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Member since May-04-04 · Last seen Jan-26-07
Hello. I am an occasional player based in Manchester graded about 1800. My favourite players include Nimzovitch (he was so unconventional), Rubinstein (for his amazing attacks), Alekhine (for his modesty and cheery disposition)....

   AlexKearns has kibitzed 36 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Feb-25-05 Leko vs Anand, 2005 (replies)
AlexKearns: Looks like a clever draw
   Feb-24-05 Linares (2005) (replies)
AlexKearns: Nigel Short's sense of humour pales into insignificance in comparison with his overwhelming sense of his own importance. But, then, short people are always prone to egomania.
   Sep-30-04 Kramnik vs Leko, 2004 (replies)
AlexKearns: <acire><AgentRent>Ta. I see now.
   Sep-14-04 William Robert Trinks (replies)
AlexKearns: Sorry, I forgot to add that he was renowned for his mastery of opening theory.
   Aug-25-04 J Belson vs R E Martin, 1933 (replies)
AlexKearns: If black plays 20...Nf6 instead of Kxf7, I think white's best reply is simply 21 Pxf6. Then, if 21...Kxf7, 22 Qd5+ Kxf6 (22...Ke8 23 Qe5+ Kd8 24 Qe7++) 23 Rf1+ Kg7 24 Bf8+ Kh7 24 Rf7++ Black might be able to extend the torture after 20 ...Nf6 21 Qh6 by ...Qxd6
   Jul-09-04 M Mukhitdinov vs Botvinnik, 1967 (replies)
AlexKearns: I think that after 37 Rxf4, ...Nxf4 is better than ...Bxf4+. Black is now threatening Nxg2+ winning the bishop or Nd3+ winning the queen. There is no way of defending both. 37...Bxf4+ gives the white king f2 to flee to.
   Jul-02-04 B Vladimirov vs Z Doda, 1967 (replies)
AlexKearns: If black plays 25...Ke8 instead of Rxf6, white can force mate by 26 Qg8+ Kd7 27 Qxe6+ Kc6 28 d7+ Kc7 29 Ne5+ Kd1 30 Rf8++ Is there a quicker mate after 25 ...Ke8?
   Jul-01-04 Morphy vs J McConnell, 1849 (replies)
AlexKearns: <Master of Sacrifice> I think in both of your variations, Morphy would have played Qe8 mate. He wasn't the type to extend the torture.
   Jun-30-04 F Doettling vs S Conquest, 2004 (replies)
AlexKearns: After 33 Kf1 Ng3+ 34 Ke1 Qg1+ 35 Kd2 Qxb1, white can't even take the knight with 36 fxg3 because of Qxc2 37 Kxc2 Nxe3+ winning back the queen
   Jun-25-04 Alexander Kotov (replies)
AlexKearns: Think Like A Grandmaster is the greatest chess book ever published. If I had got hold of a copy when I was eight, instead of when I was 25, then I might be half decent now. Hey ho.
   Jun-20-04 B McCamon vs B Carlier, 1993 (replies)
   Jun-13-04 B Molinari vs L Roux Cabral, 1943 (replies)
   Jun-12-04 Keene vs Miles, 1974 (replies)
   Jun-11-04 V Kahn vs R B Estera, 1939 (replies)
   Jun-10-04 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
   Jun-10-04 P Moran Santamaria vs E Franco Raymundo, 1955 (replies)
   Jun-06-04 Vladimirov vs Epishin, 1987 (replies)
   Jun-04-04 E Diemer vs F Trommsdorf, 1973 (replies)
   Jun-03-04 D Tomic vs F Winzbeck, 1993 (replies)
   May-09-04 Korchnoi vs M Udovcic, 1967 (replies)
   May-05-04 Nisipeanu vs N Saleh, 2004 (replies)
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