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althus
Member since Jun-15-07 · Last seen Jun-22-17
Chess historian, writer, member of the Ken Whyld Association of chess book collectors and Chess Collectors International.

Tweets at (at)samsinm and intermittent blogging at The Commonplace Rook: http://www.thecommonplacerook.com


   althus has kibitzed 27 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-06-17 Yuri Balashov
 
althus: Balashov-Beliavsky in round 7 of the 2017 Euro Championship. Combined age, 131: http://chess-news.ru/node/23262 Is it just me or does Balashov not look all that good for 68? Russian life is hard life.
 
   May-07-17 Giuoco Piano (C50)
 
althus: Okay, everyone can agree that the GP is officially hot again at the very top. It's like a few years ago when everyone and his dog was playing the Sveshnikov. As someone whose pet line has long been the GP and has felt like a weirdo for it, I've got to wonder: what happened?? Who ...
 
   May-04-17 George Atwood (replies)
 
althus: Hi Bob. I've a soft spot for Philidor. He deserves a book, a good one, akin to Michael's Lasker tome. What exists about him is so scattered, yet he's as well-rounded as Lasker. There's the music, and most chessplayers are unaware of his games of draughts. Then there was the fellow a ...
 
   May-02-17 Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 (replies)
 
althus: Most things I've seen about this game opine that the twelve minutes Korchnoi lost at the beginning of it while arguing with the arbiters about Zukhar were fatal to him. If he hadn't done that with his clock ticking, they say, he likely wouldn't have lost. I don't know how true this ...
 
   Apr-22-17 Garry Kasparov (replies)
 
althus: I will maintain that KC failed because it was ten years ahead of its time. The chess supersites of today have basically the same business model: news, articles, instructional stuff, live play, forums, all in one. And they're sustainable ventures. The difference is that today, video ...
 
   Apr-20-17 European Individual Championship (Women) (2017) (replies)
 
althus: <whiteshark> I was reading an interview with her the other day on a Kharkov news site, where she cited the cost of travel + hotel + provisions as the reason for not going, particularly since she'd just gone to the WWCC in Iran. https://2day.kh.ua/gosudarstvo-nika... She seems ...
 
   Mar-21-17 Curacao Candidates (1962) (replies)
 
althus: <Petrosianic> <It's clear enough. Three may qualify from the Interzonal.> But Graeme, it doesn't say that. I am being all Winterian here, but darnit, there's a reason that guy exists. <Sally Simpson> Aie! It sounds like you're a traitor on top of it all :) Isn't it ...
 
   Feb-13-16 A Giri vs Anand, 2016 (replies)
 
althus: <Richard Taylor> Oh, absolutely, it wasn't inevitable. Many things could have gone sideways during all the manoevering. But they didn't, which points to the old guy's virtuosity at it. And yes, e5 is a lovely move.
 
   Jan-30-16 Short vs D Harika, 2016 (replies)
 
althus: I wonder if the people who are up in arms about Short read into his comments a smirking tone that isn't there. As in: "Men are hardwired to be better chess players <and it's a good thing too, so take that, all you stupid little dimwits.>" Whereas the truth is probably something
 
   Jan-30-16 Nakamura vs M Muzychuk, 2016 (replies)
 
althus: Yeah, I wonder if she miscalculated the tactics of 17. Nxd5 or misevaluated one of the positions down the road as holdable. Either way, things went very very wrong at that point there.
 
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