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Member since Mar-30-04 · Last seen Feb-27-20
David Zechiel, USCF member since 1969. Correspondence master 1995. OTB ~1900. Avatar self portrait taken ~1979. Visit for more.

My favorite chess authors are Irving Chernev, Andrew Soltis and Mikhail Tal.

Favorite players? Not as easy to answer, but I would have to select Mikhail Tal and David Bronstein, both were able to conjure up combinations that take your breath away. For instance, the ending of Bronstein vs Korchnoi, 1962 is just startling. And J Szukszta vs Tal, 1956 was a blitz game!

As white I try to steer the game into a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit whenever possible. As black I enjoy the Four Knights Sicilian and Budapest Defence.

I have posted several games from my correspondence days below. Please feel free to comment or post questions about them, I'm happy to reply.

Here's a picture taken of me at my chessboard:

For anyone wondering how I go about composing my initial posts, I open Windows Notepad next to the diagram and put down all my thoughts. Frequently I will rearrange some of my ideas, occasionally deleting whole paragraphs if I discover that a line I'm pursuing is fatally flawed. I will spend anywhere from five minutes to the better part of an hour depending upon the day of week, then I usually add "time to check", click on the diagram and post my analysis without looking at the game or anyone else's contributions. I say "usually" because sometimes I do look before posting, and in those cases I might add some additional text below "time to check" (but I don't change my original text).

I can't speak for everyone, but I do recommend giving this technique a try. Be honest with yourself and you might find that it will improve you analytical skills.

I like to play chess online at using the handle dzechiel. My preferred time control is "2 12 u".

I own too many chess sets, most of them very nice.

   dzechiel has kibitzed 3629 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-03-19 M Condie vs Speelman, 1984 (replies)
dzechiel: While I considered 25...Rxh5, I also liked 25...Qc8. I now see that <landshark> seems to have a nice defence against that move. :(
   Dec-22-17 Santa Claus (replies)
dzechiel: Dear Santa, Please bring the world another Mikhail Tal. Thanks, David
   Jan-17-17 P Rout vs M Al Sayed, 2016 (replies)
dzechiel: At first I spent time looking at 34 Qh6+ Rxh6 35 Rxf7+ Kg8 but the following discovered check got me nowhere. The black king hides safely on h8. Then I looked at 34 Qxg6, but that seemed to be even worse. Finally I considered 34 Rxf7+ Rxf7 35 Qh6+, but had to see 35...Kg8 36 Qxg6+ ...
   Nov-17-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship Match (2016) (replies)
dzechiel: <OhioChessFan> Pretty funny!
   Nov-17-16 Karpov vs Leko, 1996 (replies)
dzechiel: Saw 28 Rxh6 right away and felt that it had to be the correct move. However, after 28...Qxh6, I mistakenly wanted to follow up with 19 Qxe7. I overlooked the fact that the knight was still pinned. <*sigh*>
   Nov-02-16 Ivanchuk vs Sutovsky, 2002 (replies)
dzechiel: Anticipated by <Aspirador>. I should have read the next comment!
   Oct-24-16 Prince Dadian vs S Kostrovitsky, 1896 (replies)
dzechiel: I could be mistaken, but it looks to me like 17 f7 winds this game up pretty quickly.
   Oct-05-16 N Batsiashvili vs N Zhukova, 2015 (replies)
dzechiel: Spotted 22...Nc1 pretty quickly, but mostly because I knew there was a good move to be found. I think it was Averbach who approached each position as if it had a wonderful move to be found by first looking at all the ways to sacrifice his queen, then his rooks, etc, before settling
   Sep-22-16 O Girya vs A Kashlinskaya, 2015
dzechiel: My very first thought was 44...Rxb2. It's always so much easier to find a good move in a position if you are told there is a good move in a position.
   Sep-21-16 Tartakower vs E Steiner, 1921 (replies)
dzechiel: Like <Once>, I saw both 25 Qe4+ and 25 Rb8+. Since both combinations contained the rook check, I persuaded myself that I should play it first in order to eliminate any counter-play opportunities by black. :(
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