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by jpettit
Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:43 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What have happen with Net-Chess?
Replies: 12
Views: 21533

Re: What have happen with Net-Chess?

Net-Chess is the Narnia of the chess-Internet. Whereas time marches on and new chess sites rise and fall like the sun (as redketchuplover carefully chronicles in the one forum), Net-Chess is always here, always the same, always ready for a game. I've played off-and-on since near the beginning, and t...
by jpettit
Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:37 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Chessicly Prosperous...
Replies: 1
Views: 3545

Re: Chessically Prosperous....

Here's hoping to a great year and great chess to everyone in 2014 and beyond.
by jpettit
Sun Mar 25, 2012 2:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: David S White
Replies: 19
Views: 14392

Re: David S White

These games confirm that old adage:

There are masters, there are grandmasters, and then there are players like David S White.
by jpettit
Thu Mar 22, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: Analyzing mode shared!
Replies: 5
Views: 13294

Re: Analyzing mode shared!

I'm not sure I completely follow. Are you suggesting: a) When a game is finished, players can go back and add comments and variations in a correspondence-style post mortem? These comments could either be private, restricted to the two individuals, or public for all to see. or b) MrX, a high-rated pl...
by jpettit
Fri Mar 02, 2012 6:10 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Tips for the Chess Player..in general.
Replies: 29
Views: 17629

Re: Tips for the Chess Player..in general.

On a more serious note, it is possible to intimidate your opponent on the chess board irrespective of body language. I have seen people completely overact to an early h4 thrust; they worry that a huge attack is coming, so they start worrying and play desperate and next think you know they have self-...
by jpettit
Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:23 pm
Forum: Books, Software, and Websites
Topic: Chess Tactical Training
Replies: 3
Views: 12770

Re: Chess Tactical Training

Thank you both for the links. I've found them tactically stimulating so far.
by jpettit
Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:02 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Tips for the Chess Player..in general.
Replies: 29
Views: 17629

Re: Tips for the Chess Player..in general.

Josh, such a series could be very useful. If I may, I would like to add a comment. All your rules are more or less correct, but they don't give any justification. There's an old writing axiom of show, don't tell. If you could SHOW why these rules work, as opposed to just telling them, people would g...
by jpettit
Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Sorry Everyone
Replies: 5
Views: 3130

Re: Sorry Everyone

Condolences for your loss.
by jpettit
Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Winning percentage
Replies: 15
Views: 8711

Re: Winning percentage

I'm not sure if I have the terminology correct, but... My stats: 596 games played 328 wins 237 loses 31 draws (draws are overrated) My straight winning percentage would be my number of wins divided by my total games played. Thus 328/596= 0.55, so I straight out win 55% of my games. However, chess al...
by jpettit
Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Weekend Tournament
Replies: 11
Views: 6049

Re: Weekend Tournament

Nice games Joshua. I really admire your play in that Slav gambit. It's so tempting to play rash when down a pawn, but you calmly and methodically improved your position and won it back about 25 move later. That type of patience is really hard to grasp, at least for me. Enjoy your money!
by jpettit
Fri Jun 25, 2010 7:40 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Zapper Memorial Tournament Round Two Starting June 25, 2010!
Replies: 19
Views: 13590

Series F is now officially underway: m1277512471
by jpettit
Tue May 25, 2010 3:11 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Canadian Players?
Replies: 2
Views: 2605

Depending on the time controls, I'd be interested. July is a tough month for me chess wise, but as we get into late July and August, I'll have more time.

