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  1. 14 May '13 01:50 / 1 edit
    I do have some nice games under my belt both OTB and on here.
    Although I think more of the OTB games as they were played within
    a few hours with warts and all.

    I do however have a nice handful of games on here which I am also pleased with.
    I have just added this to the best of my RHP games.

    The games here differ from OTB as usually we are playing multiple
    games at once (though in this case I had one game on the go, my opponent 40+)
    You also have plenty time (usually if you keep your game load low) to
    take it off the screen and throw the bits about in a full board.

    Also there are moods.
    I recall looking at the position before I sacced my Bishop (move 23).
    I was glad I was given a reason not look at anything else because I
    was not up for looking at anything else. I had been angling for 23…Ra3
    but no need to think about that anymore. I’m off the hook and can go
    and watch some TV.

    I’ve noted up the following game in full and you can see my reasons for my choice
    of moves. You will, if I have done it correctly, be able to see the moments
    I’ve had a wee think, played a few moves, look again then played another mini plan.
    You will also see none of my moves had in mind the finish that happened.

    We got here Black (me) to play.


    A lovely position to dive into. I set aside some time (got in the mood),
    set it on my board and looked forward to wringing out every trick I could muster

    You always look for forcing moves when solving puzzles and analysing in a game.
    When the forced moves are spent and if it does not end in mate then assess the
    position. If you don’t like it then try again.

    The very first line I looked at it went on and on and on and on
    as I was finding only moves for White.
    “he must do this…he must do this…..then he must do this..”
    The threats never end!

    It was like slowly opening a Christmas present.
    The more paper you took away the bigger the present got.

    Try it. Black to play. it’s a 10 move combination and as far as I can see
    White is forced into it.

    Luck?
    You betcha! I never saw the f3 idea until it was just appeared.
    I never saw how good that pawn on b4 was till it popped up about 6 moves later.
    (these are clues, but I’m sure a vast majority of you won’t need them).

    So off you go. Black to play.


    Just keeping checking or threatening things and open up the Christmas present.

    Here is the full game.

    scottmd64 - greenpawn34 RHP 2013

    I mention Bronstein. It was him more than anyone that turned me onto the King’s Indian.
    His ‘Chess Struggle in Practice.’ is a selection of good books within a book.
    Although he never did the bulk of the work. Vainstein did that.
    But you can see Bronstein’s comments all over the book especially when it comes to
    the King’s Indian positions.

  2. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    14 May '13 05:39
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    [b]I do have some nice games under my belt both OTB and on here.
    Although I think more of the OTB games as they were played within
    a few hours with warts and all.

    I do however have a nice handful of games on here which I am also pleased with.
    I have just added this to the best of my RHP games.

    The games here differ from OTB as usually we are pl ...[text shortened]... e scrapbook. I'd like to thank my opponent, scottmd64 for the game.}[/pgn]
    [/b]
    Very Good finish. After your 13...Ng4 move, my only thought of a reply was 14.Nf3. So when I clicked "Next" I was surprised to see the 14.f4 move. But at this point, I was not thinking deep and was playing though the game like I would be playing a blitz game and didn't even consider that move. What did you have in mind, if he had played 14.Nf3 instead, and what do you consider the best move for White for move 14?
  3. 14 May '13 10:41
    I was following this game (seeing as though we're still in the tournament together) and loved the build up play, well worth sharing πŸ™‚
  4. 14 May '13 17:07
    Hi Morgski

    I was wondering what happened to you.
    You are the lad who resigned when I offered a draw
    because I was not sure how to win it and should I even be trying to.
    (I wish everyone would do that.)

    Just checked, yes, it's you.
    It still looks drawn to me. I'd rather have your position than mine.

    You are also the lad who put me in wretched land in another game
    when I was trying to swing the game in a Exchange French.
    What kind of pathetic mood I was in when I made that decision God only knows.

    I thought we might have been in a play-off if tied in our section.
    (then it's off to the blitz screen, first to 6 wins...wins. The loser
    resigns both RHP games.)

