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2011-06-22 Expert: Alexander Dinerchtein Rate: (5)  5 ratings

Unfair handicap

I decided to post one very strange game.
Jove (who is probably Ang Li, 3p) played his first game under "jove" account against 4d. So, jove become 5d after winning that game.
The next game he played was against roln111, KGS 8d. So, they played on 3-stones handicap. Jove won that game and many other games after that, including even games against top KGS stars. Now according to his graph, jove is 10d on KGS.

As you can see from that game, it was very hard for Ilya Shikshin to control it.

It was possible for jove to lose that game for fun and after that ...

Here is the famous story about Emanuel Lasker (many times World chess champion)
One day in 1924, on the ship that was bringing him from Europe to New York for the great tournament that he was going to win, Lasker was
strolling in the smoking room and paused at a table where an unknown gentleman was studying a chess position.
"Do you also play chess" asked the man. "Once every few years," Lasker replied, more or lestruthfully, as since his match against Capablanca in 1921 he had played only one serious
tournament. The man proposed to play a game and as he considered himself a good player and
his opponent was clearly inexperienced, he proposed to give queen odds. If that would prove too much, they could try another game with rook odds, and so on until the odds were such that they would play with even chances.
Lasker accepted and given queen odds he cleverly managed to lose two games. Then he said
that during these games he had gotten the impression that it might be an advantage to
play without the queen, because the king, having an empty square next to him, had more
freedom of movement. Would he be allowed to play another game, giving queen odds himself? At first his opponent demonstrated that this was a silly proposal, but as he was a pleasant man
who didn't want to be rude to a fellow chessplayer, eventually he gave in. The next two games
were won by Lasker, playing without his queen, which left his opponent in bewilderment about the nature of the game of chess, which was only resolved when later he found Lasker's name on the passenger's list."


LiAng student
4d ( FR ) 2011-06-27 01:06
hmm... Jove isn't Li Ang I have to say it again.... he confirmed he wasn't Jove with me so anyway find someone else.... and why did you never put WoonSai 9d here?
2011-06-26 12:06
scurge, it's quite common to use this joseki in san-ren-sei fuseki. overconcentrated, but still ok
5d ( CZ ) 2011-06-25 11:06
isn't the stone on Q10 overconcentrated after the first joseki? I usually don't play this variation when i have a stone there... So it's possible after all?
5k ( RU ) 2011-06-23 08:06
I have read many variants of this story, each one with different main character - Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Tal, Karpov, Kasparov, Anand, Karlsen...
2011-06-23 07:06
Parik's story is about Modesty...
Jove's game however strikes me as just plain sandbagging...
2011-06-23 02:06
Great stories! The gentle style of chess...
2011-06-23 12:06
Anf if Roln would have won, there is another story about a famous American master who accidently had to spend a night in a Siberian village, on his way to a big international tournament. "Do you know how to play?" asked the host who had 4 sons, all chess lovers. "Just a little bit" was the modest answer, not to scare them. He lost all the games and left the next morning, trying by any means to preserve his anonymity.
2011-06-22 06:06
thanks for the story. I enjoyed it.

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