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brainzugzwang
Member since Nov-22-04 · Last seen Nov-26-20
Live in Green Bay, WI, USA - yes, home of the mighty Packers! Played chess a ton in college - never that good, always in the 1400-1700 range. Had a habit of playing tough against stronger players and slopping down to weaker ones - last ournament game I played, I hung a rook on the eighth move to some kid before getting serious and coming back to a mating position. Gave him a draw offer the move before the mate, then found out I would've tied for first in class and made some of the entry fee back! Was always a decent-for-my-rating positional player and comfortable in closed positions; am trying to play the open games better.

   brainzugzwang has kibitzed 105 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-24-20 Dvoirys vs G Feher, 1991 (replies)
 
brainzugzwang: For some reason, this patzer saw 24. Qg5 fairly quickly, deflecting the Black B from guarding h8 (and noticing the White N covering the king's possible escape squares after the rook checks) or simply bringing the Q into the attack. I saw what happens after 24...Bxg5; the trick
 
   Sep-18-20 Tolnai vs Klovans, 1991 (replies)
 
brainzugzwang: <Brenin> <fporretto: If 34 ... Bxd5 then 35 Qxd5+ Kh7 (Kf8 36 Qxd6+ or Kh8 36 Re8+ lead to mate) 36 Nd2, and Black must lose a piece or the exchange by Rxd2.> I thought 34... Bxd5 was clearer but totally overlooked the Qxd5 in reply is check, giving White time to ...
 
   Dec-04-19 Saemisch vs A Medina Garcia, 1943 (replies)
 
brainzugzwang: Maybe Saemisch didn't take enough time in this game? (Small joke for those familiar with his history)
 
   Nov-30-19 J K Duda vs G Gajewski, 2016 (replies)
 
brainzugzwang: I'm very confused at Move 67, kind of in line with the <tpstar> post above from 2 1/2 years ago. Why Kb2 for White, and even more, why doesn't Black reply Qxc4? Stockfish rates that position dead even, 0.00.
 
   Nov-21-17 Ernst Gruenfeld (replies)
 
brainzugzwang: <Nosnibor: I read somewhere that he played in a tournament sometime towards the end of his life and lost every game mainly due to time pressure. In most of those games he overstepped the time limit.> I believe you're thinking of Fritz Saemisch instead.
 
   Oct-18-17 Nikolay Nikolaevich Gusev (replies)
 
brainzugzwang: Wow, pretty sketchy bio so far for someone who is still living after 95 years, and just 16 games listed, although those include wins over Ragozin and Polugaevsky (twice with Black). Hope someone can fill in more. But since no one else has jumped in, I'll say it -- Happy 95th ...
 
   Sep-15-16 M Bluemich vs Alekhine, 1941 (replies)
 
brainzugzwang: Why does White play 32.c4? Not that there was a good move to be made here, but he's losing the exchange anyway, so why give away the pawn for nothing?
 
   Jun-22-16 Vidmar vs Tarrasch, 1906
 
brainzugzwang: <Benzol: This game popped up in Fred Reinfeld's "Chess Masters On Winning Chess" with the source of original annotation coming from "Deutsche Schachzeitung" in 1959. Whites' position is devastating but 38...fxe4 39.♕g4 is not mate as stated.> I still have my copy ...
 
   Aug-14-15 M Magomedov vs J Isaev, 1997 (replies)
 
brainzugzwang: Holy Christmas, I actually got a Friday puzzle almost to the end position!. Just jumped right out into my face for some reason that the sac at h6, knight check at f6 and queen check on the g file would do it if not for the N at e4 defending f6; hence starting the combination ...
 
   Aug-01-14 F Vallejo Pons vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2008 (replies)
 
brainzugzwang: Saw at least the opening moves of the puzzle combination, but is there a specific reason Black played 16... fxe6 as opposed to 16...Bxe6? The bishop doesn't seem to be doing anything useful anyway.
 
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