Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 35
  1. #1
    CC Grandmaster Adamski's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Penrith, NSW
    Posts
    9,226

    Which modern GM do you try to play over games by?

    I thought it would be interesting to document people's thoughts on this. Long ago I decided that I did not have the time to play over games by all the top GMs. The practical thing to do was pick someone near the top and aim to play over and analyse his or her published games. For the obvious reason plus some opening repertoire snaps I picked Michael Adams. I don't just play over his wins either. But there is a nice win v World Champion Vishy in the last New In Chess.
    I have tried playing over some Carlsen games from time to time but find him too complex.He wins equal endings!
    And finally I try to follow Tukmakov's and many others' advice and "Study the classics", where often ideas are found in purer form as defence is generally worse than by top GMs today. I recommend his modern Chess Preparation book.
    How about others?
    Last edited by Adamski; 15-02-2013 at 07:03 AM.
    God exists. Short and to the point.
    President of, and arbiter at, Rooty Hill RSL Chess Club. See www.rootyhillchessclub.org.

    Psephological insight. "Controversial will only lose you votes. Courageous will lose you the election." Sir Humphrey Appleby on Yes Minister.

    Favorite movie line: Girl friend Cathy to Jack Ryan in "Sum of all Fears". "What kind of emergency does an historian have?".

  2. #2
    CC Grandmaster Garrett's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    the City
    Posts
    3,229
    I am a bit over half-way through Gulko's "Lessons with a grandmaster" and quite like it. It has questions posed through-out the game to force you to stop and think. It is a book based on positional chess, his second book is about dynamic play I believe.

    Apart from that I don't pick a particular grandmaster, when I am looking at an opening with Chessbase I just click the reference tab and have a look at a couple of the highest rated and/or recent whole game encounters. Could be any grandmaster.....

    Having said all that though, my next purchase might be the e-book version of the "move by move" Capablanca game collection published recently.

    cheers
    Garrett.

  3. #3
    CC Grandmaster ER's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Melbourne - Australia
    Posts
    13,635
    Moro and Chucky!
    https://www.nswca.org.au/index.php
    ACF 3118316
    FIDE 3201457

    From this day (13-11-20) onwards, I will only be posting, shouting and reading none other than chess related posts.
    Fully vaccinated since October, 21, 2021

  4. #4
    CC Candidate Master
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Kogarah, Sydney
    Posts
    71
    "Positional Play" By Dvoretsky & Yusupov... i also have their "Attack & Defence". Yusupov has a knack for phrasing complex ideas in a way i can understand. As for games of a top player that i try & follow/learn from - Kramnik simply because his opening repertoire is very similar to my own as is his style of play which makes sense from a self improvement perspective. On the other hand if asked which top player's games i enjoy going over most those would be Shirov, Anand, Polgar - highly tactical & entertaining, even if not suited to my own temperament or maybe because of it.

  5. #5
    CC Grandmaster Denis_Jessop's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Canberra
    Posts
    3,333
    I am rather a fan of Dr Siegbert Tarrasch (300 Games; The Game of Chess etc)

    DJ
    ...I don't want to go among mad people Alice remarked, "Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: we're all mad here. I am mad. You're mad." "How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice. "You must be," said the Cat ,"or you wouldn't have come here."

  6. #6
    CC Grandmaster Adamski's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Penrith, NSW
    Posts
    9,226
    Interesting to see very diverse responses.
    God exists. Short and to the point.
    President of, and arbiter at, Rooty Hill RSL Chess Club. See www.rootyhillchessclub.org.

    Psephological insight. "Controversial will only lose you votes. Courageous will lose you the election." Sir Humphrey Appleby on Yes Minister.

    Favorite movie line: Girl friend Cathy to Jack Ryan in "Sum of all Fears". "What kind of emergency does an historian have?".

  7. #7
    CC Grandmaster ER's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Melbourne - Australia
    Posts
    13,635
    Quote Originally Posted by Denis_Jessop
    I am rather a fan of Dr Siegbert Tarrasch (300 Games; The Game of Chess etc)

    DJ



    He is one of the greats!
    https://www.nswca.org.au/index.php
    ACF 3118316
    FIDE 3201457

    From this day (13-11-20) onwards, I will only be posting, shouting and reading none other than chess related posts.
    Fully vaccinated since October, 21, 2021

  8. #8
    CC FIDE Master James Peirce's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    The Isle of Tasmania
    Posts
    751
    Tarrasch was also a bit of a sore loser. He blamed the rain when he lost to Em. Lasker
    The slower I play the better I play, who would of thought?

  9. #9
    CC Grandmaster Capablanca-Fan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Atlanta, GA (formerly Brisbane, and before that Wellington, NZ)
    Posts
    21,225
    Quote Originally Posted by JaK


    He is one of the greats!
    He was not in Lasker's class, but a good second for many years. He was not nearly so dogmatic in his play as in his writings. There are a number of examples of almost Nimzovichian ideas in his 300 Chess Games. In another game, where he explains that the N goes to the edge (despite his rule against N on the rim) because in that specific position, it was important to drive the B off that diagonal.

