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Old 12-04-2014, 06:38 PM   #4751
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What sites do most of you play chess on? I played on yahoo and pogo years ago. Would like to play more frequently.
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Old 12-04-2014, 07:44 PM   #4752
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We have a team on chess.com, some play on ICC (chessclub.com) or FICS (www.freechess.org) or playchess.com (affiliated to Chessbase), there are also fans of lichess.org or chess24.com. Traffic-wise: chess.com >>> Playchess > Chess24 ~ ICC ~ FICS > Lichess. The home for bughouse / crazyhouse / wild variations is FICS (ICC also has them all - in fact FICS is based on the old ICC code - but it requires a paid subscription to play unlimited games, so buggers mainly stay away from it).

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Old 12-05-2014, 08:26 AM   #4753
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What is the idea behind Giri's time-trouble blunder 87. Bxh6, and why does it fail?
87. - gxh6 88. Qe8+ with perpetual. I think the game is the refutation?
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:54 AM   #4754
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1st puzzle:
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Correct, and idk.

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87. - gxh6 88. Qe8+ with perpetual. I think the game is the refutation?
Yes.
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Old 12-05-2014, 11:43 AM   #4755
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why hasn't anyone bid for my match with carlsen? he won the candidates match with anand a whole month ago.
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Old 12-05-2014, 11:46 AM   #4756
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Lol, you can't rely on FIDE for such serious things. Your best bet is to hit up Rex Sinquefield and Maurice Ashley and persuade them to create PCA-2 and arrange your match with Caruana under its auspices.
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Old 12-06-2014, 12:22 AM   #4757
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It's strange that there's been no buzz here about Jen Yu; the States are proud of her earning the first international female champion title in chess for the country in 27 years, an example of this pride is the Washington Post article on her junior championship. Her run there was remarkably hot too - 10 points out of 11.

Fwiw, in her latest tourney, the 2014 Washington Chess Congress, she gained 74.4 rating points (rounded down to 74; equivalent to a 18.6-point gain at the 2400+ level), scoring 4.5/7 in a strong field (incl. a scalp of WGM Sabina-Francesca Foisor). This allowed her to get ITM (unlike Sam Sevian, who bubbled ), winning $436.50 gross (the BI was $80).
Possibly cause we (chess enthusiasts) are quite spoiled with Hou Yifan's remarkable success. At 12 when Hou entered the fide lists she was already rated 2488. And of course Judit was already top 100 overall at twelve.
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Old 12-06-2014, 06:08 AM   #4758
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Well, due to the fact that the K-factor for players under 18 y.o. rated under 2300 is 40, 2400 is not as far as you might have thought

I'm not saying that Jen Yu is the next Hou Yifan - she's far from that - but I wanted to create an extended list of candidates - nothing is impossible, you never know I don't like it that she's not determined to become a pro, though.
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Old 12-06-2014, 07:03 AM   #4759
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Lol, you can't rely on FIDE for such serious things. Your best bet is to hit up Rex Sinquefield and Maurice Ashley and persuade them to create PCA-2 and arrange your match with Caruana under its auspices.
i tried but i got duped. i came to them with my demands, but then they fed me and i forgot what i was there for, long enough for them to make a getaway.
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Old 12-06-2014, 11:27 PM   #4760
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Typical FIDE imo. I bet they just threw some catnip into the meeting room and didn't even bother sitting down at the table with you.
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:12 AM   #4761
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Old 12-10-2014, 05:07 PM   #4762
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White to play. Calculate all of the relevant variations.
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Old 12-10-2014, 05:24 PM   #4763
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i don't wanna.
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Old 12-10-2014, 05:29 PM   #4764
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:35 PM   #4765
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Spoiler:
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:43 PM   #4766
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OK I'm leaving that post there but i think it includes at least one illegal move and one move that loses to mate in one
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Old 12-11-2014, 12:32 PM   #4767
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Spoiler:


This position is from Adams–Caruana, but with 44.-Qf8 instead of the game continuation 44.-Rd4.

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Old 12-13-2014, 09:05 AM   #4768
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We have a team on chess.com, some play on ICC (chessclub.com) or FICS (www.freechess.org) or playchess.com (affiliated to Chessbase), there are also fans of lichess.org or chess24.com. Traffic-wise: chess.com >>> Playchess > Chess24 ~ ICC ~ FICS > Lichess. The home for bughouse / crazyhouse / wild variations is FICS (ICC also has them all - in fact FICS is based on the old ICC code - but it requires a paid subscription to play unlimited games, so buggers mainly stay away from it).
Thank you. I signed up at chess.com and I've been playing every day. I like the five minute games. Most of my wins stem from my opponent running out of time - not as fun as checkmating someone.
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Old 12-13-2014, 09:17 AM   #4769
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At chess.com, there are enough seeks posted for games with an increment (where people are far less likely to lose on time), look them up on the seek graph instead of using autopairing.
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Old 12-14-2014, 11:38 AM   #4770
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It's insanely dumb that there isn't a simple way to turn off the engines on ChessDom and ChessBomb. I don't want to have to contort the browser window awkwardly or put a Post-it note on my monitor.
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Old 12-14-2014, 11:47 AM   #4771
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I haven't researched it, but it's likely possible to write an AutoHotKey script that recognises it when a CD/CB page is opened and puts an opaque rectangle over that area of the page.
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Old 12-14-2014, 06:31 PM   #4772
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Great idea.

The LCC post-game interviews were pretty interesting. Here's Kramnik on the King's Indian, and Giri and Caruana on the Berlin. Skip to 10:00 in both videos.
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Old 12-15-2014, 08:53 AM   #4773
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Nice, I'd seen Kramnik on the KID during the live stream, hahah.

In this video, at around 17:00, Kramnik and Giri briefly talk about how they analyze candidate moves, with Kramnik stating that it's a mess in his head.


These nice post-game interviews reminded me of a time when Grischuk talked for quite a bit after his game, which was quite enjoyable. I then managed to find the video, it was after the last round of this year's Norway Chess. Grischuk talks from ~34:00 until about 1:20:00.

(BTW, Grischuk just won both Rapid and Blitz at the World Mind Games, quite impressive)
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Old 12-15-2014, 11:07 AM   #4774
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Grischuk has a great voice.


Interviewers: Do you think about your press conference answers ahead of time?

"No sometimes, but I'm not like Peter, who'll thinks about what he'll say for the press conference for the whole game."

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Old 12-16-2014, 07:49 PM   #4775
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If you guys could help me with a couple of games from a correspondence tournament, I'd appreciate it (bear in mind that I'm a total fish):

Game 1
(I'm Black in this 17-move ugliness)

I probably lack the strategic knowledge to play this variation, and before I knew it my position was lost (I don't think I had played 7...Nf6 before).

Other than that last blunder with 17...f5?? (miscalculation), I'm a bit clueless; was 14...Bxe5 the worst mistake? Or maybe instead of 11...Nbd7 I should have developed the bishop and castled sooner? When is the right time to go ...c5?

Suggestions (another defence against 1.e4?) and improvements are welcome (variance: my opponent timed out).


Game 2
(I'm Black again)

I don't think I'd played this h6/g5 variation before, but my opponent made it easy for me and I think I had an easier game out of the opening. Maybe 16...f4 was better?

The main thing I'd like help with in this game is around moves 24/25. Especially 24...a5, it feels as if I made that move because I didn't know what my plan was. Was 24...Ra5 the way to go about targeting the queenside pawns?

From move 27 onwards White basically self-destructed.


Thanks in advance.
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