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Old September 9, 2019, 02:11   #11
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I enjoy playing chess, I used to play a fair bit but never considered myself 'good'. I have no idea what my FIDE rating would be. I might be a pushover, but if you play on chess.com, feel free to add me. My username is lineandstamper. Shrugs. I prefer 3 minute a side games for fun and profit, because like when I play Angband, I can't be bothered to think. lol.

I will look at your game in depth tomorrow at work, I'm too tipply atm. But, my best game of all time, would be this one: https://www.chess.com/daily/game/30454534 36.Nxf7+ is my favorite chess memory of all time. It felt good to play it, the board just felt alive.
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Old September 9, 2019, 09:37   #12
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Nice. Not sure if I have an account but if its free I'll join. I'm actually pretty terrible at 3 minute lightning but that's fine. Almost everyone plays terrible at that speed, it's the great leveller and can be fun. If we're on-line at the same time we can play.
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Old September 9, 2019, 14:09   #13
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Nice. Not sure if I have an account but if its free I'll join. I'm actually pretty terrible at 3 minute lightning but that's fine. Almost everyone plays terrible at that speed, it's the great leveller and can be fun.
I don't think fast play makes things more equal between players at all; if anything, the opposite. A good player blunders in a 3-minute game and he'll pose you lots of problems that are hard to solve so fast, and even if you do solve them all he still runs your clock out. Good players might make fewer mistakes in slower games but they do still make mistakes and when they do, you have much better chances to convert your advantage.

Of course the flip side is that the same also goes when you are the better player
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Old September 9, 2019, 15:52   #14
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Thanks. It's certainly convenient if I can play that order because I hate the English (apologies for my racism), so if I can get to a slav after 1. c4 c6 2. d4 d5 without having to play a Reti after 1. c4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 then I'm happy.

The slav defense is maybe the most trustworthy defense out there in all of its lines, you are right trying to play it
If you do not know hoy to play against the Reti system take a look at this game: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1102115
That system is so good than most of reti players play 3.d4 instead of playing it.
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Old September 11, 2019, 19:46   #15
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I enjoy playing chess, I used to play a fair bit but never considered myself 'good'. I have no idea what my FIDE rating would be. I might be a pushover, but if you play on chess.com, feel free to add me. My username is lineandstamper. Shrugs. I prefer 3 minute a side games for fun and profit, because like when I play Angband, I can't be bothered to think. lol.

I will look at your game in depth tomorrow at work, I'm too tipply atm. But, my best game of all time, would be this one: https://www.chess.com/daily/game/30454534 36.Nxf7+ is my favorite chess memory of all time. It felt good to play it, the board just felt alive.
Hey HM, you've actually got it set so people can't add you in your settings. I created an account but I actually get intermittent lag which makes blitz unplayable, they actually seem to have a really screwy interface there. I have no problems on lichess.org & I'm on there as wobbly. I also confirmed I play pretty terrible 3 minute chess
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Old September 14, 2019, 18:52   #16
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Does anyone know much about the Sicilian Chekhover variation or have a good link to the theory? I recently started playing this & I know what to do in the main-line (4. Qxd4 Nc6) but not how to handle 4. ...a6. So I won this game at the club, but not because I felt I played well, more like I butchered the opening & was losing but won anyway. Somehow I managed to get all my pieces tangled up & had to scramble awkwardly to fix things.

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1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 a6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Qd3 Nf6 7. Bg5 e6 8. O-O-O h6 9. Bh4 g5 10. Bg3 e5 11. Be2 Be6 12. Kb1 Nb4 13. Qd2 Rc8 14. a3 Nc6 15. Rhe1 Be7 16. Bf1 O-O 17. Ng1 Nh5 18. Nge2 f5 19. exf5 Bxf5 20. Qd5+ Rf7 21. Ne4 Nf6 22. Nxf6+ Bxf6 23. Nc3 Kg7 24. Bc4 Rfc7 25. Ne4 Nd4 26. Rxd4 exd4 27. Bd3 Be5 28. Bxe5+ dxe5 29. Qxe5+ Kg6 30. g4 Bxe4 31. Bxe4+ Kf7 32. Bd5+ Kg6 33. Qf5+ Kg7 34. Re6 Qf8 35. Qe5+ Kg8 36. Re7+ Resigns
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Old September 15, 2019, 14:05   #17
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I do not know sicilian theory (the last time I played one was like 15 years ago and I always played the closed variant) but I would play 5.c4 creating a maroczy structure. The dame is not well placed in d4 (but hey, it is never well placed there in the opening) and a knight should be there, but a6 is also some kind of time loss.
Ag5 seems a good option, in your game h6 and g5 are clear mistakes, his king will never find shelter and if the position opens he will suffer. Once black plays h6 and g5 white´s main problems are f3 knight and g3 bishop, they are quite passive so the priority should be activate them so 11. Nd2 seems strong, in b3 or c4 it will controls better points and you can play at some moment f3 to activate the bishop.
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Old September 15, 2019, 17:34   #18
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Thanks. Up until recently I played the closed Sicilian to avoid theory, I've just played it so many times that if I keep playing it I'll go nuts. I still play it occasionally when I feel in the mood, it can be a very fun opening.

Anyway I found a game of Gata Kamsky's in the line & he played 5. Bg5 & plays c4 later on move 8.

Gata Kamsky - Joel Lautier
http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1066719
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