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Re: The Abysmal Depths of Chess
Reply #17 - 08/01/20 at 13:13:11
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Laramonet wrote on 08/01/20 at 09:03:58:
It will be nice to follow your efforts on the Yusupov challenge.
One idea to increase the numbers - split up GB or is that too nationalist ? Extra views from Wales anyway !


I think I'm going to need some cheerleading with Yusupov - but that's one of the reasons why I decided to write about it. Don't want to wimp out in public.

Re: splitting up GB. I would happily cheat my way to four extra countries this way but unfortunately I'm reliant on blogger for the stats and they only list "United Kingdom" rather than England/Scotland/Wales/Norther Ireland.


I'm up to 54 now, by the way. Thailand and Serbia joined the club yesterday.

  

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Reply #16 - 08/01/20 at 09:03:58
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It will be nice to follow your efforts on the Yusupov challenge.
One idea to increase the numbers - split up GB or is that too nationalist ? Extra views from Wales anyway !
  
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Re: The Abysmal Depths of Chess
Reply #15 - 07/31/20 at 13:17:43
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The Abysmal Depths of Chess
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com
July 2020


Beat the Masters
- Analyse a position then compare your thoughts with a dozen or so British chess masters.


14: There’s a queen sac in the air. Is it right?
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/07/btm-14a-thunderclap-newman....

15: I finally get a complete solution (needless to say, this position is easier than the others)
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/07/btm-15a-finally.html

16: A knight and pawn ending
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/07/btm-16a-knights-and-pawns.h...

17: Does it matter if you make a mistake setting up the board and spend an hour analysing the wrong position?
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/07/btm-17a-all-work-is-good-wo...

18: On the importance of studying classic game
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/07/btm-18a-study-classics.html

19: Simple tactics aren’t necessarily easy
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/07/btm-19a-simple-isnt-always-...

20: Trying out a cognitive tool to help assess  chess positions
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/07/btm-20a-my-cat-keeps-purrin...

21: Does it help if you recognise the opening from which I middlegame position derived?
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/07/btm-21a-rose-by-any-other-n...



Chess in the 80s
- A collection of random items from old chess magazines


4: Tal interview from CHESS July 1988
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/07/chess-in-80s-4-tal-intervie...

5 Readers letters  from January 1989
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/07/chess-in-80s-5-readers-lett...

6: Photographs of chess players (including a Soviet GM giving a simul in a local British chess club) from CHESS March 1989
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/07/chess-in-80s-6-soviet-in-bi...

7: Kasparov interview from CHESS August 1988
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/07/chess-in-80s-7-kasparov-int...

8: Adverts for books, clocks and chess sets from CHESS October 1988
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/07/chess-in-80s-8-for-sale-101...



Knowing Me Knowing Yusupov
- Halfway through the month I decided to make another attempt on the Yusupov challenge and write a series of posts documenting my journey.


1: Knowing Me Knowing Yusupov - the importance of notebooks
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/07/knowing-me-knowing-yusupov....

2: Are we there yet? - How long does it take to finish the 10 books?
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/07/knowing-me-knowing-yusupov-...



Countries Which Have Sent Somebody to The Abysmal Depths of Chess
I’m now up to 52, the latest being Paraguay
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/p/the-abysmal-depths-of-ches-visito...
  

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Re: The Abysmal Depths of Chess
Reply #14 - 07/04/20 at 02:42:31
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TopNotch wrote on 06/30/20 at 19:38:33:
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Are they any modern books that lay out these motifs in the Sicilian as lucidly as levy did I wonder.




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Re: The Abysmal Depths of Chess
Reply #13 - 06/30/20 at 19:38:33
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Nice stuff, brings back many pleasant memories from my beginnings in chess. By the way, I have that book Sacrifices In The Sicilian, a real Classic in my opinion.

