Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Tactic from History















White to move: [1.h4 h5 2.Kh2 g6 g3 resigns]. Black is in Zugzwang (think about it before highlighting the moves between the bracket) .

Is this really a terribly difficult or profound position? Not really. But at the beach today (after two days of work on our global middlegame collaborative effort, the reason for my relative blogger hiatus), I recognized the game instantly, and knew the game was based on the inevitable b5 push, and was a Nimzowitsch game.

I admit, my instant thought was Nimzowitsch-Johner, which of course it is not: it is the classic Alekhine-Nimzowitsch 1930 game. But having looked at thousands of GM games, I knew in about two seconds that it was Nimzowitsch. It does sink in. How many of you recognized this, or recognized the position at a glance?



Geartness: A Triumphant Nadal. The end of an era, doubtless painful for Roger Federer recently at Wimbleton

Lots going on behind the scenes. More latter. Warmest congratulations to blunderprone, likeForests, Getting to 2000, and chessLoser simply for making it to the World Open. Man. Also double kudos to likeForests, 5th in the unrated at the recent World Open in Philadelphia. Outstanding.

Why am I blogging less? It is the intensity of our gmC effort (only 4,158 positions, rendered by six persons, link above), and deep immersion on chessBase GM games (extensively) when not otherwise occupied. My passion and interest is not less, just am full, full, full and full.





















American Swimmer: Michael Phelps chasing phenomenon and legend Mark Spitz in Olympic Glory: in pursuit of more gold metals, a body made for the pool!

Polly! [1].

Warmest, dk]

[1] If I keep posting decent pictures, sooner rather than latter I will perhaps re-earn my right to post more femaile, erotic pictures guys!

12 Comments:

Blogger Hidden Leaf said...

Blast, the new "blog list" feature doesn't do the text colouring, so I saw the answer before the board. Thankfully it's still way above my tactic's level anyway.

Did you actually see (part of) that thrilling Wimbledon gentlemen's final? Even as the game progressed, no doubt thanks to the rain breaks, the tennis was still of such a high level and so beautiful.

Wed Jul 09, 05:14:00 AM PDT  
OpenID liquideggproduct said...

Er. Just looking at where Phelps got those tattoos placed makes me queasy.

Wed Jul 09, 02:19:00 PM PDT  
Blogger likesforests said...

Glad to hear the GMC project is coming along well. At the World Open I met someone who said they were from Seattle and asked them about chess clubs and tourneys there, but it turned out they were from Redmond (the evil empire!). After your work on this initiative and all your blitz experience I am sure you will do very well upon your return to OTB competitive chess.

Thu Jul 10, 07:52:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Wahrheit said...

Federer will return! It is not the end of an era (yet). I look forward to the U.S. Open.

Glad you returned to, dk.

LEP--the only reason to have tattoos there is so that your partner knows they're being bonked by a "Wolverine." Competitive swimmers are mostly a big bunch of masochists, anyway.

Thu Jul 10, 09:48:00 AM PDT  
Blogger transformation said...

@hiddenLeaf:
no, i had to go to work at the end of the fourth round. mind you, i simply cannot sit in front of the TV but more than able to keep it on near my computor, while doing tasks here. i am not a tennis player, but respect great athleticism having only been a runner/alpine climber/cyclist/ karateka.

@liquid egg:
yes, i got the same odd feeling, but looked at many good photos of him, and this was the only one that showed his essence.

@likeForests:
mark my words without the slightest hint of exaduration: i was already very, very motivated to reach for this before your fantastic starting result, but you experience very, very greatly motivates me even more. very true. inspirational.

the only obstacle is that i simply am vehemently oppossed to the one day Quad phenomenon, and want a real test. but maybe this is what i aught to do anyway. i thought that there would be tons up here in seattle, but not much.

there is a three day open in late August, but leaves me little time to prepare as i surely will, when i do. i want to start out at least 1600 if not 1700+. this is my goal and seems to fit my knowledge and skill and experience.

but my imbalance now is too much analytic work and too little play, which can be fixed on line (mind you, not the same but not the end of the world). also, again, gmC is a real beast, and now every day think of BDK when he was secretary Knight. takes a LOT of time and takes from other things. but allows me to practice leadership, project management, and diplomacy.

i never thought of you with a beard. never, never, never.

warmest, dk

Thu Jul 10, 11:39:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Hidden Leaf said...

