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Ilia Smirin vs Asaf Givon
European Club Cup (2012), Eilat ISR, rd 5, Oct-15
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Larsen Variation (B04)  ·  1-0



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  LIFE Master AJ: <sol> Nice engine ...
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  LIFE Master AJ: No one belives that you played that game without assistance.
Oct-31-12  solskytz: Wrong, AJ. Check me out on any engine you want. Sorry - you lost fair and square.

Besides, I thought you had me on ignore.

I checked the endgame with an engine, by the way, and in several points there it gives you a winning advantage. You played imprecisely, which is normal for a human. The advantage (according to my program) shifted sides numerous time, and as Tartakower would put it, he who made the one-before-last mistake won.

I was impressed by your strong play, and you're no doubt someone to reckon with - but my own playing standard is such that beating you isn't out of the question.

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  perfidious: <solskytz> It is most regrettable that you were unable to win a game online without that opponent casting aspersions upon your play, but it seems things have not changed one iota.
Oct-31-12  solskytz: Mistakes do happen in 3 minute games, as is very natural... especially one that extends over seventy-one moves.

Do you suppose an engine would play 39. f4, allowing you (I just didn't see it coming...) the shot ...f5+, with ...e4, establishing a protected passed pawn, and shifting the position from a very slight edge for white, into a clear advantage for black? That pawn frightened the hell out of me on e4!

Later, truth be told, you wasted a lot of time in ineffective king maneouvers, rather than just advance your e-pawn, allowing me enough tempi to push my own agenda - but alas, a time scramble... this is 3 0 blitz.

You know what? I don't really think that you suppose I cheated... you just write it to have an argument. AJ, this just isn't necessary. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Cheers!

Oct-31-12  solskytz: <Perfidious> He'll get over it, I'm sure - everyone loses games...

What he says obviously isn't serious, and shouldn't be taken seriously.

Oct-31-12  TheFocus: You guys should know by now that no one, and I do mean NO ONE, can beat the Florida Gator online unless they have computer help.

<AJ> is the strongest player at this site.

Face it men, he's just too strong for us.

Oct-31-12  solskytz: Actually, now that I think about it, this may be a good omen - maybe I have a future in chess like one, Hikaru Nakamura :-)
Oct-31-12  TheFocus: Can y'all believe that I actually typed that last post with a straight face?
Oct-31-12  solskytz: I learned to believe six impossible things before breakfast - had a good teacher...
Oct-31-12  solskytz: I believe that these allegations come about because Mr. Goldsby lives in a rather isolated place, and just isn't used to meet many people who can beat him - just like that old Capablanca story on the coffee shop and the queen odds offer...

Year after year after year, and he's always one of the best, wins tournaments and championships, attracts students and admirers... maybe he forgets that when he opens his computer, a window opens to the entire planet Earth... he's out of warm, cozy Pensacola at that point...

Out of Pensacola, you know, some people can still challenge the Life Master... that's life...

Oct-31-12  TheFocus: Yep, big fish in a little pond.

You don't see him heading out to play in the big tournaments where there is a chance he will actually finish with a minus score.

He may be big shakes in Pensacola, but in New York, he would be fish food.

Oct-31-12  solskytz: That may or may not be the reason... who are we to criticize a guy's choices.

He also has objective difficulties to reckon with.

Besides, online chess does give pleasure and he also has the Pensacola scene - not too bad I guess.

In New York - well it depends, of course there are many better players, and he would have to come there as an ordinary Joe, not as "THE life master" - but apart from that, I'm sure that he'd love it, especially as he still wants to improve.

He'd have nice stories to tell back in Pensacola - and maybe even a victory over an IM or something like that (when this happened to me I never stopped boasting - as you can read from these very lines!!)

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  perfidious: <solskytz> That Capablanca tale with the queen odds was a gem.
Nov-01-12  solskytz: Just downloaded the free Houdini 1.5 into my Scid vs. PC application. This is just so wonderful!

I ask myself a question - what would happen if at some point I played b6? Houdini says it is balanced, and actually my Rb4, that I was so proud of, he calls a losing error! So much to learn indeed...

I do remember that point of the game. I thought that 48. Rb4 gave my b-pawn a necessary support, but that if I ran with 48. b6, Goldsby will have the time to capture my pawn on h3, run back to the b-file and sacrifice his rook on my pawn, and then the black pawns on the k-side may complicate my life, or even win embarrassingly against my rook! And my king is too far away... not so?

