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October 23, 2006
Thoughts upon a position: 4. Jussupow or Yusupov
I advise the readers of Greek chess magazine “Chess for all” to be careful when they download games for their chess database from various locations. There is always a chance that names of the players are not spelled correctly, or, as in the case of the ex-Soviet (now German) GM, their name is adopted to the language of their new citizenship.
“Training for the tournament player” is a book written by Mark Dvoretsky and Artur Yusupov, and today’s position is taken from this book. The game dates back to 1883 between Zukertort and Blackburn and the position appeared after White’s move 17.Rae1
Yusupov spends more than a page to explain the above position and provide not just a move (that Blackburn didn’t play) but a whole plan to support his idea. I ask you to post your own thoughts. Assess the position, make a plan and take part in our discussion.
And have fun…
October 08, 2006
September 2006 - Spotlight on Class B
In this entry, I single out the Class B players and note their accomplishments. Of course, you move in and out of classes, so this is just a snapshot in time. No one is a B forever. All of these data were collected at the end of September.
There are no class distinctions in noting Anniversaries, so there is no additional information here for Class B. But I failed to mention on the previous post that foinaven's anniversary is not really a "one year" anniversary. Under the name peakbagger, he gave us five years of distinguished play. He was, and is, a top citizen of playChess.de.
These Class B players are at the top of list in games played. (Already noted in the general blog is mrchess with 2,661 games.
Tournament WinsThese players have the most tournament wins:
Game WinsHere are the B's who have the most game wins, excepting the already noted mrchess with his astounding 1,038 wins:
October 03, 2006
Thoughts upon a position: 3. Right you are if you think you are
No, the position pictured below has not been played by the Italian theatrical play writer Luigi Pirandello. It is used by GM Kotov (and reproduced by Aleksey Bartashnikov) as an example of middle game planning for the White side. As you can see both sides have completed the development of their pieces, and it is White’s turn to play. There are a lot of different choices for White, according to his taste and ability. All seem objectively equal. Please, post your own comments about the position. What would you play if you were White? What is the plan that you have in mind?
By the way... Don't scan your database for games with the above position. You are going to find a couple of games (the position is not fictional) but you are going to miss the fun of deciding your plan as if the position comes from one of your own games.
It's up to you...
October 01, 2006
Enjoy the new blog version of playChess.de Community Recognition. Corrections, comments and suggestions are more than welcome.
The following people have been on playChess.de the longest: Jeroen (Joined 2000.06.18), lostpawn2000 (Joined 2000.06.30), cabe (Joined 2000.07.08), mrchess (Joined 2000.07.10), NOHAU (Joined 2000.08.27).
These players have attained or are approaching significant anniversaries
6 Years completed recentlyarsenic joined 2000.09.07.
Approaching 6 Yearsddddale joined 2000.10.29. Goofy joined 2000.10.28. Matu joined 2000.10.28.
5 Years completed recentlygolddim joined 2001.09.15. pawnstorm joined 2001.09.28. Mosselman joined 2001.09.11. foxcar joined 2001.09.11.
Approaching 5 Yearsaadje joined 2001.10.16. AidyT joined 2001.10.11. daveboy6968 joined 2001.10.05.
4 Years completed recentlypionier joined 2002.09.27. R_I_C_H joined 2002.09.10. StevenL joined 2002.09.19.
Approaching 4 YearsAndy1 joined 2002.10.14. Abra joined 2002.10.20. froilo joined 2002.10.31. Jule joined 2002.10.05.
3 Years completed recentlyasskicker joined 2003.09.16. gonz_human joined 2003.09.18. GOChess joined 2003.09.21. Thrustnicely joined 2003.09.12.
Approaching 3 Yearsjonaslo joined 2003.10.22. PieceSeeker3 joined 2003.10.26. ocluanain joined 2003.10.04.
2 Years completed recentlyipakris joined 2004.09.19. terry joined 2004.09.04. PLAYCHESS1963 joined 2004.09.24. tiit145 joined 2004.09.17. Gordon joined 2004.09.08.
Approaching 2 Yearsorganic joined 2004.10.30.
1 Year completed recentlykanturali joined 2005.09.12. chess50 joined 2005.09.18. manifold joined 2005.09.21. Saladin joined 2005.09.18.
Approaching 1 YearPillsbury joined 2005.10.23. vangogh joined 2005.10.21. xmen joined 2005.10.24. Veltliner joined 2005.10.30. foinaven joined 2005.10.07. maus joined 2005.10.07. RUDI joined 2005.10.21. Bumble joined 2005.10.19. Kelthek joined 2005.10.14.
In this area, we list those who have played the most games: mrchess (Class B, 2661 games) , hal1958 (Class A, 2587 games) , epenz (Class C, 2244 games) , ama49 (Class C, 1788 games) , Milosforman (Class C, 1569 games) .
What's special about these folks? They have just qualified for the ranking list by completing at least 10 games: Domi (Class A, 10 games, joined 2006.02.15), Bo (Class B, 10 games, joined 2005.12.24), Vossie (Class C, 11 games, joined 2006.08.22), clansman (Class C, 11 games, joined 2006.04.25), Piano (Class A, 12 games, joined 2006.06.16).
Here are players who have the most tournament wins: hal1958 ( 89 wins, class A), ETC_Chess ( 75 wins, class E), Goofy ( 74 wins, class E), luciano59 ( 62 wins, class M), ama49 ( 62 wins, class C).
Here is a list of those who have the most game wins: hal1958 ( 1100 wins, class A), mrchess ( 1038 wins, class B), epenz ( 772 wins, class C), ama49 ( 752 wins, class C), Matu ( 664 wins, class E).