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  1. 19 Feb '18 20:52 / 1 edit

    I mentioned my blog. about a slight character flaw I posses,
    (my team mates say is a huge character flaw) in that I cannot
    seem to avoid setting a trap often at the determent of my position.

    All I can say in my defence (not that I think I need defending)
    is that I enjoy it and sometimes....I say sometimes...it comes off.

    This is one that did not but it it’s too pretty to have only seen
    the light of day on my chessboard. It has that many holes in it
    you could drive a school bus, a tank and a 10 ton truck though it.

    Here is where I began plotting (I’m Black and I’m to move)

    Marko Krale - greenpawn

    White has just played Nb6-a4 and heading for c5. Here is the mainline


    Now a look at what happened.


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  2. Subscriber mchill
    Independent
    19 Feb '18 22:47
    Originally posted by @greenpawn34
    [b][center]
    I mentioned my blog. about a slight character flaw I posses,
    (my team mates say is a huge character flaw) in that I cannot
    seem to avoid setting a trap often at the determent of my position.

    All I can say in my defence (not that I think I need defending)
    is that I enjoy it and sometimes....I say sometimes...it comes off.

    This is on ...[text shortened]... looking at the consequences.} 15... Qxg3+ {Mate next move. White resigned.} [/pgn][center]
    [/b]
    Well, your trap seemed to have worked out pretty well. Are you saying you start these attacks with a vague idea if they'll succeed? If so, maybe it's a flaw, if you've calculated everything through to mate, I'd say it's your teammates that have the flaw.
  3. 20 Feb '18 00:59
    Hi mchill,

    I did not calculate that out. I 'smelt' something was there.
    (this nudge you get when know something is on - be it sound or unsound
    will come with experience. Weaker players actually think more than stronger players
    because stronger players know when a deep think is needed)

    I did not sit there and calculate it was one of them positions that needed
    me and a board to start messing about with.

    I soon discovered that there nothing forced on but hit upon a few pretty lines
    including that one that was worth a loss just to see if it happened. (here the 'wait
    with the bait' is the thrill of it all...will he fall for it or won't he?

    Ask any gambler.
    I not the pleasure in winning the bet...it the thrill of actually placing the bet which is the drug.

    If I lose....I lose...you have to be prepared to accept that this chasing
    Mona Lisa's approach will needlessly lose a few games but sometimes
    the stunt works. On other occasions you find you are right your combo is spot on.

    Defending is the less experienced players weak spot.
    They miss threats or see threats which are not there.

    Just today Game 12588169 a player resigned v me
    in a position I would gladly have and expect to win.


    White resigned!
  4. Subscriber thaughbaer
    Duckfinder General
    20 Feb '18 09:07
    Originally posted by @greenpawn34

    White resigned!
    I suspect because he didn't calculate beyond the loss of his queen. It's much more fun to have open attacking positions. Although I don't play much here at the moment.. sometimes.. to my embarrassment in this thread.. I have thought "what would GP do ?". Goddammit you've even got me playing the Danish in one game.
  5. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    20 Feb '18 11:35
    White was resourceful giving up the Queen. Good game
  6. 20 Feb '18 13:31
    Yes I got myself into a holy mess that game.



    I grumbled like a bear with a sore head playing Bc8 here (to stop Qd5+ and Qxb7)
    I toyed with idea of Bg6 and if Qd5+ Qxb7 then Be8 and Bc6 which wins the Queen
    if takes the Rook. but that just looked great for him. I was very lucky here.
  7. Subscriber mchill
    Independent
    20 Feb '18 15:30
    Originally posted by @greenpawn34
    Hi mchill,

    I did not calculate that out. I 'smelt' something was there.
    (this nudge you get when know something is on - be it sound or unsound
    will come with experience. Weaker players actually think more than stronger players
    because stronger players know when a deep think is needed)

    I did not sit there and calculate it was one of them positio ...[text shortened]... pect to win.

    [fen]5r1k/1p4p1/6rp/8/2PRP1q1/1N2Q3/PP3PKP/5R2 w - - 0 27[/fen]
    White resigned!
    JMHO - I don't think this is a flaw at all. I've read material from GM's and IM's who say similar things, and suspect the instinct you have for winning lines comes from pattern recognition, and this is a result of years of experience and study. Don't worry about this "flaw" of yours my friend, it reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

    Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

    -Steve Jobs
    1955-2011
  8. 20 Feb '18 17:30
    If my 1...b6 worked and was 100% sound then I take the genius title.

    But I was fully aware it and the whole concept was unsound and yet I played it.

    Let us stick to chess when using quotes.

    "Wilfully playing an opening in which you know you should be worse with
    best play is tantamount to walking around with a culpable character defect."

    Jonathan Rowson, pager 38. 'Chess for Tigers."

    Although not an opening move, my 1...b6 move fits that description.
  9. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    21 Feb '18 08:58
    Originally posted by @mchill
    JMHO - I don't think this is a flaw at all. I've read material from GM's and IM's who say similar things, and suspect the instinct you have for winning lines comes from pattern recognition, and this is a result of years of experience and study. Don't worry about this "flaw" of yours my friend, it reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

    Here's to the craz ...[text shortened]... enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

    -Steve Jobs
    1955-2011
    I agree to a point. IMO, the strongest players see these lines, but the strongest have the self control to turn them down when a simpler advantage is possible.
  10. 21 Feb '18 21:39
    Beware of gp bearing gifts.
  11. Standard member Gambrel
    BoomShaLakLakBoom
    24 Feb '18 15:42
    My biggest flaw in chess and life is I crave adventure and excitement. I can play boring positional games, but prefer to either attack or defend in exciting tactical wars.