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Member since Feb-01-04 · Last seen Dec-25-20
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 836 times to chessgames   [less...]
   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
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."
   May-31-14 G Gajewski vs Sutovsky, 2010
sisyphus: This game was featured in The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White. It's his example of the Modern Exchange Variation of the Grünfeld (7.Nf3 c5 8. Rb1 O-O 9. Be2). He prefers 9...Nc6 (rather than the popular ...cxd4) as a simple and sound continuation. After 24.Bd1 he suggests ...
   Apr-28-13 FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013) (replies)
   Jan-20-13 Tata Steel Group A (2013) (replies)
   Dec-06-12 London Chess Classic (2012) (replies)
   Dec-03-12 FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2012) (replies)
   Oct-27-12 Tegshsuren Enkhbat
   Sep-09-12 Istanbul Olympiad (Women) (2012) (replies)
   Aug-26-12 I A Zaitsev vs O Dementiev, 1970 (replies)
   Dec-26-11 I Krush vs K Wang, 2011 (replies)
   Oct-19-11 Governor's Cup (2011) (replies)
   Oct-11-11 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
   Oct-10-11 F Vallejo Pons vs Nakamura, 2011 (replies)
   Oct-08-11 Karpov Poikovsky (2011) (replies)
   Sep-28-11 Anand vs Ivanchuk, 2011 (replies)
   Sep-05-11 World Cup (2011) (replies)
   Jul-31-11 Alexander Onischuk (replies)
   Jan-29-11 Wang Hao vs Nakamura, 2011 (replies)
   Jan-27-11 Tata Steel Group A (2011) (replies)
   Jan-06-11 Reggio Emilia (2010) (replies)
   Oct-31-10 Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Levenfish, 1936 (replies)
   Sep-30-10 John Cornford Meyer (replies)
   Sep-30-10 Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (Women) (2010) (replies)
   Sep-20-10 Yelena Dembo (replies)
   Sep-12-10 M Pasman vs Tal, 1952 (replies)
   Sep-11-10 Kholmov vs Tal, 1949 (replies)
   Sep-09-10 Tal vs S Giterman, 1951 (replies)
   Sep-08-10 Tal vs Leonov, 1949 (replies)
   Sep-07-10 F Vallejo Pons vs A Nunez, 1992 (replies)
   Aug-12-10 Irving Chernev (replies)
   Aug-02-10 Gruenfeld vs J Schenkein, 1915 (replies)
   Jul-30-10 B Yildiz vs Zhao Xue, 2010 (replies)
   Jul-22-10 Noteboom vs G van Doesburgh, 1931
   Jul-21-10 Pillsbury vs J Mason, 1895 (replies)
   Jul-21-10 USA Junior Championship (2010) (replies)
   Jul-19-10 Reshevsky vs Fischer, 1956 (replies)
   Jul-12-10 Benko vs Bronstein, 1949 (replies)
   Jun-05-10 Leon Rapid (2010) (replies)
   May-31-10 Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 (replies)
   May-30-10 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 (replies)
   May-29-10 Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 (replies)
   May-29-10 W Hook vs J C Meyer, 1979 (replies)
   May-28-10 Denker vs Botvinnik, 1945 (replies)
   May-26-10 Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 (replies)
   May-25-10 Suetin vs A Lukovnikov, 1978 (replies)
   May-25-10 Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (replies)
   May-24-10 Anderssen vs Steinitz, 1866 (replies)
   May-23-10 US Championship (2010) (replies)
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   May-22-10 Staunton vs E Williams, 1851 (replies)
   May-21-10 Philidor vs J Bruehl, 1789 (replies)
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   May-19-10 Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 (replies)