Name - Province - (currently inflated) Rating
jpettit - Ontario - 2441
by jpettit
Tue May 25, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Zapper 2010 Tournament Report 2
Replies: 39
Views: 16615

I'd almost certainly be interested in next year's installment, but I'll have to wait to see how the timing works out. Put me down as a tentative yes.
by jpettit
Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: timing out
Replies: 2
Views: 5550

I took a quick look at the timed out games, and the time controls were all 3d + 12h. In this case, even a 2-3 day holiday would be enough to time out, especially since the games were all in the early stages. That's my best guess at what happened.
by jpettit
Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:02 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Zapper tourney
Replies: 14
Views: 6696

(And with his six straight wins here, jpettit is the first player to clinch a playoff spot in Round Two!) Jeff was my friend. From the time we first me until the end, we always seemed to have a game going. Each and every game was a struggle, a struggle usually filled with banter and bad jokes. I ca...
by jpettit
Sat Mar 13, 2010 5:20 pm
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: More info in the PGN
Replies: 0
Views: 6375

More info in the PGN

When you look at a match and select "Get PGN for all games," it does so. When you look at a game and select "Get PGN for this game," it does so, but with several sections missing: most noteably the date and the ratings of each player. These sections are present, interestingly enough, when viewed thr...
by jpettit
Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:03 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Zapper 2010 Tournament Report!
Replies: 50
Views: 20662

Series A is underway as well:

m1268243761

Looks likes that's all of them. Good luck everyone.
by jpettit
Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:28 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: puzzling?????
Replies: 3
Views: 3650

Strictly speaking, he doesn't 'lose' his Knight. If 5.e5, Black has ...h6. If the Bishop exchanges, then no worries. If the Bishop moves off the d8/h4 diagonal, then the pin is broken and the Knight is free to move. And finally, if 6.Bh4, Black pushes his pawn with 6...g5 and once more the pin is br...
by jpettit
Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:58 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Jeff Jones Memorial Tournament this July!
Replies: 101
Views: 40777

If you can manage to squeeze in a spot for me, I'd be grateful. But if not, no worries.

-- Jonathan
by jpettit
Thu Apr 26, 2007 8:49 pm
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: Filters for Posting Challenges...
Replies: 2
Views: 10940

I believe the highest a provisional rating can start with is 2000. So, you can set the rating limit as 2001-9999 and you should effectively eliminate all provisional encounters. Of course, this only works if you regularily play above 2000, and there are many players hovering around 2000 that you'll ...
by jpettit
Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:54 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: An Ode to a Friend
Replies: 5
Views: 7277

An Ode to a Friend

I fell in love with a smile, and a pair of murky green eyes, and the kindest being on the planet. Waking up was no longer a choir: it became a garden of heaven, bearing the fruit of joy and the nectar of triumph. It was a friendship of mortals allowed to dance in the houses of the Gods. Singing the ...
by jpettit
Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Please ban idontknow from the system
Replies: 30
Views: 31871

I've noticed, in my limited teaching experience, that beginners have an insatiable habit to play the first move that comes to mind, and if that move is a capture, all the better! Players of this rank play lightning fast and the game is usually decided by earning two or three more queens than the opp...
by jpettit
Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:45 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 2007 TOURNAMENT STARTED?
Replies: 7
Views: 9116

I'll take the time here to wish everyone buona fortuna in the tournament. May your pieces be developed and your tactics all ending in mate!


Jonathan
by jpettit
Fri Jan 12, 2007 9:38 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: orangutan fans club
Replies: 24
Views: 28400

I used to play 1.b4 as a surprise opening, maybe once every 15-20 games or so. My enthusiasm for it greatly diminished, however, after seeing Gregorgysi's line here. Black isn't trying to refute the opening: he justs sets up a supported centre and plays his game from there. There's a slight lose of ...
by jpettit
Thu Dec 21, 2006 2:56 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Wishing you a Merry Christmas
Replies: 2
Views: 4662

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

It's that time of year again, where we people fulfill our consumer role's and keep the economy running -- err, I mean, we spread Christmas cheer :) Here's wishing everyone a great Christmas and a Happy New Year (speaking of which, anyone feel 2006 has overstayed its welcome?) Season's Greetings, Jon...
by jpettit
Sun Dec 17, 2006 4:29 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: lost my brother saturday
Replies: 4
Views: 6740

This is becoming the the winter of discontent. I wish you the best, Mic, and may you find the light at the end of your dark tunnel.


