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Granny O Doul
Member since Jul-17-06 · Last seen Apr-27-17
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   Granny O Doul has kibitzed 563 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-24-17 D E Rumens vs J C Benjamin, 1976
 
Granny O Doul: In Leonard Barden's "Play Better Chess", he questions Black's sixth move and suggests the far inferior ...Nd5, allowing White to ruin Black's pawn structure and his light bishop for all time with 7. Bc6+, as Roman Djin explains on his tapes.
 
   Apr-24-17 Najdorf vs Gligoric, 1952 (replies)
 
Granny O Doul: I'm a bit confused, too. If 39. Nd3, capturing a pawn two moves away from promoting, looks like a blunder, what instead would be a normal safe move?
 
   Apr-16-17 Spassky vs Benko, 1987 (replies)
 
Granny O Doul: I remember watching a postmortem between Spassky and Spraggett (may have been that, maybe some other NYO). The game was drawn in about 14 moves but looking at a variation Spassky would make a fist and say "this is a war".
 
   Apr-13-17 Stein vs Smyslov, 1972
 
Granny O Doul: Rh8 one move earlier looks not too bad.
 
   Apr-09-17 US Championship (2017) (replies)
 
Granny O Doul: Am also surprised to see Donald Byrne's rating so high, but I do remember reading, I think in Golombek's encyclopedia, that Donald was generally considered the stronger of the Byrnes until the late 60's. Of course, he was never a professional and had health issues. Also, ...
 
   Apr-05-17 J Xiong vs Shabalov, 2017 (replies)
 
Granny O Doul: Shaba doesn't let his bad score affect his play, i.e., he still goes for the challenging/complicated (e.g., 5...Nf6 rather than ...de, trying to make 5. h3 a wasted tempo at the risk of ending up a pawn down).
 
   Apr-05-17 Kasparov vs Korchnoi, 1983
 
Granny O Doul: "It is evident that Korchnoi is not impressed by his young opponent's flashy victories" (or something like that)--Robert Byrne.
 
   Apr-05-17 Korchnoi - Hübner Candidates Final (1980) (replies)
 
Granny O Doul: If he didn't care enough about the wheel spin to go watch, he deserved to lose it.
 
   Mar-16-17 Anatoly Lein (replies)
 
Granny O Doul: I heard he also worked as a circus acrobat. As for I Play the Fred's question above, I don't know, but maybe the game L Bass vs K Spraggett, 1983 relates. I remember Lein talking about having looked with Bass at the idea of playing to capture the a-pawn, and I think I remember
 
   Mar-04-17 Bent Larsen (replies)
 
Granny O Doul: War and Peace has exactly 365 chapters, making it an ideal choice for spending a year on. Also, it's on Gutenberg or Bartleby or one of those.
 
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