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by marandreo
Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:15 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Hello again everyone!
Replies: 3
Views: 5179

Re: Hello again everyone!

Welcome back!
Hope your new girlfriend can play chess! :wink:
Ciao.
by marandreo
Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:16 pm
Forum: Puzzles and Game Comentary
Topic: PlayerS Game of the Site #4
Replies: 1
Views: 6541

Re: PlayerS Game of the Site #4

Beloved Benko Gambit!
For the "classic" line with 4. cxb5 a6; 5. bxa6 , taste Hort - Alburt, Decin 1977! :shock:
Have fun!
by marandreo
Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Happy...
Replies: 21
Views: 33808

Re: Happy...

... Birthday to Levon Aronian (30).
by marandreo
Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:50 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: A couple of King's Indians!
Replies: 2
Views: 2894

Re: A couple of King's Indians!

Nice and interesting games for a woodpusher like me who loves the KID. Bravo Josh! Just a few comments. Let's start from the 2nd game (the easiest one, eh, Josh?!). The quite old but always playable alternatives at the 8th of Black are 8. ... Ne8 (for a quick f7-f5) and 8. ... cxd5; 9. Nxd5 (maybe) ...
by marandreo
Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:32 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Chess Overload !
Replies: 30
Views: 15492

Re: Chess Overload !

davidswhite wrote:The fact is that I absolutely hate the Openings and the theories which created them and can barely wait for each game to get out of anyone's book so that we can finally begin playing chess on our own.
:idea: So, it's time to start playing Fischer Random (alias Chess960)! :idea:
by marandreo
Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:27 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: It's Good To Be Back !
Replies: 10
Views: 7554

Re: It's Good To Be Back !

WELCOME BACK ABI!!!
by marandreo
Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Unusual or Rare photos of Robert Fischer
Replies: 13
Views: 13995

After all that has been said about him ....... BOBBY, WE MISS YOU!
by marandreo
Sun May 29, 2011 11:38 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Humorous Chess Quotations.
Replies: 10
Views: 6721

Message for islanderfan: believe it or not, too much work now (and I don't want to spend more time before the video than that I'm due to....). See you in july or august. Ciao.
by marandreo
Sat May 28, 2011 11:50 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Humorous Chess Quotations.
Replies: 10
Views: 6721

The winner is the one who makes the next-to-the-last blunder - Siegbert Tarrasch (..... or Groucho Marx?) :shock:
by marandreo
Mon Oct 18, 2010 1:39 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Thematic tnmt on Tarrasch variation in the French defence
Replies: 2
Views: 2394

I offered u a challenge. Quit stalling! Dear Brian, maybe my English is not enough understandable, but I already explained you more than once that I'm interested in relatively slow-paced thematic tmnts (and few else.....), since I still have the illusion I can progress. Hope you'll be 2400 soon to ...
by marandreo
Sun Oct 17, 2010 12:47 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Thematic tnmt on Tarrasch variation in the French defence
Replies: 2
Views: 2394

Thematic tnmt on Tarrasch variation in the French defence

Hi all,

three more are needed to start this tournament. Please join, you won't repent :!: C'mon :!:
by marandreo
Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:53 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Vacation
Replies: 24
Views: 8871

Oh boys (? - maybe many of you/us are over 50, eh?) were it not for the foreign (to me) language, this arena looks perfectly like the Italian parliament: much ado for nothing!!! If someone does need more time, simply play in/start tournaments with slower time controls, like I do (never timed out! ev...
by marandreo
Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:49 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Good-Bye To This Fantastic Chess Site !
Replies: 10
Views: 4392

How come everyone there in the world's richest country just say (really like we do here in Italy, damn!) "OH I'M SORRY" when a chess brother is in dire straits, as Abiodun told us? How come noone thinks he can do something for his chess brother, like finding him a job, or simply thinking about how t...
by marandreo
Sat Feb 27, 2010 3:49 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: puzzling?????
Replies: 3
Views: 2504

McCutcheon!

jpettit is right, the McCutcheon is one of the oldest variations in the French defence. After 5. e5 h6, the moves most frequently played are: a) 6. Bd2 (Lasker's suggestion, still reputed the best, but my knowledge of openings is that of the '70ies....:( ), 6. ... Bxc3; 7. bxc3 Ne4; 8. Qg4 etc.... a...
by marandreo
Thu Dec 24, 2009 1:28 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Happy Holidays, every one ! :)
Replies: 9
Views: 3611

Well said, abiodun (wise man!): Family first! That's why I ask my wife's advice when making moves! Don't worry, I have plenty of time to wait for your replies!

