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Member since Nov-28-08 · Last seen Jan-28-12
I don't play chess. My son does and is very good at it. The games I played him in his first year were futile. What I do love to do, is play the puzzles, and go through games I am interested in. It is kind of a spectator sport. I get Mon. and Tues. puzzles on a rather regular basis. Then the Thurs. and Fri. puzzles usually allude me. Where my analytical strengths really come in play are in Sat. and Sun. puzzles. My success there runs 30% Saturdays, and 50% Sundays. All I can say about that is the harder ones seem to have less choices. Give me a game where the opponent has checkmate in his sights, that makes it downright easy, regardless of any day. I don't have Fritz or any other computer helper. I wince when players start quoting Fritz. I do go to the game when I feel sure I know at least the first move. I do not work out what the opponent may play. That would be out of my control playing a real opponent. I make a move, and wait for the response, then I move what I see is an appropriate answer, and so on.

   muralman has kibitzed 179 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-02-11 V Wehner vs I Zaragatski, 2006 (replies)
muralman: Back after a long hiatus, and picked up an easy one.
   Jan-10-11 Koltanowski vs J Salazar, 1940 (replies)
muralman: Why do I always have trouble with the easiest puzzles? I did find the line..... After some 15 minutes of looking.
   Jan-09-11 L Kritz vs N Firman, 2007 (replies)
muralman: I didn't get this Sunday puzzle. There were so many possible moves. The one I started with was played two moves later.
   Jan-08-11 Eliskases vs Szabo, 1962 (replies)
muralman: Another great puzzle that fits me to a tee. I looked over all the combinations. I knew I needed to come out ahead, nut necessarily in pieces, but certainly in position. Szabo followed through just as I had envisioned. I piled an overwhelming pressure on the White b3 pawn. White ...
   Jan-07-11 R Vera vs G Lebredo Zaragoitia, 1982 (replies)
muralman: This one fits my always looking for the kill impetuousness. It was relatively easy. I have to say, given the draws lately, I went into this puzzle a bit glum of its outcome. As soon as I envisioned the snared black King, I was home free.
   Jan-02-11 Gufeld vs L Espig, 1980 (replies)
muralman: I was trying for a win. Draws don't inspire me. I went for a frontal attack with my rook. But, like dzechiel found out... that would fizzle. Bah humbug!
   Jan-01-11 Beliavsky vs Kotronias, 2009 (replies)
muralman: Er.... This was kind of easy. It was a simple arm wrestle with a rook. There was simply too much for the poor fellow to have to do.
   Dec-28-10 R Garcia vs Mecking, 1966 (replies)
muralman: I looked at moving the knight out of the way of the bishop, but that just lets the white rook plough through pieces. Moving the King onto the hapless rook should win the game, but did it have to take so many moves to win?
   Dec-26-10 Sagalchik vs A Kovalev, 1987 (replies)
muralman: I went for Ne5 too. I sure didn't like moving my queen. I agree with An Englishman as possible outcomes. Perhaps this game is reviewed somewhere?
   Dec-24-10 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 (replies)
muralman: I sat there wondering why the sacrifice. I knew there was something great in the offing. I could see that Fischer's Queen was going to exploit the space for good position. After I worked that out, I thought, what a great puzzle combination.
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