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Member since Mar-06-05 · Last seen Apr-01-05
Rightly dismissed as "just a tactician" by a group of leading players in Sheffield, UK, PQB4 owes his inflated 2100 or so grading to his specialising in hack attacks and cheap traps, preferably unsound. Favourite players: Lasker, Bronstein, Tal; cheers on Adams, Anand, Topalov. Envies these guys their abilities, still more appreciative of their sporting attitude. So why hasn't said attitude rubbed off on this curmudgeonly Azmaiparashvili lookalike?

   PQB4 has kibitzed 19 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-31-05 Robert James Fischer (replies)
PQB4: On Mikhail Tal's page OJC has posted a link to some beautiful pictures showing the warmth with which Fischer related to somebody (sadly, one of the few) who was neither his enemy nor his worshipper, just a fine man worthy of his respect . There's something tragic about the photos in ...
   Mar-31-05 Mikhail Tal (replies)
PQB4: There's one nice story Tal told himself. He was interviewing Fischer for a magazine article, back in about '61 I think. "I asked him, 'Who do you consider to be the best player in the world?' He looked at me with such shock. I immediately corrected myself: 'Apart from yourself, of ...
   Mar-31-05 S Beaudoin vs P Zhao, 2004 (replies)
PQB4: How old was Parker Zhao when he played this piece of cool judgment and long term planning?
   Mar-31-05 Parker Bi Guang Zhao (replies)
PQB4: You may well be right. S Beaudoin vs P Zhao: is "wow!" a sufficiently strong comment? I think Nigel Short was 13 and rated 2240 when he last wiped me out - that gives Zhao 3 years to put on 220 points: should be a doddle.
   Mar-29-05 Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 (replies)
PQB4: Thanks a lot for the link, AJ. Good grief, what powers Spassky had. I've known of this game for 30 years and as I played through your analysis I was as amazed as the first time I saw it.
   Mar-28-05 Leonid Stein (replies)
PQB4: I hadn't thought of him as "relatively unknown" (you're doubtless right) as I was a big fan and hoped he'd be the man to try his luck against Fischer in '75. You'll love Keene's book...there's some thrilling attacking play. GM Keene comments that Stein had a facility for light material
   Mar-28-05 K Arakhamia-Grant vs J Rowson, 2004
PQB4: I recommend this as a very tough contest in a popular line. Looks like right at the end White could have won with 61.Rh4+ Kg6 62.Qb1+ and 63. Rh7+ after a long game played on a knife edge. Must have been a thriller to watch and nerve wracking to play.
   Mar-27-05 Garry Kasparov (replies)
PQB4: Ditto, and though you've given flatterers short shrift in the past I'll risk saying it's been entertaining and informative, I look forward to your next 10000.
   Mar-23-05 Kasparov vs Marjanovic, 1980 (replies)
PQB4: I remember when this was played. The then world champion was a great technician but his games didn't often excite! The week before I saw a brilliant game despairingly annotated thus: "typical of the sort of wonderful attacking chess we will never see at World Championship level so long
   Mar-22-05 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
PQB4: Finally, if you ever have as a student a maniac who has no other purpose in life than to improve at chess, the book is "Secrets of Grandmaster Play" by Nunn & Clarke. I nominate them as the chess answer to Charles Atlas based on my own experience: a year commuting 150 miles by ...
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