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Member since Mar-22-09 · Last seen Oct-17-19
Total patzer who reads more than he plays. Full Member

   scutigera has kibitzed 168 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-07-19 Tal vs P Mejic, 1974 (replies)
scutigera: <SamAtoms>: From the exchange sac to the end of the game is one combination, not two. Visually the fork doesn't work because Black can move the queen away with a mate threat, and when White defends against that he can move the rook or else leave it to return the exchange ...
   Sep-17-19 McShane vs D Yuffa, 2019 (replies)
scutigera: One of the drawbacks of passive defenses is that they allow for more creative and bizarre attack options for White, as there is less risk of a counterattack.
   Sep-03-19 Ganguly vs Axel Smith, 2019 (replies)
scutigera: Axel got the ax.
   Jul-04-19 Shirov vs J Lapinski, 1990
scutigera: <patzer2>: The verdict of the database is that 9 ..Qf5 is no bust: out of 2,809 games, White wins 37% vs. Black with 28%. As long as we're talking about human OTB chess, a winning line that's hard to find and gives the opponent plenty of alternative tries is more theoretical
   Jun-20-19 M Matlakov vs Eljanov, 2013 (replies)
scutigera: <Pyrandus, Moronovich>: "Kudos" is classical Greek for honor/glory/acclaim. Like its cousins "pathos" and "ethos", it is singular rather than plural, which can be confusing to English speakers.
   May-30-19 Ponomariov vs Gelfand, 2008 (replies)
scutigera: Re <Petrov vs. Petroff>: Russian devoices final consonants when possible; the name written "֧" could be transliterated letter-by-letter as "Petrov", but Russians pronounce it something like "Pyetraf". Since English tends to treat the ending "of" like the word ...
   May-21-19 Alberto Baca vs I Kanko, 1966 (replies)
scutigera: re Great Snake: I remember that the Sicilian Dragon is supposed to have gotten its name when Duz-Khotimirsky wrote that Black's pawn formation reminded him of the constellation Draco; Black's pawns here form the same draconic/snakey configuration, and furthermore the 'snake' is ...
   Mar-03-19 V Ciocaltea vs C Radovici, 1968 (replies)
scutigera: Black's 26th is amusing: he sets up the usual queen-bishop battery, but with the object of defending the queen, with the bishop, by attacking towards his own side of the board.
   Feb-04-19 V Colin vs I Hera, 2018
scutigera: Four minor pieces+R+3 vs. Q+B+3: not an ending one sees every day, or every decade.
   Jan-06-19 Reti vs Vidmar, 1926
scutigera: Actually patting him on the head? That sounds implausible. Here's Andy Soltis (admittedly not the surest reference): [DIAGRAM] "White has just played 31.Qe6 and, although a pawn down, appears to have dominating pieces and winning threats, such as a pending sacrifice on f5. 'I ...
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