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Member since Feb-08-15 · Last seen May-18-21
I was a 1500 player in high school 40 years ago, and I am still. I love about half of chess, unfortunately it's not the half that makes you a really good chess player.

   petemccabe has kibitzed 53 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-14-21 Lisitsin vs V Goglidze, 1933 (replies)
petemccabe: I kept looking for an "insane" move, and couldn't find anything. So I said to myself, well, what would I have played in this position, anyway? Not an insane move, just an ordinary move. I chose Rg1. So I guess I got it, but I don't understand why it's insane.
   Sep-14-20 Ganguly vs A Jankovic, 1994 (replies)
petemccabe: With U12 players, nothing is too surprising. But it seemed to me almost as if Black had to leave the game for a moment after move 17, and a much lesser player filled in for 18-20, at which point the original player returned and realized it was hopeless.
   Sep-10-20 Tolush vs Antoshin, 1956 (replies)
petemccabe: I spent a pleasant five minutes looking for a good line. Came up with two candidates, both of which seemed relatively easy. Imagine my surprise to learn that it was black to move, not white. Oh well!
   Jul-05-20 N Hald vs L Uedemann, 1902 (replies)
petemccabe: I think the most surprising move I have ever seen in a GOTD was in this game when black played 30 ... a5. Who would play on in this game with a knight against knight, rook, bishop? It's almost enough to make me think that at that point, both players discussed the game and decided
   Jul-02-20 W Zili vs R Damaso, 1996 (replies)
petemccabe: Silly Putty is still available. At least in America.
   Jun-21-20 Gipslis vs Csom, 1973 (replies)
petemccabe: Yeah, what is "insane" about this? There are multiple moves that are relatively easy to find that all are relatively good for White.
   Jun-08-20 D Byrne vs W Addison, 1969 (replies)
petemccabe: It is not particularly hard to find this move that wins a pawn (if properly declined). But it is hard for a novice to realize that this is the solution, because almost all novice-level puzzles have a much more obvious winning outcome.
   May-22-20 A Timofeev vs S Feller, 2010 (replies)
petemccabe: I understand the urge not to "celebrate" this kind of behavior, but as a casual player, I have to say that this game is the first time I've heard of this case. So it does have some value in spreading the word, which is an important part of deterring this kind of behavior.
   May-10-20 O H Labone vs Lasker, 1898 (replies)
petemccabe: For a while now I've been wondering if there was ever a game in which any file was completely filled with pieces. The problem is, I have no idea how to even look, so I have no idea if this is rare, or if it's common and I've just never noticed it before. This game is the closest ...
   May-08-20 Anand vs Nepomniachtchi, 2020 (replies)
petemccabe: It's always interesting to me when the engines do something like this. After 14 0-0, the Chessgames engine suggests black play d4, saying it's even. After black plays that, it suggests white play f5 with a huge advantage. Where's the disconnect in there?
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