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It is me against Boris! Never a boring game. I am white.

Also below are 29 games (starting with game 23) I won against chess.com level 10, which is much harder than Sparkchess.com's Boris.

1. Boris 10-27-18 (won middle game)

2. Boris 10-28-18 (won middle again)

3. Boris 10-29-18 (long game: won with R and K)

4. Boris Halloween 2018 (won end game)

5. Boris blunders 11-1-18 (quick checkmate!)

6. A draw against Claire :(

7. And a draw against Boris 11-1-18

Sacrifice fell short but able to draw - though down a N.

(Playing "whatever" opennings today.)

8. And a morning victory against Boris 11-1-18

Boris just played terrible in this game.

9. Played Boris down to 2 Kings left standing. 11-1-18

10. Hooray! Another win today against Boris. 11-1-18

Forgot openning above but able to win in B vs N end game.

11. A more solid game against Boris. 11-1-18

White wins the exchange and the game.

12. A long drawn game against Boris 11-5-18

Boris managed a perpetual check draw. Not a good opening.

13, Boris eats too much and loses his queen 11-5-18.

14. Chess.com computer level 6 (I won as Black--no quarter given)

15. A full center openning against Boris 11-7-18

Boris trades queens on move 24 but lets me have passed pawns.

16. Full center openning wins again against Boris 11-9-18

I trick Boris into openning up his king's file to win a pawn.

17. Inspired by World Championship, I played Boris! 11-9-18

Guardian News: Magnus missed the win today

Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen 11-9-18

So many errors! Black could have won.

18. Boris commits suicide in this game 11-10-18

Boris thought a long time then sacrificed its Q (???) without any mate threat.

19. Finally a solid win. Can barely keep eyes open. 11-11-18

Strategy: take N to get doubled Ps on black's KR file, move 2 N there to drive Q away, then launch attack with Rs, Q, and N. Having developed P chain on Q side to slow counterattack. They must have improved the Boris program tonight as it thinking a few seconds when in difficulty. Harder to win tonight. At one point it flashed an red AI error message, so seems they were tweaking it.

Analysis of Game 2 of Carleson v Caruana 11-10-18

GM Alex Yermolinsky (Uncle Yermo) brings you the post-game analysis!

Adadmator video on the same WCC game 2.

20. The defeat of Guru in 26 moves 11-11-18

Guru is the highest level of SparkChess.com

If you look at the checkmate threat it missed in its analysis you will understand that engines have trouble with dark matter.

Guru crashed my Chromebook twice trying to escape the loss but Chrome recovered the game each time.

Working now Trying to defeat Chess.com level 10. Have a game now where I opened up K side with N sacrifice and also trapped a Black B to make the game even, but impossible to find any advantage for attacks. All attacks just decrease score. A lot of energy and not much fun just to get an even position. Level 10 is a very hard nut to crack as it uses Stockfish engine. But will try again tonight. 11-14-18.

Agadmator analysis video showing how Magnus lost by pushing it when it was even.

A cool game by Din Li Ren

20.5 A fairly easy win against Chess.com level 6 11-14-18

Tonight I will try level 10 again.

21. Chess.com level 10, even after 12 moves 11-16-18

Managed to have an advanced N, so now it is a 2 N vs. 2 B game. Suspect it will trade off a B for my N at some point. May reinforce advanced N with the other one. Then B would have no way to get rid of it. What is best move for white now?

Someone says he beat Chess.com level 10 here.

Tried to duplicate this but Chess.com did not play the same moves.

Best to play the London openning against Chess.com 10. Gives most even game for the human player.

21.1 Chess.com 10 plays itself 11-18-18.

White was up a rook but black draws by repetition. Notice that it cares little for king protection.

21.2 Another chess.com 10 drawn game 11-18-18.

No mistakes, perfectly symmetrical finish.

22. Using the London system against chess.com 10. A draw.

I rejected a Q trade. I had tiny advantage but with 2 Qs black easily drew with perpetual check.

