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Hi y'all - my name is Brett, I'm a 30-something CPA in Boston, specializing in M&A transactions and data analytics. When I was in high school I was a Class A/B player, and I was even the state high school chess champion (despite losing to this kid: Luke Harmon-Vellotti ). My tournament experience also includes the 2008 Denker High School State Champions' tournament. More recently, I beat Thomas Fiebig in a correspondence game (and I was much too afraid to accept a rematch!). Analysis of that game will be posted in my forum...eventually.

I lived in France for 2 years as a missionary for my church, then got very busy building a career and a family, and so took a break from chess for several years. I don't really have more free time than I did before, but I've started wanting to play again, so I guess I'm back!

At the moment I play on

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   Brettwith2ts has kibitzed 237 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-07-20 R J Gross vs Benko, 1968
Brettwith2ts: 22. d3! and the Knight has to move - if Qxd3??, 23. Rxf4!, when white cannot capture back on f4 without losing the Queen to a knight fork.
   Jan-28-20 Brettwith2ts chessforum
Brettwith2ts: <OhioChessFan> wasn't it? It looked so off that my first reaction was panic - I don't expect IMs to make moves like that, so I assumed the mistake was mine somehow. I had to triple check every line before I could convince myself it was actually just a bad move.
   Dec-11-19 Lipke vs Andrey A Markov, 1890
Brettwith2ts: <Honza Cervenka> Absolutely agree. Around about move 21, when the last white Bishop comes off the board, things are pretty even and the only advantage I see for Black is the bishops. Of course, in these wide open positions, you would expect the Bishops to have the edge, ...
   Oct-31-19 H Rossetto vs Najdorf, 1947
Brettwith2ts: Fun game. I love seeing a good positional struggle. 1. e4, c5 immediately leads to a fight over d4, which in mainlines of the Sicilian White resolves by playing a pawn to d4 and trading on that square. In the current game, Black pounces on that square with 8...Nd4!, ...
   Oct-24-19 P Copping vs B J Moore, 1956
Brettwith2ts: Odd final position. After 52. Bxg6, it's a pretty easy win for White, regardless of what Black tries. I wonder if there were other factors, time trouble etc., that we can't see from the raw moves.
   Apr-30-19 D Gormally vs Sutovsky, 2005 (replies)
Brettwith2ts: How strange. I was just looking at this game over the weekend, so Nf4 - Nh3# was fresh on my mind. Much more tricky, but still ultimately winning for Black, is:37. h4. Now, instead of 37. ...Nh3+?, Black must play 37. ...Ne2+ and 38. ...Bxf2, when the Knight and the Bishop will
   Nov-28-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Brettwith2ts: <offramp: 12.Na4 Right that's it. Black is a pawn ahead. Game over.> Based on the rest of the match, that means it's a guaranteed draw...
   Nov-16-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Brettwith2ts: <Diademas: Are we in tablebase territory now?> Biggest tablebase I know of is 7-piece, so we just need one more piece off the board
   Nov-13-18 A Stefanova vs M Makropoulou, 1994
Brettwith2ts: Interesting game! I want to come back and analyze this more later. I feel like Black was doing well despite the material imbalance, but 35. ... Na3?does a lot more than just hang a pawn - it brings White's rooks into play as well. And then 40. ... Nd4? was just a shame, no need
   Nov-13-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Brettwith2ts: <sudoplatov: The "same" opening with White and Black isn't really the same. The objectives are a bit different. Playing a standard Sicilian reversed with a move-in-hand does't necessarily guarantee White a bigger advantage than other openings. White (supposedly) is trying to
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Aug-19-08  ravel5184: Although 1. Kf5 Kf7 2. e8=Q+ Kxe8 3. Kf6 Kf8 4. Kg6 Ke8 isn't forced, instead 4 ... Ke8 5. Kf6 Kf8 draws. So sue me. :(
Aug-19-08  Mrs. Alekhine: Hi <Bret>!!


I mean <Brett>!!

Thanks for dropping by.

If you find any <Alekhine> material you want to share, please drop it in my forum.

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  Brettwith2ts: Sorry I've been gone for so long, I've been busy getting all of my mission stuff ready.

