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Member since Dec-10-04 · Last seen Oct-16-19
I've been playing chess since my Dad taught me how to play when I was 8 and have been hooked ever since.

I've dipped in and out of chess, joining my local chess club in Oxfordshire when I was about 10 and then having a couple of breaks from club chess while at university and accountancy college.

I'd say I'm an average club player, I'd love to spend more time working on my chess and have a collection of chess books (some I've not read a single word of!) but work and life inevitably get in the way. But, I love the game and can't see myself taking any more 'breaks' from the game so am sure I'll get to a respectable rating eventually!

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   alexrawlings has kibitzed 412 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-30-19 D Freeman vs K McDonald, 2011 (replies)
alexrawlings: This is such a fun game to play through. I hadn't heard of Daniel Freeman until today... I've been on this site since around the year 2000 when I saw someone looking at the website on one of the computers in the computer area in the library at the University of Edinburgh. ...
   Jun-27-19 Psakhis vs I Efimov, 1991 (replies)
alexrawlings: I'm probably alone in this, but I settled quite quickly on <22. Ne7+> which I failed to see clearly fails to the simple <22.. Bxe7>. I'll chalk this up to being up in the night with a 1 year old and not having had enough sleep, although I should still have seen ...
   May-08-19 Peter J Batchelor
alexrawlings: I used to play for the same chess club at Peter in London. He's quite a few years younger than me and he wasn't as strong back then as he is now but I think I only ever managed to beat him once (and we played quite a lot of games!). Good to see how many games he has on here and
   Apr-29-19 Adorjan vs K Hulak, 1982 (replies)
alexrawlings: For some reason my brain couldn't visualise the position through to mate... I knew it had to be <29 Qg7+> as it's a monday puzzle and looking at the position nothing else made sense to me. Having looked at it after posting I hadn't taken in to account the bishop on h6 was
   Mar-21-19 Najdorf vs NN, 1942 (replies)
alexrawlings: Didnít see <16 Nxe5> and the queen sac, with the mating tactics. I thought the black queen on a5 could be trapped with <16 b4> but my chess engine shows this isnít as clearly winning as the game could have then continued <16.. Nxf3 17 gxf3 Bxf3 18 bxa5 (if 18 Qd3
   Mar-11-19 S Volkov vs Svidler, 2017 (replies)
alexrawlings: Canít believe I didnít see the solution... Iím going to be kind to myself and blame it on poor sleep! Better luck next time!
   Mar-02-19 J M Hodgson vs J Yrjola, 1987 (replies)
alexrawlings: This is a cool game, and a instructive way to handle <2 f4> against the Sicilian. The game would probably have continued <20 bxc4 Qb4> to be followed up with Bf5 and whiteís position is falling apart.
   Mar-02-19 Smirin vs G Bogdanovich, 1997
alexrawlings: Just came across this game after looking at a lesson on - <5 dxc4> is better than <5 bxc4> as it deters 5.. d5 and <6 Bc4> and <7 Bf4> also prevent the d5 pawn break for Black. 8 Qe2 is better than <8 Qd2> as is leaves the square ...
   Nov-13-17 Sadler vs J Rowson, 2013
alexrawlings: White to move at move 38 could make a good puzzle later in the week. It canít be easy given that even a strong GM missed <38 Bf1!>
   Oct-11-17 Once chessforum (replies)
alexrawlings: Hi <Once>. Hope youíve been well? Iím getting back in to club chess and was thinking of trying to learn how to play the Queenís Gambit Declined as Black... do you have any tips or books youíd recommend? I normally play the Grunfeld defence but am falling out of love with ...
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