It is difficult to actually win against chess.com 10 since it does not make blunders or tactical mistakes. It still makes strategic mistakes for tactical advantage, such as trading a R for a B, in which case you may be able to win!

23. At last a win against chess.com 10. Yes!

Went back and changed a move in game 22 to get a winning advantage. In the end, black was reduced to a King. I love to take all the pieces.

Controversial game 6 of WCC--Agadmator video

Soul of Silicon | Caruana vs Carlsen 2018. | Game 8

Caruana played R d1 to prepare for Nc4. Game ended in draw. Caruana is not risking enough to win.

24. Chess.com 10. Sicilian Defense Canal Attack 11-19-18

A drawn game. But will try again to win.

25. An arduous victory against chess.com level 10 11-20-18

Wow, 132 moves but victory at last! The key to avoiding a draw was to exchange the light square bishops in the end game. If black is allowed to keep the B pair, it is impossible to win because of perpetual check and the checkmate threat by black. Final positioning to queen the pawn probably could have been more efficient, but I figured it out in the end. A win is a win after all.

On move 28, black can't take the bishop because of a discovered check. Cute. On move 34 black is forced to trade his rook for a bishop. Always dangerous to send your rooks downstream. On move 45, I trade Qs to use my endgame rook advantage. On move 67, I advance a pawn and sacrifice another to open up the board. On move 76. I trade white bishops to get rid of black's B-pair threat. The decisive step to preventing the draw.

Main lesson form game 25 is: do not let your opponent keep a B-pair. You cannot defeat it even if you have a R to B advantage. Try to work the game down to your R and a pawn against the computer's B . Then you can win.

Why not just let chess.com level 10 play itself and see who wins? Have tried this, but so far, it always results in a draw. Stockfish will never show you a win! This is probably because it uses the same logic for both sides. This is also the reason why you cannot improve much by just playing against yourself. You have to play other people, other programs. You have to figure out the asymetircal winning moves for yourself! Sort of like Rubik's cube, only harder.

A good exercise is to take a drawn computer game and turn it into a win. Where does the chess master intervene?

To create a win, you have to take a risk. You have to create a slightly asymmetrical position, which may even give you a slight negative score temporarily.

If you get a large enough intitial advantage, it will usually grow if you avoid errors from then on. So you will see your positive score increase. If you are losing, the negative score will grow, so just stop playing -- it is a lost game.

Two different chess engines are more likely to result in one side losing, but those games are often very strange looking. They are not necessarily great games. Watch and decide:

Stockfish vs. Komodo. Video by @agadmator

Magnus vs Fabiano Game 9 wcc 2018

Looks like this will be a drawn game and match.

Video: Magnus Carlsen Beats Kasparov's Slav Defense --Almost (Magnus Carlsen vs Garry Kasparov)

An interesting game, when Magnus Carlsen was only 13 years old.

Throwing Punches | Carlsen vs Caruana 2018. | Game 9

Carlsen vs Caruana (Game 9 Analysis) | World Chess Championship 2018

26. A Sicilian draw against chess.com level 10 11-21-18

Stockfish avoids my opening trap with 6. ... Nec6.

No way this line can be anything but a draw.

27. Yea! My 3rd win against chess.com 10, 11-22-18

Traded rooks and used split pawns to win the end game with a King attack. Stockfish can't count.

Video: Skype | Caruana vs Carlsen 2018. | Game 10

Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen Game 10

Magnus tries for a win with black but result is another draw. A good game.