Merry Christmas to all!
by marandreo
Thu May 21, 2009 4:50 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: castle
Replies: 4
Views: 3169

You know I prefer to play thematic tournaments, so that I've the illusion I can learn something :? . If you organize one about an interesting opening, that's ok (and hopefully I'll get some interesting games to show to my young and old pupils at the chessclub lessons! 8) )
Ciao.
by marandreo
Thu May 21, 2009 4:49 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: castle
Replies: 4
Views: 3169

You know I prefer to play thematic tournaments, so that I've the illusion I can learn something :? . If you organize one about an interesting opening, that's ok (and hopefully I'll get some interesting games to show to my young ad old pupils at the chessclub lessons! 8) )
Ciao.
by marandreo
Wed May 20, 2009 12:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: castle
Replies: 4
Views: 3169

Castle

Sure he can! :lol: In the case you described the wandering King stops his walk to c8, while the White Bishop in e5 patrols the diagonal e5 - b8. This implies that the Black King does not touch any of the squares the enemy Bishop controls. No matter if the Rook does. The King is the big shot, remembe...
by marandreo
Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:52 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: game "got lost".
Replies: 0
Views: 3379

game "got lost".

Dear Greg, I've noticed that my game No. 1104946668 in the match No. 1227338168 ended up a couple of months ago and ... I haven't realized it :shock: :shock: :shock: . I received no communication, nor the game is listed in my "rating history". More, I'm (quite) sure it was not counted in my games pl...
by marandreo
Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:22 pm
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: Blitz Chess
Replies: 3
Views: 11822

You can find lots of sites where you can play blitz chess at various speed (1 min to 1 hrs and more) around the web. Moreover, in many you can choose rated or unrated play. If you are interested, dear langelli, I can give you some names, but it would be great if we could play rapid chess here "at ho...
by marandreo
Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:57 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: match 1209116943 (Thematic: Gruenfeld's 4. Qb3)
Replies: 0
Views: 3804

match 1209116943 (Thematic: Gruenfeld's 4. Qb3)

I just want to thank all those players who are taking part in this match I started, as it is really interesting and from which a woodpusher like me has something to learn 8) .
Thank you all guys, till next one!
by marandreo
Sat May 03, 2008 5:22 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: introducing myself
Replies: 17
Views: 11275

Oh my dear friend, you know I took a draconian decision: to play thematic tournaments only. That means I'm exaggerately optimist, hoping that I can learn something from that!!!, but alea iacta est.......... If you find an interesting opening and organize a tournament on it, OK!
Ciao!
by marandreo
Fri May 02, 2008 1:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: introducing myself
Replies: 17
Views: 11275

ooooooooooppppssss! sorry, it was only a short list ....(ehm ehm!) :oops: . At my age, memory comes and goes ..... :roll: .....we were talking about...?...?...?
by marandreo
Fri May 02, 2008 4:40 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: introducing myself
Replies: 17
Views: 11275

Re: introducing myself

is there someplace that gives a list of the top ranked players here? Hi daniel, in the past you could find the list at net-chess.com/ratinglist.cgi. There you could also find how many games have been played by a single player - it's a rough method to evaluate if the player's ranking corresponds - m...
by marandreo
Mon Feb 25, 2008 2:49 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Represent Your chess site: Me Against World!
Replies: 13
Views: 10347

Be careful on this site, people from Europe don't like people giving there views on things. Congratulations on your open-minded views, islanderfan! Marandreo from Old Europe. P.S. (means Post scriptum , it's Latin, the basis of modern States' laws, ever heard of?): maybe all of us should take part ...
by marandreo
Sun Jan 06, 2008 4:35 pm
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: Keeping track of conversation during play
Replies: 2
Views: 9875

Keeping track of conversation during play

Dear Greg, it might be nice to keep track of the conversation with our opponents as long as the game goes, since old people like I (nearly) am tend to forget sometimes what they told their partners weeks or even months before (brain is not constantly working well any longer!). It would be sufficient...
by marandreo
Mon Dec 24, 2007 1:20 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Happy Holidays
Replies: 5
Views: 5785

thanks God Greg's there!
thanks Greg this site is there!
thanks this site a lot of (friends)players are HERE!
Merry Christimas to all of you! (...awaiting New Year)
by marandreo
Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:46 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Chess Puzzles and Chess Instruction
Replies: 7
Views: 7619

David in the lions cage - uh hu!

