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Howard
Member since Oct-09-06 · Last seen Nov-22-17
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 2989 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-22-17 Fischer vs Geller, 1967
 
Howard: Is there a typo in AylerKupp's February 11, 2016 comment under Part 5d? He alludes to "White's loss of tempo" after "22.Qf4"---but he probably means 21.Qf4. Happy Thanksgiving, y'all !
 
   Nov-22-17 R Rapport vs J L Hammer, 2017
 
Howard: Chessbomb does not even seem to consider 13...Kf8 as one of its top four choices... but then that goes likewise for 14.Bf5 Apparently, chess has "left me behind", too.
 
   Nov-22-17 Ulf Andersson vs Tal, 1989
 
Howard: Are 7-piece tablebases available to the general public, or do you gotta be a "member" in order to utilize them. At any rate, they would settle the issue as to whether one can "break through" in the final position or not. Thanks for pointing out the error in the moves! If I can find ...
 
   Nov-20-17 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972
 
Howard: Anyone who believes that "theory" probably also thinks that the Roman Polanski should wire money to California to pay for a five-star funeral for Charles Manson. Sharon Tate was Polanski's wife, for those of you who don't know the full story about Manson.
 
   Nov-20-17 Jose Raul Capablanca (replies)
 
Howard: Alekhine "outdid" Capablanca at the 1939 Olympiad ?! Is that why he rather unsportingly left the playing hall when Capa was awarded the gold medal. As for AVRO 1938, it's been said many times that the tournament's playing conditions were rather poor considering the importance of the ...
 
   Nov-18-17 Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974
 
Howard: This may be a picky point, but in Fischer's well-known cablegram to FIDE in 1974, he stated he was resigning his "FIDE world championship title". In other words, he almost certainly meant he was resigning as the FIDE champion--but he no doubt considered himself to be still the ...
 
   Nov-18-17 Portisch vs Huebner, 1980
 
Howard: It was not in the Informant---I have the volumes from that time period.
 
   Nov-17-17 E Inarkiev vs Li Chao, 2017
 
Howard: Is 8.Rb1 still in vogue? Still remember Andy Soltis' column in CL back around 1984, in which he told of how that erstwhile little-known move actually blossomed into the MAIN LINE (he used italics on those two words) of the Grunfeld.
 
   Nov-16-17 Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1977
 
Howard: The Korchnoi-Spassky match of 1977 was an absolute classic case where the final match score, of 10.5-7.5, didn't tell "the whole story". Korchnoi rocketed to a five point lead in the first ten games, so it looked as if the match would be a slaughter. But, then Spassky won FOUR games ...
 
   Nov-14-17 Karpov vs Larsen, 1979 (replies)
 
Howard: Then there was the 1985 US championship in which dead-last McCambridge beat clear-first-place Lev Alburt. It was the latter's only loss in the event. Granted, that tournament wasn't exactly one of the "top-10 toughest tournaments of the year", but it's worth noting.
 
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