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Member since Feb-21-15
Formally "tranquilsimplicity", the realisation that Chess is a strong element in the life I lead has prompted me to re-register after a few months absence. However, the absence was illusory in the sense that I regularly read Kibitzers' posts but could not comment; and in most cases would have preferred to maintain silence. And therefore I once again make an entrance hoping never to depart. Nevertheless this time around my contribution (if I ever did contribute) will remain low-key, but I hope will be of some use and if not at least enlighten, entertain. I also thank many Kibitzers on this site who happen to be erudite, enlightened, polite and willing to assist the fresh entrant to this "Royal Game".

Smitten by this beautiful game rather late, like my Chess idol Mikhail Chigorin, I revel in tactical mêlées, and seek positional sacrifices and combinations. I have a penchant for an attack on the King, and my repertoire includes the King's Gambit, Sicilian Defence, Petrov, Dutch and King's Indian Defence.

If not playing Chess at home in London where I reside, or not quietly listening to music the comfort of my residence, I can be found seeking out the sun on the beaches of the African coastline, Kenya, from where I originate.

My pleasure to make your acquaintance.

   SimplicityRichard has kibitzed 354 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-02-17 Thomas E Rendle
SimplicityRichard: Simply one of the nicest guys in the chess tournament circuit.#
   Feb-16-17 D Fletcher vs Dzindzichashvili, 1992
SimplicityRichard: Time to resign indeed. An exchange sacrifice ensures that White's Queenside pawns are all masticated by the Black King. White is lost.#
   Feb-15-17 Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2017) (replies)
SimplicityRichard: <LlanelliCC: It is the only 'civilised' country where you can wake up at night to the sound of gunfire.> I love the way you placed 'civilised' in inverted commas. Indeed the political commentary on recent posts is rather biased and tedious, and as noted by ...
   Jan-31-17 P Papp vs Ivanchuk, 2017
SimplicityRichard: An equal game where Ivanchuk manages to wrong foot his opponent in fine style. This game demonstrates that material equality is not the ultimate predictor of a chess game result.#
   Jan-28-17 Carlsen vs B Adhiban, 2017 (replies)
SimplicityRichard: This variation essayed by Black was my "first love" in a chess opening. I abandoned it after facing problems with 5.Bb5+. Recently however, my analysis with Stockfish has proved Bb5+ to be harmless. And a recent quick win against a chess colleague has rekindled my love for
   Jan-25-17 W So vs Aronian, 2017 (replies)
SimplicityRichard: Simply one of the best draws of the tournament in my view. Two brilliant tacticians go head to head.#
   Jan-20-17 A Giri vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2017 (replies)
SimplicityRichard: <Caissanist: A quick combination that wins a pawn for nothing...> I concur. Perhaps I was too eager to heap praise upon Giri who's been castigated for excessive caution. Point taken. #
   Jan-19-17 Tata Steel Masters (2017) (replies)
SimplicityRichard: Very well said <gopi11: We all read things differently...> I agree. <Sokrates: ..all your notions on Carlsen's assessment on So seem a bit speculative and biased to say the least.> I can accept "speculative" since I added in my statement that it is my "view", ...
   Jan-18-17 A Giri vs D Andreikin, 2017 (replies)
SimplicityRichard: Too much caution from Giri is not winning him won games.#
   Jan-16-17 A Giri vs W So, 2017 (replies)
SimplicityRichard: <pajaste: A second high ranked player fails to do anything against Giri.> Well ... actually, the above statement though meant to flatter Giri does quite the opposite in my view. 1. The player with the White pieces is not usually the one pleased with a draw. There is ...
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