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Member since May-20-03 · Last seen Sep-18-14
A former class A player almost 20 years ago, I'm returning to chess as a hobby in retirement. Spending more time studying end games and middle games than openings now. I may try playing in tournaments again later, but for now I like the challenge of analyzing and trying to understand the subtlties of strong Master games.
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   patzer2 has kibitzed 13081 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-18-14 R Rabiega vs G Schebler, 2004 (replies)
patzer2: <Pedro Fernandez: The first 8 plies are easy to find out and this is my whole variation: 26.Rb5+ cxb5 27.Qd6+ Ka7 28.axb5 a4 29.b6+ Ka6 30.Nc5+> After 30...Kb5, does White still have a win? Maybe 30. Qb4! is a good alternative.
   Sep-17-14 T Heinemann vs G Meins, 2004 (replies)
patzer2: <Once> Neat story lesson today on avoiding the fog! A Chess Master friend once told me "If you can't see it (i.e. a combination) through (i.e. to a clear advantage), don't play it!"
   Sep-16-14 Hjartarson vs Beliavsky, 1988 (replies)
patzer2: Was fatigued and tired while trying to solve this Tuesday puzzle just after midnight EST. Quickly guessed the first move 42. Rxd2, but only looked at the reply 42. Rxd2 Qf1#. Missed the key response 42. Qxd2, when 42...Bxc5+ is required to force the win. Count myself as missing the ...
   Sep-15-14 F Olafsson vs Tal, 1971 (replies)
patzer2: After 22. Qxc8+ Nd8, I found myself trying to figure out whether 23. Qxd7 or 23. Rxd4 was the better win. For what it's worth, Fritz 12 @ 21 depth gives 23. Qxd7
   Sep-14-14 Shirov vs Piket, 1995 (replies)
patzer2: <diagonalley: as several posters have pointed out, 24.B-B6 is not difficult to find, but IMO the full continuation certainly deserves the 'insane' tag. brilliant shirov!> I would agree! Didn't initially see the follow-up, which Shirov no doubt visualized, is practically forced
   Sep-13-14 J Kraai vs I Novikov, 2004
patzer2: Now 21. ? (White to move) would make for an extremely difficult Sunday puzzle.
   Sep-13-14 Spassky vs J Penrose, 1969 (replies)
patzer2: <An Englishman: ...Does White really have a forced win here?> Don't know if Black can hold, but Fritz indicates one tough defense to crack is 38...Qd6! when White must find 39. Qa1! to
   Sep-11-14 Karpov vs Salov, 1995 (replies)
patzer2: <Once> Thanks for the analysis of 41. Rg6! Rd8 which makes the solution more difficult.
   Sep-10-14 K R Johansen vs P R Poulsen, 1984 (replies)
patzer2: My pick was 27...Rxf7+! for this Wednesday puzzle. It wins (Fritz's second choice) but is not as strong as the game continuation 27...Qh5+!! Looked at 27...Qh5+!! but dismissed it too quickly after visualizing 28. Kxg3 Qg4+ 29. Kh2 Nh4 30. Rg1 (position below). [DIAGRAM] What I ...
   Sep-09-14 Karjakin vs Shirov, 2010 (replies)
patzer2: Today's Tuesday solution 37. Rh8+!, forcing mate-in-three with 37.Rh8+! Bxh8 (37...Kg7 38.Qxe5+ f6 39.R1h7#) 38.Qe8+ kg7 39.Qxh8#, is an excellent example of combining several tactics in a single move to force mate. In the line 37. Rh8+! Bxh8+ 38. Qe8+ Kg7 39. Qxh8#, the move 37. ...
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