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Member since Sep-15-08 · Last seen Aug-02-10
Newcastle, 2200, Capablanca

   Tripler has kibitzed 38 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-02-10 Michael Adams (replies)
Tripler: Chess doesn't lend itself to spectacle - some see this as a failing. I don't. It'll never have mass appeal in the West. You have to admit 5,000 isn't bad for a few days' work - and I'd rather see a decent GM chess game than anything the Beckhams ever do. (Read "Celebrity" by Marina ...
   Jun-24-10 Anthony Miles (replies)
Tripler: Browsing through "It's Only Me" - it's refreshing to read a player who is honest about his mistakes and his (lack of) opening preparation - though I wonder if the latter "boast" was to wrong-foot the opposition? His endgame play is often superb. I played Tony in a simul game (er - ...
   Mar-11-10 Jose Raul Capablanca (replies)
Tripler: I have to suppose he had no passion for the thing by which he made his livelihood. Probably why Alekhine whacked him in 1927. Botvinnik said that Capa had to downplay his love of chess socially (and professionally, when he worked as a diplomat for Cuba - it wasn't a sinecure.) In ...
   Mar-03-10 Veselin Topalov (replies)
Tripler: Here's a question - we know, thanks to Short-Cheparinov, that if an opponent refuses to shake hands twice, the player offering can claim the game. If no handshake is offered by either player this is perfectly legal too (cf.Kramnik-Topalov ad nauseam) - however, where does FIDE law ...
   Jan-23-10 Gheorghiu vs O Kinnmark, 1961 (replies)
Tripler: It's almost a palindrome: Kinmark = Kramnik. No relation of course;-)
   Jan-19-10 Kramnik vs Ni Hua, 2009 (replies)
Tripler: 14...Nc6 15.fe4 Nb4 16.Qg7 Rf8 17.Qh6!- Malcolm Pein (in the Daily Telegraph) gives 17.ed5 Nc2 18.Kf2 Na1 19.Bc4 - but 18...Qd5 looks crushing.
   Jan-05-10 Alekhine vs Schlechter, 1911 (replies)
Tripler: "Defend Like Fritz with Karl Schlechter" - after 36...Rg2 Alekhine should've taken the draw. But it must've been hard when you think it's an easy . I wonder if he fell off his chair when that move was played?
   Dec-24-09 Albin Planinc (replies)
Tripler: There's a Russian poker player called Alekhine (different spelling, Alekhine is supposed to be the French form of his name after he (the chessplayer, not the poker player!) moved there from Russia... I say "moved" when in fact (?who knows?) he escaped using a false passport) - on TV
   Dec-22-09 Lajos Portisch (replies)
Tripler: Not Ivanchuk or Morozevich surely! Portisch was known as the "Hungarian Botvinnik" - it's hard to think of a modern player to compare him to.
   Dec-07-09 Boris Spassky (replies)
Tripler: Yes, Spassky was lazy; even lazier after he won the title. I wonder if Petrosian had beaten him again in 1969 (by a point) - Spassky would've met Fischer in the Candidates circa 1971. I think Spassky would've killed him. As for Larissa (his second wife, at the time of the match v. ...
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