28chess%29

I understand opposition. I just don't see this as a pure opposition problem. You see that in a lot of king and pawn endgames where board geography determines if you can maintain the opposition, which ends up determining whether the pawn can score or not.

There are also a number of interesting zugzwang problems combined with opposition where you use a spare move to use zugzwang to break the king opposition.

Here, you also need to understand the rule of the square, which tells you that the passer you give your opponent cannot score. Its the pawn sacrifice that activates your king and gives white the central king position. If anything, this problem is better classed as a "breaking opposition" problem, b/c without the pawn sacrifice, this game is a draw.

Pawnmower
04-25-2010, 01:23 PM
Never said it was a pure opposition problem, those are your words not mine. What I said was your phrase "'activating the king and deactivating the opponent king" (in that position) already had a term, and it is called opposition. Understanding opposition is the key to the 1st move to push the king back, to make the sacrifice possible. The sacrifice does not work without this.

I wasn't trying to 'classify' this as an opposition problem, I was only trying to explain the basic concept of opposition to beginners...Obviously you are not a beginner..

I don't really want to argue about such a minor point, mainly I just want have this here to share problems and help beginners. Not to argue about technicalities. There are (as you point out) several themes in that problem...which is why it is such a nice endgame problem! I guess the main reason I focus on the opposition, is that it is the 1st move and generally in King/Pawn endgames a hugely important factor.

(PS your avatar + your chess knowledge gets you a +rep....actually just your avatar wouldve been sufficient)

Pawnmower
04-25-2010, 01:30 PM
Game 2 of Championship:

Anand came thundering back, had a dangerous passed pawn at the end...This allowed his king to be activated while Topalov's Rook was tied down to the defense of the pawn..Topalov resigned because Anand's King was going to munch a couple of pawns....while his Rook stood helpless defending and his king was still back home in his castle...sleeping..

Here is the game:


http://www.chess.com/news/anand-v-topalov-game-2-9604 (http://www.chess.com/news/anand-v-topalov-game-2-9604)

Series Score (1st player w/6.5 score is clear winner)

Topalov 1
Anand 1

Jenson71
04-25-2010, 02:30 PM
About two summers ago I got into chess with my girlfriend's brother. He would beat me all the time, and it would be an ugly slaughter, too. At least I always beat him in Jeopardy.

But anyway, I stopped playing since then, but I expect to get back into it, eventually.

Have you ever watched those yahoo people? They go so fast, I don't know what is going on.

Pawnmower
04-25-2010, 03:26 PM
Have you ever watched those yahoo people? They go so fast, I don't know what is going on.

Yah, yahoo is a pretty good free place for chess. A lot of people there play fast (blitz games)..like 5 or 10 minutes per player. I bet if you played blitz enough you could probably compete with many of them (around 1000-1200)...it isnt that hard to get to 1000-1200 rating there. If you want, I will help you! With a few basics you can be beating the 1000 rated guys most of the time.

I like www.chesscube.com better though...(for a free site) it has a lot of features that I don't think yahoo has...(www.chessclub.com is still the best site I know of though, but it isn't free.

Playing fast games is VERY tough...I think you have hit the nail on the head...A lot of people (myself included) try to play fast (blitz) games when they first start out..Having plenty of time each move to be very careful and develop a good thought process is the key when you are starting..

For example:

1) What was my opponent's last move, what does it threaten (if anything), how can I ignore, counter-attack, or if I need to, defend against this threat.

2) If my opponent has no threat, do I have any threats...(tatcics or forced checks that lead to a gain of material)

3) If I have no threats, how can I make my pieces better and /or make my oppponent's pieces worse


etc..

This is a very simplified version of a thought process, but you are correct in that you cannot do all of these things properly when you play 5 or 10 minute chess (blitz).

Ironically the very best thing you can do for helping to play faster chess (which is fun!) is to learn to play slower chess. The better you get at playing solid slow chess, the better your fast games will be. I cant speak for yahoo, but you should be able to find 15-20 minute games on chesscube.com which I would say is the absolute MINIMUM any beginner should be playing...and you should be using all of your time (or very close to it) every game...

The site that I play my chess on (www.chessclub.com) has various clubs and groups which play slow games. one is called "Team 4545" which is 45 minute games with 45 seconds added every move. The other is called STC (slow time control) which plays slow games as well. In the USCF we play around 120 minutes (+5 seconds per move), which is a more classical time control..

Sorry for such a long winded post but I absolutely agree, playing slow chess is the way to go if you are looking to improve. If you are just wanting to have a little fun, playing blitz is MADLY addictive and a whole lot of fun..In fact I love playing blitz, and I have to FORCE myself not to hahahah...I do recommend trying it and practicing blitz from time to time, but the best way to get better at blitz is to play slow.

If you want to play some, try www.chesscube.com you can even play as a guest. Also, www.chessclub.com has a free week trial right now....

I'd be glad to help you if you want to practice or have someone look at your games..I am not that great, but even having someone a little better helping you is always a good thing!

Pawnmower
04-29-2010, 07:52 PM
The Chess World Championships

Click on the quote for background info...

It has been a bit Since I have posted in this thread so here goes:

Recap

Game 1: Topalov 1 0
Game 2: Anand 1 0
Game 3: Draw 1/2 1/2
Game 4: Anand 1 0


Series Score

Anand ------------- 2.5
Topalov -----------1.5


1st player to 6.5 wins the official Chess World Championship.



For more info click here:

http://www.anand-topalov.com/

Pawnmower
04-29-2010, 07:59 PM
Here is a puzzle for anyone who wants to give it a shot:

http://www.chessvideos.tv/puzzle-176-Birnov1946.php

Pawnmower
04-30-2010, 01:37 PM
Click on red box here for background info on the world Championship of chess.



It was a draw today, so the series score is now:

Anand 3.0

Topalov 2.0



(1st player to 6.5 wins..Undisputed world chamipion)

Pawnmower
05-04-2010, 02:57 PM
Click on red box here for background info on the world Championship of chess.


After 8 rounds, the series is tied!!!

Topalov won round 7 to even the score!! (Draws in 5 & 6)

here is a link to the game:

http://www.anand-topalov.com/en/game8.html

(click rewind to go to the beginning, and play through the game)


Series Score

Anand 4.0
Topalov 4.0

cdcox
05-04-2010, 03:25 PM
Here is a puzzle for anyone who wants to give it a shot:

http://www.chessvideos.tv/puzzle-176-Birnov1946.php

I would not have gotten that in a million years. Is that the normal pattern for winning a rook vs. bishop ending? I can't checkmate with a bishop and knight either. I used to be able to checkmate with two bishops, but I haven't tried it in a while so I may have forgotten some of the concepts.

Pawnmower
05-04-2010, 03:56 PM
It was a very tough puzzle! In some cases it is not possible to win with a rook versus a bishop and pawn...but yes basically you make mate threats and threats to the bishop until you either mate the king or win the bishop.

Bishop+Knight is very difficult, and I must confess that I probably could not do it under tournament conditions either...(within 50 moves, if no pawns move)...It is very very easy to make one slip and have it go over the 50 move limit.

The thing is it will be extremely rare for a bishop+knight (with no extra pawns) game to come up in a real game. I have never had it come up, although I have a friend who has had it come up one time, and got a draw instead of a win...so it does come up...

Much better for us mortals to work on rook endgames (like rook +1-2 pawns versus lone rook) or king+pawn endgames!

Mate with the two bishops is much easier, but does require a little finesse...Here is a link to a site where you can practice the 2-bishops versus a lone king:

http://www.chess-poster.com/chess_problems/mate_king_two_bishops.htm

Pawnmower
05-09-2010, 08:51 PM
Click on red box here for background info on the world Championship of chess.



