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Member since Jan-21-14 · Last seen May-21-18
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 27 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-26-18 S Sjugirov vs A Kveinys, 2017 (replies)
Skewbrow: I guess the point of the puzzle was to notice that 38.g5 Qxf3 gives white less. A common enough theme in timed puzzle sites like (though that site has been down for some time now).
   Jan-02-18 Short vs E Blomqvist, 2017 (replies)
Skewbrow: I'm afraid my inelegantly wired brain told me to go with a direct Rb8 to pin the bishop. Black has a few spite checks (Qh1, Rc3,...) but I didn't see them leading anywhere. Did I miss a defence?
   Dec-04-17 I Polovodin vs Glek, 1987 (replies)
Skewbrow: Like others I needed a bit of dancing with Olga to figure out that fxe5 has to wait until the h-pawn has advanced to h6. Luckily the march along the h-file forces the black King's hand. Rather tricky for a Monday if you ask me.
   Nov-22-17 Sax vs A O Holloway, 1987 (replies)
Skewbrow: Family fork of 25..Nxg3 also brings extra pressure on the f1 square, so it is an obvious candidate. The more or less forced 26. hxg3 Rf1+ leaves white with only bad choice. Either give up the rook or resist with 27. Rxf1 Qxf1+ 28. Kh2 Nf3+, making it worse. Anyway, black will gain ...
   Nov-15-17 J Brenninkmeijer vs A Pieniazek, 1987 (replies)
Skewbrow: Got it! Black might be better off with 33...Nd7 34. Rxd7 Qxd7 35. Qg6+ Kf8 36. f7 Ke7 with the queen still covering the promotion square. Still, white is a piece up, and there may be something better than snatching the rook in this position...
   Oct-31-17 Tan Zhongyi vs Huang Qian, 2016 (replies)
Skewbrow: At first I thought of the manouver Re6-f6. The point was to exploit the mate threat of Qg8 unless Bf8 or Rh7 take action freeing up other forcing continuations (Rf7/Qh6 all depending). Then I saw the light... Mate threat Qg8!?!! Hmm. Let's try the other move order (this is a puzzle
   Sep-25-17 M Trosman vs S A Salov, 1978 (replies)
Skewbrow: Would 32.Bd3 have saved White? Kills this line, but is there something else for Black?
   Apr-18-17 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 ...
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