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Member since Jun-07-04 · Last seen Nov-23-20
Retired from active play, was about weak master level in 1980. Confused by modern style.
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   JohnBoy has kibitzed 1757 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-09-20 Ron Frasco (replies)
JohnBoy: Ron was solid 2350 or so through the 80s. Something here is incomplete.
   Aug-16-20 Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2020
JohnBoy: Why not 33...Ke5 34.Re1+ Ne3? Make white justify the material sacrifice!
   Jun-04-20 J A Grefe vs Korchnoi, 1979 (replies)
JohnBoy: Wild game! I knew JG years ago when he won the US championship. Very nice guy. I would have played 13.Bc1 to free the rook. But my second guess ain't worth much...
   May-18-20 Rajan Ayyar
JohnBoy: It looks like Rajan took the path of some who get used to being smarter than most of those around him. I knew him as a junior in SoCal, and a bit later at Snodfart. Yeah... he was disagreeable (read “arrogant”), but not yet a self-serving lost cause like Thinnsen.
   May-14-20 Lanka vs Dvoirys, 1988 (replies)
JohnBoy: I spent a lot of time on 30.Nd (or c) to e8+, and do not see <wazir>'s win. Let's say 30.Nce8+ Rbe8 31.Ne8+ Re8 32.Rd7+ Re7 and black is holding it together.
   May-10-20 A Graf vs Tiviakov, 1997 (replies)
JohnBoy: I saw 25...Nxh3, looked only at white taking (not 26.fe6) and concluded that it worked.
   May-06-20 L Espig vs L Zinn, 1968 (replies)
JohnBoy: The local engine likes 16...de4, but I wonder about 16...b4. Can white show that black's Q-side pawns are hanging and a liability, or does black cramp white's style on the Q-side? I can't find any similar games.
   Apr-23-20 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2020 (replies)
JohnBoy: A quick question... what's wrong with 21...Bb2? The engine here gives 21...Rd6 as well, but I don't get why reducing the Q-side pawns is less than optimal.
   Apr-03-20 W E Allnutt vs Lasker, 1903 (replies)
JohnBoy: Goddam - Lasker turned this in to a crush rather quickly. What a beast!
   Apr-02-20 K Alekseenko vs A Giri, 2020 (replies)
JohnBoy: <Ayler: "Apt showing of how the winner of a game is the player who makes the next to last mistake."> - I can think of dozens of games where I made the next to last mistake and didn't win. In most of these I made both the previous error and then the final error as well.
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