Ok, the score is TIED 5.5 - 5.5 !!!!

With ONE MORE game to go!!!!

If it is a draw, there will be a series of BLITZ tie breakers!!!! Holy shit it will be fun to listen and watch....If you are at ALL a chess fan keep posted and I will post the result and links to where you can watch!


The last game will be tuesday morning at 8:00 AM eastern!

The tie breaks will be wednesday at 8 AM if needed....Tune in here on Tuesday!!

cdcox
05-09-2010, 09:02 PM
Hey, Pawnmower! I've been waiting for you to show up here.

Have you used the Chess Tactics Server? http://chess.emrald.net/index.php

I can score in the 1250 to 1270 range on that server as a guest (playing around 100 or so problems to get a legitimate score). I always thought I was an upper 1400 to lower 1500 type player.

Do you have any estimate of how the ratings on that server correspond to a real over the board rating?

Just curious.

Pawnmower
05-10-2010, 11:43 AM
Hey CD!!

I used to used chess.emrald.net but I am now HOOKED on it's competitor ( www.chesstempo.com).

For one thing, you can play standard (non blitz) and take your time on each problem. Another thing is that Richard (the guy who built the site) has come up with an algorithm that does a pretty good job of guessign your OTB rating based on your blitz/standard performance. Another thing is that chesstempo has endgame problems!!!

To better answer your question though, I havent used emrald in a while but it seems reasonable that if you are around 1300 'blitz' that you could be 1400+ in over the board play....The thing is that is only one factor and there are other factors (standard tactics with more time, endgame performance, opening knowledge, psychological factors etc).

On Richard's site, he asks for your USCF ID# and or FIDE ID# and has statistical data (which he gets using everyone's ID#'s)...and he has done correlations of peoples chesstempto ratings versus their actual ratings etc..., so after you do a certain number of problems, it guesses your OTB rating...It is pretty cool. Check it out!!!

Edit: I just read you have to be at least a silver (paid) member to get a over-the-board estimate....check that site out though, maybe youll like it enough to become silver, I did.


I would recommend doing standard (non blitz problems)!

TTYL!

DaKCMan AP
05-10-2010, 11:54 AM
www.chessclub.com (http://www.chessclub.com) <-- best place I know of for chess, not free but CHEAP. They have a free week trial. If you join this site, I can look at your games and help you get better. Videos, masters playing 24/7 you can watch, lectures, simuls....so many things...

My cousin runs that site.

Pawnmower
05-10-2010, 04:09 PM
My cousin runs that site.

Wow!!! Thats sweet!! Tell him too hook me up with a free membership hahahahahaha...

Just kidding, I am a proud paid member, and enjoy supporting good chess sites...

+rep for the name drop though

Pawnmower
05-11-2010, 09:57 AM
Ok, the score is TIED 5.5 - 5.5 !!!!

With ONE MORE game to go!!!!

If it is a draw, there will be a series of BLITZ tie breakers!!!! Holy shit it will be fun to listen and watch....If you are at ALL a chess fan keep posted and I will post the result and links to where you can watch!


The last game will be tuesday morning at 8:00 AM eastern!

The tie breaks will be wednesday at 8 AM if needed....Tune in here on Tuesday!!

It is the last game, CRITICAL position....


Anand is to move and has a game winning move (according to the commentators) if he finds it......

http://www.chessclub.com/radio to listen\\or try

http://pointers.audiovideoweb.com/asxfiles-live/1c2winlive6754.asx


http://www.anand-topalov.com/en/live.html to watch

or chess.com to watch (maybe)


post in this thread if you have problems

Pawnmower
05-11-2010, 06:22 PM
Anand is the World Champion still (he retains his title).

6.5-5.5

He won the last and decisive game with the black pieces. The game had a lot of fireworks....To play over the game, click here:

http://www.chess.com/news/vishy-anand-retains-world-title-6866

scroll down to the player and you can go through the game move by move.

Pawnmower
12-31-2010, 03:32 PM
Do you have any estimate of how the ratings on that server correspond to a real over the board rating?


Just an Update, richard from www.chesstempo.com is continuing his analysis of the relation between tactics ratings and 'over the board' ratings....

There are some threads discussing it on the forums and a built-in feature that if you solve enough puzzles gives an estimated FIDE rating:

http://chesstempo.com/chess-forum/premium_features/fide_estimate-t2076.0.html

http://chesstempo.com/chess-forum/chess_tactics_discussion/fide_estimated_rating-t1427.0.html

Pawnmower
12-31-2010, 03:37 PM
Ok Here is a very typical puzzle:

http://chesstempo.com/chess-problems/64

For beginners:

Try to find a move that leaves you with extra material...in other words...You need to win a piece....at the end of the problem your opponent will have one less piece than you.


Extra hint if you need it:

Always look for a piece and attack the defender of the piece...."If you want the treasure, attack and kill the guard"

Good luck!

blaise
12-31-2010, 03:39 PM
I don't play, but I have (at least I think) a decent chess story. When I was in college there was a kid on my floor named Chuck who was supposedly very good at chess. Kids would come from other dorms and ask him for a game and stuff, and he would play them and kind of clown them. He had sort of a reputation around school as a chess master. This other dude named Ron Nelson started school and he was kind of a goof. He was this 6' 5" lanky dude always skipping class, getting drunk, etc. He once took a dump on the bathroom floor as some kind of joke. He used to tape porno mag photos on the outside of the lobby window so the cleaning lady had to lean out with a broom to get them off. Just a goofy dude.
One day Ron sees Chuck playing chess and Ron says, "I'm not bad at chess, let's play." So they played, and Ron schooled him. He got him in check in very few moves and it was like the Chuck kid could never get out of it until he finally lost.
The Chuck kid was super pissed and sort of disgraced. It was funny to see.

Pawnmower
12-31-2010, 03:46 PM
One day Ron sees Chuck playing chess and Ron says, "I'm not bad at chess, let's play." So they played, and Ron schooled him. He got him in check in very few moves and it was like the Chuck kid could never get out of it until he finally lost.
The Chuck kid was super pissed and sort of disgraced. It was funny to see.

Hahaha.....neat.

JD10367
12-31-2010, 03:51 PM
Ok Here is a very typical puzzle:

http://chesstempo.com/chess-problems/64



I haven't played chess in years, but I couldn't even figure out how to use that webpage, LOL, so I must be really stupid. It said "black to play" up top so I took the white rook with my black rook and let the white bishop take my rook, then I took (I think) a white knight with my black bishop. :shrug:

Pawnmower
12-31-2010, 03:56 PM
I haven't played chess in years, but I couldn't even figure out how to use that webpage, LOL, so I must be really stupid. It said "black to play" up top so I took the white rook with my black rook and let the white bishop take my rook, then I took (I think) a white knight with my black bishop. :shrug:

Thats my fault...I cant figure out how to make the links work for guests! (yet!)

BUT... You absolutely got the problem correct....Nice! It should say 'correct' but for some reason the link I used isn't working...(I am attempting to figure out why...)

If you had a free account, you would receive points towards your tactics rating and as you move higher in points, it serves you harder and harder problems...(you only get the points on problems randomly served in rated mode tho)

Nice job brospeh!


edit: so yah, you figured out the POINT of the problem....and that is if you take the knight 1st, he can simply take back with the rook and you have gained jack and shit. BUT if you trade off the rooks 1st, the knight is left without a defender. /highfive

JohnnyV13
12-31-2010, 06:53 PM
Pawnmower, i'm not ranked, but i play a lot of strong uscf players in 10 minute games around tucson. I have beaten one master rank and a number of expert ranks in these casual games. Many players in this group generally estimate me as a 1700 to 1800 player. I once had a 2000+ rating on msn, but don't know how that would compare to a uscf rating, since its hard to play anything more than a 10minute game on such sites.

