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Old 11-14-2009, 11:27 PM   #226
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I'm reading Simple Chess by Michael Stean again and I had forgotten this little gem:

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Many people reason 'If I put my Pawns on the same colored squares as my Bishop, I can defend them there'. If you commit hara-kiri instead, you won't have to defend them at all.
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Old 11-15-2009, 04:20 AM   #227
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I'm reading Simple Chess by Michael Stean again and I had forgotten this little gem:



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Simple Chess is one of my favorite chess books.
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Old 11-17-2009, 07:40 PM   #228
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seriously funny clip from aqua teen hunger force: ezekiel plays chess dragon

http://video.google.com/videosearch?...&hl=en&tab=wv#

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Old 11-17-2009, 08:13 PM   #229
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Yeah they do offer chess scholarships, that's why I am here we still got a pretty strong team even though we got weaker compared to last year. But oh well
Am I the only one who had no idea that there was such a thing as a chess scholarship in the US? How many schools offer them?
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:38 AM   #230
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Am I the only one who had no idea that there was such a thing as a chess scholarship in the US? How many schools offer them?
I'm only aware of 3: UT-Dallas, UM-Baltimore County and Texas Tech. At least I think TT offers them.
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:40 AM   #231
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In case anybody here has missed it, our buddy Discipline started a slightly chess-related thread in NVG. As far as I can tell, he's making a lot of friends.

https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/29...-poker-635992/

Oh and lol at random NVG people estimating their chess strength? Why do people always assume that they're at least 1400 just because they know how the horsey moves?
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Old 11-19-2009, 03:20 PM   #232
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In case anybody here has missed it, our buddy Discipline started a slightly chess-related thread in NVG. As far as I can tell, he's making a lot of friends.

https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/29...-poker-635992/

Oh and lol at random NVG people estimating their chess strength? Why do people always assume that they're at least 1400 just because they know how the horsey moves?
Better than my experience. Anybody who knows Legal's is 2000ish, maybe a bit higher.
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Old 11-19-2009, 03:37 PM   #233
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In case anybody here has missed it, our buddy Discipline started a slightly chess-related thread in NVG. As far as I can tell, he's making a lot of friends.
Another problem being of course that Isuldur is 'only' up a few million when they're getting it in pretty light for 600k pots which makes the results pretty much meaningless. If Durrrr just won a couple more of the flips or avoided doing things like running his AKs into AA preflop heads up 300bb deep then the results could easily have been the opposite. It's not like Isuldur is just destroying Durrrrr. He's obviously a very good player, but maybe more importantly - he's running quite well.

The nasty thing about poker is if two players of equal skill and any bankroll play, then eventually one player would go bust regardless of how large the initial bankrolls. Just think about that. If two equally skilled players played 500/1k with $50million bankrolls played heads up, eventually somebody would lose their entire roll. Not many people realize how sick a game this is. Durrrrr willing to continue playing obviously shows he does. Doesn't mean he won't end up broke in a year though.
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Old 11-20-2009, 11:34 AM   #234
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Another problem being of course that Isuldur is 'only' up a few million when they're getting it in pretty light for 600k pots which makes the results pretty much meaningless. If Durrrr just won a couple more of the flips or avoided doing things like running his AKs into AA preflop heads up 300bb deep then the results could easily have been the opposite. It's not like Isuldur is just destroying Durrrrr. He's obviously a very good player, but maybe more importantly - he's running quite well.

The nasty thing about poker is if two players of equal skill and any bankroll play, then eventually one player would go bust regardless of how large the initial bankrolls. Just think about that. If two equally skilled players played 500/1k with $50million bankrolls played heads up, eventually somebody would lose their entire roll. Not many people realize how sick a game this is. Durrrrr willing to continue playing obviously shows he does. Doesn't mean he won't end up broke in a year though.
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:51 PM   #235
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The nasty thing about poker is if two players of equal skill and any bankroll play, then eventually one player would go bust regardless of how large the initial bankrolls. Just think about that. If two equally skilled players played 500/1k with $50million bankrolls played heads up, eventually somebody would lose their entire roll. Not many people realize how sick a game this is.
What does this mean? Rake or variance or ... ? will cause one person to go broke? Sorry, I'm pretty terrible at poker.
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Old 11-21-2009, 02:24 AM   #236
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What does this mean? Rake or variance or ... ? will cause one person to go broke? Sorry, I'm pretty terrible at poker.
Just variance. Rake will make sure it'll happen faster, but negligibly so at the stakes they're playing. Imagine flipping fair coins with a given bankroll. Let's say you have the bankroll for 5 flips and we do 50 flips, what are your odds of somebody going broke by the end? Quite high. There's actually a 6% chance somebody will go broke in the first 5 flips! After the first flip somebody will have 4 units left. The odds of the next 4 units coming the specific head/tail needed is obviously just .5^4 = 6%.