   May-16-10 Marshall vs Capablanca, 1909 (replies)
   May-15-10 Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 (replies)
   May-04-10 Anand - Topalov World Championship Match (2010) (replies)
   Apr-26-10 Topalov vs Anand, 2010 (replies)
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   Apr-20-10 G Milos vs G Vescovi, 2004 (replies)
   Apr-14-10 Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1936 (replies)
   Mar-26-10 S Pavlov vs I Nyzhnyk, 2008 (replies)
   Mar-18-10 European Individual Championship (Women) (2010) (replies)
   Mar-10-10 European Championship (2010) (replies)
   Mar-01-10 M Sebag vs J M Lopez Martinez, 2010 (replies)
   Feb-18-10 Topalov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2010 (replies)
   Jan-30-10 Zhao Zong-Yuan vs D K Johansen, 1999
   Jan-23-10 Corus Group A (2010) (replies)
   Jan-01-10 M Schadler vs M Gateri, 2006
   Jan-01-10 A Galliamova vs N Gurieli, 1997
   Dec-25-09 N Kosintseva vs M Manakova, 2009
   Dec-22-09 Browne vs Larsen, 1972 (replies)
   Dec-21-09 Russian Championship Superfinal (2009) (replies)
   Nov-21-09 Lubomir Kavalek (replies)
   Oct-16-09 J Cahill vs T Shorten, 1974 (replies)
   Oct-14-09 W J Wilson vs Steinitz, 1862 (replies)
   Oct-08-09 European Club Cup (2009) (replies)
   Oct-08-09 Nanjing Women's FIDE Grand Prix (2009) (replies)
   Oct-07-09 US Women's Chess Championship (2009) (replies)
   Oct-05-09 chessforum (replies)
   Oct-05-09 B Yildiz vs M Sebag, 2009 (replies)
   Oct-04-09 Z Franco Ocampos vs Seirawan, 1983
   Oct-04-09 Francisco Vallejo Pons (replies)
   Sep-30-09 Hans Jack Berliner (replies)
   Sep-27-09 SPICE Cup (B Group) (2009) (replies)
   Sep-20-09 SPICE Cup (2009) (replies)
   Sep-19-09 B Zanetti vs S G Samuelsson, 2009 (replies)
   Sep-11-09 Janowski vs Maroczy, 1924 (replies)
   Sep-07-09 Satea Husari
   Aug-29-09 Nikolai Andrianov (replies)
   Aug-14-09 Taimanov vs Geller, 1963
   Aug-04-09 Svitlana Gonchar (replies)
   Aug-02-09 Morozevich vs Karjakin, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-15-09 F Vallejo Pons vs P San Segundo Carrillo, 2009 (replies)
   Jul-15-09 Donostia Chess Festival (2009) (replies)
   Jul-14-09 King's Pawn Game (C20) (replies)
   Jun-28-09 M Thunert vs R Andrae, 1990 (replies)
   Jun-16-09 Farrukh Amonatov (replies)
   Jun-07-09 Zsuzsa Polgar (replies)
   Jun-02-09 Charles Lawton (replies)
   May-30-09 Raymond S Kaufman (replies)
   May-17-09 US Championship (2009) (replies)
   May-16-09 W Teerapabpaisit vs Al Rakib Mollah Abdullah, 2008 (replies)
   Apr-25-09 Kogan vs P Ofstad, 2001
   Apr-19-09 Larry Kaufman (replies)
   Apr-16-09 J Thompson vs Morphy, 1857 (replies)
   Apr-11-09 Thomas Brownscombe (replies)
   Apr-11-09 Foxwoods Open (2009) (replies)
   Mar-30-09 A Muzychuk vs T Shadrina, 2009
   Mar-18-09 FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2009) (replies)
   Mar-15-09 European Championship (2009) (replies)
   Feb-25-09 Aeroflot Open (2009) (replies)
   Feb-23-09 Topalov vs Kamsky, 2009 (replies)
   Feb-22-09 Igor Kurnosov (replies)
   Feb-22-09 Nigel Short (replies)
   Feb-21-09 Kamsky vs Topalov, 2009 (replies)
   Feb-20-09 Anand vs Aronian, 2009 (replies)
   Feb-19-09 Linares (2009) (replies)
   Feb-19-09 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
   Feb-17-09 Kamsky vs Topalov, 2009 (replies)
   Feb-07-09 Karpov vs E Ghaem Maghami, 2009 (replies)
