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truthlover
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Message 22 of 204 (383252)
02-07-2007 3:14 PM
Reply to: Message 1 by Jon
02-06-2007 12:51 AM


I registered.

I am shammahbn at gameknot.com

I won't cheat, but if my kids walk in the room, they may offer suggestions. I will greatly discourage this, so it would happen rarely, but I can beat any of them blindfolded (literally), so they're very unlikely to be of any help. Also, the two best are teenagers, so they have the self-control not to say anything.

Don't get scared, I've played some blindfold chess, but I was only USCF 1600 or so at my best with my eyes open, which I'm not at anymore.


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truthlover
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Message 69 of 204 (387489)
02-28-2007 6:22 PM
Reply to: Message 62 by Jon
02-25-2007 12:05 AM


Re: Tournament Challenge Order

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truthlover
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Message 70 of 204 (387560)
03-01-2007 9:03 AM
Reply to: Message 69 by truthlover
02-28-2007 6:22 PM


Re: Tournament Challenge Order
I looked at all the games before I left work yesterday. Y'all like unorthodox openings.

I've never had anyone answer my d4 with f6 before. It was very tempting to go look up the opening so I'd know how to handle it, but, for the record, I chose not to. We'll see how this goes, and then I'll go look it up.

Looks fun, though.


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truthlover
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Message 85 of 204 (388773)
03-07-2007 4:37 PM
Reply to: Message 82 by tudwell
03-07-2007 3:16 PM


There's a link so you can leave yourself notes. For example, when I moved my rook over to pin your bishop, I left myself a note about my other rook that said "Don't let the B take the R on d1. Either keep the bishop pinned or free the rook to move."

That helps.

Since I generally check on the games here and there as I'm working, I'm thinking about getting back to work, so I've been only taking 30 sec's or a minute in between tasks at work. That's probably not a good idea in a tournament when you actually have 3 days to think.


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truthlover
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Message 86 of 204 (388774)
03-07-2007 4:41 PM
Reply to: Message 85 by truthlover
03-07-2007 4:37 PM


And our game is finished now, too.

http://gameknot.com/anbd.pl?bd=6872705&rnd=0.38132422726128823

I think that link will work.


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truthlover
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Message 87 of 204 (388776)
03-07-2007 4:48 PM
Reply to: Message 64 by Omnivorous
02-25-2007 8:29 PM


Re: Zawinul v. Omnivorous
Zawinul v. Omnivorous

Y'all have the happening game. No direct comments on the game, of course, other than great to watch.


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truthlover
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Message 93 of 204 (388904)
03-08-2007 4:37 PM
Reply to: Message 91 by Zawi
03-08-2007 1:57 PM


Re: Omni needs to slow down?
Omni opened with a Sicilian against me (I think).

Dragon Sicilian, to be specific. I like to play that defense, though I really don't play it well unless I manage to survive into the middle game without choking myself to death on my own pawns. If I'm going to play it, I really ought to properly study it sometime, but it's not high enough on my priority list.

Note: I'm being very careful not to comment on the game, not even as to who I think is winning, playing well, or anything. If anyone else responds to those who are playing, you need to do the same.


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truthlover
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Message 104 of 204 (389780)
03-15-2007 1:40 PM
Reply to: Message 100 by riVeRraT
03-14-2007 8:08 AM


What helped me greatly years ago, was just reading books on it.

For those that have the basics down, I think there's no better book than The Amateur Mind by Jeremy Silman. It's what helped me get an idea what to do once the opening was done. I used to move all my pieces out, get castled, get my rooks connected, and then think, "What do I do now?" If there was no immediate checkmate/attack plan, I was lost.

Once I learned about getting good posts for knights and what sort of pawn formations to create for the pieces I had left, I had some great games with computers. Good programs know about these things, and it is amazing the resources a computer will devote to prevent you from posting a knight in a hole in its territory.

I played a game recently, too, where I lost a bishop to a Queen fork. Because I'd learned about making good use of each piece, I was able to realize that I wasn't really behind. My pieces were out, and the other guy had a Rook and Knight still buried in the corner. So I attacked with everything I had, figuring that despite being behind in total pieces, I was ahead in pieces involved in the battle. I got a win out of a game that would have disheartened me thoroughly before I read the Amateur Mind.

Of course, you have to get the basics down first. Yasser Seirawan produced a series for Microsoft that's fun to read, because he's pretty comical. Otherwise, old Fred Reinfeld books that you can get off ebay for a song are the way to go, in my opinion.

Oh, and if you're really at the basic level, Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess is an awesome and easy primer to get you used to using your pieces. It's also available on ebay for a song, and it doesn't have a lot of words to bore you with. Just pure chess.


