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Member since Jul-04-15 · Last seen Apr-26-17
My favorite players are Morphy and Smyslov.
Morphy cannot be admired enough for his understanding of the game as a youngster just by reading some books and playing with his grandfather. Also the fact, that after his triumphs he considered his legal career more important than chess is something I like about him. He was a learned, clever man, unmarried and secluded from the outside world. The fact that relatively little is known about him as a person and his thoughts gives him the touch of a mythical figure.

Smyslov I like because he did not overestimate opening theory,rather believed in his natural powers on the board and was a big fighter until the endgame. In that way he beat the overprepared Botvinnik. It is sometimes said his games are very harmonious but I cannot discover anything more harmonious in them than in any other good game of a master. He played chess very long in his life keeping a good strenth throughout. Somewhat he is the counterpart of Morphy in this respect. I also like one line I read from him when he stated: Whether you win or loose, you have to bear it with the same calm and equal mind.

   saturn2 has kibitzed 562 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-26-17 O Michaelis vs J A Leonard, 1860 (replies)
saturn2: 19..Rxe5 and white cannot play 20 dxR instead he can delay a bit with 20 Qxa7 or the like. At the end of the day he is lost anyway.
   Apr-25-17 G Milos vs P Carlsson, 2012 (replies)
saturn2: 18 Rb1 seems a poor move to me since he had no time to let b4 follow. Also 19 Nh4 which allows the opening of the g file is questionable.
   Apr-24-17 Alekhine vs A Munoz, 1945 (replies)
saturn2: Nf5 wins the queen
   Apr-22-17 Carlsen vs Yu Yangyi, 2015 (replies)
saturn2: The subtlety is to check the counterplay after ..Qe3+
   Apr-21-17 E Inarkiev vs Svidler, 2016 (replies)
saturn2: <morfishine 23 f5 Ng6> white xould play 24 fxg Kxg 25 Qh5 BxN 26 BxB threatening Bh6 and BxQ
   Apr-19-17 M Apicella vs I Farago, 2007 (replies)
saturn2: I think white can also promote the a pawn. 40 a5 Ra(b)3 41 a6 the two pawns and the knight form a fortress. If for example 41..Ke7 42 Nc6 Rxb6 43 a7 the rook cannot stop the pawn via the a file ore the 8 th rank.
   Apr-18-17 A Anastasian vs L Babujian, 2008 (replies)
saturn2: a shot as(s) hot
   Apr-15-17 Karpov vs Short, 1992
saturn2: <39..Re4?? is a blunder in a lost position that looses in about 3 different ways 40.Qd3!,hxg4,and Karpov`s choice also.> I think 40 RxR QxR 41 Rf8+ is a forth way.
   Apr-15-17 K Zelesco vs Oliver Picken, 2017
saturn2: 22 ...white to move is a monday puzzle
   Apr-13-17 J Dworakowska vs Shabalov, 2006 (replies)
saturn2: Nxf2 clears the way for the queen to reach h3
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