   Feb-01-09 Corus Group B (2009) (replies)
   Feb-01-09 Corus Group A (2009) (replies)
   Jan-21-09 Morozevich vs Adams, 2009 (replies)
   Jan-20-09 J Smeets vs Kamsky, 2009 (replies)
   Jan-19-09 Ivanchuk vs Radjabov, 2009 (replies)
   Jan-18-09 F Vallejo Pons vs Short, 2009 (replies)
   Jan-17-09 A Volokitin vs Caruana, 2009
   Jan-02-09 D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956 (replies)
   Dec-29-08 18th Pamplona International (2008) (replies)
   Dec-28-08 F Vallejo Pons vs Nepomniachtchi, 2008 (replies)
   Dec-04-08 Sabrina Vega Gutierrez (replies)
   Dec-03-08 Dresden Olympiad (2008) (replies)
   Oct-29-08 Cap d'Agde (2008) (replies)
   Oct-26-08 Anand vs Kramnik, 2008 (replies)
   Oct-26-08 Vadim Milov (replies)
   Sep-30-08 Marie Sebag (replies)
   Sep-28-08 SPICE Cup (2008) (replies)
   Sep-20-08 Philip Stuart Milner-Barry (replies)
   Sep-17-08 Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2008) (replies)
   Sep-06-08 Topalov vs Anand, 2008 (replies)
   Sep-04-08 Grand Slam Chess Final (2008) (replies)
   Aug-22-08 E Alekseev vs Kamsky, 2008 (replies)
   Aug-21-08 Alexander Morozevich (replies)
   Aug-21-08 Tal Memorial (2008) (replies)
   Aug-12-08 William R Hartston (replies)
   Aug-09-08 Jaime Santos Latasa (replies)
   Aug-03-08 North Urals Cup (2008) (replies)
   Jul-31-08 M Sebag vs A Ushenina, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-30-08 L Dominguez vs Carlsen, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-28-08 Carlsen vs E Alekseev, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-25-08 Bacrot vs Pelletier, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-17-08 Karpov Poikovsky (2008) (replies)
   Jul-08-08 S Hersey vs J Langreck, 1997 (replies)
   Jul-06-08 Dufresne vs Von Der Lasa, 1850 (replies)
   Jun-21-08 Lewis vs E L Dayton, 1942 (replies)
   Jun-21-08 Dortmund Sparkassen (2008) (replies)
   Jun-16-08 D I Miller vs Shulman, 2005
   Jun-14-08 Kmoch vs NN, 1934 (replies)
   Jun-12-08 Karpov vs P Almeida Jr, 2003 (replies)
   Jun-09-08 Karen Asrian Memorial (2008) (replies)
   Jun-09-08 C J Corte vs Jacobo Bolbochan, 1946 (replies)
   May-30-08 Bosnia Sarajevo Tournament (B Group) (2008)
   May-30-08 Morozevich vs Predojevic, 2008 (replies)
   May-08-08 M-Tel Masters (2008) (replies)
   May-01-08 European Championship (2008) (replies)
   Apr-30-08 Lasker vs J Gouwentak, 1908 (replies)
   Apr-20-08 N Kopaev vs M Kamyshov, 1938
   Apr-20-08 Dos Hermanas XIV (2008) (replies)
   Apr-18-08 Mokry vs W Zagema, 1989
   Apr-15-08 Russian Team Championship (2008) (replies)
   Apr-12-08 D H Fernandez vs K Bulski, 2007
   Feb-23-08 Browne vs Belle, 1978 (replies)
   Feb-21-08 Aeroflot Open (2008) (replies)
   Jan-21-08 Short vs I Cheparinov, 2008 (replies)
   Jan-16-08 T Garner vs L Rowland, 1979
   Jan-15-08 Ivanchuk vs Gelfand, 2008 (replies)
   Jan-13-08 Corus Group A (2008) (replies)
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   Dec-26-07 Santa Claus (replies)
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   Sep-27-07 E Paehtz vs W B Wright, 2007 (replies)
   Sep-27-07 Morozevich vs Grischuk, 2007 (replies)
   Sep-11-07 Velimirovic vs P Vidakovic, 1972 (replies)
   Aug-26-07 Emory Tate (replies)
   Aug-25-07 French Championship (2007) (replies)
   Aug-10-07 Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007) (replies)
   Aug-09-07 Greco vs NN, 1620 (replies)
