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Basil
03-06-2008, 07:27 PM
I'd like to run a series of best correspondence games played here on Chesschat. I've appointed myself mod for the job! :eek: :lol: Reason being that the thread might get swamped with all sorts of rehashes of what has preceded elsewhere, with all manner of iffy analysis and self promotion that isn't supported by the facts!

And besides, we need to make up the rules and parameters as we go along :doh:

So what we need are:
1. Judging Committee (panel)
2. Nominations
3. Parameters and criteria (submissions and judging)
4. Order!

1. Committee
I'd like to invite Jono, macavity, Michael Baron and drug to be on that committee (yes, this is the formal request - can't afford to print them up, can't be bothered PMing). I'm assuming that not all will accept, but if they do, that would be a bonus.

2. Nominations
3. Parameters and criteria
Please, please submit your nominations. Right here is fine - with a SHORT explanation piece for the committee's consideration. It might be for a brilliancy, because it's your best game ever, because of the complexity, excitement ... whatever. I'm sure the judges will entertain any idea (just don't waste their time with some rubbish you tossed off ;). Perhaps they'll even lay down their own parameters. We're looking for all strengths here - the proposed judges are experienced enough to allow for that.

4. Order!
Please don't dribble on (much - the usual classroom mucking up should be permitted :P)
Please try and stay within the object of the thread - there are copious other repositories for general dribble (like self-flagellation threads :rolleyes: )

Right
• committee invitees, please say yes :pray:
• players, please consider which games you'd like to nominate

Carry on!

Basil
04-06-2008, 01:20 AM
Jono says 'yes'!

Trent Parker
04-06-2008, 10:15 PM
OK I'm going to nominate my current unfinished game with Alexrules01

<Deleted a la Duggan dribble>

Trent Parker
04-06-2008, 10:56 PM
Deleted a la duggan dribble

Vlad
04-06-2008, 11:18 PM
I can help as much as I can.:) Gunner, think about the process where the reviews are given independently, otherwise the second review could be influenced by the first.

Basil
04-06-2008, 11:24 PM
I can help as much as I can.:) Gunner, think about the process where the reviews are given independently, otherwise the second review could be influenced by the first.
Thank you. We entrust the panel to respect each other's opinions - you can fight out discuss disagreements in PM - and if you can't make a decision, perhaps you can pass it on to the *ahem* Ultimate Authority :wall: You guys will do a bang up job.

Have PMd the mac, the baron and the goldenberg. Will wait another 24 hours before empaneling.

In the interim, submissions can come in, but perhaps without the running commentary a la Dilly Dribble ;)

Basil
05-06-2008, 01:33 PM
The Goldenberg is in!

Zwischenzug
05-06-2008, 01:40 PM
I wonder if this thread is inspired by our game Gunner.

Desmond
05-06-2008, 01:48 PM
Is it allowed to enter more than once?

Basil
05-06-2008, 03:27 PM
I wonder if this thread is inspired by our game Gunner.
No it wasn't. It wasn't inspired by any game in particular.

The idea had been rattling around in my head for a while. Someone suggested something similar in my call for HADBBA award suggestions, and it further struck me during the current Chesschat #7 tourn (in which I'm not playing but poke my head in from time to time) that there are some quite good/ exciting games being played.

But you should consider entering our game or any other takes your fancy.

Basil
05-06-2008, 03:28 PM
Is it allowed to enter more than once?
As many times as one likes. Your games. Other games.

I would ask that people supply:
1. Links to their games
2. Their ACF rating.

Capablanca-Fan
05-06-2008, 04:19 PM
Thank you. We entrust the panel to respect each other's opinions - you can fight out discuss disagreements in PM - and if you can't make a decision, perhaps you can pass it on to the *ahem* Ultimate Authority :wall: You guys will do a bang up job.

Have PMd the mac, the baron and the goldenberg. Will wait another 24 hours before empaneling.

In the interim, submissions can come in, but perhaps without the running commentary a la Dilly Dribble ;)
It might be instructive to post our reasoning after the award has been decided.

Basil
05-06-2008, 07:25 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to advise that the esteemed panel of (listed in acceptance order)

Jonathan Sarfati
Vladimir Smirnov
Igor Goldenberg

are empaneled having kindly agreed to volunteer their time and abilities to assess our mere mortal offerings. How exciting! :P

For the record, I did request the assistance of macavity and Michale Baron, in this thread, in the shoutbox and via PM. I have not heard back from either of them.

I hope you are all now actively considering nominations (games played by self or otherwise).

Please stay tuned for more specific nomination criteria (which may include different categories), but let's face it - a good game is a good game. Don't be coy. Thanks to Dilly for the first, and I hope, of many.