    So you are still knocking about and following my games.
    I bet that scared you, did you see my 4 move win the Latvian?
    Well that is what is going to happen to you.

    Hi RJ.
    No Idea. Ng5 was played to encourage f4.
    Most of my Chess is played with a "I'll cross that bridge if it appears...
    let's see what happens first."


    Here, Blitz or OTB solo then most likely f5.
    if OTB team game I may not have gone for Ng5. (though it looks OK).
    After Nf3 in answer to Ng5, something sane.....hmmmmm....I like where
    everything is, Not moving the Knight till I see a weakening h3 and
    not sure where I want my Bishop...Be6.
    Another potential skewer on c4, I'd like that, back pocket skewers on c4 and f5.

    I'm having to bold my post because the font on this new layout,
    which is OK IMO, is fainter and thinner.

    Is it just me or are my eyes finally packing up after all the bad moves I've seen.

    Also the mini-boards in the diagrams are different, I must admit
    I did like the older ones.
  5. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    14 May '13 18:10 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    [b]Hi Morgski

    I was wondering what happened to you.
    You are the lad who resigned when I offered a draw
    because I was not sure how to win it and should I even be trying to.
    (I wish everyone would do that.)

    Just checked, yes, it's you.
    It still looks drawn to me. I'd rather have your position than mine.

    You are also the lad who put me in wre ini-boards in the diagrams are different, I must admit
    I did like the older ones.
    [/b]
    So I guess you do see 14.Nf3 as better than 14.f4 which looks like a mistake to me. I haven't bothered running it through my Houdini 3 Aquarium. I am not sure that I will, because it has been pointed out before, it gives no reason for the choice of moves. But it has a blunder feature that points out if a move is a blunder. So if 14.f4 comes up, then at least, I will know I was right on that.

    I can tell that you are a very good tactical chess player, but I am not sure that also translates into a good positional player. You seem to be saying you like Black's position after 14.Nf3, but don't seem to have a plan for your next move to prove Black's position is superior to White's position.

    I do enjoy your input to this forum, which seems more than you can say for mine. But keep it up, regardless of what I say. However, try to be a little less arrogant about it. Don't get me wrong, for I am not trying to start a fight with you. It is just my humble opinion.


    P.S. I like that the boards are slightly smaller. I seem to be able to fit the whole pgn board on my computer screen and also see the buttons below, which sometimes disappeared below the screen when comments were placed within the pgn moves.
  6. 14 May '13 21:01 / 3 edits
    Hi RJ.

    I'm not sure if f4 is a blunder as in this is the losing move.
    (when you run it through your wee box, who knows, it may suggest it's
    the best move!)
    Nf3 looks better as it puts me still at the fishing stage.
    f4 gave me things to do, weak diagonals to exploit etc...

    I always think I'm better when I'm not losing.
    I don't think I am losing here after Nf3.

    Positionally I claim the 3 pawns on b4,c4 and e4 are weak and the so
    are the squares behind them. I also have the a-file.
    Black is more compact, not cramped and free of targets.

    I tried to give you what I would play if Nf3 but it all depends
    on how I feel at the time, it must be the same with everyone on here.
    (unless they use a machine....not a dig)

    I think I would likely go for f5 because it appears to move things along.
    But I might go for Be6 because it passes the buck without doing anything
    serious. (f5 is a serious move.)

    There is the plan.
    Be6 passes the buck, the lad is playing 40 other guys, the TC for this game
    1 day per move. Pass the buck and wait for moves like f4. πŸ™‚

    I don't mind at all if you think I'm a bad positional player
    especially as there is no such thing as a positional player.

    Don't mix up combinative and strategic styles.

    You don't (or very rarely) spring combo's from inferior positions
    not matter how good you are at tactics.

    If I'm good at tactics and I win games with a strong tactical bent
    then I'm good at positional chess. Good in this case means my level,
    not too bad.

    Arrogant?
    You have never met me in real life, only by what you read in a post.

