Discussion in 'New York Rangers' started by aufheben, Mar 13, 2020.
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Caruana joined Carlsen in the lead today. I haven't got a chance to check out the games yet, but both Caruana and Nepo won their last rapid game to tie it up, then won with black in the armageddon game.
Recent game between me and @Harbour Dog that was pretty wild. He was white, I was black. I lost on time by 0.5 seconds. 10-min Blitz.
I think that the highest level of chess would benefit the most from variants like this, meant mostly to make players think for themselves earlier in games.
At our level, players are so far from mastering the game that classic chess is still "pure" in my opinion.
That said, I've played Fischer Random (Chess360) a few times and really enjoyed it. It helps a lot with basic reasoning of the game, as nothing is a given anymore about what setups are strong and what ones are weak.
I've never played with no castling, but it sounds like a good idea. When Kramnik first introduced it, he ran a bunch of computer simulations and picked out some of the more interesting games to showcase. They definitely seemed to be more "fighting" games, even with the computers manually castling a lot of the time.
tl;dr I'll play any variant for fun, and will probably learn something from it as well; but the original is still the best game, for casual players at least.
I'm down if you are.
@Harbour Dog LOL I ended up winning this game as white due to time. What a mess. I was down pieces and down some more, but his 3 queen-side pieces literally did not move the entire game.
I blundered a piece and sacrificed two more, and the dude still couldn't mate me.
It was a 10:00 game too, not 3:00.
What a clusterf***
I haven't been playing nearly enough over the last couple of weeks. And when I have played, I'm been tired and rusty.
Hopefully this weekend we can get some games in? Chess960 perhaps!
MFW anytime someone accepts the Queen's Gambit:
Lmao, I had the same reaction when I seen the replay. "Oh I see, this guy is unhinged."
It's definitely viable. Caruana plays QGA quite frequently as well. Those guys are world class players with world class prep though.
At our level, the immediate loss of space and the huge lag in black's development more often than not put him on a precipice for most of the early middle game.
When both sides are going to make at least a few mistakes in a game, putting yourself in a position where your first mistake could be your last is tough.
It’s not that it’s bad, it’s that people almost never go for it in my experience. There’s like 50 other solid choices for black in response to the QG.
That’s just how gambits are. Any given gambit usually almost always either accepted or declined, I don’t know of many that are 50/50.
There’s a million Indian defenses alone. King’s, Queen’s, Grunfeld, Neo-Grunfeld, Nimzo-Indian, Bogo-Indian, Old Indian, East Indian, Benoni, Modern Defense. Then the Slav, Semi-Slav, and Ragozin are really popular too.
I like to play the Grunfeld as black. The Slav and Nimzo-Indian are annoying as white.
Harbour Dog is weird, he doesn't play the English the way most people do, which is the fianchettoing of the LS bishop. I play the Queen's Pawn. King's Pawn is fun but what actually gives me the most trouble isn't the Sicilian, it's 1...e5. I get absolutely destroyed as white in the Ruy Lopez and similar games.
@Bogart me and @Harbour Dog in Chess Live960. This one was a wild back-and-forth, but I won as white. Make no mistake though, HarbourDog won the dozen other games easily.
I was able to watch one of the Nakamura-Carlsen games. Naka always feels like he is the guy to beat in rapid, regardless of who is across the board from him.
I hope Dubov breaks out some wacky well-prepared lines like the King's Gambit or Grob's Opening or something; guy is as close as we have to Tal in this generation.
It's worth looking up the Dubov-Giri game where he castles into an empty half of the board... and wins! From the lowest-ranked beginner to Magnus Carlsen; that castle looks like it should be death warmed-over.
Most Ridiculous Castling Move Ever?! - Top 10 of the 2010s - Dubov vs. Giri, 2019
Dubov just levelled the match with Hikaru!
The last game was extremely instructive for how to play closed positions. Would definitely be worth watching a replay of with the Hess-Botez commentary.
As long as you know what you're doing in it, I'm sure the Dutch is solid at any level!
I find myself rooting for Dubov over Nakamura, though I like them both a lot. I'm normally drawn to the underdog anyway, but Dubov's unconventional style is difficult to root against. It's a reminder of how much better the game would be if engines never existed and players' personalities showed through in their games a little more.
FYI I started a full-time job so I haven’t been on a lot.
Jiminey Cricket fricken DaveG is a 1974. 98.8% percentile. I thought that was his birthday at first.
DaveG is an all-time draft veteran.
No worries, Man. I'm in a groove now where I've been playing a bit more often.
Always up for a game when you are able to play!
7 more points and I'm sticking to playing unrated in that case.
Carlsen interviews are always entertaining when he gets it in his head that the interviewer is asking dumb questions haha
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