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Nasruddin Hodja
Member since Jun-02-06
I'm an enthusiastic amateur, to use Kasparov's disdainful phrase. However, I have deliberately avoided the use of computers in my play (I don't have chess software) in order to avoid feeding my chess addiction (I had to permanently swear off FICS in order to finish my dissertation). So my ability to help in team games is therefore limited--please cast a skeptical eye to any kibitzing that I make.

My username, btw, is in memory of the mythical Mullah Nasruddin, the wise fool (or foolish wise man) of Sufi parables.

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   Nasruddin Hodja has kibitzed 300 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-20-20 S Hosea vs S Thomson, 2009 (replies)
 
Nasruddin Hodja: Miss Scarlett: If it's any comfort, I did not know that either player posted on chessgames.com when I proposed the pun/title, so if voting it in was a vanity project, it wasn't with my intentional cooperation.
 
   May-09-20 Philidor vs NN, 1790 (replies)
 
Nasruddin Hodja: NN Nobis Domine
 
   May-09-20 Fine vs G Page, 1933 (replies)
 
Nasruddin Hodja: Not only that, but after he left professional chess Fine took up psychology, not medicine. Many people still call Ph.D.'s "doctor", but the Ph.D. pandemic has become so ubiquitous that many people prefer to use "doctor" only for M.D.'s.
 
   May-09-20 Englisch vs Blackburne, 1883
 
Nasruddin Hodja: "Not much good comes of this" may not be a pun, but it is worthy of the game title.
 
   Apr-18-20 Reshevsky vs J Sunye Neto, 1977 (replies)
 
Nasruddin Hodja: White's 53. exf6! Kxd6 isn't even a sacrifice in the Spielmann sense, since it is fairly easy to calculate that once you deflect the black king away with 54. Bf4+ Kc6 55 Bxc7 Kxc7 56. Kg6, black is forced to give up his extra bishop to prevent the passed pawn from queening, ...
 
   Apr-16-20 Capablanca vs G Wheatcroft, 1939 (replies)
 
Nasruddin Hodja: Hmm. I would have been even more embarrassed than Cream of Wheatcroft here, as looking over white's 17th move I fell for 17. Bxe2?? 18. Re6+! Rxe6 19. Rxe6##. Should know better than to second guess Jose Raul "My opponent should have realized that a player of my experience
 
   Apr-13-20 Alekhine vs De Wit, 1933 (replies)
 
Nasruddin Hodja: Good pun. If I had seen this game earlier, I would have proposed Smart Alek, Dim Wit...though that would be a tad unfair, since 49. Rxe2 was the only way to keep the game going, if only briefly.
 
   Apr-07-20 V Mikenas vs S F Lebedev, 1941 (replies)
 
Nasruddin Hodja: Hmm. What I want to know is if 20. f4 was (a) a deep sacrifice of the exchange plus pawn in order to open up the f file and attack the weakened king-side dark squares, or (b) a case of "Oh f*** I left e3 undefended!" (all my winning sacrifices are of the latter type). Did ...
 
   Oct-08-09 R Filguth vs A De La Garza Madero, 1980 (replies)
 
Nasruddin Hodja: Somebody in chessgames.com must have read my brainwaves. I solved this one yesterday only after bashing my head against for days, looking at lines starting with 19. Qg2, 19. Qe3, and 19. Qf3. It was only after I looked at the line 19. Qg2 Qh5 20. Qh3 Be7, saving the queen, ...
 
   Nov-19-07 Alekhine vs A Lopez Arce, 1939 (replies)
 
Nasruddin Hodja: This was the France vs. Cuba round of the Olympiad where Capablanca should have played for Cuba but chose to bow out in advance, possibly because he was afraid of Alekhine's effect on his blood pressure. Whether Alekhine knew about Capa's no-show in advance or whether he was
 
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