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Member since Sep-27-16 · Last seen Nov-16-18
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 5880 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-16-18 A Dole vs Van Hai Nguyen, 2008 (replies)
ChessHigherCat: Again, I missed black's best defense (31...Rc4) but I think I was on the right track (although WG seems to be implying, with undue mystery, it seems to me, that there's some refutation)
   Nov-15-18 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
ChessHigherCat: I was very impressed by Jordi Savall in this performance of Monteverdi's Orfeo: It's amazing the lute player ever manages to make himself heard over the other instruments. They say a lute shrivels up if you even put it in the same room ...
   Nov-15-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
ChessHigherCat: <Sargon: Some were opining that Magnus Carlsen squandered a <win> in Round 2—or maybe it was Round 1. ***If true***, then the suggestion that both players have been perfect could stand some revision.> "If true" is the keyword. How likely is it that someone at ...
   Nov-15-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
ChessHigherCat: <CW> My pleasure. Ashenden is a semi-autobiographical spy novel but each chapter can be read as a short story (although it would be best to read the whole book, of course, which is available at that link). Just so this comment won't be considered off topic, I should ...
   Nov-15-18 I Sokolov vs J Smeets, 2008 (replies)
ChessHigherCat: <qkxwsm: harder if the puzzle starts at 24.?> I thought that, too. I missed black's best defense (27...Qe8), but even then white's clearly winning: 1) +6.58 (20 ply) 27...Qe8 28. Qxg4 Qe3+ but 29. Kh1 and black's goose is cooked like a Thanksgiving turkey.
   Nov-14-18 de Firmian vs Yermolinsky, 2002
ChessHigherCat: You can't argue with success but I think 50. Ra8+ Ke7 51. c7 would have been a lot faster because the pawn promotion is unstoppable. I checked with SF and it even claims mate in 10: 1) mated-in-10 (33 ply) 51...Kf7 52.c8=Q Kg8 53.Qg4 Rf1 54.Kxe5 Kh8 55.Qf5 Rxf5+ 56.Kxf5 Kh7 ...
   Nov-14-18 M de Jong vs V Akotchik, 2008 (replies)
ChessHigherCat: Yeah, it's easy to accidentally stalemate with 2 queens. The funny thing (in a sadistic sort of way) about 43. dxe5 is that white doesn't even deign to take the black queen on f7, which is absolutely helpless to stop the mate.
   Nov-14-18 D Grzymek vs G Casey, 2005 (replies)
ChessHigherCat: <Castleinthesky: I'm not sure why Black gave up the rook.> Because if 23...Ra7 24. Nc8+ and black is "inevitably forked" anyway
   Nov-14-18 D Perrett vs I Efimov, 2008 (replies)
ChessHigherCat: <trnbg: <saturn2: < trnbg 29.Rf1 (what else?)> 29 Rc3>> On 29 Rc3 (after 26...Qf3+ 27.Kg1 Re2 28.Nxe2 Qe2), Black wins nicely with 29...Bd1!, cutting off the white queen from the defense.> This is more of a "So I'm not crazy" than "I told you so" ...
   Nov-13-18 K O'Brien vs D Salter, 2008 (replies)
ChessHigherCat: I just played through the whole game and saw how badly pawnophagic white needed to be punished!
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