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Member since Oct-09-06 · Last seen Jun-20-18
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 3273 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-20-18 Timman vs Korchnoi, 1991
Howard: Uhhh....I don't get the pun.
   Jun-19-18 Stein vs Smyslov, 1972 (replies)
Howard: Are you sure that Game 6 of Bobby-Spassky came in second ? Seem to remember that game finished around 10th place for Informant 14 ! Remind me to look that up tonight.
   Jun-19-18 Karpov vs E Torre, 1976
Howard: No, Korchnoi never "mated Karpov" in their 1978 WC match, but Karpov DID have a forced mate in two against Karpov in Game 17 of the match. Korchnoi, naturally, resigned before Karpov could do the honors.
   Jun-18-18 Huebner vs Portisch, 1980
Howard: Whether White's lead in development is really "insane by move 14" is debatable. Granted, he has three pieces in play as opposed to just one by Black, but... ...White's king is awkwardly placed on f1, so getting the KR into play will take at least two moves. Plus, Black has already ...
   Jun-15-18 Fischer vs Spassky, 1972
Howard: Coincidentally, that "book" by Fine was just alluded to in the latest issue of New in Chess (Issue 4). As I recall, in Fine's "book", he stated that Fischer could have won Spassky's queen by 28.Rf7, but it was "too little reward" for such a marvelous position. IM Anthony Saidy did us
   Jun-15-18 Akiba Rubinstein (replies)
Howard: Was Maroczy really of WC-caliber, though? I doubt it--he may have been a top-10 player at one time or another, but he was hardly a legitimate contender for the world title.
   Jun-15-18 Krasenkow vs Agrest, 2007
Howard: New in Chess closely annotated this game back in its 2007/6 issue. Very difficult rook ending !
   Jun-13-18 Hübner - Portisch Candidates Semifinal (1980)
Howard: Not only that, if Portisch had won the match, then he--not Huebner--would have advanced to play Korchnoi in the Candidates final. Ya think, however, that Portisch would have prematurely resigned the match like Huebner did ?! Not likely !
   Jun-13-18 Huebner vs Portisch, 1980
Howard: According to Jack Peters in his CL&R coverage of the match, Portish should have played 25...Qxc3, arguing that that move probably would have won. As I see it, the match basically hinged on this game. Had Portisch won it--as he probably should have--he would have had not only a ...
   Jun-12-18 Pillsbury vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 (replies)
Howard: Too bad Pillsbury wasted a White in this game---he would no doubt have preferred to have been Black.
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