Pawnmower
12-31-2010, 07:01 PM
Pawnmower, i'm not ranked, but i play a lot of strong uscf players in 10 minute games around tucson. I have beaten one master rank and a number of expert ranks in these casual games. Many players in this group generally estimate me as a 1700 to 1800 player. I once had a 2000+ rating on msn, but don't know how that would compare to a uscf rating, since its hard to play anything more than a 10minute game on such sites.

Hey bud!

Niiice! Tuscon sounds like a pretty cool scene...Around here (SF) they always wanna play 5 minute.....I hate 5 minute so much....10 minute is way better....I have never beaten a master, or an expert in a tournament game. I have beaten and drawn A players...and I once drew an expert in an actual tournament game. If you are 2000+ in MSN, I would wager that puts you at the A or B class. Pretty strong....You must have some natural talent or maybe you played as a kid? I dodnt start till I was 30ish so I have really had to work at it......But it is fun. You should register! You could play in some tournaments and win some decent money if you havent gotten rated yet. Theres pretty good prize money at tourneys sometimes....and if you are just starting out your rating will be lower than your actual strength for a while, so youll be able to enter D class and C class tourneys and PWN them! Dooooooo itttt!

Edit:

Im not sure about MSN but www.chesscube.com is a pretty good site too for playing others.....

ALso www.chesstempo.com -- once your 'blitz' rating gets to the point where tour RD (rating deviation) is lower that about 100 , I think it equates pretty well to a USCF rating....it is free try it...I think you need to do about 100 problems maybe on blitz mode before it gets accurate.

JD10367
12-31-2010, 07:07 PM
BUT... You absolutely got the problem correct....Nice! . . . edit: so yah, you figured out the POINT of the problem....and that is if you take the knight 1st, he can simply take back with the rook and you have gained jack and shit. BUT if you trade off the rooks 1st, the knight is left without a defender. /highfive

Really? That was it? Jeez. I rarely played chess, and I don't consider myself any good at it, but I saw that move immediately and didn't think it was anything hard. :shrug: Maybe I'm smarter than I think, LOL.

Pawnmower
12-31-2010, 07:17 PM
Really? That was it? Jeez. I rarely played chess, and I don't consider myself any good at it, but I saw that move immediately and didn't think it was anything hard. :shrug: Maybe I'm smarter than I think, LOL.

Yah man! You nailed it...You should start a free account there and play like 5-10 problems erry' day! :D

If you do that in a few months you'll really gain some strength.

If you ever have any that stump you, post the problem number up and we will work on it together!

JohnnyV13
12-31-2010, 07:47 PM
JI started when i was six.

My dad was (and still is) a pretty strong self taught player who never read a chess book.

I played regularly until i was 12, but was so much stronger than my friends that i got bored with the game. Played a little in college. Toyed with 'power chess' in the late 90's, but then moved to tucson in the early 2000's.
By chance, i learned that the 60+ grocery stocker who worked in a store across the street from my worklace was a former master rank player. He sort of introduced me to his casual play group.

My game has gotten much stronger since. Though i have only read 3 chess books. Tucson has a ridiculous level of local chess play. In the mid 2000's, a tucson high school won the world high school team championships. In 1999 or so, a tucson kid won the world junior championships. Its easy to run into a 2000 rated player playing speed games in places like a coffee x or borders.

I

Pawnmower
12-31-2010, 08:04 PM
JI started when i was six.

My dad was (and still is) a pretty strong self taught player who never read a chess book.

I played regularly until i was 12, but was so much stronger than my friends that i got bored with the game. Played a little in college. Toyed with 'power chess' in the late 90's, but then moved to tucson in the early 2000's.
By chance, i learned that the 60+ grocery stocker who worked in a store across the street from my worklace was a former master rank player. He sort of introduced me to his casual play group.

My game has gotten much stronger since. Though i have only read 3 chess books. Tucson has a ridiculous level of local chess play. In the mid 2000's, a tucson high school won the world high school team championships. In 1999 or so, a tucson kid won the world junior championships. Its easy to run into a 2000 rated player playing speed games in places like a coffee x or borders.


Sounds great....I live in a pretty small town and have to drive over an hour to get to a decent club with strong players 8-(. Although theres a couple of shops with experts and A players we don't have too many masters in town...

I am not really into fast chess like coffeehouse 5/10 minute but...BUT...It is really really fun...I actually have to pry myself away because I truly think too much of it is bad for your development. If / when I get to the point where I am satisfied and don't care about progressing, I'll be one of those dudes always at a coffee shop LOL.

JD10367
12-31-2010, 08:36 PM
I have a small Radio Shack chess computer that's probably older than most of the posters here, LOL. One of those things with 10 levels on it, and the easier the level the quicker it moves. Play it on Level 0 and it's a moron that moves in 1 second. I think I got it up to around Level 5, where it would take about a minute to make a move. (The longer the time, the more moves into the future it calculated.) I think Level 9 was the highest, and it could take hours to make a move...

Pawnmower
12-31-2010, 08:44 PM
I have a small Radio Shack chess computer that's probably older than most of the posters here, LOL. One of those things with 10 levels on it, and the easier the level the quicker it moves. Play it on Level 0 and it's a moron that moves in 1 second. I think I got it up to around Level 5, where it would take about a minute to make a move. (The longer the time, the more moves into the future it calculated.) I think Level 9 was the highest, and it could take hours to make a move...

Hhhhahaha....it is AMAZING how technology has progressed in such a short time...

Try this one:

http://www.turbulence.org/spotlight/thinking/chess.html

Its pretty cool, for a toaster.

I dont recommend humans play toasters on a regular basis, but to use them to study our own games or endgames and such is cool...I prefer playing living beings! But once in a while it is fun...

WebGem
12-31-2010, 08:44 PM
Chess? Wut.

Pawnmower
01-04-2011, 03:56 PM
Medium level explanation of some elementary tactics.

When he says PAUSE , press pause and try and evaluate the position and pick a move.....see if you can guess the right move. (He says pause fast and weird "white to play here, pause...), just hit pause quick LOL)

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JD10367
01-04-2011, 03:57 PM
Medium level explanation of some elementary tactics.

When he says PAUSE , press pause and try and evaluate the position and pick a move.....see if you can guess the right move. (He says pause fast and weird, just hit it quick LOL)

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I'll have to check this out when I get home, the work puter is firewalled.

I'm old-school. I remember the little puzzles in the newspaper, where it would say "White checkmates in four moves" and you needed to figure them out. :D

Pawnmower
01-04-2011, 04:05 PM
I'll have to check this out when I get home, the work puter is firewalled.

I'm old-school. I remember the little puzzles in the newspaper, where it would say "White checkmates in four moves" and you needed to figure them out. :D

Oh hell yes...

if you hit pause when he says, and give yourslef like 3-5 mins to solve it.... its a puzzle just like that! Only this guy Peter is like an Expert or Maybe a Master (somewhere in between) so its cool to hear him explain it.

