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Member since Nov-04-02 · Last seen Jan-19-20
Hi, Fezzik was a giant in that classic by S. Morgenstern. (I'm no giant.) I'm an experienced chess coach and player calling from Colorado. Favorite players include Vassily Smyslov, Tal, Jon Speelman, and Evgeny Bareev. Ask me tomorrow, and the list may be different. :)

   Fezzik has kibitzed 870 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-08-19 Steinitz vs Kolisch, 1867
Fezzik: For the record, 38.Bh5 was losing just as badly as 38.Bb3, but 38.Bb3 allowed a clear mate while Bh5 was just clearly losing. I don't think a human would give 38.Bb3 a "?" in the given position. The opening was at best dubious for White, but Black didn't take full advantage until the
   Feb-16-13 J Gallagher vs Le Quang Liem, 2013
Fezzik: Wow, what a game!
   Jan-19-13 Borislav Ivanov (replies)
Fezzik: The computer match up rate is the equivalent of DNA evidence. Is it enough by itself to prove that someone is guilty in a criminal case? Probably not. Is it enough in a civil case where the burden of proof is simply "preponderance of the evidence" yes. Same here. Borislav Ivanov ...
   Feb-14-12 Anand vs Aronian, 2006
Fezzik: Both players missed 15.Nxc7!!, but 15.Ne3 was sufficient. Of course, since this was a blindfold game, Anand could be excused for not playing such a tactical line in case Aronian had some surprise up his sleeve.
   Dec-14-11 Van der Wiel vs H Olafsson, 1991 (replies)
Fezzik: What's really surprising is that in the final position there's only one move that clearly wins. Congrats to Van der Weil for finding the only move!
   Nov-25-11 Tal vs A Vooremaa, 1979 (replies)
Fezzik: I remembered the right move rather than discovered it. But looking at the position, I wonder if I would have had Tal's courage to sac the Q in this way. It may not be a completely sound sacrifice, but to play someone with that sort of tactical vision would be terrifying!
   Oct-29-11 Robson vs B Finegold, 2011 (replies)
Fezzik: Btw, if the puzzle had been after White's 27th move, it would have been a "Very difficult" puzzle worthy of today's rating!
   Oct-18-11 Naiditsch vs Kramnik, 2009 (replies)
Fezzik: 21.Nd4 Rh4 22.Be3 would have been far more resilient. Black may have had an advantage, but proving it would have been difficult even for Kramnik.
   Oct-16-11 Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1895 (replies)
Fezzik: This is a classic combination by Pillsbury! Thanks to for helping us to remember it. Even though I remembered that White played Qg3 at some point, I couldn't quite piece it all together. Tal once wrote that Russian schoolboys, by the time they are 11, know how to ...
   Oct-03-11 T Lanchava vs M Kursova, 2007 (replies)
Fezzik: At first I was surprised that Black, a +2300 player, would continue after 40.Qe3. But then I noticed the move number. The two players were almost certainly in time trouble when this position arose.
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