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Member since May-15-05 · Last seen Oct-02-23
Since 2001, I've play skittles chess (5 minutes + 3 seconds) on I always make my own table, and sit down as Black (so my opponent starts with White). My username starts with "Gilmoy", and the remaining 10 letters is whatever inane or topical joke strikes my fancy. I play from newbie (1500) to red dot (2001+), then retire the account and make a new one; I have over 70 (most of which have long since expired). My best performance was 71-4; my worst take well over 400 games. Pogo e-mails you a PGN of your game on conclusion (if you ask; I always do), so I have them all archived.

I have no offical rating -- I've never played in a tournament (nor even seen one in person). My schedule never permitted it, and I suspect I lack the patience for tourney time controls.

I learned the moves almost 30 years ago, from books. My favorite was Cozen's "The Kinghunt in Chess", which I haven't seen since. I was hooked on the beauty of chess -- I knew Immortal, Evergreen, Rubinstein's, Fischer's GotC, etc. I didn't know how to actually *play*, though.

I played with friends in middle school, and had no clue. Later, I briefly (like, twice each :) attended the chess clubs at Caltech, U.Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), and U.Wisconsin-Milwaukee, but they both preferred flat 5 minutes, and I can't think that fast -- I need the 3 seconds.

In late 2006, I started solving's Puzzle of the Day. After a few months of that, my play on pogo has gotten somewhat more vicious, and much more fun. I look for piece sacs that I never would have considered before. My opponents have declined about 80% of them -- even the unsound ones ^_^

I prefer Ruy/Spanish as White or Black. As Black, I trust my QGD against 1.d4, but I dabble in KID, QID, or Nimzo-Indian -- usually whichever one I saw most recently on at super-GM level :) I used to lose to King's Gambit more than any other opening by White, until I got mad, Googled it, printed out the first 3 hits, and did some homework. Since then, my KGA is about +350=10-20 as Black.

I like watching soccer and volleyball. I prefer informative TV like Discovery, History, A&E, piano/violin concertos, Broadway musicals, animals of all kinds, and YouTube videos thereof. I found a male praying mantis (~3 cm long) in my dorm hallway once, brought it to my lab in a Tupperware, and took it hunting for mosquitoes every few hours for a week. Mantid poop looks like compressed mosquito shell fragments.

In real life, I have feathers and a beak. Chirp chirp!

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   Gilmoy has kibitzed 2241 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-24-22 Ivanchuk vs J van Foreest, 2022 (replies)
Gilmoy: <26.Nd7> is actually a live OTB <Plachutta> interference! We have two lines-of-protection by two line-movers of the same type: (1) Qd8 protects Bd6 (2) Re7 protects Rc7 * also, Rc7 is pinned to White's Rc8 threat The Plachutta comprises 2 deflection-sacs <26.Nd7 ...
   Mar-05-22 A Predke vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2022 (replies)
Gilmoy: <31..Bxc2+> is fairly obvious, though. 31.Rxe7 hangs, but Rf5 hangs with check. Working backward, <27..Rf5> doubles on Nf3, forcing a simplification. After <29.Rxe2 Bf3>, White could trade down with 30.Nxf3 Rxf3, but g3 is weak and surely falls. So White initiates a
   Oct-16-19 Carlsen vs Ganguly, 2019 (replies)
Gilmoy: <37 Rd8+ Rxd8 38.Qxc6+> Nxc6 :)
   Oct-03-19 M Michailov vs D Carlo, 2009 (replies)
Gilmoy: <stacase: I would have moved [23.Bh6] + and trade the Rooks on move [24] > But then 23..Kxf7 lets Black escape, since Bh6 blocks the Q from Qxh7+. [DIAGRAM] <23.Rxf7+> is correct, because now 23..Kxf7 24.Qxh7+ skewers the loose Qc7. [DIAGRAM]
   Sep-04-19 Browne vs Hort, 1971 (replies)
Gilmoy: The GotD pun is from the children's rhyme: 1.a pawn e 2.a pawn e hort cross browne Really :)
   Aug-30-19 E Filipets vs A Aleksandrov, 2018 (replies)
Gilmoy: 50.Qd1 Qxd1 and Rb7 hangs :) Bf3 can't save them both.
   Jul-18-19 Grischuk vs Vitiugov, 2019 (replies)
Gilmoy: Yes, same as the game line. Black can't defend h7, so the child's-play Qh5-Rh3 is quite unstoppable. In fact, after 20..gxf6, Black has <two> obstructions on f before he can play (Q,R)f7. So White has successfully played the Rf6 sac, without costing a slow Rook, nor waiting for
   Jul-15-19 L Tristan vs E Moradiabadi, 2018 (replies)
Gilmoy: I sargond this motion.
   Jun-04-19 So vs Mamedyarov, 2019
Gilmoy: 22(not 21).Rd7 Qe3 <Philidor> looks annoying: White has no immediate mate, and must cover f2, and not with Ra1 because it's defending g1.
   May-01-19 Kryvoruchko vs Jobava, 2018
Gilmoy: Jobava lost to <18.Ba2> :o
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