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Member since May-02-07 · Last seen Oct-16-19
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 888 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-02-19 H Melkumyan vs A Donchenko, 2014 (replies)
DrGridlock: From Chessgames: <What kind of move am I looking for? The goal is to find the best move, or sequence of moves, in the given position. You do not always have to find a checkmate! Just find the best move. Usually, this move will lead to a superior position, either by a forced ...
   Sep-23-19 Anand vs Van Wely, 1998 (replies)
DrGridlock: What makes this puzzle difficult is labeling it a "Monday" puzzle. Yes, 35 Bxg6 opens up black's kingside in a way that will become very uncomfortable. However, as Patzer points out, after 35 Re7 there is no quick path to a mate or sizable material gain (the usual fruits of a ...
   Sep-16-19 C Coppola vs B Macias Murillo, 2009 (replies)
DrGridlock: Maybe it should be black to play after 34 bxg6?
   Aug-18-19 Anand vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
DrGridlock: Black's queen can still escape. After Ng3 Qg4 h3, the queen can retreat along the diagonal to e6.
   Aug-16-19 GCT St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (2019)
DrGridlock: Nope ... I was the bald guy!! (Still every guy in the building).
   Aug-15-19 Aronian vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2019
DrGridlock: I was at the St Louis chess club to watch this one. A little back story to the game. This was the final game in the Rapid and Blitz tournament. Aronian had a 1.0 point lead over Yu Yangyi, so a draw in this game would guarantee a tournament victory. Hats off to MVL for playing ...
   Aug-14-19 Carlsen vs L Dominguez, 2019
DrGridlock: 2 Qh5 Nice to see that Magnus has decided to branch out into stand-up comedy!
   Aug-14-19 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Aronian, 2019
DrGridlock: Love watching Aronian play chess, and has some innovative chess ideas, but 18 ... Kg7 was not Aronian's best idea. What's that bishop doing on a7 anyways? After: 18 ... Bxf2 19 Kxf2 Nxe4+ 20 Rxe4 Qxg5 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Levon Aronian [DIAGRAM] Black's may safely ...
   Aug-12-19 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
DrGridlock: So much to calculate after 27 h6: Fabiano Caruana - Magnus Carlsen [DIAGRAM] my head is spinning! The "fun line" is: 27 ... Na3+ 28 Bxa3 Bxa3 29 h7+ Kh8 30 Nd5 Fabiano Caruana - Magnus Carlsen [DIAGRAM] and now white threatens mate with the knight on g6 - which ...
   Aug-12-19 Carlsen vs Aronian, 2019 (replies)
DrGridlock: Three cheers if this portends the type of chess we're going to see over the next two weeks in St Louis! To Sally's suggestion of 21 ... Rf6 for black - that is just miserable for black after: 22 Nxg6+ Rxg6 23 Bxg6 Qg5 24 Rf7 Qxg3+ 25 Kf1 Magnus Carlsen - Levon Aronian ...
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