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Member since Apr-03-07 · Last seen Jun-27-20
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 3624 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-19-20 Galego vs F Izeta Txabarri, 1999 (replies)
scormus: < After 39 ... Kxh6> Ah, damn typos. I meant ... gxh6
   Jun-16-20 Nunn vs J A Sutton, 1984 (replies)
scormus: <TheaN> Nice analysis! It's not very pretty for B, but it shows the puzzle isn't quite as simple as appears at first sight. A worthwhile exercise in looking a bit further than what seems obvious at first sight.
   Jun-07-20 A Marthinsen vs Denker, 1992 (replies)
scormus: < al wazir> yes, 28 Qxd6 is too beautiful to not play, winning or not. It's the move the hero in the movie would play. B might have thought it was winning when he played ... Bf6. FWIW I think W has good chances after your sequence, but a fair amount of work to win from there
   Jun-05-20 Ragozin vs P Romanovsky, 1927 (replies)
scormus: I didn't get very far with this, the difficulty was deciding what W would do after 18 .... Rxf2. I thought the threat of 19 .... Rxg2+ was so strong that I went with 19 Kxf2 Qxg3+ 20 Kf1 Rf8+. The engine agrees that line is crushing, and 19 Ndxe4 is not much better for W. It gave ...
   Jun-04-20 J A Grefe vs Korchnoi, 1979 (replies)
scormus: Amazing contest, Korchnoi gave a masterclass demonstration of sustained positional play. As well as remarkable vision in the opening. < An Englishman> Incredible that this game didn't get a brilliancy prize. <patzerboy> excellent summary. I'd also been wondering where ...
   May-30-20 E Safarli vs D Semerene, 2010 (replies)
scormus: I didn't get this line at all, not even 25 Nxe6+. I was exploring Nxf7 instead. I found the sequence 25 .... Kxf7 26 Qe6+ Qxe6 27 dxe6+ Ke7 28 Rd7+ Rxd7 29 exd7+ Kd8 30 dxc8Q+ which I think would be good enough to win. But the line isn't forced, for example B doesn't have to ...
   May-28-20 Ivanchuk vs Bacrot, 2007 (replies)
scormus: <Brenin. these puzzles are not always find the win, but sometimes simply find the best move> Yes, I looked hard but couldn't see any move that looked like it could be a killer. After a whiole I decided there wasn't one, and settled on 23 ... Qf5, eyeing f3. Happy and slightly ...
   May-25-20 A Chibukhchian vs Z Izoria, 2001 (replies)
scormus: Monday, so it must be 32.... Qxg1+.
   May-24-20 G Schwartzman vs Kaidanov, 1996 (replies)
scormus: <al wazir> Yes. I'm sure W must have seen that and it's why he played Kh1 instead
   May-23-20 Morozevich vs E Alekseev, 2004 (replies)
scormus: <h6> also for me. I'll have to run the engine to check if 22 Qh4 is any better, but it worked here by encouraging B to play 22 ... Bxf3, which might have been a mistake. Have to look at what happens if ... Bd8 instead. When I was learning how to attack the enemy K, someone ...
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