No - says Houdini. 48. b6 is equal. Then he acts real cheeky by putting my pride, 48. Rb4, in twelfth (yes, 12th) place as a move to choose... yeah, I really needed that sarcasm!

OK Houdi, I get it, you say 48. b6. And what if he sacrifices?

Bull! Says Houdini - now you watch...

And I watch in amazement how the white king and rook aren't actually so far... Houdini conclusively demonstrates that black has his own problem - such as accessibility of his own king to the arena, over lines guarded by my faithful rook...

Also some beautiful checkmating resources based on very subtle stalemate traps resulting from Black's pawn structure - so rich and bountiful!

Having Houdini at home is like inviting Carlsen and Ivanchuk into your own living room, having them play out and demonstrate variations you are interested in, and explain to you (again, in variations) why not this and why not that - issues that you, the improving player, are perpetually concerned with...

Like having Carlsen and Ivanchuk I said - but alas, without the human, social, conversational element (I have actually some great orange juice in my fridge...), but on the other hand, probably some 200 points stronger (not that I really need that extra strength... I would be also grateful for a Carlsen visit... now that you mention it I do have a friend, a FIDE master close to IM strength coming over for a week in a few months, and I'll surely learn a lot from that as well)

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  LIFE Master AJ: <sol> You are deluded, but you have my pity.

Go back to your fantasies ... and your engine games.

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  LIFE Master AJ: Anyone with such a LOW ELO can only fantasize about playing the kind of chess you talk about.
Nov-03-12  solskytz: Not worth answering. Ignore.
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  LIFE Master AJ: Anyone who drops a Rook in 11 moves in a simul ...
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  LIFE Master AJ: I wish just one of these trolls could even attempt to be truthful ...
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  Colonel Mortimer: <solskytz> Nice win! (don't worry about the sore loser)
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  LIFE Master AJ: A.) It was just a 3-minute (internet) game ...
B.) He prolly used a chess engine ...
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  LIFE Master AJ: Hater3 (aka, Col. Wart) is one of this site's worst trolls ...
Nov-20-12  solskytz: Thanks :-) I was happy and genuinely surprised as I do think that he's really somewhat stronger than me as a player.

Funny thing - I did see that the guy ranted about my rating being 'low' (I admit - I peeked :-) although I now have him on ignore) - I'm now rated higher than him at the site, at 2023 to his 2010!

Secondly, he was telling this story about me dropping a rook in 11 moves in a simul? That's serious hallucination - I have really no idea what he's talking about... the last simul I played in was in 1996 or '97. I was then an 1850 player. It was back in Israel, a clock simul of 25 minutes, six players, against the excellent grandmaster Ronen Har Zvi (one who beat me 14:1 in blitz games where I had five minutes and he one - nothing even remotely like that ever happened when I played other GMs of comparable levels under the same terms), who is my friend.

In the simul I played a very good game in white and drew in a dynamic, unbalanced position (like, pieces were pretty balanced, but lines, ideas and threats were not).

A simul where I was really thoroughly trashed (and thrashed) was in 1989, against GM Dorfman who visited Israel. I was then an 1200 player and really was agape, as I never played a GM before, never experienced such raw intensity of play! There I dropped all of my position in really very few moves - he played an aggressive, tricky opening as white. So this is true, and it still remains a mystery to me how the good LM knows about it... of course he was just shooting in the dark.

And in summary, thanks for your encouragement :-) I didn't want the 'sore' note to be the end of this topic - but of course I couldn't be bothered to answer him directly or discuss anything with him. Someone who can't do the elementary thing of losing honorably, no matter at what level, isn't an interesting person to me, at any level.

Nov-20-12  solskytz: <Colonel Mortimer> and now what, he's trashing you as well?

He's right, it WAS just a 3 minute game.

But to still claim I was using an engine (albeit with the non-quite-English reservation, 'prolly' - the shade of an advance?)?

After I point out in my notes here at least two very clear errors, one of them game losing (if Mr. NM plays well, of course), that I performed in the game? And I'm sure there were more?

What kind of mind is it, that ignores evidence and keeps 'mad-dogging', and in addition invents blatant lies out of whole cloth (that rook dropping in 11 moves in a simul thing)? The guy really never ceases to amaze me, and I see no reason to stay quiet about it, with all due respect to peace and blah blah.

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