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Member since Apr-03-07
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. Full Member

   scormus has kibitzed 3999 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-30-23 B Socko vs Svidler, 2019 (replies)
scormus: <al wazir 34 ... Rb2> well spotted, looks like the neatest kill
   Nov-28-23 Yagupov vs D Lam, 2019
scormus: <gawain .... delivered by a pawn> Something rather Arthurian about it
   Nov-28-23 Short vs Ivanchuk, 1994 (replies)
scormus: 30 ... Nxe3. An offer W cannot refuse.
   Nov-24-23 I Nei vs B Gurgenidze, 1967 (replies)
scormus: Nice, decisive combination. 29 ... Bc5! is very cool. I was thinking ... Re8 which I think aso wins, but the text is quicker and neater.
   Nov-21-23 J L McAleer vs A Dunne, 1983
scormus: <Whiteshark> Can't trust that day ...
   Nov-21-23 N Povah vs P R Kemp, 1975 (replies)
scormus: <iff> you know your Latin?
   Nov-21-23 A Kuzmin vs T Vakhidov, 1987 (replies)
scormus: It's all about small margins
   Nov-19-23 F La Rota vs M Valvo, 1979 (replies)
scormus: According to SF14, the losing move was 12 ... Nxc4 allowing 13 exf7+ etc. (ca. +4.2 to W). After 12 d6, SF continues ... Bf6 13 Qe2 Bd7 14 Nc7 Rc8 15 Bd3 c4 16 Be4 is fairly balanced (ca. +0.7 to W). If 12 ... Nxc4 W gives up a pawn but gets some pressure: 13 dxe7 Qxe7 14 Qd3 Nb6 ...
   Nov-18-23 Oll vs A Romero Holmes, 1984 (replies)
scormus: What a rubbish puzzle. Not for the first time this week!
   Nov-17-23 Movsesian vs I Chirila, 2010 (replies)
scormus: Difficult! I didn't miss Friday out, did I? My first thought was 32 Rxf6 but I couldn't see a way to force a win. I was more hopeful about Bxf6, but then ... g6 looks to hold. B seems to have too many defensive and counter attacking options. I take some comfort from being in good ...
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May-04-14  The Last Straw: <scormus> Might as well leave that for my silicon friend. :)

On second thought, is <DcGentle> anywhere around?

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  scormus: <TLS .... DcGentle> just what I was wondering!
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  WannaBe: Updated PGN and Diagram, black to move:

[Event " Friendly"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2014.03.?"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Scormus"]
[Black "WannaBe"]
[Result "*"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[ECO "B99"]
[EventDate "??"]
[PlyCount "?"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 h6 9.Bh4 Qc7 10.0-0-0 Nbd7 11.Be2 Rg8 12.Bg3 b5 13.e5 Bb7 14.Qf2 dxe5 15.fxe5 Ne4 16.Nxe4 Bxe4 17.Bf3 Bxf3 18.Qxf3 Rc8 19.Rhf1 Rf8 20.Qe4 Nc5 21.Qg4 g6 22.Kb1 h5 23.Qe2 Qb7 24.Bf4 f6 25.g4 fxe5 26.Bxe5 Rxf1 27.Rxf1 h4 28.Qf2 Qe4 29.Qf7+ Kd7 30.Rd1 *

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May-04-14  DcGentle: Ok, I was busy with analysis of other games, especially the 101 moves draw of Radjabov vs Carlsen, 2014 kept me busy, I hope that Carlsen would have had the chance to win this one, I even posted something in this regard on the game page, but it's unfinished business, and perhaps it's a draw after all. Could be. But Carlsen beat around the bush for 101 moves, I thought there must be more. Who knows. Perhaps. ;-) He could have sacced a piece in a certain variation, and still got a draw at least, would have caused some more excitement. This I know already.

Anyways, I'll annotate your game once it's finished. Not uninteresting, I must say.


