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  1. 24 Sep '10 04:11 / 3 edits
    That should make it easy.

    Here's a nice 3 minute game:

  2. 24 Sep '10 08:25
    16. Bf6 wins the rook?
  3. 24 Sep '10 08:50 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Uries
    16. Bf6 wins the rook?
    Indeed! I wasn't trying to win material at that point. I was trying to slip in 0-0-0 and Rd4-Rf4. When he played Bc5 and killed my rook swing idea, I decided to go on and trap the rook. After Bc5, he could save the rook with Kf8 and Rg8. When I did play Bf6, it kept his king from running to f8. Rh4 was an alternative. The problem is that when I do trade the bishop for the rook, his king can be pretty safe on h8. That's why I hesitated at first. His king is on a dark square, and he has pretty good control. In the end, I only flushed him out with a piece sacrifice.
    In other words, I didn't play just to win the rook (although it does in fact win in the long term) because it would kill my strategic plans of an attack on the king.

    Edit: If that doesn't make a lot of sense, forgive me. It's 4 AM and way past my bedtime. 🙂
  4. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    24 Sep '10 10:42
    Originally posted by paulbuchmanfromfics
    That should make it easy.

    Here's a nice 3 minute game:

    [pgn][Event "ICS unrated blitz match"]
    [Site "freechess.org"]
    [Date "2010.09.23"]
    [Round "-"]
    [White "paulbuchman"]
    [Black "GuestCVJG"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [WhiteElo "2074"]
    [BlackElo "0"]
    [TimeControl "180"]

    1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 {After 2. ... Nf6 3.e4 with a Blackmar-Diemer or Hubsch} ...[text shortened]... on g7.} Rf8 29.Rxg8+ Kh7 30.Qg7#
    {GuestCVJG checkmated} 1-0 [/pgn]
    Thats damn good for 3 mins with no increments!
  5. 24 Sep '10 10:47
    Originally posted by wolfgang59
    Thats damn good for 3 mins with no increments!
    Thanks!

    Now it's almost 6 AM, and I still can't sleep!
    Luckily, youtube is keeping me entertained until I pass out.
    🙂
  6. 24 Sep '10 19:38 / 3 edits
    Here is one that I played really late last night/this morning. I was too tired to post it, but I've had a little sleep now.

    This one features a nice tactical trick, but I almost lost because I overlooked one shot in the middle of the tactics.
    The real nice part of this game is in the note to move 26.

    3 Minute Game

  7. 24 Sep '10 22:36
    There is no need to put in the title idiot x avoid or dullard y avoid, this is a chess forum simple as.
  8. 24 Sep '10 23:52
    Good games 😉
  9. 25 Sep '10 01:05
    Boo!
  10. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    25 Sep '10 07:20
    Originally posted by DivGradCurl
    Boo!
    I assume you feel you could beat all of these posters, blitz AND regular.
  11. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    25 Sep '10 07:24
    Originally posted by paulbuchmanfromfics
    Thanks!

    Now it's almost 6 AM, and I still can't sleep!
    Luckily, youtube is keeping me entertained until I pass out.
    🙂
    Do you have an OTB rating, USCF or club?
  12. 25 Sep '10 08:27 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Do you have an OTB rating, USCF or club?
    Yes and No ...

    I do have a low USCF rating, but it's mostly from before the year 2000. That was when I first started playing. I have only been to one rated tournament (2003) since then.

    Even that was seven years ago !

    All I can go by is my FICS, ICC, and RedHotPawn ratings.

    I nearly broke 2400 (2370) before my ICC account expired (this month).

    My handle was mississippimad.

    rating [need] win loss draw total best
    Bullet 2100 [8] 130 86 7 223 2100 (20-Apr-2010)
    Blitz 2369 [8] 95 63 16 174 2370 (19-May-2010)
    Standard 2265 [6] 1 0 0 1
    5-minute 2206 [8] 82 68 28 178 2206 (19-Oct-2009)
    1-minute 2202 [8] 611 572 88 1271 2202 (07-Oct-2009)
    15-minute 2167 [4] 4 0 3 7
    Chess960 1777 [8] 1 0 1 2

    Here's FICS

    rating RD win loss draw total best
    Blitz 2074 70.6 11451 5498 1276 18225 2100 (02-Mar-2009)
    Standard 2137 195.5 733 171 79 983 2168 (08-Jan-2007)
    Lightning 2200 91.0 6826 3018 491 10335 2200 (23-May-2010)


    Edit: I just looked up my USCF history.

    I played in 9 tournaments between 1998 and 2000, and 1 tournament in 2003.

    That's my entire OTB rated career, and the ratings are LOW. 🙂
  13. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    26 Sep '10 15:10
    Originally posted by paulbuchmanfromfics
    Yes and No ...

    I do have a low USCF rating, but it's mostly from before the year 2000. That was when I first started playing. I have only been to one rated tournament (2003) since then.

    Even that was seven years ago !

    All I can go by is my FICS, ICC, and RedHotPawn ratings.

    I nearly broke 2400 (2370) before my ICC account expired ...[text shortened]... nd 1 tournament in 2003.

    That's my entire OTB rated career, and the ratings are LOW. 🙂
    Not a bad record for sure! Do you lose your rating at ICC when it expires?
  14. 29 Sep '10 19:56
    I'm not sure. I think I have a few months to renew.
  15. 29 Sep '10 20:10 / 1 edit
    One of my last games was a Marshall attack in the Ruy Lopez.
    The theory was very long, but the play was interesting.

    The next game features an alternate route.
    Black tries to leave theory on move 3, and the surprise value turns out to be worth quite a bit.

    The funny thing is that the Marshall game didn't leave theory until move 18.
    This one ends in a mere 14.
    That's what is to be said for occasionally trying to leave the books.

    3 Minute Game