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Member since May-05-08
Hi, I'm Salaskan. I live in the Netherlands, and I've been playing chess since I was 4 or 5. I've been a member of several chess clubs and have participated in many rapid tournaments, but my playing frequency steadily declined.

It was only around mid-2008 that my interest in chess was renewed, and I'm particularly interested in contemporary professional chess and its history. I like this website for the background information of games it provides and the possibilities of extensive analysis with other "kibitzers".

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   Salaskan has kibitzed 140 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-08-17 G Kuzmin vs A Groszpeter, 1990 (replies)
Salaskan: <cheapo by the dozen> After 20.Bh6 simply Qxe4. I missed that too
   Jun-07-11 F X Lambert vs H Howe, 1875 (replies)
Salaskan: Most far-fetched pun ever :p
   May-19-11 B Lalic vs Khalifman, 1997 (replies)
Salaskan: 17.Qe4! Ba3+ 18.Kd2 Nxb6 19.Qxb7 Bc5 20.Nd5 Rxa2+ 21.Kd1 0-0 22.Nxb6 Bxb6 23.Qxb6 Nc6 [DIAGRAM] Here black has only a rook and a pawn for the queen but a large positional advantage and this is analyzed to a draw by Nunn. Awesome.
   May-17-11 Rosenberg vs Tartakower, 1954
Salaskan: The four queens variation only works for white if he has played 8.Be2 instead of Bd3 since he can then play 14.Nd2 without losing the d4 pawn.
   Apr-26-11 Karpov vs Kavalek, 1974 (replies)
Salaskan: <ToTheDeath><<19... Bxd5?> appears to be a significant inaccuracy, allowing Karpov to squeeze indefinitely. Perhaps 19...h5 with a passive but solid game is better.> What else do you suggest? Karpov was going to continue with Nf4 and h5 when black can't do ...
   Apr-20-11 Mikhail Tal (replies)
Salaskan: 'To play for a draw, at any rate with white, is to some degree a crime against chess.' -Tal
   Apr-13-11 T Dao vs Kasparov, 2001 (replies)
Salaskan: White clearly isn't worse after move 16, and he should've been content with a draw against an opponent rated almost 300 points higher (2572-2838), but he took a risk by allowing Kasparov's queen near his central king, obviously met by immediate punishment :) puzzle was kinda ...
   Apr-07-11 A Sokolov vs Nunn, 1989
Salaskan: Fritz thinks white can win by playing 30.Rg2 instead of repeating, meeting Qxf4 with 31.Re1 Qxd2 (Bh5? 32.Rxe8 Bxe8 33.Qxa6 ) 32.Reg1! (threatening Rg8+ and Qf6+/Qxg7#) so black has to play Bf3 33.Qxf3 Qh6 with a clearly ...
   Apr-05-11 Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1957 (replies)
Salaskan: Actually this was a great game by Smyslov. 13.dxc5 with the simple Nd5 plan was called 'inoffensive' by Botvinnik according to Marin, but he got into trouble in game 10 of this match when he came under pressure after ...Be6 (preventing Nd5) with a4 and Ng5/h4. Botvinnik deviated in
   Mar-16-11 Smyslov vs Karpov, 1988 (replies)
Salaskan: Brilliant game.
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