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Member since Sep-30-02
I've been playing for many years, but only seriously for about 15. I prefer positional play and some of my favorite players are Reti, Petrosian, Smyslov, Karpov, Larsen, Vaganian and The Master: Aron Nimzowitsch.

My favorite active player is Vladimir Kramnik.

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   AgentRgent has kibitzed 6147 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-25-18 Daniel Freeman (replies)
AgentRgent: <JimNorCal: An interesting post on the Flamberg page. Fiction writers call it foreshadowing.> Or an inside joke. ;)
   Aug-07-18 Annie K. chessforum (replies)
AgentRgent: <Annie K.: <Sneaky> was Daniel.> Indeed. I deduced it several years back, and when I pressed him on it privately, he begrudgingly confirmed it. Obviously I kept his secret out of respect for such a fine man. Although life has pulled me away from for the last ...
   Jun-10-18 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
AgentRgent: <WannaBe: Good to see you back. Please go easy on me in our challenge/tournament> Oh? Is there one going on? I'll have to check it out... ;)
   Jun-10-18 AgentRgent chessforum
AgentRgent: Hard to believe it's been over 12 years since I first stumbled onto this site...It's good to be back!
   Dec-26-16 I Nepomniachtchi vs L Pantsulaia, 2016 (replies)
AgentRgent: 123 moves in a Rapid!? Interesting endgame dynamic.
   Mar-14-16 Topalov vs Aronian, 2016 (replies)
AgentRgent: Couldn't have happened to a <less> nicer guy!
   Nov-18-15 Team White vs Team Black, 2015 (replies)
AgentRgent: team white I've been incredibly busy at work, so I don't have much analysis... but I will offer my perspective. If 20...h5 wasn't among our expected moves...rather than believing that our opponents have made an error, ...
   Nov-01-15 Vladimir Kramnik (replies)
AgentRgent: <MissScarlett: I saw a post on Twitter which intimated that Switzerland is a candidate for the Candidates, and that Kramnik lives there...> Kramnik lives in France, not Switzerland.
   Apr-17-15 Gashimov Memorial (2015) (replies)
AgentRgent: Sorry to hijack the kibitzing (figured this would be the easiest way to catch most of the strong members hehe)... I'm looking for some analysts to check out a position in my Forum. I'm pretty proud of my find and I'm looking to get an opinion on if it is really sound (to make it ...
   Apr-15-15 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
AgentRgent: American History X is the film and the "black guy" (actually 2) wasn't killed in a fight but rather executed gruesomely (curb stomped) after failed attempt to steal a truck. The film is one of the finest on the subject of racism, neo-nazism, and redemption.. I give it 6 out of 5 ...
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  AgentRgent: After a closer look it seems to me that 24...Be7!? may have been my last chance to retain an advantage. I don't have any good engines so i'll leave more definitive analysis to others.
Jun-24-07  chessamateur: <AgentRgent>

A quick analysis by CM10 agrees, Be7 is the last chance for an advantage. I'll have to look at the game some more when I get a chance.

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  AgentRgent: Yeah it looks like 24...Bg7 loses the advantage because 26...Qxb2 is forced to prevent Qb8+ and after 27. Qa5 the back rank threats force the loss of the c pawn. Honestly though I don't see a clear win after 24...Be7 either.
Feb-08-08  suenteus po 147: <AgentRgent> Thanks for the great game. Can't say I look forward to our rematch, since you show a bit of Nimzowitsch's creativity and more than a bit of Petrosian's precision in the endgame. Perhaps I will have to play a bit more like Tal!
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  AgentRgent: <suenteus po 147> Thanks to you as well. I was surprised you resisted transposing to a more conventional Sicilian when I gave you the opportunity. As I'm not really a Sicilian player by nature, I thought you might have been able to press your 1st move advantage a bit more. Though I stand by my maxim... "I consider the Sicilian to be a refutation of 1. e4 on positional grounds."

As for my endgame, I am rather proud of my play, although it was the middlegame tactical sequence that I feel won me the game.. That's probably the best I'm capable of at my current skill level, and it made a huge difference in the game. Additionally, I really have found my endgame skills have improved a great deal analyzing a lot of Kramnik's games.

I look forward to an exciting rematch.

Feb-09-08  A.G. Argent: <AgentRgent> Sir, I feel the need to inform you that the similarities between our user names is extremely coincidental and that I was in no way, shape or form trying to exploit, plagarize, rip-off or imitate. This is an alias e-mail address I've had for years. I see that you have been a member a great deal longer than I and even though I've been playing chess most of my life, I'm a ChessGames rookie, relatively speaking, and defer to your seniority and thousands of posts. I write this now because I just recently saw a post of yours for the first time and went to your forum and thought "uh-oh, maybe better clarify a bit" because the names are so similar but........could be you hadn't even noticed my periodic nosings about. In any event, sorry. I doubt the accidental likeness would lead to any confusion anyway. I ain't got the analytical prowess you do, I'm just a chess junkie in a cardboard box who, within this site, likes to watch, listen, admire, marvel and pipe up once in a while with my cheap two cents. Again, sorry. ( And if you ain't a "sir" but a "maam", again with the uh-oh.)
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  AgentRgent: <A.G. Argent> No worries, I don't think people will really confuse the two names. Especially since a great many people think my name is AgentR*E*gent anyway! ;-)
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  keypusher: By the way, I just finished my last game from the April 2007 GN tournament, and noticed you wound up with 15 points out of 20. Congratulations on a great performance!
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  chancho: A little late I know, but Happy Holidays AgentRgent.
Feb-11-09  Ziggurat: rb6+?

