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Member since Apr-05-04 · Last seen Dec-20-18
I haven't played serious chess in 17 years and am just getting interested again. I am so rusty that my A class rating probably makes me a tasty target.

My favorite players are Tal and Marshall.

My favorite chess book is Edward Lasker's "Chess Secrets I Learned from the Masters" because it puts a human face on the historic greats in chess--Lasker, Nimzovitch, Alekhine, etc.

   eezzell has kibitzed 10 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-09-18 Averbakh vs Kotov, 1953 (replies)
eezzell: I didn't get this one, but I would have played Qxh3 and Rh6 OTB without hesitation knowing that it gave at least a perpetual. But, I was unable to see the win.
   Jul-14-17 K Spraggett vs P Llaneza-Vega, 2007 (replies)
eezzell: I'm confused. After 17...Kxh5, the mate is obvious. Why would a strong player accept the queen?
   Oct-31-14 K Spraggett vs B Harper, 1976 (replies)
eezzell: I read the comments and am still confused by the game continuation. After 19. Nxd5 why does black retake? Why not 19. ...Bg5? or ...Rf7?
   May-29-13 V Zvjaginsev vs Bologan, 2010 (replies)
eezzell: 35. Qxf8+ 36. e7 is the only answer. After that you can't mess up the win except by hanging the rook. Eliminate the threat of a perpetual at the beginning and you can't miscalculate.
   Dec-12-05 M D Tseitlin vs E Dizdarevic, 1999 (replies)
eezzell: The finish of this game doesn't make sense. 36...Kxg7 is a pointless move, 36...Ke8 or 36...Ke7 is forced, then it is up to white to show the game can't be drawn. Even strong players just "give up" sometimes. It would be much more satisfying to see the game end 36...Ke8 37. Qe5 QxQ ...
   Jun-21-05 Hydra vs Adams, 2005 (replies)
eezzell: <Wannabe>Consider the unethical chessplayer who leaves the tournament room, looks up the position in the "book", comes back and plays the "book" move--we don't consider this to be opening "knowledge".
   Apr-06-04 Alekhine vs Opocensky, 1943 (replies)
eezzell: <euripides> after 52...Kf8 53 Ke6 Kg8 54 Ke7 drives the king into the corner giving three moves in hand. Nothing like additional tempi to convince your opponent that its time to retire to a more convivial locale.
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