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1 Gino tried to play the piano but the keys stic
Compiled by Littlejohn

1.e4e5 2.Nf3Nf6 3.Bc4Bc5
Gioachino Greco (c. 1600 – c. 1634)

1 Corinthians 16:13-14
13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 Do everything in love.

1.e4e5 2.Nf3Nf6 3.Bc4Bc5

"If you are not big enough to lose, you are not big enough to win." ― Walter Reuther

"Every Pawn is a potential Queen." ― James Mason

"What gives chess its great fascination is that the K, Q, R, B, N, and P move in different ways. In consequence we get a colorful diversity of possibilities unequaled in any other board game." ― Fred Reinfeld

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." ― Napoleon Bonaparte

"There is no remorse like the remorse of chess." ― H. G. Wells.

"The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people." ― Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, and former U.S. Army Colonel

You don't have to be a polymath like Beth Harmon in The Queen's Gambit to improve your game

Stephen Moss
Sat 14 Nov 2020 01.56 EST
The first thing to say about chess is that we are not all natural geniuses like Beth Harmon, the star of The Queen's Gambit, who is taught the game by grumpy but lovable janitor Mr Shaibel at the age of nine and is very soon beating him.

The daughter of a maths PhD, she sees the patterns and movement in chess immediately, can visualise effortlessly – being able to memorise moves and play without a board is the sign of chess mastery – and sees whole games on the ceiling of her orphanage dormitory. She is a prodigy, just like world champion Bobby Fischer, on whom Walter Tevis based the novel from which the TV series is drawn. We are mere mortals. So how do we get good?

First, by loving chess. "You can only get good at chess if you love the game," Fischer said. You need to be endlessly fascinated by it and see its infinite potential. Be willing to embrace the complexity; enjoy the adventure. Every game should be an education and teach us something. Losing doesn't matter. Garry Kasparov, another former world champion, likes to say you learn far more from your defeats than your victories. Eventually you will start winning, but there will be a lot of losses on the way. Play people who are better than you, and be prepared to lose. Then you will learn. If you are a beginner, don't feel the need to set out all the pieces at once. Start with the pawns, and then add the pieces. Understand the potential of each piece – the way a pair of bishops can dominate the board, how the rooks can sweep up pawns in an endgame, why the queen and a knight can work together so harmoniously. Find a good teacher – your own Mr Shaibel, but without the communication issues. Once you have established the basics, start using computers and online resources to play and to help you analyse games., and are great sites for playing and learning. is a brilliant resource for watching top tournaments. is a wonderful database of games. is a great practice program. attempts to explain chess moves in layperson's language. There are also plenty of sophisticated, all-purpose programs, usually called chess engines, such as Fritz and HIARCs that, for around £50, help you deconstruct your games and take you deeply into positions. But don't let the computer do all the work. You need to engage your own brain on the analysis. And don't endlessly play against the computer. Find human opponents, either online or, when the pandemic is over, in person. Bobby Fischer was stripped of his world title in 1975 after he refused to defend the title due to a row over the format. Photograph: RFS/AP Study the games of great masters of the past. Find a player you like and follow their careers. Fischer is a great starting point – his play is clear and comprehensible, and beautifully described in his famous book My 60 Memorable Games. Morphy (Harmon's favourite), Alekhine, Capablanca, Tal, Korchnoi and Shirov are other legendary figures with whom the aspiring player might identify. They also have fascinating life stories, and chess is about hot human emotions as well as cold calculation. Modern grandmaster chess, which is based heavily on a deep knowledge of opening theory, is more abstruse and may be best avoided until you have acquired deep expertise. The current crop of leading grandmasters are also, if we are brutally honest, a bit lacking in personality compared with the giants of the past. Children will often find their school has a chess club, and that club may even have links with Chess in Schools and Communities, which supplies expert tutors to schools. Provision tends to be much better at primary than secondary level, and after 11 children will probably be left to their own devices if they want to carry on playing. If a player is really serious, she or he should join their local chess club. There is likely to be one meeting nearby, or there will be once the Covid crisis is over. At the moment, clubs are not meeting and there is very little over-the-board chess being played. Players are keeping their brains active online, where you can meet players from all over the world. That is fun, but be aware that some players are likely to be cheating – using chess engines to help them, making it hard for you to assess how good your play is. And you also get some abuse online from players who want to trash-talk. You are also likely to be playing at very fast time controls – so-called blitz chess – and that is no way to learn to really think about chess. If you want to start playing over-the-board tournaments (when they resume), you will need to join the chess federation in your respective country. After you've played the requisite number of official games, you will get a rating – a bit like a handicap in golf – and can then start being paired with players of your own strength in matches. But until then, the key is to keep enjoying chess and searching for the elusive "truth" in a position. If you see a good move, look for a better one. You can always dig a little deeper in the pursuit of something remarkable and counterintuitive. Beauty and truth: the essence of chess. Stephen Moss is the author of The Rookie: An Odyssey through Chess (and Life), published by Bloomsbury