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  WannaBe: I think it's a good time to resign, I shall lose a piece here and with my king in a rather uncomfortable position, I think pressing on would be rather futile.

[Event " Friendly"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2014.03.?"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Scormus"]
[Black "WannaBe"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[ECO "B99"]
[PlyCount "61"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 h6 9.Bh4 Qc7 10.0-0-0 Nbd7 11.Be2 Rg8 12.Bg3 b5 13.e5 Bb7 14.Qf2 dxe5 15.fxe5 Ne4 16.Nxe4 Bxe4 17.Bf3 Bxf3 18.Qxf3 Rc8 19.Rhf1 Rf8 20.Qe4 Nc5 21.Qg4 g6 22.Kb1 h5 23.Qe2 Qb7 24.Bf4 f6 25.g4 fxe5 26.Bxe5 Rxf1 27.Rxf1 h4 28.Qf2 Qe4 29.Qf7+ Kd7 30.Rd1 1-0

Thank you <scormus> for the game. =) I hope to post of my thoughts and analysis later this weekend, if not, next week. (have a rather busy schedule at work and what nots.)

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  scormus: Thank you <Wannabe> for the interesting game. I always feel I should win a game like this where the enemy K is fixed in the centre, but I am slightly surprised you resign right away. I thought I would win a piece here but I was not completely sure, I wondered if there might be a way out for you.

I'll be interested to see your thoughts. All the best!

May-06-14  The Last Straw: <WannaBe> I actually found an interesting line with 30...♕d5 though, I'll try to give it a look when I have time.
May-06-14  The Last Straw: Well fought out game! Quite interesting, overcrowded with tactics! Nice job, both players!
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  scormus: <The Last Straw: <WannaBe> I actually found an interesting line with 30...Qd5>

I was half expecting ... Qd5 and thought I would still have a bit of work to do.

May-06-14  DcGentle: By the way, if <WannaBe> had played a certain move only one move earlier, he would have hold the draw rather easily. Good game from both sides. I'll post my analysis in the course of the week on this forum. :-)
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  scormus: <DcGentle .... one move earlier> I don't doubt it. I felt that once I got Q+R lined up on the f-file I had a clear advantage, but I wasn't sure how effectively I'd convert that to a winning advantage. I thought B's best chance might be to get the K away from e8, though I can understand a reluctance to do that.

I wasn't expecting it to end as quickly as it did. I thought 29 ... Qd5 might be played, it puts the BQ in the heart of defense where it's most needed. ... Qe4 was one of those attractive looking moves that seems to achieve some counterplay, but was quite impotent. I play moves like that myself in difficult positions, and generally lose quickly when I do.

After 29 ... Qe4 the hardest part was deciding between 30 Bf6 and Rd1. In fact they both look to be winning, but I felt Rd1 was more cool.

I really enjoyed this game. I'll be interested to see how you read the play, with the advantage of being independent.

May-09-14  DcGentle: Ok, here there is it, you can load it into a PGN viewer or chess program:

[Event " Friendly"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2014.03.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Scormus"]
[Black "WannaBe"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B99"]
[Annotator "Gentle,DC"]
[PlyCount "59"]
[EventDate "2014.??.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Be7 8. Qf3 h6 {Black delayed this move in Ivanchuk vs Topalov, 2009, but won. It's a wild game, Black didn't castle either. ;-)} 9. Bh4 Qc7 10. O-O-O Nbd7 11. Be2 Rg8 12. Bg3 b5 13. e5 Bb7 {Well, I must say White got the better part of the Najdorf in this variant. <14. Qf2> is the first move which is not on the Opening Explorer .} 14. Qf2 {Now White has connected rooks and by setting up the only pawn in the center also denies the black knight the relevant square f6. Adding on the better king safety, White is better positionally.} dxe5 15. fxe5 Ne4 16. Nxe4 Bxe4 {Some pieces are traded off, but White has enough attacking forces left.} 17. Bf3 Bxf3 18. Qxf3 {After these exchanges things look a bit friendlier for Black, but he is not out of the woods.} Rc8 {White's central knight covers c2.} 19. Rhf1 Rf8 20. Qe4 {The moves 20. Kb1 or 20. Rf2 as considered by the engines are not really better.} Nc5 {Good move, attacking the queen.} 21. Qg4 g6

