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brainzugzwang
Member since Nov-22-04 · Last seen Nov-17-17
Live in Green Bay, WI, USA - yes, home of the mighty Packers! Played chess a ton in college - never that good, always in the 1400-1700 range. Had a habit of playing tough against stronger players and slopping down to weaker ones - last ournament game I played, I hung a rook on the eighth move to some kid before getting serious and coming back to a mating position. Gave him a draw offer the move before the mate, then found out I would've tied for first in class and made some of the entry fee back! Was always a decent-for-my-rating positional player and comfortable in closed positions; am trying to play the open games better.

   brainzugzwang has kibitzed 100 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-18-17 Nikolay Nikolaevich Gusev (replies)
 
brainzugzwang: Wow, pretty sketchy bio so far for someone who is still living after 95 years, and just 16 games listed, although those include wins over Ragozin and Polugaevsky (twice with Black). Hope someone can fill in more. But since no one else has jumped in, I'll say it -- Happy 95th ...
 
   Sep-15-16 M Bluemich vs Alekhine, 1941 (replies)
 
brainzugzwang: Why does White play 32.c4? Not that there was a good move to be made here, but he's losing the exchange anyway, so why give away the pawn for nothing?
 
   Jun-22-16 Vidmar vs Tarrasch, 1906
 
brainzugzwang: <Benzol: This game popped up in Fred Reinfeld's "Chess Masters On Winning Chess" with the source of original annotation coming from "Deutsche Schachzeitung" in 1959. Whites' position is devastating but 38...fxe4 39.♕g4 is not mate as stated.> I still have my copy ...
 
   Aug-14-15 M Magomedov vs J Isaev, 1997 (replies)
 
brainzugzwang: Holy Christmas, I actually got a Friday puzzle almost to the end position!. Just jumped right out into my face for some reason that the sac at h6, knight check at f6 and queen check on the g file would do it if not for the N at e4 defending f6; hence starting the combination ...
 
   Aug-01-14 F Vallejo Pons vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2008 (replies)
 
brainzugzwang: Saw at least the opening moves of the puzzle combination, but is there a specific reason Black played 16... fxe6 as opposed to 16...Bxe6? The bishop doesn't seem to be doing anything useful anyway.
 
   Jun-04-14 H Steiner vs Tartakower, 1946
 
brainzugzwang: OK, what am I missing? I first saw 27... Ba4 threatening 28... Qc2#, and if 28.Kxc4, then Rc8.
 
   Jan-27-14 A Mandi vs P Dani, 2002 (replies)
 
brainzugzwang: <YouRang>, <dusk>: That's what i thought, too, that Bh6 does the same job of eliminating the defender of g2, and even allowing White a couple moves to prepare for Black's Bxe3, I didn't see any other way for White to defend g2, nor for the king to escape. Thanks ...
 
   Dec-24-13 Santa Claus (replies)
 
brainzugzwang: Dear Santa, I have been a good little patzer this year. Thank you for whatever gifts, material and otherwise, I receive, although the Premium Membership with chessgames.com would be way cool. See you on the 64 squares -- Peace, joy and safe travels.
 
   Oct-02-13 Keene vs K Bowyer, 1963 (replies)
 
brainzugzwang: Interestingly (I think), after noticing the White R staring down the g-file, I thought of the similar pattern from the famous game Spielmann-Tartakover (which I'd recently looked over), where Tartakover sacrificed a rook at h2 to have his queen penetrate at f2. Of course, ...
 
   Jul-11-13 Vladimir Epishin (replies)
 
brainzugzwang: < wordfunph: GM Vladimir Epishin's Quotes ... "GM Vladimir Kramnik is a hard worker, but his problem is that he enjoys having fun, including a preference to drink." > That's rather funny. Forgive me if I'm wrong here, but I seem to recall a Chess Life report on a New ...
 
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