Re: curtains - Solitaire 19: Adams vs Speelman <7> [52:16]
Wasn't making any inference, actually I thought you probably ran into him at tourneys and picked his brain there.
Time mark 25:59-29.11 was something like 21.Bxh6 Bxg2, 22.Bg5 (hitting d8 R) Bxh3, 23.Bxd8 with complications, then you noticed the in-between move after 21.Bxh6 Black can flick in 21...Bh2+ and that way when 22...Bxg2 is played next it comes with check and the king is forced to capture then he can play gxh6 and has the open g-file to poke at you with - I believe your quote was "That just sucks!" - good call
. Once you saw that you moved on to the next candidate.
To be fair, during that three minutes you did look at a couple of other candidate moves, i.e., Qg4 and possible f3. Personally I thought f3 was okay but you didn't like the holes on the dark squares which is understandable. I thought f3 might have forced his bishop to a weaker diagonal - but who can argue with Adams' results.
I didn't like Bxh6 without calculating, it just looked dangerous and Speelman is not someone you want to play risky lines against.
You are light-years ahead of me in chess development and have a natural talent for the game. I read in Kotov's book that you should first determine your candidate moves, calculate each one out and move on to the next line. I've also heard others say that humans just don't think that way (I know I don't!), but what I'd really like to know is if the super GM's are able to think in such a lineal manner.
So, here's my point. Bxh6 did in fact deserve some attention. You gave it attention, then you looked briefly at a couple other candidates and returned to the Bxh6 line. Eventually you decided on Bc2 (at time mark 31:23) where Adams played Ba4 (personally I don't really see the difference, the concept was the same, trade off the bishops if possible). You had looked at Ba4 as well but at this point you were down to 6 1/2 minutes on your clock and decided to make a move.
I fully understand your situation about commentary as you are studying the position, it's not easy. I do it when I am working with students, to get the thought process through to them, but this is a much higher level. Doing these without commentary until you do a wrap up would entertain the hell out of me but probably would not be to the liking of others.
Faster time controls are the dominating feature of modern chess and it pains me when I see players not manage their time well. For me it's no big deal, very little on the line, maybe placing in the top 3 at some small tournament that nobody cares about, but at your level it's much different, the pressure is greater, and therefor people are more hesitant to trust their intuition or 'chess instinct' if you will. In these solitaire game you add even more pressure with less time, but I believe it will pay off in regular tournament games, plus it is giving you a wider aspect of positions to look at in addition to your now more specialized opening repertoire.
Keep plugging away, a solid 2500 is just around the corner! Your work will pay off, I'm sure of that.