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Member since May-20-03 · Last seen Apr-17-14
A former class A player almost 20 years ago, I'm returning to chess as a hobby in retirement. Spending more time studying end games and middle games 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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   Apr-17-14 V Nielsen vs C F Delcomyn, 1894 (replies)
patzer2: <morfishine: Throw a dart, everything wins> Pretty much! The only concern is being too passive and letting Black's pawn majority come into play in the endgame. P.S.: I found myself spending more time trying to find a saving move for Black.
   Apr-16-14 L T Haller vs Robbins, 1884 (replies)
patzer2: <Cheapo by the Dozen> Black wins after 30...Qxa1 31. Rxa1 (diagram below) [DIAGRAM] However finding the winning 31...Re3! here might be difficult, especially since the tempting alternative 31...Rf1+?? 32. Kg2! turns the
   Apr-15-14 Benko vs W Hartmann, 1984 (replies)
patzer2: <Once><Is there any other sport where a player can be clearly winning and still lose to a sudden one-off strike?> You've touched on the knock out blow in boxing and the pin in wrestling. Auto racing with the possibility of a crash or mechanical failure putting the lead ...
   Apr-14-14 L Josteinsson vs Petursson, 1984 (replies)
patzer2: Monday's two-move mate solution 26...Nxf3+! 27. gxf3 (27. Kh1 Qh2#) 27...Qxh2# is a good illustration to use in teaching two basic rules of the game to beginners (e.g. such as my grandchildren). Here it illustrates: 1. Priority of Check rule, which in this case means 26...Nxf3+ 27.
   Apr-13-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
patzer2: <HeMateMe: Has anyone seen the series Homeland? Claire Danes, the CIA officer?> I got hooked and viewed the first three seasons. Apparently I'm not alone as the Homeland series gained top audience ratings for a Starz drama series, received favorable critical reviews and was ...
   Apr-13-14 Tomashevsky vs W So, 2013 (replies)
patzer2: Like most Sunday puzzles, 48. f5+! combines a number of tactical themes: 1. Clearance and knight fork are evident in the blunder possibility 48...gxf5?? 49. Nf4+ . 2. Decoy and mate threat are demonstrated by the other blunder
   Apr-12-14 Kramnik vs Fressinet, 2013 (replies)
patzer2: The exchange of Knight for three pawns after 11...hxg4! 12. bxc6 Nxc6 is the initial exchange turning the game in Black's favor. So improvements need to be found earlier. Perhaps White can improve with 7. Nxe5 or 8. Bg2 with ...
   Apr-11-14 S Globus vs Gross, 1884 (replies)
patzer2: Visualized today's Friday solution up to 16.Nxc6 Qxc3 17.Rxe7+ Kf8 18.Rxf7+ Ke8 19.Re7+ Kf8, but missed 20. Bb2!! (diagram below), [DIAGRAM] when the Queen can't capture either enprise Bishop due to the dual mate threat 20...Qxc4 21. Rxg7# or 20...Qxb2 21. Bd3#. Also, not seeing ...
   Apr-10-14 M Esserman vs C Tsai, 2003 (replies)
patzer2: <Skewbrow> Also 20...Ne8 21. Nf6+ (diagram below) leads to mate. Marc Esserman - Cindy Tsai, USA-ch Seattle 2003 [DIAGRAM] Analysis by Fritz 12: 1. (#19): ...
   Apr-10-14 Morozevich vs Grischuk, 2014 (replies)
patzer2: Here's a position from a likely continuation of play from the final position after 55. e6 Nxe6+! 56. fxe6 Kxe6 57. Ke4 f5+ 58. Kf4 Kf6 59. Ke3 Ke5 60. Kf3 f4 61. Kf2 Ke4 62. Ke2 f3+ 63. Kf2 Kf4 64. Kf1 Ke3 65. Ke1 (Diagram below) [DIAGRAM] Here Black wins with 65...Kd3! (Not ...
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