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Member since Nov-27-05 · Last seen Mar-17-21
I am an avid chess fan. I play & study chess as much as I can sometimes on-line, regular tournament & league OTB play. I also read as much as time presents me about this great royal game.

As to my favourite player it has to be Mikhail Tal the sixth World Chess Champion. This was motivated primarily from reading his autobiographic games collection titled 'The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal' and from learning that Mikhail smoked, enjoyed a drink, had a keen eye for the ladies all of which he combined (?!) with becoming the planet's sixth World Chess Champion when he dethroned the USSR automaton that was Mikhail Botvinnik - one of the world's greatest players & thinkers of chess.

Anyway, as well as being an avid chess fan I am also a season ticket holder for Manchester City Football Club & play golf, enjoy reading (Iain Banks being a particular favourite) & love listening to music of an eclectic variety (from the Beatles (John Lennon's lyrics are some of the best you'll ever hear), to Mozart to Sam Cooke to Martha Wainwright to Outkast to Habib Koité & Bamada back to Rachmaninov); good music is good music) which all equates to a much more sedentary lifestyle than my younger days when I often took the long road to nowhere looking for somwhere...

City till I Cry! Oh an don't call me Shirley.

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   BlueMooner has kibitzed 86 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-23-10 Tal vs J Grefe, 1991 (replies)
BlueMooner: It seems clear to me that Black was hoodwinked by the simple but rather crude 11.♗f4 novelty. Perhaps 11...♘g6 was an improvement as it then hits the e5-♙ from three directions after which Black would have a massive ♙-centre & potential counterplay.
   Oct-14-10 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 (replies)
BlueMooner: Well Pom it was only a temporary end to the "USSR's reign" as sadly for all chess lovers Fischer subsequently refused to play Karpov which could have been some wonderful chess.
   Aug-18-10 Damljanovic vs Short, 1980
BlueMooner: Apparently there was a rare incidence of a violation of the protocol agreement
   Jan-16-10 S Collins vs R Palliser, 2001
BlueMooner: Ummm... a 2200 playing a game of professional chess blunders a pawn on his 11th move with 11.b3? ♘xe4 and then limps to the finishing line to lose 50 moves later. Nice; in a way satisfying in a schadenfreude type way for a 1800 pleb like me!?
   Nov-17-09 S Meenakshi vs C Ward, 2004
BlueMooner: Could anyone tell me why White would not want to play 10.♗xa6 here? Why not smash Black's queenside pawn-majority to pieces as it's one of his biggest trumps in the Benoni? Surely letting Black clear some space with 13...♗xe2 a few moves later assists Black?
   Nov-03-09 Efim Geller (replies)
BlueMooner: I thoroughly agree with Paris. McDonald's annotation collections are consistently entertaining and his latest offering 'Chess Secrets: The Giants of Power Play' is no exception. Geller's games are great fun & I have been impressed with his aggressive but principled repertoire - ...
   Sep-08-08 Joern Gronemann
BlueMooner: I am unconvinced of the integrity of this line in the Scandanavian. I am sure there is a refutation; surely there are some strong players out who can see the flaw in 12...Qc7?
   Jul-25-07 S Palatnik vs Geller, 1980 (replies)
BlueMooner: With the Trompowsky affected kingside pawn-structure obviously minus the knight 15...Bxg2?? was a truely appalling move by a Grandmaster of world class ability such as Geller. He may as well written an invite that said 'Kingside Attack for White please'.
   Jul-14-07 E Gereben vs Spielmann, 1934 (replies)
BlueMooner: Sensational speculative sacrifice 13...Nxe5! was fairly outrageous, particularly as it was seusequently followed by two further pawn sacrifices, but ultimately led to an unstoppable attack.
   May-27-07 D Feofanov vs V Popov, 2004
BlueMooner: 'Stuffing the Bird'! may have been a more appropriate description of this refutation of White's 1.f4
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