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iscu two
Member since Jul-26-05 · Last seen Mar-28-15
I played chess competitively as a kid but have been away for over fifteen years. I picked it back up for a couple years beginning in 2005, and again just recently (2014). I'm warming up my skillset and developing an aggressively tactical opening repertoire to get my brain back into shape (White: Vienna & Grand Prix; Black: Dragon & Leningrad). I'm also interested in chess in its historical context: where and why and how it developed, what it meant in different places, why certain societies are more or less successful at producing top players or schools, what this all means. I'm also interested philosophically in what general meaning or understanding can be drawn in the real world from over-the-board lessons. My favorite human being that has played chess at a world level is Lasker, though I also enjoy the games of a wide range of other players.

   iscu two has kibitzed 19 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-10-14 Anthony Santasiere (replies)
iscu two: Boo... what's that pawn doing still on b2 in his profile pic???
   Mar-04-14 Paulsen vs E von Schmidt, 1864 (replies)
iscu two: 32. ♖x♗f5 removes the B pinned to (but protecting) the Q, in turn pinning the Q to the K, the crux of the attack. 32. ... ♕x♖e5 33. ♖f1 pins the Q to the K again, forcing 33. ... ♕x♖f1 34. ♕x♕f1+ ♔g8 35. ♕f7+ forks ...
   Aug-05-08 Motylev vs A Czebe, 2008 (replies)
iscu two: Only a Tuesday puzzle for those people who give themselves points just for seeing the first move. To understand why and how it gains a winning position, this belongs not even on Wednesday but Thursday. Frustrating waste of 10 minutes looking for a simpler line...
   Jul-17-08 J Durao vs H Catozzi, 1957 (replies)
iscu two: Daily Puzzle F.A.Q. : "I'm solving the puzzles faster each week. Are they getting easier? No, you're becoming stronger! Congratulations." Yes! Under 10 seconds for a Thursday puzzle - I am freaking AWESOME at chess now. See you in Dallas, patzers.
   Jun-17-08 A Kvicala vs NN, 1869 (replies)
iscu two: There's a Lasker mate that ends with a 0-0-0, but I think it has more interesting play leading up to it. Does anyone remember the game?
   May-29-08 S Narayanan vs V Ikonnikov, 2006 (replies)
iscu two: Oops - thanks. I was just wrong. And thanks for the explanation of the diagrams. Actually, come to think of it, I´m not sure I was entirely wrong. 25. ... Qd2 should force 26. Qh4 and the inferior winning line I suggested above (kibitz p.2). No?
   Feb-21-08 Grischuk vs Polgar, 2007 (replies)
iscu two: Yikes - you're right. In my defense, though, the 5s and 6s are indistinguishable in the game viewer on this site. But, yeah. It was a pretty sloppy effort.
   Feb-17-08 Buddy Revell chessforum (replies)
iscu two: thanks so much! that's loads of help. cheers.
   Feb-17-08 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
iscu two: man... servers are dead today. opening explorer has been almost useless for over an hour where i am. the forums and the games load fine, but the explorer positions are just completely unresponsive.
   May-04-06 Fischer vs Panno, 1970 (replies)
iscu two: 1. c4... best by test.
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