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Member since Mar-01-09 · Last seen Jul-17-15
I am a lowly unrated patzer. I infrequently play at a small country club.

I like to comment on the puzzles early in the week, since I believe that new players should know that not _everyone_ immediately grasps everything within 5 seconds of looking at the board.

I like and appreciate (from afar and in a manly fashion) those commenters who share their mental processes, and also share their failures, such as David, even if their failures happen much later in the week. (Hey, we can't all be brilliant at chess, some of us are rich and funny and sexy instead :D )

On other online forums I have had a regrettable tendency to speak truth to power. People whose opinions are in opposition to facts and/or logic don't tend to like this.

Hence my username "Stormbringer" is more than just a mere allusion to the works of Michael Moorcock, it can indeed be considered in a more literal fashion, and indeed as fore-warning to others.

   Stormbringer has kibitzed 173 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-15-14 Yusupov vs E Torre, 1987 (replies)
Stormbringer: I'm guessing in the final position the bishop is untouchable? - QxB, Re1, Q-anywhere except f5 it can be taken, on f5 it allows for a royal fork with the knight on e7. So I got the first move, and (I think) I have come to understand the last move... and that's about it.
   Aug-19-14 Kotov vs Botvinnik, 1939 (replies)
Stormbringer: I thought 37 ... Qb1+ was better, but I see now that the white queen doesn't have to interpose, the king can just go to h2 instead.
   Jul-02-14 Hort vs I Radulov, 1974 (replies)
Stormbringer: Sometimes I feel like it would be more instructive to study games where the bishop sac on h7 didn't work.
   Jul-01-14 Kotov vs Lipnitsky, 1951 (replies)
Stormbringer: Interesting how white lost dominated the white diagonals but still lost on the white squares.
   Jun-23-14 O Ulvestad vs G Holloway, 1952 (replies)
Stormbringer: Is it just my imagination or could black have done this two moves earlier?
   May-28-14 D Neukirch vs M Kalmutzki, 2000 (replies)
Stormbringer: Could be the wrong colour to move at 22
   Apr-24-14 M Subaric vs P Trifunovic, 1946 (replies)
Stormbringer: Helped that I got done badly this week after 'wrecking' someone's castling formation and then retreating bush to h6. Darn rook on g8. Oh well, at least I was 'part' of a brilliancy prize. *sigh*
   Mar-27-14 World Championship Candidates (2014) (replies)
Stormbringer: % of draws - Topalov - 47.2% Aronian - 50% Anand - 52.6% Kramnik - 58.2% ... looking at some other random WCC: Fischer - 32.8% Botvinnik - 39.8% Korchnoi - 42.3% * Carlsen - 43.6% Kasparov - 46.1% Tal - 47.9% Karpov - 51.9% Boris Spassky - 56.3% * Not ...
   Mar-26-14 R Nezhmetdinov vs Krogius, 1965 (replies)
Stormbringer: I got it as far as the game position, figured on a bishop swap on e4 and then black loses the knight, but at that point he's only two pawns down. I don't see a definitive win for white, other than grinding out and endgame. Is there a more stunning move which is still over my ...
   Feb-08-14 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2013 (replies)
Stormbringer: Didn't understand why not: 82 Rg2, Rxg2 or 82 Rg2, Bc5+ 83 K... , Rxg2
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