In the first example: 6: White against the Sicilian

My immediate instinct was Qh6, then Nd5 and finally Bxg7 which works nicely after a bit of confirmation calculation. What I really liked about Levy's book is that he also illustrated when the sacrifices looked good but didn't actually work and why, many amateurs play sacrifices like this on feel alone without backing it up with some solid calculation, lose to a strong player get frustrated and turn to 1.Nf3 or The London System next time out. What levy's book made abundantly clear to me is that one cannot hope to play the Open Sicilian successfully without mastering all these typical sacrifices: Nd5 or Bd5; Bxg7; Qh6; Nxb5 or Bxb5; Nf5; Rxc3 did I miss any.

Are they any modern books that lay out these motifs in the Sicilian as lucidly as levy did I wonder.

Edit: To partly answer my own question there is also Bxe6 and Nxe6 Smiley
  

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Re: The Abysmal Depths of Chess
Reply #12 - 06/30/20 at 17:17:51
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@JonathanB -- This is great stuff.  Really enjoying it.  Thanks for posting.
  
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Reply #11 - 06/30/20 at 16:59:30
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UPDATE for the end of June. I'm now up to 13 positions published and I've added a weekly post of general history;


Beat the Masters
6: White against the Sicilian
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/06/btm-6a-pattern-recognition-...

7: Versus the Sicilian again. Different but the same?
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/06/btm-7a-tadoc-ram.html

8: Endgame or Opening?
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/06/btm-8a-from-endgame-into-op...

9: Are you better than a late 80s chess computer? part 1
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/06/btm-9a-beat-kasparov-strato...

10: Are you better than a late 80s chess computer? part 2
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/06/btm-10a-beat-kasparov-strat...

11: Another White against the Sicilian (on reflection, that’s probably quite enough of these for the time being)
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/06/btm-11a-on-importance-of-kn...

12: The first BtM I looked at
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/06/btm-12a-first-one.html

13: When both kings are vulnerable
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/06/btm-13a-on-hitting-cows-ars...




Chess in the 80s
Towards the start of the month I realised that I was really enjoying flicking through the magazines as well as studying the Beat the Masters positions … so I decided to start a weekly post publishing other bits and pieces.


1: some photographs of chess players at work back in the day
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/06/chess-in-80s-1-april-1988.h...

2: Computer ads
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/06/chess-in-80s-2-computer-ads...

3: Editorial (FIDE top 10, a World Cup Cross table, Speelman-Short match and have they found the next Bobby Fischer?)
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/06/chess-in-80s-3-editorial-08...




Countries Which Have Sent Somebody to The Abysmal Depths of Chess
I’m now up to n = 45 at the time of writing
https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/p/the-abysmal-depths-of-ches-visito...


Argentina; Australia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Bahrain; Belgium; Brazil; Canada; Costa Rica; Czech Republic; Denmark; Egypt; Finland; France; Germany; Great Britain; Greece; Hong Kong; Iceland; India; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Japan; Lithuania; Mexico; Netherlands; New Zealand; Nigeria; Norway; Philippines; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Taiwan; Turkey; Ukraine; United Arab Emirates; USA
  

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Re: The Abysmal Depths of Chess
Reply #10 - 06/06/20 at 23:10:29
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VGA wrote on 06/06/20 at 21:41:32:
You should post your blog on reddit, on the /chess subreddit.

By the way, you should have another country on your list after today!


Good idea. Thanks for the tip.


I'm now up to 33 countries. If you're not one of these new ones let me know and I'll add you in.


Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA
  

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You should post your blog on reddit, on the /chess subreddit.

By the way, you should have another country on your list after today!
  
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Reply #8 - 06/06/20 at 12:09:12
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Def Magnus. Probably eating a toasted sardine sandwich whilst he reads your blog.
  
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Re: The Abysmal Depths of Chess
Reply #7 - 06/06/20 at 07:48:18
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an ordinary chessplayer wrote on 06/05/20 at 18:01:03:
But returning to the topic, I find the whole idea that reading and not commenting is somehow "not giving back" to be just from some other planet. I have the right to remain silent, and honestly believe that the more I exercise that right, the better off the world will be. Yes, I have a sense of irony... maybe this would have been an especially good time to remain silent!

Silence doesn't mean anything. It doesn't mean I'm selfish, nor generous. It doesn't mean I agree, nor disagree. Sometimes I'm mulling over an appropriate response, sometimes I've already moved on to the next topic. Silence is my default mode, don't read anything into it that isn't there.

