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Member since Sep-13-09 · Last seen Sep-23-09
Favorite opening: As White: The Scotch. As Black: The French. Favorite players: Smyslov, Tal and Bologan. Rating: who knows, never joined a chess organization. Over the course of the years unfortunately I have not found time to play in tournaments and invest in my game methodologically. ~1950 on ICC at blitz control. Chess enthusiast and avid chess reader.

I enjoy CG and it has helped my game. It provides to me a much needed "chess fix". Thanks CG for setting up a wonderful website.

   soprano has kibitzed 14 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-22-09 Illescas Cordoba vs Adams, 1992 (replies)
soprano: 9.Ng5 of course
   Sep-21-09 Reshevsky vs Robert E Byrne, 1973 (replies)
soprano: 39... Qxg2 hehe
   Sep-20-09 Imbaud vs Strumilo, 1922 (replies)
soprano: So since this is a Sunday proble. I am sure the answer must be Nxe5 but I have not worked out all variations and I guess you need to do that if you are giving away the lady.
   Sep-19-09 A Dreev vs R Cifuentes, 1995 (replies)
soprano: The two motifs I immediately see in this positiopn are the weaknesses of the black squares on Black's kingside and the knight which could be left hanging on b4 if not protected by bishop or other piece. It sounds we should get rid of the black bishp, which both protects the black ...
   Sep-18-09 C F Schultz vs Carls, 1900 (replies)
soprano: Well, I missed 23. Qc4 too, but I suppose if that is the only way to prolongue the game, 20...Qg3 is OK to play.
   Sep-17-09 Stein vs Vladimir Lepeshkin, 1965 (replies)
soprano: 23. Nh6 is obvious, without regard for what may happen on e3. White should by no means close the diagonal for his c3 bishop with Pd4 which is required for the attack while Black's activity on e3 is harmless. After, 24. Rxf6 and the game is as good as over. No time for 23. ...
   Sep-16-09 O Moen vs A Livner, 2008 (replies)
soprano: The motif is Qxg6 and Nxe6. I spent time on figuring out the right order. 20. Qxg6 seems simpler so this is what I would play OTB while 20. Nxe6 sacs a piece in exchange for several pawns but attack did not seem conclusive. Time to check.
   Sep-15-09 J Krejcik vs Reti, 1922 (replies)
soprano: 10.b4 and the queen is trapped... yeah, yeah, this is Monday level, we can all say it. One, two, three: Monday level
   Sep-14-09 NN vs R Vassilev, 2009 (replies)
soprano: Yeah, today the puzzle was not very interesting. One bad choice for CG for the many many good ones. One recommendation to CG: you tend to choose problems with clear cut solutions (one clear main line), rather than more complex situations where there are several courses of action ...
   Sep-13-09 D Rogozenco vs A Nguyen, 1994 (replies)
soprano: I think 27...Bc8 is a better defense, keeping the strong knight on d4 and playing the king to e6 or e8 followed by f7. Then pushing the queenside pawns to create a bit of counterplay. Even so, White should comfortably win this position as g4 will fall either through aid of the ...
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