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Nasruddin Hodja
Member since Jun-02-06
I'm an enthusiastic amateur, to use Kasparov's disdainful phrase. However, I have deliberately avoided the use of computers in my play (I don't have chess software) in order to avoid feeding my chess addiction (I had to permanently swear off FICS in order to finish my dissertation). So my ability to help in team games is therefore limited--please cast a skeptical eye to any kibitzing that I make.

My username, btw, is in memory of the mythical Mullah Nasruddin, the wise fool (or foolish wise man) of Sufi parables.

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   Nasruddin Hodja has kibitzed 306 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-25-23 A Manea vs C Nanu, 2001 (replies)
Nasruddin Hodja: Er, I may be missing something, but after 39. ... h3, white seems to stop the h pawn after 40. g4 followed by : (a) 40. ... hxg2 41. Bxg2, (b) 40. ... Rxf3 41. gxf3 h2 42. Ng3, or (c) 40. ... h2 41. Ng3. In each of the three cases, black would then have to play ... Bxb4 on ...
   Sep-22-23 J H Donner vs Panno, 1955 (replies)
Nasruddin Hodja: Donner was probably puffing away, thinking of some florid language to describe how he got an inferior position a pawn down (a series of non-horrible but weak moves starting with the self-pin 11. Ne2) and then shot out the brain burp 25. Qb3?? ... So it is possible to have ...
   Jul-28-23 Vasyl Ivanchuk
Nasruddin Hodja: "All right Vasyl, you can go to Baku, but we have conditions. First, you have to show up to the games clean-shaven. Second, no visits to Planet Ivanchuk while in the middle of a chess game." "I can't do that, Vadim. I'll just stay home then." "Ok, ok, go, but no playing ...
   Jul-13-23 Browne vs J Acers, 1967 (replies)
Nasruddin Hodja: (Also ironically, Jude Acers is American and I was originally looking for a Brit chess player).
   Apr-11-21 M Knezevic vs Razuvaev, 1968
Nasruddin Hodja: A new sacrifice in a relatively new opening. Tabula Razu...
   May-20-20 S Hosea vs S Thomson, 2009 (replies)
Nasruddin Hodja: Miss Scarlett: If it's any comfort, I did not know that either player posted on when I proposed the pun/title, so if voting it in was a vanity project, it wasn't with my intentional cooperation.
   May-09-20 Philidor vs NN, 1749 (replies)
Nasruddin Hodja: NN Nobis Domine
   May-09-20 Fine vs G Page, 1933 (replies)
Nasruddin Hodja: Not only that, but after he left professional chess Fine took up psychology, not medicine. Many people still call Ph.D.'s "doctor", but the Ph.D. pandemic has become so ubiquitous that many people prefer to use "doctor" only for M.D.'s.
   May-09-20 Englisch vs Blackburne, 1883
Nasruddin Hodja: "Not much good comes of this" may not be a pun, but it is worthy of the game title.
   Apr-18-20 Reshevsky vs J Sunye Neto, 1977 (replies)
Nasruddin Hodja: White's 53. exf6! Kxd6 isn't even a sacrifice in the Spielmann sense, since it is fairly easy to calculate that once you deflect the black king away with 54. Bf4+ Kc6 55 Bxc7 Kxc7 56. Kg6, black is forced to give up his extra bishop to prevent the passed pawn from queening, ...
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