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Member since Jan-28-05 · Last seen Apr-28-17
Work in London in PR support, play quite a bit of blitz online. Singer-songwriter when I'm not doing the above. If it's interesting and musical I'll listen to it (yeah broad definition I know) Have time for all inventive and fighting chess players esp. Tal and Korchnoi in the old school and Gary and Veselin more recently.

Soft spots (White):
King's Gambit
Sicilian Najdorf with 6 Bg5 and 7 Bc4
1 d4 d5 2 Bg5
Petrosyan line with Bg5 for White in KID
Reti System

Caro-Kann Bronstein Larsen Variation
Anything inspired and made up!!!!! :0)

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   mcgee has kibitzed 163 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-30-17 Spassky vs A Haik, 1983
mcgee: This may well have been part of a special chess event at various Paris Metro stations around the time. Spassky played a small match with Haik and I remember a pic of Tal playing with a giant set as part of the same event.
   Feb-23-17 E Walther vs Fischer, 1959 (replies)
mcgee: >>DAL9000: Wait, so how does 31. Rg3 not win for White? What I'm looking at is:31. Rg3 Bf8 32. Qf6!, (32... Be7 33. Qxh8 Rxh8 34. Rg8+). Am I missing something here?<< Look like 31. Rg3 or indeed 32. Rg3 does win on the spot, but after 31..Bf8 the correct continuation is ...
   Feb-08-17 Rossolimo vs Livingstone, 1961
mcgee: Hmmm. Having just mucked around with this on the computer, I have a question. What is wrong with 20...Nd7? After 21 Rxd7 e5, Black has done everything he needs to do - keep the white bishop on g3 quiet, prepare to untangle his kingside, and even cause White problems with Bf8-c5 ...
   May-07-16 Larsen vs Najdorf, 1968
mcgee: "Najdorf once said I was a gentleman because I let him checkmate me" - Larsen, BBC Master Game 1978-9, just prior to checkmating Donner
   Nov-05-15 Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 (replies)
mcgee: And the finish we were denied: 14...Bxe3 15 fxe3 Rh1 16 Rxh1 g2 17 Rf1 Qh4+ 18 Rf2 g1Q+ 19 Bf1 Qxf1+ 30 Kxf1 Qh1+ and mate follows. Maybe the elusive knight, bishop, rook and queen sac game at the highest level will still occur in my lifetime. I hate the computer for seeing this ...
   Feb-20-15 Geller vs Korchnoi, 1960 (replies)
mcgee: >>A draw would have been enough for Geller. Why not 2-Nc3 then?<< See the point above about Korchnoi looking to tempt Geller into playing the sharpest lines.
   Feb-06-15 Bronstein vs Keres, 1955 (replies)
mcgee: User: kevin86 >>Bronstein and Keres both belong in the short list of players who fell short of the championship-similar to Zukertort,Korchnoi,and Morphy-and in other fields:Elisha Gray (second inventor of the telephone) and the Buffalo Bills (losers of four super bowls<< ...
   Feb-06-15 K J Wicker vs Roger Webb, 1978 (replies)
mcgee: The game was drawn without resumption according to Wicker. He offered Webb a draw on the grounds that Black's advantage in the queen ending would be slight. Webb understandably said: 'But you haven't got a queen!' But he acquiesced after being shown the variation here. 10 Bxe3 may ...
   Jan-23-15 Tallinn (1973) (replies)
mcgee: Hmmm. Is that right? Chessmetrics suggests he played the West German (open) Championship in Dortmund and at Amsterdam (both in early 1973) just prior to this tournament. He didn't play any chess in 1972 other than the Fischer match though.
   Jan-23-15 Robert E Byrne vs Taimanov, 1973 (replies)
mcgee: It's interesting that Byrne made the breakthrough to world-class level at a very late age. He put in two very good results in strong fields at Moscow 1971 and Hastings 1971-2 which took him right up the rankings and possibly gave him the confidence he needed for the 1973 Interzonal. ...
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