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Member since Feb-18-07 · Last seen May-19-20
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 338 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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
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!
   May-16-20 Geller vs Euwe, 1953 (replies)
MaczynskiPratten: Even at the end there is a nice wrinkle. 26...Qf3 threatens Qf2+ and Rg1#. White can stop this with 27 Rf4. But this blocks his Bishop's diagonal, so Black now switches to Qe3+ and Qd2#. A neat interference ploy! Playing through this game again I'm struck afresh by the ...
   Mar-07-20 Jane F Seymour
MaczynskiPratten: I once played Jane Seymour in a school match in Portsmouth and when she said her name I thought she was joking. Ooops! Later I think she played for the England girls team.
   Mar-07-20 Lasker vs A B Lynn, 1902 (replies)
MaczynskiPratten: An interesting game with an interesting history! Lasker had lost to Mrs Lynn less than a month earlier in another simul, playing the Kings Gambit as he did against her husband (winning) and presumably most other opponents. This time, he is more cautious and plays the Giuoco
   Mar-07-20 Lasker vs A B Lynn, 1902
MaczynskiPratten: The second game is now in CG's database. Well worth a look, the finish is even better than this one.
   Feb-28-17 Rublevsky vs Navara, 2007 (replies)
MaczynskiPratten: I feel White made more of a meal of this than he needed to. 22 Rxf7+ is fine but 26 Qc4+ looks like an error; suddenly Black hides his King and White has to go on the defensive with 27 Rb1. I was expecting 26 Rb8 when, with 2 connected passed pawns, the Queen ending looks ...
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