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I am English ex-pat in Philippines, no longer active chess-wise except on this site. The highest rating I achieved was 181 BCF back in the late 70s. My main claim to fame is reaching the finals of the British Problem Solving Championship in 1992 ( or was it 93 ? ) where I came in a magnificent 22nd out of 23 behind ( actually a very long way behind ) such luminaries as John Nunn and Jonathan Mestel. I have a sob story regarding this under-achievement which I'm sure everybody is dying to hear and will find absolutely fascinating. What happened was, my train was late..........blah, blah etc. etc.

   dragonfish1803 has kibitzed 17 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-10-20 A Graf vs Tiviakov, 1997 (replies)
dragonfish1803: 25....,Bxg4 followed by 26....Qf3 looks very dangerous. Am I missing something ?
   Jul-13-19 J Emms vs A Summerscale, 1997 (replies)
dragonfish1803: @agb2002. After 22....,Nd3+; 23Qxd3 Black replies not 23....,Qxd3 but Kxh7. Where does White go from there?
   Aug-14-18 Movsesian vs N Miezis, 2008 (replies)
dragonfish1803: Personally it doesn't bother me if there are no more very easy to medium easy positions as they don't present any challenge to even an average club player. But in that case why not just abolish the categories and stop setting reasonably challenging positions like today's ...
   Oct-14-17 Kamsky vs Kazhgaleyev, 2016 (replies)
dragonfish1803: Saw the basic idea 32.Nc3,Nxc3;33.Bxe6 when 33...,Nxa2;34.Bxf5# The actual game continuation is a total mystery to me
   Oct-01-17 Bluebaum vs A Rakhmanov, 2016 (replies)
dragonfish1803: 38.Qe7 is more stubborn but after 43.Kg2(as above) Black goes 43...,Qf2+; 44.Kh3,Qxf5+;45.Kxh4/Kg2,Qg5+ and wins the pawn ending
   Jun-30-13 P J Morris vs C Ward, 1983 (replies)
dragonfish1803: My shot at this was the more prosaic 17...,Rxc3;18.Nxc3,Rc8 which seems to do the business also....?
   Dec-20-09 Nakamura vs I Ibragimov, 2004 (replies)
dragonfish1803: I reckon the winning move here is 48..,Be4. This keeps the white king out of f5 for one vital move and prevents it from dashing immediately to f6 when black is in grave danger of being mated. I won't spoon-feed you the variations but clearly 49. Rxe4,d3;50.Kf5,d2;51.Kf6,e1Q ...
   Jan-31-09 Hort vs A Rodriguez Cespedes, 1987 (replies)
dragonfish1803: kkhayrat, I your line too but after 59 Rc8 black has 59...,f5!; whereupon 60 Be7,Kf7;61 Bxf8,d3!; looks to be winning for black.
   Aug-01-08 B Abramovic vs Damljanovic, 1995 (replies)
dragonfish1803: For a while I thought 38....,Qe7 was a viable defence for black leading to a Qv2R ending until I noticed 39.Rxe7,Kxe7;40.Qg7+,Rf7;41.f6+,Ke8; 42.Qg8+,Rf8;43.Qe6# ( is this what's known as an epaulette mate ? )
   Mar-09-08 Kupreichik vs Chekhov, 1976 (replies)
dragonfish1803: Jimfromprovidence.....I reckon after 24.Bh7 black plays 24....Ng6 then if 25.Nxg2 black plays 25....Rd2. After say 26.Re1+ Kf8 27.Nf4 Rxb2 white is going to have to look after his a pawn, guard against a very nasty check on g2 and sooner or later is going to have to exchange ...
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