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Member since May-17-08 · Last seen Aug-21-17
Australian player, Michael Salter, inactive for a good few years but still following the game keenly. I write quarterly articles for the NSW junior magazine and used to write a weekly chess column for a now defunct Sydney magazine.

My best OTB results have been wins against the late Maxwell Leonard Fuller and George Xie Wendi (both in Sydney club events), and one precious draw (with Black!) against Ian Rogers, also in a club match. Aging rapidly as I am, I'm pretty sure I'll never be able to better that. Draws in simuls with former world champions Karpov and Spassky as well...neither of which were particularly well-deserved!

The following is probably my best game - no fireworks, but I was quite pleased with it at the time.

M Salter vs J Chan, 2003

I love playing over old GM games, and have been joyfully perusing all the excellent tournament collections of User: suenteus po 147 and others.

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   ozmikey has kibitzed 654 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-18-17 K Langeweg vs Hort, 1975
ozmikey: <Chicago Chess Man> Black can do even better than that - 42. Rxg3 fxg3+ 43. Qxg3 Qxg3+ 44. Kxg3 Be5+ 45. Kh4 Kh6! and mate next move!
   Aug-18-17 Timman vs K Langeweg, 1975
ozmikey: My first thought on seeing the final position was "loss on time", but actually after 42. Rh7+ Kf8 43. Rf1 Black is, surprisingly, dead lost. He loses his extra pawn back with considerable interest in every line.
   Aug-10-17 Svidler vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
ozmikey: <Carlsen decided he would try to win this ending against a 2700+ rated Grandmaster and carried on for another 14 moves.> I think his frustration at not putting Naka away in a similar (but much more winnable) ending in the previous round may have had something to do with that!
   Jul-14-17 Ponomariov vs Ding Liren, 2017 (replies)
ozmikey: I think the main reason for 18. f4 is simply that after any move by the rook, Black gets an irresistible attack after 18...Nfg4 (18. Re1 Nfg4 19. Rxe2?? Nf3+ 20. Kf1 (or 20. gxf3 Qxh2+ and mate next) Ngxh2 mate would have been amusing). It's amazing the mileage that Black can get ...
   Jun-06-17 Altibox Norway (Blitz) (2017) (replies)
ozmikey: This 1.d4/2.Bf4 thing is very much the new black, innit?
   May-20-17 D Berczes vs G Kursuz, 2007 (replies)
ozmikey: I worked it out differently - 25.Qd8+ Rxd8 26.Rxd8+ Bf8 27.Rxf8+ Kg7 28.Rg8+ Kh6 29.Bf4+ g5 30.Nxg5 with mate coming on either g5 or f7 (30...Ne2+ 31.Kh2 changes little). But the game continuation sac'ing the rook on f8 is much nicer.
   May-14-17 Short vs Eljanov, 2017 (replies)
ozmikey: Unbelievable that Black survived the middlegame!
   May-07-17 Smyslov vs Szabo, 1970
ozmikey: 31...Re8 (31...Kd6 32. Rxe7) 32. Bxd5! is the finish...nice use of multiple pins.
   Apr-25-17 Gashimov Memorial (2017) (replies)
ozmikey: Watching the live commentary for this tournament on chess24 after the GRENKE tournament, all I can say is that the contrast between Leko and Ljubojevic as "expert" commentators is, well, stark. Not Ljubo's forte, frankly.
   Apr-25-17 Kramnik vs Harikrishna, 2017 (replies)
ozmikey: A great example of the "computer evaluations aren't everything" principle! I think most carbon-based lifeforms would indeed feel more comfortable playing White after move 27, despite the material disparity. And as Black in such situations, one always has the nagging thought "Why on ...
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