Jonathan
by jpettit
Tue Nov 21, 2006 11:01 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: To all my freinds at Net Chess
Replies: 12
Views: 12937

It is possible to go through life-times without meeting someone as kind, smart or funny as Jeff. I still can't believe this is happening. My friend, I hope you find whatever it is you're looking for. All the best, buddy. You were my friend, and if it is any comfort at all, you will not be forgotten....
by jpettit
Wed Oct 11, 2006 5:17 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Breaking 2,000 wins!
Replies: 4
Views: 6168

:shock: Let me check ... nope, I have yet to play 2000 games of chess, and seeing as my win:loss ratio is approximately the same, it will take me another 247 years to catch you. But catch you I will! All the best, Jeff. Though you should take out all the times you've beat me, since that was luck. :)...
by jpettit
Thu Sep 28, 2006 8:15 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 500 Wins
Replies: 1
Views: 3756

Congratulations! A win feels good, and 500 must feel great! I wish you all the success in the next 500, just not against me. ;)
by jpettit
Sat Aug 19, 2006 8:16 am
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: Time Limits
Replies: 4
Views: 9837

The easiest way to do this would be to incorporate one of Greg's earlier suggestions: a time limit. Essentially, a time limit suggests that, if set at ten days, a person will never have more than ten days between moves, no matter how many moves are made in rapid succession. So, we could set up a gam...
by jpettit
Thu Jun 08, 2006 8:47 am
Forum: Chess Ladder
Topic: Password Acquisition Thread
Replies: 4
Views: 18569

I am experiencing the same phenomenon as patrikstorm.
by jpettit
Wed May 10, 2006 12:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Stereotypical Chess Players
Replies: 16
Views: 18395

It has been known for centuries that chess players are all tall, dark and incredibly handsome men, or beautiful and vibrant women. All chess players are very witty, often with a knack for odd-ball humour and exaggeration. Rippling with muscles and chiseled features, chess players are the most aesthe...
by jpettit
Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:30 pm
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: Total Moves Made
Replies: 0
Views: 6008

Total Moves Made

This one might be interesting. In the user profile section, could their be a new field that shows how many moves a player has made? If your name is rhand, then you can check at the bottom of the main screen, but for those of us who aren't chess gods and can't make the top 10 move makers, it would be...
by jpettit
Sun Apr 09, 2006 11:36 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: chessbase advantages??!!!
Replies: 27
Views: 31283

I play chess for one big reason: it's fun. Winning is a nice bonus. I sincerely hope that everyone who plays chess on this site, or any site, has fun doing it. Isn't that why we are all here: to make a few moves, push a few pawns, laugh equally at our brilliancy and our folly? If chess is not fun, t...
by jpettit
Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:29 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Over the board shakes?
Replies: 13
Views: 14507

Re: last sunday

Well i did not even have the shakes once i sat down. it was great. getting up and walking around is a wonderful thing Was it a big hall filled with players? Having a feeling of so many chess games near me, so much intense thinking, throws me off a little bit. And, if I may, to the person who sugges...
by jpettit
Thu Mar 30, 2006 2:31 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Time outs For GMILLER Game: g1053431953
Replies: 3
Views: 6021

I brought up your opponent, vegardramstad's, game list, and it says that he still has 73 days left to go. But when I click on the game ID, it says zero time left. Strange. But I must say, you are incredibly patient! You have been waiting for almost an entire year! I salute you! Greg has mentioned in...
by jpettit
Tue Mar 28, 2006 10:15 pm
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: Time-out FAQ
Replies: 1
Views: 7474

Time-out FAQ

It seems that every three weeks, another topic is made about time-outs. Most of these are the same questions: Do I get a win? Does it count as a loss? Why aren't they moving?, etc. I propose a Time-Out FAQ. Maybe it could be a link on the home page or perhaps a sticky on the Forum. Either way, perha...
by jpettit
Tue Mar 07, 2006 12:02 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Over the board shakes?
Replies: 13
Views: 14507

I'd like to thank you all for replying. Yet, I'm surprised that people ENJOY and LIKE this feeling. I hate it! How do you play chess when your entire body is focused on anything but the game? I find this especially annoying because I have a blackbelt in karate and have spent most of my life controll...
by jpettit
Mon Feb 27, 2006 11:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Over the board shakes?
Replies: 13
Views: 14507

Over the board shakes?