I love puzzles man...I'm addicted

Earthling
01-04-2011, 06:39 PM
In grade school my best friend was bed-ridden for a year I would spend countless hours at his bedside playing chess with him. Today would prolly be video games. Anyway, been playing for many years now but haven't played a lot it seems like these past 4 or 5 years. Joined the Chess Federation about 1969 or so and was around 1500 rating when I left after a few years (finihing my enlistment in the Navy). I did some of these puzzles and now am kind of motivated to play some more. Rep and Thanks ! :thumb:

Pawnmower
01-04-2011, 06:59 PM
In grade school my best friend was bed-ridden for a year I would spend countless hours at his bedside playing chess with him. Today would prolly be video games. Anyway, been playing for many years now but haven't played a lot it seems like these past 4 or 5 years. Joined the Chess Federation about 1969 or so and was around 1500 rating when I left after a few years (finihing my enlistment in the Navy). I did some of these puzzles and now am kind of motivated to play some more. Rep and Thanks ! :thumb:

Any time man! I will look at any of your games or help you with any problems you are stumped on, although if you were 1500 in '69 i bet youre stronger than me..(I think ratings have inflated a bit...just my opnion...)

Awesome!

Pawnmower
01-04-2011, 08:00 PM
For my friend earthling--

This is the Caro Kann, a very INSIDIOUS defense against 1.e4 ..(Earthling is a devious bastard!)

If you are looking for ideas with the black pieces this is a fearsome opening, played by many of the greatest players of all time.

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Pawnmower
01-13-2011, 05:14 PM
This is a 'forking good' video to learn about...well...forks!

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Mr. Laz
01-13-2011, 05:43 PM
at least Pawn Mower makes sense now

Pawnmower
07-27-2011, 08:07 PM
Try this problem:

http://www.chess.com/forum/view/daily-puzzles/7242011---path-of-destruction

(Difficulty = 1 star)

big nasty kcnut
07-27-2011, 08:13 PM
i like chess but i hate when a championship happen all this needless posturing. Play the game and let god sort it out.

Ebolapox
07-27-2011, 08:15 PM
ROFL

Pawnmower
07-27-2011, 08:18 PM
i like chess but i hate when a championship happen all this needless posturing. Play the game and let god sort it out.

Yup...like college football, its a system thats horribly bad but no one has the balls so far to fix it.


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Pawnmower
10-26-2011, 03:50 PM
Daily Chess Puzzle


Click here to try and solve a Chess problem! It changes daily! You can select easy, medium or hard (http://chesstempo.com/widgets.html#dailyPuzzleWidget)


If you have trouble with the problem, write down the problem ID or post it, and I will help!

Pawnmower
10-26-2011, 03:57 PM
Holy crap I just got the daily chess widget working!!!! It is in post #84


http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showpost.php?p=8050999&postcount=84


You can try 3 different puzzles every day, -- easy, medium, and hard!

Pawnmower
11-10-2011, 05:19 PM
Anyone interested in Joining a ChiefsPlanet chess team and kicking some ass or learning how to play?

All you need is a free www.chess.com membership, and we could start a chiefsplanet team to crush all opposition.


In other chess news:

Garry Kasparov (possibly the greatest Chess player of all time) is now training an American (Hikaru Nakamura). Is it time once again for the USA to be in a position to compete for a world Champion?

The last World Champ from the USA was...( ?????????????????? )

+rep for answer

http://www.newinchess.com/Home/Images/20111101_magazine_nakamura_kasparov.html <-- see article for more info about Kasparov and his American student.

Extra Point
11-10-2011, 06:59 PM
I'm no chess deviant like you, PM, but I'll play along, for S&G's.

Pawnmower
11-10-2011, 07:27 PM
I'm no chess deviant like you, PM, but I'll play along, for S&G's.

fuckign awesome.....make a chess.com account whenever you get some spare time and I will set up the group once we get maybe 4-5 total members...Post your username up in this thread.

Pawnmower
11-10-2011, 07:45 PM
Oh Shit

http://www.chess.com/chessgroups?keyword=chiefs

Arrowhead pride has a team....We must crush their souls....

Does anyone Know this Diefer person?????? we must crush him.

otherstar
11-10-2011, 10:11 PM
Anyone interested in Joining a ChiefsPlanet chess team and kicking some ass or learning how to play?

All you need is a free www.chess.com membership, and we could start a chiefsplanet team to crush all opposition.


In other chess news:

Garry Kasparov (possibly the greatest Chess player of all time) is now training an American (Hikaru Nakamura). Is it time once again for the USA to be in a position to compete for a world Champion?

The last World Champ from the USA was...( ?????????????????? )

+rep for answer

http://www.newinchess.com/Home/Images/20111101_magazine_nakamura_kasparov.html <-- see article for more info about Kasparov and his American student.

Robert James Fischer was the last Champ from the USA, though Seirawan challeneged Kasparav a few times

otherstar
11-10-2011, 10:12 PM
I'll try to find some time to setup an account...I've not played a lot competitively, but I have tons of books and love to play.

EDIT: I set up an account and joined the ChiefsPlanet team!

Pawnmower
11-10-2011, 10:33 PM
Robert James Fischer was the last Champ from the USA, though Seirawan challeneged Kasparav a few times

winn0r is YOU


+REP!!!!

Pawnmower
11-10-2011, 10:34 PM
I'll try to find some time to setup an account...I've not played a lot competitively, but I have tons of books and love to play.

EDIT: I set up an account and joined the ChiefsPlanet team!

AWESOME!

When we get a couple more people I will try to get us a match

edit: i have a large collection of books too...i love collecting chess books! any favorites you recommend? I have Ray Cheng's tactics book nearly worn out by my bedside........and the pocket training book by lev alburt i have worn out 2 of them in the bathrooom...lol

otherstar
11-11-2011, 05:33 AM
edit: i have a large collection of books too...i love collecting chess books! any favorites you recommend? I have Ray Cheng's tactics book nearly worn out by my bedside........and the pocket training book by lev alburt i have worn out 2 of them in the bathrooom...lol

My own personal favorites: Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953 by Bronstein (great tournament with the strongest players active at the time including Smyslov, Reshevsky, Keres, Euwe, Najdorf and Petrosian) and Endgame Strategy by Shereshevsky

Pawnmower
11-17-2011, 05:34 PM
My own personal favorites: Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953 by Bronstein (great tournament with the strongest players active at the time including Smyslov, Reshevsky, Keres, Euwe, Najdorf and Petrosian) and Endgame Strategy by Shereshevsky

Im gonna have to pick up the Zurich Int'l book -- youre the second person in a short time to recomend it...

Thanks!

Pawnmower
11-17-2011, 05:35 PM
OK Chess fans, an update from the Tal Memorial

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ALso, still looking for a few more members for the Chiefs Planet Chess Team! Contact me for details.

Extra Point
11-17-2011, 08:51 PM
Now, I remember how consuming this game is!!!

Now, "damn you Carl!!!" needs to become "damn you Pawnmower!!!"

Pawnmower
11-17-2011, 08:55 PM
Now, I remember how consuming this game is!!!

Now, "damn you Carl!!!" needs to become "damn you Pawnmower!!!"

Did you make a chess.com account yet???

Didja didja?????

If so post up your user name!

(**as I begin to stalk all players named ExtraPoint or similar on chess.com)

Pawnmower
11-18-2011, 06:46 PM
Magnus Carlsen gets a draw with the Black pieces to maintain his share of 1st place in the Tal Memorial

Press 'flip' and play through the game to see how the world's top player plays with the Black pieces!



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http://www.chess.com/news_/view/black-rules-at-tal-memorial-round-3-1877

Pawnmower
11-19-2011, 09:19 PM
Magnus draws his opponent in round 4, maintains 1st place position tie.

This game is very cool, comes down to the end where both players ALMOST get passed pawns to make new queens, but both fall short and the game ends in a draw.

Play through it, for fun!

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Pawnmower
11-25-2011, 12:16 AM
Levon Ronian broke through to take the lead in the TAL MEMORIAL.

