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Just an old Long Island patzer who loves the game, never was much good at it. Used to idolize Mikhail Tal. Perpetually mystified by the strength of the Benko Gambit.

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   fporretto has kibitzed 22 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-21-21 D Paravyan vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2021
fporretto: The way White dominated Black's Queen Bishop at the end was a thing of beauty.
   May-05-21 S Busygin vs R Burnett, 2014 (replies)
fporretto: I echo Brenin, above. I sometimes get the Monday puzzle; I rarely get the Tuesday puzzle. The rest of the week is a reminder to be humble. But I've solved three in a row this week. I *know* I haven't suddenly gotten good, so what's up?
   Sep-18-20 Tolnai vs Klovans, 1991 (replies)
fporretto: How would White defend after 34...Bxd5? The White Queen can only protect both f2 and h1 from f3 and g2, and the Black Bishop on d5 would take both of them away.
   Apr-30-17 Akshita Gorti vs Daniel Marhoefer, 2017
fporretto: I'm trying to figure out why Gorti preferred 9. Nc3 to 9. Bc4+. Any ideas?
   Feb-06-17 S Swaminathan vs Clifton P Ford, 2017
fporretto: Is anyone else looking at 20. h6, g6; 21. Nxg6? I'm trying to work it out all the way to the end and can't quite get there.
   Feb-04-17 Rapport vs N Huschenbeth, 2010 (replies)
fporretto: After 7. a4, what about 7...b4? The position after 7...Bb7 just looks too heavily in White's favor.
   May-02-16 P W Power vs R Hart, 1983 (replies)
fporretto: I'm looking at the position after 23...Rh8 and wondering whether White is already lost. There doesn't seem to be a good way to continue the attack, though 25. Nf5 was pretty clearly a stinker.
   Nov-25-15 F Berend vs S Coffey, 1982 (replies)
fporretto: Another sad case of chasing the QNP in the opening. Sigh.
   Aug-18-15 A Kramer vs O Ruester, 1926 (replies)
fporretto: I'm looking at 9...O-O and wondering what was going through Black's head. To protect the King Knight Pawn, he imperiled his King...?
   Jul-16-15 Kasparov vs S Begun, 1978 (replies)
fporretto: It's so easy to overlook all the possibilities available to White's subtly mobile Queen...but Kasparov never does.
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