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Member since Nov-02-12 · Last seen Apr-23-19
I live south of London in the UK. I have recently retired. My current rating is 144 ECF. My user name has a connection to chess and to my (former) professional life.

   US255 has kibitzed 45 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-01-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship Match (2016) (replies)
US255: At school I was commanded to write down my move before making it. I have always wondered whether the (subsequent) FIDE rule demanding that you move first and record second was dictated by copyright law considerations. A chess score is potentially protectable by literary copyright. But
   Mar-25-16 Caruana vs Aronian, 2016 (replies)
US255: Does Qd2+ followed by Rxd3 work?
   Mar-23-16 Caruana vs Anand, 2016 (replies)
US255: What a N tour! Does it save the game?
   Mar-20-16 Svidler vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
US255: Nerve-racking position for Karjakin to play considering what's at stake. If he had been playing exhibition chess he would surely have kept Svidler's LSB in jail rather than exchanging it off to regain a pawn.
   Mar-19-16 Karjakin vs Aronian, 2016 (replies)
US255: Would 13. h5 be too coffee-house?
   Mar-11-16 Nakamura vs Caruana, 2016 (replies)
US255: Topalov has just missed a +1 B sacrifice on f2 against Anand.
   Jan-04-16 D Gallagher vs P J Batchelor, 2015
US255: The tournament site shows that Black - not White - won this game.
   Oct-03-15 Karjakin vs Svidler, 2015 (replies)
US255: My blunder! The check on f4 loses the Q because the R on f7 is still pinned.
   Jun-25-15 Topalov vs Anand, 2015 (replies)
US255: Turning to the sport of cricket, I think it was Mike Brearley who said that a batsman needs to achieve a state of relaxed concentration. So it is with chess players. The trouble is when I relax, I don't concentrate and therefore miss a lot of tactical ideas, and when I concentrate, I ...
   Jun-18-15 F B Jacobsen vs Lee Bullock, 2014 (replies)
US255: Is the score correct? Did both players really miss 23)...Qg2++? 23)Rg1 makes more sense.
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