Check out the game, fast forward to whites 42nd move....he sacrificed his knight, and took some pawns in return, which could not be stopped....brilliant sacrifice!

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Pawnmower
12-02-2011, 12:01 AM
Magnus wins the Tal Memorial!!!!

Ok so he isnt American, but he is about the only non-american i root for right now.....The American (naka) finished badly....8-(

Anyhoo, here is Magnus's gme:
(magnus is blck, so press flip to see the game from his perspective.....or to watch USA get defeated, leave white at the bottom and see how magnus killed us)


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FAX
12-02-2011, 12:03 AM
I have a love/hate relationship with chess. I basically really enjoy the game, but I lack sufficient patience and always wind up attacking. It has cost me a lot of victories.

I have a cool King Dance when I win, though. I kinda make him hop around like a Weeble-Wobble and then bow at the end.

FAX

Pawnmower
12-02-2011, 12:18 AM
I have a love/hate relationship with chess. I basically really enjoy the game, but I lack sufficient patience and always wind up attacking. It has cost me a lot of victories.

I have a cool King Dance when I win, though. I kinda make him hop around like a Weeble-Wobble and then bow at the end.

FAX

haha...

Well....one thing you can do would be to play some 10-15 minute games.......theres really no time for patience and usually the best attacker wins! 15 min. is probably my personal favorite time control....


another thing you can do is go to www.chesstempo.com and practice STANDARD tactics.

in these problems, there is only one right move, so you are FORCED to be patient and wait till you find the answer.

the bonus is that this will also help your games, but yu might get addicted!

FAX
12-02-2011, 12:24 AM
haha...

Well....one thing you can do would be to play some 10-15 minute games.......theres really no time for patience and usually the best attacker wins! 15 min. is probably my personal favorite time control....


another thing you can do is go to www.chesstempo.com and practice STANDARD tactics.

in these problems, there is only one right move, so you are FORCED to be patient and wait till you find the answer.

the bonus is that this will also help your games, but yu might get addicted!

Great ideas. Thanks, Mr. Pawnmower.

It's funny. I play fairly often with a couple of the Sudanese Lost Boys we work with. They are phenomenally patient and thoughtful. Excellent chess players. It's embarrassing to lose to those guys, but I usually do. Typically, when I start attacking, I leave myself vulnerable and pay the price.

I think I'm more of a racquetball type of guy.

That last game you posted was interesting. Both guys seemed to attack and played very little defense ... at least, it seemed that way to me. And, as is typical in one of my games, it appeared that each player sacrificed pieces needlessly as a result. Am I interpreting that incorrectly?

FAX

Pawnmower
12-02-2011, 12:36 AM
That last game you posted was interesting. Both guys seemed to attack and played very little defense ... at least, it seemed that way to me. And, as is typical in one of my games, it appeared that each player sacrificed pieces needlessly as a result. Am I interpreting that incorrectly?

FAX

Im not going to try and pretend I am something I am not...so to be honest without the aid of a computer I personally dont have the skills to accurately analyze these guys' games.....(it would be like a guy who plays a little guitar trying to find flaws with Satriani).BUT....the one I think you are talking about (Aronian vs. Svidler) is a perfect example of what you are talking about.....he 'needlessly' sacrificed his knight on move 42....and possibly his opponent couldve been OK but just like in life when someone does something so crazy...its hard to find the right defense under pressure....so what is the 'truth'? Well i didnt use a computer but the truth is it appears to be (at least in that case) a solid sacrifice...

one thing that helps to determine if sacrifices are good is the basic point system:

pawn: 1
knight or bishop: 3
rook 5 (or 4.5, more accurate)
queen 9
an extra move or two can be worth 1 point in the beginning or certain moments in the game also

also, other 'spritual' things can be worth points..like an attack or more space or better pieces


so

if he sacrificed a knight (3) and got 2-3 pawns and a free move or a strong attack, then POINTS WISE we can say yes, it was worth it.
(give up 3 points in material but get 2-3 in material + 1 spiritual)


Cheers and thanks for the great question mr.fax

FAX
12-02-2011, 12:39 AM
Interesting. Very interesting, in fact.

Actually, I was referring to the last game you posted ... the one between that Nakamura dude and the Carlson guy ... or whoever they are.

Move number 25 is an example. I can't understand that decision. Black sacrificed a Knight for no reason that I can discern. I'm sure that there's a purpose, but I don't see how he gained any points there ... certainly, though, I have no idea what I'm talking about.

FAX

Pawnmower
12-02-2011, 12:49 AM
Interesting. Very interesting, in fact.

Actually, I was referring to the last game you posted ... the one between that Nakamura dude and the Carlson guy ... or whoever they are.

Move number 25 is an example. I can't understand that decision. Black sacrificed a Knight for no reason that I can discern. I'm sure that there's a purpose, but I don't see how he gained any points there ... certainly, though, I have no idea what I'm talking about.


ahhh...very very good eye mr. fax!!!

well, it is a bit tricky (the exchange) as it APPEARS to lose a knight but if you look at the position for two more moves and use the point system i referenced above, you will see it wasnt a sacrifice, but an 'exchange'

the knight is protected by the black pawn so....


white captured the knight (3 points) them the two queens were exchanged (9 points each) then, black captured the bishop (also worth 3) at the end with the pawn ...so the grand effect of that little series was 12 points worth of material off the board for each person

very good eye though, that is a cool little exchange! (mainly cool for black, since the side that is up ANY material usually benefits from even-exhanging)

FAX
12-02-2011, 12:52 AM
ahhh...very very good eye mr. fax!!!

well, it is a bit tricky (the exchange) as it APPEARS to lose a knight but if you look at the position for two more moves and use the point system i referenced above, you will see it wasnt a sacrifice, but an 'exchange'

the knight is protected by the black pawn so....


white captured the knight (3 points) them the two queens were exchanged (9 points each) then, black captured the bishop at the end (also 3 points) ...so the grand effect of that little series was 12 points worth of material off the board for each person

very good eye though, that is a cool little exchange!

Ah ... I see. Thanks. That's very helpful.

And yes, that was the beginning of a kind of bloodbath there.

FAX

Pawnmower
12-02-2011, 12:59 AM
Ah ... I see. Thanks. That's very helpful.

And yes, that was the beginning of a kind of bloodbath there.

FAX

exactly....and imagine if mr. fax's army could win 1 free pawn...then 'bloodbath' exchange every single thing else evenly....


well it would be mr fax with 1 pawn, mr.pawnmower with 0 pawns...and then hopefully mr fax's pawn could go in search of a new queen....which is enough by itself to checkmate!


moral of the story: once you are up material (your opponent gives a free pawn or piece), one idea is just to even-exchange until your material is the only stuff left!


www.chesstempo.com standard tactics is REALLY good place to practice the winning of material & the point system! ( 1, 3, 4.5, 9)

cdcox
12-02-2011, 01:02 AM
I'm not an expert at all and have only played through the game at blitz speed. But the first time I cringed for white was on move 12 which doubled his pawns.

Black then wins the doubled pawn on move 19.

Black move 25 initiated a series of exchanges that culminated on move 29 where black had increased his advantage to the point where he had a passed pawn and a winning position. Clearly black saw this when he made move 25. There was no sacrifice on 25, it just took a bunch of wood off the board that limits white's chances for a counter attack and consolidates black's extra pawn into a winning advantage.

IMO, black had a good advantage by move 12, which he leveraged into a winning position by move 29.

FAX
12-02-2011, 01:07 AM
Well, since you put it that way ...

FAX

Pawnmower
12-02-2011, 01:15 AM
Black then wins the doubled pawn on move 19.


