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thugette_babe 43 ( +1 | -1 )
Middle Games I have heard a quote along the lines of "play the opening like a book, the middle game like a magician and the end game like a machine" I find that very helpful but exactly HOW do you play like a magician? People can read up on books and can play for hours with a program, trying to get better. But must we be born with chess skills to be able to play a dazzling middle game?
bluebabygirl 101 ( +1 | -1 )
to thugette_babe how do you play like a magician?? just go check out TAL'S games they were a great example of magical play. of course they were played OTB . TAL'S play was often magical and brilliant but not always sound. maybe computers will destroy all romance and much so called brilliant play on the internet . just because of the ability to review research and analyze by machine . thats why I refuse to use anything but books (alittle) and my brain. I rebel against replacing my moves decision by those made for ME by a blank machine!!!!!! I never will be GREAT but at least I will ALWAYS play with HONOR and Integrity!! So i say to all that use machines to find their moves for them then take credit for what IT did , you are only fooling yourself. We all know that their are many that do this very thing!! I may be alone in this way of thinking or just maybe at the wrong site . but my HONOR is always intact . a great subject again thugette_babe !!!! yours bluebabygirl
drgandalf 104 ( +1 | -1 )
bluebabygirl I sense you are upset by cheaters. I generally find it better for me to play someone or something superior to me. Learning is what matters.

What I truly suspect about you is not your insistence on honour or integrity, which is obviously in tact with you, but rather your art. You may be offended by submitting your artistic needs to the mechanism of mindless, artless machines.

Personally, I find no conflict with machines exploring the rationale for what appears magical. Just the opposite. I find my understanding greatly enhanced, and that understanding allows me to create more deeply on the chess board.

For me, machines are but guides to understanding. It is the artist's duty to explain the understanding behind the correct move for those players aspiring to the author's level.

Since you wish to be a writer, bluebabygirl, you may wish to ponder the wisdom of attempting to explain the magic of the middlegame in book form, even with the help of computers.

I am a chess author, even at my level of expertise. If you need some guidance, advice, or suggestions, just let me know.
bluebabygirl 96 ( +1 | -1 )
to drgandalf you said it much better than I and you are exactly right . i feel my artistic efforts are being usurped by mindless machine play. and my love for the greatest game that man will ever know is being crushed by that collossal behemonth the super chess program. If and more likely when that happens will be a sad sad day for mankind!!! maybe im going into realm of man against machine . but more of it is about my art!! and I greatly appreciate your offer of guidance and advice . Thank you so very much , you are a true compassionate gentleman . just your advice and offfer have cheered me greatly . AM I THE ONLY ONE THAT FEELS THIS WAY ABOUT MACHINE TECHNOLOGY AND CHESS?? and more important am I wrong about it ??? I will continue my efforts at becoming a writer and maybe this depression about chess will send me away from chess onto the path of a writer only !!! yours bluebavbygirl
baseline 48 ( +1 | -1 )
Every Russian Schoolboy knows this one:

tparker - eraymond [C02]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Be2 cxd4 7.cxd4 Bb4+ 8.Nc3 Nge7 9.a3 Bxc3+ 10.bxc3 Bd7 11.0-0 0-0 12.Bd3 fritz doesn't like this move 12...Qc7 13.Bxh7+ fritz thinks this is a loser 13...Kxh7 14.Ng5+ Kg6 15.Qg4 f5 16.Qg3 f4 17.Bxf4 fritz finally admits white is getting the better game 17...Qa5?! 18.Qd3+ Nf5 19.g4 Nce7 20.Rab1 Qc7 21.gxf5+ Nxf5 22.Kh1 Qc4 23.Qf3 Rab8 24.Rg1 Rfe8 25.Qh3 1-0

I've used this one acouple of times otb and at least a dozen times in blitz games. It's easy once you know its possible.

raimon 64 ( +1 | -1 )
I tend to think that computers will have difficulty ever matching the imagination of the human mind.
The wonderful ideas that are created by our minds and then moulded into practice by methodical and analytical thought processes - and also the long range vision that we are blessed with, sets us apart.
If anything I think that the stronger that computers become, the more humans will have to dig deeper into their unused brain potential.
The middlegame is a magical part of the game - and is usually rich in possiblities waiting to be discovered and turned into workable plans by our inventive minds!
thugette_babe 36 ( +1 | -1 )
Romance and Chess Reffering back to the romance era! I thought the beauty of chess shown through at that point in time. There may have been bad defense but the attacks were "magical". I have tried to analyze some of tal's games but I ended up getting a headache after that lol. The middle game is where I struggle so I hope all of you can help me through this! lol
raimon 30 ( +1 | -1 )
My advice to you thugette_babe is to experiment - try playing fast games in realtime, where you are not concerned about losing, and just let your mind become used to planning and looking ahead.
There are a lot of sites where you can watch GM's play quick games - after a while you will be predicting their moves!
baseline 17 ( +1 | -1 )
thugette_babe thugette_babe isn't that like saying military_intelligence? :o)

You might find a study of Morphy's games benificial, You get a chance to see all the major tactical devices put to use, and he played soundly.
thugette_babe 16 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess/Oxymorons Military Intelligence is a great example lol. And so is romantic chess.
I am planning to study more games in the future but for now I want to see how I handle certain positions on the board.
brobishkin 65 ( +1 | -1 )
Thugette Babe... How do you play like a magician?... Formulating a plan around an opening and seeing it through to the end game (middlegame) is where the magic comes from... Knowing how and when to look for tactical combiations, and when tactical combinations dont exist is just some of the knowledge one must obtain to create this magic you seek... So the magic comes from a love for the game, and plenty of hard work in study and the pushing of many wooden pieces...

To be capable of conducting an endgame to the distant goal with clarity, firmness, and complete familiarity with all its tricks and traps is the sign of the first class Master... Mieses...

bluebabygirl 58 ( +1 | -1 )
to brobishkin I think most excellent advice that you gave . very true and directly to the point . that i think is were the magic comes from , hard work and most importantly a great LOVE for the game. for tactics and love of the game i can name two great players - TAL and Frank Marshall - for nobody loved the game more than him. just my opinion . i hope this stirs no controversy seems my remarks are noted for just that very thing . again thanks thugette_babe for posting such a great subject !!! yours bluebabygirl