For the first time in my chess life, I've been playing serious chess OTB (which is why I'm not moving very quickly here. Sorry). And I'm discovered a hidden dimension of chess: stress. I'm never experienced this before. I'm sitting in my chair, hand resting on my chin as the game nears the middlegam...
by jpettit
Tue Feb 14, 2006 2:47 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Will you be my Valentine?
Replies: 2
Views: 4629

Will you be my Valentine?

Will you be my Valentine? Likes : * long walks on the beach, preferably while discussing the latest round of the Corus or Linares Tournament; * sitting at table for hours in front of a dusty table and wooden pieces * enjoys Nescafe Frappe and Friend Liver, with a bottle of Scotch * favourite animal:...
by jpettit
Sat Nov 26, 2005 5:32 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: A sad note about Jeff Jones...
Replies: 36
Views: 60504

I've stared at the blank screen for some time now. I simply don't know what to say.

Jeff, hang tough, buddy. We've joked about a lot of stuff, but this isn't funny. I wish you the best in whatever needs wishing.

Your friend,
Jonathan
by jpettit
Tue Nov 22, 2005 10:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Official Sports Thread
Replies: 0
Views: 7668

Official Sports Thread

With the Grey Cup coming up, football in full gear and hockey back from the evil lockout, how about a thread on our favourite sports teams? Here are Jonathan's predictions: The Yankees and Red Socks will spend enormous amounts of money on payroll and still not get far in the playoffs; they're won't ...
by jpettit
Sun Nov 13, 2005 7:37 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: It's that time again ... Bret's Cup '06!
Replies: 52
Views: 107058

I'll give it a shot again.

Thanks, Jonathan = jpettit
by jpettit
Fri Oct 14, 2005 9:11 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Help with coaching
Replies: 5
Views: 7238

My favourite chess book, the one that has improved my game the most, is The Game of Chess, by Seigbert Tarrasch. Yes, it's very old, and my copy is in the old long notation, but it is still a masterpiece. The best part about it is that it first explains very elementary tactics (the pin) and then bui...
by jpettit
Sat Oct 01, 2005 9:45 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Hammerschlag / Fried Fox Opening
Replies: 11
Views: 14729

I'll admit it ... ... ... I've lost to this set-up before. :oops:

Of course, I'm not a great chess player. It was awfully embarrassing, though. But given the choice, I'd pick the Sicilian over the 'Fried Fox' anyday.
by jpettit
Wed Sep 14, 2005 9:30 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 10 move mark?
Replies: 10
Views: 11446

A timeout is always a loss, no matter how many moves were played. A timeout will only count as a win if there are at least ten moves played. So your games that timed out under ten moves counts as loses for you, but your opponents didn't get the win added to their stats.
by jpettit
Sun Apr 24, 2005 8:54 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Rating history
Replies: 9
Views: 10005

First off, excellent! A very nice touch! Now, on the rating history page, I've noticed that the far right side is just blank space -- would it be too much effort to put a line graph in? Looking at hundreds of numbers makes my head go numb, but a simple line graph would be heaven! Farewell and fair w...
by jpettit
Sat Apr 23, 2005 7:29 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Another thematic Invitation...
Replies: 10
Views: 11212

I might regret this later -- but put my name on the list. It's been years since I joined a thematic!

Farewell and fair well,
-- Jonathan
by jpettit
Fri Mar 11, 2005 11:20 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Help with Teaching?
Replies: 8
Views: 10452

Thank you both, Tim and Mark. I can't tell you how helpful this has been.

A proverb says that you don't truly know something until you can teach it to another. I'm on way to knowing chess with this.


-- Jonathan
by jpettit
Wed Mar 02, 2005 2:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Help with Teaching?
Replies: 8
Views: 10452

This is great! Yesterday, I set the board up for her in the starting position and tried to explain why 1.e4 was better than 1.a4, that sort of thing. If you could see her eyes -- wow, absorbing every word. I'd like to see her at school. Anyway, after I told her how important the centre was, she real...