Yep, this was the key IMO as well....it actually started (the combination to win the pawn) at blacks move 15

15...g5 --he pushed his pawn and forced the bishop to retreat, gaining an additional 'free move' with which he then pushed the same g pawn to g4, which makes the knight move away....the same knight that defended the doubled pawn....AND he got ANOTHER 'free move' to take the pawn...

I guess Naka thought a move like 15... g5 was too insane so didnt bother calculating it or something...g5 honestly is the kind of move i play a lot and get SMASHED...its an ugly looking move becauue it weakens the king so much, but Magnus knows what he is doing and exchanged down perfectly

but i do like your analysis cdcox....very good!

cdcox
12-02-2011, 01:16 AM
I thought I had established a decent position by post 111, but FAX unleashed devastating counter attack on post 112 leaving my position untenable.

FAX
12-02-2011, 01:17 AM
What exactly are you guys referring to when you use the term "double pawn"?

FAX

cdcox
12-02-2011, 01:21 AM
Yep, this was the key IMO as well....it actually started (the combination to win the pawn) at blacks move 15

15...g5 --he pushed his pawn and forced the bishop to retreat, gaining an additional 'free move' with which he then pushed the same g pawn to g4, which makes the knight move away....the same knight that defended the doubled pawn....AND he got ANOTHER 'free move' to take the pawn...

I guess Naka thought a move like 15... g5 was too insane so didnt bother calculating it or something...g5 honestly is the kind of move i play a lot and get SMASHED...its an ugly looking move becauue it weakens the king so much, but Magnus knows what he is doing and exchanged down perfectly

but i do like your analysis cdcox....very good!

yeah, ...g5 seems to be the winning move. The doubled pawn was a PIA, but not a fatal flaw.

Pawnmower
12-02-2011, 01:23 AM
What exactly are you guys referring to when you use the term "double pawn"?

FAX

in the beginning of the game , each pawn is on its own 'file' (letters a-h)....if someone ever makes a capture (you or your opponent) that makes it such that there are two of your pawns on any file...that is a doubled pawn. 3 of your pawns on one file is tripled pawns.

In general doubled pawns are a weakness as they cannot defend each other. There are (unfortunately) exceptions, but not in too many cases...

tripled pawns suck ass and are weak as hell (almost never seen in grandmaster chess theyre so bad)

a goal in chess can simply be to double your opponents pawns and attack the weak ones that cant defend each other to try and win a pawn or two.

FAX
12-02-2011, 01:24 AM
in the beginning of the game , each pawn is on its own 'file' (letters a-h)....if someone ever makes a capture (you or your opponent) that makes it such that there are two of your pawns on any file...that is a doubled pawn. 3 of your pawns on one file is tripled pawns.

In general doubled pawns are a weakness as they cannot defend each other. There are (unfortunately) exceptions, but not in too many cases...

a goal in chess can simply be to double your opponents pawns and attack the weak ones that cant defend each other to try and win a pawn or two.

Ah ... I get it.

Thanks, again.

FAX

cdcox
12-02-2011, 01:27 AM
What exactly are you guys referring to when you use the term "double pawn"?

FAX

At the end of white move 12, he has two pawns on the E file (lined up with the King). This is a structural weakness. It is kind of subtle, but at the Grandmaster level these tiny weaknesses can win the game.

Pawnmower
12-02-2011, 01:29 AM
Ah ... I get it.

Thanks, again.

FAX

any time!

i mostly talk to myself in here LOL...so its great to have you both in here....

. you guys both seem like natually good players!! hopefully you share one of your games in here sometime

FAX
12-02-2011, 01:32 AM
At the end of white move 12, he has two pawns on the E file (lined up with the King). This is a structural weakness. It is kind of subtle, but at the Grandmaster level these tiny weaknesses can win the game.

Yeah ... I just walked through the game again and saw that. It appeared to be part of Black's initial trap or bait into engagement.

There's another move that doesn't make sense to me, by the way ... it's move #30 or so. Black could take the Bishop with his Castle, but chose not to. He would have lost the Castle to the Pawn, but would still have White outnumbered. I'm sure there's a strategy there that I don't understand.

FAX

Pawnmower
12-02-2011, 01:33 AM
At the end of white move 12, he has two pawns on the E file (lined up with the King). This is a structural weakness. It is kind of subtle, but at the Grandmaster level these tiny weaknesses can win the game.

absolutely...even in the club level one of the 1st things you learn NOT to do all the time (well, after learning not to give away pieces) is to not allow your pawns to be doubled if at all possible or at least for no compensation....sometimes there can be sufficient compensation, especially for non-masters like you pointed out...

FAX
12-02-2011, 01:34 AM
Ah ... I know. It was the point deal, right?

The Castle is worth more than the Bishop?

FAX

Pawnmower
12-02-2011, 01:38 AM
Ah ... I know. It was the point deal, right?

The Castle is worth more than the Bishop?

FAX

yah...1.5 more (3 versus 4.5).......

thats called "winning the exchange" (or if youre on the bad end, losing the exchange, or sacrificing the ecxhange) and generally you dont do it unless you can also win a pawn or two and a nice attack

(like you win a bishop + a pawn = 4.0, but give a rook 4.5 to win a 'spiritual' or dynamic energy like an initiative, free moves, important squares/files/diagonals attack...etc...) so the -.5 material might be worth it if you win more than .5 in your 'spiritual' warrior quest.


ps

if you won your opponents rook for a knight or bishop, that +1.5 is enough to give you a huge if not winning advantage for the rest of the game!

pss

some people also value the rook at 5!!!

cdcox
12-02-2011, 01:38 AM
Yeah ... I just walked through the game again and saw that. It appeared to be part of Black's initial trap or bait into engagement.

There's another move that doesn't make sense to me, by the way ... it's move #30 or so. Black could take the Bishop with his Castle, but chose not to. He would have lost the Castle to the Pawn, but would still have White outnumbered. I'm sure there's a strategy there that I don't understand.

FAX

As Pawnmower pointed out there is a relative ranking of pieces:

Q 9
Rook 5
B 3+
N 3-
P 1

So trading a rook (worth 5 points) for a bishop (worth 3 points) is a bad deal (generally, but not always).

Pawnmower
12-02-2011, 01:56 AM
well if you gents have any spare time or feel like it, feel free to make a chess.com account....post your handle here in this thread....join the CP chess team, and if you play any games i can try and look at them or we can look at each others games and help each other!

FAX
12-02-2011, 02:23 AM
I'm unaccustomed to the point thing, I must admit. I play for blood, not points. This will take some getting used to.

Anyhow, I originally thought that the Castle would be better in that situation than the Bishop on account of the fact that they were getting near the end and most of the pieces were off the board. In a deal like that, the Bishop could only move around on the light-colored squares allowing the enemy King to evade destruction more easily. Whereas, the Castle has no such restriction in terms of squares and could, in a fit of mindless rage, jam himself right up the enemy King's patoot.

I guess I keep thinking in terms of CheckMate ... not points, though. However, there's a part of me that clings to the notion that points are for pussies and the objective should be to kill the enemy King right in front of all the other pieces including his Pawns and his Queen and his Bishops and his Knights and make them all cwy wike a wittow girl.

FAX

mcan
12-02-2011, 03:27 AM
I used to be on worldchessnetwork back in the day. Been about a decade+ since I've attempted to play. I think my max rating on that site was around 1500. I'm not even the best player among my friends though, so... basically I suck. Pretty sure I'm not even thinking about the game the way actual players do. When I read chess books, I want to pull my hair out.

