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Craigokat
Member since Jun-11-04 · Last seen Oct-02-10
FM Craig VanTilbury Born July 30, 1957. Citizen of the US. Holds titles of F.I.D.E. Master and International Arbiter since 1986. Has played first board in ten olympiads since 1978 for both the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. Won Individual Gold Medal for the best score on First Board of any national team in Thessaloniki, Greece 1984.
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   Craigokat has kibitzed 80 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-05-10 Craig van Tilbury (replies)
 
Craigokat: Hello. this is Craig's wife/partner, Annie. SO wonderful to hear such kind words from everyone. I especially enjoyed Once's Chess eulogy. I miss him terribly and I am sad for our 1 yr old daughter, as she will never know him first hand. Thank you to everyone...
 
   Jun-28-10 J Lopez vs W Hook, 2008
 
Craigokat: 47...Bh2+ wins for black
 
   Jun-23-10 A Budnikov vs Varavin, 1989 (replies)
 
Craigokat: 18.Ng5 Qxd4 19.Ne6 looks like fun
 
   Jun-13-10 B Pantebre Martinez vs E Paoli, 1976 (replies)
 
Craigokat: This game reminds me of a comment made by the late Boris Kogan during the postmortem of a game we had just finished. After he obtained a pawn on the sixth rank (not passed but protected) he exclaimed "of coarse after this, all endings are lost"
 
   May-28-10 W Hook vs J C Meyer, 1979 (replies)
 
Craigokat: after 34...Bh6 it looks like 35.Bd1+ does the trick i.e. ..Qdxd1, Qg8+ etc. ..Qbxd1, Rg3+ and Qxf5 etc. ..Bf3, Rxf3 etc.
 
   May-23-10 US Championships (2010) (replies)
 
Craigokat: Nakamura-Shulman is a line employed by my late friend and colleague Bill Hook who ventured this same line against non other than Bobby Fischer
 
   May-21-10 J H Blake vs G A Hooke, 1891 (replies)
 
Craigokat: A nice twist on Legal's mate
 
   May-04-10 Topalov vs Anand, 2010 (replies)
 
Craigokat: Maybe black can hold by playing h5 and keeping the king on f7. still there may be some type of Zugzwang down the road
 
   May-03-10 Anand vs Topalov, 2010 (replies)
 
Craigokat: To claim 3-fold , you must do so to the arbiter before your move that creates the key position.
 
   Apr-30-10 Topalov vs Anand, 2010 (replies)
 
Craigokat: Fischer (among others) has instructively shown the clear edge of the B vs.the Kt with pawns on both sides of the board. In this position it seems that having more pawns actually shuts down the B to a certain extent and will ultimately provide an effective outpost for the knight. ...
 
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