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Member since Sep-25-06 · Last seen Dec-08-18
Hi y'all - my name is Brett, I'm a 28-year-old CPA in Boston, specializing in M&A transactions. When I was in high school I was a Class A/B player, and I was even the state high school chess champion (despite losing to this kid: Luke Harmon-Vellotti ). My tournament experience also includes the 2008 Denker High School State Champions' tournament.

I lived in France for 2 years as a missionary for my church, then got very busy building a career and a family, and so took a break from chess for several years. I don't really have more free time than I did before, but I've started wanting to play again, so I guess I'm back!

At the moment I play on

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   Brettwith2ts has kibitzed 224 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-28-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Brettwith2ts: <offramp: 12.Na4 Right that's it. Black is a pawn ahead. Game over.> Based on the rest of the match, that means it's a guaranteed draw...
   Nov-16-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Brettwith2ts: <Diademas: Are we in tablebase territory now?> Biggest tablebase I know of is 7-piece, so we just need one more piece off the board
   Nov-13-18 A Stefanova vs M Makropoulou, 1994
Brettwith2ts: Interesting game! I want to come back and analyze this more later. I feel like Black was doing well despite the material imbalance, but 35. ... Na3?does a lot more than just hang a pawn - it brings White's rooks into play as well. And then 40. ... Nd4? was just a shame, no need
   Nov-13-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Brettwith2ts: <sudoplatov: The "same" opening with White and Black isn't really the same. The objectives are a bit different. Playing a standard Sicilian reversed with a move-in-hand does't necessarily guarantee White a bigger advantage than other openings. White (supposedly) is trying to
   Nov-12-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
Brettwith2ts: ...Just a couple more ply before shaking hands would do wonders for my chessbookie account...
   Sep-26-18 W So vs L'Ami, 2018 (replies)
Brettwith2ts: After 30. Nxc7, the fork doesn't work because he can pin the N: Rec8. I don't think it's bad but it doesn't win an Exchange.
   Sep-25-18 Karjakin vs Baburin, 2018 (replies)
Brettwith2ts: <HeMateMe: I see white putting 2 rooks on the f file, then doubling rooks on the 7th rank.> Easier said that done, perhaps? If 28 ...Bd6, then the Rg3 has to stay there for a while to prevent Rxg2 maneuvers. I could be wrong but I think Black would actually be able to get
   Sep-13-18 Yu Ruiyuan (replies)
Brettwith2ts: That's interesting, I didn't know getting the GM title without having another title first was possible. Are there any others in recent memory who have done something similar?
   May-13-18 Queen's Gambit Declined (D06)
Brettwith2ts: Played a fun miniature in the Marshall Defense line on (it was fun mostly because I had the white pieces...): [Site ""] [Date "2018.05.05"] [Result "1-0"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nf6 3.cxd5 Nxd5 4.Nf3 Nb4 I assume aiming for Bf5 and Nc2+. ...
   Apr-07-18 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Brettwith2ts: Oh, hi there ...d5! I guess I'll get a practical example of that line, then. :) After cxd, Qxd, d3, ...Bf5 is next to hold onto the pawn? Seems like a whole host of trades on e4 could come next, unless someone sees a more promising idea OTOH maybe white doesn't mind keeping ...
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  Brettwith2ts: mmm-kay, in case anyone stopped at Wannabe's pub on the way over here, at least use a coaster, okay?

So, everyone...

Bonjour, comment allez-vous? (is that right?)

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  tpstar: <Brettwith2ts> Best wishes for your mission work. Stop by to visit when you can, and good luck with your chess. =)
Jul-09-08  micartouse: <Brettwith2ts> Have a safe and fun trip! I heard France is a wonderful place to visit. Maybe you'll get some good games in.

btw, I can relate to your passion for competitive mathematics and business. I just passed my first few actuarial exams. However, you're off to a much better start than I was at your age, so keep up the good work.

