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Member since Apr-03-07 · Last seen Oct-15-18
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 3421 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-14-18 I A Horowitz vs Denker, 1936 (replies)
scormus: <Deviously Dangerous Diagonal> Du Denkst?
   Sep-30-18 Caruana vs Kramnik, 2016 (replies)
scormus: Tremendous vision by Fabiano, he must have seen the possibility of Rh8# right through. Opportunities on the h-file suggested tne first move to me, but I was oblivious to the power of Nxh6+!! A stunning combination
   Jul-06-18 Portisch vs Kasparov, 1981 (replies)
scormus: <AlicesKnight> me too ;)
   Jun-01-18 Denker vs Botvinnik, 1945 (replies)
scormus: Very nice sequence, I'd say Botvinnikesque. 19 ... e3 intending ... Bc5+ and ... Rxh2+ was not difficult to spot, but to spot from the puzzle position the Q move to deal with 20 Qc1 and the one finish it off would be a nice find
   May-30-18 A Heimann vs B Stillger, 2017 (replies)
scormus: Like a lot of people, I suspect, I tried to set up the N-fork right away. Nothing doing. So I decided to leave it and come back later. There it was, 25 Re4 hiding in plain sight. @gawain: I got there the way the Green Knight would have done
   May-25-18 M Antipov vs S V Ivanov, 2017 (replies)
scormus: several tempting first moves but Qxf8 looks the only one that can work. The next moves play themselves, then what? Ah, c6 is an elegant coup de grace and the reason why this is a Friday puzzle
   Apr-01-18 AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2017 (replies)
scormus: No chance for me here. I took one look and decided it must be some crazy computer move, like 21 Bg5, and no idea what happens then. Now I know, another 96 moves
   Mar-27-18 Grischuk vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
scormus: Thanks CG, great tournament. I'm very pleaed to see a clear winner instead of beind decided on tiebreak rules. Congratulations to Fabiano who displayed great character to come back with 2 straight wins after the loss to Karjakin. The sort of fighting spirit needed to give Magnus a ...
   Mar-26-18 S Sjugirov vs A Kveinys, 2017
scormus: 45 moves before 1-0. Is that a record for Monday?
   Mar-21-18 Karjakin vs Kramnik, 2018 (replies)
scormus: Great fighting effort by Kramnik. All credit for sort of game Sebastian Lujan would have played.
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