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Member since Aug-20-07 · Last seen Nov-12-19
I have enjoyed playing chess since the age of 3. I won a couple of minor tournaments when I was at school, but now I only do social games. The stronger you get, the fewer opponents you can find...

   smitha1 has kibitzed 49 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-11-19 E Torre vs Van der Wiel, 1987 (replies)
smitha1: AFter 54 Rd6, does Black not have the option of 54... Qg6 55 R(either) x g6 Kh5, churlishly delaying mate for several moves?
   Feb-12-19 K H Podzielny vs L Cako, 2009 (replies)
smitha1: The Rook is standing between my Pawn and promotion, so remove the Rook. Simple. No mate though.
   Feb-11-19 Ganguly vs A Filippov, 2009 (replies)
smitha1: Straight forward.
   May-07-18 S Maroroa vs J Wilson, 2008 (replies)
smitha1: Monday puzzle process: - Make craziest move on the board - Solve puzzle - Take full credit
   Nov-29-17 A Schwarz vs Bird, 1873 (replies)
smitha1: <saturn2> <31 ♖xg6 ♕xc2+ 32 ♖d2 also wins.> Does this not fail to 32... ♕xg6?
   Aug-10-17 Spassky vs J H Donner, 1966 (replies)
smitha1: Does 32... Kf7 keep Black in the game?
   Jan-02-17 Karjakin vs D Andreikin, 2015 (replies)
smitha1: <Sally Simpson> Actually White does not win a Pawn, as Black wins it back by exchanging Rooks and forking the White Pawns on b3 and d3. What has happened is that White has swapped into a winning end game thanks to his passed a Pawn.
   Nov-02-16 Odd Lie (replies)
smitha1: I found this on the cricinfo site: While England batted in a Test at Johannesburg during their tour of South Africa in 1965, dashing left-hander Bob Barber and young 12th man Mike Brearley were in the middle of a game of changing-room chess. Their battle on the board was ...
   Sep-07-15 T Broek vs Peter van Diepen, 1982 (replies)
smitha1: What strikes me is how the final position has White in an overwhelming position. It begs the question: how did Black let himself get into the mess that every single one of his pieces are poorly placed whilst just about every one of White's pieces are pointing at the Black King? It ...
   Sep-24-14 Beliavsky vs Tarjan, 1979 (replies)
smitha1: Of course there is 44... Ne6. It seems to me that it drops a truck load of material and with a boring mate on the horizon, but not quite mate in 3
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