<ravel5184>, what if, instead, you played 1) Kd5!, ?

then, black has to repeat the moves Kf7, Ke8 while white walks his king around 2)Kc5, 3)Kb6 4)Kc7 5)Kc8 then Kxd7 followed by e8=Q wins easily. If black does any move that doesn't start with a K and end with either e8 or f7, then white simply pushed to e8 and queens (or underpromotes to a rook, just for kicks and giggles ;D)

Did I get everything right?

Sep-22-08  chessamateur: Good luck and we'll be waiting for you when you get back.
Sep-22-08  zanshin: Good luck <Brett>. See you in 2010!
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  Open Defence: good luck! and do keep in touch with the site!!!
Sep-23-08  gus inn: Good luck (bonne chance !) <Brett> .Hope you will enjoy your stay in Paris - yes, and keep still in touch with our site S.V.P.

Au revoir !

Sep-23-08  timhortons: brett all the best, hope youre mission well be fruitfull.
Sep-24-08  whiskeyrebel: Enjoy your mission Brett. We'll see you again down the road..
Sep-24-08  Woody Wood Pusher: Paris? I don't understand. Aren't missionaries supposed to go places that are poor and deprived so that they can spread their faith AND do something materially constructive as well?
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  Brettwith2ts: Hello, everybody, I'm back, and I got lucky enough to win back my premium account! Wine and cheese tasting is in the room to your left, chess and music discussions are welcome anywhere! Make yourselves (essentially) at home.
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  Brettwith2ts: See a random post from me, on a game that looks untouched since it was uploaded? It's part of my new training system; I'm analyzing games with items of interest (openings that I like, etc.) and when I find something I think is worth sharing, or I have a question, I post it! I hope that my work will <at worst> amuse and <at best> enlighten.

Feel free to make comments and suggest improvements.

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  technical draw: Hi, Brett (w2t's). I recognize the wave function in your avatar. The formula is precariously close to TD's secret formula to win the pick 3 lottery. You wouldn't, by any chance, be trying to steal TD's secret to fame and fortune, would you? If so I would advise you to desist in your efforts since I have 26 patent attorneys just itching to sue!

Stick with the chessbookie and stay clear of the pick 3 lottery, capice?

Jan-22-11  Lennonfan: <technical doilum> Why do you constantly refer to yourself in the second person in every single post?? Lennonfan thinks TD's retirement is long overdue!!
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  Brettwith2ts: <TD> you have made a grave mistake! I have long sought after the famous TD Pick 3 formula, but I never thought it would be right under my nose! Hahahaha, now I shall use this knowledge to gamble to my heart's content!

And with my new-found earnings, I shall simply pay off your patent attorneys. Thank you, <TD>!

and, p.s. welcome back, glad you're not gone. =)

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  Brettwith2ts: Hello everyone,
I'm trying to train up a bit once again (after a long, long break), and part of that training is reviewing, analyzing, and annotating games. Some of them are my own, some of them are master games, whatever I feel like is going to help me improve.

If that sounds interesting to you, feel free to check in on my forum from time to time. No promises or representations about how frequently I will update, but I hope to make this a somewhat regular thing. As always, any feedback or comments on my games or analysis is greatly appreciated!

Best ,

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  tpstar: <Brettwith2ts> That's great how you are using this site to improve at chess. =)

Annotating your games (wins and losses) is a surefire way to learn and improve. You have all the time in the world to analyze different lines for both sides, plus you discover exactly when your opening book runs out, and even incorporate engine suggestions. Using this database, I advise students to locate three wins in that line as reference games for next time; additional games could be stored in a Game Collection. Start with your all-time favorite win that you want to show your friends.

Good luck. =)

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  Brettwith2ts: Hi <tpstar>! Long time no see, I remember you from back in the 'old days' of, haha!

I'm a little embarrassed that I promised annotated games nearly three months ago and never delivered. Life and responsibilities have a way of running away with us, I guess. Let me see if I can post one I did a month or so ago, to get back into my original plan:

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  Brettwith2ts: Raw game below, I'll post the analysis separately because it got a bit long for one post. This is a daily chess game I played as White.

