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Member since Feb-18-07 · Last seen Oct-07-22
My username is dedicated with respect to a fine club player who produced an artistic brilliancy (the "English Immortal") and who directed the boys' chess tournament in Portsmouth in the 1960's and 70's, when I began playing.
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   MaczynskiPratten has kibitzed 349 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-22-22 La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834 (replies)
MaczynskiPratten: Agree with dumbgai that 15 Qxe3 looks the best chance in view of what then happens to white. But then we would have been denied this beautiful game!
   Sep-12-22 A Matanovic vs Rossolimo, 1951 (replies)
MaczynskiPratten: Black has a quicker final win after 50 ... Nfg3+ 51 Kg2 Ne4 52 Bd3 Nxf6 53 exf6 Nd4 followed by c2 winning the Bishop.
   Aug-31-22 J E Littlewood vs Botvinnik, 1961
MaczynskiPratten: Equally entertaining from the same tournament, and with a more successful result, is Bisguier vs J E Littlewood, 1962 .
   Aug-31-22 S S Dodge vs J Houghteling, 1905 (replies)
MaczynskiPratten: The final position is actually remarkably symmetrical, not just around the area of the very elegant mate but all the other pieces as well. Pity about White's Rook on b1 and pawn on c4!
   Aug-31-22 Bisguier vs J E Littlewood, 1962
MaczynskiPratten: A very entertaining game, I would love to see more analysis. I wasn't convinced by 16 d5. Thought White would continue 16 e5 but I guess Black will play the forced sacrifice Nxe5 and have tremendous pressure. But I thought 16 Be3 might help stabilise things temporarily ...
   May-19-20 R Byrne vs Evans, 1965 (replies)
MaczynskiPratten: One author who did appreciate this game was Irving Chernev. In "The Chess Companion" (1970) he included it with the note, "Robert Byrne turns out a sparkler which may well be the most brilliant game played by an American in the last ten years."
   May-16-20 Capablanca vs Golombek, 1939 (replies)
MaczynskiPratten: Golombek also observed that he had the meagre consolation afterwards of seeing this game quoted as a textbook example of the "minority attack", which it is. The first time I tried this tactic, my opponent worked his knight to b6 and c4, squashing the attack before it had ...
   May-16-20 Capablanca vs Brooklyn CC, 1931 (replies)
MaczynskiPratten: Bogoljubov vs Capablanca, 1928 is the Bogo-Capa game
   May-16-20 Bogoljubov vs Capablanca, 1928 (replies)
MaczynskiPratten: I'm definitely with Petrosian here! It could be the finest positional game ever played. The genius of Capablanca is shown in how he totally outplays a fellow world championship candidate from an apparently level position at move 14 with queens off and just two rooks and a ...
   May-16-20 Carlsen vs Svidler, 2020 (replies)
MaczynskiPratten: White deliberately loses a move with his two stage push of the c pawn so it becomes a Sicilian Defence with colours reversed!
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