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Member since Jan-09-20 · Last seen May-27-22
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 2244 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-27-22 F La Rota vs B Finegold, 1988 (replies)
Brenin: <NM JRousselle: 18 Kc3 looks like a mistake, placing the king on the open c file> Agreed! Also, 15 Kd2 and the response Kd7 look strange; why not 15 Nb5?
   May-26-22 Letelier vs Pilnik, 1959 (replies)
Brenin: White is spoilt for choice here: both 22 Bxe6+ and 22 Nxe6, followed by 23 Nd5, are crushing. He can also try 22 Bf3, and if 22 ... Rb8 then 23 Nd5 exd5 24 Bxd5+, or if 22 ... B(or N)b7 then exchange on b7 followed by Rf7. Where did Black go wrong? 7 ... Nc6, allowing White to force ...
   May-25-22 Vasiukov vs Kholmov, 1964 (replies)
Brenin: I think Black could have had a draw with 16 ... Nh5 17 Qg4 Nf6 18 Qg3, as White's alternatives, e.g. 17 Qd3 g6 18 Nxe7+ Qxe7 19 Bxf8 Rxf8, look good for Black (20 ... Nhf4 is threatened).
   May-24-22 G Garcia vs B Zuckerman, 1986 (replies)
Brenin: <saturn2>: Indeed, 24 Nxf7 (not Bxf7) Rb2 25 Nh6+ is a lot quicker than 25 Nd8+: after 25 ... Kh8 (forced) 26 Rxf8 is mate.
   May-23-22 Showalter vs Pillsbury, 1904 (replies)
Brenin: <landshark>: Bad luck! Black to move is easy: exchange Qs and Rs on d2, then Rxb2+. White wins the P on e4, but Black's g- and h-pawns give him a clear win. Doubtless that was what Black had in mind when playing 30 ... Qxf2.
   May-23-22 D Rogozenco vs J Gallagher, 1999 (replies)
Brenin: Does Black have a win after 25 Kg1 rather than 25 Qxf2, e.g. Nfe4+ 26 Kh2 fxg3+ 27 Kh1 Nf2+ 28 Kg1 Rxd8 29 Bxc5 Bxc5 30 Kf1 Bf5 31 Ne4, and White seems to have survived?
   May-22-22 Sanduleac vs V Varadi, 2003 (replies)
Brenin: <Stanco>: After 13 Bxf7+ Kxf7 14 Qb3+ I think 14 ... Kf8 is better for Black than 14 ... Kg6, e.g. 15 Ng5 Ne5 16 f4 h6 17 fxe5 hxg5 18 exf6 Bxf6 19 Nd5 leaves Black a P up but with a rather loose position.
   May-22-22 Nunn vs Smeets, 2006 (replies)
Brenin: Perhaps the pun is a slightly inaccurate memory of Samuel L. Jackson quoting Ezekiel 25:17 in Pulp Fiction: "I shall strike down upon thee with great vengeance ..."?
   May-21-22 A Kushnir vs Evans, 1975 (replies)
Brenin: <spingo>: <Men take brave decisions ... 19...Bxc3!! followed by 20...f6!!> I hope those exclamation marks were ironic, and you meant "brave decisions" in the sense of Yes, Minister, i.e. likely to lead to disaster. Do you really think that Black's position has been ...
   May-21-22 Morozevich vs Movsesian, 2008 (replies)
Brenin: <ag2002>: The position after 25 Nxb5 cxb5 26 Be5 Bxf3 27 Bxc7 Bd5 is indeed unclear, White having Q+P for 2B+N. My impression is that despite his protected passed P on c5, White is at a disadvantage, with a poorly placed N and a Q which will be chased around the board by a ...
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