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Member since Dec-25-04 · Last seen Sep-09-12
I'm John Blair from Madison, Alabama. I've never had any talent for chess, but, for some reason, I love the game. Highest USCF rating was about 1550.
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   blair45 has kibitzed 59 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-30-10 Richard J Palliser (replies)
blair45: << I received a copy of his "The Complete Chess Workout" today. Does anyone else here have it? What do you think of it? How are you using it? Any general advice would be nice too :) tia>>ketchuplover. I'm working problems from Palliser's "The Complete Chess Workout". ...
   Jul-27-10 P Goluch vs N Paikidze, 2010 (replies)
blair45: The lesson to be learned is the primacy of check. The position seems complicated until one realizes that White has to answer 22. ...Nf3ch. before any other play -- and there is no answer to 22. ...Nf3ch.
   Jul-08-10 D Dumitrache vs D Baratosi, 2008 (replies)
blair45: <<I think White showed both good judgement and a flair for risk with his pawn sacrifice 20.d5!?, which does "nothing" but open the d-file. An Englishman>> Second this comment. In playing over the game, I never would have guessed this move. Dumatrache gives up a passer ...
   Nov-10-09 Keene vs W Reichenbach, 1975 (replies)
blair45: The pun is a lot better than the game.
   Nov-04-09 Charousek vs J Wollner, 1893 (replies)
blair45: Someone once told me that the "Old Master" was a tip of the hat to Frank Marshall. Seems ironic that the cocky youth, in real life, was an American, Bobby Fischer.
   Dec-06-08 Caruana vs E Berg, 2008 (replies)
blair45: <<dzecheil>> and black doesn't have time for the zwischenzug 20...Bxg3 because once white recaptures with 21 fxg3 the rook now protects the knight against capture. So... Other interesting lines develop after 21.Nxh6 ch.gxh6 22.Qg4 ch.Kf8 23.fxg3ch.Ke8 24.Qxe6# or 21. ...
   Aug-07-08 A Lukin vs G Timoscenko, 1979 (replies)
blair45: After 21. Rxf6 Bxe2 22.Nxe2 Qd1+ 23. Ng1 gxf6 24.Bxf6+ Kg8 25.Qh6 White wins.
   Jul-11-08 Bobotsov vs Tal, 1958 (replies)
blair45: Aside from the queen sac, I think the impressive part of this game is how beautifully coordinated Tal's minor pieces are. Each piece supports the attack. I suppose this was part of Tal's calculations.
   Mar-21-08 G Sigurjonsson vs L Ogaard, 1978 (replies)
blair45: << Magic Castle: The main purpose of the key move d6 is to keep the bishop from guarding f8 paving the way for the mating attack of Qf5 which can no longer be defended by g6 in view of Qg6 followed by rf8 etc.>> Thank you Sir! After guiding my way through all these ...
   Jan-26-08 Fischer vs Benko, 1959 (replies)
blair45: <<weary willy: Oh! A little learning (and a lot of stupidity) is a very dangerous thing. I thought I remembered this game and recalled the motif of Rf6 to block the f pawn ... and tried to make it fit here ... wrong game ... that's another Fischer-Benko! Fischer vs Benko, ...
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