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Member since May-21-06 · Last seen Jan-27-18
FM Jon Jacobs. Hard at work on a book called "The Fish That Roared" - a collection of upsets by amateurs rated below 2000. I can be contacted at chessanthology(at)

   notatiger54 has kibitzed 8 times to chessgames  
   Jan-06-17 Sidney Norman Bernstein (replies)
notatiger54: Am submitting just now to the webmaster a game I played against Bernstein in 1983, that isn't currently in the database.
   Aug-20-16 D Botoy vs Xie Jun, 1991 (replies)
notatiger54: Danilo, I have a question for you about this game, which I am thinking about using in a book I am writing. Plesae contact me at chessanthology@gmail(dot)com. (FM Jon Jacobs, Brooklyn, NY)
   Mar-20-16 M R Smith vs B Finegold, 1992
notatiger54: Anyone know if there was a backstory to this result? Black can resign after 26.Rxf6. The simplest explanation of the game ending in a draw here is that White simply chickened out and offered a draw because as a 560-point underdog he was afraid to win. But perhaps something more ...
   Mar-20-16 C Holt vs L Milman, 2011 (replies)
notatiger54: Beautiful combination. Regarding the name, I recall playing in a high-stakes blitz event ("Miami Qualifier") on ICC in 2008 or thereabouts. Ray Robson (untitled at that point, I think) was in it, and used his name as his handle. But when someone using the handle "Darnoc" beat ...
   Jul-10-08 G Swathi vs J Jacobs, 2008
notatiger54: The result is mistaken: it was 0-1, not 1-0, as is obvious from the final position (Jon Jacobs)
   Oct-22-07 S Sloan vs J Jacobs, 2007 (replies)
notatiger54: "Nice puzzle at move 37." Yes, if by "puzzle" you mean finding the only way for White to lose! White indeed found the only way to lose, by playing the Q-sac 37.Qxf8+. He could have simplified to a trivially won K+P ending (thanks to the outside passed h-pawn) by just trading all
   Aug-11-07 W Arencibia Rodriguez vs Jobava, 2005
notatiger54: Yes, classic. Especially impressive is White's long, patient maneuvering that finally culminated with the decisive build-up. And the winning idea itself (giving up the Rb6 to divert Black Q from defense of K-side) is also quite pleasing.
   May-21-06 Rohde vs J Jacobs, 2005 (replies)
notatiger54: Black's early mistake was not 8...d6, but the seemingly natural 9...Be7. Instead, 9...Nbd7 had to be played so as to meet 10.Ba3 with ...Nc5. Black's actual 9th move allowed White to gang up on the d-pawn to the point where it can no longer be defended (10...Ne8 would land Black
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