28. My 4th win against chess.com 10 11-23-18

Played against the Sicilian Defense: Kan, Knight Variation, Wing Attack, 6.Bd3 Qb6 7.Nb3

Keys to winning this game: exchange dark square bishops (can never win endgame if black has B-pair), 18. Be7, using knights and pawns to close the game restricting black to 1/3 of board, opening up black's defense with triple threat on black knight with 52. Qc1 forcing black to give up exchange on 52. ... Rb6, capturing passed pawn on 65 Qb4, getting a protected knight entrenched on 67. Nf6, so it was a forced mate at the end, white winning! When you replay it, it looks easy, but it was difficult to figure out how to open up the Q side. Playing a high level Stockfish is very educational.

29. A French Defense that ended in 2 kings 11-24-18

Could not get a win in this game, try as I might. Black's dark square bishop just stifles my endgame. Stockfish finally trades B's when it realizes it is one step ahead in the pawn race. And so poof, two Kings left on the board.

30. My 5th win against chess.com 10 11-24-18

Revisted the French Defense to get a win for white. 12. c3 was needed to hold on to the center pawn. 23. fc3 takes with the pawn because all you need is 2 pawn on the king side when black has a double pawn. 2 can stop 3. Also I wanted to avoid R getting pinned. 30. ed4 and the K's pawn moves all the way to the Q side! 35. g4, always advance your pawns as far as you can in the end game. 46. Kb4 and the passed pawn is ready to push. 52. Kd5, now head for the king side to take all black's remaining pawns and win convincingly! Easy peasy. Don't take Stockfish's advice in the end game. It will more often than not give away your pawns and then you can only get a draw. You can consider it's recommendation but think for yourself!

11th game of WCC. Are they just pretending to play a chess match?

Alt version of WCC 11 with Stockfish playing both sides with 16... Pxg6 instead.

Played several variations of this, all ending in a draw. White basically has a weak opening and so needs to exchange everything to get a draw. Magnus needs to come up with a much stronger opening next time.

31. A 2 Kings draw against chess.com 10 11-25-18

World champions play for draws and it is considered great. A least I was playing for a win here. Maybe this game could be turned into a win with another try. Often you can try again with same strategy and get a win.

32a. My 6th victory over chess.com 10 11-25-18

I pushed all the pawns to open up the board. King's Indian game. Got bishop ahead and used King, Bishop, and Rook against a Rook to push a pawn to victory. Black's strategy was to collect pawns and had a massive pawn advantage, but they all fell in the end. Stockfish made a mistake in end game here as alternative endings lead to a draw.

32b. An alternate version of same game that also won (7th win) 11-25-18

Interesting to see how to checkmate with Rook and Knight against a Bishop. Uses mate threat to capture the bishop.

33. Eighth win over chess.com 10 using London System. 11-25-18

An interesting game. 6. d5 is important to grab a lot of space. 8, Bg5 is a cute maneuver to tempt black to open up K-side pawns, never mind eventual capture of B on g3. Always take with h pawn. 36 ... Rf8 not clever considering good position of other white rook to take pawns. Major flaw for black is his K way of on the side, away from the pawn action! So eventually white promotes.

DeepMind's AlphaZero on Carlsen-Caruana Games 1, 3, 5 & 8 (Sicilian Defence)

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34. Playing GM Aman Hambleton's unbeatable openning against chess.com 10

Not a defeat but a static position after 85 moves.

35. Playing Magnus position (w/Fabiano) after 31. against Stockfish 10

Black wins, but not so easily. There were 170 moves to checkmate. Magnus' offer of a draw was thus justified. Even though slightly ahead, Magnus had no clear path to winning. I took some of Stockfish suggestions for black, but if I took all as it would have been a draw.

Stockfish always draws when playing itself in a near even position, less than a 1.5 point advantage. If the advantage is pure material, with a 3 point advantage, such as queen vs 2 bishops, Stockfish may still draw playing itself. Most people rate a N and B as both 3. But if you have a bishop pair, that pair is probably worth 7.5, just a little less than a queen, 9. In the end game it is nearly impossible to win instead of draw if your opponent has a B-pair. By the same token, a N pair is probably worth 6.5 as they can protect each other, while a B and N is worth 6.

