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Member since Sep-27-16 · Last seen May-26-18
Hi, I'm a "Murkan sizzan" residing in Costa Rica, home of the unforgettable GM???....well, we made it to the soccer World Cup a few years ago anyway... I don't have the nerves, patience, time or sitzfleisch to play in tournaments, but I really love the game and find it a wonderful diversion from that other great vice: work! Full Member

   ChessHigherCat has kibitzed 4746 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-26-18 Altibox Norway (2018) (replies)
ChessHigherCat: Lay off poor <Chris Owen>, who suffers from some kind of degenerative brain disorder. His writings are really very interesting and anything but random. If they bother you, just put him on ignore.
   May-26-18 Carlsen vs Jakovenko, 2016
ChessHigherCat: A couple comments. First of all, for at least the first 25 moves Carlsen had a sort of "icy clean" and sharp style reminiscent of Fischer (which I suppose has a sort of crystalline beauty of its own but I prefer a messy Tal game anytime). Secondly, 30...Qxg4 was awful. I'm ...
   May-26-18 J Jackson vs G Jones, 2016 (replies)
ChessHigherCat: This must be patzer ego-boosting week: 22...Bxf2+ 23. Kxf2 Qb6+ 24. Re3 f4 with at least massive material gains, or 22...Bxf2+ 23. Kxf2 Qb6+ 24. Kxg3 f4+ 25. Kg4 Bc8+ 26. Kh4 Qf2+ 27. Kh5 Kh7 with unstoppable mate
   May-25-18 Reti vs Duras, 1912
ChessHigherCat: Reti to get medieval on old, rich hard ace (dur as)
   May-25-18 M Santo-Roman vs G Andruet, 1986
ChessHigherCat: <offramp: White plays a brilliant attack. The queen offer at move 19 is not straightforward.> Black can simply accept the sacrifice with 19...Nxf3 20. fxg7+ Ke7 21. Rxf7+ Kd6 22. Bf4+ Kc6 23. Rxc7+ Kb6 24. gxh8=Q (black to move and croak)
   May-25-18 Gilles Andruet
ChessHigherCat: <takchess> Very interesting quote, thanks, but I had to read this 5 or 6 times before I understood what was going on: < White is threatening 26.Qe6 mate. There is no adequate defense so Andruet resigned. However, Seret wrote 26.Qe6 mate on his scoresheet and when ...
   May-25-18 M Antipov vs S V Ivanov, 2017 (replies)
ChessHigherCat: It was relatively easy for a Friday and I said so myself but: 1) how many of you guys do it all in your head, which is the only way that puzzles can reflect how you would actually play in a game? 2) how many calculate all the variations (in your head), which again is the only
   May-25-18 Sutovsky vs P H Nielsen, 2002
ChessHigherCat: <jith1207: Excellent end game, defending an almost mate and delivering his own.> Who was it who said "Better it is to mate your mate than to be mated by your enemy?"
   May-24-18 Mednis vs Timman, 1974 (replies)
ChessHigherCat: It tried to find it on YouTube but they only have a completely ridiculous Cheech&Chong version! You can get MP3 versions of Love it Death and Killer here
   May-24-18 AlphaZero (Computer) (replies)
ChessHigherCat: <WPE> Sounds like fun. So the demo version has no pre-existing databases and starts from scratch with each user? When it says my expected score is 60% does that mean: Boy, I'm going to kick your ass 60% of the time? About all these criticisms of AlphaZero and Leela, I ...
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