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  1. 06 Feb '12 00:59
    As most of you are still plodding about in the openings I have the
    first few wins and a couple of my games. (including me playing a Rook
    ending which is always good for a laugh.)

    Opening and closing each section and looking for games is right pain
    so if anyone spots something then PM me.

    I'm still on the lookout for any of you playing chess in strange places
    or your own carving/sculpture of a chess piece.

    Blog 4
  2. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    06 Feb '12 02:14
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    As most of you are still plodding about in the openings I have the
    first few wins and a couple of my games. (including me playing a Rook
    ending which is always good for a laugh.)

    Opening and closing each section and looking for games is right pain
    so if anyone spots something then PM me.

    I'm still on the lookout for any of you playing chess in strange places
    or your own carving/sculpture of a chess piece.

    Blog 4
    And I thought I was the only one that still had Harding's old Philidor book!
  3. Standard member TimmyBx
    TacticsTime.com
    06 Feb '12 03:08
    Catnip has inspired me to go for scholars mate on each and every game! That's awesome lol!
  4. Standard member Exuma
    Anansi
    06 Feb '12 06:34
    Originally posted by TimmyBx
    Catnip has inspired me to go for scholars mate on each and every game! That's awesome lol!
    Ha - i know! I had the same thought. Its not the Qh5 that gets em its the retreat to f3
  5. 06 Feb '12 11:04
    Catnap has undone 200 years of opening theory and it's principles.
    He has made the The Scotch, The Lopez, The Vienna, The King's Gmabit,
    The Bishop's Opening...etc all defunct.


    White best move in this position is 2.Qh5.

    Players are panicing when they see 2.Qh5.

    It is the catnap flap trap.
  6. 06 Feb '12 11:22
    Just out of interest, did Catnap do the flap trap in all their openings in the 2012 championship, and how is it faring against Nf6 instead of g7?
  7. Standard member gambit05
    Mad Murdock
    06 Feb '12 11:56
    Nakamura has played that:




    http://www.thechessdrum.net/palview2/nakamura-sasikiran.htm
  8. 06 Feb '12 12:29
    "in the main variation after 1. e2-e4 e7-e5 2. Qd1-h5 Nb8-c6 3. Bf1-c4
    g7-g6 4. Qh5-f3 Ng8-f6 5. Ng1-e2 (instead of Jake's 5. Qb3?)
    White is not worse, according to Kramnik" http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hans48.txt

    Parham plays 2. Qh5 against everything http://www.thechessdrum.net/talkingdrum/TheMatrix/
  9. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    06 Feb '12 13:04
    Originally posted by Stamp
    "in the main variation after 1. e2-e4 e7-e5 2. Qd1-h5 Nb8-c6 3. Bf1-c4
    g7-g6 4. Qh5-f3 Ng8-f6 5. Ng1-e2 (instead of Jake's 5. Qb3?)
    White is not worse, according to Kramnik" http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hans48.txt

    Parham plays 2. Qh5 against everything http://www.thechessdrum.net/talkingdrum/TheMatrix/
    Very enlightening! GP's joking aside, openings that are out of favor are often not as bad as the club kibitzers like to claim.

    Items like this make me rethink my opinions about things- staleness hampers growth.
  10. 06 Feb '12 13:48
    I still think 2.Nf6 is a good try in this postion.


    The gambit needs a name.

    Here is the game I posted last time this opening was discussed.


    faffie (1701) - Ziguratti (1369) RHP 2009

  11. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    06 Feb '12 15:15 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    I still think 2.Nf6 is a good try in this postion.

    [fen]rnbqkb1r/pppp1ppp/5n2/4p2Q/4P3/8/PPPP1PPP/RNB1KBNR w KQkq - 0 3[/fen]
    The gambit needs a name.

    Here is the game I posted last time this opening was discussed.


    [b]faffie (1701) - Ziguratti (1369) RHP 2009


    [pgn]
    1. e4 e5 2. Qh5 Nf6 3. Qxe5+ Be7 4. Bc4 {White knows he is lagging in ...[text shortened]... 2 Nxe4+ {Gotcha! The White Queen leaves the board in tears. Good game. A perfect example.}[/pgn][/b]
    At move 6 you stated "Though the threat is easily spotted White has to defend against it."

    This is a very powerful point, akin to the Tartakower quote about a threat being stronger than it's execution" (side note- excellent article about this quote from Edward Winter at this link: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/nimzowitsch.html )

    Very often the obvious goal of the threat is prevented, but the attacker gets compensation based on the way the defender has to compromise something else.

    When one leak is plugged, another one appears elsewhere.

    I know there are times where I have dismissed a move because the threat seemed too superficial and easily defended, but later learned that it was only my analysis that was superficial, and that there would have been more to the move if I had looked a little deeper.
  12. Standard member chessicle
    The Chessicle
    06 Feb '12 16:42
    24 Kd2?? - appalling move! Even blitzing, one shouldn't play like that.

    I quite like the endgame. Not that I claim to be any good at it.
  13. 07 Feb '12 04:13
    Originally posted by chessicle
    24 Kd2?? - appalling move! Even blitzing, one shouldn't play like that.
    Ha! A Classic. What an asshead. I really am a class act.

    I know it was an awful move and I'm meant to be a good player.
    I cannot believe that I would play such a move. Even double blitzing.
    I know I don't give endings the study they deserve (because I rarely see them).
    But am I really that bad at endings?

    So I go back to the game and look at it again to let the awfulness of my move sink in.
    I go into my game archive file to play out the game.

    Guess What?

    I never played it!!

    I write my moves down in a note book, of course blitzing over a couple games
    I never bothered. After the game I wrote down the moves from memory
    (memory that's a laugh.) and I used my note book to score up the game in the blog.
    So after the mini-blitz had finished.

    We started round about here about here.



    And I know we finished here.



    I had looked at other game and worked out the win.
    I then set up this game on the board and I filled in the moves.
    Infact if you look at the game in the blog from moves 23-29 you can see
    I am heading for that 2nd diagram. I sat here looking at it long enough
    waiting for him to move that's when I realised I should never have let him
    get an active Rook.

    Here is what really happened in the game.



    Now what do I do?
    Do I correct the blog or let it stand as a testiment to me being an idiot?
    And what about the Cricket lad. He must have seen the blog as well and realised
    (or not) some of the moves were 'funny'.

    What a clown. What you get is me warts and all.
    Check everything. Chandlerism's (a word banded about with great frequency
    amongst my friends.) are everywhere.
  14. 08 Feb '12 20:47
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Catnap has undone 200 years of opening theory and it's principles.
    He has made the The Scotch, The Lopez, The Vienna, The King's Gmabit,
    The Bishop's Opening...etc all defunct.

    [fen]rnbqkbnr/pppp1ppp/8/4p3/4P3/8/PPPP1PPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq e6 0 2[/fen]
    White best move in this position is 2.Qh5.

    Players are panicing when they see 2.Qh5.

    It is the catnap flap trap.
    ...and they just keep on doing it, though this time with an added twist lol

    Game 9058056
  15. 08 Feb '12 21:12
    First h7 bishop sacrifice.

    Game 9040997