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  1. Subscriber kNIGHTHEADonline
    aka DEFIANT
    21 Jan '12 04:08
    Well, I don't really know how often one gets an opportunity to play in a simultaneous exhibition versus any grand master but I reserved my seat anyway.
    Alexei Shirov will be in Toronto Canada on the 27 February this year where we will first listen to one of his chess lectures and then play the simul games.
    I'm totally looking forward to it.
  2. 21 Jan '12 06:22
    Play 1.a4

    If nothing else he'll remember the dude who had the cheek to play it against him.
  3. 21 Jan '12 06:32
    Originally posted by Trev33
    Play 1.a4

    If nothing else he'll remember the dude who had the cheek to play it against him.
    How about f3 Kf2... its sounder than you'd first believe...

    Q
  4. Standard member hunterknox
    Hopeless romantic
    21 Jan '12 11:47
    Can I have your autograph?
  5. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    21 Jan '12 11:58
    Introduce yourself as Kasparov or ask him to sign your beginner's book (the latest Kasparov book)

    Good luck
  6. 21 Jan '12 13:01
    Play the adramforall creeping death opening

    Thread 103807

  7. 21 Jan '12 16:53
    Usually the player given the simul takes White (I always did) but it's not
    unknown for them to offer to play Black.

    The rules about passing should be explained before the start.
    I allowed 3 but some allow none.

    Often read reports about a certain English GM who if you did not move
    the moment hr appeared at the board then the pieces were pushed into the
    centre of the board. Game over - you lose.

    Don't play anything odd in the opening you will be playing right into his hands.
    As Black just hope he plays 1.e4 you do OK in that opening with your classical 1...e5.

    It's against 1.d4 you are having problems.

    You dabbled with 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nf6 for a while.


    But lost the majority of your games v 3.cxd5.

    Now you are relying on the QGA 1.d4 d2 2.c4 dxc4


    But are having a torrid time with it.

    Two examples of you as Black played late last year.

    Game 8742445 and Game 8702431 in both cases you get chewed up
    in 10 and 16 moves.

    Tactically you are OK when on the attack but defending and spotting shots
    against you, you need beefing up in that department.
    Your sense of danger is low.

    Though OTB when you are playing just one game giving it 100% concentration
    you may be different. I can only go on what I see here with your game load.

    Nothing wrong with the QGA if Black plays it correctly.
    Challenge, have a word with or look at the games of stephenwale User 53895
    He has over 100 games on the Black side of this opening.

    He often tries to hang onto the c4 pawn in the QGA and comes a cropper.
    Game 7162971

    Looks like a game of yours given above.
    So you learn from his mistakes rather than from your own games.

    Good Luck Mate. (get castled ASAP with either colour.)
    Get a picture taken of Shirov at your board then send me the pic and the game.
    I'll blog it.

    PS: book up on the QGA. You never know Shirov might read this post.
  8. 21 Jan '12 19:15 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Usually the player given the simul takes White (I always did) but it's not
    unknown for them to offer to play Black.

    The rules about passing should be explained before the start.
    I allowed 3 but some allow none.

    Often read reports about a certain English GM who if you did not move
    the moment hr appeared at the board then the pieces were pushed me.
    I'll blog it.

    PS: book up on the QGA. You never know Shirov might read this post.
    I played a 2600 rated player on ICC the other day, i dont think i lasted eighteen
    moves, in fact, it might have been eight moves, but here in lays the dilemma in my
    mind, for what is one to do against vastly superior opponents? its highly unlikely that
    one is likely to outplay them positionally, therefore, is it not so that ones best chance
    lays in some ultra sharp venture, against the Kings pawn play the Latvian Gambit and
    against the queen pawn, play the Albin counter gambit? in a sim it might just be that
    the master does not find the right continuation in such double edged positions. Chess
    greats such as Capa and Fischer have come unstuck in these ultra sharp positions, ok,
    Shirov might be a tactical genius, so maybe its not the best policy, i dunno, its a
    dilemma.
  9. 21 Jan '12 19:24
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    I played a 2600 rated player on ICC the other day, i dont think i lasted eighteen
    moves, in fact, it might have been eight moves, but here in lays the dilemma in my
    mind, for what is one to do against vastly superior opponents? its highly unlikely that
    one is likely to outplay them positionally, therefore, is it not so that ones best chance
    ...[text shortened]... t just be that
    the master does not find the right continuation in such double edged positions.
    If you know he is better tactically than you - why would you play into a tactically rich position?

    Mr. Pawn is right,
    You should just play what you know. Hopefully you know your openings and style better than he does (probably not the case anyway) but why play something you have 0 experience in? He'll have much more than 0 experience with just about everything.

    Don't play f3 and Kf2. That's a gag. He won't laugh.

    If you like the QGA then hop onto a database and start watching some drawn QGA's by good players (there are alot of them). Try to get an idea of whats happening. You'll see the ideas played by both sides. If you like being able to play Nf6 early, then maybe check out what happens with the classical defense, and accepting (transposing back to your comfort zone). Best of all, listen to Mr. Pawns and play your QGA.

    Q
  10. 21 Jan '12 20:14
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Usually the player given the simul takes White (I always did) but it's not
    unknown for them to offer to play Black.

    The rules about passing should be explained before the start.
    I allowed 3 but some allow none.

    Often read reports about a certain English GM who if you did not move
    the moment hr appeared at the board then the pieces were pushed ...[text shortened]... me.
    I'll blog it.

    PS: book up on the QGA. You never know Shirov might read this post.
    What passing rule?
  11. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    21 Jan '12 20:24 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    I played a 2600 rated player on ICC the other day, i dont think i lasted eighteen
    moves, in fact, it might have been eight moves, but here in lays the dilemma in my
    mind, for what is one to do against vastly superior opponents? its highly unlikely that
    one is likely to outplay them positionally, therefore, is it not so that ones best chance
    ...[text shortened]...
    Shirov might be a tactical genius, so maybe its not the best policy, i dunno, its a
    dilemma.
    Your only chance is that he make a big blunder, like knock over his king.
  12. 21 Jan '12 21:38
    Originally posted by PhySiQ
    If you know he is better tactically than you - why would you play into a tactically rich position?

    Mr. Pawn is right,
    You should just play what you know. Hopefully you know your openings and style better than he does (probably not the case anyway) but why play something you have 0 experience in? He'll have much more than 0 experience with just about eve ...[text shortened]... sing back to your comfort zone). Best of all, listen to Mr. Pawns and play your QGA.

    Q
    Because i also am aware that he is positionaly superior as well, it therfore appears to me that playing positions he understands better than me is akin to suicide, at least in tactically rich positions there is a chance that he might overlook something, it does happen you know. Iwas not questioning Gp's wisdom, it merely presented a kind of dilemna to my mind
  13. 21 Jan '12 21:39
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    Your only chance is that he make a big blunder, like knock over his king.
    Blitz room you chicken, buck buck, when you are ready
  14. Standard member Exuma
    Anansi
    21 Jan '12 21:48
    Cool! Enjoy it!
  15. Standard member nimzo5
    Ronin
    21 Jan '12 23:00
    You are allowed one pass- i.e. when Shirov comes to your board you can pass making him go back around.


    Good luck!