Alexrules01
05-06-2008, 07:37 PM
Well I'll join in, I havn't played hardly any correpondence games but this game kinda stuck out, the classic attack on opposite wings. There where some complications, different lines that may have been better but I really liked this game.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 Nbd7 7.0-0 e5 8.d5 Nc5 9.Qc2 a5 10.Rb1 Nh5 11.Ne1 Nf4 12.Nd3 Nfxd3 13.Bxd3 f5 14.f3 f4 15.a3 g5 16.Rf2 h5 17.Bf1 g4 18.Re2 Kh8 19.b4 Na6 20.Na4 axb4 21.axb4 Bd7 22.b5 Nb8 23.c5 Qg5 24.cxd6 gxf3 25.Rf2 cxd6 26.Rxf3 Bg4 27.Rf2 Nd7 28.Nb2 Nc5 29.Nc4 Qg6 30.Bb2 Nxe4 31.Bd3 Bf5 32.Re2 Ng3 33.Rd2 e4 34.Bxg7+ Kxg7 35.Qb2+ Kh7 36.Bc2 e3 37.Bxf5 Nxf5 38.Re2 f3 0-1[/QUOTE]

Garrett
05-06-2008, 08:20 PM
A worthy candidate. Nice game.

Although I'm biased.

Capablanca-Fan
05-06-2008, 09:51 PM
A worthy candidate. Nice game.

Although I'm biased.
Not bad. In the best game stakes, I would have to deduct some points because both sides missed 10... Nxe4!, and also White should have played 15. b3 before a3, because Black could have answered 15... a4 and held down White's Q-side expansion. Black's K-side attack was well played.

Alexrules01
05-06-2008, 10:30 PM
Thanks, I hope its a worthy contendor! :D

Basil
10-06-2008, 10:24 PM
Hi Panel

I don't know if contacting you this way is as good as PM. I guess not, but it has the bonus of letting the mortals watch your thought processes in action. I propose these categories. What do you think. Happy with any additions or red pen!

BTW no need to start considering until
a) all nominations are in (but by all means make a start)
b) categories are decided (which is your call anyway, not mine).

1. Best Game (under 2000 ACF)
2. Best Game (under 1700 ACF)
3. Best Game (under 1400 ACF)
4. Best move/ tactic/ other
5. Most Interesting Game
6. Best Freestyle Game

Hi Mortals

We have two nominations so far (which is a crap effort BTW)

1. http://www.chesschat.org/showpost.php?p=199108&postcount=14
Players please Alex (incl ACF)

2. http://www.chesschat.org/showpost.php?p=198988&postcount=75
AlexRules01 1-0 Dilly Boy (ACFs please Dilly)

I am now going make a cuppa and start viewing some of these gems from today and yesteryear!

Kevin Bonham
10-06-2008, 10:59 PM
Nothing I have won on here in any format is worthy enough to have been retained in my memory.

If freestyle games are to be considered (*I expect Gunner stops reading at the point of this abominable suggestion*) then there are a couple I have lost where the opponents played very well even allowing for the benefits conferred by the assistance of extremely strong computers. Just for the record since I doubt they will be considered eligible, even given the dearth of interest in the concept of the thread so far:

Mangafranga vs K. Bonham (freestyle)

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 c6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Ne5 h5 12.Nxd7 Qxd7 13.Be5 Rh6 14.Qc1 Nh7 15.f4 Be7 16.Qe3 f6 17.fxg5 Nxg5 18.Bf4 Rh8 19.Rad1 Nf7 20.b3 cxb3 21.d5 a6 22.dxe6 Qxe6 23.axb3 Rd8 24.Qa7 Bc8 25.Rxd8+ Nxd8 26.e5 fxe5 27.Be3 Qxb3 28.Ne4 Qd5 29.Bf3 Qd7 30.Qb6 Qb7 31.Qa5 Bg4 32.Nc5 Bxc5 33.Bxc5 Bxf3 34.Rxf3 Nf7 35.h3 h4 36.Qa2 Rh6 37.Ra3 Qd7 38.Rxa6 Qd1+ 39.Kh2 Qd5 40.Ra8+ Nd8 41.Qf2 Rd6 42.Ra7 e4 43.Qb2 Rd7 44.Qh8+ Kf7 45.Qh7+ Ke8 46.Rxd7 Qe5+ 47.Kh1 Qxc5 48.Rd1 Nf7 49.Qxe4+ Kf8 50.Qe6 1-0

ggrayggray vs K. Bonham (freestyle)

