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Old 05-14-2011, 10:57 AM   #1531
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There really is no, "Ok I'm done with tactics. What next?" level in chess. Even Kasparov would routinely work out studies and problems during breakfast each day.
I know but Im sure Kasparov worked in his openings, endings, etc as well, my question is should I work on other stuff or should I just stick to tactics?
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Old 05-14-2011, 11:27 AM   #1532
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I don't think it's ever wrong to mix in other stuff, just don't skimp on the tactics and keep it level appropriate.
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:57 PM   #1533
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Evans Gambit
Chess.tv seems to be down right now so I can't comment on the game but I'm interested in this opening as well. I'll offer these for your edutainment.

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/kibitz89.pdf

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/kibitz90.pdf

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/kibitz119.pdf

If you like those, Tim Harding also has some articles on the Two Knights in the chesscafe.com archives although I haven't read them.
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Old 05-14-2011, 03:09 PM   #1534
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Kyle, can you post a pgn? I love the Evan's Gambit and would like to look it over, but chessvideos.tv doesn't seem to want to load for me right now...
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Old 05-14-2011, 03:51 PM   #1535
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http://www.team4545league.org/pgnpla...r.php?id=45800
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Old 05-14-2011, 05:19 PM   #1536
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Chess.tv seems to be down right now so I can't comment on the game but I'm interested in this opening as well. I'll offer these for your edutainment.

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/kibitz89.pdf

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/kibitz90.pdf

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/kibitz119.pdf

If you like those, Tim Harding also has some articles on the Two Knights in the chesscafe.com archives although I haven't read them.
Hmm. Those look awesome and there goes my Sunday
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:46 PM   #1537
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I just created a database/opening tree, populated with nearly 5,000 Evan's Gambit games pulled from the 2010 MegaBase. Don't know why I haven't built one of these before, lol. I'm running your game through it now to look for likely improvements during the opening phase.

In the 5. ... Bc5 variation, it looks like 7. 0-0 might be a stronger try than 7. cxd4, as you played. Castling shows up 344 times in my database, for a 72.4% score, average rating 1875 for those who played it, and average performance rating of 1889 (+14 points). Your cxd4 try shows up 200 times, scores 66.8%, average rating 1599, performance 1565 (-34 points).

Edit: Now that I have some more time, I'll come back and add a little about why this moves is better, instead of just quoting database stats. The point of castling first is to avoid Bb4+, after which it's a little tough to avoid liquidations of material that leave white without enough compensation for the pawn. After 7. 0-0 d3 8. cxd4 Bb6 white has a nice development edge and plenty of attacking chances. And 7. ... dxc3 8. Bxf3+ is even better for white.

After 7. cxd4 Bb4+ as played, you have the option of blocking with Nd2 instead of Bd2. Bd2 is the more popular move, scoring 62.4% in 109 tries (Avg 1525, Perf 1436). The less obvious Nd2, though, scores 85.3% in 39 tries (Avg 1818, Perf 1998). That's starting to get pretty thin on the sample size, but the stats are so much better that I'd definitely give them some credence still. And while engines are kind of silly to use for openings, I'll add that at depth 20 Houdini does prefer Nd2 as well (+0.04, compared to =0.00 for Bd2). The engine analysis doesn't mean much, especially with such a razor thin evaluation difference, but since I happen to have the info at my fingertips I figure I might as well share it

After your opponent played 8. ... Qe7 the database no longer means much as it cuts our sample size down to only 8 games (Bxd2+ is the standard move there, played 93 times). You were still within the database through 11. Qb3, though, before your opponent deviated for good with 11. ... Rb8?? which Houdini says was tactically losing, until you gave the advantage away with 13. exd5?? which Do It Right already covered. If you want computer analysis you can get it yourself though, so that's all I'll say about that. From here, I'll leave it to others to analyze your middle game better than I ever could. Do It Right had a lot of good insights, imo.

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Old 05-15-2011, 04:17 AM   #1538
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Just make sure you lose to my team kyle :P
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Old 05-15-2011, 01:36 PM   #1539
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Just make sure you lose to my team kyle :P
Playing anyone associated with the forum in any way causes me to play horribly.sd
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Old 05-15-2011, 04:10 PM   #1540
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Brag: Won my second T4545 league game this week
Brag: He let me play the Fried Liver!
Beat: I knew I should play the Lolli instead, but it's the Fried Liver!
Brag: He didn't play Ke6
Beat: I assumed this meant I would win easily and I got hella lazy and threw away my advantage.
Brag: I did win easily anyway

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Old 05-15-2011, 06:32 PM   #1541
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lol I just noticed the mate in two we both missed. I'm so awful at chess.
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Old 05-15-2011, 06:43 PM   #1542
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How I feel looking at Kyle's games:

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Old 05-15-2011, 07:31 PM   #1543
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lol I just noticed the mate in two we both missed. I'm so awful at chess.
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:36 PM   #1544
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True story: When I was in like second grade, I told my teacher "I already know how to do this, why should I have to prove it to you?"

The parent-teacher conference that ensued was hilarious in retrospect, not so much at the time.

I go through terrible streaks like that in chess. On the rare occasions that someone actually worse than me is at the board, I just don't feel like proving to them I can beat them.
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Old 05-16-2011, 04:53 PM   #1545
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Interesting things on the chess board you'd like to do or have done in a serious tournament game. Go!

Have done:
Underpromoted to a knight for legit tactical reasons

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Actually execute a Philidor rook draw
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