As you increase the bankrolls the odds of going bust obviously decrease, but they never hit zero. It's the sick thing about this game. It's definitely a game of skill, but if 1000 equally skilled players played a freezeout for long enough, somebody would eventually come out with all the money and there's a pretty good chance they're not going to think they just got lucky. After all, what are the odds of that?
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Odds are 1 in 1000 sir.
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Old 11-22-2009, 11:11 PM   #238
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https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/29...rodigy-639004/

dunno if anyone has posted this but its a great read and really interesting life story
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Old 11-23-2009, 12:24 AM   #239
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In case anybody here has missed it, our buddy Discipline started a slightly chess-related thread in NVG. As far as I can tell, he's making a lot of friends.

https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/29...-poker-635992/

Oh and lol at random NVG people estimating their chess strength? Why do people always assume that they're at least 1400 just because they know how the horsey moves?
NVG is concentrated stupid. But it's funny sometimes.
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:38 AM   #240
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Such an incredible example of how to play a rook endgame, from both sides.

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[Event "Hoogovens op"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "1993.01.??"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Gelfand, Boris"]
[Black "Hansen, Lars Bo"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D47"]
[WhiteElo "2690"]
[BlackElo "2545"]
[Annotator "Ftacnik"]
[PlyCount "133"]
[EventDate "1993.01.??"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "12"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "1993.06.01"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3
b4 9. Ne4 Be7 10. O-O Bb7 11. Nxf6+ Nxf6 12. e4 O-O 13. e5 Nd7 14. Be4 Rb8 15.
Qc2 h6 16. Be3 c5 17. Bxb7 Rxb7 18. Rfd1 $146 (18. dxc5) 18... Qc8 (18... Qa8
19. Qe4 $14) 19. dxc5 Nxc5 (19... Bxc5 $2 20. Rxd7 $18) (19... Rc7 20. Qe4 Nxc5
21. Qxb4 $16) 20. Rac1 Rc7 $6 (20... Rd8 $1 21. Rxd8+ Qxd8 22. Bxc5 Rc7 23. Qd2
Qxd2 24. Nxd2 Rxc5 $10) 21. Rd4 $1 (21. Rd6 Rd8 22. Nd4 $140 Bxd6 23. exd6 Rxd6
24. Nb5 Nb3 $1 $19) 21... Rd8 22. Rc4 Rdd7 (22... Rd5 23. Nd4 $14) 23. Nd4 Na6
24. Nc6 Bf8 (24... Bc5 25. Bxc5 Rxc6 26. Bd6 $16) 25. h4 Qb7 26. h5 (26. Qa4
Rd5 27. Bxa7 $16) (26. Nxa7 Rxc4 27. Qxc4 Rc7 28. Qf1 Bc5 29. Bxc5 Rxc5 30.
Rxc5 Nxc5 31. Nb5 Qd5 $10) 26... Rd5 27. Qa4 $2 (27. Bxa7 $1 Rxc6 28. Rxc6 Qxa7
29. Qa4 Rd2 30. Rf1 Rxb2 (30... Bc5 31. Rc8+ Kh7 32. Qe8 $18) 31. Rxa6 Qd4 32.
Ra8 Qxe5 33. Rd1 Qc5 34. Qa7 $16) 27... Nc5 28. Bxc5 Qxc6 29. Qxc6 Rxc6 30.
Bxf8 Rxc4 31. Rxc4 Kxf8 32. Rxb4 a5 $1 (32... Rxe5 33. Rb8+ Ke7 34. Rb7+ $16)
33. Rb8+ Ke7 34. Rb7+ Kf8 35. f4 f6 36. Kf2 (36. exf6 gxf6 37. Kf2 Rxh5 38. Ke3
Rd5 $10) 36... fxe5 37. fxe5 Rxe5 38. g4 Re4 39. Kf3 Rc4 40. a3 Rd4 (40... a4
$10) 41. b4 Rd3+ $2 (41... axb4 42. axb4 e5 $10) 42. Ke4 Rxa3 43. b5 a4 44. Ke5
Ra1 (44... Rb3 45. Kxe6 Kg8 46. Kd5 $18) 45. Kxe6 Kg8 46. Kd5 $1 a3 47. Kc4 Kf8
(47... Rg1 $1 48. Ra7 Rxg4+ 49. Kc5 Rg5+ 50. Kc6 Rxh5 51. b6 Rh3 52. b7 Rb3 53.
Ra8+ (53. Rxa3 Rxa3 54. b8=Q+ Kh7 $10) 53... Kf7 54. b8=Q Rxb8 55. Rxb8 Ke6 $1
$10) 48. Kb3 Kg8 (48... a2 49. b6 $18) 49. Ra7 Rb1+ 50. Kc4 Ra1 51. Ra5 (51.
Kc5 Kf8 52. Kb6 Kg8 53. Ra5 Kf8 54. Ka7 $18) 51... Kf7 52. Kb3 Kf6 $2 (52...
Ke6 $1 53. Rxa3 Rg1 54. Ra6+ Kd5 55. Rg6 Kc5 56. Kc3 Kxb5 57. Kd4 Rd1+ 58. Ke5
Rd7 59. Rd6 Rf7 60. Ke6 Rf4 61. g5 hxg5 62. Rd5+ Kc6 63. Rxg5 Re4+ 64. Kf7 Kd6
$10) 53. Rxa3 Rb1+ 54. Kc4 Kg5 55. Rb3 Rc1+ 56. Kd4 Kxg4 57. b6 Rd1+ 58. Ke3
Rd8 59. Rb5 Re8+ 60. Kd4 Rd8+ 61. Rd5 Rc8 62. b7 Rb8 63. Rb5 Kh4 64. Kc4 Kg4
65. Kb4 Rf8 (65... Kh4 66. Ka5 Rxb7 67. Rxb7 Kxh5 68. Rxg7 Kh4 69. Kb4 h5 70.
Kc3 Kh3 71. Kd2 h4 72. Ke2 Kh2 73. Kf2 $18) 66. Ka5 Rg8 67. Rc5 1-0
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:16 AM   #241
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New super-chess-prodigy in the making? Sry if this is common knowledge...that's some early exposure to chess greatness with Spassky/Timman nearby.



grats to Fontaine/Lahno
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:24 AM   #242
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can someone kidnap the kid so we can have a proper scientific test of the theory in the Wesley So thread?
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I just recently decided to hire a chess coach. I've never really had coaching in this game before. Any recommendations on what to do to get the most out of it? At least with the coaching selection I'm quite happy so far if only since one of the first questions he asked me was if I was willing to work on my game for several hours a day.
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Be extremely prepared for each session with questions about specific games you analyzed, specific opening systems you're going to go over, etc.

Take notes during each session.

I'm sure there's more but that's what first comes to mind..

GM level coach? Or someone who's "weaker" but more experienced as a trainer?

and I'm guessing online right?
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are you?
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Do you mind posting who your coach is? Or if not, can you PM me? I've had 3 coaches in the past. IM Luis Coelho (deeprabbit), GM Predrag Trajkovic (PTrajkovic) and IM Attila Turzo (Turzo). The most useful lessons were those where we analyzed my serious tournament games. Lessons where the coach used Skype were a lot more useful than just typing on ICC. I've never had live lessons, but I assume that would be at least as good. Homework should be provided by the coach. And the coach shouldn't just feed you his repertoire (unless that's what you're after).
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I certainly wouldn't have been quite so happy about him asking that otherwise. I know there's no magic pill, especially for the goals I have.
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Be extremely prepared for each session with questions about specific games you analyzed, specific opening systems you're going to go over, etc.

Take notes during each session.

I'm sure there's more but that's what first comes to mind..

GM level coach? Or someone who's "weaker" but more experienced as a trainer?

and I'm guessing online right?
He's a GM.

When I was listening to one GM analyze a certain position, I became quite frustrated. He seemed to be just ignoring a few key ideas in the position. After a while, another GM dropped in and also started analyzing the position. And much to my delight he immediately hopped on the ideas I was seeing, and then plenty more as well. And it did turn out they redefined the position.

The second GM seemed to be able to very clearly express his ideas, and his vision of the board was exceptional. He also seemed to approach positions in a manner that resembles the way I do, which I thought was awesome and pretty unique. Having considered finding a coach for a while, I didn't think too much longer about it.

And yeah, online+skype.
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Do you mind posting who your coach is? Or if not, can you PM me? I've had 3 coaches in the past. IM Luis Coelho (deeprabbit), GM Predrag Trajkovic (PTrajkovic) and IM Attila Turzo (Turzo). The most useful lessons were those where we analyzed my serious tournament games. Lessons where the coach used Skype were a lot more useful than just typing on ICC. I've never had live lessons, but I assume that would be at least as good. Homework should be provided by the coach. And the coach shouldn't just feed you his repertoire (unless that's what you're after).
I'll PM you. We're planning on working once a week for two hours. How does that compare to your experience?
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I'll PM you. We're planning on working once a week for two hours. How does that compare to your experience?
I took lessons from IM Coelho for much longer than either the other two. I normally just took 1 one-hour lesson per week, but occasionally did a two hour lesson or two one-hour lessons. Did that for about a year, with some breaks. Maybe 35-40 total lessons.
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