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Member since Jun-13-09 · Last seen May-11-17
I live just outside Lagos, Nigeria and earn my daily crust as a process engineer in the oil industry. An alleged similarity to earned me a name that stuck.

My bird watching/photography persona can be found at

My early chess heroes were Reti and Botvinnik and I hope some of their inspiration remains, but since Fritz 12 is now my only regular chess opponent, it's possible that my playing style has shifted more towards beating silicon than beating real people.

To get past Fritz's book phase on at least level terms, I play a very restricted set of openings. I've always tended to open 1.Nf3 as white, but now it's just always; heading for a formation Reti or the Catalans if Fritz lets me. As black, I've dropped the Dragon and Grunfeld (Fritz is deadly with Yugoslav and Moscow respectively) in favour of more tactically agressive Najdorf Sicilian/KID systems.

I'm not sure why these openings seem better bets against the computers (do they overvalue their positions?). Nor why I end up so often in novelty lines from Levon Aronian's repertoire. Perhaps some more knowledgeable person out there can enlighten me.

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   sethoflagos has kibitzed 273 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-30-13 P Morris vs C G Ward, 1983 (replies)
sethoflagos: <PinnedPiece:> In order to threaten mate with Qa1 (after the sacs on b3), you need a control on c2 otherwise the king can use that square to escape.
   Jun-30-13 sethoflagos chessforum
sethoflagos: 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Nf3 a6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.f3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Be3 Be7 9.Qd2 0-0 10.0-0-0 a5 11.Qe1 Qc8 12.a4 Na6 13.Kb1 Nb4 14.g4 d5 15.g5 Ne8 16.exd5 Bf5 17.Na1 novelty - not a bad one 17...Nd6 18.Qe2?? Qd7 [18...b5 is also good - simpler maybe] 19.Qg2 Rfc8 [DIAGRAM] 20.?
   Jun-23-13 Svidler vs Kasimdzhanov, 1999 (replies)
sethoflagos: <Amarande: .... nor do they pose any serious counterthreats to the White King> Worth noting that even if it were black to move at the puzzle position, he has no material defence to Rfe1. White essentially has a free move. I quite liked 27.h4 Rc8 28.Ref1 Rc7 29.Qh8+ Ke7 ...
   Apr-27-13 P Restas vs D O Rat, 2008
sethoflagos: It's still a rambling old shocker of a sentence even with the correction, nicht wahr? "Europe, as thought, concept or reality could be realised at the top of this ladder; traditionally, the crest between conservatism and modernism (that?) neither the option of a ridge-walk nor ...
   Apr-27-13 Kramnik vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2013 (replies)
sethoflagos: How can this possibly be a KIA A07 when black never plays d5? Surely this is a Reti A05 (though it transposes into an English 4 knights K fianchetto A29 line)
   Apr-27-13 Ding Liren vs Aronian, 2013 (replies)
sethoflagos: <I spoken to Europeans about the U.S. definition of "Hispanic" and they were stunned.> Recent genetic studies seem to suggest that much 'aboriginal' British DNA arrived from the Iberian peninsular, and mainly survived Romans/Saxons/Vikings etc. Does that make me Hispanic?
   Apr-26-13 Ponomariov vs Nakamura, 2013 (replies)
sethoflagos: How about 34...Ng3+ 35.Bxg3 Rxg3 followed by 36...Rxh3+ 37.gxh3 White king would be open to Q+B attack on the diagonals
   Apr-25-13 Topalov vs Ponomariov, 2013 (replies)
sethoflagos: Very interesting opening by Ponomariov. His objective was simply to put a protected passed pawn on c4 and win the endgame. Decision time is straight after 15...c4 [DIAGRAM] Topalov put himself in difficulty by neither going for d5 nor countering on the kingside, maybe freeing up
   Apr-24-13 Radjabov vs Topalov, 2013 (replies)
sethoflagos: <<Hesam7:> 16...Re6 17 Bd3 Nc3 18 O-O! Ne4 19 a3 and White will soon regain the piece ...> Agreed, but even if white finds the line, black retains the initiative and sooner or later f5 will test the weak Ng4. <<offramp>...going through the variations has ...
   Apr-20-13 Kasimdzhanov vs Topalov, 2013 (replies)
sethoflagos: 5 groats on a Najdorf English Attack
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