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   DavidD has kibitzed 39 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-25-15 Santa Claus (replies)
DavidD: Dear Santa, I would like the secret to beating the snotty-nose, 8-year old kid who plays at the chess club. I've spent more hours studying chess than he has been alive, yet he crushes me with ease. He'll be a master this time next year, and I'll have probably gained 20 ratings ...
   Jul-14-15 D Hall vs D Foord, 2007 (replies)
DavidD: The chess-master I take lessons from has had me develop the habit of asking after each move I calculate, "What is the threat?" However, I'm going to modify the question to "What are the threats?" In the game, after 26... Ne4, White clearly saw the threat to his Queen, but missed the ...
   Aug-29-14 Topalov vs Nakamura, 2014 (replies)
DavidD: Each player can look like an idiot during the postmortem when missed wins are frequently discovered. I like Topalov's approach to chess (the same as Tal's): all you have to do is give your opponent difficult positions to solve in the given time limit.
   May-03-14 Van Kampen vs Rapport, 2014 (replies)
DavidD: I have a strong background in statistics and have taught the course at the college level. One of the biggest problems in statistics is the interpretation of results--especially true when looking at chess database statistics. Soltis explained the problem well in one of his books. ...
   Oct-26-13 So vs Van Wely, 2013 (replies)
DavidD: They chose my pun for this game not so much for originality as for the fact it was about the only pun on "So" that had not been suggested before.
   Aug-30-13 Geller vs Tal, 1975 (replies)
DavidD: Andrew Soltis, in The Inner Game of Chess, argued, correctly I believe, that Tal's greatest chess strength wasn't simply calculation, it was evaluation. Of course Tal had phenomenal calculating ability, but many of the positions he played for were simply to complex to solve ...
   Nov-05-12 D Sheppard vs R Fischer, 1995 (replies)
DavidD: The argument "Which win is better--the shorter win, the longer win, or the prettier win?" is silly. The fact that a win exists in a position is because one side has some positional or tactical superiority. And because this superiority is so large, often two or more lines leading to a
   Sep-03-12 J Gurczak vs R Mercer, 2011 (replies)
DavidD: As several people have noted, aside from the trivial mate, it is worth investigating the game for insights into chess reasoning and decision making processes. Given the position as a "White-to-win" puzzle, both White and Black players in this game would have found the solution ...
   Sep-01-12 Gipslis vs Razuvaev, 1982 (replies)
DavidD: LoveThatJoker. I teach college-level writing and am a published author. As a professional writing instructor, I can state you are totally oblivous to the tone and demeaning manner of many of your posts. Statements like "It is clear you are a weak player and analyst" and "With all due
   Aug-16-12 Uhlmann vs L Espig, 1978 (replies)
DavidD: This week's puzzle-positions show the complexity of chess decision making. In today's position, the classic thinking issue is: examine every check and capture in the position. While ...R2xe3 won't work, ...R8xe3 does. Clearly when White was visualizing this position a few moves ...
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