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    (Original post by IrrationalRoot)
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    Might try 960, seen a few games (by Jerry and some top GMs) but never actually played. Yeah it's nice that it's immune to theory/memorisation.
    Just reminds me of the sort of stuff certain bullet players will say after victory. The faster you go, the more trash talk there is..

    I find it more fun to play than watch for some reason. To be honest I don't see what particular advantage chess has over chess 960...a lot of games seem to be staler as a result of theory rather than richer. But it is also nice in a way to have established systems.
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    (Original post by 13 1 20 8 42)
    Just reminds me of the sort of stuff certain bullet players will say after victory. The faster you go, the more trash talk there is..

    I find it more fun to play than watch for some reason. To be honest I don't see what particular advantage chess has over chess 960...a lot of games seem to be staler as a result of theory rather than richer. But it is also nice in a way to have established systems.
    I think it makes a lot more sense to enjoy playing more than watching lol. I only enjoy watching a lot more because of the stress of online chess games. I don't know why they stress/drain me so much but they do. OTB I'd be fine though which is strange, but oh well at least then I'll be able to play lots without having this odd... hindrance.

    Chess960 is theoretically a better game but I still prefer regular chess, probably for the reason you described.
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    (Original post by IrrationalRoot)
    I think it makes a lot more sense to enjoy playing more than watching lol. I only enjoy watching a lot more because of the stress of online chess games. I don't know why they stress/drain me so much but they do. OTB I'd be fine though which is strange, but oh well at least then I'll be able to play lots without having this odd... hindrance.

    Chess960 is theoretically a better game but I still prefer regular chess, probably for the reason you described.
    I'm kind of the opposite. Well, slow games can be quite relaxing and meditative. But OTB blitz stresses me out like mad lol. There is something to be said for actually moving the pieces though. And the more involved process makes you think more. There's less...commitment so to speak in online chess. You're just moving things around with your cursor. In real life, you feel more foolish actively plonking a piece down and being met with mate in one.

    Yeah I suppose chess is complex enough without additional chaos. Opening theory brings some structure.
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    Played a two hours each game against Houdini with ELO capped at 2000 (whatever that means..) I was mainly doing other stuff because I'm not going to sit staring at a chess game for four hours if there's no real opponent, but eh. Basically it pretty much played the opening cluelessly, leaving me a winning game, which it saved, before winning material tactically to equalise, then gradually built up a winning advantage itself as it played perfectly and I made several poor choices. The lesson I've tried to take away, given my earlier failings to capitalise on a big advantage, is that always looking for some kind of great knockout blow, or a strong "attack" is silly. If the opportunity to convert your advantage to something concrete, material in this case, arises, might as well take it. I ignored a hanging pawn for ages trying to find something more spectacular, and ultimately everything fizzled out. Be2 is a nice shot; I saw it as soon as b4 was played, but I hadn't thought of b4 in that particular instance, that was the problem. Then I think it is still pretty equal but I have to play accurately. My knight is beautiful but it is not enough, and in the end the queen controls the important diagonal and the endgame will be lost, with the knight's support pawn soon to be hunted down and its power destroyed (if I don't take the queen it would seem even worse).

    https://www.chess.com/analysis-board...ram_id=3132522
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    lol looks like everybody's gone here but idc
    Just played an almost perfect game supposedly..
    25 excellent moves and 1 "good" move. average centipawn loss of 2.
    I was pleased to see the line that led to me winning a piece. Tendency to miscalculate in actual games. Of course a pawn is good, but a pawn and a piece is better..

    https://www.chess.com/live/game/1725645214
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    (Original post by 13 1 20 8 42)
    lol looks like everybody's gone here but idc
    Just played an almost perfect game supposedly..
    25 excellent moves and 1 "good" move. average centipawn loss of 2.
    I was pleased to see the line that led to me winning a piece. Tendency to miscalculate in actual games. Of course a pawn is good, but a pawn and a piece is better..

