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Member since Jan-09-20 · Last seen May-25-20
I'm a semi-retired mathematician, born in Cardiff and living in Southampton UK. I played a lot as a student, coming second in the 1967 Welsh Senior and British Junior (under-21) Championships. After a long career-and-family break from chess I started playing again in 2011, mainly in the local Southampton league, but occasionally in international team tournaments on lower boards for England Seniors. My FIDE rating is 1926.

   Brenin has kibitzed 161 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-25-20 Tal vs H Karner, 1976 (replies)
Brenin: White was in trouble from 24 Qxc3 e3 onwards (24 Bxg5 e3 25 Bxe3 was much better), with the resulting P on f2 a real thorn in his side. Did Black lose on time, or not see that after 33 ... Re7+ 34 Ne6+ Kg8 he was safe from the mating threats of Qb8+, and in fact in a winning ...
   May-25-20 E Sedina vs J Majdan-Gajewska, 2006 (replies)
Brenin: Mystified by the "pun" (thanks, <PB>, for the reference), I expected to see some interesting horseplay in this game. The only equestrian interest I could find was a tenuous etymological link in Black's weird opening.
   May-25-20 A Chibukhchian vs Z Izoria, 2001 (replies)
Brenin: I spent a minute or three, looking for a mate, before deciding that the game line was the best, and was sufficient for a win. White was already in some trouble, but the pawn grab 26 Bxb7 was negligent: a defensive move, such as f4 or Qe1, was needed. Later, 32 Rb4 was fatal: 32 Be4 ...
   May-24-20 G Schwartzman vs Kaidanov, 1996 (replies)
Brenin: I got the game line, minus the time-gaining repetitions, as far as Re8, after which I had to trust that the dancing knights would prove too much for White's defences.
   May-23-20 D Rensch vs T Abrahamyan, 2010 (replies)
Brenin: The finish is very pleasing: White leaves the R on b4, en prise to the N on c6, while he conducts manoeuvres around Black's K, and then the coup de grace is to move the R to another square, b8, where it is also en prise to the N, but again Black dare not capture it. The lockdown ...
   May-23-20 Morozevich vs E Alekseev, 2004 (replies)
Brenin: I chose 22 h6, which I think also wins, though after 22 ... fxg6 23 hxg7 the retreat Bd8 can make White's task a little harder.
   May-22-20 Tal vs Psakhis, 1983
Brenin: <paavoh>: After 23 Kc2 Bd5 (almost trapping the Q) 24 Qb4 Qe2+ 25 Rd2 Be4+ 26 Kb2 Nd3+ 27 Ka1 Qxf1, White is hanging on by his fingernails. Tal's 21 Nf1 seems to lead to a draw on best play: <Albertan>'s line looks drawn after 29 Ka3 bxc4 30 Nxe1 Kf8 31 Kb4, and after 27 ...
   May-22-20 A Timofeev vs S Feller, 2010 (replies)
Brenin: Today's GOTD and POTD are both associated with allegations of unsporting behaviour. Coincidence? It is a shame that this beautiful game we play occasionally attracts those who seek to defile it.
   May-22-20 Kamsky vs Short, 1994 (replies)
Brenin: Nice puzzle, but perhaps the winning move is too thematic, and the game itself too well-known (for all the wrong reasons).
   May-21-20 P Viner vs Leko, 1992 (replies)
Brenin: I found 20 ... Nxg2 21 Kxg2 Nf4+, expecting 22 Kf1 Bxf3 23 Ne5 Bxe5 (23 ... Bh6 loses to 24 Nxf7) 24 Rxe5, when Black has won a pawn and left White with a leaky K-side, but wasn't convinced that it was enough. Clearly it was.
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