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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Actually it is a lot less clear than this, because after 9.Qb3 c5! Black is not doing as badly as may appear, eg:
    Good point.

    This actually goes back a number of years when I helped with coaching some of the leading NZ juniors. One showed the game:

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    He played 7. Qb3 but against Nbd7! the pawn grab got him into trouble. He asked, wasn't Bf5 supposed to be bad because of Qb3, so I suggested 7. Bxf6 first.

    But in your line, the White Q moves twice, and the extra tempo allowed Black to be castled already. I can't see a good way for White to gain a clear advantage here either.

    I suggest instead

    8.h3, and if Bh5 then 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.Qf5 Bg6 11.Qxd5. And if Black retreats, White has gained a move h3 which has been shown to be useful above.

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    Charles was over 1850 in 2004 when he was state champion.
    I can believe it.

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    His rating's gone down since then, partly because he's not ideally suited to guillotine time controls.
    Might be relevant to some who complain that some FMs don't have ratings of 2300 any more. His understanding is still there.

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    why not?

    I wonder why, Jono and Boris, aren't giving up their respective careers just for awhile, to work together and produce a high quality How To Play Chess book.
    I mean you guys are so good in explaining things, I have learnt more from you by following your suggestions here, than studying chess books.
    Thanks for the great advice and support for the average club player.
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    By that I don't mean to underestimate contributions of other strong players in the forum. It's just that I really like the way Jono and Boris explain things
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    Thanks for the compliment HK
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    What examples do you have in mind?
    I saw couple of his games against lower rated players when he played with black 1.d4 d5 and won quickly and easily.
    He also beat Bob Smith (2294) with black in 5.Qa4+ Catalan (very drawish line, even more drawish then QGD exchange) in the opening.

    Many years (should say decades) ago I observed Vladimir Burmakin (now well known GM), who only played Slav as a junior to win exchange variation with black qite easily and convincing (and quickly - in terms of time).
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    Casual game tonight featuring a f3-e4 idea for white and ending up (after quite a few mistakes on both sides) in a very unusual endgame! Not absolutely certain all these moves are correct, but the basic ideas are all there.

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    Nalimov server at http://chess.jaet.org/cgi-bin/dtx says the KRR vs KRN position that first arises is drawn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Casual game tonight featuring a f3-e4 idea for white ...
    Far too early though. I think 6.f3 is outright wrong, esp. met by the usual counter, 6...c5.

    For some reason, the javascript wasn't playing through.
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    Yes, ...c5 would have been better than what I played.

    Trying to fix the game viewer. Working for me now.

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    [Event "CRCC Club Championship 2007"]
    [Site "Rothwell"]
    [Date "2007.11.07"]
    [Round "6"]
    [White "Thomas, Brian"]
    [Black "Truscott, Tony"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [ECO "D35"]
    [WhiteElo "1874"]
    [BlackElo "1925"]
    [PlyCount "107"]

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    [Event "CRCC Club Championship 2007"]
    [Site "Rothwell"]
    [Date "2007.11.07"]
    [Round "6"]
    [White "Thomas, Brian"]
    [Black "Truscott, Tony"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [ECO "D35"]
    [WhiteElo "1874"]
    [BlackElo "1925"]
    [PlyCount "107"]

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    This shows the danger of being stuck with two weaknesses. Black should have left the P on a6, so it could be exchanged off rather than become a weakness, and recapture on c6 with a P, so it's the only weakness. As played, Black was left with an isolated d-pawn and weak b-pawn. Although he gained considerable apparent activity, it was on a rickety foundation. After 22. Nxd5, it's rapidly downhill.

    So will you be #1 for Redcliffe in the QLD Teams?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    So will you be #1 for Redcliffe in the QLD Teams?
    I hadn't really considered it, but I suppose it is a possiblity. I won't catch up to Tony's current rating, but I guess it depends on if he is on the way down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    I hadn't really considered it, but I suppose it is a possiblity. I won't catch up to Tony's current rating, but I guess it depends on if he is on the way down.
    If your top four is as per Qld Interclub, you will be board 2. Truscott, Thomas, Cashman, Weller.

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    The setups with Nge2 (instead of Nf3) are also quite interesting. Kasparov among others has used them to great effect.

    In the Nf3 variation, 11.h3 looks like the best way to fight for an advantage. Other moves such as 11.Bf6, 11.Rab1 and 11.Rae1 were diffused years ago.

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    Good work!

    Hi, Ivanchuk's fun!
    Just jotting these lines to tell you that, I follow your notes in threads and I always find them very useful! I believe your contribution to this board albeit non bombastic and exuberant, is, nevertheless valuable and encouraging. Good work! Keep it up!
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    Dyer - Bonham. Burnie Shines 2010, round 6, G60/+10. Additional comments welcome.

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