In this WCC game 12, Fabiano was running out of time, only 8 minutes for 9 moves, and Magnus was clearly thinking on both players time. Magnus is a much faster thinker and is confident of winning the tie break. Perhaps Magnus did not want to see Fabiano blunder because of time. Magnus is a nice guy and they are not enemies. Some people are rooting for Fabiano because he is an American. I have no such bias. I do not consider country of origin, only playing ability and courteous behavior .

Video: Tired of All the Draws? Check This Out

Ready for another draw? https://www.chess.com/computer-chess-championship

Arriving at same pieces left over now as my game 35 above. 4:58pm EST 11-27-18

Now it looks drawn. Ethereal did not know how to win the ending. 5:15 pm

Buth stockfish trying for a win. But can it take three connected pawns with a rook?

Still a draw. 5:24 pm. Draw by repetition called 5:26 pm.

Video: Nerves of Steel | Carlsen vs Caruana 2018. | Game 1 RAPID

Video: Such Elegance | Caruana vs Carlsen 2018. | Game 2 RAPID

Video: There Can Be Only One! | Carlsen vs Caruana 2018. | Game 3 RAPID

One, Two, Three...Magnus is still the champ!

So drawing the twelves games was a rational choice, as Magnus knew he could easily win the rapids. Better not to risk too much, and you do need to take risks to win at chess when your opponent is very good. Winning is everything after all if you are world champion. You do not really want to risk your title just to please the critics.

2012 CBS video: World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen stays number one

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36. Ninth win against chess.com level 10

Computer misjudges that pawn advantage will allow it to give u a piece. on 24. ... Rc4. However, even if the King takes the bishop, white still wins as below.

36b. Ninth win against chess.com 10 (alt ending 24 ... Kxd7.)

36c Ninth win against chess.com 10 (alt ending after 24. ... Kxd7 and 52. Kc2. )

So this is a pretty solid won game. A good opening to play against a strong opponent if you are looking for more than a draw. Also, don't count your pawns as remaining until down to rooks.

I have been playing chess.com tactics lately, which is a lot of fun. Very tricky. Counts as incorrect if your checkmate solution is not exactly what they want. So have to figure out what they want to not get tricked.

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37. A nice draw with Chess.com 10.

Queen's Pawn Opening: Mason Attack. Ending is completely equal with the two kings fending off pawn attacks on opposite sides of the board. Shows how king can defend against two advancing pawns.

38. My tenth win over chess.com level 10!

Hey! This stuff is not easy. But it is a lot of fun. Started with Queen Pawn Mason Attack but that was just the beginning.

39. Eleventh win against chess.com level 10

Winning the end game with an extra pawn. Keep your extra pawn. The moves chess.com suggests for you seem not quite as good as what it plays against you. It gives up your pawns too easily for example. It also often suggests you retreat. The winning moves you have to figure out for yourself. Key here was pushing the "h" pawn all the way down for a mate threat with the queen. When the computer plays itself, it is always a draw. Also, did not castle as Q is usually traded. Castling just makes your K a nice target. Computers often don't castle.

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40. 12th win over Chess.com level 10

In this end game the knight proved superior to the bishop. I used a straightforward strategy here of putting all my pawns on a dark squares and using the K and N to destroy all the black pawns. A beautiful ending!

41. 13th win over Chess.com level 10

A more solid opening but long end game. Black made a mistake on move 43. ... g5 otherwise would have been a draw,

42. A draw against Chess.com level 10

This game shows the futility of trying to win if your opponent has a B-pair in the end game. Your King is immobilized.

43. A draw down to 2 Kings with chess.com 10

No win found here. You can always draw by taking computer suggestions. But some games can only draw, there being no win possible. To win you do have to find at least a pawn advantage with a good position. The computer will not do this for you of course.

44. 14th win against chess.com level 10

A very interesting game. Old Indian Defense. Don't trade automatically if you want to win! After winning the pawn on 41. Qxc5, white just wants to trade queens. As much fun as recent GM games.

