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Member since Jan-21-14 · Last seen Oct-17-17
I am a mathematician by profession, but kinda suck at chess. But I love playing with my son - even though since we bought a clock my record against him is 1W - 299L (or thereabouts, I've lost exact count).

My dearest chess moment is from one of the games against the kid. He was something like 7-8 years old at the time. I captured his queen, but exposed myself to a backrank mate while doing that. The look on his face when he reached for the rook, barely reaching across the table to the backrank to deliver the mate ... I will never forget that.

Oh, I'm the father of all the Switching Quylthulgs :-)

   Skewbrow has kibitzed 21 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-25-17 M Trosman vs S Salov, 1978 (replies)
Skewbrow: Would 32.Bd3 have saved White? Kills this line, but is there something else for Black?
   Apr-18-17 A Anastasian vs L Babujian, 2008 (replies)
Skewbrow: Cute! 28.Qg4+ directly doesn't give anything due to 28...Ng5 (the f4 pawn is pinned). 28.Rg3+ on the other hand forces 28...Nxg3 as interposing at g5 no longer works and 28...Kf8 leads to 29.Bg7 Kg8 30.Bf6+. With the mounted defender distracted 29.Qg4+ then settles this one.
   Mar-09-17 Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 (replies)
Skewbrow: Today Java has stopped working for me. Here as well as some other sites. So the only viewer that works now is pgn4web. Has anybody else had similar problems? My system: Windows 7, Firefox 52
   Mar-07-17 J L Hammer vs M Rodshtein, 2007 (replies)
Skewbrow: Two steps away from promotion, but the opponent's king is there => diversive bishop sac 84.Bf4+ is called for. Let's check: 1) Taking the bishop takes the White king outside the square of my e-pawn. 2) The White bishop cannot cover the promotion square in time. Isn't it great ...
   Feb-28-17 Rublevsky vs Navara, 2007 (replies)
Skewbrow: Hmm. The forcing sequence 22. Rxf7 Kxg7, 23. Qxb3+ King move, 24. Rxb7 trades a rook for a bishop and two pawns. This A) eliminates black threats formed by the advanced pawn and the artillery along the main diagonal, and B) leaves white with two connected passed pawns (though ...
   Feb-22-17 Kasimdzhanov vs Ponomariov, 2007 (replies)
Skewbrow: Even I saw the appeal of 21.Rxa7+ Kxa7 22. Qd4+ Kb8 23. e6. Black can sort of save the hanging rook with 23. ..f6 24.exd7 Qxd7. leaving White with a pair of bishops for a rook and pawn. But I rather like White's prospects after 25.Nxd5. White still has Ra1, Bf4 and Bg4 looming and ...
   Dec-27-16 G Andruet vs Van der Wiel, 1985 (replies)
Skewbrow: So I missed the Anastasia's mate because I mostly assumed that white would recapture with the pawn. Also, I'm not sure how to deal with the threats that follow from 33.Qb6.
   Dec-26-16 V Yemelin vs Kharlov, 1996 (replies)
Skewbrow: <Beholder>: There may be variations such as 49. Rh7 Kxh7 50. f7 Rd2+ 51. Kxe5 Re2+ 52. Kf6 Re6+ 53. Kg5 Rxe7. The pawn will still queen, but at this point 54. f8Q is not a check (which it would be, forking the rook, if the black king where in h8). It is still an open game. ...
   Nov-07-16 W Polifka vs Matthew Evans, 2005 (replies)
Skewbrow: Her majesty needs a bit of support to give the kiss of death at h7. So 20. Nf6+ it is. Observe that the alternative way of supporting an entry to h7, 20. Ng5, does not work. It is not a check, so it leaves a window of opportunity for alternative defences. Here black can respond ...
   Oct-19-16 Keres vs Szabo, 1955 (replies)
Skewbrow: I consider myself a bit lucky to find this one. First I contemplated 21.Bg6 with the mate threat, but 21... Re7 defends, and the bishop is now standing in the way of my heavy artillery (I missed the nice attack of YouRang). The second germ of an idea was to begin with 21.Rxg7. If ...
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