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Moonwalker
Member since Apr-01-09 · Last seen Sep-07-19
Friends call me Ed (short for ahmED, go figure!). I live in Sydney, Australia and work in the insurance industry (no, not a salesman! I tell them how to make more money out of the poor suckers!)

I originally found this site when looking for puzzles to fill one particularly long day at my desk. Since then I've been visiting daily to 'look at' the puzzles. I joined the site as a premium member to get historical puzzles and use the excellent <guess-the-move> tool. It is highly recommended; it turns a whole game into a whole bunch of puzzles with scores and everything. I don't know what my ELO rating is but I'm sure it improved my IQ by more than a dozen points! (if you're not one already, and you suddenly feel the urge to become a premium member after reading this, let me know, I'll get a transfer into the sales department...)

Being down-under means seeing the puzzles almost a day late when I access them at lunch time. If I wait a couple of hours I'm sure I can be one of those who like to claim being <FIRST> every day, although haven't seen much of that in a while...

I wish I could post more often, but by the time I'm on everything's been done to death. Or mate, really!

I love knights! The darn things are so unpredictable! This one time (at chess camp?) I managed to win a game with two knights versus the bishop pair. My opponent had better position and material so I managed a swindle and forced myself into a drawn position. He sac'ed one of his bishops to prevent the draw and ended up losing! (ha-ha!)

And finally, the username is an obvious homage to the one and only, the musical genius, the late(*) Michael Jackson...

<Favourite player>: don't know enough to have one!

<Favourite opening>: the one that works...

<Favourite end-game>: I have a queen, the other guy doesn't...

(*) username was acquired prior to his presumed demise. You read that right, operative word is 'presumed'... I, and several others, believe that he is somewhere in the Caribbean with Elvis. My psychologist said that's called denial, pffttt... What's she know!


   Moonwalker has kibitzed 163 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-16-15 O B Vea vs F B Jacobsen, 2014 (replies)
 
Moonwalker: At first I was going to lead with Rxh6 threatening a back rank mate but wasn't comfortable with black's options (creating luft or countering with his queen-rook combo) so looked for something more forceful. Bishop sac THEN Rxh6+ was obvious enough, but then came the second ...
 
   Dec-07-15 K Gutkind vs S Peck, 2014 (replies)
 
Moonwalker: Thank goodness for Monday puzzles. One thing to feel good about if you work Monday-Friday! <Penguincw> I didn't see your puzzle from last week but I don't think it's that hard, the only difficulty is most will be distracted by the abundance of pieces and only consider the ...
 
   Nov-22-15 Mamedyarov vs Gelfand, 2014 (replies)
 
Moonwalker: Not even close! Was convinced that I'm looking for a draw and even then couldn't find one. Then again, I only consider Sunday puzzles for a couple of minutes as they are way out of my league!
 
   Nov-16-15 O Aharon vs Z Rahman, 2014 (replies)
 
Moonwalker: I was thinking this is way too difficult for a Monday, and then realised it was black to move! 39...Ra5+ 40.bxa5 (forced) Ra4#.
 
   Nov-10-15 A Bullen vs J Fathallah, 2014 (replies)
 
Moonwalker: Thanks to pattern recognition 31.Rd8+ was the first move I considered due to the battery on the d file expecting 31...Rxd8 32.Rxd8#. That's when I noticed the bishop nullifying the mate above. Rewind. Let's get rid of the bishop, I thought. That's when I noticed the queen and her
 
   Oct-19-15 Vaganian vs A Planinc, 1975 (replies)
 
Moonwalker: Spent way too much time trying to figure out what the difference between 22...Qc6+ and ...Qc7+ is. Conclusion: No difference. I arbitrarily picked the c7 square. Pattern looked prettier to me!
 
   Oct-14-15 A Goryachkina vs A Nasybullina, 2014 (replies)
 
Moonwalker: Easier than yesterday's! Bxd5 and black's queen falls one way or another..
 
   Oct-13-15 O Girya vs A Kashlinskaya, 2014 (replies)
 
Moonwalker: Surprised I got this one. Went with 36.Rd1 as the best move I could find but couldn't shake the feeling that I was missing something! Not as straight forward as your typical Tuesday, that's for sure!
 
   Oct-12-15 M Thesing vs M Geveke, 1982 (replies)
 
Moonwalker: Nice and easy. However, I can't help but think white wasn't in too bad a position before the blunder 27.Bg5??
 
   Sep-23-15 R Comstock vs T J Szczypka, 1982 (replies)
 
Moonwalker: Count me with those who took a while to see it. Kept looking for a forced mate but in the end the queen win was the best available.
 
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