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Saul.Richman
Member since Dec-17-07 · Last seen Apr-25-17
Same ELO in my mid-40s as when I was 14 years old, but a much better player (don't laugh too loud) thanks to some Silicon on the desktop.

Spot when the next Ivanchuk and Anand were born:

http://swisschess.ch/schachsport/fl...

Inspirational players?
Miles and Hebden.

Biggest regrets? Just two.

Forgetting to ask Tony Miles (RIP) to sign the scoresheet after he beat me in 1984. It was like playing a combination of God and Mike Tyson! Tony had a powerful physical presence at the board and to be honest I felt intimidated and played so passively it's too embarrassing to show you. But it did take him 70+ moves, still below average for Tony .-)

Screwing up a win against Peter Large when we were leading the Hackney Open in 1983 with 3/3.

Andy Warhol was correct, we all have our 15 minutes of fame:

7.5 minutes are thanks to Leonard Barden - who BTW deserves a knighthood for services to British Chess - who kindly published a tactical finish (Qf7:+) in the London Evening Standard in 1980.

The other 7.5 thanks to Harry Golombek publishing a win on the white side of a Spanish Bc5 against the then current British U-18 champion Waddingham. Whatever happened to Graham?


   Saul.Richman has kibitzed 16 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-24-17 D E Rumens vs J C Benjamin, 1976 (replies)
 
Saul.Richman: Thank you for the corrections and I'm sorry to hear the loss of your brother Martin :(
 
   Jul-11-11 Hort vs B Eley, 1973 (replies)
 
Saul.Richman: Knight stuck on e4 for 11 moves - beat that! Black's completely tied up but I suspect he wouldn't have resigned immediately against a non world class GM.
 
   Feb-18-10 Short vs Kramnik, 2010
 
Saul.Richman: Unlucky Nigel. We've all been there, albeit at a lower level: Put in excellent work for 4+ hours against a stronger opponent but who keeps finding resources, miss a killer move, lose the thread a little and then he's out of jail... The killer 43. a5 is easy to see here over ...
 
   Feb-08-10 Vladimir Kramnik (replies)
 
Saul.Richman: Whisper it quietly, I'm becoming a fan of the "boring" Kramnik. I never thought I'd say that! It all started when I went to Bonn to watch the excellently organised Kramnik-Anand match. I was struck by Kramnik's dignity in defeat - the double-handed handshake, the genuine ...
 
   Nov-08-09 Kramnik vs Naiditsch, 2009 (replies)
 
Saul.Richman: A beautiful game by Kramnik especially the "illogical" 38 Nb3 he writes "the knight is so well positioned it is hard to even start considering removing it from there" In Kramnik's own words in his 7 (SEVEN) pages of analysis of this victory in New in Chess: "...my play was ...
 
   Aug-17-09 V Malakhatko vs Sutovsky, 2009 (replies)
 
Saul.Richman: I had the pleasure of watching this game Live via the Tournament website whilst lying on my back after Surgery. It wasn't good for my health :-) What a great game to watch with tactics blowing up all over the board! Malakhatko is normally a very fast player, but he paused for ...
 
   May-09-09 V Malakhatko vs S Haslinger, 2008
 
Saul.Richman: One of the best "Queens-off" middlegames I've seen for a long time. Malakhatko makes it look easy. Very nice Nc4, b5 and a4-a5 plan. 22 ... Kf8 looks natural, but perhaps a6 was more prudent. Classy game!
 
   May-09-09 Miles vs Kasparov, 1986 (replies)
 
Saul.Richman: If I was forced to shift my king to f6 by Move 15, I think it's most unlikely I would have notched up the full point 14 moves later. Quite remarkable performance from Kasparov. IIRC, Tony never ever won a game against him, but then, not many did...
 
   May-09-09 Miles vs A Minasian, 2001
 
Saul.Richman: LOL at euripides! I'm sure if Tony was still alive, he'd be chortling as well at your analogy with Kasparov's "Slavian Stroll" to f6 with his king sitting there completely unharmed :-)
 
   Nov-04-08 S Tatai vs Karpov, 1977 (replies)
 
Saul.Richman: Hey Gulliver, well spotted! I had a look on my own, couldn't see anything decisive against 24 Qd2, then reluctantly turned on the Silicon Magician - and he couldn't see anything either. 24 ... Qb3 would be my choice but 25 Qe3 definitely seems playable. Crafty is saying ...
 
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