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muddyglass

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  1. another game of giving up the center to white early on and having to fight for it later: 1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.Bd3 Nd7 5.c3 c5 6.Be3 a6 7.a4 b6 8.Nbd2 Bb7 9.Qb3 h6 10.O-O Rb8 11.Ne1 Ngf6 12.h3 O-O 13.f4 d5 14.Qc2 c4 15.Be2 Nxe4 16.Nxe4 dxe4 17.Bxc4 e6 18.Rd1 Nf6 19.g4 Nd5 20.Qe2 Rc8 21.Ng2 Bf6 22.Bxa6 Bxa6 23.Qxa6 Ra8 24.Qb5 Ra5 25.Qb3 Qc7 26.Bd2 Ra7 27.Qc2 Bxd4+ 28.Kh1 f5 29.Qb3 Bc5 30.Rde1 Qc6 31.Ne3 Qxa4 32.Qxa4 Rxa4 33.gxf5 Nxe3 34.Bxe3 exf5 35.Bxc5 bxc5 36.Rg1 Kf7 37.Rd1 Ra2 38.Rd7+ Ke6 39.Rgd1 Ra6 40.Rc7 g5 41.Rh7 gxf4 42.Rxh6+ Rf6 43.Rh7 Ke5 44.Rhd7 Rad6 45.R7xd6 Rxd6 46.Rxd6 Kxd6 47.h4 c4 0-1 i found some of my moves questionable when i was playing the game, so would love to hear on improvements. 21...Bf6. the idea was to reshuffle the dark-square bishop to participate on the queenside since it was staring into a strong white pawn chain. the weak black e4 pawn was keeping white busy, so i was using the borrowed time to make this bishop maneuver. an eventual ...f5 would connect my kingside pawns, but potentially opening up the kingside did not seem appealing at the moment and i was prepared to lock it down if white attempts to push there. i saw the possibility of white winning a pawn with Bxa6 but didn't mind it since i wanted to exchange the light-square bishops anyway and thought it was possible to recover the pawn by playing on the a-file. white's light-square bishop was preventing black from repairing the black kingside pawn structure while keeping things closed since i wanted an eventual ...exf5 instead of ...gxf5, hence the desire for the trade of bishops. also, there was no rush to mobilize the black pawn majority on the kingside, so it was desirable to put a check on white's queenside pawn majority by stationing the black pieces on the queenside, trying to prevent white counterplay. this was my thinking, but i'm sure it was not an ideal middlegame plan here. 44...Rad6. this was a blunder that i immediately regretted. my first instinct is to simplify when ahead on material and go for an endgame. the black pawn island looked like it was closer to the finish line compared to white's pawn islands, so exchanging rooks looked appealing. this move was played without thinking too much since it forces a trade of rooks, but i realized right away afterwards that 44...f3 was better, pushing toward pawn promotion and giving the black king a safe route to further creep into white territory. overall, i aim to get white to overextend in the opening, then launch a black counterattack and pick away at the weaknesses after a bunch of pawns and pieces exit the stage. however, i'm still stuck on correct middlegame plans at times. black was fortunate this game that white played 27. Qc2, but it's not proper to play "hope chess" and just hope that the opponent makes incorrect moves. black needs to come up with a better plan that doesn't rely on wishful thinking.
  2. @INTJoe @Major Chord i think there's a misunderstanding stemming from language. the phrase "stick with it" was meant in the sense of not giving up on it by intjoe. the ruy lopez is a powerful opening to know by both sides and its recent dominance in the 2016 world chess championships attests to that. intjoe was saying one should study the ruy lopez well since it's an important opening to know. "sticking with" an opening could also mean loyalty toward that opening to the exclusion of all others. in this sense, the ruy lopez is not a universal opening as major chord has described. as far as openings go, i find that you really play families of openings. even the people who play the modern defense because it's a universal black opening need to eventually learn strategic ideas from various openings with similar structures. the more important thing was to understand the reasons why those sequences of moves were played in the opening. you could try something like meetup.com to find local chess gatherings where you play people in person, assuming that's what you're looking for. otherwise, there are plenty of places to play online!
  3. blissey was one of my battle pokemon back when i was breeding pokemon in the gameboy games, so i can't wait to find a high iv one to feed with candies. however, i think pokemon go may've made blissey too tanky and it will probably be nerfed in the future.
  4. wonderful, you already have a good idea of what area you want to work in and which faculty members can potentially serve as your thesis advisor! that's already good progress compared to some of the students who are just first entering ph.d. programs. you have to focus on knocking out the qualifiers as soon as possible. pretty much everything else is secondary at the beginning of the journey.
  5. yeah, i throw those curveballs for every toss. started doing that back in the summer when i heard they increase your chances of catching the pokemon. it becomes natural the more you use it. the new mechanic where pokemon fly all around instead of just staying in one spot is making it harder to use curveballs for every throw though. i just throw straight for some of those positions.
  6. congratulations! transitioning from the master's program, you'll likely already know a bunch of the professors and maybe even got some of the qualifiers done. good luck! oh, and check out phd comics. i especially like this one on grading.
  7. @Smylex , check out "survive style 5+" (2004), directed by gen sekiguchi. i think you'll love it. it's a quirky japanese movie that you're best not knowing anything about before watching it. here's a clip from the movie though that won't spoil anything:
  8. kraftwerk - "radioactivität"
  9. give the graphic novel "bone" by jeff smith a try if you haven't read it yet. you will love the funny and charming characters, and the story grows to an epic scale as it progresses.
  10. megadeth - "tornado of souls"
  11. you're right that there's an advantage to living in a major city. there are inherent inequalities to this game. i think the periodic pokemon migration addresses some of the issue with folks from suburban and rural areas not having access to a wider variety of pokemon. the pokemon do rotate on a regular basis in certain zones and this gives people a chance at catching more exotic pokemon if they wait a couple of weeks. the various holiday events also mix up the variety and it seems these holiday events will now be a regular thing. on the other hand, consider all the people who completed their pokedexs early on and then had nothing to do for months while waiting for gen 2. if you go the slow and steady route, then you wouldn't be as frustrated. there's something to be said for making the game too easy and then not playing as a result of catching everything already. (i just finished my gen 1 kanto pokedex a few days before gen 2 was released and i'm taking it slow with gen 2; pokedex is currently at 170.)
  12. some of you might be interested in this: twister got a solid buff in the update so all those former junk twister gyarados are actually worthwhile gym defenders now. also, blizzard cloyster are now extinct, so hang on to yours! see the link for a longer list of pokemon with legacy movesets that you might want to hold on to.
  13. traci lords - "father's field"
  14. @Doob @Avenicci thanks! oh, i remember where i heard "german" meant "spear man": it was during a program on the military channel that discusses the military strategies and typical tactics of various peoples at various times. the "ger" was the name of the spear and the program demonstrated how that spear was supposedly used in battle, along with the kinds of formations the germanic warriors used. also, "walahisc/walesc" immediately conjures up the word "welsh." i never realized it formed a pair of opposites with the origins of "deutsch," interesting.
  15. i'd blame the university for making "columbia" the well-known misspelling of "colombia." ...... added to this post 7 minutes later: interesting! what were the actual meanings of these various words? i've heard some of the names referred to "spear man," named for the spears used by some germanic warriors, and i've also heard the word "deutsch" derives its meaning from the concept of "our people" so "deutschland" would be "our people's land." however, i may not be remembering this correctly and would love some clarification. could you shed some light on that? thanks.