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Member since Apr-03-07 · Last seen Mar-22-18
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 3412 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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.
   Mar-15-18 Kramnik vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
scormus: Amazing game to play through, very tricky tactics and real streetfighter stuff. It would have been ever better to go through not knowing the result, but I did often wonder how Caruana was going to win. I know what it's like to lose a game like that :(
   Feb-08-18 Kramnik vs Harikrishna, 2017 (replies)
scormus: An absolute masterpiece !!
   Feb-02-18 Larsen vs Najdorf, 1968 (replies)
scormus: Didn't quite get this one. Just doing it pseudo-OTB I looked briefly at 35 .... Qh5 but didn't see past 36 Qxd5+ etc. It's a move I would perhaps play online but would chicken out of OTB. So I thought 35 ... Nb2+ followed by ... Rxh3+ and Ng4+, not realising that W gets off the hook
   Jan-20-18 Najdorf vs D Byrne, 1962 (replies)
scormus: Don't close doors, keep an escape clause, because we might lose ....
   Oct-31-17 Tan Zhongyi vs Huang Qian, 2016 (replies)
scormus: cherchez la femme ;)
   Oct-15-17 Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1984 (replies)
scormus: Looking it at 19 W to play, I immediately went for 19 Bxh7+ simply because it was a puzzle. Then the moves in the sequence Qh5+, Rg3, Rxg6+, Qxg6+, Qh6+, .... were rather easy to find, too easy. <Jim> Yes, good thinking. B didn't have to play 21 .... g6? The best and most ...
   Oct-13-17 W Adams vs A Simonson, 1940 (replies)
scormus: Oh Black resigned:O No wonder I couldn't find the win after 22 .... Kh6. W pressed his self-destruct button when he played 21 Bxh7+?? Something I sometimes do myself
   Sep-17-17 S Reinhardt vs S Eichner, 1999
scormus: the database stats are very misleading. The natural move, 5 Bc4+, has a high win percentage but I suspect it's busted after 5 ... d5.
   Sep-17-17 F Zita vs Taimanov, 1950 (replies)
scormus: <flokahn> yes, remarkable he didn't see 27 .... Bc7+! which is so immediately crushing, even if though he might not have seen in through to mate. And a shame that such a brilliant lead up wasn't followed by the natural finishing touch.
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