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    I love the endgame!

    Hi. I seriously think my endgame is improving by alot. In this game, I am on the losing end of rook and bishop vs. two bishops. Black made silly repetitive moves in this game to try to win on time but my aggressive king won through!

    (224) Zwichenzug (1643) - Papllonsg (1457) [b]A22]
    Rated game, 15m + 1s Café, 27.10.2006
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    [Edit] Now that I think about it, I might have lost in the end if black grabbed the open file with his rook.
    Last edited by Zwischenzug; 27-10-2006 at 10:04 AM.

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    You had mate in 2 with 33.Qxh7
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    You had mate in 2 with 33.Qxh7
    You are right, it didn't occur to me to give up my queen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    You had mate in 2 with 33.Qxh7
    I might seem dum for asking this, but, I cannot see it?
    Sorry, see it now.
    Dyslexics of the world untie

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    Quote Originally Posted by EGOR
    I might seem dum for asking this, but, I cannot see it?
    Sorry, see it now.
    Yes, its 33. Qxh7 Kxh7 34. Rh4#

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwichenzug
    Hi. I seriously think my endgame is improving by alot. In this game, I am on the losing end of rook and bishop vs. two bishops.
    I don't think you were really losing that ending at all. You had compensation for the exchange in the form of a passed pawn and black's very bad bishop. Black had no need to give back the exchange though; perhaps he was scared and trying for the draw? (44...Ra8 for Black is OK.)
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    Hi Kevin. Now that you have seen a few more of my games, would 1400 be a good estimate for my strength?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwichenzug
    Hi Kevin. Now that you have seen a few more of my games, would 1400 be a good estimate for my strength?
    IMO, you are less than 1400. Maybe closer to 1200. It is of course very hard to tell from a handful of rapid internet games.
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwichenzug
    Hi Kevin. Now that you have seen a few more of my games, would 1400 be a good estimate for my strength?
    I can't say that accurately from rapid games. I get the impression that while you play some nice attacks and seem to have a reasonable idea in the endgame, you still miss a lot more one-move tactics than even the average aggressive 1400. I'd think 1300, but remember that ratings are based on performance in slower time control games and without several of those it is impossible to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    I can't say that accurately from rapid games. I get the impression that while you play some nice attacks and seem to have a reasonable idea in the endgame, you still miss a lot more one-move tactics than even the average aggressive 1400. I'd think 1300, but remember that ratings are based on performance in slower time control games and without several of those it is impossible to say.
    What time control is good, 30 min? 45 min? 1 hour? Are there any good places to play slower games online (besides correspondence chess, a bit too slow for me). As for my tactics, I am often so preoccupied with looking for combinations that I miss simple one move tactics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwichenzug
    What time control is good, 30 min? 45 min? 1 hour? Are there any good places to play slower games online (besides correspondence chess, a bit too slow for me).
    Both FICS and ICC host a group called the STC (Slow Time Control) Bunch in channel 90 where like minded people meet to play longer time control games.

    Also both sites have versions of a 45 45 team league.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwichenzug
    What time control is good, 30 min? 45 min? 1 hour? Are there any good places to play slower games online (besides correspondence chess, a bit too slow for me). As for my tactics, I am often so preoccupied with looking for combinations that I miss simple one move tactics.
    For rated games it has to be >=1 hr or something similar, eg 30 or 40 mins plus 30 secs per move.

    I don't really follow online sites so can't say. I understand slow time limits are pretty uncommon online, unless they are very slow (CC).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    For rated games it has to be >=1 hr or something similar, eg 30 or 40 mins plus 30 secs per move.

    I don't really follow online sites so can't say. I understand slow time limits are pretty uncommon online, unless they are very slow (CC).
    Do you recommend correspondence chess on this forum as an alternative?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwichenzug
    Do you recommend correspondence chess on this forum as an alternative?
    Yes. However a rating ultimately measures performance under controlled tournament conditions so if you want to play well under such conditions, there is no substitute for experience under the same conditions.

    Some players are rather good at CC but relative duffers OTB.
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    Find out if there's a chess club in your area and when they meet then go and check them out.
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