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Member since Sep-25-06 · Last seen Mar-23-18
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 pretty strong Class B (ish) 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 may be here intermittently. And that's me!

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   Brettwith2ts has kibitzed 210 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-22-12 H Taylour vs E Cummings, 1908
Brettwith2ts: 15)...♔xg7 --You haven't beaten me, you've sacrificed your footing for a killing blow. 32)...♘e2+ *Liam Neeson breaks the ice and batman falls into the frozen lake below*
   Nov-09-12 Marshall vs Tartakower, 1929
Brettwith2ts: How to draw: 1) Remove or minimize all imbalances. 2) Only accept trades that leave things equal. 3) *Always* accept trades that leave things equal. 4) Leave all rooks on the board--If any of them go off, one of you might have a chance to win! 5) Play the Caro-Kann. :P
   Aug-21-12 Vaisser vs S Maze, 2012
Brettwith2ts: Starting on move 10, I liked this position and thought it looked super interesting. Lots of competing imbalances, several aggressive plans for either side to try, and so on. But, once the captures and recaptures were done, they sure managed to kill the interest pretty quickly. ...
   Aug-21-12 Fressinet vs C Bauer, 2012 (replies)
Brettwith2ts: When I first saw 48. ♗e2, my immediate reaction was "woops! Did he not realize that hangs a pawn with check?" Now that I'm taking more time to look at it, though, I realize that white was in a wretched state to begin with. Black's pawns are on squares where White's bishop
   Aug-21-12 Dreev vs Sakaev, 2009
Brettwith2ts: Finely played opening, no blunders or mistakes of any kind on either side, the draw seems legitimate to me. ...
   Dec-28-11 N Sulava vs T Luciani, 2011
Brettwith2ts: I feel like black let himself be lead around by the nose. I know, it's easier said than done, especially against a player several hundred rating points stronger, but black spent the whole game responding to whatever white did, without even making an effort to start up his own ...
   Dec-28-11 Z Angelov vs Fressinet, 2011
Brettwith2ts: Standard play against a lower rated player; solid positioning and maneuvering, then taking advantage of the tactical (21. a5?) and positional (the weak K-side after 24. gxf4) opportunities to safely claim the full point.
   Dec-27-11 Zukertort / Hoffer vs J Minckwitz, 1869
Brettwith2ts: 34...Qe4?? Throws away a pretty significant advantage, giving away a pawn and a bishop for virtually no compensation, but the comedy of errors started with 27. Rh3? doesn't actually end until 36...Qe1+??. Defending the d2 pawn by Qxf4! should win: with the rook more or less ...
   Aug-23-11 French Championships (2011) (replies)
Brettwith2ts: <polarmis> Thanks! Yeah, campus makes sense now that I think about it, I was trying to think of convention centers or big hotels, and I was drawing a blank.
   Aug-22-11 J P Le Roux vs H Hamdouchi, 2011
Brettwith2ts: 13...Nb6! Black maneuvers to take advantage of the blockade square on d5, left by the pawn trade on e4. It seems like that trade should have been avoided, or if nothing else, white should have at least tried to keep the N off of d5, and once it's there, he goes down a pawn in
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