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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   [less...]
   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 Vera Gonzalez-Quevedo vs G Lebredo, 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.
   Dec-17-10 K Hulak vs Barlov, 1987 (replies)
   Dec-16-10 H Ree vs Hort, 1986 (replies)
   Dec-13-10 Koneru vs Ju Wenjun, 2010 (replies)
   Dec-13-10 B M Amos vs Larsen, 1968 (replies)
   Dec-12-10 Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2010) (replies)
   Dec-12-10 S Marder vs J Dlugosz, 2007 (replies)
   Dec-10-10 Cmilyte vs E Boric, 2008 (replies)
   Dec-07-10 Jobava vs H H Hernandez, 2008 (replies)
   Dec-06-10 W Schmidt vs W Reimer, 1985 (replies)
   Dec-04-10 L Hazai vs Szabo, 1983 (replies)
   Nov-30-10 P Damiano vs NN, 1512 (replies)
   Nov-28-10 Petrosian vs Psakhis, 1982 (replies)
   Nov-20-10 A Ardeleanu vs J Halasi, 2007 (replies)
   Nov-18-10 Kasparov vs A Georgiadis, 1996 (replies)
   Nov-17-10 A Alexikov vs A Bets, 2001 (replies)
   Nov-16-10 Landa vs Alexander V Ivanov, 1985 (replies)
   Nov-15-10 M W Haug vs Robson, 2009 (replies)
   Nov-14-10 J M Lopez Martinez vs M Narciso Dublan, 2008 (replies)
   Nov-02-10 S Bogner vs G Bwalya, 2010 (replies)
   Nov-01-10 Greco vs NN, 1620 (replies)
   Oct-17-10 S Zhigalko vs S Sjugirov, 2008 (replies)
   Oct-16-10 Pelikan vs Guimard, 1945 (replies)
   Oct-13-10 Najdorf vs R A Redolfi, 1959 (replies)
   Aug-27-10 Ftacnik vs A Aleksandrov, 2008 (replies)
   Aug-25-10 K Lie vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2008 (replies)
   Aug-23-10 Navara vs Z Ruzicka, 1997 (replies)
   Aug-15-10 R Lutzenberger vs K F Grimm, 1999 (replies)
   Aug-12-10 M Roiz vs Naiditsch, 2010 (replies)
   Aug-01-10 Ponomariov vs Z Gyimesi, 2005 (replies)
   Jul-28-10 K Bischoff vs R Buhmann, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-27-10 P Goluch vs N Paikidze, 2010 (replies)
   Jul-25-10 A Volokitin vs Rublevsky, 2004 (replies)
   Jul-19-10 Darcy Lima vs P De Souza Haro, 2001 (replies)
   Jul-14-10 P Deshmukh vs B Thipsay, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-13-10 Vera Gonzalez-Quevedo vs J Becerra Rivero, 1996 (replies)
   Jul-12-10 NN vs Blackburne, 1871 (replies)
   Jul-09-10 Naiditsch vs T Dao, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-05-10 J M Hanham vs Steinitz, 1894 (replies)
   Jun-28-10 Vera Gonzalez-Quevedo vs A Lesiege, 2003 (replies)
   Jun-25-10 Lerner vs Dorfman, 1980 (replies)
   Jun-14-10 E Ghaem Maghami vs Karpov, 2009 (replies)
   Jun-07-10 Nepomniachtchi vs Zhou Jianchao, 2009 (replies)
   Jun-06-10 Kosteniuk vs Y Dembo, 2005 (replies)
   May-09-10 I Rogers vs Shirov, 1990 (replies)
   May-02-10 Estrin vs J Boey, 1978 (replies)
   Apr-28-10 Suba vs Hebden, 1984 (replies)
   Apr-12-10 Potkin vs Caruana, 2010 (replies)