45. Chess.com 10 finishes Deep Blue vs, Kasparov 1997

Kasparov resigned after 46. a6

I let Chess.com 10 finish the game to see if Gary really would have lost. He would have. Was a lost games several moves earlier. Gary was too passive in this game and kept repositioning his knights. Once white got into the backfield, it was all over.

46. 15th win against Chess.com level 10. Italian Game.

Analysis said I made 2 inaccuracies and 1 blunder! But I easily won. Very easy game in fact. Computer says it made no mistakes, but then why did it lose? I would say losing a pawn is a mistake. Stockfish does not care enough about its pawns. So go after them! I think 28. .. c5, pushing its pawn 2 spaces only to trade it was a mistake for black. It should have kept more pawns on the dark squares as it had a dark square bishop. White then ate the pawns on the light squares with its light square bishop.

47. Chess.com finishes Deep Blue vs. Kasparov 1997 Caro-Kann

Kasparov resigned after 19 moves. This shows the continuation to checkmate with Stockfish 9 playing both sides. Obviously Gary was trying to be too fancy here.

7... h6

INACCURACY (+1.70) A better move was 7... Bd6

11. Bf4 b5

INACCURACY (+2.24) A better move was 11... Nh7

47b. Continuation after correct move 7... Bd6. Black wins. Stockfish 9 playing both sides.

So Kasparov should have won if he had played a little bit more accurately. Players have obviously improved since 1997 due to practice with computer chess engines.

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48. My 16th win chess.com 10 Blumenfeld Counter Gambit

If you take the program suggestions, you can only draw as it only shows you good moves, not the winning ones.

49. Win 17 over Chess.com 10 Gruenfeld Defense, Russian, Smyslov

Black trades Queen for 2 Rooks. White trades Queen for Rook, but ends up with 2 Queens to checkmate. Interesting game.

Gruenfeld Defense: Russian, Smyslov, Main Line, 9...Nb6 10.Rd1 Nc6 11.d5 Ne5

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 O-O 7.e4 Bg4 8.Be3 Nfd7 9.Qb3 Nb6 10.Rd1 Nc6 11.d5 Ne5

White wins 47%, Black 22.9%

50. 18th win over Chess.com 10, AlphaZero Opening

51. 19th win over Chess.com level 10

Unorthodox opening but hacked through the middle game to a checkmate.

52. Alt ending for game 51

53. 20th win over Chess.com level 10

Preemptive B g6 causes black to advance pawns weakening king side and launching futile attack with Q that backfires, losing pawns.

54. 21st win against Chess.com 10

An interesting opening. The queen comes out.

55. 22nd victory over chess.com level 10

English Opening Symmetrical Variation

56. 23rd win against chess.com level 10

King's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation. Ended in checkmate without pawn promotion. I prefer to open with c4 rather than nf3.

57. 24th win over chess.com level 10

Old Indian Defense -- See Game Below.

58. 25th win against Chess.com level 10

Reti Opening: Nimzo-Larsen Variation

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.b3

59. A draw with pawns against B and P

King's Indian Defense

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6

60. 26th win against chess.com level 10

Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nc6

Black's attack failed, then just trading off pieces.

61. 27th win playing chess.com level 10

Queen's Pawn Opening: Horwitz Defense, 1.d4 e6 2.Bf4

Won the ending with equal pieces. A simple stratagem that Stockfish could not fathom.

62. 28th win chess.com 10 Bird's Opening

Stockfish gives up rook exchange for protected passed pawn. The key to winning is 11. c5 rather than trading off pawns in the center. The idea of this opening is to command the center.

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63. 29th win chess.com 10 Sicilian Alapin

Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation

1.e4 c5 2.c3

16. f4 and 17. f5 were key moves to pursue the advantage

Also, having a doubled pawns leads to win in the end game.