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ChessHigherCat
Member since Sep-27-16 · Last seen Jun-23-17
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!

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   ChessHigherCat has kibitzed 1398 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-23-17 Kasparov vs Spassky, 1983
 
ChessHigherCat: < offramp: <Jaymthetactician: Well, today's players overall would be rated higher, I estimate Morphy would be around 2100, Staunton around 1700, Zuckertort and Steinitz around 2250, Capablanca around 2500 Saint Amant around 1400, Greco around 1400 Damiano and Poleria ...
 
   Jun-23-17 W So vs Shabalov, 2017
 
ChessHigherCat: <offramp: <ChessHigherCat: ... apparently traumatized by the whole thing, "he softly and suddenly vanished away and never was heard from again".> <Is that two quotes sellotaped together?> Do people really say "sellotaped" in the UK or do you refuse to use the ...
 
   Jun-23-17 V Kovalev vs B Adhiban, 2017 (replies)
 
ChessHigherCat: I was killing myself looking for a mate but the idea is just 31. Qe1 Nf6 and black is a piece up, right?
 
   Jun-22-17 Mamedyarov vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2017 (replies)
 
ChessHigherCat: In the game line, black resigned because of 28. ...f6 29. Rxd5 exd5 30. Qxf6 Kg8 31. Qg6+ mates easily in combination with knight and/or bishop, right?
 
   Jun-22-17 Anand vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2009
 
ChessHigherCat: <Chessical: The pawn-grab <21...Qxa2> loses to 22. Qd6+ Kd8 23. Nc5 Nf7 24. Bxf7 Qa1+ 25. Be1 Qe5 26. Ba5+ b6 27. Bxb6 mate> I think that line's problematic because of 23...Qxc2: 22. Qd6+ Kd8 23. Nc5 Qxc2 24. Nxb7+ Bxb7 25. Rxb7 Qd3+ 26. Qxd3 Nxd3 and white is a ...
 
   Jun-22-17 A Adly vs I Vovk, 2007 (replies)
 
ChessHigherCat: Making the Zuckertort a piece of cake
 
   Jun-21-17 Caruana vs Nakamura, 2017
 
ChessHigherCat: <Sally Simpson: Oistrakh was naff, the greatest violinist was Yehudi Menuhin. ;)> If you're wondering why it took me so long to reply, I'm just coming out of my coma. Spoken like a man who's never heard this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZC... (Prokofiev was a very ...
 
   Jun-21-17 I Nepomniachtchi vs A Korobov, 2017 (replies)
 
ChessHigherCat: Hi <Sally Simpson>, Thanks for the step-by-step analysis for dummies (present company included :-) <More time thinking and he started to like (rightly or wrongly) what he saw after 23.exd5. You do talk yourself into these moves. You go board blind and stubborn. ...
 
   Jun-21-17 M Pantzar vs T Rodshtein, 2016 (replies)
 
ChessHigherCat: <MrCarciofo: I think it's good also - ...Qxf5, and if Qxf5, then ...Bc6+; Rf3, gxf5; then white is forced to free his king (h4) and so Bxf3+ and black has gained a Bishop and a Rook - I think it's a won final too.> I was looking at that line, too, but white isn't forced
 
   Jun-20-17 V Gunina vs Zhao Xue, 2017
 
ChessHigherCat: It's funny how c4 remains a poison pawn for different reasons. If on moves 7 or 8 black plays Bxf3, then Bxf3 Nxc4??? Qa4+. On move 8, black castles but still can't play 9...Bxf3 10. Bxf3 Nxc4 because of 11. Bxb7, winning the exchange. On move 10, it looks like black can ...
 
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