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Member since Oct-02-07 · Last seen Sep-20-12
Austin, TX. USCF of around 2100. Former Texas Junior Champion. Started in 1990 and was active for about 6 years; very sporadic since (Actually, I have played several local tournies since December of 2007). Tal, Petrosian and Spassky are among my favorites.

I despise "system" openings and players (not the human beings who play, but their playing "style" :-) who play the same formulaic junk every game. Chess (for me!) is not a video game.

And yes, as a kid I played the King's Indian Attack over and over. So, I am a recovering junk opening player. :-D

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   AccDrag has kibitzed 134 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-22-11 Topalov vs Karpov, 1998 (replies)
AccDrag: <LifeMasterAJ> You are confusing the epaulette checkmate with the swallow's tail checkmate.
   Jun-15-11 O Engstrom vs A Koumtsis, 2007 (replies)
AccDrag: Only once in a classical tournament game have I been fortunate enough to be able to play the Greek Gift "sacrifice." My opponent played a French, closing the Q-side too early with ...c5-c4, and had entombed his KB on b6. In today's puzzle, the sac doesn't even have to be calculated ...
   May-17-11 O Chajes vs C Jaffe, 1911 (replies)
AccDrag: <patzer2: Perhaps I should examine checks before captures in my position evaluation?> Absolutely. King safety and tactical shots are the main ways to win games. A check is the only truly forcing move. Every check must be looked at in any position. Also, analyzing checks first
   Nov-23-10 Yifan Hou vs J Terao, 2010 (replies)
AccDrag: M.Hassan: After Qh4, Bh8 allows Black's Q to protect h7.
   Aug-09-10 V Palermo vs Rossetto, 1965 (replies)
AccDrag: Castle jumps horse!
   Jun-28-10 R Vera vs A Lesiege, 2003 (replies)
AccDrag: al wazir: If 25...Rxe1? 26.f6! mates. The point of 25...Rc8 is to give Black the defensive option of ...Qc5+ and ...Qf8 to defend g7. Unfortunately, it doesn't save the day. :-)
   Mar-30-10 Kotov vs Smyslov, 1950 (replies)
AccDrag: I think this is fairly hard for a Tuesday. If only because Black needs to realize White is still threatening mate after Black picks up the Q, and the second half of the combination involves cleaning up by picking up another piece and ending the mate threat.
   Mar-23-10 Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 1991 (replies)
AccDrag: The position after Black's 36th is amazing. Kasparov must have been humiliated. Usually it's his opponent's pieces huddled on the back rank while his own pieces work the magic. Very smooth how Ivanchuk played g4 the moment Black could not take e.p. All Black's hopes were dashed, and
   Mar-15-10 E J Diemer vs Portz, 1948 (replies)
AccDrag: Scissor me timbers!
   Mar-12-10 Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1994 (replies)
AccDrag: <Nut> 6...h6 allows 7.Bxf6 and 8.Bxc4, when White has an ideal P center "for free." 5...h6, though, is the very well respected Moscow variation. White can then play for a small but steady edge with 6.Bxf6, or play in gambit style with 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5.
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