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ganstaman
Member since Jan-18-06 · Last seen Oct-15-14
Welcome! Discuss anything here -- really, I'll take any visitors I can get!

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For anyone wondering about the scary looking avatar: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/front... . See, just a harmless painting...

I'm a 26 year old psychiatry resident in New Jersey, USA. I majored in computer science for my undergrad. I just hope my 4 years of learning about computers aren't wasted.

My grandfather taught me chess when I was young (can't remember when). I've been playing progressively more seriously since 2001 or so. I seem to only be playing on gameknot now (same name there and here -- http://gameknot.com/stats.pl?gansta...). I'm currently 1538 USCF after 20 games at local tournaments (all G/30, I blame my losses on the clock and bad luck...).

And now, some pages here I want bookmarked (you should check them out too!):

In case I get back into playing the Bird, I should know some From's Gambit (1. f4 e5) stuff: T Taylor vs J Becerra-Rivero, 2005

Just because it's my favorite Bird (how could it not be -- it's exactly what white wants to get when playing it): Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889

A few game collections for learning better defense:

1) Game Collection: The Art Of Defense In Chess

2) Game Collection: Defense by COUNTERATTACK

3) Game Collection: Defensive Gems

4) Game Collection: Hard fought defend!

And some players on some openings:

1) Fischer playing the Benoni: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

2) Tal playing the Benoni: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

3) Botvinnik on the Pirc: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

4) Bronstein playing the Old Indian: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

Nimzowitsch vs Spielmann, 1927
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Chessgames Challenge: Team White vs Team Black, 2011

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   ganstaman has kibitzed 4318 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-29-13 Carlsen vs Ivanchuk, 2013 (replies)
 
ganstaman: <sofouuk: now the engines immediately say 24...Rb8! and g5 follows> The rook went to b8 on move 23.
 
   Mar-23-13 Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2013 (replies)
 
ganstaman: I don't get 12...Be6. Doesn't seem to help a kingside attack. What is the bishop accomplishing on this diagonal? Will black now have trouble getting in ...e5-e4 since he can't support the pawn from behind and his bishop will be vulnerable to white's rook's x-ray?
 
   Jun-21-11 Team White vs Team Black, 2011 (replies)
 
ganstaman: team black Hey all. In case you noticed my disappearance around 60 pages ago, I got really busy, then graduated, then moved. Now I'm sort of chilling out until I start working July 1st. Good job so far. After helping ...
 
   Jun-17-11 jww chessforum (replies)
 
ganstaman: <just a kid: Got two wins in our most recent match against the straw hat pirates. Now <TD> and <ganstaman> just have to finish them off haha> Done. Well, TD did lose both of his games... and I only won through time outs (though I was definitely winning in 1 and ...
 
   May-13-11 Grischuk vs Kramnik, 2011 (replies)
 
ganstaman: <Maatalkko: <lolchair> OK that was one instance.> Here's 20 more: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
 
   May-10-11 Aronian vs Grischuk, 2011 (replies)
 
ganstaman: <IRONCASTLEVINAY: white's moves of knight on no.7 to no.9 I never seen it before. I think It blocks the king pawn without any reason> If you watch the game for 2 moves longer, you will see the reason.
 
   May-07-11 Radjabov vs Kramnik, 2011 (replies)
 
ganstaman: <Knight13: 23...Rac8> loses to 24. Rxg7+ as in 24...Kxg7 25. Rg1+ Kh8 26. Qe5+ f6 27. Qh5
 
   Mar-06-11 A J Goldsby (replies)
 
ganstaman: <LIFE Master AJ: <goodevans> Please! Don't compare me to the greats of chess. My percentage is good, only because I play local folks ... obviously things would be a lot different if I had to play strong players on a regular basis. (Just common sense ... which many of my ...
 
   Jan-26-11 The World vs N Pogonina, 2010 (replies)
 
ganstaman: <kb2ct: The WT was in existance before ChessGames. It migrates from site to site.> The world teams at CG.com are not the same as any of the other world teams. There are differences in the people themselves and the structure.
 
   Jan-06-11 M Godena vs Short, 2011 (replies)
 
ganstaman: <patzer2> But wouldn't white just escape the fork with 36. Qg3+, leaving him no worse off than in the game's continuation?
 
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