(21... Na4 {is much better. The threat here is 22... Nxb2! 23. Kb1 Nxd1, winning the quality. If 23. Kxb2?, then a quick mate will follow after 23... Qc3+ 24. Kb1 Ba3!} 22. Rf3 Rd8 {with the threat 23... h5 24. Qe4 Td5 threatening 25. Nc5 and 26. h4.} 23. Kb1 (23. Qxg7 {? is very bad due to} Qc4 24. Qg4 Qxa2 {threatening 25... Bb4 or 25... Qxb2+.}) 23... g6 24. Rfd3 Nc5 25. Rc3 Qb7 26. Qe2 h5 {and Black can fight for a draw.})

22. Kb1 h5 23. Qe2 Qb7 24. Bf4 f6

(24... Qe4 {would have offered good drawing chances due to} 25. Qd2 f5 26. exf6 Rxf6 27. Rde1 Qd5 28. Rf3 Rd8 29. Qc1 (29. c3 {is worse due to} b4) 29... Rxf4 30. Rxf4 g5 31. Nxe6 {forced; because rook f4 had no good squares.} Nxe6 32. Rf3 Nd4 33. Rf2 Nc6 {threatening 34... Rd6 making room for a safe place of Black's king on the queenside.})

25. g4 {missing a winning shot, see next variant.}

(25. Bh6 f5 (25... Rf7 {is bad due to} 26. Nxe6 f5 27. Ng7+ Rxg7 (27... Kf8 {is worse due to} 28. Rd6 Bxd6 29. Nxf5+ Kg8 30. Nxd6 {forking both of Black's rook and his queen.}) 28. Bxg7 {winning the quality.}) 26. Bxf8 Bxf8 27. Rfe1 Kf7 {Black may deem his king safe on the kingside now, but...} 28. Nxf5 {! This shot is missed by the engines.} gxf5 (28... exf5 {is not better:} 29. e6+ Ke8 30. Qd2 Qe7 31. Qd7+ Nxd7 32. exd7+ Kd8 33. dxc8=Q+ Kxc8 34. Rxe7 Bxe7 35. c3 {and White will win the ending.}) 29. Qxh5+ Kg8 30. b4 {is the point of the knight sac, because pawn e6 will be loose, if knight c5 moves away.} Qf7 (30... Ne4 31. Qg6+ Bg7 32. Qxe6+ Kh7 (32... Kh8 {is worse:} 33. Rd7 Nc3+ 34. Ka1 Qxg2 (34... Qc6 35. Rd8+ Rxd8 36. Qxc6 {winning the queen.}) 35. Rd4 Ne4 36. Qxc8+ Kh7 37. Qxf5+ Qg6 38. Qxe4 Qxe4 39. Rexe4 {and Black can resign.}) 33. Qxf5+ Kg8 34. Rxe4 {winning.}) 31. Qg5+ Qg7 32. Qxg7+ Bxg7 33. bxc5 Rxc5 34. Rd7 {and White has no problems to win the game.})

25... fxe5 {Good move!} 26. Bxe5 Rxf1 27. Rxf1 h4 {missing the last chance to hold a draw.}

(27... Qe4 {forces a queens' exchange.} 28. gxh5 (28. Qf2 Qxe5 {just winning White's bishop.}) 28... Qxe2 29. Nxe2 Ne4 30. Rf4 Nd2+ 31. Kc1 Nc4 32. Re4 gxh5 33. b3 Nxe5 34. Rxe5 Rd8 35. c3 Rd5 36. Rxd5 exd5 37. Kd2 Kd7 38. Nd4 Bf6 39. Kd3 Be5 {looks like a draw.})

