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Member since Jan-21-14 · Last seen Dec-22-20
I am a mathematician by profession, but kinda suck at chess. But I love playing with my son - even though since we bought a clock my record against him is 1W - 299L (or thereabouts, I've lost exact count).

My dearest chess moment is from one of the games against the kid. He was something like 7-8 years old at the time. I captured his queen, but exposed myself to a backrank mate while doing that. The look on his face when he reached for the rook, barely reaching across the table to the backrank to deliver the mate ... I will never forget that.

Oh, I'm the father of all the Switching Quylthulgs :-)

   Skewbrow has kibitzed 47 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-19-20 V Malaniuk vs Van der Sterren, 1983 (replies)
Skewbrow: Black is down a piece and White is threatening Qf6 and mate along the main diagonal. I thought that for one time's sake we need to find a brilliant defensive move, but I don't see anything satisfactory. The best try may be 28.. Rxd5 29. Qf6 Rd4 30. Bxd4 cxd4 thwarting the mate ...
   May-18-20 S Landau vs Reti, 1927 (replies)
Skewbrow: 18..Rd1+ and white loses either a queen vs. a rook or a rook. 19. Bf1 Qxc3 20. Rxc3 Rxa1 or 19.Rxd1 Qxc3.
   Feb-25-20 K Darga vs R Von Saldern, 1951 (replies)
Skewbrow: Simple enough for me. Qh8+ is obviously looming but not too powerful while the black king has luft in f7. That threat does keep black ambitions about the d4-pawn under control. This leaves the idea of 38. Bxf5 (this is a puzzle after all, so something flashy is required). If black ...
   Jan-28-20 A Tari vs O Girya, 2018 (replies)
Skewbrow: White has a bishop for two pawns. The immediate trouble is that the white minor pieces are sitting there like shish-kebab on the skewer of doubled black rooks. That problem is easily resolved with 37. Nxd5. True, the bishop at e2 is only defended once, but the knight can retaliate:
   Nov-21-19 Savon vs Polugaevsky, 1971 (replies)
Skewbrow: Whire wins with 34.Kg3 for it threatens 35.Re5x. I see two ways to thwart the mate. A) 34.. Nd4 with a view of interposing 35.. Nf5+. But this fails against 35.h4+ as the black king is forced into either f5 or h5, when respective moves 35.Re5/Rh7 are mates. B) 34.. Rf8, again ...
   Oct-30-19 O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 (replies)
Skewbrow: Happy to figure out that 29...Qb2 wins (rather than going for the back rank immediately). The only defence I had to think about a bit was the counter 30.Rc8, threatening mate, pinning the black rook (and leaving c1 covered in the continuation 30...Rxc8 31.Qxb2). But then, with the ...
   Sep-03-19 Opocensky vs Hromadka, 1931 (replies)
Skewbrow: The first idea was 25.Rxd5+ cxd5 after which 26. Re6 would be mate if that square were not covered. The second idea was 25.Nxd5 cxd5 (again giving the white rook control of escape squares on the sixth rank) 26.f4+ which would also be mate if it weren't for the fact the pawn giving ...
   Aug-12-19 Tiviakov vs T Roussel-Roozmon, 2009 (replies)
Skewbrow: A lot of unprotected pieces. Most notably the black queen and the white rook on a1. I'm sure the combo 26.Rxg7+ Kxg7 27. Nf5+, exploiting the vulnerable stance of the black queen caught our eyes. Due to the presence of that hanging white rook I think we need to verify that not ...
   Jun-11-19 I Sokolov vs T Beerdsen, 2018 (replies)
Skewbrow: The black knight is pinned and only supported by the pawn g7. Furthermore, our bishop is aiming at h7. Let's add to the pressure with 30.Rf6. Black's options are: A) trade queen for a rook, B) 30..gxf6 31.Qxh6 and 32.Qh7x. C) Anything else with 31.Rxh6 and the same mate in 2 moves.
   May-14-19 Aarland vs Shirov, 1991 (replies)
Skewbrow: I'm not sure about 26. hxg4 either. Surely the threat of bringing the black queen to the h-file is a big part of it. Black also needs to prevent white from bringing in reinforcements. May be 26..Qf4 27.Bh3 (otherwise ..Qh6+) Qf3+ 28. Bg2 (Qg2 Qxd1+) Qxg4. And now the threat of a ...
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