Pawnmower
12-02-2011, 12:26 PM
I used to be on worldchessnetwork back in the day. Been about a decade+ since I've attempted to play. I think my max rating on that site was around 1500. I'm not even the best player among my friends though, so... basically I suck. Pretty sure I'm not even thinking about the game the way actual players do. When I read chess books, I want to pull my hair out.

ha ha ... well...one thing i promise you is if you make a chesstempo & a chess.com account and do even a little practice, you will be able to crush at least some of those friends in a couple months.....if you ever need any help, you can post the tempo problem id# here or post your game from chess.com here and we can all try and help each other get better!

Pawnmower
12-02-2011, 12:30 PM
I'm unaccustomed to the point thing, I must admit. I play for blood, not points. This will take some getting used to.

Anyhow, I originally thought that the Castle would be better in that situation than the Bishop on account of the fact that they were getting near the end and most of the pieces were off the board.

I guess I must have misunderstood your question, because you are totally correct...the rook (castle) is worth 4.5 points (or 5 if you prefer) while the bishop is worth 3 or 3.25 in general......now of course the point values are not set in stone, so common sense (like what you said above) applies.....but once the rook comes out, most pieces off the board...I'd say the value is 5. Whereas the bishop is closer to 3.

I didnt see the position where a player couldve taken the rook with a bishop but refused to do so.

Also, fyi , 'castle' in chess is that special move where you swap your king and rook.....Rook is the name of the piece....just to avoid confusion.

Pawnmower
12-04-2011, 12:00 PM
Boris Becker (Tennis Star) 'throws out' the 1st move for Magnus in thr 2011 London Classic.
http://files.chesscomfiles.com/images_users/tiny_mce/SonofPearl/Boris%20Becker_Magnus_Carlsen_LCC2011_Rd1.jpg

Magnus goes on to win easily against David Howell in the 1st round, to take the lead:

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Pretty clean game, magnus disrupts the pawn structure of his opponent, then sees an opportunity to go for the jugular.

USA's top rated player, Naka, got a draw against none other than Vladamir Kramnik! Pretty good start for my favorite player right now:

http://files.chesscomfiles.com/images_users/tiny_mce/SonofPearl/Hikaru%20Nakamura_LCC2011_Rd1.jpg

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More to come...

Pawnmower
12-06-2011, 06:35 PM
USA's top rated player (Naka) took down the world Champ to move into a tie for 1st place at the London Chess Classic!!!! USA , USA, USA! ! !

http://files.chesscomfiles.com/images_users/tiny_mce/SonofPearl/Vishy_Anand_Hikaru_Nakamura_LCC2011_Rd4.jpg

Here is the game, press "FLIP" to enjoy the game from Naka's perspective (black at bottom).

I haven't looked at the game much but Anand (world champ) resigned in the final position, I'll have to peek at it later to figure it out....gotta rush off.



Here is the scorecard for the tournament so far:

Name Rating Played / Score (3 points per WIN, 1 point per DRAW , 0 for a loss)

Luke McShane 2671 4 / 8
Magnus Carlsen 2826 4 / 8
Hikaru Nakamura 2758 4 / 7
Vladimir Kramnik 2800 3 / 5
Lev Aronian 2802 3 / 4
Nigel Short 2698 3 / 3
Vishy Anand 2811 3 / 2
David Howell 2633 4 / 2
Michael Adams 2734 4 / 2

Extra Point
12-06-2011, 07:23 PM
Boris Becker (Tennis Star) 'throws out' the 1st move for Magnus in thr 2011 London Classic.
http://files.chesscomfiles.com/images_users/tiny_mce/SonofPearl/Boris%20Becker_Magnus_Carlsen_LCC2011_Rd1.jpg

Magnus goes on to win easily against David Howell in the 1st round, to take the lead:

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Pretty clean game, magnus disrupts the pawn structure of his opponent, then sees an opportunity to go for the jugular.

USA's top rated player, Naka, got a draw against none other than Vladamir Kramnik! Pretty good start for my favorite player right now:

http://files.chesscomfiles.com/images_users/tiny_mce/SonofPearl/Hikaru%20Nakamura_LCC2011_Rd1.jpg

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More to come...

White let the game go!

That's the last time Boris Becker gets a kitchen pass!

(No homo!)

otherstar
12-06-2011, 08:28 PM
White let the game go!

That's the last time Boris Becker gets a kitchen pass!

(No homo!)

Why did White let that game go and settle for the draw??? My gut is telling me that there is a win there for White, it would take precise play, but that is not a lost position. Though White could have taken the draw because he didn't need a whole point and a half-point would do (in the standings).

Pawnmower
12-06-2011, 11:48 PM
Why did White let that game go and settle for the draw??? My gut is telling me that there is a win there for White, it would take precise play, but that is not a lost position. Though White could have taken the draw because he didn't need a whole point and a half-point would do (in the standings).

hmmm actually it is a difference of 2 points in this tourney , theyre playing 'anti draw' (3 points for the wins, 1 point for the draw)....maybe it had something to do with time trouble (naka is pretty fast!)? clearly white has the advantage, we all agree.....but that isnt enough sometimes...Kramnik nor nakamura would allow a draw in a won position....so it is probably some kind of theoretical draw i am guessing.....or time trouble

and what is funny is because naka pulled this draw out earlier as black, it makes the win against Anand that much better! Naka just might win the whole thing!

USA!!!!!

Pawnmower
12-08-2011, 05:36 PM
USA takes the lead in the London Chess Classic Tourney!!!

The lone player from the USA (Nakamura the Beast) got a win against one of England's Grandmasters (David Howell) to take the lead in the tournament.

http://files.chesscomfiles.com/images_users/tiny_mce/SonofPearl/Hikaru_Nakamura_David_Howell_LCC2011_Rd5.jpg

Nakamura pretty much rolled over Howell with some nice little tactics to win a couple of pawns, and then the game:

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Name Elo Games Played/Tourney Score
Hikaru Nakamura 2758 5 / 10
Magnus Carlsen 2826 5 / 9
Luke McShane 2671 4 / 8
Vladimir Kramnik 2800 4 / 8
Lev Aronian 2802 4 /5
Vishy Anand 2811 4 /5
Nigel Short 2698 4 /3
Michael Adams 2734 5 / 2
David Howell 2633 5 / 2


Naka has only a 1 point lead over Magnus........

Tomorrow Naka will take the black pieces against English Grandmaster Luke McShane.

Magnus will have the day off, so I think he will only play one more game...Anyhow, if naka gets a win tomorrow against McShane, it could be enough to win the tournament! Pretty exciting for Naka to win such a prestigious tournament with the World Champion (Anand), and Strongest Player in the world (Magnus) and also Kramnik......and the Englishmen are no slouches either.....great stuff!!!!

USA USA USA USA!!!!!!!

Pawnmower
12-12-2011, 07:50 PM
Got a PM from soemone interested in chess....1)PM's have a word limit and 2) I think too that the answer may benefit more than just one person so here it goes:


I'm probably going to get a full diamond membership on chess.com. I want the unlimited tactics trainer. I discovered that when I was playing the computer at chess at low level difficulty settings, all I was doing was learning the computers tendencies.

Is there any site or program online where I can use a board to read off chess notation that I see in chess books? Also what chess books would you recommend for a novice like myself? A buddy of mine swears by "Reassess your chess"


Do not buy membership for unlimited tacitcs trainer.

1) Start a free membership at www.chesstempo.com and use it for tactics, and use chess.com for games. The chesstempo tactics trainer is far superior anyhow..as you can to an UNTIMED mode! Anyhow no need to spend money just yet...and if you do, I would possibly advise spending it on something else...(or possibly not).