I don't have the patience for a whole tournement of tennis, but the last sets of the finals are something special. Usually it's also very much a test of stamina.

You didn't list it, but I think I read somewhere on you're blog that you were once a kenshi?

If so, and even when not,
Gassho!
Hidden Leaf.

Thu Jul 10, 01:11:00 PM PDT  
Blogger transformation said...

my very, very first true 'teacher' in its highest sense played rod laver at wimbleton. he said that 'he had an arm like this:', making a large circle for the forearm. he also played at the italian open. my friend was a enormous alcoholic. i cannot talk with him now. he has a bad altzimers. the worst. one of the two most brilliant men (or women) that i have ever known.

schooled me in Popper, Wittgenstein, Husserl, Weber, and the other great sociologists. went to his house every friday night for a year, in college, to chat. very straight forward guy.

wanted chinese, but had to do Czeck instead, at the monteray language school. 'one guy blew his cork', and 'they carried him out in the middle of the night, yelling and screaming in chinese. total immersion school. fluent in three months, then a spy in europe.

he was a bridge master, a pool hustler, ping pong, chess, computor programming and a very, very good man.

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i am highly trained. i can still almost do a full split, at age fifty with no stretching, and if it comes to 'that' wont need my hands much...

makes for very good love making, as far as being able to get into all kinds of good angles. :) but that, right now, is but a distant memory :)

Thu Jul 10, 01:21:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Hidden Leaf said...

That stretching is quite impressive, I can't do it and I'm not even thirty. A friend of mine in his 40's can, but he has a Taekwondo background.

But am I correct that I picked up somewhere that you did train Shorinji Kempo? It's one of the things I do to become, as you put it, highly trained.

Thu Jul 10, 01:47:00 PM PDT  
Blogger transformation said...

a. first Shorinji kempo (Jap. for Sharlin boeing, transl. old forest boxing)
b. shito ryu
c. then okinawan kempo kobudo.

a. was a mix of hapkido, jujitsu, karate, tae kwan do, and judo.
b. side stance.
c. front stance.

in the end, i used to always pick up strange hitch hikers without fear but now respect what i do not know and who i do not know, far more.

but the legs are still good, the arms less so.

the real martial art i studied was gestalt therapy, or deep Jungian work. also, most of all, my guru, while deceptively a fiftyish woman whom you think was any attractive woman, say, just had her hair and nails done, very put together, was in fact a real full contact, deadly killer. she trained us all full contact mentally. im not kidding.

she is the real teacher, the real hard hitting one.

and, in the end, she took us past ignorance, arrogance, and stupidity to love, compassion, and kindness.

this is now, how i live.

but sometimes, to love another is to confront them and challenge them.

my tradition is full on.

Thu Jul 10, 06:13:00 PM PDT  
Blogger BlunderProne said...

David,

I am sure you're analytical skills of chess and the vast knowledge you possess could excell you way past 1700, 1800 even. But with out any OTB psychological testing of the metal, your results may not show as much. Likesforests, truely is on par with Class B and Class A, but he laked the face to face and human factor of the game. An impressive first outing result he did have. I hope the best for you. I hope you exceed your goals, but I hope you're not dissuaded either if you fall short of your mark due to the unpredictable element known as the human psyche.

Best wishes, BP

Mon Jul 14, 06:15:00 PM PDT  
Blogger RT Solo said...

LOL I love that movie Dinner with Andre! I've never talked to anyone who had even heard of it before. How sheer dialogue can be so entertaining in a movie is quite an accomplishment. Anyway, just wanted to stop by and say thanks for commenting on my blog. :-)

Tue Jul 15, 07:03:00 PM PDT  
Blogger RT Solo said...

Hey DK, I just scored my first two wins on FICS! If you have time I'd love it if you could check them out and leave your thoughts, thanks!

Mon Jul 21, 05:22:00 PM PDT  

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