    One instructive moment is his analysis of his victory on the Black side of the Advance French against Paulsen. After the standard moves 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 e5 c5 4 c3 Nc6 5 Nf3 Qb6 6 Bd3, Tarrasch gives his next move 6 ... cxd4 an exclamation mark, and points out that 6 ... Bd7 allows 7 dxc5 with a good game. Yet most writers claim that Tarrasch's great rival Nimzovitch was such a radical when he played this against Salwe many years later!
    “The history of the 20th century is full of examples of countries that set out to redistribute wealth and ended up redistributing poverty.”
    “There’s no point blaming the tragedies of socialism on the flaws or corruption of particular leaders. Any system which allows some people to exercise unbridled power over others is an open invitation to abuse, whether that system is called slavery or socialism or something else.”—Thomas Sowell

  10. #10
    CC Grandmaster Denis_Jessop's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Canberra
    Posts
    3,333
    Quote Originally Posted by junior master
    Tarrasch was also a bit of a sore loser. He blamed the rain when he lost to Em. Lasker
    Do you have any authority to support that?

    DJ
    ...I don't want to go among mad people Alice remarked, "Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: we're all mad here. I am mad. You're mad." "How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice. "You must be," said the Cat ,"or you wouldn't have come here."

  11. #11
    Reader in Slood Dynamics Rincewind's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    The multiverse
    Posts
    21,574
    Quote Originally Posted by Denis_Jessop
    Do you have any authority to support that?
    I've seen American Chess Bulletin, vol 5 (1908), p. 207 cited as the authority but I don't have it and therefore I don't know what it says. Various modern sources report that he blamed the "wet weather" or "climate" for his loss to Lasker in the WCh match in Dusseldorf, 1908.
    So einfach wie möglich, aber nicht einfacher - Albert Einstein

  12. #12
    CC Grandmaster Adamski's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Penrith, NSW
    Posts
    9,226
    Interesting that the "study the classics" theme has dominated the thread. I think that is great advice.
    God exists. Short and to the point.
    President of, and arbiter at, Rooty Hill RSL Chess Club. See www.rootyhillchessclub.org.

    Psephological insight. "Controversial will only lose you votes. Courageous will lose you the election." Sir Humphrey Appleby on Yes Minister.

    Favorite movie line: Girl friend Cathy to Jack Ryan in "Sum of all Fears". "What kind of emergency does an historian have?".

  13. #13
    CC Grandmaster ER's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Melbourne - Australia
    Posts
    13,635
    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski
    Interesting that the "study the classics" theme has dominated the thread. I think that is great advice.
    Correct!

    Quote Originally Posted by Junior Master
    Tarrasch was also a bit of a sore loser. He blamed the rain when he lost to Em. Lasker
    I can recall having read about Dr Tarrasch's excuses after loses to J.R. Capablanca and Dr Em. Lasker; the former being illness while the latter an avertion of playing close to the sea!

    In the first case Dr Tarrasch withdrew from the tournament all together whereas in the second he was publicly reminded that 'Dusseldorf, the scene of the challenge, was 170 miles from the coast'.

    http://biography.yourdictionary.com/emanuel-lasker

    Also In this link,

    http://www.ballo.de/tarrasch_english.htm

    I found some interesting and rather tragic biographical notes of Dr Tarrasch troubled life. Here is an extract:

    From his first marriage Tarrasch had five children, three sons and two daughters. Within a short period, 1914-1916, his three sons died. The eldest son, Dr. phil. Fritz Tarrasch, was killed on May 14, 1915, as lieutenant in the 15th Bavarian reserve infantry regiment in the First World War. Tarrasch’s second son committed suicide, while the third son died when run over by a tram in Munich in 1916.
    https://www.nswca.org.au/index.php
    ACF 3118316
    FIDE 3201457

    From this day (13-11-20) onwards, I will only be posting, shouting and reading none other than chess related posts.
    Fully vaccinated since October, 21, 2021

  14. #14
    CC FIDE Master James Peirce's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    The Isle of Tasmania
    Posts
    751
    I personally prefer watching games played but Capablanca.
    He was so good relative to his contemparies that he was nicknamed "The Chess Machine"
    The slower I play the better I play, who would of thought?

  15. #15
    CC Grandmaster ER's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Melbourne - Australia
    Posts
    13,635
    Quote Originally Posted by junior master
    ... He was so good relative to his contemparies that he was nicknamed "The Chess Machine"
    Unlike some contemporary young masters who have no fear of being nicknamed "The Spelling Machine"!

    BTW Dr Alekhine beat him in their 1927 Buenos Aires match for the World Championship; nonetheless, never gave him a chance for a rematch!
    Last edited by ER; 21-02-2013 at 09:35 AM.
    https://www.nswca.org.au/index.php
    ACF 3118316
    FIDE 3201457

    From this day (13-11-20) onwards, I will only be posting, shouting and reading none other than chess related posts.
    Fully vaccinated since October, 21, 2021

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. MCC Allegro 2010
    By Carl Gorka in forum Completed Tournaments
    Replies: 348
    Last Post: 03-01-2011, 02:30 AM
  2. What do you do with your games?
    By Kevin Bonham in forum Games and Analysis
    Replies: 55
    Last Post: 03-10-2009, 11:28 PM
  3. chess books for sale
    By jimzeiher in forum Chess Training
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-01-2009, 10:25 AM
  4. Difference in quality of games between ICCF and FIDE
    By budfit in forum Completed Tournaments
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 17-09-2008, 10:00 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •