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Old 10-09-2014, 12:20 PM   #4551
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As per the participant list of the 2013 National Under-11 Championship (where he was seeded as #22), Nihal's birthday is July 13th.
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Old 10-09-2014, 01:48 PM   #4552
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I heard from a coach who worked in India that those youngsters are very strong for their age because of dedication and a brutal training regime, featuring predominantly calculation. Later, they get surpassed because they lack chess education. Apparently, the strongest Indian players get a very solid financing from the state and are reluctant to pass on knowledge, because every 2.600 ELO player would threaten their position. We'll see if this is true...
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Old 10-16-2014, 06:08 AM   #4553
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I didn't know that Einstein played chess. This game is great.

Robert Oppenheimer's position got blown up.
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Old 10-16-2014, 07:17 AM   #4554
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I didn't know that Einstein played chess. This game is great.

Robert Oppenheimer's position got blown up.

I believe there are some Einstein quotes that pertain to chess. FWIW looking through his games I'd estimate he had a strength somewhere in the 1600 region.
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Old 10-16-2014, 12:40 PM   #4555
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I believe I posted sometime that I would gladly pay money to listen to Peter Svidler talk about chess (or any subject, in fact). Turns out that chess24.com lets me do exactly that. Of course there is much more to this site, with lots of videos. Seems like they selected the male presenters according to ELO and the female ones according to (perceived) hotness. There is also a tactics trainer. So I invested the money that I'm saving since cancelling the chess.com premium account in a one-year membership. I'll keep you updated as to if I think it's worth it.
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Old 10-16-2014, 07:07 PM   #4556
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Comeback No. 17, engage
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Old 10-16-2014, 09:17 PM   #4557
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I believe I posted sometime that I would gladly pay money to listen to Peter Svidler talk about chess (or any subject, in fact). Turns out that chess24.com lets me do exactly that. Of course there is much more to this site, with lots of videos. Seems like they selected the male presenters according to ELO and the female ones according to (perceived) hotness. There is also a tactics trainer. So I invested the money that I'm saving since cancelling the chess.com premium account in a one-year membership. I'll keep you updated as to if I think it's worth it.
Never been to chess24.com before, very interesting. Pretty steep fee for the premium membership. So far can you tell it's worth it? What made you want to cancel chess.com? Just asking out of curiosity.
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Old 10-16-2014, 09:28 PM   #4558
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I can't stand the graphics.



It isn't the festering dog vomit that is BabasChess, but it's a nonstarter imo.
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Old 10-16-2014, 10:09 PM   #4559
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I believe I posted sometime that I would gladly pay money to listen to Peter Svidler talk about chess (or any subject, in fact). Turns out that chess24.com lets me do exactly that. Of course there is much more to this site, with lots of videos. Seems like they selected the male presenters according to ELO and the female ones according to (perceived) hotness. There is also a tactics trainer. So I invested the money that I'm saving since cancelling the chess.com premium account in a one-year membership. I'll keep you updated as to if I think it's worth it.
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Old 10-16-2014, 11:02 PM   #4560
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Thoughts on this position? Black to move after 14. c3

I have some ideas, but want to hear others.



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Old 10-16-2014, 11:55 PM   #4561
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Thoughts on this position?
It looks as if Black's queen fell off the board.
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Old 10-17-2014, 12:07 AM   #4562
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#@$#@$, I never get those right on the first try
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Old 10-17-2014, 12:11 AM   #4563
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and the numbering is backwards
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Old 10-17-2014, 12:15 AM   #4564
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It's been awhile.
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Old 10-17-2014, 03:44 AM   #4565
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Never been to chess24.com before, very interesting. Pretty steep fee for the premium membership. So far can you tell it's worth it? What made you want to cancel chess.com? Just asking out of curiosity.
I canceled chess.com because I didn't get around to watching the videos. Of course that could be a reason against joining the next video site, but ehhm...whatever. I also cut down my chess.com games to 2-3 team matches at one time, which cancels the need for a premium acc for playing purposes. The ad and vacation issues can be circumvented by using the mobile app. No idea why they make this available for free accounts.

I've watched one Svidler video so far and I have to say it was kinda underwhelming. Maybe he's better at live talk, dunno. He showed two one-sided (which he admitted to himself) Tal games (against Gurgenidse and Tolush) and went through the variations extremely fast. It was just an intro to a longer series on Tal so I expect that to get better.

I have to concur with Rey that the board graphics are substandard, however I can get used to pretty much anything so this wasn't a major distraction. Also the usability of the site is not that great.
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Old 10-17-2014, 07:20 AM   #4566
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Holy **** is that Kyle?!
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Old 10-17-2014, 11:22 AM   #4567
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Wei Yi just broke into the top-100 list, per 2700chess.com's live ratings. 2654.1 (putting him at #99) after his 11th round win at the World Juniors.

Two rounds left though... hopefully he stays top 100. It will make my life easier to know they're tracking his results and posting them for me. No more need for alerts here on the forum that he's playing such and such event, as long as he stays in their tracking range.
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Old 10-17-2014, 11:39 AM   #4568
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I can't stand the graphics.


It isn't the festering dog vomit that is BabasChess.
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BabasChess can be very attractive.

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Old 10-17-2014, 04:20 PM   #4569
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The default options.
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:26 PM   #4570
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Agreed on them, but it would be foolish to stick with them
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:41 PM   #4571
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I canceled chess.com because I didn't get around to watching the videos. Of course that could be a reason against joining the next video site, but ehhm...whatever. I also cut down my chess.com games to 2-3 team matches at one time, which cancels the need for a premium acc for playing purposes. The ad and vacation issues can be circumvented by using the mobile app. No idea why they make this available for free accounts.

I've watched one Svidler video so far and I have to say it was kinda underwhelming. Maybe he's better at live talk, dunno. He showed two one-sided (which he admitted to himself) Tal games (against Gurgenidse and Tolush) and went through the variations extremely fast. It was just an intro to a longer series on Tal so I expect that to get better.

I have to concur with Rey that the board graphics are substandard, however I can get used to pretty much anything so this wasn't a major distraction. Also the usability of the site is not that great.
Thanks. I'll be curious to see how it compares to chess.com as you use it more.
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:42 PM   #4572
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Kyle, could you post the move order to get to that position? Did you exchange for white's DSB on e3?
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Old 10-17-2014, 09:57 PM   #4573
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Here is the game to that point:

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game...r.php?id=96670
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Old 10-19-2014, 08:35 AM   #4574
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Re: *** Chess Low Content Thread ***

one time i was in a tournament and a queen fell on me, even though i'm not a chess piece. it scared me so i fled right into the middle of a game that was being played and knocked it over. the tournament director picked me up and made me set up the board again from scratch, even though it wasn't my fault. it's been many long hours since that happened, but i haven't forgetted it.

have any of you been victims of injustice at tournaments?
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Old 10-19-2014, 08:58 AM   #4575
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Once, I guess I was about 19, I was watching a game and it was an opposite colored bishop ending. One guy was three pawns down, and resigned. I showed him how he could have set up a blockade and drawn. He quietly grabbed me by the shirt and growled, "Don't ever do that again". No one else in the tournament even noticed.
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