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Member since Apr-08-08 · Last seen Dec-08-18
Irish club player.

If you are interested in seeing analysis of great GM games, learning opening traps and general theory please check out my youtube channel:

I have five game on chessgames!

J Killane vs S Godley, 2009

See if you can find the almost certainly winning continuation white missed in the middlegame! (If you think you've got it, check out the link beneath the game).

My second game is from a simul against Nigel Short:

Short vs S Godley, 2011

I lasted 44 moves, despite playing a little timidly - could have won a pawn in the opening (9...Qa5) but was committed to my plan of c4, Bc6 and 0-0-0 (which GM Short had other ideas about!). Ultimately, it was a well played game by him.

These two are from the club circuit, both played against Sean Galligan. The first was a great struggle until the endgame, which I played terribly:

S Galligan vs S Godley, 2012

The second was a nice KID grind - I was happy to get my revenge!

S Godley vs S Galligan, 2013

Last but not least is my first-ever IM scalp:

F Berebora vs S Godley, 2013

Enjoy! Full Member

   Garech has kibitzed 1565 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-14-18 Kasparov vs Short, 1993 (replies)
Garech: Lol Short got owned like a noob!
   Mar-28-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2015
Garech: Is this Caruana's most recent win against Carlsen at classical time controls?
   Apr-27-16 Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2016 (replies)
Garech: Great positional game from Magnus. There's very few out there who can make Kramnik look like a novice! -Garech
   Apr-27-16 A Marder vs Capablanca, 1913
Garech: Wow, great analysis <Phony Benoni>! I'm delighted that you took such an interest in my comment and glad that together we uncovered the truth - although the vast majority of the credit of course belongs to you. Great detective work! -Garech
   Apr-27-16 Caruana vs S Shankland, 2016 (replies)
Garech: Fantastic game from Caruana; once again he wins the fundamentals and makes it look easy. Really beautiful play. A terrible advertisement for the Winawer, too - although this is not the poisoned pawn variation! His congrats to Fabiano on becoming US champion - +6 in a tournament of ...
   Apr-14-16 Greenblatt vs Fischer, 1977 (replies)
Garech: Great game from Fischer, and instructive how he delays queening despite it's winning a piece, in order to further tighten the screws first. Ironically, I often notice this when analysing games using an engine! A novice will always queen immediately. -Garech
   Apr-05-16 Deep Thought vs D Levy, 1989
Garech: Nice finish by the machine! -Garech
   Mar-27-16 World Championship Candidates (2016) (replies)
Garech: So, to be clear: If either Karjakin or Caruana win tomorrow, they qualify. If they draw and Anand-Svidler is a draw then Karjakin qualifies, and if Anand wins then Caruana qualifies in the event of a draw with Karjakin?
   Mar-24-16 Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971 (replies)
Garech: One of my favourite all time Fischer games, especially the endgame, of course. Interesting debate about the greatest endgame players of all time. Capablanca often gets mentioned in these debates - but Fischer had an interesting view on that inasmuch as it was Capablanca's 'dazzling' ...
   Mar-23-16 Karjakin vs Nakamura, 2016
Garech: A classic case of "the sting in the end of the tail" (of a combination), as Fischer put it. Interesting comments above about the dangers of playing the QID defence against Karjakin; I think there's a lot of truth to them. Naka never really recovered from this loss. He must be totally
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