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Member since Oct-11-03 · Last seen Oct-07-23
Once almost beat a guy who once almost beat Bobby Fischer Full Member

   Eggman has kibitzed 3983 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-29-23 Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1983
Eggman: Korchnoi could have played a few more moves. 78.Kg8 would have given a position that occurred in Gelfand vs Svidler, 2001 (after 94.Kh2 there), a game which Svidler didn't manage to win. Granted, the latter was a rapid game.
   May-29-23 Dominguez Perez vs E Moradiabadi, 2022
Eggman: Of course it's lost, but I think Black should play on with 10...Bxe4 11.Nc3 Bxf3 12.Nxd5 Bxd5, with two minor pieces for the queen.
   Apr-14-23 Fischer vs J Dedinsky, 1964
Eggman: Today on Jeopardy: IF YOU'RE "SEARCHING FOR" LOSSES BY THIS CHESS CHAMP, YOU'LL FIND IN 1964 HE DID FALL TO JOHN DEDINSKY IN 17 MOVES How dare they not mention that this was a simul!
   Apr-06-23 Nepomniachtchi - Ding World Championship Match (2023) (replies)
Eggman: What happens is the match is still tied, even after all the tiebreaks? I don't see any provision for this scenario in the rules above.
   Feb-09-23 Tigran V Petrosian (replies)
Eggman: Question (answer) on Jeopardy today: "Tigran Petrosian, on an Armenian dram, was a world champion of this game." The answer (question): "What is chess?" "Dram", for those who don't know (I didn't) is Armenian currency.
   Jan-02-23 Hikaru Nakamura (replies)
Eggman: <<I thought MC said he would only play Firouzja and no one else, but I might be misremembering.>> If so, then I am misremembering right along with you.
   Dec-21-22 R Byrne vs Benko, 1978 (replies)
Eggman: The length of this game doesn't bother me. It's calling a halt to the game when there was still plenty of play left in the position that's unacceptable. I don't care if they've played 13 moves or 213 moves - if they haven't reached a dead drawn position, they have no right to call it
   Dec-20-22 Henrique Mecking
Eggman: The timing of Mecking's illness was especially unfortunate with respect to his chess career. The 1979-1981 World Championship cycle was the big opportunity for the world's elite players, not so much to become World Champion, but to at least get a world championship match. In the ...
   Dec-16-22 Korchnoi - Mecking Candidates Quarterfinal (1974)
Eggman: How could Korchnoi predict that he would lose a match with Fischer by the score of 6.5 to 4.5? In what scenario would a world championship match be best of 12, especially back in those days?
   Dec-12-22 P Cleghorn vs Evans, 1977 (replies)
Eggman: <AW> Wouldn't 22...Kf8 23.Rxd5 b5 be refuted by 23.Qh8+ followed by skewering the black queen? To make your idea viable, Black would have to replace 22...Kf8 with 22...Kg8 or 22...Kf7, but still after 22...Kg8 23.Rxd5 b5 24.cxb6 White is surely winning. The far-advanced passer ...
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  Eggman: Another classic puzzle, one of the prettiest combinations of its kind ever played:

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Farges - Rakhinshteyn, Toronto, 1984

White to play and draw. Solution to follow.

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  Eggman: <<cyruslaihy>>

Here is a puzzle with a theme similar to the one you posted on the kibitzer's cafe page a couple of days ago (the one that you said took you twenty minutes to solve):

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Karsa-Meneth, 1986
White to play and win.

Jul-05-06  cyruslaihy: i got it!

1 Ne7+ Kf8 2 Nc8+ Kg8 3 Re8+ Nxe8 4 Ne7+ Kf8 Nxh7#

1...Kh8 2 Nxf7#

4...Kh8 5 Nxf7#

thanks for the puzzle!

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  Eggman: Solution to Farges-Rakhinshteyn above:

1.♖xg6+!! ♔xg6 (1...fxg6 2.♕xf8+ ♔h7 3.♖f7+ ♖xf7+ 4.♕xf7+ ♔h8 5.♕f8+ =) 2.♕f6+ ♔h7 (2...♔h5?? 3.♖f5+ exf5 4.♕xf5#) 3.♖g3 ♖g8 4.♖g7+! ♖xg7 5.♕xh6+! ♔g8 6.♕h8+! ♔xh8 Stalemate!

