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Member since Sep-09-02 · Last seen Jan-24-10
Central FL player rated about 2050. I stray my own way in the openings, but prefer positional games. Favorite players are Karpov, Petrosian, and I've studied very little of the current crop.

   centercounter has kibitzed 514 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-24-10 Corus Group A (2010) (replies)
centercounter: Of course, Naka won't win the tournament. +2 will be a good score for him, given the overage of host nominees. If Shirov can stabilize and then exact the same terror on the locals in the second half, Corus can be his. As for Anand, why did he bother to accept the invitation? I
   Sep-27-09 Anderssen vs Staunton, 1851 (replies)
centercounter: Staunton was just bad, probably no more than an 1800 player in today's world - even given infinite pre-clock time. Staunton was in his prime with his theories against the three-century tradition of throwing everything against against one another's King, but against any ...
   Sep-25-09 William John Donaldson (replies)
centercounter: John, happy birthday from the guy you beat in the first round of, I think, the 1990 U.S. Open and whose refutation of the Fajarowicz you published in Inside Chess. I enjoyed analyzing with you and you are a class act.
   Aug-19-09 Maia Chiburdanidze (replies)
centercounter: Maia is a lady of great class. I played her in a simul in the 80's when I was a youngster and after a nice game, which of course she won, her coach, GM Gufeld spent a lot of time going over the game with me, joined after the simul by Maia. It did not seem like a duty to them, ...
   Aug-07-09 Shuler vs C S Hall, 1990
centercounter: Yeah, it was one long tournament. Something like 200 rounds. :P
   May-31-09 Topalov vs Kramnik, 1999 (replies)
centercounter: Never mind the Cochrane! I want to see the Halloween Gambit. Failing that (Topalov Black), Albin or the rarely seen Baltic QG.
   May-20-09 Vasyl Ivanchuk (replies)
centercounter: Agreed... he has gone from #2 in the world to under 2700 in the period of appromimately one year.
   Mar-28-09 Anand vs Lautier, 1997 (replies)
centercounter: <mannetje: I once tried 10...Kxd7!?, witch is not as bad as it looks. Actually it's harder for White to gain some kind of an advantage. After the logical 11.h5 Be4 12.Rh3 Black can equalise with either 12...Bg2 13.Rg3 Bd5 14.Bd3 Bd6 = or 12...Bd5 =. White should probably ...
   Feb-03-09 L Van Vliet vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1907 (replies)
centercounter: Znosko Borovsky makes it look too easy. Probably because very often, people who play the Stonewall or Colle do so to mask their own laziness. In this case, it was quite clear that Vliet was making system moves and did not understand anything.
   Nov-23-08 Anna M Akhsharumova (replies)
centercounter: She was the 1983 USSR Women's Champion, period. The bio should be changed to reflect that. That USSR ruling runs directly contrary to FIDE's laws. A protest about a clock malfunction on the next day is ludicrous and no sane person can even recognize such a ruling as being ...
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