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.Nf3 c6 6. e3 Qa5 7. Nd2 Bb4 8.Qc2 0-0 9.Be2 c5 10.0-0 cxd4 11. Nb3 Qb6 12.exd4 dxc4 13. Bxc4 Qc7 14. Qe2 Bxc3 15. bxc3 Ne4 16. Qxe4 Qxc4 17. Rfe1 Nb6 18. Bd2 f6 19. h4 e5 20. h5 Qf7 21. h6 g6 22. dxe5 fxe5 23. Qh4 Nc4 24. Bg5 Bf5 25. Nd4 Rac8 26. Rad1 b6 27. Be7 Rfe8 28.Nxf5 Qxf5 29. Bf6 Rf8 30. Bg7 g5 31.Qg3 Rfd8 32.f3 Rxd1 33. Rxd1 a6 34.a4 Re8 35. Qf2 Qf4 36. Re1 Rd8 37. Qf1 b5 38. axb5 axb5 39.Re4 Qf5 40. Qa1 Kf7 41. Qa7 Rd7 42. Qb8 Rd1+ 43. Kh2 Qe6 44. Qxb5 Nd6 45. Qe2 Nxe4 46. Qxd1 Nd6 47. Qd2 Kg6 48. Bf8 Ne8 49. Qd3 Qf5 50.Qxf5 Kxf5 51. c4 Nf6 52. c5 e4 53.c6 Ke6 54. fxe4 1-0

Basil
10-06-2008, 11:09 PM
http://www.chesschat.org/showpost.php?p=196807&postcount=39
Boris (1880) 1/2 - 1/2 Gunner (1550)
Nominated for workmanlike defence with the black pieces against a much stronger opponent

http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=6594&page=2
This quickie from Phil Bourke & Zwischenzug as an object lesson leaving pieces hanging and tactics.
Ratings from the era of the game being played please gentlemen.

I nominate this for most interesting game
http://www.chesschat.org/showpost.php?p=159808&postcount=101
Axiom (1600?) 0-1 Mangafranga (2100)

or this
http://www.chesschat.org/showpost.php?p=139402&postcount=75
if for no other reason than it took until move 19 for a capture and I thought there was a lot of good positional shuffling. I'm really not qualified to assess whether the game as a whole is any good or not.
Gunner (1500) 1-0 Elevator Escapee (1750?) at the time

Now I'm off to check some of the heavier hitters' games and try and dig up a game where I got whacked.


If freestyle games are to be considered (*I expect Gunner stops reading at the point of this abominable suggestion*)
Ahhhhhhhhhhh! I loathe 'em. I've added Freestyle section for the panel's consideration. I hope they kill it off!

Kevin Bonham
10-06-2008, 11:55 PM
This was great to watch but not entirely technically correct (Ax was winning the move before the draw offer.)

Axiom - Boris 1/2-1/2

1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. f3 c5 4. g3 Nf6 5. Bg2 Be7 6. Ne2 Nc6 7. 0-0 Qc7 8. Nd2 b5 9. c3 Bb7 10. f4 0-0 11. e5 Ng4 12. Nf3 c4 13. d4 b4 14. h3 Nh6 15. g4 Kh8 16. Ng3 bxc3 17. bxc3 Qa5 18. Bd2 Rab8 19. f5 Ng8 20. g5 exf5 21. Nxf5 Bc8 22. N3h4 Be6 23. Nxg7 Kxg7 24. Qh5 Nxd4 25. Rf6 Nb3 26. g6 fxg6 27. Bh6+ Nxh6 28. Rxg6+ hxg6 29. Qxg6+ Kh8 30. Qxh6+ Kg8 31. Qxe6+ Rf7 32. Bxd5 Qxd5 33. Qxd5 Nxa1 34. Ng6 Kg7 35. e6 Kxg6 36. exf7 Rf8 37. Qe6+ Bf6 38. Qe1 Nb3 39. axb3 cxb3 40. Qb1+ Kg7 41. Qxb3 Rxf7 42. Kg2 Rc7 43. c4 Be5 44. Kf3 Bd4 45. Ke4 Bb6 46. Kd5 Kh6 47. Kd6 Rc5 48. Qd3 Rh5 49. Qe4 Bc5+ 50. Kc6 Bb6 51. Qe6+ Kg7 52. Qg4+ Kh6 53. Qg8 Rc5+ 54. Kd6 Rh5 55. Ke6 Rc5 56. Kf6 Rc6+ 57. Kf5 Rc5+ 58. Kg4 Rc7 59. Qe6+ Kg7 60. h4 Rc5 61. h5 Rc7 62. h6+ Kh7 63. Kf4 Rc5 64. Kg4 Rc7 65. Kf5 Rc5+ 66. Ke4 Rh5 67. Qf7+ drawn

Basil
11-06-2008, 12:07 AM
This was great to watch but not entirely technically correct (Ax was winning the move before the draw offer.)