   Mar-26-10 T C Jensen vs A Kier, 1920 (replies)
   Mar-25-10 NN vs W Donisthorpe, 1890 (replies)
   Mar-24-10 A Voltschok vs R Kreslavsky, 1970 (replies)
   Mar-23-10 Y Erturan vs Potkin, 2001 (replies)
   Mar-11-10 Levenfish vs Riumin, 1936 (replies)
   Mar-05-10 Brzozka vs Bronstein, 1963 (replies)
   Mar-04-10 L Gutman vs M Knezevic, 1984 (replies)
   Feb-22-10 Kramnik vs Van Wely, 2010 (replies)
   Feb-21-10 Svidler vs C Holst, 1991 (replies)
   Feb-19-10 Robson vs I Stavrianakis, 2009 (replies)
   Feb-18-10 S Zhigalko vs D Obolenskikh, 2010 (replies)
   Feb-17-10 Larsen vs Miles, 1979 (replies)
   Feb-16-10 R Mateo vs C Cuartas Bedoya, 1984 (replies)
   Jan-28-10 N Kosolapov vs R Nezhmetdinov, 1936 (replies)
   Jan-27-10 Kasimdzhanov vs H Hofstra, 2004 (replies)
   Jan-18-10 H H Cole vs A W W Tulip, 1946 (replies)
   Jan-11-10 Eliskases vs T Borges, 1946 (replies)
   Jan-10-10 Huzman vs Khmelnitsky, 1989 (replies)
   Jan-07-10 C Lutz vs J Balcerak, 2000 (replies)
   Jan-05-10 Falkbeer vs NN, 1847 (replies)
   Jan-04-10 Greco vs NN, 1620 (replies)
   Dec-30-09 I A Nataf vs Wang Yue, 2004 (replies)
   Dec-19-09 R Bator vs Bareev, 1987 (replies)
   Dec-18-09 Y Marrero Lopez vs A Perez Quinones, 2005 (replies)
   Dec-18-09 I Jelen vs Larsen, 1977 (replies)
   Dec-16-09 Van Wely vs A Aleksandrov, 2003 (replies)
   Dec-15-09 E Gerigk vs H Teske, 2009 (replies)
   Dec-14-09 T Nyback vs U Von Herman, 2009 (replies)
   Dec-13-09 Reshevsky vs Larsen, 1968 (replies)
   Dec-12-09 Tartakower vs Vidmar, 1905 (replies)
   Dec-11-09 Nepomniachtchi vs A A Kharitonov, 2009 (replies)
   Dec-08-09 Botvinnik vs Kotov, 1946 (replies)
   Dec-07-09 J Rott vs F Blatny, 2002 (replies)
   Dec-06-09 Unzicker vs A Dueckstein, 1967 (replies)
   Dec-03-09 Kamsky vs Leko, 2008 (replies)
   Dec-02-09 Bird / Dobell vs Gunsberg / Locock, 1897 (replies)
   Dec-01-09 Ehlvest vs T Gelashvili, 2002 (replies)
   Nov-30-09 G Neumann vs Steinitz, 1870 (replies)
   Nov-29-09 Yoel Aloni vs Botvinnik, 1964 (replies)
   Nov-25-09 W Fried vs Schlechter, 1897 (replies)
   Nov-16-09 L Mkrtchian vs V Golubenko, 2008 (replies)
   Nov-10-09 Stellwagen vs I Rees, 2009 (replies)
   Nov-09-09 Reichert vs E J Diemer, 1950 (replies)
   Nov-08-09 Macieja vs Ponomariov, 1997 (replies)
   Nov-06-09 Tarrasch vs Reti, 1922 (replies)
   Nov-05-09 Niebult vs Tal, 1954 (replies)
   Nov-02-09 Euwe vs Wiersma, 1920 (replies)
   Oct-28-09 Larsen vs E Torre, 1987 (replies)
   Oct-26-09 W Fuller vs L G Basin, 1992 (replies)
   Oct-23-09 Kupreichik vs L Gutman, 1995 (replies)
   Oct-22-09 Ahues vs Sultan Khan, 1930 (replies)
   Oct-13-09 Topalov vs Kramnik, 1995 (replies)
   Oct-09-09 N Minev vs J Fichtl, 1958 (replies)
   Oct-07-09 A Giri vs F A Cuijpers, 2009 (replies)
   Oct-06-09 Zsofia Polgar vs A Rabczewski, 1989 (replies)
   Oct-04-09 E Limp vs A Rodriguez Vila, 2001 (replies)
