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Member since Jun-10-11 · Last seen Mar-20-18
Resident of San Francisco Bay Area, librarian by profession, USCF master.

   Murky has kibitzed 48 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-01-18 Le Quang Liem vs D Dubov, 2018
Murky: Position after 44...Bc7? would make for a good daily puzzle. 45. d4! crushes.
   Oct-15-17 Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1984 (replies)
Murky: I greatly enjoy and appreciate chrisowen's commentary. - Murky
   Jul-29-17 Levon Aronian (replies)
Murky: New Yorker magazine just posted an article about Aronian:
   Apr-26-17 Sutovsky vs D Anton Guijarro, 2017 (replies)
Murky: Yup, 28, e6 is a nice clearance move preparing Rc5. But Sutovsky could have easily lost this game if Guijarro had found 24..Nd4, with the probable continuation of 25.Nd6+ Rxd6 26.Qf6 Ne2+ 27.Kh2 0-0 28.ed6 Nxc1 29.Rxc1, and now Qxb4 leaves black with the equivalent of a 2 pawn ...
   Mar-06-17 Geller vs Smyslov, 1965 (replies)
Murky: 32. Bf8 is not so hard to find, and deserves at most one '!'. Why not play Bf8 a move earlier on move 31? What's brilliant is Geller's methodical massing of Q,R,B,N against the black king, while letting his queenside go to shambles. Smyslov eventually gets a passed pawn on c2 ...
   Feb-24-17 Nakamura vs Grischuk, 2017 (replies)
Murky: 52. f6 is only a quicker way to draw. Black Queen just keeps checking. No escape for the white king via h4.
   Feb-24-17 I Nepomniachtchi vs Li Chao, 2017 (replies)
Murky: Fireworks! Great tactical display. One of Nepomniachtchi's best games.
   Jan-02-17 T Hillarp Persson vs F Grafl, 2017 (replies)
Murky: 18. f5 is a nice tactical shot, typical of Persson's style. Yet the Stockfish analysis at chessbomb dot com initially rates f5 as a mistake. But then as the players follow the exact lines given by Stockfish, 18. f5 looks better and better until white is practically winning. What does ...
   Dec-06-16 Robert James Fischer (replies)
Murky: I saw Fischer once at the American Open in Santa Monica late 1972, just after Fischer had become world champion. He came by the playing hall as players were at their games. At first i didn't notice. But when dozens of players walked away from their games toward the playing hall ...
   Sep-11-16 Kim S Commons (replies)
Murky: Why did Commons quit chess? On one occasion Kim told me he didn't like living out of a suitcase. Too much time on the road. Deprivation of home comforts. Jet lag. Starting a family might have anchored Kim a bit. And then there is the issue of making a decent living. Only the top GMs ...
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