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iron maiden
Member since Feb-05-04 · Last seen Dec-06-11
From Maryland, USA. I've been playing chess casually for many years, but after reading Seirawan's Play Winning Chess and Winning Chess Strategies, I began to take it seriously. Back in the 1990's I followed Kasparov in both his matches against Deep Blue, and his championship bout against Kramnik in 2000. But I didn't become a regular observer of top-level international chess until the Man-Machine World Chess Championship (2003), shortly before I found this site.

I used to have a list of favorite players here, but I gradually discovered that I enjoy original and quality chess no matter what player it comes from. So the list of those whose games I enjoy now encompasses pretty much all the top players. I like Anand and Leko, but Kramnik, Topalov, Morozevich, Adams, Shirov, Kamsky, Grischuk, Ponomariov, Svidler, Aronian, Ivanchuk, Gelfand, Radjabov, Navara, Bacrot, Mamedyarov, and Judit Polgar all continue to impress me whenever they play as well. I also enjoy following the budding careers of the next generation of players, in particular those of Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura. Some of my other favorites of the past and present include Emanuel Lasker, Siegbert Tarrasch, Harry Pillsbury, Jose Capablanca, Reuben Fine, Mikhail Tal, Robert Fischer, Viktor Korchnoi, Garry Kasparov, Jan Timman, Viorel Bologan, Vadim Zvjaginsev, and Alexander Onischuk.

Right now, with my schoolwork, I don't have a whole lot of time for correspondence or standard time control games, but I do occasionally play online blitz when I have a half-hour or so free. I'd be more than happy to play against any of you--just contact me here, or send an e-mail to sommerswerd617(at)yahoo.com, and we'll make it happen.

That's about it about me. You can use my chessforum to discuss anything you desire--heavy metal, chess history, world championship politics--so long as you stay civil. And I am a bio-admin, so if anyone has any biographical information for one of the players in this database, you can post it here and I'll upload it to that player's page. Up the irons!

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   iron maiden has kibitzed 7206 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-26-11 YouRang chessforum (replies)
 
iron maiden: Round 1: Nakamura - Ivanchuk 1/2 Anand - Carlsen 1/2 Aronian - Vallejo 1-0
 
   Jan-22-10 iron maiden chessforum (replies)
 
iron maiden: Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen who, along with all his other 2009 accolades, wins his first Game of the Year title for his undeniably excellent effort in Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2009 also has more games in this year’s collection than any other player, with three wins, a draw and ...
 
   Jan-20-10 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
iron maiden: Just a final reminder to everyone that the polls for voting for my Game Collection: 2009's Greatest Chess Games will close in just under five hours. Anybody who hasn't voted yet, I strongly encourage you to drop by my chessforum and provide your input on the best chess games of ...
 
   Feb-10-09 Gata Kamsky (replies)
 
iron maiden: No, it's just that the player who draws black in games 2 and 4 will also play black in games 5 and 7. This system has been used in the last two championship matches, Elista and Bonn (in the former it actually led to Kramnik playing three blacks in a row around the forfeited game
 
   Feb-04-09 lostemperor chessforum (replies)
 
iron maiden: 1. Carlsen 2. Anand 3. Aronian 4. Radjabov 5. Dominguez 6. Grischuk 7. Wang Yue 8. Ivanchuk
 
   Jan-21-09 Vassily Ivanchuk (replies)
 
iron maiden: http://coruschess.com/article.php?s...
 
   Jan-13-09 Corus (2009) (replies)
 
iron maiden: <Which is the longest streak of winning Wijk an Zee in consecutive years?> Kasparov won three clear first places in a row from 1999-2001. The official site has an archive of past results at http://www.coruschess.com/tournamen... .
 
   Nov-15-08 Olympiad (2008) (replies)
 
iron maiden: The relay on the site is showing Kobese-Nakamura 1-0, which doesn't seem right given the board position.
 
   Nov-06-08 Viswanathan Anand (replies)
 
iron maiden: <nimh> For racing drivers I actually think Topalov/Alonso is a more appropriate comparison: both set the world on fire in 2005 and established themselves as the natural heir to Kasparov/Schumacher, but then tarnished their reputations by responding poorly when they faced ...
 
   Oct-29-08 Anand vs Kramnik, 2008 (replies)
 
iron maiden: Good for Anand, and good for the World Chess Championship. There would probably have been a lot of footnotes attached to the Mexico City World Championship tournament had Anand never won the title in a match. And what better way to sign off on the unfinished business from his ...
 
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