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Refused
Member since Sep-16-07
Just a common patzer OTB rating around the magical 2.000 mark. Best personal game, beating an IM in a tournament game.

Active fav. players.

Aronian

Players I would like to see (more often) at top events: Le Quang Liem. He has all the tools to make it to a very good Top Ten player in my book.

All time favorites: Tal, Kasparov.

Note: although I enjoy Tal and Kasparov my style of play looks more like Kramnik or Karpov playing (on a much , much lower level ofc., what I mean is, my play is more positional than tactical).

As much as I like watching Carlsen as World Champ and potentially gaining a status in chess history similar to Kasparov, I find his play sometimes a bit "dull". (almost) All of his games are high quality, they are just not as exciting to watch in my opinion. It's nice to see how Kramnik reinvented himself and started to play more actively for wins again.


   Refused has kibitzed 3738 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-26-22 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
 
Refused: Murkowsky isn't crazy. She is about as normal as you can get from a GOP Senator these days. Fortunately the choice won't be either the Orange clown or DeSatan in a GE in 24. It will be either of them against the Democratic nominee (presumably Biden). If the choice was between either
 
   Nov-26-22 J Tompa vs J Cuibus, 1973 (replies)
 
Refused: 22.Rxg7+ Kxg7 23.Nxe6+ Nxe6 24.Qh6+ Kf7 25.Bh5+ looks very, very tempting. Too lazy to check the lines to their conclusion now, but basically, white should be able to harrass the black king and I wouldn't be surprised if the black position just collapses on the spot.
 
   Nov-24-22 Lutikov vs Gurgenidze, 1957 (replies)
 
Refused: I didn't get it. Trains of thought process if anybody is interested looked like this. Four queens? Uff, ok let's try to get back to the fundamentals. The White King looks sorta awkward there on a4. Ra3-Qc3 are the sorta moves I want to make. Thus I briefly looked at 1...Ra3 which ...
 
   Nov-23-22 Rublevsky vs Kalinin, 2002 (replies)
 
Refused: 25.Rxf7 has to be the move in this position. a)25...Rxf7 26.Qxf7+ is curtains b)critical line has to be 25...hxg5 26.Rxc7 Rf8 (obvsiously not Qxc7 27.Qxe8+ Bf8 (Kh7 28.Rh3#) 28.Rd7) 27.Rxg7+!! (the key move) Kxg7 28.Qxg5+ and mate follows soon.
 
   Nov-04-22 W G Doubleday vs Kudrin, 2004
 
Refused: hum, this one was easier than expected. With the Bishop sitting on d4 and white missing a pawn on f2, 25...Rxh2+ just screams to be played. It forces the following sequence of moves. 26.Kxh2 Rh8+ 27.Kg3 Qe7 28.fxe5 Qg5+ 29.Kf3 Qf5+ 30.Ke2 Qe4 31.Kd2 Qe3# The first real ...
 
   Nov-03-22 J Diaz vs L Ortega, 1984 (replies)
 
Refused: Najdorf structure on the board, white to play and win. Black is sorta threatening Qxa2, but really just sorta. White is in no danger to get immediately mated there. Thus we have some time Candidates: Qh7, e5 and Bxf7+ 24.Qh7... a) 24...Kd8 25.Qxf7 looks just sad. b) 24...hxg6 ...
 
   Oct-30-22 Y Hou vs C Li, 2011 (replies)
 
Refused: 26...Bxb3 27.cxb3 a4 and I just claim to breakthrough. Typical sicilian with kings on opposite sites of the board stuff. anway. 28.Bc4 axb3 29.Bxb3 (trying to keep the a-file closed somehow would be my main line) 29...Rxa2!! 30.Bxa2 b3! 31.Bxb3 Qa3 and this should get mated before ...
 
   Oct-28-22 Vaganian vs K Grigorian, 1975 (replies)
 
Refused: Kinda had the same problem as TheaN. 30.Rxf2 Qxf2 31.Qxd3+ Bg6 White should be winning this, eventually. But the position lacks an off switch here that puts black out of his misery immediately and not after 15+ moves of grinding.
 
   Oct-27-22 Baburin vs Miles, 2000 (replies)
 
Refused: Like TheaN I went with the other (more) obvious sac 27...Bxh3! Miles Rxh3 is arguably quicker and cleaner.
 
   Oct-26-22 P Tregubov vs Shulman, 1994 (replies)
 
Refused: Pretty standard stuff. 24.Rxg7+ Kxg7. 25.f6+ Kh7 26.Qd3+ Kh8 27.Qh3 Kh7 28.Be3 All you have to do is to spot that Qd3-Qh3-Qxh6 move pattern. That triangle d3-h7-h3 is key.
 
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