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Member since Mar-27-13 · Last seen Jan-26-18
I really am more of a theoretical player, I can't play well in actual combat against either a computer or a human. I once wrote a chess engine that actually worked and I'm toying with the idea of reopening that project.

   MostlyWatch has kibitzed 50 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-25-18 Fanghui Sun vs Ju Wenjun, 2017 (replies)
MostlyWatch: I'm the guy who often does not see why they resigned. In fact, I sometimes wonder if that's what DID happen... or if White just got sick and went to the hospital and defaulted. I've often been struck by the paucity of standard chess notation. We need something better than 0-1 to
   Nov-28-17 N Ninov vs C Adrian, 2016 (replies)
MostlyWatch: After 20. Nb6+, I do not understand why black played 20... Kc7. Why didn't black simply take the knight with the pawn, axb6? That would have put white behind in material.
   Feb-16-17 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
MostlyWatch: OK, so I'm playing my granddaughter and she wants me to take a handicap. Typical would be to remove Rook, Knight, & Bishop on the Queen's side. But I don't want to do that. Has anyone ever set up the simple handicap that those pieces remain where they are but cannot be moved? ...
   Dec-21-16 V Soultanbeieff vs V Borodin, 1943 (replies)
MostlyWatch: Sweeping the king with two rooks, I call that the Harvester. Probly there's already a name for it. In the wheat harvest, at least here in the US, the farmers use a combine, which is a combined reaper and thrasher. The reaper has an oscillating blade that cuts the wheat, and a ...
   Sep-07-16 R Naranja vs Portisch, 1970
MostlyWatch: While y'all are contemplatin' your chess novels in progress, consider the scenario of a spy who gets instructions from his home office via daily jibberish in the chess forum
   Aug-03-16 G Ferrantes vs A M Giustolisi, 1956 (replies)
MostlyWatch: <Phony Benoni: 44.Kxg2 prolongs the game, since there will probably be an argument taking up some time.> While you're at it, why not KxK?
   Mar-22-16 Kmoch vs Prins, 1940 (replies)
MostlyWatch: this game illustrates something I've often thought: there should be a symbol to indicate that Black resigned at that point. Or white, or whoever it was. Like maybe "resigns." Such a symbol might bring more people in as players and fans. As it is, the beginner is left wondering ...
   Feb-20-16 Tal vs K Klaman, 1957 (replies)
MostlyWatch: Ahem, did anyone ever check the text as given here? Around move 28 there is a comment which chokes my chess program. I can't actually be certain what the sequence of moves was. In a far-fetched cartoon universe might this be why there's so much puzzled discussion here?
   Jan-13-16 S Thatte vs M Liu, 2013 (replies)
MostlyWatch: stst sed: <Very well, would like to see Fritz et. al. (or some GM, if any) on the side of White how to counter!! Would like to learn some tough defense in a "down" (but not out yet??) situation.> I put Stockfish (rev. 2.2.2 JA) onto it after 20 .. Bxpg5. I set white at ...
   Dec-01-14 B Vioreanu vs G Guseinov, 1994 (replies)
MostlyWatch: Bishop, Knight, Rook, Pawn - these were the archers, cavalry, chariots, and foot soldiers respectively, in previous ages. Their manner of moving is vaguely reminiscient of these units. When the game came to Europe, they got various name changes. You wouldn't typically put the ...
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