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Member since Jul-04-15 · Last seen Dec-16-17
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 723 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-15-17 Kasparov vs Lautier, 1994 (replies)
saturn2: Not so difficult once you see the idea of mate Nxf7++
   Dec-14-17 Murey vs T Bottema, 1987 (replies)
saturn2: I saw white gaines material after 32 Rb8 QxQ 33 RxRc8 followed by 34 Rb8.
   Dec-13-17 Gulko vs Adams, 2000 (replies)
saturn2: This one springs into the eye immediatly. The knight checks and then the roads for rook and queen are open.
   Dec-12-17 L Dubeck vs R Weinstein, 1958 (replies)
saturn2: 'The moral gambit' because the queen was offered but not taken.
   Dec-12-17 R J Dive vs P W Stuart, 1987 (replies)
saturn2: White has some checks but the crucial square is d7. So 29 Rd7 gets the queen for a rook.
   Dec-11-17 Judit Polgar vs P Kerkhof, 1987 (replies)
saturn2: <30. ♗b2xe5+ ♔g7-h6 ♗f7-e6 ♕h4-e7> So far I came. I concluded white is better but was a bit unhappy because there is no immediate win.
   Dec-07-17 Hort vs P G Heilemann, 1987 (replies)
saturn2: Nxf6 cracks the nut.
   Dec-06-17 V Sherbakov vs Furman, 1955 (replies)
saturn2: The situation is tricky. The queen is attacked and NxNf6 is a big threat. I saw that with 32..QxN followed by 33 Be8 white keeps the plus piece. (Or 33 QxQ NxQ)
   Dec-05-17 G Chandler vs B Tauren, 1989 (replies)
saturn2: 23 RxBc5 bxR (only move) 24 Qe6 mate
   Dec-04-17 I Polovodin vs Glek, 1987 (replies)
saturn2: In a pawn ending not the number of pawn decides but the fact how far advanced they are. RxN and the black king cannot handle two enemies at the same time.
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