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Weakling from New York. Learned chess when I was six. After growing stronger than my father, anyone in my elementary school, and the instructor for the afterschool chess program, I was hyped to play competetively. Played in tournaments from 4th-7th grade ('94-'97), got soundly whipped by just about everyone, and quit when I found I didn't have time to prepare and learn as quickly as others my age. My USCF 998 rating from that time (Which still stands) haunts me still.

Since I entered college, I've gotten back into chess with great energy. I'm still a punching bag.

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   Gantastic has kibitzed 41 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-23-06 G A Thomas vs W Winter, 1927 (replies)
Gantastic: Rubenus: It goes something like 12. Ke1 Qf6 13. Rb1 Qf2+ 14. Kd2 Qxf1+ or 14. Ke2 Qxf1
   Dec-20-06 Topalov vs Polgar, 2006 (replies)
Gantastic: What a final position! Black's pieces are bolted down (Queen guarding against mate threats, rook and bishop with nowhere to go) while White threatens stuff like h6 and Qxf6.
   Dec-06-06 R Grab vs G Hechl, 1997 (replies)
Gantastic: I'll have to remember this way to enter the St. George. Nice win by black -- White's 8. Bg5 gave black the opportunity to gain the kingside space that frees up black in St. George-style openings.
   Dec-02-06 A Schneider vs Dolmatov, 1983 (replies)
Gantastic: No winning lines here -- so was this just white to play and draw?
   Dec-01-06 I Papaioannou vs A Mastrovasilis, 1998 (replies)
Gantastic: A computer used that Nc6 against me (Bringing me here). It doesn't look good, blocking the c pawn and providing a target for a white pawn on d5. In this game, at least, it served no purpose. White looks strong after 13.Nb8 and it's a bit surprising he didn't pull a win out of this
   Apr-18-06 Tal vs Huebner, 1979 (replies)
Gantastic: <United33: according to my anylisis and Fritz9, this puzzle have 2 answer with the same result (u will get 1 pawn). 20.Bf4 or 20.Rc4> Good to know that at least Rc4 is still winning. Vindication!
   Apr-18-06 E Diemer vs T Heiling, 1984 (replies)
Gantastic: Black didn't take long to begin with the errors. 2. d5 is a must. See the Opening Explorer: White doesn't lose a game to any other response. Opening Explorer
   Apr-18-06 E Diemer vs Heinz, 1954 (replies)
Gantastic: 12. Nxh5 looks suspect. Letting white capture at g6 with the fxg recapture is a much safer plan, even if it leaves black's e-pawn isolated. 8. b6 was a wasted tempo -- Black could have just as easily exchanged bishop for knight with 7... Bg4. 8. Ne5 is met with 8... Nbd7
   Apr-17-06 W Donisthorpe vs Mundell, 1892 (replies)
Gantastic: Recapture by either pawn leads to mate. Very pretty!
   Apr-15-06 Tolush vs Antoshin, 1956 (replies)
Gantastic: This was a meaty puzzle. A lot of themes to consider: 1. Unprotected BQ separated by the BN. 2. Potential mate at g2 3. Clearing e2 and e1 with Rxd3 among others. Didn't put A and B together this week.
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