    https://www.chess.com/live/game/1725645214
    Gosh that's accurate lol.
    I know I was a piece up in this game from the start, but I just love how I played it anyway - not giving my opponent even an ounce of counterplay, full on positionally strangling my opponent as Silman has taught me .

    https://en.lichess.org/zkShk7TH/black#94
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    (Original post by IrrationalRoot)
    Gosh that's accurate lol.
    I know I was a piece up in this game from the start, but I just love how I played it anyway - not giving my opponent even an ounce of counterplay, full on positionally strangling my opponent as Silman has taught me .

    https://en.lichess.org/zkShk7TH/black#94
    Indeed crushing counterplay is one of the most gratifying things you can do in chess. Conversely, being up material and allowing game-turning counterplay is one of the most soul-destroying things you can do in chess.
    edit: I see you also like to promote to a rook when it gets the job done. Minimalism lol.
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    (Original post by 13 1 20 8 42)
    Indeed crushing counterplay is one of the most gratifying things you can do in chess. Conversely, being up material and allowing game-turning counterplay is one of the most soul-destroying things you can do in chess.
    Well said haha. Being much more aware of my opponent's counterplay than my own play is what I'm working on in my games these days (like I play much chess at all lol, but definitely when I start playing a lot). It's great; it makes everything so secure, you're always in control of the game, you can end up beating masters and of course the best part - once you've strangled them, you can take your time torturing them, no need to be too quick to win (as shown in that game I played lol).
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    (Original post by 13 1 20 8 42)
    I see you also like to promote to a rook when it gets the job done. Minimalism lol.
    I was hoping you'd notice that XD. Yep minimalism ftw.
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    (Original post by IrrationalRoot)
    Well said haha. Being much more aware of my opponent's counterplay than my own play is what I'm working on in my games these days (like I play much chess at all lol, but definitely when I start playing a lot). It's great; it makes everything so secure, you're always in control of the game, you can end up beating masters and of course the best part - once you've strangled them, you can take your time torturing them, no need to be too quick to win (as shown in that game I played lol).
    That's probably my absolute biggest problem. I don't think I'm a horrendous planner, the problem is working out how to implement my plans while stopping my opponent's. And indeed, the pendulum can swing the other way and you can make too many "fearful" moves so to speak and then everything fizzles out. Your comments remind me of a famous Karpov game; I believe it was the one in this lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2M3lmQ37Yw

    (Original post by IrrationalRoot)
    I was hoping you'd notice that XD. Yep minimalism ftw.
    For a different kind of minimalism and torture I enjoy the following:

    47. ...Bh3+
    48. Kg1 Nd4
    49. Kh1 *random passing move* (e.g. a5)
    50. Kg1 Ne2 +
    51. Kh1 Be2#
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    (Original post by 13 1 20 8 42)
    That's probably my absolute biggest problem. I don't think I'm a horrendous planner, the problem is working out how to implement my plans while stopping my opponent's. And indeed, the pendulum can swing the other way and you can make too many "fearful" moves so to speak and then everything fizzles out. Your comments remind me of a famous Karpov game; I believe it was the one in this lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2M3lmQ37Yw



    For a different kind of minimalism and torture I enjoy the following:

    47. ...Bh3+
    48. Kg1 Nd4
    49. Kh1 *random passing move* (e.g. a5)
    50. Kg1 Ne2 +
    51. Kh1 Be2#
    Definitely gonna watch that if I haven't already; I love Finegold's lectures .Yeah simply considering counterplay a lot will improve your strategic game massively. Some of my best games are won almost without tactics haha.

