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Member since Jul-04-15 · Last seen May-24-17
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 578 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-23-17 B Savchenko vs A Kostin, 2007 (replies)
saturn2: I wonder if there are players who see the solution in a flash (like it was said of Capablanca) and not like me after a lot of mental effort. In the opening the pawn b2 seemed poisend. White got the outpost f6 for that pawn. A very good bargain. I once read in the Sicilian one should
   May-22-17 A Khudaya vs Yifan Hou, 2007 (replies)
saturn2: After 22..Nxf3+ there is Kg3 Kh3 Kxh5 and RxN but in all 4 ways the queen mates next.
   May-18-17 L'Ami vs E Safarli, 2007 (replies)
saturn2: I stopped playing 5 Lg5. Black always got a good game. I switched to 5 cxd Nxd5 6 Bd2 like in Petrosian vs Fischer, 1970
   May-17-17 D Arutinian vs B Laurent, 2007 (replies)
saturn2: Easy wednesday follows tough tuesday.
   May-16-17 Mamedyarov vs Adams, 2017
saturn2: With the knowledge what happened later I dont like 15..Bc8 because of backrank weakness.
   May-15-17 L van Foreest vs J Bai, 2016 (replies)
saturn2: Black is up an exchange but down a pawn. 39 ..RxB and white has only one piece to interpose after 40..Rd3+
   May-10-17 B Firat vs P Carlsson, 2007 (replies)
saturn2: I saw that after 32 Qf6 black is lost. Counterplay by Ra2 and Ba6 comes to late. 32 Qf6 also prevents blacks Qd8 or Qe7.
   May-09-17 M Meinhardt vs Sasikiran, 2007 (replies)
saturn2: 17 Be1? White missed the chance to open files against the black king on the queenside.
   May-08-17 M Jadoul vs G Plomp, 2003 (replies)
saturn2: There was very similar one about 2-3 months ago.
   May-04-17 Y Kruppa vs M Mahmoody, 2004 (replies)
saturn2: I was thinking of something else 25 RxNf6 if 25 ..RxN 26 Qe8 if 25.. gxR 26 Qe7 Bf7 27 Bh7+
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