Dear Maksim, I've been teaching chess in school and in our club for almost 30 years and I'm convinced there's only one golden rule - especially for kids: always keep in mind it's a game (NOT A CLASSWORK): they expect from you an amusing hour. Try to keep their attention alive by convincing them ches...
by marandreo
Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:05 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Chess Puzzles and Chess Instruction
Replies: 7
Views: 7619

An old, classical book: Masterpieces of chess, by Dimitrije Bjelica. Combinations grouped "per piece" - maybe not every puzzle for beginners, but ... !!!
by marandreo
Sun Dec 09, 2007 8:33 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: orangutan fans club
Replies: 24
Views: 24014

Re: orangutan fans club

what is the best reply for black after 1-b4? Among a dozen of other good replies, try 1. …a5. This move has some advantages on its own: 1) if 2. ba5: , then 2. … Nc6! (more accurate than the immediate 2. …Ra5:), and then Black has an objective in the isolated white a-pawn placed on an open co...
by marandreo
Sun Dec 09, 2007 8:29 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: orangutan fans club
Replies: 24
Views: 24014

Re: orangutan fans club

what is the best reply for black after 1-b4? Among a dozen of other good replies, try 1. …a5. This move has some advantages on its own: 1) if 2. ba5: , then 2. … Nc6! (more accurate than the immediate 2. …Ra5:), and then Black has an objective in the isolated white a-pawn placed on an open co...
by marandreo
Tue Dec 04, 2007 5:31 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: orangutan fans club
Replies: 24
Views: 24014

Re: gambit's response????

I was playing out the Orangutang Opening that Mr. Gambit suggested: Wall Bill - Silvercat, Internet (2002.12.21) 2002 1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 f6 3.e4 Bxb4 4.Bc4 Ne7 5.Nf3 d5 6.exd5 Nxd5 7.Nh4 O-O 8.O-O h6 9.d4 Kh8 10.Ng6+ Kg8 11.Nxf8 Kxf8 12.dxe5 1-0 this line called tartakower gambit. and 8. h6 creates a hu...
by marandreo
Tue Nov 20, 2007 3:37 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: frustrated....i just don't get it
Replies: 12
Views: 11395

Re: frustrated....i just don't get it

...i read books, "study" games, whatever, and i still don't see it. WHY (for example, this isn't an actual circumstance) is f3 an "exciting, powerful move that sounded the death knoll"? Why, if i move my knight to c5 it's no good, but if i move it to c3 it results in mate in 4 moves, even though th...
by marandreo
Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:10 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: back again
Replies: 8
Views: 7961

GO DEB GO! We all are with you!!! :wink:
by marandreo
Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:33 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: orangutan fans club
Replies: 24
Views: 24014

Sorry if I (certainly) look like the nasty guy, but I've always believed 1. b4 is the Sokolski opening. At home we use to call "urang-utan" 1. g4 (!!? the comment is mine!), following Tarrasch's tranchant judgement "Only a monkey could start with that #@§*!". Anyway, I played 1. b4 some times and I...
by marandreo
Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:09 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Thoughts on openings
Replies: 6
Views: 6569

... But the biggest advantage that a regular player has over a part-time one is in the end-game. The part-timer isn't aware of simple drawing tactics and ends up losing games they shouldn't. Yes, it's partially true. But don't forget that regular (semi-professional)players can plan to take the begi...
by marandreo
Fri Aug 17, 2007 7:47 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: "All ratings" link is missing!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 5196

Thank you my friend! Now I know how to spend my time in this hot and wet Summer! :lol: (but why ratings on another site?)
by marandreo
Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:47 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: "All ratings" link is missing!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 5196

"All ratings" link is missing!!!

Dear Chess friends, can anyone help me find the "all ratings" link (or at least explain to me how I - poor computerhandicapped guy - can get the site's overall ranking list) that has disappeared from my net-chess.com homepage? Browsing the ratings was one of my favourite pastimes ( :o )! Thank you e...