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Member since Oct-21-10 · Last seen May-09-19
Sat on the porch as Texas storms thundered,
Sipped Earl Grey tea with a friend,
Found a favorite from Tartakower's five hundred, Lasker's combos tamed Napier's in the end.

   woodthrush has kibitzed 82 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-26-13 Fischer vs Geller, 1967 (replies)
woodthrush: <DrChopper>, you're choices of era names and dates are variously uninformed, arbitrary and incorrect. For example, the scientific era was ushered in by Steinitz, his positional play was evident in the mid 1860s, was well developed in the 1880s, and adopted by Lasker in the ...
   Dec-14-13 Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1913 (replies)
woodthrush: <goodevans> thanks for sharing! so what really bothers you about americans? and why do you shoot all the dogs just cuz one has fleas?
   Jan-25-11 Kramnik vs L'Ami, 2011 (replies)
woodthrush: In my previous note, black should play before playing Nb6.
   Jan-25-11 Nakamura vs Anand, 2011 (replies)
woodthrush: on ..g4, white better play Rxe4
   Jan-23-11 Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2011 (replies)
woodthrush: 27..Nxb2 28 Kxb2 Rxc3 invokes mate threat on a2 which can be stopped by white's Nxe6. If black could find a way to preserve the B, mate threats would be on.
   Jan-17-11 Nakamura vs Shirov, 2011 (replies)
woodthrush: Lot's of ways to loose a piece here!
   Jan-08-11 Robert James Fischer (replies)
woodthrush: Just as there are many forms of intelligence (not one IQ, but many), there are many ways to compare the great chess players (not one rating, but many). Rating based on game results (win, lose, draw) and strength of opposition is one measure, but does not tell the whole story. ...
   Dec-17-10 V Zvjaginsev vs Karjakin, 2010 (replies)
woodthrush: White gave up both Bs by move 9, then declined Q trade at move 10 in a position where opposite castling could happen either way; this is a recipe to hand black the attacking advantage. While white pushed a 4 pawn roller, black pushed a two pawn roller, faster by far.
   Dec-12-10 Fischer vs V Kovacevic, 1970 (replies)
woodthrush: <YCP>, 31... Bxf3 looks like a closer, with loss of a piece (or Q for R and B) to follow. If 31. Kd1 then 31 ... Nxe2 32. Rxe2 Bxf3 nets a pawn and the exchange.
   Dec-04-10 Deep Blue vs Kasparov, 1997 (replies)
woodthrush: Friends play chess, Foes play chess, but a computer, its not a person. It does not revel in the battle, exalt in victory, despair in defeat. Its a tick-tock, and its programmer worships computation, not the game of chess. Chess was a game, a challenge, a contest between ...
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