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Member since Aug-27-06 · Last seen Aug-16-10
At less that 10 beat someone who had beaten a master, so guess I had the potential to be a GM. On ICC Hermanos tourney I placed in my section and got the 3mths prize. Stopped playing in my 20s and saw some of my school buddies reach Fide Master standard and I used to beat those guys!! So starting back on the road to going for the IM Title. Currently 2060 on ICC Approx 1900+ Fide with one recent draw against an IM.

My openings are:
Black Keres variation Closed Ruy Lopez and Dutch. White KIA & Ruy Lopez exchange.
My favorite players are Ribli, Ulf Andersson, Petrosian, Vaganian, Uhlman, Korchnoi

I've got about 100 chess books. My favorites are: Basic Chess openings by Kallai. Pocket book of endings by Hopper. Simple chess by Stein.

Just got a recent book on the black side of the Ruy Lopez

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   engmaster has kibitzed 51 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-20-09 Fischer vs Keres, 1962 (replies)
engmaster: Birthtimes, after 17)Nd5,Nxd5 18)exd5 g6 19)a4,c4 blacks weak king side pawn structure is exploited by the activation of white bishops. Both black bishops are weak and the black Kt on a4 misplaced. Black is weak on the Q side as well on the a file.
   Apr-10-09 Ljubojevic vs R Osterman, 1975
engmaster: Transposes to a Bird d5 variation!
   Feb-09-09 Bishop's Opening (C23) (replies)
engmaster: The 3) d3, system, allows a very simple to learn effective low risk opening. If black is not too familiar with the Bishops opening white has real chances for the full point. d3 is rather more positional then other options.
   Dec-28-08 M Gurevich vs Portisch, 1990
engmaster: 9) BxB, black has nothing to fear as his doubled pawns have the caracteristic wedge formation and he opens the rook file. 5) Bf4 is portisch's pet move and is an alternative to 5) g6.
   Oct-20-08 Leko vs Karpov, 2006
engmaster: Great game that forced Leko to not play E4 for the rest of the match
   Oct-01-08 N Kharmunova vs Gavrilov, 2007
engmaster: 9) bxf5 is the 1st mistake, normal is Re1. Black is happy to get a great outpost for his Kt and open the g file to his rooks.
   Aug-11-08 Sunil Weeramantry (replies)
engmaster: Whilst undoubtably better to get to 2300 by 25 I do not think its impossible for a 40 year old to go from 1800 to 2300. 1) If you read many articles you will see premaster to Gm in about 5 to 7 years. Most adults are just not going to put in the time. 2) I think de la maza proved ...
   Aug-04-08 Y Nikolaevsky vs Taimanov, 1967
engmaster: Famous endgame 45)... Kf6 distant opposition 46) ... Kg5 again maintaining opposition 48) ...,Kh4 again giving up the rook pawn for the d pawn. A beautiful stalemate position for black pawn remaining on a6 is key.
   Jul-29-08 Yusupov vs L Adasiak, 2005
engmaster: Basic Colle Zuckertort opening 6)...,c6 more often c5 is played by black to challenge the d4 pawn. 8)..., a5 black now launches an attack on the a file, his white bishop is boxed in on c1 by the problem b7 pawn. 9) Ne5 and also c4 are key moves for white 10) f4 prepares to free
   Apr-23-08 L Karlsson vs Portisch, 2005
engmaster: Black in unable to exploit the open D file. Its difficult to say at the end who has the edge. Sure white has a passed pawn buts its under lock & key. As the pieces reduce blacks bishop gains strength. Also blacks kings position is more secure.
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