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  1. 31 Oct '09 17:12 / 3 edits
    A blunder in blitz.

    I was playing a well-known master from this site, who often posts in the forum, when I resigned in this position (I played whites):



    As he and others have pointed out, only much later I realized that I could have simply taken his knight with my Queen and be in a winning position. Why people miss these moves?
  2. 31 Oct '09 17:21 / 1 edit
    Nice trick
  3. Standard member clandarkfire
    Grammar Nazi
    31 Oct '09 17:26
    Is it just me, or did white resign a perfectly won position?
  4. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    31 Oct '09 17:37 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by clandarkfire
    Is it just me, or did white resign a perfectly won position?
    Never mind, 3rd edit explains it.

    Paul
  5. 31 Oct '09 17:54
    Originally posted by Pawn Rebellion
    Why people miss these moves?
    I think that the skill of identifying candidate moves is one of the most underestimated in players' chess training (as part of improving their calculation). Many players are so keen and willing to work on their openings, etc. but yet fundamental skills get taken for granted and don't receive enough focus.

    Maybe we need to play some slow games where a big effort is made to continually "look around" at all legal moves before becoming drawn in too much by a narrow subset. And keep practicising like this until we are being more openminded to other possibilities.
  6. 31 Oct '09 18:08
    Originally posted by Varenka
    I think that the skill of identifying candidate moves is one of the most underestimated in players' chess training (as part of improving their calculation). Many players are so keen and willing to work on their openings, etc. but yet fundamental skills get taken for granted and don't receive enough focus.

    Maybe we need to play some slow games where a big ...[text shortened]... And keep practicising like this until we are being more openminded to other possibilities.
    Thanks, you make an excellent point. I guess I will not be a great player, in blitz or correspondence, if I don't develop the ability to look at the board more broadly.

    :'(

    PR
  7. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    31 Oct '09 18:37
    Originally posted by Pawn Rebellion
    A blunder in blitz.

    I was playing a well-known master from this site, who often posts in the forum, when I resigned in this position (I played whites):

    [pgn][Event "RHP Blitz rated"] [Site "www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2009.10.31"] [Round "?"] [White "."] [Black "."] [Result "1-0"] 1. e2-e4 e7-e5 2. Ng1-f3 Nb8-c6 3. Bf1-c4 Ng8-f6 4. d2-d3 d7-d5 ...[text shortened]... is knight with my Queen and be in a winning position. Why people miss these moves?
    It was your turn to miss a move, since he had just missed 18...f3!
  8. 31 Oct '09 19:11 / 1 edit
    Now everyone is wondering who was Black... but in the other thread I was lecturing you that you shouldn't disclose such information
  9. Standard member orion25
    Art is hard
    31 Oct '09 19:32
    Originally posted by Varenka
    I think that the skill of identifying candidate moves is one of the most underestimated in players' chess training (as part of improving their calculation). Many players are so keen and willing to work on their openings, etc. but yet fundamental skills get taken for granted and don't receive enough focus.

    Maybe we need to play some slow games where a big ...[text shortened]... And keep practicising like this until we are being more openminded to other possibilities.
    yep, its from this ability that creativity rises. Absolutely essential for any player willing to play chess, not checkers.
  10. 31 Oct '09 19:45 / 1 edit
    what a blitz, in two moves, both player made in total, 4 blunders.....
    Incredible,
  11. 31 Oct '09 19:50
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    It was your turn to miss a move, since he had just missed 18...f3!
    Sorry, but I do not know what you mean by that... Did I miss something?
  12. 31 Oct '09 19:53 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by heinzkat
    Now everyone is wondering who was Black... but in the other thread I was lecturing you that you shouldn't disclose such information
    Aha !!


    I never included the names of my adversaries in my postings. But only recently I learned how to delete the names of players from the pgn codes.
  13. 31 Oct '09 19:58
    WOw, double post in 3 minutes


    how good.

    You must be a great blizter....


    Don't worry, you'll beat them all.

    Onward I say.
  14. 31 Oct '09 20:12 / 1 edit
    Hi PR.

    When I realsied it was you who had picked up my challenge I toyed with
    the idea of allowing you a quick mate just to be famous in a thread.

    I realised right away my Nf3+ was a blunder and whilst wating for you to
    take my Knight I then also saw f3 which wins. (I think I pm'd you this).

    Then you resigned!

    Think this may explain why you should not look into anything sinister
    in a blitz game. Anything can happen.

    You lost because you trusted me thinking that anyone with high numbers
    does not screw up. Ignore the numbers they mean nothing.

    This is important as you do appear to have so much faith in the grade
    as a real measure of someone's playing ability.

    (look at the time of the message - 5 o'clock in the morning - I'm not at my
    best at that time).

    Look at their moves. Forget the numbers.

    Before your game I lost to greenpiece (960) I saw the name thought it
    would be fun for greenpawn to play greenpiece so pick up his challenge.

    Halfway through I realised it was one of those add on 10 secs a move.
    I hate those. The lad was winning so just said 'good game' and resigned.

    One last thing. You probably did not mean anything by it.
    Call me scumbag, patzer, idiot, nutcase or jammy swine. I don't mind.

    But don't call me a Master. I have never claimed to be one, I have not earned
    that title and it is an insult to the players who have. You are forgiven.


    Edit 1:
    Just saw my PM - I did tell you I missed 18...f3.

    "Hi
    Our game was silly. My 19.....Nf3+?? was a bluff, you can just take the Knight.
    I should have played 18...f3 - Blitz chess at 5 am is bad for me. "
  15. 31 Oct '09 20:22
    What's a "master" anyway?