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Member since Oct-09-06 · Last seen Apr-22-18
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 3189 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-21-18 USSR Zonal (1964) (replies)
Howard: A related point is that there were many promising Soviet players who were clearly world-calibre, but they rarely (if ever) qualified for the interzonal. Why? Because qualifying from the super-strong Soviet zonal tournaments was just too tough. Many top-30 (in the world) Soviets had ...
   Apr-21-18 Portisch vs Kavalek, 1975
Howard: Granted, the June, 1975 issue of CL&R isn't exactly accessible to most people, but it contains a LOT of analysis, plus commentary, to this fascinating encounter. It's truly hard to believe that White didn't win. And silicon players have not found a win, to my knowledge.
   Apr-20-18 Saidy vs Fischer, 1964 (replies)
Howard: Keep in mind that Capablanca's alleged endgame prowess has been, arguably, overrated. Ironically, Fischer was one of those who argued that Capa's strong suit was in the middlegame, not the endgame. Andy Soltis argued likewise in a 1984 CL column, as I recall.
   Apr-19-18 P Roth vs Kasparov, 1980
Howard: I'm gonna nominate it right now!
   Apr-19-18 Polugaevsky vs Kavalek, 1982
Howard: According to both CL and the Informant, Black's error took place on the 61st move---he checked with the wrong knight. Had he played 61...Nef6+ instead, he would have held the draw.
   Apr-19-18 Hjartarson vs Karpov, 1986 (replies)
Howard: According to the Informant, Karpov missed at least a couple wins in this encounter. Incidentally, the match between the Soviets and the U.S. took place in the following round, but Karpov wasn't available due his being preoccupied with the second session of this lengthy game. Too bad ...
   Apr-17-18 Fischer vs Huebner, 1970 (replies)
Howard: Fischer almost certainly should have won this game but his greedy pawn snatch on the 32nd move was probably what dropped half-a-point.
   Apr-17-18 H Gerenski vs A Planinc, 1970
Howard: There seems to have been a pro-Planinc movement building up on this website over the last several days.
   Apr-17-18 Huebner vs A Planinc, 1970
Howard: Nice shot, yes, but then not very hard to find.
   Apr-17-18 A Planinc vs Z Mestrovic, 1970
Howard: He simply had a very fertile imagination.
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