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Marco65
Member since Aug-06-03 · Last seen Oct-22-08
I live in Italy, and my FIDE ELO is about 2000. I used to maintain a web site that features some original puzzle games of mine, in Java, at www.joker-games.com. It's still there, but I suspended any new development since summer 2003, when the virus of chess stroke back and absorbed all of my little free time.

I like complex open positions but not messy ones, that I willingly leave to computers. I hate unorthodox openings and unsound gambits. I think club players use gambits as a shortcut to gaining the initiative that they are unable to conquer otherwise.

While I look with suspect most gambits played in the early opening phase (with the exception of the Benko) I do admire gambits that are invented otb by creative players in the middlegame, normally with positional compensation.

I don't have time for more than one hobby at a time, and today... it's chess!

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   Marco65 has kibitzed 1133 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-09-08 Tolush vs N Kopilov, 1954 (replies)
 
Marco65: 22.Ng3 might not be the best defence but is probably the one that most requires precision on Black's behalf to win: 22...Rf4! (22...Bxd1 23.Bxb4 Bxb3 24.Qe6+ Qxe6 25.dxe6 Bxe6 26.Bxe7 Rf2 wins but less convincingly, and 22...Bf3 23.Qe6+ is similar) 23.Qg2 (to cover c2, otherwise ...
 
   Oct-03-08 G Forintos vs V Tomovic, 1957 (replies)
 
Marco65: <kirchhoff> 38.Qe8+ Kg7 39.Qxg6+ Kf8 and now? 40.Qf6+ Kg8 41.Bc4+ Bd5 end of fun, maybe 40.Qxh6+ ?
 
   Sep-30-08 Minic vs K Honfi, 1966 (replies)
 
Marco65: <kirchhoff: After 23. Qa7 Qc8 it looks like 24. Qxa8 leaves white a clear rook up> it's even more than that, Black has to lose other material not to get mated. E.g. 24...Rf8 25.Qxc8 and black can't take back the queen, or 24...g6 25.Rxd8+ etc
 
   Sep-10-08 Petrosian vs A Matanovic, 1959 (replies)
 
Marco65: <al wazir> <black has nothing better than 29...g6 30. Rd8+ Kg7 31. Bb2+ Kh6 32. Qh3#> In your (and Dr J's) line (24. bxc7 d5 25. Qc2 Rc8 26. Qc6 Rxc7 27. Qxe6+ Rff7 28. Rxd5 Rxc1+ 29. Bxc1) 29...h6 or 29...Qc7 might stop the threat and hold the piece, but of course ...
 
   Jun-23-08 Keres vs Wade, 1954 (replies)
 
Marco65: This is the Alekhine-Chatard variation. Today Black rarely accepts the pawn sac. I don't remember exactly theory, 9...a6 seems a bit too slow, but I do remember that the 2 standard ways to defend g7 are ...g6 and ...Kf8. ...O-O is an option no player of this variation would ever ...
 
   Jun-20-08 B Ivanovic vs Velimirovic, 1981 (replies)
 
Marco65: To be precise, 24...Bxc4 25.Qxf6 doesn't mate, but gains another piece after 25...Kf8 26.Qxg7+ Ke7 27.bxc4
 
   Jun-20-08 S Wong vs N Grinberg, 1976 (replies)
 
Marco65: <YouRang> <Funny, eh? :-)> Yes it is! I learned something: the deeper I look into a position, the more variations I miss...
 
   Jun-20-08 J A Fernandez vs R Garbarino, 2001 (replies)
 
Marco65: Every QGD player knows a similar trick: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Nbd7 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Nxd5? Nxd5! 7. Bxd8 Bb4+ but maybe a player of the English can fall into the trap
 
   Jun-13-08 C Kottnauer vs J Holas, 1945 (replies)
 
Marco65: Nobody else played 9...Nxc4 here, and there must be a reason!
 
   May-06-08 Feigin vs Flohr, 1937 (replies)
 
Marco65: It's funny how 39.Rf1 which seems to prevent 39...Nf2+ is exactly what allows it. Maybe 39.Rbc3 with the idea of 40.Rf1 can hold. If 39...Reg6 40.Qe2, if 39...Rge8 40.f4 but I get the feeling there can be more for Black.
 
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