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Member since May-02-07 · Last seen Jun-12-17
Northern Michigan is my current home. I grew up near Detroit, and played chess as a junior. I attended Hope College and the University of Chicago, and lived and worked in Washington DC for 10 years.

I'm just getting back into chess, and enjoying as a way to find my way back.

   DrGridlock has kibitzed 658 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-07-17 J L Hammer vs M Rodshtein, 2007 (replies)
DrGridlock: Get that pesky White King from standing in front of the black pawns with ... Bg4+, and in the words of Queen, it's "Don't Stop Me Now"
   Feb-27-17 E Horn vs K Cedikova, 2007 (replies)
DrGridlock: The White King's journey in this game is to be studied: K-e2-f1-g2-f1-e1-d1-d2-c3-b4-a3-b2-a3-b4-mate Kids, don't try this at home!
   Feb-15-17 Smyslov vs C Kottnauer, 1946
DrGridlock: After 33 Rxd6, Black to move Vasily Smyslov - Cenek Kottnauer [DIAGRAM] To take or not to take on e4? Rxe4 - good (position is level). Bxe4 - bad (black's position is lost). Game appears as game 53 in Daniel King's "The Closed Sicilian." Hardly a model of opening play ...
   Feb-02-17 P Danenhower vs Spassky, 1971 (replies)
DrGridlock: < swclark25: <agb2002 This suggests 27... Ne3+: A) 28.Nxe3 Qxg3+ 29.Kf1 Bh3+ A.1) 30.Rxh3 Qg1#.> I also went with these moves thru 29)..Bh3+. I can't see checkmate with 30)..Qg1+ since 31)Qxg1. Looks like 30)..Qxh3+ is best and should be winning. Am I missing ...
   Jan-09-17 Chandler vs O I Barkan, 1975 (replies)
DrGridlock: <stst> "Also, 25.Nd8/d6 dis+ by Q will snatch Black's Q, Black is tortured." After: 25 Nd8+ Nxc4 26 Nxb7 Bxb7 Hasn't black just lost a knight? Seems the "tortured" has become the "torturer."
   Jan-01-17 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 (replies)
DrGridlock: <Rookfile> If I run Komodo on your position, I get this line: ... h5 Bf2 Qf6 h3 g4 hxg4 Bxg4 Bxg4 hxg4 New game [DIAGRAM] Which Komodo evaluates as -.07. Note that Black's pawn majority on the king-side has been converted to two doubled pawns on the g-file, ...
   Dec-12-16 Mayet vs Harrwitz, 1848 (replies)
DrGridlock: Q: When is a pin not a pin? A: When the piece is: (i) not pinned to the king and (ii) in moving the piece threatens either mate or greater material gain than what it was pinned to.
   Nov-20-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
DrGridlock: <chancho: Human Sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria.> Thank you, Dr. Venkman.
   Nov-11-16 Nakamura vs Anand, 2016 (replies)
DrGridlock: Cool idea with Anand offering an exchange sacrifice for 2 pawns with 18 ... Rxe5. Computers have the game balanced after this. Naka should have "undone" the exchange sac either on move 23 or on move 25 with Rxa4, bxa4 Qxa4 followed by Qxd4
   Oct-25-16 Browne vs Keres, 1975
DrGridlock: Some interesting variations "behind the scenes" in this game. In the position for black's move 16: Walter Shawn Browne - Paul Keres [DIAGRAM] Instead of 16 ... Kh7, Black has an opportunity to gain a significant advantage with a "queen sac" line after 16 ... Nc6: 17 Nxh6 +
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