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Member since May-20-03 · Last seen Oct-20-18
A former class A player over 25 years ago, I'm returning to studying chess as a hobby in retirement. Spending more time on end games and middle game tactics than openings now. I may try playing in tournaments again later, but for now I like the challenge of analyzing and trying to understand the subtlties of strong Master games.
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   patzer2 has kibitzed 16558 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-18-18 D Howell vs T Nyback, 2010 (replies)
patzer2: <whiteshark: 21....g6 loses after 22.Qc1!> Also winning after 21...g6 is 22. Qe1 +- (+10.87 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 9).
   Oct-17-18 V Kulakov vs D Ludwig, 2008 (replies)
patzer2: Today's Wednesday puzzle wins after the game continuation 37...Bxf3! 38. Kxf3 Qb7+ -+ (mate-in-20, Stockfish 9 @ 42 ply) or my pick 37...Qb7 -+ (-7.49 @ 35 ply, Stockfish 9), but the position (37...?) hides a few pitfalls Black needs to avoid. For starters, the tempting 37...Rdb8? ...
   Oct-16-18 D Bocharov vs Vitiugov, 2018
patzer2: The final position (diagram below) [DIAGRAM] is amusing. White is up a whole piece, but because the Bishop is pinned Black has a perfectly safe drawn position.
   Oct-16-18 A Escobar Forero vs F La Rota, 2008 (replies)
patzer2: Had to slow down my calculation and refocus to see 44. Qb8+ Ke7 45. Qf8#. Didn't immediately see the mate-in-one after 44. Qb8+ Ke7 with 45. Qf8#. As a result, I needlessly complicated matters with 45. Rxd7+ (not 45. Qxc7?? Qxe4+! 46. Kh2 Ra2+ 47. Rd2 Rxd2+ 48. Rf2 Rxf2+ 49. Kg1 ...
   Oct-15-18 F Vallejo Pons vs L Deglmann, 2008
patzer2: As <shr0pshire> observed in the initial 2008 post here, Black's decisive mistake was 13...Ng8? allowing yesterday's Sunday puzzle solution 14. Bxf7! +- (+1.76 @ 27 ply, Stockfish 9). Instead, 13...c5 14. d5 b5 ⩲ (+0.40 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 9) would have avoided immediate
   Oct-15-18 R Rabiega vs P H Nielsen, 2015
patzer2: Instead of 61...Rh8?, 61...Rc8 -+ is winning.
   Oct-13-18 Winants vs Carlsen, 2003 (replies)
patzer2: Then 12-year-old Magnus Carlsen, rated 2385 at the time of this game, has since made a lot of progress. Don't recall seeing many flawed tactical shots by the world champion lately.
   Oct-12-18 Geller vs H Liebert, 1970 (replies)
patzer2: Didn't see Geller's clever 44. R4f5! +- (+7.68 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 9) as a solution to today's Friday puzzle. Instead, I went with 44. Qf2 as Geller did when he first visualized this position after 41...Kh7 and played 42. Qf2. Geller apparently thought repeating the position with ...
   Oct-12-18 G Horvath vs Plachetka, 1994 (replies)
patzer2: After a hard day's work cleaning up storm debris (just tree limbs and yard waste thankfully) after hurricane/tropical storm Micahel, I tackled today's Thursday (32...?) puzzle. Even though I was physically worn out, I managed to find the first five moves of the combination. However,
   Oct-10-18 R Altshul vs Rudolf Mueller, 2008 (replies)
patzer2: Mate-in-four, starting with 24. Nh5+!, made for an easy solution to today's Wednesday puzzle. P.S.: So where did Black go wrong? According to Stockfish 9, Black's decisive mistake was 11...f6? allowing 12. Nf4! +- (+2.73 @ 29 ply). Instead, 11...0-0 ±, 11...Nc6 ± or ...
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