[Event "Let's Play!"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2019.03.19"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E12"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. a3 Bb7 5. Nc3 d5 6. cxd5 Nxd5 7. e3 Be7 8. Bb5+ Nd7 9. Nxd5 Bxd5 10. Ne5 c6 11. Nxc6 Bxc6 12. Bxc6 Rc8 13. Bf3 O-O 14. O-O Qc7 15. Bd2 a5 16. Qa4 Nf6 17. e4 e5 18. d5 Bc5 19. Rac1 Qd6 20. b4 axb4 21. axb4 Bd4 22. b5 Nd7 23. Rc6 Rxc6 24. bxc6 Nc5 25. Bb4 f5 26. exf5 Rxf5 27. Qa7 Rxf3 28. gxf3 Qg6+ 29. Kh1 Qf5 30. Qa3 Nd3 31. Qa8+ Kf7 32. Qf8+ Kg6 33. Rg1+ 1-0

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  Brettwith2ts: Analysis Part 1/2:

1. d4 ♘f6
2. c4 e6
3. ♘f3 b6

A Queenís Indian. Both sides should be focused on the light squares in the center (d5 and e4), as those squares determine, among other things, the value of the b7 Bishop. 4. a3 ♗b7
4. a3 (the Petrosian variation) prepares Nc3 by preventing ...Bb4, pinning the knight. Now, the white knight on c3 will exert significant influence on the central light squares.

5. ♘c3 d5
6. cxd5 ♘xd5
7. e3 ♗e7
8. ♗b5+ ♘d7?

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Missing a tactic. Bb5+ was intended to force ...c6, which sort of loses a tempo for White as they must retreat the bishop; however, after Be3, White has developed their pieces nicely around the e4 square, while Black has hemmed in their bishop on b7, at least temporarily.

After Nd7, the pinned knight is inadequately defended, and Blackís K / Q are poorly placed on their starting squares. The nd5 can defend d7 by dropping back to f6, so removing the defender is necessary (even though it isnít defending the square yet - I was proud of that).

9. ♘xd5! ♗xd5
10. ♘e5

Now the pinned Knight is attacked twice and canít be safely defended - Black has to trade pieces for one of the attackers, and the only way to do that is to first give up a pawn to facilitate the trade.

Note that 10. Ö Bxg2 runs into Rg1 - now the light-squared bishop is hanging as well as the Nd7, and saving the light-squared bishop gives White a powerful rook on the open g-file. As an example: 10. Ö Bxg2, 11. Bxd7+, Kf8, 12. Rg1, Bd5, 13. Qh5! And White is up a piece, Black canít castle, and White has a big attack on the Kingside.

10. Ö c6
11. ♘xc6 ♗xc6

I trade ♘ for b simply to have the two bishops - I think itís fine to trade B for B, but this way my LSB is likely to be a powerful piece on the board. Although it becomes relevant around move 17 when it allows some central expansion, it never has quite the impact I hoped for when I made this move.

12. ♗xc6 ♖c8
13. ♗f3?!

I liked this move at the time, but looking back on it Iím not sure that the bishop is that well-placed on f3. Qa4 was the most aggressive option, keeping the Knight pinned and using the Queen to poke at the Q-side further, but that felt too aggressive for this position, at least to me. A more solid alternative might have been Bb5, but Bf3 certainly doesnít give away the advantage. The Computer prefers Qa4, but also says that Be4 (exerting pressure on h7, should Black decide to castle) is about the same or slightly better than my move.

13. Ö O-O
14. O-O ♕c7
15. ♗d2 a5

We are both pursuing simple development. Iím bringing the bishop off the home square and preparing to challenge Black for the c-file, while Black is connecting their rooks and trying to get some play on either the c-file or the b8-h2 diagonal. Blackís ...a5 is also hemming in my dark-squared bishop; I decide to bring my queen out to connect my own rooks and halt the q-side expansion.

16. ♕a4 ♘f6

Finally, we come back to the struggle on e4 - d5. 15. ...Nf6 has the goal of restraining my center and bringing the fight back to these squares, but without a Bb7, the Knight isnít sufficient to control those squares.

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  Brettwith2ts: Analysis part 2/3

17. e4 !? ...