Jul-10-08  timhortons: brett you mean you spread the word of god in france? how could you if you dont speak the langguage? btw many caucasian massionary from mormons church work as a missioanary in my native country (philippines) and they learn to speak not only the main langguage but a lot of dialect that they speak it perfectly.
Jul-20-08  ravel5184: <Brettwith2ts> Would the solution to your puzzle be the most obvious 1. Qg5+ Kh8 2. Qf6+ Kg8 3. Ne7+ Qxe7 4. Qxe7 ?? Thank you.
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  Brettwith2ts: <tpstar> and <micartouse> thanks for your well-wishes. <micartouse> that's cool! Good luck. What are you hoping to do? (talking about the exams, of course.)

<timhortons> Yep, I've already started learning the language. It'll be hard; I've never tried a different language than English, but I'm already liking it.

<ravel5184> Yep, that's the one! If you liked that, there are a few more puzzles on earlier pages you might be interested in. I think I've posted most of the solutions already, but feel free to ask me about them.

Thanks again, everyone!

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  Brettwith2ts: I'm home from the Denker. I scored 1.5 of 6, and, surprisingly, I'm okay with that. I'll post games here later.
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  Brettwith2ts: Okay, so the Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions (on the off chance someone ever reads this) is kinda like nationals for H.S. chess. Each state sends their HS state champ, and they (we) play off to see who's the <<<"champion of champions">>>. It was played at the same time and in the same place as the U.S. Open. The Denker and Open shared their first round at 7:00 p.m. August 2nd, then the Denker played the following morning and evening, morning and evening, and finished on the morning of the fifth. The time control was game in 90, with a 30 second increment, so there was never an excuse to stop keeping score. The Tournament was FIDE rated, and otherwise normal USCF rules apply.

Let's begin!

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  Brettwith2ts: I'm just going to post the games for now, I'll analyze them more deeply later. Just let me say that I'm rather proud of the trap I set on 9)d5. I happen to know a lot of "good" (relatively speaking) players who would walk right into it.

[Event "Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions"] [Site "Westin Park Central, Dallas Texas"]
[Date "2008.08.02"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Brettwith2ts"]
[Black "Richard Herbst, Colorado"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "~1436"]
[BlackElo "2010"]
[Opening "Nimzo-Indian, Samisch"]
[ECO "E26"]
[TimeControl "90+30"]

1)d4, Nf6
2)c4, e6
3)Nc3, Bb4
4)e4, c5
5)a3, Bxc3+
6)bxc3, Qa5
7)Qc2, Nc6
8)Bd2, 0-0
9)d5, Ne5
10)f4, Ng6
11)e4, Re8
12)e5, exd5
13)Ne2, Ne4
14)Be3, d4
15)Bxd4, cxd4
16)Qxe4, dxc3
17)Qd3, c2+
18)Qd2, c1=Q+
19)Nxc1?, Qxd2+
20)Kxd2, Nxf4 (the part I missed at move 19)
21)g3, Ng6
22)Nd3, Nxe5
23)Nxe5, Rxe5
24)Bg2, Rb8
25)Rae1, Rxe1
26)Rxe1, Kf8
27)Bd5, b6
28)Rf1, f6
29)Be4, h6
30)Bf5, d5?
31)cxd5!, Bxf5
32)Rxf5, Ke7
33)Rf4, Kd6
34)Rg4, Rb7
35)Rd4, Kc5
36)Kd3, Rd7
37)Rc4+??, Kxd5
38)Rd4+, Ke6
39)Rxd7, Kxd7
40)a4, a6
41)h4, g6
42)g4, b5
43)axb5, axb5
44)Kc3, Kc6
45)Kb4, f5
46)gxf5, gxf5
47)Kc3, f4
48)Kd3, b4
at which point I decided it was useless to make him demonstrate mate with a queen.

Did you catch my little trap?

On 9)...exd5; 10)cxd5, Nxd5?? runs into 11)c4!!, when ...Nbd4, which seems to save the knight because of the attack on the queen and the discovered threat to the rook, actually loses the knight anyway after Qb1!, when the knight is pinned, the rook defended, and the queen is safely out of the way.

