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bogg 98 ( +1 | -1 )
lessons While I am working on my opening repertoire over the next couple of months I think I will have time to play a couple of unrated games as lessons. If anyone is interested there are two stipulations:
1) if I decide to use your game and comments for an article in the local chess magazine I have your permission.
2) your GK rating should be roughly between 1300 and 1700.

My suggested methodology is to play an unrated game at 5-7 days per move. Before you make your move I would like for you to message me with your thoughts about your next move. It would also be useful if you at least occasionally mentioned your thoughts for a few of the alternatives that you discarded. This should be done early enough in your move window that you can reconsider your move if you desire to after reviewing my initial questions/comments.

If this appeals to anyone message me and let me know what opening you want to discuss.
kai_sim 76 ( +1 | -1 )
oh boy... in german we would say "hoert sich ein bisschen aufgeblasen an"
the basic (underlined! not exactly) meaning is that i think you are a "wannabe" (free translated).
thanks for your generous offer, but i can't take it from our new "grandmaster" and teacher from the 1300-1700's because my rating is only 2039 (same with all the other awesome players i admire who stand over and under me!), sorry about that...
maybe i could have teached you a bit, but you wouldn't accept...
on the other side i would have apreciated the lesson, but once more again, i'm only 1700+...
sorry about that craig. hope that you will not take an offense, just a little "reminder"
(pardon my bad english again)
best regards
kai
mester 37 ( +1 | -1 )
Sounds good. As soon as I get the games played I'll send a message.

Kai_sim: I didn't think that declining a challenge would personally insult you. I think you're childish, everyone should have the right to decline a challenge without listening to some person whining to the end of time, why he didn't accept and what he missed.

Again, nice offer.
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dervish 56 ( +1 | -1 )
you shouldn't ask for pardon for your poor english kai_sim, it should be for your rudeness. I can't blame bogg for refusing your challenge after looking at your past game history and those questionable draws with olympio. By the way, very nice offer bogg..
dervish 23 ( +1 | -1 )
sorry kai_sim about my bad english.. I meant those questionable resignations against olympio
anaxagoras 35 ( +1 | -1 )
kai_sim was rude, no doubt, but it is still bogg's burden to explain why wants to play an inferior opponent and then present his probable victory to the public. Psychological works on Chess like "The Beginner's Mind" have already made sufficient contributions to the subject, and so it is not clear how the chess community can benefit from more of the same.
anaxagoras 20 ( +1 | -1 )
ugh, let me take that back. I sometimes read too quickly and miss the point. If the game is really meant as a lesson, then it is indeed a gracious offer. I agree that kai_sim is way out of line.
kai_sim 83 ( +1 | -1 )
update for all the whiners i wasn't trying to be rude, i was being sarcastic.
once more again i noticed that many peeps stick their noses into things that shouldn't be their business and then instead of giving constructive ideas or comments they just start being what they accuse others for: rude

anyways, i recieved a very long private msg from bogg explaining his thoughts and plans. thx for explaining it to me. when i read the forum msg's with the background from other posts regarding your rating, i thought the wrong way.

"...As to being a wannabe I guess I am. I want to be a stronger chess player"
you are very right about this, and we all want to be!

yes craig, i agree with everything you wrote to me and hope you'll achieve what you are planning.
best regards
kai

