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Member since Jan-04-05 · Last seen May-05-10
Born in Australia, lived in the UK for ten years, work for one of the big American law firms, second language is Italian, ancestry from the Vikings via Ireland, Scotland and England, all of which leaves me - confused.

About 2200 ELO or a bit less these days, although I used to be 2250 or so when I put a lot more time into chess many years ago.

Favourite players: Greco, Philidor, Morphy, Capablanca, Spassky, Karpov

1.e4 as White. I play the Bb5 Sicilian lines, Exchange French, Exchange Caro-Kann, Scotch.

As Black, the Petrov and the Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower variation.

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   Runemaster has kibitzed 841 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-14-07 J Sarfati vs K Hornung, 1981 (replies)
Runemaster: A nice finish. 22...Rxh7 23.Bxh7 is mate by the three minor pieces.
   Jan-11-07 M Backman vs E Berg, 2006 (replies)
Runemaster: It looks like one of thse games where the higher-rated player took his opponent a bit lightly and regretted it. Black's opening is a bit loose, particularly with the 'g' pawn advance in front of his own king. If 18...Qxd6 19.Qg5+ gives perpetual check on g5 and h5. Black hoped ...
   Dec-21-06 Khenkin vs Morozevich, 1995 (replies)
Runemaster: <Abhinav> I think <erad>'s comment is reasonable. In the line you give above, after 33.cxd5 cxd5, Black's pawn structure is no worse than White's; that sequence has straightened out Black's doubled 'c' pawns and the isolated 'h' and 'f' pawns. White's backward 'b' ...
   Dec-14-06 Robert Huebner (replies)
Runemaster: Now he looks like Elton John.
   Dec-13-06 Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1955 (replies)
Runemaster: <Weeping Warrior> I have a Cadogan book of the 1987 WC match compiled from various Russian sources, in which this Spassky-Korcnoi is referred to. However, the annotator says that in Spassky Kprchnoi 1955, the moves ...cxd4/cxd4 been played before Bxf7+. In other words, it ...
   Dec-13-06 B Goldenov vs Nekrassow, 1953
Runemaster: More like <Necrosov>.
   Dec-12-06 K Vark vs R Etruk, 1971
Runemaster: <Kalju Vark v Rein Etruk>; light sabres at the ready.
   Dec-12-06 Kalju Vark (replies)
Runemaster: Great name. Kalju Vark vs Rein Etruk; what a contest! Vark faced some strong opposition, including Tal, Keres, Bronstein, Stein, Lutikov; it's tough out there in the Andromeda Galaxy.
   Dec-12-06 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Runemaster: <Benzol> At university we played the game of Rasselas. That meant reading Samuel Johnson in a cage; the last one to collapse from boredom was the winner.
   Dec-08-06 F Benko vs Keres, 1939 (replies)
Runemaster: <twin phoenix> Not sure whether you're joking, but <iron maiden> assumed the White player was Pal Benko, who would then have been 11 years old. As <WMD> pointed out, it was probably another Benko.
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