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Member since Feb-14-06
Got to 2300 USCF many years ago. Like tournament books, old crosstables, and following elite round robin events on the internet.

   wharfrat has kibitzed 48 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-18-20 Edward Winter (replies)
wharfrat: I doubt Winter was referring to this website specifically in C.N. 9254 as referenced in the 4/26/15 post from <MissScarlett>. But is trying to “compile, correct, and present the history of chess” as <OCF> suggests? Certainly some of its users are ...
   Jun-10-20 Arthur Johnston (replies)
wharfrat: <Tabanus and jnpope> I’ve been following this exchange the last couple days. My wife has a lot of family living in Cincinnati and I’ve been there many times, which piqued my interest. Don’t know if this is the same man, but the Hamilton County, Ohio Probate Court ...
   Apr-22-20 Karpov - Spassky Candidates Semifinal (1974) (replies)
wharfrat: The following quotation comes from an article by Robert Byrne that appeared in the New York Times on October 14, 1975. Only subscribers to the NYT can access it, so I have not included a link. After pointing out that Karpov had dominated Spassky in recent events, including their ...
   Feb-10-16 So vs Nakamura, 2015 (replies)
wharfrat: <vajeer> I am pretty sure that 28.Nxe5 is met by 28...Rf1+ 29.Kg2 h3+ 30.Kxh3 Nf4+ 31.Kh4 Qf6+ and mate next.
   Jan-20-16 Karjakin vs Tomashevsky, 2016 (replies)
wharfrat: <catlover> Having advanced his f-pawn and placed his Q on f2, White moves the K to avoid any checks or tactics along the a7-g1 diagonal. By playing it now, White removes the possibility that he'll have to waste a move on it later when it might diminish his initiative. Black's
   Aug-23-15 Bronstein vs Boleslavsky, 1950 (replies)
wharfrat: <goodanarchist> I see that you won the game from 2004, but I think Black is better, if not winning, after 11.Nf4, cd. If 12.Nd5, Qd8, e6, I don't see how White avoids the loss of a pawn. If instead,, then 12...Nd4 leads to complications that favor Black. How did ...
   Oct-27-12 Nunn vs M Pribyl, 1996 (replies)
wharfrat: <Phony Benoni> I think 26...Qa4 falls to 27.Qf6+ and 28.Re3.
   May-12-09 Aronian vs Leko, 2009 (replies)
wharfrat: <Set No Escape On> There's a big difference between this game and Topalov's win over Aronian (which I thoroughly enjoyed, btw). Topalov's Exchange sacrifices were prepared at home and checked beforehand by his computers and his team of seconds. Aronian's was conceived ...
   Mar-28-07 Andersson vs E Jelling, 1994 (replies)
wharfrat: <goodevans> Black is busted before 48...Qe7. White threatens 49.Ng6 and 50.Qh2 mate, and I don't see a way out for Black that doesn't involve heavy loss of material.
   Mar-23-07 Brodsky vs J Maiwald, 1994 (replies)
wharfrat: 36...Qf7 doesn't refute 36.Qd1 because of 37.Qg4 (ie 37...Qf8; 38.Qg6+, Kh8; 39.Qh5+, etc. and 37...Kh6; 38.Qh4+, Qh5; 39.Q:f6+, etc.). However 36...Qf4 defends. I was initially attracted to 36.Qd1 because 37.Qg4 appeared worthy of a puzzle.
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