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Clodhopper
Member since Mar-02-11
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   Clodhopper has kibitzed 119 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-22-17 Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971 (replies)
 
Clodhopper: 55. Bb3 was the move that caught my attention too - because it is the sort of move I would NEVER play. Being simple-minded, my instinct is for the straightforward 55. Rb6+, after which it is hard to see how white makes much headway, and Fritz calculates a mere +0.47 for white. ...
 
   Jan-22-17 Taimanov vs V Mikenas, 1965 (replies)
 
Clodhopper: I calculated the first 5 moves of this combo and thought, "Well, that can't be it..."
 
   Jan-20-17 Akobian vs R Barcenilla, 2015 (replies)
 
Clodhopper: The weird thing is that I saw 27. Rxe5, which is superior to the move played in the game. But then after 27 ... Be6, 28. Rg5+ , Qg6, 29. Rg6+, h7xg6 I missed 30 Rxf8+ which wins instantly, and instead went for 30. Rxc8. This leads to a 2B vs 2B ending with white a pawn up. But ...
 
   Dec-11-16 K Commons vs P Peev, 1976 (replies)
 
Clodhopper: Well, I thought I had it solved - without even having seen the pun hint. But black's 23rd was different from either of the moves I considered - and the game went a different direction from there. A valuable lesson - always look for one more reply you hadn't considered before ...
 
   Dec-05-16 D G Fridman vs H Odeev, 1996 (replies)
 
Clodhopper: Well, it was only hard because I kept looking for a quick mate. Because it's Monday, don't ya know....
 
   Sep-23-16 Jakovenko vs Gelfand, 2015 (replies)
 
Clodhopper: Wow, I finally "got" a Friday challenge. Only because it is so obvious that Black's goal must be to force stalemate. On most Fridays, I stumble at recognizing the motif: mating attack? material gain? creating an unstoppable passed pawn? Here the situation is so stark that there ...
 
   Sep-21-16 Tartakower vs E Steiner, 1921 (replies)
 
Clodhopper: Felt very smug about having found the best move, 25 Rb8+..... only to check the game and find out it wasn't the best move. Must be Wednesday!
 
   Sep-15-16 M Bluemich vs Alekhine, 1941 (replies)
 
Clodhopper: The hallmark of Thursday puzzles - I can pretty much figure out what the first move has to be, but I can't see the second move!
 
   May-30-16 Caruana vs Radjabov, 2016 (replies)
 
Clodhopper: Great game. Not a classical Sicilian in the sense that white doesn't play 3 d4 but classical in the sense that white goes all-in on the King side and black goes all-in on the queen side and white comes in first! Caruana is on fire.
 
   May-30-16 D Mitran vs M Carbajo Berrocal, 2007 (replies)
 
Clodhopper: 20. b3 is like one of those moves my computer makes when it is trying very hard to let me win!
 
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