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Member since Apr-03-07 · Last seen Jan-17-21
My life followed a random walk from various cities and countries.

I played most of my chess at school and uni, but that was a long time ago and it was only an occasional thing since then. Since I found the chess sites I started playing again, on the internet and also OTB.

Nice to have met fellow enthusiasts and nice to be playing again.

Hard to pick a favourite opening - maybe Najdorf for the fabulous richness of the variation .... or perhaps because it's the natural choice of the chess "streetfighter". Easy to pick a favourite player - the one and only Bobby Fischer.

   scormus has kibitzed 3650 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-09-21 G Milos vs J Polgar, 1996 (replies)
scormus: Certainly difficult and I didn't pick 13 ... g5. Instead I followed my "puzzle" instinct and opted for ... Rxc3. The engine rates 13 ... Rxc3 as no better than playable, preferring the more thematic .... g5. For the follow up it surprisingly (IMO) chooses 14 ... e5 (15 Nde2) instead
   Jan-02-21 A Lastin vs Chernyshov, 2001 (replies)
scormus: I wondered about 29 f4, but gut feeling made me go with 29 Rxg7 then Rc7+, expecting .... Kh8. Lost my way after .... Kf8, I went for 31 Nf6, but .
   Dec-30-20 A Kovchan vs A Moiseenko, 2002 (replies)
scormus: <FSR 58 ... f6> I saw the same ending but took a while to realise W couldn't take e.p. Problem with doing the puzzles first thing in the morning
   Dec-28-20 C Logallo vs P Cafolla, 2015 (replies)
scormus: <offramp: .... and stroke his cock ....> The first time I read about this story I thought it most odd - how could telling a servant to stroke his cock have anything to do with log tables? I could only suppose that the servant who stole them was planning to multiply, so ...
   Dec-18-20 Hebden vs K Langeweg, 1979 (replies)
scormus: <TheTamale> kick against ..... ? Yes, I see. It makes complete sense. Of course, anyone can kick against those in authority and hurt oneself. The clever trick is to hurt them.
   Dec-16-20 K Georgiev vs Topalov, 1992 (replies)
scormus: Payback for yesterday
   Dec-15-20 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
scormus: <Phony Benoni: ..... I goofed again> That's quite understandable. So did Robert ;) What am I talking about?
   Dec-15-20 J Mishook vs O Tenner, 1923 (replies)
scormus: <41? don't you mean 44?> If I asked my late friend < Robert Smokemountain>, he would say <Mishook castled on move 41 if Phony Benoni said he did>
   Dec-12-20 Lasker vs F R Gittins, 1897
scormus: <offramp: I'm glad someone got it.> Then you know why just the single mark "!" ;)
   Dec-12-20 Belikov vs D Losev, 1995 (replies)
scormus: 17. Nf6+ was easy enough to find. After that the biggest difficulty is trying to decide what B is going to play. I was looking at 17 ... gxf6 18 Qg4+ Kh8 whch might not be the best. But since B played it next move it transposed to that anyway. The engine suggests that 18 ... Rg8 19 ...
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