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Member since Oct-09-06 · Last seen Dec-10-18
I live in Toledo, and that will always be my hometown.

I've been an absolute diehard chess buff for at least 45 years, and have been a USCF member since early 1975 !! Not too many of us ultra-longtime members out there.

I also consider myself exceptionally well-informed when it comes to chess history and general chess trivia, especially from 60's, 70's, and 80's.

As for my USCF rating, it's exceptionally low, admittedly. I gotta work on that !

Incidentally, my four favorite players of all time (in no particular order) are Rubinstein, Capablanca, Petrosian, and Karpov.

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   Howard has kibitzed 3707 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-10-18 A Sokolov vs Yusupov, 1986 (replies)
Howard: Contrary to offramp's comment, Yusupov had a two-point lead at one point--not a three-point one.
   Dec-10-18 Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1895 (replies)
Howard: You're getting close---but what year ?!
   Dec-10-18 Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 (replies)
Howard: True enough, but Karpov had, arguably, surpassed Bobby by about 1990 or so, in my view. Bobby was still very much alive at the time. Not only that, it was obviously HIS decision to go into retirement after 1972---ya can't hold that against Karpov or Kasparov.
   Dec-10-18 R Crotto vs Kathleen Hindle, 1976
Howard: Well, gentlemen, let's put it this way. In the November, 1978 issue of CL&R, they analyze all six games of the Levy vs computer match, and regarding 6...Bg7 (which took place in the first game), they state... "This move, once considered a grave error, is actually probably Black's ...
   Dec-10-18 W Schmidt vs Kasparov, 1986
Howard: Kasparov claims in the Informant that after 18 moves, he already had a won game !
   Dec-08-18 Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 (replies)
Howard: This game made the top-20 in Soltis' book of the best-100 games of the 20th century... ...and for good reason.
   Dec-07-18 Moscow (1971) (replies)
Howard: Rather interesting is the fact that the top-5 finishers lost only ONE game amongst them... ...and that one loss was by, of all people, Petrosian !
   Dec-07-18 Kamsky vs Beliavsky, 1994
Howard: Maybe so, but the Informant recommends 17...Bf8!
   Dec-07-18 Fischer - Spassky (1992) (replies)
Howard: Ten years earlier, in 1982, a 2640 rating would have been top-10, with an ironclad guarantee. But...times change.
   Dec-07-18 Fischer vs Bisguier, 1963 (replies)
Howard: Soltis points out that this championship was "Fischer's closest call" as far as winning it outright. A draw in this crucial, last-round game would have enabled Bisguier to tie for first place with Bobby.
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