Richard, black, quietly said to me as we were leaving the tournament room "you are much stronger than 1400". We then analyzed the game up in my room, and it turns out that he saw my trap as well. Of course. He's rated 2010.

Aug-19-08  ravel5184: Here's an easy one:

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I made this one up, though I highly doubt it's original. 1. Kf5 Kf7 2. e8=Q+ Kxe8 3. Kg6 (or 3. Kf6 Kf8 4. Kg6 Ke8 5. Kg7) Kf8 4. Kf6 Ke8 5. Kg7

Aug-19-08  ravel5184: Although 1. Kf5 Kf7 2. e8=Q+ Kxe8 3. Kf6 Kf8 4. Kg6 Ke8 isn't forced, instead 4 ... Ke8 5. Kf6 Kf8 draws. So sue me. :(
Aug-19-08  Mrs. Alekhine: Hi <Bret>!!


I mean <Brett>!!

Thanks for dropping by.

If you find any <Alekhine> material you want to share, please drop it in my forum.

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  Brettwith2ts: Sorry I've been gone for so long, I've been busy getting all of my mission stuff ready.

<ravel5184>, what if, instead, you played 1) Kd5!, ?

then, black has to repeat the moves Kf7, Ke8 while white walks his king around 2)Kc5, 3)Kb6 4)Kc7 5)Kc8 then Kxd7 followed by e8=Q wins easily. If black does any move that doesn't start with a K and end with either e8 or f7, then white simply pushed to e8 and queens (or underpromotes to a rook, just for kicks and giggles ;D)

Did I get everything right?

Sep-22-08  chessamateur: Good luck and we'll be waiting for you when you get back.
Sep-22-08  zanshin: Good luck <Brett>. See you in 2010!
Sep-22-08  Open Defence: good luck! and do keep in touch with the site!!!
Sep-23-08  gus inn: Good luck (bonne chance !) <Brett> .Hope you will enjoy your stay in Paris - yes, and keep still in touch with our site S.V.P.

Au revoir !

Sep-23-08  timhortons: brett all the best, hope youre mission well be fruitfull.
Sep-24-08  whiskeyrebel: Enjoy your mission Brett. We'll see you again down the road..
Sep-24-08  Woody Wood Pusher: Paris? I don't understand. Aren't missionaries supposed to go places that are poor and deprived so that they can spread their faith AND do something materially constructive as well?
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  Brettwith2ts: Hello, everybody, I'm back, and I got lucky enough to win back my premium account! Wine and cheese tasting is in the room to your left, chess and music discussions are welcome anywhere! Make yourselves (essentially) at home.
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  Brettwith2ts: See a random post from me, on a game that looks untouched since it was uploaded? It's part of my new training system; I'm analyzing games with items of interest (openings that I like, etc.) and when I find something I think is worth sharing, or I have a question, I post it! I hope that my work will <at worst> amuse and <at best> enlighten.

Feel free to make comments and suggest improvements.

Jan-19-11  technical draw: Hi, Brett (w2t's). I recognize the wave function in your avatar. The formula is precariously close to TD's secret formula to win the pick 3 lottery. You wouldn't, by any chance, be trying to steal TD's secret to fame and fortune, would you? If so I would advise you to desist in your efforts since I have 26 patent attorneys just itching to sue!

Stick with the chessbookie and stay clear of the pick 3 lottery, capice?

Jan-22-11  Lennonfan: <technical doilum> Why do you constantly refer to yourself in the second person in every single post?? Lennonfan thinks TD's retirement is long overdue!!
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  Brettwith2ts: <TD> you have made a grave mistake! I have long sought after the famous TD Pick 3 formula, but I never thought it would be right under my nose! Hahahaha, now I shall use this knowledge to gamble to my heart's content!

And with my new-found earnings, I shall simply pay off your patent attorneys. Thank you, <TD>!

and, p.s. welcome back, glad you're not gone. =)

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