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Member since Jul-04-15 · Last seen Oct-20-17
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 682 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-19-17 J Schoepe vs E Bock, 1987 (replies)
saturn2: I saw both the piece winning on a8 and the six check sequence of the game.
   Oct-17-17 Zsofia Polgar vs S Kamberi, 1996 (replies)
saturn2: Let us count: 34 QxN white gives queen for N. 36 RxB white gets a bishop for free. 39 RxQ white gets queen for rook. So white is up a piece.
   Oct-16-17 G Lasya vs I Barchuk, 2016 (replies)
saturn2: Why waste the Q? Mate in 2 after BxBg7+. Im am sure the foolish computers value QxB and NxB differently
   Oct-11-17 N Marache vs Morphy, 1857 (replies)
saturn2: <I guess White should have played 19 Qa4, but he still would have been well and truly lost.> 19..Ne2+ 20 Kh1 NxBf4 attacks also g2 so black would remain a piece up.
   Oct-10-17 H Rolletschek vs G Lither, 1987 (replies)
saturn2: Also 27..Bf6 does not help because 28 QxRb8 is also a check.
   Oct-09-17 L Dek vs Bacrot, 2017 (replies)
saturn2: g2 is well protected but h2 is not. ..Qxh2+
   Oct-06-17 Schmittdiel vs T Ernst, 1987 (replies)
saturn2: < Cybe> you said after 22 NxRe7 white <looses quickly>. So show us please how?
   Oct-05-17 J D Carlin vs N Pert, 2011 (replies)
saturn2: After 27...Rxg3 28 hxR black has the open h file, the pawn e3 and queen plus rook to attack the king. It should be enough.
   Oct-03-17 Short vs Ljubojevic, 1987 (replies)
saturn2: I had 28..Qxg2 quickly but is this a decisive move?
   Oct-02-17 Jiner Zhu vs Fanghui Sun, 2017 (replies)
saturn2: After the first two moves 29 Rxh7 KxR and Qg6 Kh8 I took 31 Qh5 Qh6 32 QxQ
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