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Member since Apr-03-07 · Last seen Oct-15-19
My life followed a random walk from various cities and countries.

I played most of my chess at school and uni, but that was a long time ago and it was only an occasional thing since then. Since I found the chess sites I started playing again, on the internet and also OTB.

Nice to have met fellow enthusiasts and nice to be playing again.

Hard to pick a favourite opening - maybe Najdorf for the fabulous richness of the variation .... or perhaps because it's the natural choice of the chess "streetfighter". Easy to pick a favourite player - the one and only Bobby Fischer.

   scormus has kibitzed 3521 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-13-19 L Christiansen vs Seirawan, 1978 (replies)
scormus: Instructive puzzle. I didn't truly get even the first move because I didn't see the mating sequence after 30 Rh4+! gxh4(?) 31 Qc1+ Kh5. It's a bit academic as B didn't take the 2nd R. But here is a nice side puzzle. Anybody see why, 32 Qf4 almost works but doesn't quite? Anyone see
   Sep-30-19 D Mason vs C G Ward, 2007
scormus: <patzer2> yes, I agree. In fact it was 24 Kxb2 rather than Bh6 I was looking at. I wondered about 24 .... Rxc3+ but it seems the a3-pawn and the Bd2 then provides some shelter with the K on a2
   Sep-27-19 V Kovacevic vs Z Kozul, 1993 (replies)
scormus: <steinitzfan> no, I get them too unless I use my laptop where I have an ad blocker installed. On my android I get the board as well ...... eventually :
   Sep-18-19 Kiril D Georgiev vs Shirov, 1992 (replies)
scormus: Ooooh, very cute! I guess even Shirov can miss it. I think there should be a new move descriptor for cases like this: 23 Bg6;)
   Sep-10-19 Polugaevsky vs Gulko, 1975 (replies)
scormus: I had the same experience as <FSR> ! <gawain> as you know, Knights don't always make the moves that you expect ...... Green or not ;)
   Sep-07-19 N Morozov vs A Minasian, 2018 (replies)
scormus: <al wazir after 24 Bxe6> if I were W I'd be worried about .... e4
   Jul-29-19 Benko vs I A Horowitz, 1968 (replies)
scormus: Bizarre! Horowitz knowingly cooperates in setting up the smother mate, then resigns before the mating move. An example of his sense of humour?
   Jul-20-19 Timman vs Cherniaev, 2008 (replies)
scormus: The best I could do was 27 Rxd7+ Kg8 (or Kg6) 28 Qxa6, but I wondered how W could win after ... g4. 29 Rd3 didn't look like it would. I never considered 28 g4. The theme for the week seems to be ... positions that are harder than they look.
   Jul-19-19 S Atalik vs Sax, 1997 (replies)
scormus: <clement41:> I wasn't sure about 20 Nxf7+ either, and in fact went the same as you, thinking it looked as if it was winning. But again I didn't see the win after 21 Kg8. Engine analysis tels me that line doesn't win, but neither does 20 Nxf7+. B is not forced to play 21 ...
   Jun-12-19 T Beerdsen vs Nijboer, 2018 (replies)
scormus: The only move that I could find to work is 19 Be3 (AGB2002 line A), but I didn't think of ... Qxe3 as a reply
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