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Member since Oct-02-14
I've been playing chess for about 45 years now, have been to the World Open twice, have participated in the PA State championships, and have played in various tournaments. And I still STINK. I love the game, love doing tactics problems, love playing over master games, and even watching chess videos. But nothing has ever gotten me much above 1300--ever. But that's OK. It's the love of the game that keeps me coming back, not the stellar rating. My greatest achievement, though, has been defeating a 2000+ player in a rated tournament game, giving away over 800 points at the time. To say we were both surprised is an understatement.

Aside from chess, I was an English teacher fo 34 years, and have been retired and substitute teaching at my school now for 12 years. It's the best job I've ever had.

So far, I'm thoroughly enjoying! Its "Guess the Move" is fantastic, and the number of ways one can search the database is unsurpassed. It's a wonderful companion site to, where I also have a membership. I'm hoping the two together can raise my rating--maybe--into the 1400s.

My other hobbies include reading thrillers, crossword puzzles, going to the gym, harvesting firewood with a chainsaw and an axe, and playing crokinole (look it up), with my grandchildren.

By the way, I chose Doc Savage as my avatar because I've been a huge fan of those (terrible and wonderful) books since I was 14.

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   MSteen has kibitzed 25 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-03-19 K Muchnik vs N Bakulin, 1967
MSteen: Just a series of thundering blows, leaving no time to breathe.
   Oct-09-19 Spirit of Adventure vs Donald Duck, 1959
MSteen: 60. Qh3# is quicker.
   Oct-06-19 C Hansen vs Ftacnik, 1991 (replies)
MSteen: A terrific game. Very exciting. Textbook lesson on how to use the bishops.
   Feb-22-19 Tal vs Bronstein, 1959 (replies)
MSteen: Just played over this game from Michael Stean's "Simple Chess." His analysis is that d5 is the critical outpost for the entire game. Once Bronstein moves his knight out of the action with 20....Na5, he gives Tal the opportunity for 22. Nd5, and everything falls apart for Black from ...
   Jan-18-19 G McCarthy vs M Kennefick, 1977 (replies)
MSteen: Have played over the score of hundreds of games, but never have I seen four queens at once. And so early. And last so long! Fascinating.
   Jan-04-19 Wade vs A G Shoebridge, 1945 (replies)
MSteen: Just love that queen sac at the end. I didn't see it coming. Apparently, neither did Shoebridge.
   Jan-01-19 Steinitz vs Lang, 1860 (replies)
MSteen: Starting with 6. . . Qxh2, I would have panicked. Steinitz just calmly continued developing and castled queenside. Lang may have been a poor player, but Steinitz was brilliant here.
   Dec-15-18 Kasparov vs Beliavsky, 1983 (replies)
MSteen: Hey, HeHateMe, how do I suggest a pun for a game. BTW, yours was great on this game!
   Dec-15-18 Saint Amant vs Staunton, 1843
MSteen: Great game. The race at the end is actually exciting. And for a mediocre player such as myself, the final queen move, forcing the king away from the pawn, is something to put in my arsenal of tricks.
   Dec-14-18 Kasparov vs A Vilaisarn, 2008 (replies)
MSteen: Elegant and simple. So if it's so simple, why can't I do it?
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