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Member since Jan-21-14 · Last seen Aug-14-18
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 31 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-30-18 S Volkov vs D Anikonov, 2016 (replies)
Skewbrow: Something wrong the previewer? It won't allow me to make any move at all?!
   Jul-17-18 A Y Rotstein vs Y Gonzalez Vidal, 2005 (replies)
Skewbrow: Easy when you check out the previous move first! What was the purpose of 32.c5 :-)
   Jul-11-18 J Cox vs D Guthrie, 2016 (replies)
Skewbrow: For full credit solvers should have noticed the importance of the c3 pawn. Without its presence the white plan would be foiled by 42...Nd4+ giving the black knight the tempo to cover the promotion square.
   May-30-18 A Heimann vs B Stillger, 2017 (replies)
Skewbrow: Got this one fairly quickly (by my non-exacting standards). The "trick" of checking out the couple of previous moves pointed at the possibility of going after the adventurous black bishop (as opposed to, say, doubling the rooks or some other theme present on the board). Re4 has the
   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
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