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Member since Jun-25-07 · Last seen Jun-15-15
My favourite players in no particular order:

Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Jose Raul Capablanca
Alexander Morozevich
Boris Spassky
Anatoli Karpov
Garry Kasparov

On Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 :

< JG27Pyth: <aazqua: This is white playing some ugly moves in the open and black exploiting white's lack of development and stumbling his way into a multi-piece sacrifice leading to a pretty pawn mate.>

God. So true. I mean I hate that when I'm playing a nice game of chess and I think I'm just going to win a pawn or something, and wham bam, all of a sudden I've just stumbled into a multi-piece sacrifice ending with an elegant pawn mate... I mean how annoying is that!? When I was a lad I was impressed by such things too... but now that I'm 9 years old, I divide my time between running my 7 trillion Euro hedge fund and DNA sequencing my cat, by hand (I want to see if I can figure out how to make her sing the Neil Diamond catalog in Celtic...haha that's impossible, I'm really just trying to make her grow batwings). I certainly don't have time to be impressed by the odd random multi-piece 9 move mating combination sacrifice. OHHH crap... I just bent a spoon with my mind!!! Dammit that is sooo annoying.>

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   Alphastar has kibitzed 943 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-02-15 Shabalov vs I Krush, 2004 (replies)
Alphastar: I missed that white has a check 40. Qxd6+. I kept trying to figure out where to place the queen on the e-file, and it ended up fruitless.
   Dec-12-14 M Oleksienko vs M Golubev, 2007
Alphastar: <Nf3em> I think in that line the pawn on h4 is actually a white bishop and he can then play Bf2, keeping a piece against 2 pawns.
   Dec-12-14 Ribli vs Smyslov, 1982 (replies)
Alphastar: What is the pun about?
   Nov-25-13 Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2008 (replies)
Alphastar: Without the c4-pawn, the final position would be a mate in 3 for black...
   Nov-14-13 E Limayo vs G Armani, 1999 (replies)
Alphastar: <dakgootje> Things become interesting after 5. ...b5 6. Bf1! however.
   Nov-09-13 D Barua vs Gulko, 1993 (replies)
Alphastar: <morfishine> I missed it too, dont feel too bad!
   Nov-08-13 M D Tseitlin vs A Krutiansky, 1971 (replies)
Alphastar: I too went with 22. Bb4. Crafty then gave a hilarious line that ended up in an evaluation of 0.00: 22. Bb4 Qxh2+ 23. Kf1 Qh1+ 24. Ke2 Re8+ 25. Kd3 Qxf3+ 26. Kxd4 Qxf2+ (admittedly black can deviate here) 27. Kd5 with apparently an equal position, since Bxb4 is pretty much forced ...
   Sep-26-13 L Sapi vs L Barczay, 1963 (replies)
Alphastar: Not very difficult.
   Sep-25-13 S Kuipers vs A Pijpers, 2007 (replies)
Alphastar: I don't get the pun... Shame on me?
   Sep-23-13 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
Alphastar: <King Sacrificer>, the anthropic principle is not so much an explanation as a rationalization. It's a long way of saying "this is the way it is because it is", not much different from how a theist explains why God allows evil. A real explanation shows why something is one ...
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