    Lol I guess various torture methods were at my disposal. But I like the cheeky underpromotion to a rook .
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    (Original post by 13 1 20 8 42)
    That's probably my absolute biggest problem. I don't think I'm a horrendous planner, the problem is working out how to implement my plans while stopping my opponent's. And indeed, the pendulum can swing the other way and you can make too many "fearful" moves so to speak and then everything fizzles out. Your comments remind me of a famous Karpov game; I believe it was the one in this lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2M3lmQ37Yw



    For a different kind of minimalism and torture I enjoy the following:

    47. ...Bh3+
    48. Kg1 Nd4
    49. Kh1 *random passing move* (e.g. a5)
    50. Kg1 Ne2 +
    51. Kh1 Be2#
    You wanna play some bughouse on chess.com some time? I haven't played bughouse in years but sounds like it'd be fun.
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    (Original post by IrrationalRoot)
    You wanna play some bughouse on chess.com some time? I haven't played bughouse in years but sounds like it'd be fun.
    I tried, and it was horrible. I hate bughouse, I think. I lose almost immediately, even against people who only slightly outclass me (or perhaps don't even outclass at me at all) in normal chess. Maybe I'll try to play some more games and see if it changes my mind.
    edit: I just played a game and aided a 2020 to victory with checkmate on my board lel. My opponent had so many pieces to block things with and forgot about them it seemed..
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    I tried, and it was horrible. I hate bughouse, I think. I lose almost immediately, even against people who only slightly outclass me (or perhaps don't even outclass at me at all) in normal chess. Maybe I'll try to play some more games and see if it changes my mind.
    edit: I just played a game and aided a 2020 to victory with checkmate on my board lel. My opponent had so many pieces to block things with and forgot about them it seemed..
    Lol I played one game and had so many extra pieces but didn't drop a single one lol. Couldn't find a suitable time; it's a lot harder to use extra pieces than one might think. Luckily we still won though, but I have to say bughouse is not as fun as I thought, at least online. Bughouse OTB I remember was always fun.
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    (Original post by IrrationalRoot)
    Lol I played one game and had so many extra pieces but didn't drop a single one lol. Couldn't find a suitable time; it's a lot harder to use extra pieces than one might think. Luckily we still won though, but I have to say bughouse is not as fun as I thought, at least online. Bughouse OTB I remember was always fun.
    Well the social and team element, which is a unique selling point of Bughouse (otherwise why not play Crazyhouse..), is certainly diluted by playing online.
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    https://www.chess.com/analysis-board...ram_id=3136324

    Just played a super exciting attacking 30|0 game (I'm white). I was so pissed off when I completely screwed the earlier parts, getting too focused on the wrong things and playing loads of bad moves to completely turn the game from a strong advantage for me to a strong advantage for them. But then they got greedy going for the exchange (I enjoyed the calm and ominous 24. f5) I'm annoyed I made so many mistakes, but pleased by my attitude/grabbing of the initiative, I suppose. It's more satisfying to have like 10 sizeable errors but decent practical play in a game like this than to do nothing technically inaccurate in a lifeless position.

    27. Nd5 is such a pretty move, also blocking the queen from any bothersome checks on the diagonal.
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    (Original post by 13 1 20 8 42)
    https://www.chess.com/analysis-board...ram_id=3136324

    Just played a super exciting attacking 30|0 game (I'm white). I was so pissed off when I completely screwed the earlier parts, getting too focused on the wrong things and playing loads of bad moves to completely turn the game from a strong advantage for me to a strong advantage for them. But then they got greedy going for the exchange (I enjoyed the calm and ominous 24. f5) I'm annoyed I made so many mistakes, but pleased by my attitude/grabbing of the initiative, I suppose. It's more satisfying to have like 10 sizeable errors but decent practical play in a game like this than to do nothing technically inaccurate in a lifeless position.

    27. Nd5 is such a pretty move, also blocking the queen from any bothersome checks on the diagonal.
    Are you up for playing another friendly sometime 13 or irrational?
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    Are you up for playing another friendly sometime 13 or irrational?
    Sure if you like although I'm getting a bit tired of proper games at current standard, hanging all my pieces and having no plans
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    Sure if you like although I'm getting a bit tired of proper games at current standard, hanging all my pieces and having no plans
    You will be a lot better than me if you have been doing all of this practice. I only play for fun!
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    (Original post by john2054)
    You will be a lot better than me if you have been doing all of this practice. I only play for fun!
    Nah I cannot apply myself, I always stress myself out and play moves I know are sub-par.
 
 
 
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