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I've been playing for many years, but only seriously for about 10. 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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   Mar-29-14 Kramnik vs Topalov, 2014 (replies)
AgentRgent: <Petrosianic: I think the animosity is mostly on Topalov's side.> Oh no, Kramnik despises Topalov. Look what the loss to him earlier did for Kramnik's game.
   Mar-18-14 Kramnik vs Aronian, 2014 (replies)
AgentRgent: ...Re8 seems to give white what he wants.. the chance to play Kd5 and b4 safely... Strange choice by Aronian.
   Feb-01-14 Nakamura vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
AgentRgent: <perfidious: As you well know, it's the only way he can win a game.> I'm not quite sure I agree. I can recall games where Carlsen has slowly outplayed his opponents to build a strong advantage, but the tendency of his opponents to badly misplay level or even advantageous ...
   Jan-15-14 S Williams vs The World, 2013 (replies)
AgentRgent: <Tiggler: <AylerKupp: Here is a definitely obtuse game name possibility: "Definitely Mary Ann".> This suggestion had me totally befuddled, until Google came to the rescue and I found this: <It was good advice coming from an ...
   Dec-19-13 Aron Nimzowitsch (replies)
AgentRgent: <offramp: He would have been so totally ahhihilated by either of them> I'm sure many thought the same of Euwe.... <it would have stopped him publishing books> And chess would have been much poorer had that been the case.
   Dec-05-13 Kramnik vs M Ezat, 2013 (replies)
AgentRgent: <"Sokrates: I have the feeling that Ezat could have used his chances better."> The same could be said for Kramnik. After 27. Rd2 White is simply better. 27. a4 seems to be trying to rush to the conclusion too soon. Perhaps Kramnik underestimated his opponent.
   Nov-21-13 Anand-Carlsen World Championship (2013) (replies)
AgentRgent: <KnightVBishop: are you saying carlsen has no chess ability and only wins cause of "other factors"> No, I'm saying you are either deliberately obtuse or you have a serious lack of reading comprehension.
   Nov-15-13 Carlsen vs Anand, 2013 (replies)
AgentRgent: <benjinathan: Got to admit I have never heard of the "Forgotten Variation".> I used to know it... ;)
   Nov-08-13 Carlsen vs Anand, 2013 (replies)
AgentRgent: Yikes.. 3:30 am for me...
   Oct-11-13 Russian Superfinals (2013) (replies)
AgentRgent: <Shams: If I may be speculative, perhaps a problem with Kramnik's prior approach is that on one level you may fight less if you emerge from the opening without a theoretical edge, because you don't feel you 'deserve' to win. That may sound ridiculous but I think there's ...
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  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.
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  AgentRgent: I just had a neat position come up in a blitz game... Not terribly difficult but I felt good that I found it quickly.

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Black to move.

Jan-18-09  AnalyzeThis: Well, my friend AgentRgent, you prefer positional play, I prefer tactical. I was intrigued by your position, and suppose that you enjoyed playing the move ....Rd2+. However, among the other winning methods available, I find ...Ba3 to be the most amusing and interesting. For example, 1...Ba3 2. Qxh8 Qb5+ has a sense of justice about it, with the queen having vacated control over b5.

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  AgentRgent: Another interesting position from a blitz game:

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White to move (with just over a minute on the clock)...

Feb-11-09  Ziggurat: rb6+?

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  AgentRgent: Yep, Rb6+ is the move.

My opponent, perhaps taken aback by the move, as well as time trouble of his own, let me finish the game with a nice flair.. 1. Rb6+ Kg5 (Kf5 holds out longer) 2. h4+ Kg4 3. Bd1!

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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.

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  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.)

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  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>.)

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  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.

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  AgentRgent: I have to say I'm pretty pleased with my play in this blitz game. My opponent and I had played several previous games to a draw, so this was sort of a tiebreaker. Hopefully someone with an engine won't rip it to pieces...

[White "agentrgent"]
[Black "roberto666"]

1. Nf3 c6 2. c4 Nf6 3. b3 g6 4. Bb2 Bg7 5. g3 d6 6. Bg2 a6 7. O-O O-O 8. d3 b5 9. Nbd2 e5 10. Qc2 Bf5 11. e4 Bg4 12. h3 Be6 13. Ng5 Qd7 14. Nxe6 Qxe6 15. Nf3 h6 16. Rad1 Nbd7 17. Rfe1 Rad8 18. cxb5 cxb5 19. d4 exd4 20. Nxd4 Qe8 21. Nc6 Rc8 22. Rxd6 Nb8 23. e5 Nfd7 24. Qe4 Nc5 25. Qd5 Nbd7 26. Rxg6 Nb6 27. Rxg7+ Kxg7 28. e6+ f6 29. Qxc5 Nd7 30. Qe7+ Qxe7 31. Nxe7 Rc2 32. exd7 Rxb2 33. Nf5+ Kf7 34. Bd5+ Kg6 35. Re8 1-0

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!




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  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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