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truthlover
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Message 108 of 204 (390013)
03-17-2007 3:35 PM
Reply to: Message 107 by kuresu
03-17-2007 2:29 AM


Re: Tourney info
I've done numerous tourneys, Kuresu, chess, softball, soccer, and tabletop sports games. I can table up your double elimination tourney and email it to you if you want.

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truthlover
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Message 117 of 204 (390364)
03-19-2007 10:56 PM
Reply to: Message 103 by Zawi
03-15-2007 1:12 PM


Re: Two more games to go til the quarter finals...
Well, here's the way I show it working. I hope I can draw this on here. I've got both the EVC name and the Gameknot name unless they're the same:

Winner's bracket, 2nd round (white should issue challenge):

quote:

Tusko (white)
Winner of Jon vs. kuresu (black)

Zawinul/zawievc (white)
anglagard (black)

riVeRrat/antslake (white)
truthlover/shammahbn (black)

Winner of nyeuisgrube vs. bluegenes/eratic (bye)


Loser's bracket, round 2:

quote:

Loser of Jon vs. Kuresu (white)
Phat/phatevc (black)

Omnivorous (white)
Catholic Scientist/catsci (black)

Nemesis Juggernaut/hyroglyphx (white)
tudwell (black)

Loser of nyeuisgrube vs. bluegenes/eratic (bye)


I'll show the format for the whole tourney on the next post. There's no room when I write out the names.

Edited by truthlover, : make more readable


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truthlover
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From: Selmer, TN
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Message 118 of 204 (390370)
03-19-2007 11:27 PM
Reply to: Message 117 by truthlover
03-19-2007 10:56 PM


Tourney format
Here's the format. I'm using A through N instead of names for the 1st round, then Game #'s for later rounds. W7, for example, means "The winner of game 7." Who gets white and who gets black can't be determined until the beginning of each round, when we see which players advance and how often they've had white or black.

Round 1
*******
1. A vs. B
2. C vs. D
3. E vs. F
4. G vs. H
5. I vs. J
6. K vs. L
7. M vs. N

Round 2
*******
Winner's Bracket:
8. W1 vs. W2
9. W3 vs. W4
10. W5 vs. W6
11. W7 (bye)

Loser's Bracket:
12. L1 vs. L2
13. L3 vs. L4
14. L5 vs. L6
15. L7 (bye)

Round 3
*******
Winner's Bracket:
16. W8 vs. W9
17. W10 vs. W11

Loser's Bracket:
18. W12 (bye)
19. W13 vs. L10
20. W14 vs. L9
21. W15 vs. L8

Round 4
*******
Winner's Bracket (Semifinals):
22. W16 vs. W17

Loser's Bracket:
23. W18 vs. W19
24. W20 vs. L12
25. W21 vs. L17

Round 5
*******
Winner's bracket:
W22 (bye, awaits winner of loser's bracket)

Loser's Bracket:
26. W23 vs. L22
27. W24 vs. W25

Round 6
*******
Winner's bracket:
W22 (bye, awaits winner of loser's bracket)

Loser's Bracket:
28. W26 vs. W27

Round 7 (Final)
***************
W22 vs. W28 (W28 must beat W22 twice to win tournament)


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truthlover
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From: Selmer, TN
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Message 119 of 204 (390374)
03-19-2007 11:37 PM
Reply to: Message 116 by bluegenes
03-19-2007 6:27 PM


Bluegenes, that format allowes you and nye a bye for the 2nd round, win or lose, so that will take care of any delay there. If that format's okay (it's pretty standard), then you can go ahead and challenge your 2nd round player.

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truthlover
Member (Idle past 2442 days)
Posts: 1548
From: Selmer, TN
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Message 120 of 204 (390668)
03-21-2007 1:39 PM
Reply to: Message 117 by truthlover
03-19-2007 10:56 PM


riVeRrat/antslake vs. truthlover/shammahbn is underway:

http://gameknot.com/chess.pl?bd=7026283&r=536


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truthlover
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From: Selmer, TN
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Message 121 of 204 (390670)
03-21-2007 1:45 PM
Reply to: Message 117 by truthlover
03-19-2007 10:56 PM


Looks like Zawi - anglagard is under way, too:

http://gameknot.com/chess.pl?bd=7014738


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truthlover
Member (Idle past 2442 days)
Posts: 1548
From: Selmer, TN
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Message 122 of 204 (390671)
03-21-2007 1:50 PM
Reply to: Message 117 by truthlover
03-19-2007 10:56 PM


And omnivorous - Catholic Scientist/catsci

http://gameknot.com/chess.pl?bd=7030198

The jon-kuresu game has not ended, so their 2nd round games haven't started, and nemesis juggernaut/hyroglyphx vs. tudwell hasn't started.

If NJ or tudwell see this, maybe y'all could start your game. NJ's white.


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