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Member since Mar-05-07
The player that closest comes to my style of play is a young Anatoly Karpov (hence the user name). I tend to play in a universal, positional style but I will never object to a tactical slugfest.

Openings: There are very few openings I have not outed in a tournament game (including the Chigorin), but I hold a special affinity for both sides of the Gruenfeld, Queen's Indian, Ruy Lopez, and Semi-Slav. I prefer openings with the opportunity for both positional and attacking chances.

Middlegame: I have no intention for my opponent to see an endgame, and there a lot of ways to make that happen. I prefer a positional grind, but I'll never object to attacking chances.

Endgame: I have a bad tendency (akin to Fischer) to overly seek clarity and simplicity in the endgame, which often leads to me eschewing the best moves.

I do not play competitive chess anymore since I am an attorney, but I try to keep up on all the tournaments and the latest results. I have found however, that playing Guess-the-Move chess is almost as satisfying as playing a game myself (hence the collections) and is far less time consuming. In the long list of priorities I have to juggle each day, its a great solution to my chess addiction.

The Top-20 Chessplayers of All-Time (IMO):
1) Garry Kasparov
2) Emanuel Lasker
3) Anatoly Karpov
4) Bobby Fischer
5) Jose Capablanca
6) Alexander Alekhine
7) Mikhail Botvinnik
8) Viswanathan Anand
9) Mikhail Tal
10) Viktor Korchnoi
11) Paul Keres
12) Harry Pillsbury
13) Vladamir Kramnik
14) Vassily Smyslov
15) Akiba Rubinstein
16) Siegbert Tarrasch
17) Tigran Petrosian
18) Boris Spassky
19) Samuel Reshevsky
20) Johannes Zukertort