    Plenty of guys on here have met me, if they agree then so be it.

    I post how I play, in your face, I post how I speak.
    I post how I am. You get full deal, no half measures, I've nothing to hide.
    I'm honest, I do not hide behind an avatar and a false name.
    I'm Geoff Chandler, I am what I am.

    You too are out in the open name wise, I'll give you that.
    I don't dislike you, you are a chess player, I do read what you write
    on here (just in case you make another boo boo) πŸ™‚

    I don't want you banned, I don't know what else you will do.
    You are a chess player with an OTB history, you have sat and pushed
    pawns and you no doubt love the game.

    The place would be a bit quieter without you.
    Just keep that guff you post in the science and religious forum
    out of the chess forum. I know you enjoy winding them up and
    they bite everytime, but keep it there. That is all I ask.

    Edit:

    I've left the bold off, it seems better.
    I tell you what the trouble is, the faint small font is in the 'Post Preview.'
    I usually preview before I post and that is where the problem is.
  7. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    14 May '13 23:59
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Hi RJ.

    I'm not sure if f4 is a blunder as in this is the losing move.
    (when you run it through your wee box, who knows, it may suggest it's
    the best move!)
    Nf3 looks better as it puts me still at the fishing stage.
    f4 gave me things to do, weak diagonals to exploit etc...

    I always think I'm better when I'm not losing.
    I don't think I am los ...[text shortened]... eview.'
    I usually preview before I post and that is where the problem is.
    A nice decent post from you again. I hope we can keep it that way between both of us. Okay, I will not try to convert the atheists and evil-lutionists in the Chess Forum. Good luck with your games.

    The Instructor
  8. 15 May '13 15:18
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    [b]Hi Morgski

    I was wondering what happened to you.
    You are the lad who resigned when I offered a draw
    because I was not sure how to win it and should I even be trying to.
    (I wish everyone would do that.)

    Just checked, yes, it's you.
    It still looks drawn to me. I'd rather have your position than mine.

    You are also the lad who put me in wre ...[text shortened]... did you see my 4 move win the Latvian?
    Well that is what is going to happen to you.

    [/b]
    I did see the Latvian, it made me chuckle.
    Regarding the resignation, there were a couple of reasons why I did that. Firstly, I didn't feel that I had outplayed you over both games to warrant progressing at your expense, and I thought that you only offered a draw because of a dislike of endgames. Secondly, there are certain people here (e.g. velvetears, swissgambit etc.) who I enjoy playing whether it is win or lose, mainly because they are so out of book that the games are educational and enjoyable. Your blogs and other games suggest you are in the same bracket, but I felt that the two last games didn't live up to that. So, I took a chance of resigning you so that I might have a chance of some new games against you if I can get through the next group (btw, there is a fairly strong chance it will be a tied group, which means 3 of us in the final).
  9. 15 May '13 16:28 / 1 edit
    Hi Morgski.

    I've had some funny (but good) resignations.
    One in a drawish game because they liked the blog and posts!

    I've offered draws in a won endings because the games is over, I've won.
    They are not up for resigning and I've no need to practise my end game
    technique. πŸ™‚ So split the point and move on.

    Though our draw...here see if anyone else wants to comment.


    Black to play (me) offered a draw.

    I'm two pawns up but am tied down to a draughty King.
    If I go for it, (I think I might OTB, depends on the situation) one
    slight mini-blunder and White will be in, at best I'd drop a perpetual, at
    worse I'd get mated. I would not put money on me to play x amount of
    moves without a mini-blunder from this position.
    I'd set a glasshouse trap, I know I would.

    Yes my loss was grim, I never got out of the starting block
    I cannot pull tricks out the bag all the time and if I have other
    games on the go and one looks juicy, juicy, in this case I think it was
    the Beatlemania game which ended up in the blog.
    Then all the other games suffer and get shrug of the shoulders, see what
    happens next moves.

    I've met some good lads in this tournament, though when I entered
    I thought it was all play all and was looking forward to crushing skulls
    due to the one day TC.

