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Member since Sep-26-08 · Last seen Sep-07-23
I'm a class A player with the USCF (~1840). But in 2006 I was class D (~1300) before I started taking lessons with NM Dan Heisman.

I've been coming to this site for quite a while and I believe it has helped me to better my analysis skills. It is very insightful to read posts by some of my favorite kibitzers: <johnlspouge> (was he kidnapped?), <dzechiel>, <TheaN>, <CHESSTTCAMPS>, <agb2002>, <gofer>, and of course <Once>, and other kibitzer "greats". My appreciation goes to them for helping me reach a higher level.

My thoughts on improvement have changed recently. I used to be dead set against helpmate problems which I thought teaches you the bad habit of expecting your opponent to make a bad move. Too much of anything is bad, but this has the positive of training piece coordination which is a very powerful skill to have. Here's another example: My coach showed me a few problems where you must force immediate checkmate by swapping any two pieces on the board, resulting in a legal checkmate position. For example, you can't swap a piece and a pawn if the pawn is on the 8th rank or checks your own king--that's not a legal position. There are many ways to improve key areas in chess.

If anyone wishes to critique my analysis or ideas, feel free to do so. I won't take it personally. I need feedback! Or if you want opinions on improvement, feel free to ask.

   Patriot has kibitzed 4016 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-20-23 M A Tabatabaei vs Baklan, 2015 (replies)
Patriot: I didn't think about 26.Rxe5+ but decided to win with 26.Bc5+. 26...Nxc5 27.Qxd8+ or 26...Ke8 27.Qe6+ Be7 28. Qxe7#
   Mar-15-23 E Kengis vs Sveshnikov, 1987
Patriot: <Jimfromprovidence> I decided on 27.Qa7 and if 27...exf4 then 28.Qb8 and black has no defense.
   Jan-19-21 Mecking vs S Mareco, 2011 (replies)
Patriot: <Jimfromprovidence> 33.Qh3 Be4 34.Bxe4 Qd1+ 35.Kg2 Qd2+ causes some problems for white I think? Whereas 33.Qh4 Be4 34.Qxe4 +-. (I hate these ads on here)
   Dec-05-20 Smyslov vs A Matanovic, 1967 (replies)
Patriot: I don't buy it. Not a good chess problem.
   Nov-25-20 B Adhiban vs S Minero Pineda, 2016 (replies)
Patriot: 47.Bf6! Nice. How many who spotted this instantly would have spotted it as black before playing 46...Rf5?
   Sep-25-20 Balashov vs Andersson, 1973 (replies)
Patriot: I don't understand why people are spending time on 24...Bf6? Clearly that's a loser...
   Sep-06-20 Areshchenko vs Savon, 2001 (replies)
Patriot: 20.Bxh7+ is a very easy decision. I wouldn't spend much time on that during a game. Move 23.? That position deserves some thought but only after reaching it. It's enough to look ahead and see that the bishop can simply be retracted with no issues.
   Apr-16-20 Szabo vs T van Scheltinga, 1947
Patriot: <thegoodanarchist> <I got an "8"> LOL. Yes it's a preference. There is just something cool about putting the knight on the rim and winning! It doesn't happen often so when the opportunity presents itself...
   Jan-31-20 Predojevic vs D Andreikin, 2016 (replies)
Patriot: 36.Re2! One of the coolest moves I've seen for a while.
   Dec-30-19 J Degraeve vs R Pogorelov, 1992 (replies)
Patriot: <TheaN> <Now on the second to last day of 2019, it's still far from Very Easy. The idea of <57.Ra5> is clear, but hell no that it's very easy after 57....g2 58.Rxe5+ Kf6! keeping the rook en prise, threatening g1=Q and if necessary Rh8 or Rb2. Yes, Black does lose the
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