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   Anatoly21 has kibitzed 319 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Nov-26-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
Anatoly21: <An Englishman> If 26. Qc5, then perhaps 26...Rc8.
   Nov-24-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
Anatoly21: The only way I see even a chance for white to win is to drop the d-file rook back, slide the knight over to the kingside, and place vertical pressure down the c-file. Probably still a draw, but black does appear seriously threatened by b5 here.
   Aug-30-14 Caruana vs Aronian, 2014 (replies)
Anatoly21: Or let the Queen on g6? Okay. Interesting choice Levon.
   Apr-09-13 Team White vs Team Black, 2013 (replies)
Anatoly21: team black I find a lot of irony that in a discussion forum expressly premised on the non-use of computers the first advertisement I see is for Deep Fritz. 14 days before White's first move. One wonders how much ...
   Mar-29-13 Carlsen vs Ivanchuk, 2013 (replies)
Anatoly21: It looks like a tough call between 13...Nc5 and 13...Nf5. I think I'd play the latter, but it is by no means a simple decision.
   Mar-27-13 Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2013 (replies)
Anatoly21: 32.Qf6?! seems to allow 32...Bf5 and its tough for White to convert. I don't get it.
   Mar-25-13 Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2013 (replies)
Anatoly21: Now 14.dxe5 Qxe5 15.Bf4 seems the most natural for White.
   Mar-21-13 Radjabov vs Aronian, 2013 (replies)
Anatoly21: Dancing rook time.
   Mar-21-13 Kramnik vs Ivanchuk, 2013 (replies)
Anatoly21: <Hesam7> I'm not sure if that's true. 28.Nh4+ Kg7 29.Nf5+ Kf8 30.Qb8+ Nc8 isn't too hard to see, even in time trouble. But maybe you're right and Chucky will avoid complications with a short clock.
   Mar-19-13 Gelfand vs Ivanchuk, 2013 (replies)
Anatoly21: Perpetual.
   Mar-19-13 Carlsen vs Grischuk, 2013 (replies)
   Mar-15-13 Gelfand vs Radjabov, 2013 (replies)
   Dec-07-12 Carlsen vs Polgar, 2012 (replies)
   Nov-19-12 O Zambrana vs I Krush, 2003 (replies)
   Sep-30-11 Aronian vs Ivanchuk, 2011 (replies)
   Sep-27-11 Carlsen vs Aronian, 2011 (replies)
   Sep-09-11 Svidler vs Polgar, 2011 (replies)
   Jul-29-11 Ponomariov vs Nakamura, 2011 (replies)
   Jul-17-11 Aronian vs Sutovsky, 2011 (replies)
   Jul-09-11 P S Leonhardt vs C Jaffe, 1911 (replies)
   Jun-15-11 Carlsen vs Nisipeanu, 2011 (replies)
   May-17-11 World Championship Candidates (2011) (replies)
   May-05-11 Aronian vs Grischuk, 2011 (replies)
   Apr-12-11 Zhao Jun vs Xiu Deshun, 2011 (replies)
   Mar-25-11 20th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2011) (replies)
   Feb-06-11 Kaidanov vs W J Donaldson, 1992 (replies)
   Jan-22-11 Grischuk vs Aronian, 2011 (replies)
   Jan-20-11 Smeets vs Anand, 2011 (replies)
   Jan-15-11 Carlsen vs Aronian, 2011 (replies)
   Dec-14-10 Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2010 (replies)
   Nov-04-10 Levon Aronian (replies)
   Oct-15-10 Anand vs Carlsen, 2010 (replies)
   Oct-15-10 Shirov vs Kramnik, 2010 (replies)
   Oct-01-10 Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010) (replies)
   Sep-12-10 The World vs N Pogonina, 2010 (replies)
   Sep-10-10 Carlsen vs The World, 2010 (replies)
   Jun-08-10 Garry Kasparov (replies)
   May-11-10 Anand - Topalov World Championship Match (2010) (replies)
   Apr-12-10 Battle of the Brains 3, 2009 (replies)
   Feb-25-10 Linares (2010) (replies)
   Feb-16-10 Gelfand vs Topalov, 2010 (replies)
   Feb-09-10 Keres vs E E Book, 1952 (replies)
   Jan-07-10 Tal vs Karpov, 1987 (replies)
   Dec-10-09 D Howell vs Carlsen, 2009 (replies)
   Dec-09-09 Carlsen vs McShane, 2009 (replies)
   Dec-08-09 McShane vs Short, 2009 (replies)
   Dec-08-09 London Chess Classic (2009) (replies)
   Dec-08-09 Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2009 (replies)
   Dec-06-09 Unzicker vs A Dueckstein, 1967 (replies)
   Dec-05-09 Foltys vs Golombek, 1947 (replies)
   Nov-16-09 Hans Arild Runde (replies)
   Nov-13-09 Tal Memorial (2009) (replies)
   Nov-05-09 Kramnik vs Anand, 2009 (replies)
   Oct-08-09 Carlsen vs Jakovenko, 2009 (replies)
   Oct-08-09 Radjabov vs Carlsen, 2009 (replies)
   Oct-06-09 Carlsen vs Y Wang, 2009 (replies)
   Oct-04-09 Leko vs Carlsen, 2009 (replies)
   Oct-04-09 E Limp vs A Rodriguez Vila, 2001 (replies)
   Oct-03-09 Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2009) (replies)
   Sep-20-09 P Imbaud vs Strumilo, 1922 (replies)
   Sep-14-09 P Limbos vs Klausner, 1929 (replies)
   Sep-11-09 Grand Slam Chess Final (2009) (replies)
   Aug-21-09 Beliavsky vs Gulko, 1990 (replies)
   Aug-19-09 K Lerner vs F Sideifzade, 1979 (replies)
   Aug-15-09 Aronian vs Gelfand, 2009 (replies)
   Aug-11-09 FIDE Jermuk Grand Prix (2009) (replies)
   Aug-10-09 Aronian vs E Alekseev, 2009 (replies)
   Jul-24-09 Caruana vs Morozevich, 2009 (replies)
   Jul-20-09 Morozevich vs E Alekseev, 2009 (replies)
   Jul-18-09 Vladimir Kramnik (replies)
   Jul-02-09 Ragozin vs Bondarevsky, 1946 (replies)
   Jun-30-09 17th World Computer Chess Championship (2009) (replies)
   Jun-22-09 S Zagrebelny vs A Ponyi, 1992 (replies)
   Jun-19-09 Bazna Tournament (2009) (replies)
   Jun-09-09 Nigel Short (replies)
   May-29-09 A Bykhovsky vs D Oltean, 1990 (replies)
   May-24-09 A Sokolov vs Korchnoi, 1987 (replies)
   May-20-09 Carlsen vs Dominguez Perez, 2009 (replies)
   May-18-09 US Championship (2009) (replies)
   Apr-29-09 4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009) (replies)
   Apr-21-09 Mamedyarov vs Grischuk, 2009 (replies)
   Mar-28-09 Alekhine vs Pita / Allies, 1944 (replies)
   Mar-08-09 P Popovic vs D Kosic, 1992 (replies)
   Feb-21-09 Kamsky vs Topalov, 2009 (replies)
   Feb-20-09 Anand vs Aronian, 2009 (replies)
   Feb-14-09 Petursson vs Wojtkiewicz, 1990 (replies)
   Dec-31-08 Napoleon Bonaparte vs General Bertrand, 1820 (replies)
   Dec-18-08 Buhmann vs B Saeheng, 2008 (replies)
   Nov-23-08 O Maiorov vs I Zakharevich, 1997 (replies)
   Nov-20-08 Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008) (replies)
   Nov-13-08 Robert James Fischer (replies)
   Nov-11-08 Veselin Topalov (replies)
   Oct-20-08 Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 (replies)
   Oct-19-08 J Trapl vs I Hausner, 1980 (replies)
   Oct-17-08 Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 (replies)
   Oct-15-08 Anand vs Kramnik, 2008 (replies)
   Oct-14-08 Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 (replies)
   Sep-08-08 Grand Slam Chess Final (2008) (replies)
   May-22-08 Larry Kaufman (replies)
   May-22-08 Prince Dadian vs Kolisch, 1867 (replies)
   May-09-08 Ljubojevic vs G Tringov, 1982 (replies)
   Apr-22-08 Anatoly Karpov (replies)
   Apr-12-08 O Foisor vs Smagin, 1991 (replies)
   Mar-23-08 E Mortensen vs J Rodgaard, 1980 (replies)
   Mar-18-08 Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2008) (replies)
   Mar-16-08 Karpov vs Quinteros, 1973 (replies)
   Mar-08-08 Vyzmanavin vs V Ruban, 1989 (replies)
   Mar-07-08 Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2008 (replies)
   Mar-05-08 Team White vs Team Black, 2007 (replies)
   Feb-14-08 Morelia-Linares (2008) (replies)
   Feb-02-08 Adorjan vs J Tisdall, 1981 (replies)
   Jan-23-08 Van Wely vs Carlsen, 2008 (replies)
   Jan-13-08 Van der Wiel vs Ehlvest, 1989 (replies)
   Jan-12-08 P Nikolic vs Yusupov, 1989 (replies)
   Jan-08-08 Corus Group A (2008) (replies)
   Jan-04-08 Baburin vs S Fokin, 1989 (replies)
   Dec-03-07 Najdorf vs NN, 1942 (replies)
   Nov-14-07 Ivanchuk vs Carlsen, 2007 (replies)
   Nov-12-07 Kramnik vs Leko, 2007 (replies)
   Jun-12-07 World Championship Candidates (2007) (replies)
   Jun-12-07 ??? (replies)
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