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17.Bxg7
Member since Feb-19-06 · Last seen Sep-22-17
I am a fan of chess since a long time ago. I appreciate chess as a beautiful game with artistic and scientific connections ... but I devote a lot of energy to my other activities (math, computer science), so I cannot consider chess at the same level, my interest is more mundane and superficial. Nevertheless, I am following the most important tournaments during the year thanks to <chessgames> and learning some additional things in the process.

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1) My username? If you are an inexperienced player and want to be seduced into chess, I guess it is difficult to do that by appreciating a nice win after a long positional struggle, for example. So, probably most of the current fans were fascinated about chess because of being impressed by a special game or a special winning combination (even if their tastes changed with time as has happened to me).

In my case, the game Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 caused a big impression on me. This features the famous "Lasker Sacrifice" (in the category of double bishop sacrifices) and <MY USERNAME corresponds to Lasker's fantastic 17th move in that game>. What I got impressed in that time (I was 12 years old) is that the first bishop sacrifice 15.Bxh7+ is common in practice, but I suppose the second one was shocking for his opponent and ended in a spectacular victory.

After knowing Lasker's winning combination in that game, I became more interested in chess; of course, I also started to understand the beauty and value behind more sophisticated games.

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3) My favourite chess players in cronological order, are

Emanuel Lasker, Vasily Smyslov, David Bronstein, Mikhail Tal, Boris Spassky, Viswanathan Anand, Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexey Shirov, Vladimir Kramnik, Judit Polgar and Levon Aronian.

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   17.Bxg7 has kibitzed 569 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-18-17 World Cup (2017) (replies)
 
17.Bxg7: <PhilFeeley> Thanks a lot!
 
   Sep-13-17 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
17.Bxg7: I have a question, sorry, chess related ... on chess history. We know that in certain championships, until early 90s, adjournements were in place. But I would like to know if Chess Olympiad Games (for example in the 70s and 80s) allowed game adjournements or not. Thanks
 
   Dec-26-16 Santa Claus (replies)
 
17.Bxg7: Thanks Santa and Chessgames for the premium membership!! Wow!
 
   May-26-15 FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015) (replies)
 
17.Bxg7: I wonder among Caruana and Nakamura, who can be considered "most American". ¿Caruana, born and raised in the US, but who once represented Italy (due to family) or Nakamura (born in Japan, but raised in the US)? This could be an interesting survey to see what people think. IMHO, ...
 
   Sep-18-14 Bilbao Masters (2014) (replies)
 
17.Bxg7: <vkk: EXCEPT.... Michael Jordan's comback in 1995 was probably the best comeback to a real sport, not chess, ever.> Not quite, because Jordan left as a champion and the best player and just took an absence (sort of vacation from basketball) to return in triumphant mode. He ...
 
   Jan-26-14 Levon Aronian (replies)
 
17.Bxg7: This is the problem I see for Aronian in the candidates. He has shown several times that he can't handle the pressure in the most important moments like in 2011 and 2013 candidates. He can make excuses today like "I was playing for fun, I already won the tournament", but the issue ...
 
   Jan-26-14 Tata Steel (2014) (replies)
 
17.Bxg7: This is the problem I see for Aronian in the candidates. He has shown several times that he can't handle the pressure in the most important moments like in 2011 and 2013 candidates. He can make excuses today like "I was playing for fun, I already won the tournament", but the issue ...
 
   Aug-18-13 World Cup (2013) (replies)
 
17.Bxg7: I hope Granda can defeat Giri in the tiebreaks and teach the kid another chess lesson :)
 
   Apr-29-13 Mamedyarov vs Nakamura, 2013 (replies)
 
17.Bxg7: Another evidence for Mamedyarov lack of fighting spirit. It is very frequent for him to resign early just because "I was lost and it was difficult to continue". At least 10 times in the last five years you can find examples where Mamedyarov resigned early, just because he felt lost.
 
   Jan-01-13 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
 
17.Bxg7: I found very interesting that Carlsen has been the best chess player in the world since 2009 and has defeated the best players in the world during that period in notable games, full of high quality moves and playing certainly at a much higher level than his games before 2009. ...
 
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