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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.


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 3239 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-23-21 Alexander Alekhine (replies)
Refused: The Alekhine and the Nazi debate was long settled by Miguel Najdorf. <He was a good chess player, but I never liked people who scream Heil Hitler.> Another comment by Najdorf, which is pretty much on the money (no pun intended). <Alekhine was not a Nazi. He was an ...
   Nov-18-21 A Zatonskih vs G Kacheishvili, 2011 (replies)
Refused: 29...Rxe3 screams to be played. Once the defender of f2 is removed it's gotta be mate before too long 30.fxe3 what else? 30...Qf2+ 31.Kh1 Be5 (when in doubt, just threaten a mate) 32.Bg2 Qg3 (check above) 33.Kg1 Qxe3+ 34.Kh1 Qg3 35.Kg1 Bd4+ 36.Kh1 Nf2+ 37.Kg1 Nxg4+ and now either ...
   Nov-17-21 Yifan Hou vs M Sebag, 2011 (replies)
Refused: Not that difficult to spot. 30.Qxh6+ Bxh6 31.Rxh6+ Kg7 32.f8Q+ Kxf8 33.Rh8# Sebag somehow managed to find the most annoying moment to resign. I mean, either resign after Qxh6+ or allow the mate. Resigning one move before the mate is well sorta annoying.
   Nov-16-21 Iturrizaga Bonelli vs A Chandra, 2018 (replies)
Refused: 39.Re8 Rxc7 40.Nxf8 Kh6 +- I would still make a few more move as black to try and see whether I could swindle my way out of it with the a-pawn or going after the d-pawn.
   Nov-15-21 Kogan vs J Stocek, 1997 (replies)
Refused: My first reaction was the Ng6-Qh3-Qh7# manoeuvre. Also saw the Rh7-Qg6-Nf7# alternative. But the mating attack starting with Nxg6+ to clear the h-file felt somehow more natural to me.
   Nov-10-21 perfidious chessforum (replies)
Refused: In other news. I'll just leave it without further comment.
   Nov-10-21 A Filipowicz vs Knaak, 1974 (replies)
Refused: As black I really want to play Qf4+ after trying and failing to get anywhere with Rxf3+ and Rxh4 I finally saw 35...Rxe4+ 36.Kxe4 Qf4+ 37.Kd3 Qd4# Alternative lines are not really an alternative as white's queen will drop.
   Nov-07-21 FIDE Grand Swiss (2021) (replies)
Refused: Sjugirov - Vitiugov was nuts. Either player was winning at some point in that game. And Yilmaz will kick himself for blundering away a full point against Alekseenko. Can somebody aupdate me on the GP qualifiers. I figure it's Oparin, Yu, MVL, Shirov and Keymer, and ?
   Nov-07-21 G Kacheishvili vs Glek, 2002 (replies)
Refused: Hum, it has to be something along the lines 25...Nf3+ 26.Bxf3 Rxc3 27.Kxc3 Rc8+ with the queen coming to d4 next. Too late to work it all out now.
   Nov-06-21 M Sorokin vs Ulibin, 1986
Refused: 16...Rxf4 screams out to be played. However after the follow up 17.gxf4 Qxf4 however I am not sure white has that much after 18.Bxc6
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