2) you can use chess.com or chesstempo.com to do what you want to in regards to reading / playing out of books......mostly....or you can use one of many chess programs......this is a tricky thing.....so what you might try is using the 'analysis board' on chess.com and seeing if that free board does enough for your needs. When you progress further you may (or may not) want something more than that....or you may want something more sooner....Try the analysis board on chess.com and let me know if you think that will work for you..if not I can make other recommendations.

The books that really helped me in the very beginning were:

1) Bobby Fischer teaches chess. I frigging love this book and would recommend this to anyone. Its like a little work book..it starts pretty basic but works its way up to some good tactics by the end. Buy this book to make sure you are on a good foundation and then give it away to someone when you finish it. Its great bathroom reading because it has so many puzzles.....Keep it by the shitter and read it over and over.

2) Weapons of Chess by Pandolfini. Really the only book by him I have liked, but this book explains the tactics and some of the basic concepts of chess in a very logical way, using words and not chess notation.

3) The Genesis of Power Chess by Ault. This book, more than any other helped me go from about 800 rating to 1300 or 1400. Its a bit pricey, but get a used copy for 20 bucks on amazon. It starts off sort of where my 1st recommendation starts but goes SO FAR advanced and takes you tehre step by step. This book is absolutely a must have for a beginner IMO.

4) A guide to chess Improvement by Heisman. Dan Heisman - no nonsense stuff and a roadmap to help you get better.


5)SOme problem books / tactics books....for when you arent on chesstempo.....Personally I find myself with Lev' Alburts pocket book or ray Cheng's 600 problem book. Those two are the best


6) after you have purchased 1-5 and feel you are ready, youll need an endgame book. I like Sillman's endgame course the best.

7) Reassess your chess would probably be about #7. This book did help me, but it is more of an abstract kind of help....This book deals with 'imbalances' and strategic ideas like what do do with a a knight versus a bishop....how to handle an isolated pawn....etc....

8) MCO 15 or 16 or 17 or whatever the latest one is..Maybe I am old fashioned but I like looking up lines in the MCO, you can get them cheap in used book stores.

Right now, for most players your best best is to focus on tactics...buy the books in order, especially AUlt's book @ #3.

I think books 1,2,&3 will add hundreds of rating points to you,if you read through them systematically and take all the tests/puzzles in them sertiously. they did for me.

Pawnmower
12-13-2011, 04:48 PM
USA takes Second place in London Clasic Chess Tourney 8-(

Nakamura won his final game, (Against top English GM Adams) but Kramnik had pulled one point ahead in the previous round.....so USA finishes 1 measly point out of 1st place...

Congrats to Kramnik though!

http://files.chesscomfiles.com/images_users/tiny_mce/SonofPearl/Hikaru_Nakamura_Mickey_Adams_LCC2011_Rd9.jpg

And congrats to Nakamura for finishing second place in a STRONG world class tourney.

Not many other players of his strength have the balls to do what he did in the final round...

He plays the white side of my FAVORITE opening, The King's Gambit:

(White gives away a pawn in the beginning of the game to generate a dynamic, spiritual force)

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Black resigned as the pawn will queen with mate threats , unstoppable.
Even with this win he was 1 point out of 1st place....

Until the next Chess tourney....Pawnmower out.

Pawnmower
12-14-2011, 07:04 PM
Here is a link to the tourney results:

http://londonchessclassic.com/classic.standings.htm

Pawnmower
12-15-2011, 04:57 PM
Current Official Standings in Chess (by FIDE Rating)

http://i39.tinypic.com/2irsq4x.jpg

Pawnmower
02-17-2012, 08:30 PM
So there will be a show about chess on CBS on sunday night....check your local listings

Its about Carlsen . the world's best player currently.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7398968n&tag=contentMain;cbsCarousel

thurman merman
02-19-2012, 09:18 PM
Just watched the Magnus Carlsen clip on CBS. The way this guy's mind works is just phenomenal.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504803_162-57380913-10391709/a-chess-prodigy-explains-how-his-mind-works/?tag=contentMain;contentAux

Pawnmower
02-19-2012, 10:03 PM
Just watched the Magnus Carlsen clip on CBS. The way this guy's mind works is just phenomenal.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504803_162-57380913-10391709/a-chess-prodigy-explains-how-his-mind-works/?tag=contentMain;contentAux

Yah, he is amazing....it was a decent show, wish it was longer....lol

I'd like to see a show about nakamura...

Pawnmower
10-23-2012, 07:35 PM
Its been a while, but two of my favorite players from the USA got paired up in a great game at the US Championships:

White gives up a pawn EARLY in the game for a dynamic attack and being able to develop fast and go for a quick kill...the "Evans Gambit"

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Pawnmower
03-03-2013, 02:23 PM
Its been a bit, I wanted to share a nice corr. game I just finished.....I am playing the black pieces...Flip the board(click the little black/white yin yang circle in bottom left corner) to black on the bottom, to play through it with my perspective.....

I sacrificed a Rook (well tried to!) for a VICIOUS attack, he refused my sacrifice (he saw it led to his death)......for one move, then ended up taking the rook anyway a move later ......but I believe he was dead even if he didn't take the rook....BUT perhaps you can find a way to save white? ( White is OK for a while, in fact around move 11ish he might even be better off)

Heres the game:

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Pawnmower
03-16-2013, 06:16 PM
2013 World Championships

In chess, a 'match' is a series of games between two players.....a tournament is a series of games among many players...


The world championship is a match between the world champion, and a single opponent determined by tournaments culminating in a single 'super tournament' of the top possible players...This tournament is known as the 'candidates' tournament and the winner will go on to face Viswanathan Anand of India, the reigning champion...in a match to determine world champion.

The candidates tournament is underway now, and the favorite is a young man named Magnus Carlsen...if you havent heard of him, you will..(if he wins!)....


I'll update throughout the candidates tournament, until the winner emerges. I'll be following Carlsen, unless he chokes and another front runner emerges...Unfortunately no one from the USA made it to the candidates tourney.


Round 1

http://www.chess.com/news/candidates-tournament-round-1-7776 <--complete results


http://d1lalstwiwz2br.cloudfront.net/images_users/tiny_mce/SonofPearl/phpRms36o.jpeg


In round 1, Magnus earned a draw against Aronian, with the black pieces....a very nice accomplishment and a great start.

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Pawnmower
03-17-2013, 12:02 AM
Candidates,Round 2

Well, if you are a Magnus fan....round two was a disappointment as he failed to beat Kramnik with the white side.


Apparently kramnik drew the game quite easily......

Both Radjabov & Aronian (who drew Magnus in rd. 1 scored victories......so they go up on magnus by .5 point. (1 for a win, 1/2 for the draw)

Aronian's win was so clean and simple, i'll show it instead of the magnus draw:

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notice how simple every move is, (except the very pretty bh6+, hard to spot)....

ANd at the end his opponents king was trapped while his king roamed free gobbling one pawn, and there was nothing his opponent could do but resign or watch the king gobble like pac man

Pawnmower
03-19-2013, 06:26 PM
Candidates, round 3

see--->http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showpost.php?p=9506567&postcount=146 for explanation of what the candidates tourney is


Magnus won his game with the black pieces today! His opponent was Boris Gelfand...

http://d1lalstwiwz2br.cloudfront.net/images_users/tiny_mce/SonofPearl/phps9y4yS.jpeg

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he s now ties for second, and a 1/2 point out of 1st place


Name Fed Elo Pts
Levon Aronian ARM 2809 -----2
Peter Svidler RUS 2747 -----2
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872 -----2
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810 -----1
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764 -----1
Teimour Radjabov AZE 2793 -----1
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740 -----
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2757 -----