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  1. Standard member thesonofsaul
    King of the Ashes
    05 Dec '10 16:09
    When I go over this game my sense of pride swells up way too much. I usually try to figure out how I could have lost my won games as a learning exercise, and usually this is not very hard to do. I like this game too much, however, so I need the public of RHP to tear me down to size. In short, where did white mess up? How is this not a perfetc game?

  2. 05 Dec '10 16:30
    Nothing wrong with taking pride in a game well played. Your pieces were active and co-ordinated while the Black pieces just stood around and watched their King get mated. As far as humility, remember that this kind of victory (open lines and battery of Q+R hunting an exposed King) has been done thousands of times here at RHP, I even have a few myself. It might seem to some people a bit vain to splash it around the forums.
  3. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    05 Dec '10 16:48
    jolly good show ol' chap
  4. 05 Dec '10 16:51
    Playing through the game the moment Black played Bxc3 giving
    up his dark squared Bishop whilst yours was still on the board you
    just knew there was going to be tricks on the dark squares.

    Chess is not that rigid that you must never do this (Bxc3)
    but it does need very careful consideration.

    You cashed in well and spotted the critical shots.
  5. Standard member atticus2
    Frustrate the Bad
    05 Dec '10 17:15
    Black's ...e5 was no great idea. You have a Sicilian Maroczy Bind by transposition. In such positions, B must never concede d5 uncontested. In this game, d6 fell immediately - as it would inevitably anyway - and ...Bxc3 throws further fuel on the blazing wreckage of Black's dark squares. Thereafter White can pick his way to win
  6. 05 Dec '10 17:42 / 1 edit
    Who am I to shatter your dreams? It's the Perfect Game! Congrats!

    (I went back to throwing bits around on a real board - Now all moves look good to me. )
  7. 05 Dec '10 17:48
    Originally posted by Mad Rook
    Who am I to shatter your dreams? It's the [b]Perfect Game! Congrats!

    (I went back to throwing bits around on a real board - Now all moves look good to me. )[/b]
    I guess that solves that old question. White wins by force with perfect play, and the key move is 1. c4!!.
  8. 05 Dec '10 17:56
    Well played indeed! I don't understand answering the English with a Sicilian, but that's just me!
  9. Standard member Exuma
    Anansi
    05 Dec '10 20:06
    Yeah its a pretty nice game
  10. 05 Dec '10 20:11
    O....M..G.... you just solved chess
  11. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    05 Dec '10 20:31
    <throws gold coins in every direction>
  12. 05 Dec '10 21:04
    Originally posted by Mad Rook
    Who am I to shatter your dreams? It's the [b]Perfect Game! Congrats! [/b]
    Black didnt play all that well.

    But you played excellently and should be proud of yourself.
  13. 05 Dec '10 23:33
    Originally posted by scacchipazzo
    I don't understand answering the English with a Sicilian...
    When all you have is a dragon, everything starts looking like St. George.
  14. Standard member thesonofsaul
    King of the Ashes
    06 Dec '10 03:35
    Thank you for the praise, but honestly I wasn't fishing for it. I was only worried that my dominance of this game was blinding me toward poor play of my own. This is the sort of thing I think is very important to look for when studying a won game--it is much too easy to say, "wow I played great" and then basically forget about it. I have found in a grand majority of my wins moves and positions which should have lost me the game. Most games, it seems to me, are actually losses and can be studied that way if the point where the game is lost can be found. In this game I was having a hard time with this exercise. That's all! My hope was that someone would discover some horrible move that I got away with, or at least some improvement on the text.

    I do like that Maroczy Bind though. Transpositions are very fun!
  15. 06 Dec '10 03:44
    Originally posted by thesonofsaul
    Thank you for the praise, but honestly I wasn't fishing for it.
    A couple of us were using hyperbole, I think.