Apr-05-23 WannaBe: Can a vegan have a 'beef' with you? Or Vegans only have 'beet' with you? I am confused.

Apr-05-23 Cassandro: Vegan police officers should be exempt from doing steak-outs.

"A species that enslaves other beings is hardly superior — mentally or otherwise." — Captain Kirk

"Now, I don't pretend to tell you how to find happiness and love, when every day is a struggle to survive. But I do insist that you do survive, because the days and the years ahead are worth living for!" — Edith Keeler

"Live long and prosper!" — Spock

38 z2bcr: move 27. zootter Frat z dumbo drops Qa2? trollie poked hiz cputer

4 P-B3 B-N3 5 P-Q4 Q-K2 6 0-0 N-B3 7 R-K1 P-Q3
Tarrasch vs Alekhine, 1925 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 28 moves, 0-1

Italian Game: Classical. Center Holding Variation (C53) 0-1 p
Tartakower vs Euwe, 1948 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 0-1

4 0-0 Nf6 5 Re1 0-0 6 d3 Ng4 7 Re2 Nd4 8 Nxd4 Bxd4
D Gochelashvili vs B Belyakov, 2017
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 60 moves, 0-1

4 Bc4 Bc5 5 c3 Nf6 6 cxd4 Bb4+ 7 Nc3 Nxe4 8 O-O Bxc3 9 d5
M Hirt vs F Jenni, 2005
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 0-1

4 ... Nf6 5 d4 exd4 6 cxd4 Bb4+ 7 Nc3 Nxe4 8 O-O Bxc3 9 d5
P Jolivel vs T Hisler, 2001 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 0-1

4 ... Nf6 5 d4 exd4 6 cxd4 Bb4+ 7 Nc3 O-O 8 d5 Ne7 9 e5 Ne
Ruger vs H Gebhard-Elsass, 1915 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 17 moves, 1-0

4 ... Nf6 5 d4 exd4 6 cxd4 Bb4+ 7 Nc3 Nxe4 8 O-O Bxc3 9 d5
M Nyberg vs M Sinclair, 1999
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 29 moves, 0-1

4 ... Nf6 5 d4 exd4 6 cxd4 Bb4+ 7 Nc3 O-O 8 d5 Ne7 9 e5 Ne
A Rodriguez Vila vs Marco Antonio Montenegro, 2017
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 21 moves, 1-0

4 ... Qe7 5 0-0 Bb6 6 Re1 d6 7 d4 Bg4
H Naastepad vs Alekhine, 1925 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 27 moves, 0-1

4 ... Qe7 5 O-O d6 6 d4 Bb6 7 Bg5 Nf6 8 Nbd2 O-O 9 d5 Nb8
H Seidman vs A Pinkus, 1940 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 43 moves, 0-1

Masterful Rook Use: Penetrate, Capture, Cut-off, Support
Schlechter vs J Mason, 1903 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 47 moves, 1-0

the apparently anti-positional idea of advancing the opposed P
Short vs P Morten, 2014 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