   Aug-08-07 5th Gyorgy Marx Memorial (2007) (replies)
   Aug-03-07 Monroi International Women's Grand - Prix (2007)
   Aug-01-07 E Partac vs A Muzychuk, 2001
   Jul-29-07 Politiken Cup (2007) (replies)
   Jul-28-07 North Urals Cup (2007) (replies)
   Jul-22-07 P Charbonneau vs Ivanchuk, 2007 (replies)
   Jul-22-07 Anna Muzychuk (replies)
   Jul-22-07 C Baginskaite vs E Vicary, 2007 (replies)
   Jul-21-07 Montreal International (2007) (replies)
   Jul-02-07 French, Advance (C02) (replies)
   Jun-01-07 de Firmian vs Adams, 1996 (replies)
   May-20-07 US Championship (2007) (replies)
   Apr-12-07 F Vallejo Pons vs Leko, 2007
   Mar-22-07 16th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2007) (replies)
   Mar-03-07 Morelia-Linares (2007) (replies)
   Feb-21-07 Aeroflot Open (2007) (replies)
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   Nov-16-06 Tal Memorial (2006) (replies)
   Nov-13-06 A Stefanova vs M Sebag, 2006
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   Oct-13-06 Morozevich vs K Georgiev, 2006 (replies)
   Aug-06-06 Kramnik vs Leko, 2006 (replies)
   Aug-03-06 4th Marx Gyorgy Memorial (2006) (replies)
   Jul-30-06 Morozevich vs L Bruzon Batista, 2006 (replies)
   Jul-28-06 Biel Int'l Festival (2006) (replies)
   Jul-05-06 Kelly Cottrell (replies)
   Jun-11-06 XIX Ciudad de Leon (2006) (replies)
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   Jun-06-06 Turin Olympiad (2006) (replies)
   Jun-01-06 S Abu Sufian vs M Narciso Dublan, 2006
   May-14-06 Bosna Sarajevo Tournament (2006) (replies)
   May-01-06 Russian Club Cup (2006) (replies)
   Apr-03-06 Alexandra Kosteniuk (replies)
   Mar-30-06 Amber Blindfold (2006) (replies)
   Mar-30-06 Amber Rapid (2006) (replies)
   Mar-25-06 Topalov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2006 (replies)
   Mar-25-06 Karpov Poikovsky (2006) (replies)
   Mar-19-06 F Vallejo Pons vs Svidler, 2006 (replies)
   Mar-16-06 Eric Schiller (replies)
   Mar-13-06 K Cottrell vs Lenderman, 2006 (replies)
   Mar-12-06 US Championship (2006) (replies)
   Mar-11-06 Morelia-Linares (2006) (replies)
   Feb-28-06 Topalov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2006 (replies)
   Feb-14-06 Cuernavaca Young Masters (2006) (replies)
   Feb-13-06 F Vallejo Pons vs Ponomariov, 2006
   Feb-09-06 R Felgaer vs F Vallejo Pons, 2006
   Feb-05-06 I Cheparinov vs Ponomariov, 2006
   Feb-05-06 F Vallejo Pons vs M Leon Hoyos, 2006 (replies)
   Jan-29-06 Corus Group A (2006) (replies)
   Jan-29-06 Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006) (replies)
   Jan-27-06 Corus Group B (2006) (replies)
   Jan-19-06 Corus Group C (2006) (replies)
   Jan-15-06 King's Gambit Accepted (C37) (replies)
   Dec-28-05 Russian Championship Superfinal (2005) (replies)
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   Dec-16-05 J N Berger vs J Mason, 1889 (replies)
   Oct-27-05 Spielmann vs Rubinstein, 1909 (replies)
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   Sep-21-05 E Liubarski vs V Soultanbeieff, 1928 (replies)
   Oct-10-04 Kramnik vs Leko, 2004 (replies)
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   Apr-11-04 Muhlock vs Kostic, 1911 (replies)
   Mar-31-04 Prince Dadian vs Doubrava, 1896 (replies)
   Feb-28-04 Linares (2004) (replies)
   Feb-16-04 Schiffers vs Chigorin, 1897 (replies)
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