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Member since Jul-04-15 · Last seen Mar-27-17
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 530 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-27-17 P Carlsson vs I Papaioannou, 2007
saturn2: <PawnSac> I was thinking after 28..Rb5 black can keep the knight on d7. For example 29 Qe8+ Qc8 30 Bxa7+ Kc7
   Mar-27-17 Blatny vs Jansa, 1986 (replies)
saturn2: RxNg3 27 Kf1 Qh3++ 27 hxR Qh1++
   Mar-24-17 I Cheparinov vs Drasko, 2007 (replies)
saturn2: Bxf7 clears the square c4 for the knight. After Nc4 black has a lot of choices but black regains the piece and keeps the pawn(s). It turned out useful the white king is on h1 instead on g1.
   Mar-23-17 A Srebrnic vs A Benderac, 2007 (replies)
saturn2: Damn. Null points because of 24..QxNg5
   Mar-22-17 R Polaczek vs A Antoniou, 2007 (replies)
saturn2: The move 10 ..Nd7 I dont like at all. From move 7 to 10 black should have played ..dxc4 Bxc4 Nd5. He did not and got a hampered position.
   Mar-21-17 F Berkes vs M Neubauer, 2007 (replies)
saturn2: Computers are made by humans. If a computer says h3 is almost equal to Nxb5 tben why not assume the guy making the machine made a mistakes?
   Mar-20-17 D B C Prasad vs V Samolins, 2017 (replies)
saturn2: Mate in 2 on g8
   Mar-18-17 Karpov vs Ponomariov, 2007 (replies)
saturn2: What I saw was 28..Ng3 would be good if there were not f6. I even looked at 28 ..Qh4 but thought it could by met by 29 Rh1 Thats all. Null points of course.
   Mar-17-17 Stefansson vs Carlsen, 2007 (replies)
saturn2: It is all about counting. Black is up a piece but will loose the queen against a rook. However black can take another piece(Nc3) with tempo. So I had Bxd4 followed by 22 Rf3 rather quickly but would have continud with 22..BxNc3 instead of QxRf3. In my calulation black ends up with ...
   Mar-16-17 A Gupta vs R Praggnanandhaa, 2016 (replies)
saturn2: Finally I saw 55 Rc8 and black has no good answer. If 55..d1 56 Bxc3 forking K and Q. and if 55..RxRc8 bxR queening and again d1Q looses the queen.
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