   Oct-02-09 E Berg vs C C Buhr, 2001 (replies)
   Sep-26-09 I Rogers vs T Tao, 2004 (replies)
   Sep-07-09 H Mueller vs O Bernstein, 1934 (replies)
   Sep-03-09 S Savchenko vs Alexey Ivanov, 1991 (replies)
   Sep-01-09 H Leyva vs V Ramon Pita, 1994 (replies)
   Aug-30-09 G Vescovi vs M Bezold, 1997 (replies)
   Aug-28-09 V Pajkovic vs G Cabrilo, 1991 (replies)
   Aug-25-09 F Guido vs Brunello, 2007 (replies)
   Aug-11-09 W M Popert vs Cochrane, 1841 (replies)
   Aug-04-09 J Schulten vs E Rousseau, 1841 (replies)
   Aug-03-09 D Zardus vs A Steventon, 1986 (replies)
   Jul-29-09 A Dunkelblum vs Euwe, 1950 (replies)
   Jul-27-09 W Fairhurst vs Menchik, 1935 (replies)
   Jul-23-09 A Sokolov vs Bagirov, 1993 (replies)
   Jul-20-09 J Gluckie vs M Moran-Venegas, 2009 (replies)
   Jul-16-09 Kasparov vs Smirin, 1988 (replies)
   Jul-15-09 P Scheeren vs Speelman, 1983 (replies)
   Jul-10-09 Grischuk vs Bareev, 2001 (replies)
   Jul-02-09 Ragozin vs Bondarevsky, 1946 (replies)
   Jun-16-09 M Rytshagov vs R Slobodjan, 1999 (replies)
   Jun-15-09 J Sarkar vs F Obers, 2007 (replies)
   Jun-13-09 Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914 (replies)
   May-11-09 T Kosintseva vs E Zaiatz, 2009 (replies)
   May-09-09 L Milman vs J Fang, 2005 (replies)
   May-05-09 D E A Riley vs F Parr, 1949 (replies)
   Apr-23-09 Schlechter vs Gunsberg, 1901 (replies)
   Apr-21-09 I Sokolov vs T Middelburg, 2009 (replies)
   Apr-20-09 Kudrin vs A C Chow, 1989 (replies)
   Apr-15-09 Chigorin vs Schlechter, 1905 (replies)
   Apr-09-09 G Szabo vs S Zawadzki, 2004 (replies)
   Apr-04-09 P Thipsay vs S Chanda, 2004 (replies)
   Mar-27-09 T Fogarasi vs N Medvegy, 2003 (replies)
   Mar-25-09 V Malakhatko vs G A Timoshenko, 2003 (replies)
   Mar-17-09 E Walther vs Tal, 1966 (replies)
   Mar-16-09 H High vs Keene, 1964 (replies)
   Mar-13-09 Tarrasch vs Steinitz, 1898 (replies)
   Mar-09-09 J Vesely vs J Rejfir, 1961 (replies)
   Mar-04-09 Fischer vs Shocron, 1959 (replies)
   Feb-28-09 Gavrilov vs Kevorkian, 1990 (replies)
   Feb-25-09 J Mason vs Teichmann, 1894 (replies)
   Feb-24-09 E Williams vs Harrwitz, 1846 (replies)
   Feb-18-09 Bird vs Pinkerley, 1850 (replies)
   Feb-16-09 Bakhmatov vs E Ghaem Maghami, 2005 (replies)
   Feb-13-09 Piket vs Gulko, 1990 (replies)
   Feb-12-09 F Vallejo Pons vs Leitao, 2005 (replies)
   Feb-10-09 I Nemet vs Judit Polgar, 1987 (replies)
   Feb-03-09 M R Kaldegg vs G Zeissl, 1903 (replies)
   Jan-13-09 Tkachiev vs Ponomariov, 2008 (replies)
   Jan-12-09 K Beddar vs N Arosemena, 2008 (replies)
   Jan-11-09 Mitkov vs Rublevsky, 2000 (replies)
   Jan-05-09 NN vs Zukertort, 1868 (replies)
   Dec-17-08 P Charbonneau vs H A Hussein Al-Ali, 2008 (replies)
   Dec-15-08 R Valdes vs S Laouini, 2008 (replies)
   Dec-10-08 Bastrikov vs Shamkovich, 1958 (replies)
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