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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 834 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-08-19 K Mekhitarian vs W Arencibia, 2005 (replies)
DrGridlock: An odd Tuesday following an odd Monday. The "long" solution I found is: 17 Qd7+ Qxd7 18 Bd7+ Ke7 19 Bc5+ Kd8 20 Bb6+ Ke7 21 Bg4 and black is essentially in Zugzwang: Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian - Walter Arencibia Rodriguez [DIAGRAM] Not a lot of useful moves for black, ...
   Dec-24-18 A Planinc vs K Hulak, 1977 (replies)
DrGridlock: < it seems amazing that White didn't win. The position after 23...Ne8 looks beneath horrible for Black. Just an optical illusion, or did White miss a victory somewhere?> Englishman - Yes, White does have a better (but not won) position at the point you note. Some ...
   Dec-10-18 Short vs Kasparov, 2011
DrGridlock: Great opening selection against great Gary. If you're Nigel Short playing Gary Kasparov with a career rapid record of 10 wins, 46 losses and 36 draws, you're clearly not going to win a Ruy Lopez containing a deep theoretical novelty at move 25. The 8 Bd3 system of the Two ...
   Nov-29-18 Fabiano Caruana (replies)
DrGridlock: Strong showing in London. So what's the best "next step" for Fabi to summit the mountain: improve his classical play? or improve his rapid play?
   Nov-28-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
DrGridlock: Maurice Ashley observing, probably correctly, that Fabi's c5 push was more a reaction to losing game 1 than an evalution of what was needed on the board of game 2.
   Nov-28-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
DrGridlock: Fabi now has the clock advantage!
   Nov-26-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
DrGridlock: <Ron: It goes without saying that champions are also great defenders: Lasker, Petrosian, Karpov etc.> Or great attackers like Alekhine, Tal, Fischer or Kasparov. Either style has its "moment in the sun." The current fad seems to favor defensive styled chess - with computer ...
   Nov-24-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
DrGridlock: <Carlsen is not even trying. It is time for the chess press to be honest about this.> The guy's one win away from a World Championship. Not too bad for a guy who isn't even trying! C'mon ... both Fabi and Magnus are GREAT defensive players. Either one is very difficult to ...
   Nov-22-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
DrGridlock: < nok: ... These aren't "blunders".> Provide us with a term to apply to a move for which the evaluation changes by 1 pawn or more. I prefer the term "deep blunder" since the evaluation change is only apparent at very deep calculation depths.
   Nov-21-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
DrGridlock: Ok students ... lesson over.
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