Jun-23-09  Thrajin: <AgentRgent>, as you may know, we've recently put together a team, on gameknot, that consists solely of members. Your name came up in a recent conversation I had with Brankat, and we both agree you'd be a strong member of our team, should you agree to join.

We've put together a solid team, with people like <brankat>, <blacksburg>, <warmasterkron>, <ganstaman>, <ketchuplover>, and <nakosonorense>.

If you want to join, go here: and click the join team link to sign up. Then I'll accept your request to join and that's all there is to it.

James (a.k.a. thrajin)

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  brankat: Welcome to the Team!
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  jessicafischerqueen: <AgentRgent>

Well that was a truly beautiful game <GM Kramnik> played yesterday.

He left no doubt- no doubt whatsoever.

Seemingly out of nowhere he brought down <Carlsen's> position = an ensuing king hunt and mating net in which <Carlsen> would have had to give up his Queen for a Rook and a minor piece in order to prevent it.

I have spent several hours this morning with my chess engine already trying to figure out the complexities of the Middle game to the Finish.

Ok then thanks for your patience.

Impossible not to be thrilled by <GM Kramnik's> play in this case.

Oct-26-10  LIFE Master AJ: I saw your header.

I understand Nimzowitsch was your favorite player.

I have written numerous articles on this player.

I respectfully submit this page for your enjoyment:

If you liked this one, let me know. (I have done a few more as well.)

Oct-26-10  LIFE Master AJ: For all the players who stated - a while back - that Kramnik was "done."

Look at some of his recent games.

Kramnik,V (2780) - Shirov,A (2749) [D16]
Grand Slam Final Masters Bilbao ESP (2), 10.10.2010

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 e6 6.e3 c5 7.Bxc4 Nc6 8.0-0 Be7 9.Qe2 cxd4 10.Rd1 0-0 11.exd4 Nd5 12.Bb3 Na5 13.Ba2 Nb4 14.d5 Nxa2 15.Rxa2 Bf6 16.dxe6 Qe7 17.Nd5 Qxe6 18.b4 Nc6 19.b5 Ne5 20.Nc7 Nxf3+ 21.gxf3 Qxe2 22.Rxe2 Be6 23.Nxa8 Rxa8 24.Bb2 Rc8 25.Rc1 Rd8 26.Bxf6 gxf6 27.Kg2 a6 28.bxa6 bxa6 29.Rc6 Kg7 30.Re4 f5 31.Rh4 Ra8 32.a5 Kg6 33.Kg3 Kg5 34.Rd4 h5 35.h4+ Kf6 36.Kf4 Rb8 37.Rxa6 Rb2 38.Ra4 Rxf2 39.Rxe6+ fxe6 40.a6 Re2 41.a7 1-0

I download the latest games from "TWIC" faithfully every week. I also add games "by hand" from the U.S. Chess Magazine ... and many other sources. I also try to visit all the websites and download the PGN files of all the latest tournament games.

Since about 2007, I have about 750,000 games in this database.

Searching it for ONLY Kramnik's recent wins, we find the following list: Carlsen, Aronian, Mamedyarov, Naiditsch, Ponomariov, etc.

"Impressive, MOST impressive." (Darth Vader - in <Star Wars IV>.)

Nov-02-10  LIFE Master AJ: < Nov-02-10 AgentRgent: Just an editorial note... at In the intro to the Matisons-Nimzowitsch game you state: "<Black> resigns before he has lost a single pawn." Obviously you mean White, furthermore you may wish to clarify, perhaps with "before he is down even a single pawn" rather than "before he has lost a single pawn". The latter is a bit unclear as white has had 2 pawns captured.

Other than that, a nice page, thanks for sharing.>

Very nice "word-smithing," I may do exactly that.

Thanks for the compliment as well.

Apr-27-12  LoveThatJoker: Thanks for stopping by my forum, man! I'll say your name like a pirate for sure! :D

Any truly exciting games that you have come across lately?


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  AgentRgent: Just got back from the US Championships in St. Louis. What an awesome club and experience. Got to speak with Jennifer Shahade, Sunil Weeramantry, and Irina Krush (who was extremely gracious and accommodating!) The only thing that would have made made the day better was if Rusudan Goletiani had prevailed.

Unfortunately I won't be back this year, but I will certainly be back in the future!

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  Check It Out: <AgentRgent: <GlennOliver: isn't this game exhilarating compared to the dull-as-dishwater World Chess Championship?> I think both are exciting? Playing precise chess at the highest levels is like walking a tightrope. Isn't it enough that the walker reaches the other side? Must there be a fall for it to be exciting?>

Hey, like that one, man. Good seeing you around.

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  AgentRgent: Ok, well here's a mystery.. Someone renewed my premium membership and I have no idea whom. I thought perhaps my wife had it done secretly, but she swears it wasn't her or any of our family. So, whoever my benefactor is.. a huge THANK YOU!!! Later this year when my finances improve, I will be sure to pay it forward!
Jun-25-12  LoveThatJoker: It wasn't me, but I'm glad you're back, AgentRgent!




Sep-01-12  Tal7777777: "First restrain, then blockade, and lastly destroy!" -Aron Nimzowitsch
Mar-08-13  wachter123680: Nice poster of Tatat Schmitz game on the Spassky Fuchs game, in which Fuchs lost for not early replacement of that e5 solid unbreakable pawn in my view.
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  wordfunph: <AgentRgent> Merry Christmas!
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  AgentRgent: Hard to believe it's been over 12 years since I first stumbled onto this site...It's good to be back!
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