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Member since Apr-24-06 · Last seen Dec-29-21
Hey there fellow pawn pushers!

I bet you'd like to know a little bit about me. You are in luck, as you have landed on my bio page!

Let me tell you first things first: I'm a straight shooter. No beating around the bush for me. I tell things how they are and I don't stall with unnecessary banter. I would never put an excessively long paragraph on my bio page, because that type of behavior stands against my very essence. Consider yourself blessed to come across the profile of a man with so few words to say, and who always gets to the point.

My favorite player is Paul Morphy, because I can actually understand what he does on the chess board. He likes to hit home runs, and I like to hit home runs, too, in theory, but in real life I do struggle quite a bit when it comes to hitting a baseball. I once missed on several attempts to hit the baseball coming out of a pitching machine.

Dealing with the chessgames of the modern players is tough, but I insist that you can learn quite a bit by following the mad genius of Alexander Morozevich. That's why he is my favorite player. Unless it is Morphy. Depends on what day of the week it is.

My style of chess is a lot like my personality. For example, I like to constantly threaten people until they collapse under the pressure. Kind of like this Morphy french game J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850 this Morozevich french game Judit Polgar vs Morozevich, 2000 or the time I inadvertently made a grown man cry. He was French.

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   builttospill has kibitzed 471 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-14-21 Golombek vs Najdorf, 1946
builttospill: @webbing1947: looks to me like an annotation mistake. It should be 38... Qf8 because the natural moves that followed 39. Qe3 ...Qf6 would transpose without the blatant errors.
   Jun-18-21 R Flores Alvarez vs Najdorf, 1939
builttospill: There are 3 kinds of players that encounter the KID as white. 1) The guys that play the standard playbook and allow black's death star attack on the kingside. 2) The guys that just want a quiet game and fianchetto and 3) The guys that say "screw this I'm attacking" and Rodrigo ...
   Jun-16-21 Najdorf vs M Czerniak, 1941
builttospill: g4! Took me by surprise, but it does follow logically from the sequence that leads up to 44. Kg1. That rook is a mere spectator from the h4 square as the real party is being had on the other side of the board! I think most of us would have played 39. h3, traded a pair of rooks ...
   Dec-14-19 Kramnik vs Z Lanka, 1992 (replies)
builttospill: Cold-blooded sacrifice on move 24 demonstrates that positional considerations outweigh the material ones in these types of King's Indian positions. A real hidden gem of Kramnik's.
   Mar-14-19 E Postny vs D Zoler, 2013 (replies)
builttospill: I am a big fan of this game. The position after 18... Bc5 is used as an example in the book "Improve your chess pattern recognition" by IM Arthur van de Oudeweetering. Na5 is a beautiful move that sets the tone for the rest of the game. Obviously black is not interested in ...
   Sep-30-17 Kramnik vs S P Sethuraman, 2017 (replies)
builttospill: One of these days when I stop playing coffeehouse style I'll study the games of one Vladimir Kramnik, because this one had draw written all over it. Is there an obvious blunder in this game? Man chess is hard
   Sep-27-17 World Cup (2017) (replies)
builttospill: I'm very happy for Levon -- one of the best personalities in chess. His play in the final two rapid games was creative as always. And I'll collect my chessbucks now ;)
   Sep-21-17 Aronian vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2017 (replies)
builttospill: <<flightsquare> Kasparov made a snide remark that Aronian is lacking some mental toughness to contend for world championship > As much as I love Kasparov he couldn't be more wrong about this. Aronian hates losing as much as a guy like Carlsen, but he keeps his ...
   Jul-04-17 FIDE Grand Prix Geneva (2017) (replies)
builttospill: Three of my favorites in this tournament: Aronian, Eljanov and Rapport. I suspect it comes down to Aronian and Mamedyarov to win this. Grischuk is the wild card
   Feb-24-17 Rapport vs A Riazantsev, 2017 (replies)
builttospill: Rapport is brilliant. Didn't think of the deceptively simple 32. RB7. And the plan starting with 44. RA8 leads to a lot of complications that favor white just enough to win. The endgame is instructive
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