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Member since Jul-04-15 · Last seen Mar-23-18
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 813 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-23-18 Caruana vs Kramnik, 2018 (replies)
saturn2: I think white will win but I dont see how.
   Mar-23-18 J Bai vs Ding Liren, 2017 (replies)
saturn2: 23..Rd2 was not too hard the following stuff was beyond for me. At first I dreamt of manouvering the bishop to g5 and mating with h4 but the king escapes after the Bh2 has stepped aside.
   Mar-22-18 Karjakin vs Caruana, 2016 (replies)
saturn2: 37 Rxd5 opens the d file for the queen.
   Mar-21-18 Karjakin vs D Frolyanov, 2013 (replies)
saturn2: After Qxc6 I would win it against Carlson.
   Mar-20-18 E Dizdarevic vs Kramnik, 1992 (replies)
saturn2: The knight on b4 is for free but 41..Rxf2 decides quicker.
   Mar-19-18 Grischuk vs Ponomariov, 2000 (replies)
saturn2: Mate in 2 executed by queen and knight.
   Mar-15-18 Ding Liren vs O Barbosa, 2012 (replies)
saturn2: I missed this one. I had 21 Bxg7 on my list but decided to play 21 Qg4 first. A general problem in this kind of puzzles is that you dont see if one side still has the right to castle.
   Mar-14-18 Xiao Zhang vs Hanxue Gao, 2017 (replies)
saturn2: Like in the game I took 11 Ne5 opening the diagonal d1-h5 for the queen. However if black defends well white would only get a pawn plus attack. Black has 11..Ne7, Qc7, Bb(d)7 or NxNe5 but white can let Bxh7 follow soon with the beforementioned outcome.
   Mar-13-18 O Korneev vs Aronian, 1996 (replies)
saturn2: Exchange rooks and c6. The rook on b8 is helpless against the 2 pawns. Without the help of the white king it will be a R vs Q ending but With the help of the white king black has to give the rook for only a pawn.
   Mar-12-18 Carlsen vs K Holm, 2018 (replies)
saturn2: < e puzzle is correct as it now stands> On my smartphone it is still 28.. black to play.
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