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An Englishman
Member since May-31-04 · Last seen Jul-06-22
I'm a long since retired former master (but never particularly good) whose opening repetoire consisted of the English, Nimzo-Indian and Caro-Kann. I now pursue a career in film, theater and television as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, director, producer and Web content creator.
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   An Englishman has kibitzed 9444 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-03-22 E J Gausel vs S Briem, 1996 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: Definitely a Monday position after 17...Kh8. Finished the week 6/7 thanks to the easy Sunday, but this week that means something. Hit with COVID-19, but solving CG puzzles means that one of the worst symptoms--brain fog--has not struck.
 
   Jul-01-22 Svidler vs E Inarkiev, 2008 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: <ChessHigherCat>, your first post crammed a remarkable number of cultural and chessic allusions within your allotted ten minutes. If you don't already, please seriously consider creating titles for our Games of the Day. As for the puzzle itself, slightly ...
 
   Jun-30-22 R Lovkov vs R Nechepurenko, 2008
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: <Paavoh>, from the same book, a Roman leader berating two soldiers. Roughly paraphrasing... Leader: If you don't find those French, I'll have you two boiled and fed to the lions! With mint sauce! Soldier 1: How terrible! Soldier 2: Yes, those poor lions!
 
   Jun-30-22 Paulsen vs Anderssen, 1862 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: Tough, hard-fought game. Paulsen at his best sometimes played like a man from 21st Century taking the ol' time machine for a spin. His delayed d2-d4 looks like a type of Chameleon Sicilian.
 
   Jun-30-22 O Ulvestad vs Ed. Lasker, 1947 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: This puzzle had begun to look unsolvable, but *finally* remembered the Bishop of b2. Credit to Lasker for playing the best defense.
 
   Jun-28-22 D Moody vs Nakamura, 1999
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: Pleases me to think that maybe, just maybe, somewhere out there, <PhonyBenoni> and Ken Smith are playing Smith-Morra Gambits in That Great Coffeehouse in the Sky. You know, the one open 7-24-365 with all-you-can-drink free cappuccinos.
 
   Jun-28-22 NN vs F Rhine, 1977 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: Amusing and high-quality miniature. Wish I had played it.
 
   Jun-27-22 F Parr vs R G Wade, 1962 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: Really? Our own <PB> has gone? Unhappy news.
 
   Jun-26-22 Morphy vs H Knott, 1859 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Interesting posts re: the evergreen question of how Morphy would fare in today's era. One thing we might need to consider consists of endgame theory. Aside from R & P v. R positions, endgame knowledge barely existed in his time. How much study would Morphy need
 
   Jun-26-22 Nakamura vs Caruana, 2022 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: 25.Nh1!! One of the great defensive master strokes; as <saffuna> writes, that Knight truly dominates the board.
 
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Jul-29-11
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  WannaBe: Good evening,

If my memory serves, you are/were living in N. California, I will soon be relocating to San Mateo county area, and would not mind meeting some of the CG.com members.

If, however, you have moved, and/or my faulty memory chip is wrong, kindly disregard this message in its entirety.

Sincerely

Oct-13-11
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  WannaBe: I replied on my forum, but unfortunately, forgotten to post it here, I'll be absolutely tickled pink and delighted to have a meeting/lunch/drink.

Please e-mail me, kstc_jyu at yahoo.com, please, do mention cg.com in case your message ended in my spam box.

p.s. I responded to your message weeks ago. =)

