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Member since Jul-04-15 · Last seen Jun-23-17
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 603 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-23-17 Mamedyarov vs Van Wely, 2016 (replies)
saturn2: There is almost material balance on the board or even black is already slightly up (B+N for R+P) Seeing the main idea - which is that after 17..Ng4 the bishop is taboo - I claim some part of the point.
   Jun-22-17 A Adly vs I Vovk, 2007 (replies)
saturn2: White is up a piece and Black has threats on the queenside like Rc2 or bxa2 36 Rg8+ is decisive. I went through the answers KxR, Kh7, Kf6 and found no good way for black to continue.
   Jun-21-17 M Pantzar vs T Rodshtein, 2016 (replies)
saturn2: White is up a rook. It is all about a crosspin 21..Bc6 22 Be4 Qg6 23 Rf4 BxRf4 a 25 Kg1 Be3+ wins the queen b 25 Q escapes from the pin BxB+ 26 Kg1 and now white is down a bishop
   Jun-20-17 Timman vs J Smeets, 2007 (replies)
saturn2: I had ..Rc4 in mind but settled on ..RxB when the fork Nb4+ sprang to my eyes.
   Jun-19-17 Van der Wiel vs J van Baarle, 1983 (replies)
saturn2: If one wants to complicate things he can try 16 e7 If 16..Qc1+ 17 Rf1+ winning the queen. If 16..QxQh5 then 17 e8D+ mate soon If 16..Bd7 17 Rg5 wins the queen If 16..NxB 17 Rf8 like in the game
   Jun-16-17 Topalov vs Kasparov, 1994 (replies)
saturn2: <Jimfromprovidence: I got 26 Ra7> What have you prepared against 26..Bd6?
   Jun-14-17 J Corzo vs M Golmayo De La Torriente, 1896 (replies)
saturn2: <26... Kd6. On 27. Qe7+ Kc6. Don't forget that if you stop checking> I dont stop checking 28 Qh6
   Jun-13-17 L Dominguez vs Yusupov, 2006 (replies)
saturn2: I solved this one but not at first glimpse.
   Jun-12-17 Prince Dadian vs Doubrava, 1896 (replies)
saturn2: Bxf7 and the best black can do is survive with a week kingside and a pawn less.
   Jun-08-17 J G Nicholson vs H Noordhoek, 2007 (replies)
saturn2: Black has to prove the investment of the rock pays off and the king cannot escape to the queenside. Everything goes with check Rh2,Rh8,Bh4,Qf5.
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