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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 13 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-04-18 Mike Montchalin vs J Jacobs, 1971
notatiger54: This game was published in at least one edition of Secrets of the Russian Chess Masters, by Lev Alburt and Larry Parr (don't ask me why; neither I nor Montchalin ever were Russian!). As the tournament began, I was highest rated on the wall chart (ahead of Christiansen and ...
   Jun-04-18 D Sprenkle vs J Jacobs, 1975
notatiger54: A few concrete analytical notes: 14...Bd7!? This was my original contribution to the line that I dubbed the "Phoenix Variation" in my published articles, in recognition that the whole 8...h6 variation had been left for dead after a series of spectacular miniatures between GMs ...
   Jun-03-18 E Frumkin vs J Jacobs, 1980
notatiger54: Somewhere after move 35, as black minor pieces and pawns swarmed his queenside and center and bottled up his rook, Frumkin uttered the memorable lament: "I feel like I'm being overrun by an army of Munchkins!"
   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 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.
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