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Member since Jan-02-14 · Last seen Sep-25-17
Chess player and student of Russian history.
"Chess is everything at once: art, science, and sport." -Anatoly Karpov

   Strelets has kibitzed 273 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-25-17 Beliavsky vs Larsen, 1981 (replies)
Strelets: Love it. Love seeing the Caro go down in flames.
   Sep-19-17 Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1984) (replies)
Strelets: <offramp> makes a good point. There were a lot of short draws in this first, unlimited K-K match. 22 of the 48 games were draws of 25 moves or less and I don't think it's disputable that both players produced better chess in the second (Moscow 1985) and third ...
   Sep-18-17 Le Quang Liem vs V Kunin, 2017 (replies)
Strelets: I've got to pay more attention to this guy. Very impressive game.
   Sep-07-17 D Dubov vs Karjakin, 2017 (replies)
Strelets: <Domdaniel> I'll be doing just that!
   Sep-06-17 Deep Blue vs Kasparov, 1996
Strelets: "Computer Blue."
   Sep-05-17 Shirov vs Short, 1997 (replies)
Strelets: Shirov bottles it by letting his rook hang in order to push the h-pawn. That's the beauty of promotion combinations: it's easier to sacrifice a lot of material when you know it's going to get you a shiny new queen.
   Sep-03-17 A Schneider vs M Dvoretsky, 1983 (replies)
Strelets: This is a good time to bring up quality of position and how it affects games. White's knight and queen are so far out of the game by the time 23...Rxh4! hits that they need a taxi to get back into the action. By the time the queen gets back to d1 from an a-file sojourn it's too ...
   Sep-01-17 A Blees vs F Vallejo Pons, 1997 (replies)
Strelets: Thanks, <>! I'll be giving Olga a try when she's up and running.
   Aug-28-17 Winawer vs Chigorin, 1875 (replies)
Strelets: Several others have pointed out the Arabian mate that follows the cute 27.Nxe6+. I just want to say that memorizing checkmate patterns is a good use of study time. How often do you see an Arabian mate when the king isn't in the corner? Yet here it is, with Black's king hanging out ...
   Aug-21-17 E Korchmar vs A Poliak, 1931 (replies)
Strelets: I would add David Bronstein, Eduard Gufeld, Efim Geller, and Leonid Stein to the list of players whose best games are more deserving of the label of "Ukrainian Immortal." Don't get me wrong; this is still an excellent game. But it just doesn't dazzle the mind and eyes like the best
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