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Member since Sep-19-08 · Last seen May-27-20
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   johnfagg has kibitzed 10 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-14-20 Botvinnik vs Stoltz, 1926
johnfagg: Use to use this one as a "didactic" - Botvinnik got a calculation wrong, Nxe4, overlooking Bc8 - but he kept looking for opportunities. You work with the young, they error a pawn or exchange, they lose heart... Future champions show bottle!
   Apr-14-20 Botvinnik vs Levenfish, 1940
johnfagg: Always liked this one. Played it a few times because Black's always looking on an "English" player to fianchetto or block the centre - and being "roughed up" in the opening comes as a nasty suprise - even if his game is perfectly playable. It's a mental wakeup... and forces him to ...
   Apr-14-20 Brian Eley (replies)
johnfagg: He showed me how to play the marshall and gave me hints on the Winawer. As a "non-victim" I hold no personal grudge, I remember an incident in a Whitby "Chinese" that he didn't want us to revisit because of some complication over sauces. I think he was a vegetarian - but that ...
   Dec-14-11 J N Sugden vs B Eley, 1971
johnfagg: It's interesting how long the effects of the QS P deformation can persist in the Nimzo; and how "simple trades" can result in wholly misplaced pieces!
   Sep-26-08 Milan Matulovic (replies)
johnfagg: I feel that I've stumbled into the political forum! Tito was a splendid "strong man" - when Stalin sent yet another assassin to him he sent him back and told Stalin to stop doing it - otherwise there would be one for him... Stalin took the hint. Tito's leadership in the war was ...
   Sep-26-08 Mikhail Botvinnik (replies)
johnfagg: I favour the series against Smyslov - there was some great creative tension between those two - especially around the Winawer! There have been recent books on the 1951 match (with Bv's diary entries and his self-exhortations before each game) AND on the 1961 match, many of the ...
   Sep-20-08 Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander (replies)
johnfagg: Was it true that "CHoD" was not permitted to play in Eastern Bloc Tournaments because of the nature of his expertise; or is this just another chess fable? I think the 1 c2-c4 comment was Donners, rather than Alexanders; but I may be (as all too often) wrong!
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