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Member since Feb-01-04 · Last seen May-21-23
56/m/Fairfax, Virginia USA USCF 1624

I gained 46 points for a quick rating of 1670 in the first tournament I played in 20 years. Woo hoo


8 March 2009

To document my minimal claim to fame, my game was featured in the "Back to Basics" column of the March 2009 Chess Life, analysis and instruction for those of us below Class B. (U.S. Chess Federation membership required)

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   sisyphus has kibitzed 837 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-24-21 Carlsen vs V S Gujrathi, 2019 (replies)
sisyphus: Is there anyone else who’s disappointed we didn’t get to see Magnus Carlsen play out a Scotch Gambit?
   Nov-24-17 P Poutiainen vs E Hintikka, 1976
sisyphus: 21...Nxe6 is a blunder. 22.Bb6 traps the queen, though Poutiainen missed it.
   Nov-22-17 Tukmakov vs A Ornstein, 1976
sisyphus: 14...Nd7 was a bad idea. The light-squared bishop is trapped, and Tukmakov pounces on it.
   Dec-15-16 Z Fiskus vs P Ascic, 2007
sisyphus: Wish I had seen this before I played last week. I went 8...a6 and barely held a draw. My home analysis - which I'd forgotten - says 7...O-O is preferable. But that's only for the brave.
   Oct-03-16 B Jackson vs J Berry, 2011 (replies)
sisyphus: When I see Nxc6 played too early I figure White is panicking.
   Sep-13-16 Baku Olympiad (2016) (replies)
sisyphus: <offramp: Officially England were 9th but I prefer to think of them as being equal 4th. They had the same points as 4th place.> Tiebreaks aren't useful for any purpose but determining medals. England was equal fourth, period.
   Sep-28-15 R Vasquez Ramirez vs N Meira, 1996 (replies)
sisyphus: 3...b6 is a losing move. Ecuadorian WIM Rocio Vasquez punished it quickly when she was 13 years old.
   Sep-28-15 Leko vs Morozevich, 2008
sisyphus: I'm still trying to figure out what the rationale is for 15 Ke1. The pin on the knight is a problem.
   Aug-06-14 Mamedyarov vs I Ivanisevic, 2014 (replies)
sisyphus: Don't neglect that Shak still won after throwing away the advantage with 18.Nf5?? Be4!! If 19.Qxe4 then Rd1+ 20.Kxd1 Nxc3+; oops. 18.Nb5 would have protected c3 and Black's bishop is trapped.
   Jun-08-14 Cez Trophy Navara - Nakamura Match (2014) (replies)
sisyphus: The official site is the Prague Chess Society, . Among other things there is an article with Vlastimil Hort talking about the "sinful chessplayers of Prague."
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