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Member since May-02-07 · Last seen Nov-12-19
Northern Michigan is my current home. I grew up near Detroit, and played chess as a junior. I attended Hope College and the University of Chicago, and lived and worked in Washington DC for 10 years.

I'm just getting back into chess, and enjoying as a way to find my way back.

   DrGridlock has kibitzed 889 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-11-19 E Torre vs Van der Wiel, 1987 (replies)
DrGridlock: <With increment, I'd say mate in two or three rarely matters. Without however, finding that pattern that allows mate in as few moves as possible regardless of reply could be difference in flagging or not. It's incredibly unlikely, but especially in bullet (1/0) or 'regular' ...
   Oct-02-19 H Melkumyan vs A Donchenko, 2014 (replies)
DrGridlock: From Chessgames: <What kind of move am I looking for? The goal is to find the best move, or sequence of moves, in the given position. You do not always have to find a checkmate! Just find the best move. Usually, this move will lead to a superior position, either by a forced ...
   Sep-23-19 Anand vs Van Wely, 1998 (replies)
DrGridlock: What makes this puzzle difficult is labeling it a "Monday" puzzle. Yes, 35 Bxg6 opens up black's kingside in a way that will become very uncomfortable. However, as Patzer points out, after 35 Re7 there is no quick path to a mate or sizable material gain (the usual fruits of a ...
   Sep-16-19 C Coppola vs B Macias Murillo, 2009 (replies)
DrGridlock: Maybe it should be black to play after 34 bxg6?
   Aug-18-19 Anand vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
DrGridlock: Black's queen can still escape. After Ng3 Qg4 h3, the queen can retreat along the diagonal to e6.
   Aug-16-19 GCT St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (2019)
DrGridlock: Nope ... I was the bald guy!! (Still every guy in the building).
   Aug-15-19 Aronian vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2019
DrGridlock: I was at the St Louis chess club to watch this one. A little back story to the game. This was the final game in the Rapid and Blitz tournament. Aronian had a 1.0 point lead over Yu Yangyi, so a draw in this game would guarantee a tournament victory. Hats off to MVL for playing ...
   Aug-14-19 Carlsen vs L Dominguez, 2019
DrGridlock: 2 Qh5 Nice to see that Magnus has decided to branch out into stand-up comedy!
   Aug-14-19 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Aronian, 2019
DrGridlock: Love watching Aronian play chess, and has some innovative chess ideas, but 18 ... Kg7 was not Aronian's best idea. What's that bishop doing on a7 anyways? After: 18 ... Bxf2 19 Kxf2 Nxe4+ 20 Rxe4 Qxg5 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Levon Aronian [DIAGRAM] Black's may safely ...
   Aug-12-19 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
DrGridlock: So much to calculate after 27 h6: Fabiano Caruana - Magnus Carlsen [DIAGRAM] my head is spinning! The "fun line" is: 27 ... Na3+ 28 Bxa3 Bxa3 29 h7+ Kh8 30 Nd5 Fabiano Caruana - Magnus Carlsen [DIAGRAM] and now white threatens mate with the knight on g6 - which ...
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