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Member since Dec-10-04 · Last seen Nov-30-18
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 404 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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 can’t be easy given that even a strong GM missed <38 Bf1!>
   Oct-11-17 Once chessforum (replies)
alexrawlings: Hi <Once>. Hope you’ve been well? I’m getting back in to club chess and was thinking of trying to learn how to play the Queen’s Gambit Declined as Black... do you have any tips or books you’d recommend? I normally play the Grunfeld defence but am falling out of love with ...
   Oct-11-17 Graham Lilley (replies)
alexrawlings: I saw Graham play tonight in a club match for my local club (I was in his team, on a much lower board). It was fascinating watching him play with his braille board and tape recorder. According to my new club’s website he once beat Tony Miles GM. Shame they don’t have this game ...
   Sep-05-17 Phiona Mutesi (replies)
alexrawlings: Watched the film <Queen of Katwe> last night. A really uplifting and inspiring film. I see quite a few people are bashing her low rating... this is an extract from her Wikipedia page <Commenting on one of her games from the 2010 Olympiad, British chess journalist John ...
   Apr-29-15 Yates vs Reti, 1924 (replies)
alexrawlings: What a great tactic! I'm disappointed I didn't spot it even though I knew forks had to be in the air given the proximity of the black king & queen and the two white knights. I often find it hard to spot these GOOT moves as <Once> calls them.
   Mar-25-14 Maroczy vs G Beihoff, 1926 (replies)
alexrawlings: Hmm... as a 1800 rated player I'm a bit embarassed to admit that I didn't see this. I spent my time trying to work out if I could get away with <25.. Nxd2> and never even got a sense that a bank rank mate was on. Still a great learning puzzle and hopefully my chess brain ...
   Jul-08-13 Botvinnik vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1962 (replies)
alexrawlings: 28.. Nxf4 was a blunder but not sure I'd have seen that as black. Hard to look out for your opponent throwing away material!
   Apr-23-13 B Ivanovic vs K Osmanovic, 1983 (replies)
alexrawlings: Earlier in the game, after <29 f4>, shouldn't black just play <29.. Nxe4?> Is there a tactic I've missed?
   Sep-30-12 L Day vs F Lindsay, 1977
alexrawlings: How come there are no comments on this game? Wasn't it a POTD last week?
   Feb-20-12 Rohde vs G C DeFotis, 2001 (replies)
alexrawlings: Loving the star wars references today <Once>. By any chance were you influenced to use star wars as a theme after listening to the Chris Moyles show on radio one this morning? He's a big star wars fan and it was his birthday show this morning so they had some people dress
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