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Member since Jul-11-12 · Last seen Mar-19-13
Retired from tournament play. Former ELO highest rtg. 2150.

Frequent entry in Ottawa, Canada tournaments from 1978 to 1998. Erratic expert, too frequently losing carelessly to weaker players and playing over-my-head against stronger players.

I still love the game. Learning to play Go now in my late 40s. It's a whole new set of challenges but I recommend it to anyone who enjoys learning and recognizing patterns.

   hierophante has kibitzed 24 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-02-12 Carlsen vs Bacrot, 2012 (replies)
hierophante: 51. Nxa6 Kxa6 52. Rf8 Rxf3 53. e5!
   Aug-01-12 Bologan vs Wang Hao, 2012 (replies)
hierophante: Thanks, Eyal. Last gasp grasping :)
   Aug-01-12 A Giri vs Carlsen, 2012 (replies)
hierophante: < We'll be switching to the Wang Hao game in just a minute.> Thanks, CG :) I recently joined and it's so great to follow live feeds and enjoy the kibitzing. It's a far cry from waiting months for the Chess Informant to be printed. (I know I sound like
   Jul-30-12 Wang Hao vs Carlsen, 2012 (replies)
hierophante: What an instructive ending! And also one that will no doubt make it into "Best of" collections. It's great to be able to watch it live. Thank you <>
   Jul-29-12 Bologan vs Carlsen, 2012 (replies)
hierophante: I'm thinking that the Na5 sets up the advance of Black's pawns: c5-c4 and b4-b3, thereafter Black has ...Be7-a3, and ...Ne6-c5-d3 (or a4). All of which looks pretty grim. White cannot bring the Nf3 to d2 to defend anymore, since it blocks the defence of the b2 pawn.
   Jul-27-12 Wang Hao vs Bologan, 2012 (replies)
hierophante: <Ulhumbrus: 31...Rxf2 loses to 32 Re8+! Bf8 ( 32...Rf8 is still worse: 33 Rxf8+ Bxf8 34 Qxf8 mate) 33 Rxf8+ Kg7 34 Rxf4> Yikes! Of course. Good stuff :)
   Jul-24-12 Carlsen vs Wang Hao, 2012 (replies)
hierophante: 17. Bxh6 gxh6 18. Rhg1+ Kh8 19. Rg6 Ng8 20. Qd2 looks crushing. I don't think Black can take the B on h6, which is why I suggested 16...Ne5.
   Jul-21-12 Ulf Andersson vs Polugaevsky, 1982
hierophante: The 'solution' is the blunt and obvious 27. Qg6, which forces 27...Qe8 to prevent mate on f7. "Yawn." You might say. But the firecracker is 28. Qh6!, where the Q is immune to capture because of a Boden's Mate with 29. Bxh6++. The possible defences involve creating a flight path ...
   Jul-21-12 A Kohler vs G Antal, 2012 (replies)
hierophante: <ferri1234: I saw 12 Bf6, but after 12...Nd7 how can white win?> 12...Nd7 is a very clever, patient try to defend the holes in Black's king position. But looking at the various lines after 13. Bxh7+, it appears that Black's attempt is not enough. One of the more amusing ...
   Jul-11-12 A Karpatchev vs R Oney, 2006 (replies)
hierophante: <<dfcx: Playing against crafty, the following line of defense came up, 10. Nxd5! Qxd2 11. Nc7+ Kd8 12. Rxd2 Bh6 Not a great advantage as I thought for white. > 12...Bh6 is clever but insufficient. White's best is 13. Ne6+ then Bh6, with a two pawn advantage an no ...
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