Oct-13-11
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  WannaBe: p.s.s. I am free this weekend, nothing going on at work, unless all of our servers decide to suffer a major power failure and crap out on me.
May-14-12  El Trueno: Hi! I would like to play chess against you 'cause I like your comments :) it would be helpful for me 'cause I'm studying english at school etc.. :)
Sep-03-12  Tal7777777: Happy labor day!
Sep-10-12  Abdel Irada: <An Englishman>: Are you by any chance in New York? ;-)
Dec-05-12  ChessYouGood: It's ever oh so great to read your profile old chum. In particular, it's lovely to see I am not the only actor, playwright, screenwriter, director and producer around here. I am currently working on "Driving Miss Daisy II: Who's in the Boot?" at the moment. Perhaps we can collaborate!
Jun-11-14  Ashperov1988: You must like stings song haha
Dec-25-14  wordfunph: <An Englishman> Merry Christmas and Happy 2015!
Jul-22-16  virginmind: this can't be real...
Nov-15-16
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  ketchuplover: Get a haircut young man :)
Nov-15-16
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: <ketchuplover>, seriously, I got one last week, the famous US Marines "Three Minute Special." Do I need a new one already?
Nov-18-16
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  ketchuplover: Apparently my time machine malfunctioned :(
Nov-19-16
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  jessicafischerqueen:

Good afternoon: long time no see.

Dec-13-16
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  ketchuplover: May you and your circle have a healthy holiday season
Mar-10-18
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  ketchuplover: Go So & Caruana!
Mar-11-18
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  An Englishman: <ketchuplover>, for some strange, can't post messages on your page. Anyway, quite a remarkable first round. Keeping my fingers crossed for an exciting tournament.
May-11-19  Pyrandus: Good Morning, Englishman! - Your "sign" (Emoticon?) is a Fenix? Thx.
Jun-28-19
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: <Pyrandus>, sorry for not noticing your message sooner. My avatar is The Roadrunner, a famous American cartoon character from the 50s and 60s. He co-starred in some famous silent cartoons with Wile E. Coyote.
Sep-03-21
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  0ZeR0: Greetings, <An Englishman>.

After reading your bio I was curious to learn more about your opening repertoire. Which variations of the English would you often play? I'm asking because I also play the English, albeit not at the master level as you have (obviously).

Sep-03-21
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <0Zer0>, used the Botvinnik formation more often than other variations. The Botvinnik has one peculiar feature in that it works as both a White opening or a Black defense. 1.c4, 2.Nc3, 3.g3, 4.Bg2, 5.e5 represents a typical move order. White will follow with Nge2 and d2-d3, avoiding d2-d4, and eventually h3, Be3 and Qd2, after which one may attack on the Queen side, center or King side.

Often transposed into either the Catalan or the Neo-Catalan if in the mood to do so. Sometimes transposed into a Reti, and in one successful game played 1.c4,c6; 2.e4 and transposed into playing the Panov-Botvinnik Variation v. the Caro-Kann; ironically, my favorite defense to 1.e4.

Sep-03-21
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  0ZeR0: <An Englishman>

The Botvinnik system is an important part of my own repertoire as well. I like it because it's relatively easy to learn and play, is solid, and can be a good foundation for attacking possibilities as you mentioned. I've learned a lot from GM Simon Williams, a great practitioner of this opening, both through his Chessable course and his book titled "The Iron English." Williams has stated that the Botvinnik English almost single-handedly carried him to his first master title.

<Sometimes transposed into a Reti, and in one successful game played 1.c4,c6; 2.e4 and transposed into playing the Panov-Botvinnik Variation v. the Caro-Kann; ironically, my favorite defense to 1.e4.>

That's interesting. Against 1.e4, I like to employ the Scandinavian. It's been described as somewhat dubious, but at my level it often works well for me.

Sep-04-21
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <0Zer0>, better a "somewhat dubious" opening that works than a sound opening that doesn't. Besides, the Scandinavian has a much better reputation than back in my time, when Bobby Fischer (v. Addison) allegedly laughed when his opponent played 1...d5. Today, the database has 14 Scandinavians played by Carlsen himself.
Sep-04-21
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  0ZeR0: <An Englishman>

Right you are! I think ultimately as a chess player you’ve got to play your openings. The openings that you know and which match your personality and style. I believe Carlsen himself has described the Scandinavian as dubious, but obviously that hasn’t stopped him from playing it and beating the likes of Anand, Caruana, and Nepo.

Jan-28-22
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  Dionysius1: Good evening! I see your favourite games amount to 10 wins by black plus 1 draw. You counter-puncher you!
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