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Member since Dec-08-08 · Last seen Mar-02-21
Favorite players: Nakamura, Shirov, Aronian, and Kamsky.

Sicilian Dragon, White Dragon, Dutch Dragon, Bird's Dragon. If it's a Dragon, I'm there.

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   SamAtoms1980 has kibitzed 1405 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-01-21 V Nadtocheev vs Krogius, 1962 (replies)
SamAtoms1980: Count another vote for 35.Nf6 here, took me a few minutes to find. Perhaps even preferable to the actual game, leaving an unguarded queen that can be captured in two different ways, and with 35....h6 36.Rxh6+ in the air too.
   Mar-16-20 Mecking vs A C Rocha, 1969 (replies)
SamAtoms1980: <Wild Bill: Would the pun have worked better if Mecking had started the game <1.f4> and lost?> What he said. Perhaps very easy but there is a lot of combination potential in the position. It took me a minute and a half to find 23.Qd4+
   Mar-02-20 Z Sturua vs V N Kozlov, 1975 (replies)
SamAtoms1980: <Phony Benoni: Can anyone swear, on a Stack of Stocfishes, that they didn't look at 40.Qh6 first?> If I did, however briefly, I un-looked at it after spotting the black queen crouching on c1. 40.Rg8+ gives Black the choice between 40....Rxg8, losing his queen, or ...
   Jan-14-20 Ljubojevic vs M Gurevich, 1988 (replies)
SamAtoms1980: Yeah, and now I see why the puzzle was set at the 39th. 38....Qg1+ is an alternative solution and since only checks are present, easier on the cognitive apparatus.
   Jan-06-20 Jeremy Lim (replies)
SamAtoms1980: In the last 15 years of the wild-card round in the NFL playoffs, the 3 seed's record against the 6 seed is 13-17. (The 4 seed's record against the 5 seed is 18-12.)
   Dec-16-19 Duras vs M Gladig, 1909 (replies)
SamAtoms1980: Black probably draws this if he doesn't take the bishop right before the combo. 24....Qf5 25.Nxe6 Qxe6 26.Rxd8 and it's a level position
   Dec-10-19 K Treybal vs J Engel, 1932 (replies)
SamAtoms1980: Well, I got the beginning with 33.Nxh6 Nxh6 but then followed up with 34.Qg6 anticipating 34....Ng8 35.h6 (^ 36.Qg7+ Qxg7 37.hxg7+ Kxg7 38.d7) 35....Nxh6 36.Qxh6+ Kg8 37.Qg6+ and 38.Qxf6+, but 35....Rc8 stops White cold. I'm slipping. Went into this position feeling lord-like ...
   Oct-14-19 Lombardy vs Spiridonov, 1964 (replies)
SamAtoms1980: We don't have a queen, so sac a rook instead, and at h5 to drive the king toward the g-file squares covered by white pawns. 33.Rh5+ and 34.Rxh7#
   Oct-07-19 Tal vs P Mejic, 1974 (replies)
SamAtoms1980: Among numerous other things, Mikhail Tal was once quoted as saying: "There are two kinds of sacrifices, sound ones, and mine." This isn't even a sacrifice -- White just boots the black knight with impunity. Even the earlier exchange sac isn't really because White gets it back ...
   Aug-12-19 Tiviakov vs T Roussel-Roozmon, 2009 (replies)
SamAtoms1980: Rxg7+ Kxg7 Nf5+ It's the opponent's Queen that we're sacrificing on Monday this week.
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