Perhaps !? is a little generous with my move, but I really like my plan. My idea is to occupy those central squares, freeing my DSB and creating a strong pawn center with a lot of space and flexibility for my pieces. Blackís DSB has nowhere to go, as ...Bd6?? Would walk into e5! with a fork on his minor pieces. If Black replies with Qc4 or Qc2, trying to attack my center or my Q-side laterally, Iím not too afraid of trading queens and playing Bc3, when we reach a complicated middlegame. Iím intending to move my rooks into the center to support my pawns, while my opponent will play ...e5, bring his other rook in, and try to break up my center.

The computer says I still maintain an advantage, but would have preferred Qb5!, improving the Queen and continuing to restrain the Q-side pawns.

17. Ö e5 ?!

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Regardless of computer evals, I consider this move a mistake. Now I get to turn my extra pawn into a central passer, supported by another pawn. True, the pawn isnít queening anytime soon, but Black has to constantly watch it to make sure it stays restrained. In my mind, this makes 18. d5 far superior to 18. dxe5.

On the plus side for Black, the pawn on e5 does give them more space, and after Whiteís next move, the d4 square is available for Blackís use, as well as a weakening of the important a7-g1 diagonal. Black chooses a plan that seems logical to me, putting a bishop on that diagonal and ultimately on d4, where it supports e5 and exerts pressure on the King.

18. d5 ♗c5
19. ♖ac1 ♕d6

A good move, getting the Queen out of opposition with the Rook. Here I have the thought of creating another passer, by getting a pawn to b5 then trading Rooks on c6. Two connected passed pawns (plus a pawn chain that extends right through the middle of the board) put strong pressure on Black to maintain a blockade, which I expect would give me a strong long-term advantage and good chances of winning.

20. b4 axb4
21. axb4 ♗d4
22. b5 ♘d7 ?!

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Repositioning the Knight to c5, which is a better square for the Knight but allows me to carry out my plan. Although c5 is a nice square for the knight, Black doesnít want a Rook on c6, nor does he want a second passed pawn on c6.

23. ♖c6! ♖xc6?

Completing my plan for me, but in his defense leaving the white Rook on c6 wasnít appealing either. 23. Ö Nc5, 24. Qc2, Qd8 is a better try for Black than the line in the game: in the Nc5 alternative, Black has very active minor pieces and whiteís passed pawn isnít going anywhere; after Rxc6, White has two advanced, connected passed pawns that Black has to constantly deal with.

24. bxc6 ♘c5
25. ♗b4 f5

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  Brettwith2ts: Analysis part 3/3

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Bb4 pins Blackís Knight to the Queen, allowing a trade of queens which I believe would be in my favor since I have the long-term positional advantage of those passed pawns. More to the point, trading queens would land my Bishop on d6, where it can start supporting the final push of the passed pawns to the queening square. Importantly, on b4 the Bishop also x-rays the Rf8, and the f8-square through the Knight and Queen, even if Black doesnít trade queens.

After ...f5, I immediately saw the coming Exchange sacrifice ...Rxf3. I was naturally nervous about the threat, and spent a lot of time analyzing variations on the sacrifice before I committed to capturing on f5.

The obvious threat Black is playing for is ...Rxf5, followed by ...Rxf3, and if White recaptures gxf3, then ...Qg6+. The weakened Kingside isnít sufficient for a mating attack (Blackís pieces are all on the Queenside, and that queen isnít going to do the job all alone), but Black has another threat. If Black can safely capture on f3 with the Queen, he can force a draw by repetition by repeating Qg4 - Qf3 - Qg4. I saw this threat, but I thought I could sneak my Queen around the board and back to the kingside in time to stop the perpetual, using a7, b8, c7, etc. to check the black king while I slowly walk my queen toward the Kingside and safety.

26. exf5 ♖xf5
27. ♕a7?!

Not sure this is best, but I couldnít see what else to do. Now his Knight is still pinned, but he no longer has the option of Nxa4 trading queens - and he has to defend a6. I still hadnít found my saving resource yet - if I had seen Qa3, perhaps I would have played it here and completely defused the exchange sac threat.

