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Member since Aug-08-14 · Last seen Feb-12-21
I've been playing chess on and off for over 50 years, and I still love the game. I own way too many chess books, sets and boards.

My favorite chess related memories:
-- Having Shelby Lymon, who was the TV commentator of the Fischer/Spassky matches, comment on my game against a new chess computer when I walked into a store to try it. -- Using a simplified version of Deep Blue that the IBM research guys loaned me to take to school chess clubs to demonstrate how it worked (I worked at IBM). -- Attending the 5th game of the Kasparov/Deep Blue rematch.

   Lighthorse has kibitzed 146 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-30-19 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Lighthorse: <MissScarlett: This will be the most fiendishly difficult Treasure Hunt ever - having set the questions, I expect to do very well!> Of course, I can never solve even the 'easiest' of the puzzles, but glad to see they are still coming. I marvel that any of the answers get ...
   Sep-09-19 Koltanowski vs H Walpole, 1937 (replies)
Lighthorse: Amazing mate for a blindfold! When I was a kid in the 60s, there was a TV series on PBS in NY called "Koltanowski on Chess" In one episode he taught how to play blindfold. (Basically memorize each move for the first 10 and make the moves in your mind. After 10 memorize that ...
   Jan-05-19 chessforum (replies)
Lighthorse: As Al Wazir said, I've also given up even trying to solve any the holiday puzzles. And I marvel that anyone solved them after looking at the solutions.
   Nov-17-18 Koltanowski vs W Windom, 1960 (replies)
Lighthorse: Here in NY in the 1960s, Koltanowski had a weekly TV show on PBS called "Koltanowski on Chess" As a kid, I still remember one episode where he taught how to play blindfold (he held the world record for simultaneous blindfolds for a time). Basically it was memorize the board ...
   Mar-20-17 Falkbeer vs NN, 1847 (replies)
Lighthorse: Last week on cable I caught a chess movie I'd not heard of called "Endgame" This mate was used on it!
   Jan-09-17 Chandler vs O I Barkan, 1975 (replies)
Lighthorse: I, like some of the others here, kept looking for a smothered mate after discovered checks. I even considered N-d5 threatening N-e7#. I kept wondering why it was a Monday puzzle when I didn't see the solution. Then I noticed the rooks down at the bottom right. Duh--look at the ...
   Dec-24-16 Santa Claus (replies)
Lighthorse: Dear Santa, Even if I don't receive a premium membership, I'll still love! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you that make this site so great!
   Nov-30-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
Lighthorse: Haha..Svidler said the supercomputer said mate in 31, and that a computer could win this with White, though as a person it's hard to see and both sides could blunder this.
   Nov-30-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
Lighthorse: 10 minute breaks between games.
   Nov-15-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
Lighthorse: I'm surprised since I thought 70...Bg3 would be the follow up. [DIAGRAM]
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