Axiom - Boris 1/2-1/2
What an interesting game. I hadn't seen it before.

Aaron Guthrie
11-06-2008, 12:28 AM
I nominate this for most interesting game
http://www.chesschat.org/showpost.php?p=159808&postcount=101
Axiom (1600?) 0-1 Mangafranga (2100)Really?!

Aaron Guthrie
11-06-2008, 12:36 AM
If freestyle games are to be consideredI think the freestyle games often turn out quite interesting.

Kevin Bonham
11-06-2008, 12:52 AM
What an interesting game. I hadn't seen it before.

It's from Chesschat Tournament #3. Incredibly rich in tactics, that game. I see from the thread that Boris asked at the time: what does Fritz think of 23.Nxg7 ?

As usual in such positions, Fritz initially thinks the move is rubbish and then curls up in the corner and requests an easier assignment, such as how to rid the world of all nuclear weapons. To get a useful evaluation out of it could take a number of days.

Alexrules01
11-06-2008, 03:49 PM
1. http://www.chesschat.org/showpost.php?p=199108&postcount=14
Players please Alex (incl ACF)

Ahh the players, I see Dilly boy has entered our other game, but it was
Dilly Boy vs Alexrules01 and my ACF at this time is 1477

Zwischenzug
14-06-2008, 01:30 AM
I'll like to nominate my game versus Gunner. I was white:

1.e4 b6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3 d6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Nc3 e6 6.Bg2 Nc6 7.Qa4 Ne7 8.d4 Qd7 9.Qd1 h6 10.0-0 g5 11.d5 Nd8 12.Re1 e5 13.b3 Ng6 14.Ba3 Be7 15.b4 g4 16.Nd2 Bg5 17.Nb3 Rc8 18.bxc5 bxc5 19.Rb1 0-0 20.Na5 Ba8 21.Nb5 h5 22.f3 f6 23.fxg4 hxg4 24.Nxd6 Qxd6 25.Qxg4 Nf7 26.h4 Qa6 27.hxg5 Nxg5 28.Rb5 Rfd8 29.Bxc5 Rxc5 30.Rxc5 Qb6 31.Nb3 Rc8 32.Kh1 Rxc5 33.Nxc5 Qxc5 34.Rc1 Bb7 35.Qf5 Kf7 36.Qd7+ Qe7 37.Qxe7+ Kxe7 38.Kg1 Kd7 39.Rb1 Ba6 40.c5 Kc7 41.a4 Nf8 42.Rb5!! Nd7 43.c6 Nb6 44.Ra5 Bc8 45.Rxa7+ Kd6 46.a5 Na4 47.Kf2 Nc5 48.Ke3 Na6 49.Ra8 Kc7 50.Kd3 Nc5+ 51.Ke3 Ba6 52.Rf8 Bd3 53.Rxf6 Ngxe4 54.Rf7+ Kb8 55.a6 Nd6 56.c7+ Ka8 57.a7 Ba6 58.Rf6 Nc8 59.Rxa6 1-0

Basil
10-08-2008, 11:24 PM
I have not forgotten. Nor will I forget. I will not forget on the land; I will not forget in the trenches ... what was I doing?

CameronD
10-08-2008, 11:56 PM
I put forward this game and claim triple points as gunner lost

http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?p=164112#post164112

Kevin Bonham
02-12-2009, 09:26 PM
From chesschat tournament #9

Alexrules01 - Phil Bourke

1.d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 dxc4 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5 9. h4 g4 10. Ne5 Bb4 11. f3 Rg8 12. Nxg4 Rxg4 13. fxg4 Nxe4 14. Qf3 Qxd4 15. Rd1 Bxc3 16. bxc3 Qxc3 17.Qxc3 Nxc3 18.Ra1 Nd7 19. Bf4 Nf6 20. Bxh6 Nxg4 21. Bg7 f6 22. h5 Kf7 23. h6 Bd7 24. Be2 e5 25. Rh4 Nxe2 26. Kxe2 Bf5 27. Rah1 Bd3 28. Kf3 f5 29. h7 Kxg7 30. h8=Q+ Rxh8 31. Rxh8 a5 32. Rc8 Be4 33. Kg3 Kf6 34. Rhh8 Bd5 35. Rcd8 c3 36. Rf8+ Kg5 37. Rd7 f4 38. Kh3 Nf2 39. Kh2 c2 40. Rxd5 cxd5 41. Rc8 Ng4 42. Kg1 Ne3 0-1