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  1. 03 Jun '10 21:01
    I read on here about some guy using software to generate his openings. That is a discrace to this great game. what a loser too.
  2. Standard member orion25
    Art is hard
    03 Jun '10 21:07
    you mean using a database?
  3. Standard member clandarkfire
    Grammar Nazi
    03 Jun '10 22:33 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by robthekiller
    I read on here about some guy using software to generate his openings. That is a discrace to this great game. what a loser too.
    Why don't you learn something about the game before you speak of what disgraces it? And databases aren't software.
  4. Standard member randolph
    the walrus
    03 Jun '10 23:04
    Originally posted by robthekiller
    I read on here about some guy using software to generate his openings. That is a discrace to this great game. what a loser too.
    Is reading a book about the opening a "discrace" as well?
  5. 04 Jun '10 01:34
    If someone wants to use an engine to generate his openings, you should let him. It's not exactly an engine's strong point ya digg
  6. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    04 Jun '10 06:53
    Originally posted by Maxacre42
    If someone wants to use an engine to generate his openings, you should let him. It's not exactly an engine's strong point ya digg
    I guess y'all skerred him off. He may not have been talking about databases but maybe Fritz or some such.
  7. 04 Jun '10 10:00
    I think some people were a little harsh with this guy. You are all correct, but you could explain why he is wrong with a little more politeness.
  8. 04 Jun '10 10:57 / 2 edits
    Hi Rob.

    It's allowed to follow an opening from a book or database but the moment
    you or your opponent deviates then you are on your own.

    These book/database moves are called 'opening theory' and it is constantly changing.

    If you follow a line in a book then it's important for your own development as a
    chess player that you understand the reason why a move is played and you
    are not just playing it because someone else has.
    (Opening theory is made up of other players moves and ideas).

    Interesting game you had v draft6969. Game 7484257
    You will be pleased to know you left recognised opening theory
    round about move three.

    There followed quite a few tactical blunders as both players were taking
    pot-shots at each other. That's OK and is the norm when less experianced
    players meet each other.

    As you get better you will find your games do not stutter along with
    one move ideas and pieces all fighting mini battles of their own but follow
    a smooth series of a mini-plans with ALL your pieces working together.

    And that is why players follow theory because it (usually) gets them
    into the Middle Game (where all the real fun is) with their army still intact
    and their pieces posted on active squares ready to attack or defend.

    Back to game Game 7484257

    Your opponent, though two pieces down, missed a mate in two
    to give you a mate in one. It won't do you any harm if you went over
    the game to see if you can spot his missed mate in two.
  9. 04 Jun '10 11:36
    I see a very powerful pawn in that game
  10. 04 Jun '10 11:40
    And an even more powerful Black Knight.

    Here is the game in question.

    Check all Checks - you never know, one might be a CHECKmate.

    'tis better to have checked and lost, than never to have checked at all.'

  11. 04 Jun '10 11:44
    The Black Knight Always Triumphs!
  12. 06 Jun '10 14:29
    Originally posted by Willzzz
    The Black Knight Always Triumphs!
    You're a loony