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  Eggman: <<cyruslaihy>> Well done. You can see the similarity to the Nimzo puzzle you sighted - in both cases White uses a discovered check to block an enemy piece (in this case the Rook on a8), thus making the rest of the combo possible.
Oct-25-07  whiteshark: Any relations to Eggman ??
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  Eggman: <<Whiteshark>>

Wierd! I wouldn't mind taking credit for that guy's one game, but no, it's just a coincidink.

Nov-25-07  timhortons: from montreal..if youre from toronto then we had the same time schedule....almost 3 am aight? im playin in fics and gameknot till 6am almost daily
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  Eggman: Hello, timhortons! I had an intuition that you were Canadian. I'm afraid I've never actually played on-line.
Nov-30-07  timhortons: eggman lately i play blitz for i dont trust games done in correspondence chess....with lot of chess software around who knows what they well blitz i always had quarrel with people who adjourn the game when we reach a complicated fics i almost got banned for icc there is these 2100 plus player that in mid game when his downed on 10 seconds he postpone the game and come back 20 minutes after...i dont feel good about it though i restraint my self from confronting him for his rating alone would tell he could blow me to pieces on board but in blitz who knows what would happen between us...i feel bad of players who adjourn the blitz game... i feel theyre cheatin... i didnt finish the game with that man..i intentionally loss on time
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  Eggman: <timhortons> What about (heaven forbid!) playing someone face to face? People did this for hundreds of years before the dreaded internet came along, and Montreal has a pretty good chess community, n'est pas?
Oct-07-08  timhortons: <eggman> how are you? you know last canadian open i meet some guys from toronto, they come to montreal to join the tournament and these guys are rated 1400 and 1700, they come here and stay in the hotel for one week just to join the tournament, I cant come to terms of it. I even hear some masters from toronto complaining about hotel accomodation and these and that but patzers dont mind spending money for there beloved sport.
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  Eggman: Maybe the masters don't have so much money because of all the time they've invested to become chess masters?
Oct-23-10  Phony Benoni: <Eggman> I've spruced up the Yasser Seirawan bio a bit. I was a little uneasy about his top world standing, as I could find no actual confirmation. Chessmetrics puts him at #14 at his peak, but that's not really official.

I like to confirm stuff I put into the bios, so if you have some definite information I would appreciate hearing it.

I'm also pretty sure that Seirawan made a People Magazine "Beautiful People" list, but couldn't find any details.

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  Eggman: Thanks so much for getting back to me, PB! The top 13 on the FIDE July 1990 world rankings were as follows:

1. Kasparov, G 2800
2. Karpov, A 2730
3. Ivanchuk, V 2680
4. Gelfand, B 2680
5. Timman, J 2660
6. Ehlvest, J 2655
7. Salov, V 2655
8. Kamsky, G 2650
9. Gurevich, M 2640
10. Seirawan, Y 2635
11. Andersson, U 2630
12. Korchnoi, V 2630
13. Vaganian, R 2630

This information, as far as I know, is not available on the internet. Nevertheless, if you have a few minutes you can confirm it for yourself. I would direct you the following page maintained by Mark Weeks:

Here you can download a file called This is the July 1990 ratings, listed alphabetically. To confirm that Seirawan, rated 2635, was indeed 10th in the world, simply do a 'find' for ' 28' (space 28), to find all the players (namely Kasparov) rated 2800 or better, then do a 'find' for ' 27' to find all the players (namely Karpov) rated 2700-2799, and then search ' 26' to look at all the players rated 2600-2699 (there are 31 of these). You will see that only Kasparov, Karpov, and seven othters are rated higher than Seirawan's 2635. Hope this helps.

Oct-24-10  Phony Benoni: <Eggman> Thanks for finding that information; makes a bio editor's job easier!

I think the Candidates touraments were missing because they weren't mentioned in Seirawan's Wikipedia entry. These sometimes get copied a bit too slavishly.

Amazing how he could be #10 in 1990 with 2635, then twenty years later barely be in the top 100 with a higher rating.

Jan-11-13  Phony Benoni: <Eggman> Updated Todd Southam's biography.
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  Eggman: Thanks, PB.
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  ketchuplover: koo koo ka choo
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  technical draw: Eggman! The first member I "met" here. That was back in the aughts. Glad to see you around, (you are the original Eggman, right?)
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  Eggman: Yes, <technical draw>, I am the original Eggman. Except perhaps for John Lennon. But then he was rated under 1800, so he doesn't count.

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