The average lifespan of a blog is 100 days. I just wanted to encourage JonathanB not to give up too quickly if he doesn't see much reactions.  Naturally nobody is obliged to respond. However small compliments can make the difference of continuing or not and if people enjoy the content then it makes sense to sometimes tell that to the writer.
  
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Re: The Abysmal Depths of Chess
Reply #6 - 06/05/20 at 22:11:37
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Lauri Torni wrote on 06/05/20 at 07:16:16:
Count me too! Greetings from Finland


Hello!

I had a feeling that chesspub had an international readership, but I had no idea to what extent. I've gone from 21 countries to 29 in the last 24 hours or so since I started the thread:-

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA



brabo wrote on 06/05/20 at 05:15:26:
Sometimes I really wonder who the person from the exotic country is ....

I've got a few page views from someone in Norway. I'm just assuming it's Magnus. I mean it's got to be, right?



Dink Heckler wrote on 06/05/20 at 08:53:13:
I loved that series! It was fascinating and hugely instructive to see how different players approached the same position. Thanks for doing this.


Yes, this is is what I like most about Beat the Masters. It's a very different kind of experience to playing through annotated games. However good the analysis you're still only getting one person's perspective.



kylemeister wrote on 06/04/20 at 21:20:47:
One bit I recall is that Michael Basman was (at least once) among the panelists.


Blimey. I'd forgotten that. I haven't got to the articles where he joins in.  I'm not sure matching his choices too frequently would altogether be a good thing, mind.



an ordinary chessplayer wrote on 06/05/20 at 18:01:03:
When I write, I don't need any feedback at all to feel satisfaction with what I wrote.


Hi OCP.
I think you used to comment on the Streatham & Brixton chess blog that I used to write for some time ago. That was a very different kind of blog to what I'm doing now, though.



TBH with The Abysmal Depths of Chess, I'm really primarily doing it to help keep my motivation up going to carry on ploughing through the series.

I hope some people like the positions too that will be a definite bonus.  I'm also hoping to get a regular group of people discussing the positions in the comments to each post but I think that's going to take a while to build up if it ever happens.

I also think that Beat the Masters is a series that deserves to be remembered for all sorts of reasons. So just getting some snippets of it out there and accessible is good enough for me.
  

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Reply #5 - 06/05/20 at 18:01:03
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@anybody who has a blog - Good job maintaining it, I know it's hard work.

@brabo - I've looked at a couple of your posts when you mention them here, but don't really follow your blog. Our approaches to chess are too different.

brabo wrote on 06/05/20 at 05:15:26:
Also realize that for each comment on the blog, you have approximately 100 silent readers. This can be frustrating sometimes as you give a lot but get little or nothing back.

I must say this kind of thinking is diametrically opposite to mine. When I write, I don't need any feedback at all to feel satisfaction with what I wrote. In fact I rather expect most responses to be critical, otherwise people won't bother.

Similarly when I read, I can lurk for years (decades even!) on a message board or blog without making a single comment. Agree, disagree, doesn't matter. I read for my own education, not to engage in debate or to pump up someone else's ego. Actually, I'm not sure what possessed me to register on chesspub and start posting, but here we are. Not getting enough chess I suppose. But returning to the topic, I find the whole idea that reading and not commenting is somehow "not giving back" to be just from some other planet. I have the right to remain silent, and honestly believe that the more I exercise that right, the better off the world will be. Yes, I have a sense of irony... maybe this would have been an especially good time to remain silent!

Silence doesn't mean anything. It doesn't mean I'm selfish, nor generous. It doesn't mean I agree, nor disagree. Sometimes I'm mulling over an appropriate response, sometimes I've already moved on to the next topic. Silence is my default mode, don't read anything into it that isn't there.
  
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Reply #4 - 06/05/20 at 08:53:13
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I loved that series! It was fascinating and hugely instructive to see how different players approached the same position. Thanks for doing this.
  

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Reply #3 - 06/05/20 at 07:16:16
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Count me too! Greetings from Finland
  

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