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Member since Apr-03-07 · Last seen Aug-14-17
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 3400 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-14-17 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Adams, 2017 (replies)
scormus: <morfishine <an Englishman>> not a difference of opinion, I think, but a different nation's sense of humour? Something I find so amazing about the Marshall Counter Attack, in a humourous sort of way, is that when I first learnt it I thought it (9 .... d5, etc) might have
   Mar-28-17 Spassky vs M Bieler, 2009 (replies)
scormus: "I am looking for a mate". Understandable, at such a time in his life
   Mar-22-17 Panov vs M Yudovich Sr., 1937 (replies)
scormus: Panov's play reminds me of some of my pub games. Same result too!
   Mar-12-17 O Bernstein vs Najdorf, 1954 (replies)
scormus: <morfishine> I thought what made 26 Re7 hard to find was that only after the interim moves does the diagonal get cleared. If you saw that you were doing well For a moment I wondered about immediately 26 Qg6, but B has ... Qf5 and the attack stalls
   Feb-26-17 Ljubojevic vs Kramnik, 1996 (replies)
scormus: <Phony Benoni> !!
   Feb-26-17 Shabalov vs Aronian, 2004 (replies)
scormus: I dont usually get very far on Sundays, but I play the Marshall when I get the chance so I felt I should try. fairly straightforward until 25 .... then I wasnt sure, Rg2+ or Qg2+. Rg2+ looked right, then I second guessed and a bit after that I lost my way. Sigh :
   Feb-25-17 Karpov vs Sznapik, 1986 (replies)
scormus: Certainly not the best of puns. If Schnapik had won with a surprise attack, that would have been something.
   Feb-20-17 Lahno vs Kosteniuk, 2007 (replies)
scormus: this is Monday isnt it?
   Feb-19-17 Spassky vs Beliavsky, 1988 (replies)
scormus: <offramp> yes, 27 Bc7 was the quiet assassin. Spassky was the king at finding moves like that
   Feb-15-17 Anderssen vs Blackburne, 1862
scormus: <Once> there are 2 morals in your post. 1. always go back to the original source 2. when altering something, check if there are other things that are linked to what you alter
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