wreimann 75 ( +1 | -1 )
being rude Bogg has been rude to me without a reason in another thread as well (and i saw some not too friendly answers from him to others too). Whoever offends others has to be prepared to get a little of his own medicine from time to time.
What i liked in this case was that bogg obviously gave a good explaination privately to kai-sim so the case seems settled. What's strange is that immediatly in all threads some people are up to date to give others behaviour advice or intervene in their conversations. All here should be grown up enough to let the people talk to each other without commenting everything. If you have something to say about the thread theme its fine, but why cant you stop moaning about other peoples stands.
anaxagoras 13 ( +1 | -1 )
wreimann, I don't think threads would be interesting to read if we restricted ourselves only to talking about the original post.
wreimann 5 ( +1 | -1 )
Agreed but it would stop 80% of the crap we dont like.
chessnovice 3 ( +1 | -1 )
... That's an interesting idea.
wreimann 43 ( +1 | -1 )
anaxagoras What i mean is, it would make threads more interesting because people come straight to the point and stop the whining. For that and the people who have enough time there should be other Forums as the former closed "Social chat"
Dont mean to hurt anybody but it should be clearer defined between "to the point" and "chat" forums so everybody finds easier what he likes.
anaxagoras 27 ( +1 | -1 )
It's just that I find the structure of your remark very entertaining:

You began with "bogg has been rude to me before," and then said "All here should be grown up enough to let the people talk to each other without commenting on everything."
;-)
rubico 24 ( +1 | -1 )
geting to the point... sure bogg id love to, it would be really nice to bounce my ideas off of a superior player, id like to know when to send/recieve you the challenge? my rating is in the 1400 range but it would be a grave danger for anyone to underestimate me :)
bogg 35 ( +1 | -1 )
rubico and all Thank you for the compliment, I will do my best to live up to it.
Just message me with what openings you want to look at. I am trying to pick players for these first playing lessons based upon my comfort level with the material in question. This is a new teaching format for me and thus a bit of an experiment and I want to keep it as simple as possible.
kai_sim 31 ( +1 | -1 )
likes chess and still would like to play...
how about unorthodox...
like halloween, cochraine, leipzig, budapest, alapin, morphy, wing gambit or others. that would be interresting and challenging...
and would bring you away from 1.e5 as well :)
but sometimes it's just scary and "out of the books"
best whishes
kai
hoss 8 ( +1 | -1 )
may i have a lesson? may i have a lesson, i think it would do me good
my rating is around 1550
brobishkin 68 ( +1 | -1 )
LOL... I just love this site sometimes... Someone makes an offer to help and then is shot at for making such an offer (even if it's sarcastic)... I to have helped tutor people from time to time (On-line and in person) and have had some memorable times helping... But I have found a less of an interest from the students on-line and a lack of depthness from the lessons as well... Most likely due to the fact of the lack of expression I recieve from the in-person lessons...

So if and when you want info from a trained professional on-line... The student must dig a little bit deeper for the gold nuggets of chess wisdom from the teacher...

Bro...
pixie_poodle 42 ( +1 | -1 )
I'll offer lessons as well! I'll also offer chess lessons. I have two criteria. Firstly, you must challenge me and have a rating of 2000+. Secondly, you must let me win!

In all serious, I think Bogg's offer is generous but the problem is often with the medium. For instance, when an offer is written down, by essentially a stranger, we don't get to see the tone and inflection of it. If the offer was spoken we'd see that it was a genuine offer and that bogg did not contain any delusions of grandeur.
bogg 96 ( +1 | -1 )
definitely no delusions of grandeur I usually limit my attempts at teaching to technical articles consisting of annotated games. This will be a new experience for me and I hope to not make an a** of myself. I figure that if I can get one point across that helps someone to improve I won't have wasted our time. That may be pushing it for me, as I am not the best communicator, my best articles were written with the help of a 'B' player friend of mine that was very good at dragging answers out of me.

As a matter of fact I would appreciate it if anyone would like to follow along and point out things that I should have said and left out or could have said better. My friends' most consistent complaint is that I tend to stop my explanations just short of making my point clear.

cyrano:
If you happen to read this, I would be especially appreciative of your comments if you can find the time to look in as you have been doing this for quite some time.
bogg 25 ( +1 | -1 )
All I have found two players that I hope I can help. I was greatly surprised by the number of responses and appologize to everyone that I didn't select. It had nothing to do with you, I just wanted to make this first attempt as easy on me as possible.