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Member since Apr-03-07 · Last seen Dec-13-19
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 3527 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-13-19 Schlechter vs J Thirring, 1893
scormus: what a game! was this the same Carl Schlecter that was famous for drawing against Lasker? ;) Playing through, I found it hard to understand how B lost from the position about move 20. In such a sharp game, winning or losing can depend on whether or not a player captures a pawn with ...
   Dec-12-19 Nakamura vs E Inarkiev, 2003 (replies)
scormus: I must admit, I was wondering what magic could be found for W to be able to win from that position!
   Dec-02-19 Didier vs Marshall, 1900 (replies)
scormus: <gawain> I expect you've been playing against stronger opponents than the ones than Marshall played. That's why youre not getting such good results.
   Nov-23-19 Szabo vs N Padevsky, 1972 (replies)
scormus: <yadasampati> yes, I thought Qd6 too. Hard to imagine it doesn't lead quickly to mate, but the BK can get out into the open. I don't know if there's a winning K hunt from there. If there is, it would certainly have been hard to see OTB.
   Nov-13-19 Short vs Sosonko, 1987 (replies)
scormus: Nice clean finish! As already noted 34 ... Rh2+ was the move, leading to a draw. According to my engine, the game was remarkably balanced until then. 34 ... Qh1? appears to be the only serious mistake by either side, but quite an understandable move to make in a blitz game. Even ...
   Nov-04-19 P K Seuffert vs Blackburne, 1894 (replies)
scormus: Well, quite a bit more difficult than I expected. 29 .... Nf4+ looked like the move, in fact very promising .... but then I couldn't find a clear win. Only when I read the posts I learned there wasn't one. Well not unless W blunders! An unusual Monday :
   Oct-13-19 L Christiansen vs Seirawan, 1978 (replies)
scormus: Instructive puzzle. I didn't truly get even the first move because I didn't see the mating sequence after 30 Rh4+! gxh4(?) 31 Qc1+ Kh5. It's a bit academic as B didn't take the 2nd R. But here is a nice side puzzle. Anybody see why, 32 Qf4 almost works but doesn't quite? Anyone see
   Sep-30-19 D Mason vs C G Ward, 2007
scormus: <patzer2> yes, I agree. In fact it was 24 Kxb2 rather than Bh6 I was looking at. I wondered about 24 .... Rxc3+ but it seems the a3-pawn and the Bd2 then provides some shelter with the K on a2
   Sep-27-19 V Kovacevic vs Z Kozul, 1993 (replies)
scormus: <steinitzfan> no, I get them too unless I use my laptop where I have an ad blocker installed. On my android I get the board as well ...... eventually :
   Sep-18-19 Kiril D Georgiev vs Shirov, 1992 (replies)
scormus: Ooooh, very cute! I guess even Shirov can miss it. I think there should be a new move descriptor for cases like this: 23 Bg6;)
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