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Member since May-20-03 · Last seen Oct-17-17
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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   Oct-16-17 G Lasya vs I Barchuk, 2016 (replies)
patzer2: For today's Monday puzzle solution, the sham Queen sacrifice 22. Qxg7+ forces 22...Nxg7 which removes Black's guard of the f8 square and allows 23. Rf8#. P.S.: Black's game takes a turn for the worse with 15...Nd7? allowing 16. Bh6 ± to +- (+1.82 @ 30 depth, Stockfish 8.) ...
   Oct-15-17 Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1984 (replies)
patzer2: Black's decisive mistake appears to be the not-so-obvious error 18...Nb8? allowing 19. Bxh7+!! +-. Instead, 18...Qb6 19. Be3 ± gives Black practical drawing chances as play might go 18...Qb6 19 .Be3 Rec8 20. Bxh7+! Kxh7 21. Qxf7 Qd8 22. Qxe6 Nb6 23. h4 Rc6 24. Rxc6 bxc6 25. ...
   Oct-14-17 Kamsky vs M Kazhgaleyev, 2016 (replies)
patzer2: After a long think, I finally guessed the correct first move for today's Saturday puzzle (32. ?) to be 32. Nc3!! due to the threat 32. Nc3!! Nxc3? 33 Bxe6! Nxa2?? 34. Bxf5#. Of course, even that line without the obvious Black errors is much more complicated than my simple ...
   Oct-13-17 W Adams vs A Simonson, 1940 (replies)
patzer2: The decisive error was 21. Bxh7+?? Kxh7 22.Rxh7+ when 22...Kh6 -+ (not 22...Kh8?? 23. Rh4+ +-) turns the tables and wins for Black.
   Oct-12-17 Timman vs Ljubojevic, 1988 (replies)
patzer2: One amusing side line is 48. Bd4+ Be5 49. Bxe5+ Nxe5 50. Qd4 f6 -+ (diagram below) [DIAGRAM] when White is lost due to the threat of 51. Nf3#.
   Oct-11-17 N Marache vs Morphy, 1857 (replies)
patzer2: <Once> Good comment about Morphy's recognition that his more active pieces with two pawns for the exchange was winning for Black. Indeed, in playing 11...Bf5! -+ (-2.72 @ 31 depth, Stockfish 8) Morphy must have seen the coming skewer 13. Ba3 and realized he was winning after ...
   Oct-10-17 H Rolletschek vs G Lither, 1987 (replies)
patzer2: <Once> Thanks for the link to the sketch by the late, great British comic and actor Alfred Hawthorne "Benny" Hill. It brought back fond memories. The Benny Hill "music" was actually the instrumental piece "Yakety Sax" composed in 1958 by "Spider" Rich and famous American ...
   Oct-09-17 L Dek vs Bacrot, 2017 (replies)
patzer2: After 26. Rg1? Bxe3! -+, if 27. Qxe3 then 27...Rxg2 28. Rxg2 Qxd1+ 29. Qg1 (diagram below) [DIAGRAM] followed up (diagram above) with <al wazir>'s clever 29...Bxd5! -+ (-52.43 @ 33 depth, Stockfish 8) is clearly decisive. However, with Black to move in the diagram above, the ...
   Oct-08-17 C Hertan vs J A Curdo, 1987 (replies)
patzer2: I quickly saw the first two moves 26. Nxg6!! Nxg6 27. gxf5 Bxf5 of today's Sunday puzzle (26. ?) solution. However, on my third move, like <al wazir,> I went for 28. Qxf5? Rxf5 29. Rxg6 (diagram below.) [DIAGRAM] Here (diagram above) the obstruction 29...Bg5! ∓ (-1.04 @ ...
   Oct-07-17 B Predojevic vs A Seyb, 2016 (replies)
patzer2: For today's Saturday puzzle, I went Pawn hunting with 28. Bxd4+ Nxd4 29. Qe5+ which fizzles out to a level game after 29...Kh6! 30. Rxd4 (not 30. Rxc8? Nf3+ 31. Kf2 Nxe5 32. Rxd7 Nexd7 -+) 30...Qa7! 31. Rxc8 Rxc8 = (0.08 @ 32 depth, Stockfish 8.) Instead, White went King hunting ...
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