    Ohforf was a good chatty lad, I screwed up a lovely game v him,
    I won it but it could have been better.
    He was also the poor lad who lost v The Latvian in 4 moves.
    I consoled him by telling him at least 6 other players have made the
    same mistake on here.

    So it might be you, me and luke myster.

    I've not look at the games you have v luke myster I'll just sit and wait.

    Just had a peek at him.
    I see he has 40+ games on the go plus 233 timeouts against him
    So he will be getting Traps 36 and 47. If he spots them Trap 98
    will do it.

    As for you....
    I'll play the most boring game you have ever seen.
    It will be so sad and boring you will dread seeing the 'games waiting'
    signal appearing in case it's me.

    During these stodgy games, which will last three years and still have all
    the pawns and pieces on the board after 115 moves, you will have to go
    to your doctor for anti-depressant pills.

    The misery will never end, your hair will fall out, you teeth will fall out,
    a huge hunch will appear on your back and.......hang on a minute I'm describing me.
  10. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    15 May '13 19:24 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Hi Morgski.

    I've had some funny (but good) resignations.
    One in a drawish game because they liked the blog and posts!

    I've offered draws in a won endings because the games is over, I've won.
    They are not up for resigning and I've no need to practise my end game
    technique. πŸ™‚ So split the point and move on.

    Though our draw...here see if anyon uge hunch will appear on your back and.......hang on a minute I'm describing me.
    Black should be able to win with 2 pawns up. However, it may not be easy. My first thought of a blitz move is Qg6.

    The Instructor
  11. 15 May '13 21:06 / 2 edits
    Sorry RJ.

    I've offered the draw so of course it is White to play.


    Even so, (giving Black two moves on the trot) after 1...Qg6 2.Rf5 and the Knight
    is pinned. I'd have to upin with a King move, the Rook (now undefended)
    and Knight have to stay on f7, I cannot get going.

    Give White the move then 1.Qh5 stops your Qg6 from doing what
    ever it was meant to be doing on g6. Probably stopping White from
    playing 1.Qh5.

    This is not a me position, I'd hate looking over my shoulder at my King
    every two or three moves. White's bits are active, look at mine, White
    can surely pick up a pawn or maybe two. That's what I saw anyway.

    If it was a tournament game with money on it and and a clock ticking
    I'd give it a go. Though I cannot see a winning plan.
  12. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    16 May '13 15:13
    Okay gp34,

    You are right, I did not see that rook move. I just took a quick look at it like I do with my OTB games now days. No wonder I am losing so much. I need to find a club that has time for some real chess and gives me the normal 40 moves in 2 hours for my games like they used to do.
  13. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    17 May '13 03:45 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Hi RJ.

    I'm not sure if f4 is a blunder as in this is the losing move.
    (when you run it through your wee box, who knows, it may suggest it's
    the best move!)
    Nf3 looks better as it puts me still at the fishing stage.
    f4 gave me things to do, weak diagonals to exploit etc...

    I always think I'm better when I'm not losing.
    I don't think I am los eview.'
    I usually preview before I post and that is where the problem is.
    I finally got around to putting your game through the Houdini 3 Aquarium "Blunder Check" and it sees 17.Nbd4 as the blunder for White.

    It gives 17.Nfd4 Re8 18.Rxb4 Bxd4 19.Qxd4 as the best continuation for White.
  14. 17 May '13 14:49
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    I finally got around to putting your game through the Houdini 3 Aquarium "Blunder Check" and it sees 17.Nbd4 as the blunder for White.

    It gives 17.Nfd4 Re8 18.Rxb4 Bxd4 19.Qxd4 as the best continuation for White.
    You're like a fun vampire, sucking the enjoyment out of any potential puzzle with an engine πŸ™
  15. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    17 May '13 15:26
    Originally posted by morgski
    You're like a fun vampire, sucking the enjoyment out of any potential puzzle with an engine πŸ™
    I thought I was doing everyone a favor. Sorry.