28. Qf2 Qe4

(28... Kd7 {is too late,. for example:} 29. Rd1 Ke8 30. Re1 Qd5 31. Bg7 {keeping the rook away from f8.} Rd8 32. a3 Rd7 33. g5 Kd8 {heading to the queenside, but it's too late.} 34. Qxh4 Kc8 35. Be5 Bd6 36. Bxd6 Rxd6 37. Nb3 Nxb3 38. cxb3 Rc6 39. Ka2 {White has the much better castle.} a5 40. Qh8+ Qd8 41. Qh6 Qd3 42. Qf8+ Qd8 43. Qf4 a4 44. bxa4 Qd5+ 45. Ka1 bxa4 46. Qxa4 {and White's passed pawns will win.})

29. Qf7+ Kd7 30. Rd1 {and Black resigned. A well played game from both sides, only Black should have looked for a more active play and seized the chance to hold the draw. But this game's tactics were challenging.} 0-1


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  scormus: <DcGentle> Lovely analysis and commentary. I agree, the tactics were very tricky, as is very often the case in Najdorf Sicilian.

I'd benn uncertain about my 20 Qe4, it committed me to a lot of Q moves, but my engine at least prefers it, as long as I was going to follow ... Nc5! with 21 Qh7! 21 Qg4 is slightly weaker but surprising to me ... g6 is now preferred. To be honest I prefer your counter attacking move ... Na4!

25.g4? is certainly not the best, I remember looking at Bh6 but I didn't give it enough thought.

The position is too open for my pawn strategy to be very effective, an error of judgement on my part. I expected ... fxe5 26 Bxe5 Rxf1 27 Rxf1 but underestimated 27 ... Qe4, I thought my pressure on e6 would be enough, 28 Qxe4 Nxe4 29 Nxe6 but I hadn't foreseen ... Nd2+, 0-1. Lucky for me B didn't see that 27 ... Qe4! would draw.

28 ... Qe4 loses immediately, just one move delayed made all the difference. 28 ... Kd7 would have made ne work a bit more though.

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  WannaBe: Story of my life, a step late. =))

Promise I will post some of my thoughts and what my thinking was during the moves. Promise.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: A Gor fan?
Jul-12-14  David2009: Hi Jonathan, I have posted a message about our on-going game on David2009 chessforum.

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You have just played 10.Kxf2 (TN). White is R+B ahead. Black is to play and I chose 10...Bg4.

It is too early to say if you have found a bust to the Traxler.

Cheers, David

Sep-06-14  waustad: FYI, here is some information about a production of La Wally: Maybe they'll do a DVD of it.
Dec-25-14  wordfunph: <scormus> Merry Christmas!
Dec-25-14  morfishine: <scormus> I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Great New Year!
Dec-27-14  morfishine: <scormus> The POTD from 12-26 was interesting with the exchange sac 31.Rf8+ followed by the Queen invasion via <c8>
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  Fusilli: Best wishes for 2015, scormus!
Feb-26-15  morfishine: Good to see you! And Thanks!
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  Fusilli: Hey <scormus>, how do feel about modern operas with practically no melody in the entire music score? I saw <Glory Denied> ( Good story, good acting, but...
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  Fusilli: Hey <scormus>! I see you posted on a game. I thought you were gone.

I saw Stuck Elevator, put up by Nashville Opera, last weekend. Super interesting! I recommend it. The production was impressive (small theater and amazing use of a limited space, light, and staging). The singers were terrific actors too, and the music explored all ranges of human emotion.

I am more used to classic than modern opera, but I really liked this one. (On a 1-10 scale, I give it 8. It would be a 10 if it weren't for parts of the libretto that lower its quality, in my view.)

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  scormus: <What's the move 23 we all missed today?>

Speelman's 23 Be4 is completely winning, and quite a few posts also pick it. But 23 Re8! is an absolute killer, mate in at most 7.

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