Russian Game: Modern Attack. Murrey Variation (C43) 1-0 41.?
A Hoffman vs D Pereyra Arcija, 1995 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 47 moves, 1-0

Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit. Advance Variation (C45) · 0-1
Alexandros Tsironis vs D Blagojevic, 2017
(C45) Scotch Game, 25 moves, 0-1

Three Knights Opening (C46) 1-0 cyberbully attack on Fred again
Capablanca vs E B Adams, 1909 
(C46) Three Knights, 9 moves, 1-0

Giuoco Pianissimo. Canal Variation (C50) 1/2-1/2 Manila PHI
B Ivanovic vs Anand, 1990
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Giuoco Pianissimo. Canal Variation (C50) 1-0
F Vallejo Pons vs Grischuk, 1996 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 55 moves, 1-0

Italian Four Knights (C50) 1-0 Nice QRN vs QRN game.
Kasimdzhanov vs E Grinshpun, 1993 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 33 moves, 1-0

Giuoco Pianissimo. Canal Variation (C50) 1-0 Reykjavik ISL
Kotronias vs J Arnason, 1988
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 62 moves, 1-0

Giuoco Pianissimo. Canal Variation (C50) 1/2-1/2 Amsterdam, NED
Timman vs Nunn, 1985 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Giuoco Pianissimo. Canal Variation (C50) 1/2-1/2 Moscow URS
Bronstein vs Averbakh, 1962
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Giuoco Pianissimo. Canal Var (C50) 0-1 Q sac for Greco's Mate
A Zemouli vs A Rizouk, 2000 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 26 moves, 0-1

Giuoco Pianissimo. Canal Variation (C50) 1/2-1/2
A Sokolov vs C Bauer, 2001
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Italian Four Knights (C50) 1-0 KEG annotations
Chigorin vs M M Sterling, 1900 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 26 moves, 1-0

Italian Four Knights (C50) 1/2-1/2
Ivanchuk vs Aronian, 2009 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Italian Four Knights (C50) 1/2-1/2
Short vs Carlsen, 2011 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

Italian Four Knights (C50) 1-0
V Artemiev vs Mamedyarov, 2017 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 56 moves, 1-0

Italian Four Knights (C50) 1/2-1/2
Karjakin vs Anand, 2018
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Italian Four Knights (C50) 1-0
Karjakin vs Topalov, 2018 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 49 moves, 1-0

Italian Four Knights (C50) 1-0
Giri vs Shankland, 2019 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 45 moves, 1-0

Italian Game: Classical. Center Holding Var (C53)1-0
Eliskases vs Gruenfeld, 1933 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 53 moves, 1-0

Italian Game: Classical. Greco Gambit Mason Gambit (C54) 1-0 Q
Alekhine vs NN, 1911 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 19 moves, 1-0

Italian Game: Classical. GrecoGambit Traditional Line (C54) 1-0
Rossolimo vs P Reissmann, 1967 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 24 moves, 1-0

Italian Classical, Greco Gambit Greco Var (C54) 1-0Boden's Mate
C J Corte vs J Bolbochan, 1946 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 18 moves, 1-0

Italian Game: Classical. Greco Gambit Greco Variation (C54) 1-0
H Papamichail vs G Pashos, 2001
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 16 moves, 1-0

Two Knights Defense. Modern Bishop's Opening (C55) 1-0
Nepomniachtchi vs H Wang, 2017
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 53 moves, 1-0

Two Knights Defense. Modern Bishop's Opening (C55) 1/2-1/2
Caruana vs Grischuk, 2018 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Two Knights Defense. Modern Bishop's Opening (C55) 1/2-1/2
Radjabov vs Carlsen, 2019 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Two Knights Defense. Open Variation (C55) 1-0 It was a doozy!
Tal vs J Miller, 1988 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Kieseritsky (C58) 1-0
Bronstein vs E Rojahn, 1956 
(C58) Two Knights, 38 moves, 1-0

4Knights Game: Halloween Gambit (C46) 1-0 Knight windmill
L Passmoor vs L Warstad, 1999 
(C46) Three Knights, 16 moves, 1-0

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