27. ... ♖xf3
28. gxf3 ♕g6+
29. ♔h1 ♕f5

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There are a lot of variations to consider here, and not many of them work out well for White. For example:

<30. Kg2, Qg6+ 31. Kh1 and we have just repeated. If 31. Kh3, Qf5+ and we have to step back to Kg2 again (Kh4??, Qf4+! And White is suddenly getting mated).

Playing 30. h3 to try and get some luft immediately gives away the perpetual: 30. h3??, Qxh3+!, 31. Kg1, Qg3+! When White cannot capture the Queen due to the Bd4 pinning the f-pawn.>

I calculated the plan of Qa8+, etc., again (walking the Queen to the Kingside by checking the Black King repeatedly). I could get my Queen to the h-file, preventing the draw, but I couldnít find a way to save the f3 pawn (or d5, for that matter). I spent nearly my full three days of analysis time before deciding that the simple Qa3 would neutralize all of Blackís threats, and hold onto my passed pawns.

As it turns out, both of us missed a brilliant move that would have drawn the game for Black!

30. ♕a3 (??) ♘d3 ??

Nd3 is just a bad move, losing by force. Pause for a moment and see if you can find what we both missed.


Instead of Nd3, 30. Ö Bc3!!!, suggested by Stockfish, appears to get back to a draw!

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Now, if 31. Qxc3, Nd3!! And thereís no stopping the perpetual. 31. Qa8+ very quickly runs out of checks, since the Nc5 is covering the b7 square. After 30. Ö Bc3, Whiteís only hope is the equally crazy-looking 31. h3!!, Qxh3+, 31. Kg1, Qxf3 (note that the f2 pawn is no longer pinned so Qg3+ fails), 32. Qa8+, Kf7, 33. Qc8 (to prevent the perpetual again), ... Bxb4 when Stockfish says whiteís advantage is now less than a pawn. To be honest, if an opponent finds that over the board, they deserve the half point that they won back.

Returning to the actual game: Other than the Computer-like Bc3, every other move in this position is pretty hopeless for Black. Things wrap up pretty quickly:

31. ♕a8+! ♔f7

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32. ♕f8+ ♔g6
33. ♖g1+ 1-0

The queen is lost, and the computer announces mate in 7.

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  Brettwith2ts: My game against Thomas Fiebig . I've started and stopped a few times on making a thorough analysis of the game that I could post - and maybe someday it will indeed get posted here - but for now I just want this somewhere I won't forget it.

[Site ""]
[Date "2019.04.28"]
[White "Thomas_Fiebig"]
[Black "Saturosian"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. d4 cxd4 6. cxd4 d6 7. Bc4 e6 8. O-O Be7 9. a3 O-O 10. Qc2 dxe5 11. dxe5 Qc7 12. Qe4 Rd8 13. Re1 a6 14. Bg5 Nxe5 15. Qxe5 Qxc4 16. Nbd2 Qc6 17. Rac1 Qd7 18. Bxe7 Qxe7 19. Ne4 f6 20. Qg3 e5 21. h3 Be6 22. Nc5 Rac8 23. Nxe6 Qxe6 24. Qh4 Nf4 25. Rxc8 Qxc8 26. b4 Qc3 27. Re3 Rd3 28. Rxd3 Qxd3 29. Qg4 f5 30. Qg5 Nxh3+ 31. gxh3 Qxf3 32. Qd8+ Kf7 33. Qc7+ Kg6 34. Qxe5 h6 35. Qe6+ Kh5 36. Qf7+ g6 37. a4 Qe4 38. Qf8 Qb1+ 39. Kg2 Qe4+ 40. Kg1 Qf3 41. Qe7 Qd5 42. Qe2+ Kh4 43. Qe3 g5 44. Qb6 h5 45. Qe3 f4 46. Qc3 Qd1+ 47. Kg2 Qe2 48. Qd4 b5 49. a5 Qc4 50. Qxc4 bxc4 51. Kf3 c3 52. Ke2 c2 53. Kd2 g4 54. hxg4 hxg4 55. b5 g3, White Resigned

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  OhioChessFan: 14. Bg5 was surprising.
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  Brettwith2ts: <OhioChessFan> wasn't it? It looked so off that my first reaction was panic - I don't expect IMs to make moves like that, so I assumed the mistake was mine somehow. I had to triple check every line before I could convince myself it was actually just a bad move.
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