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An Englishman
Member since May-31-04 · Last seen Dec-05-22
I'm a long since retired former master (but never particularly good) whose opening repetoire consisted of the English, Nimzo-Indian and Caro-Kann. I now pursue a career in film, theater and television as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, director, producer and Web content creator.
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   An Englishman has kibitzed 9648 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-05-22 J Hall vs A Collinson, 1992
An Englishman: Good Evening: If sound, White's sacrifice of an entire Rook with 14.Bg5 would mark the launch one of the most spectacular King hunts of the modern era, looking almost like a 19th Century game. Of course 23.Bc1X is unstoppable, but might Black have survived with 21...Ka5; ...
   Dec-05-22 J Szekely vs Breyer, 1913
An Englishman: Good Evening: Curious tournament for Breyer--visit the tourney's webpage and you'll that he won and lost a lot of brilliancies. Here he comes out on the winning side, sacrificing his Queen for a Knight. Wonder if he originally intended 19...Rag8 and 20...Rh5X, only to see that
   Dec-04-22 P Ravn vs Petrosian, 1958 (replies)
An Englishman: Good Evening: <beatgiant>, sounds reasonable to me, too.
   Dec-04-22 J P Wallace vs A Kveinys, 1996 (replies)
An Englishman: Good Evening: Solved Monday and Tuesday. Flubbed Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Solved Saturday and Sunday. Stuck in a bit of rut.
   Dec-03-22 Y C Vincent vs V Lapin, 1962
An Englishman: Good Evening: How often does ...0-0 prove decisive in an attack on a White King on a1? Apparently the threat of 26...Be6 was too much, unless Black had something even better.
   Dec-03-22 Jobava vs M Gagunashvili, 2012 (replies)
An Englishman: Good Evening: 55...Kg8 would have appealed to me because of the trap 56.Kf5,Kf7 seizing the opposition, but 56.f5,Kf7; 57.Kd5 transposes into the game.
   Dec-03-22 P Ravn vs Portisch, 1957 (replies)
An Englishman: Good Evening: Saw the main line until move 39 and then varied with 39.Qb8+,Ke7; 40.d6+,Kd7; 41.Qc7+,Ke8; 42.Qe7X. Of course 39...Kd7 improves, but 39.Qb8+,Kd7; 40.Qb7+,Ke8(Kd8!?); 41.Qc8+,Ke7; 42.d6+,Kxd6; 43.Rd1+ looks lethal. But Stockfish's line is better than that.
   Dec-02-22 Gurgenidze vs R Bellin, 1977 (replies)
An Englishman: Good Evening: Amusing but true--after 6...Kxf7; 7.Qh5+, all 18 games in the database end in draws.
   Dec-02-22 D Dvirnyy vs R Akesson, 2014 (replies)
An Englishman: Good Evening: 28.Nfd4 proved a clever shot--hadn't noticed that both of Black's Bishops had zero defenders.
   Nov-30-22 S P Sethuraman vs P Maghsoodloo, 2022
An Englishman: Good Evening: Quirky game. White's Knight sits on e6 for a few move, and Black's Qd8 can't bother to move itself out of range. On move 45, Black's pinned Knight dances out of trouble to create a rare triple fork.
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  WannaBe: I replied on my forum, but unfortunately, forgotten to post it here, I'll be absolutely tickled pink and delighted to have a meeting/lunch/drink.

Please e-mail me, kstc_jyu at, please, do mention in case your message ended in my spam box.

p.s. I responded to your message weeks ago. =)

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  WannaBe: p.s.s. I am free this weekend, nothing going on at work, unless all of our servers decide to suffer a major power failure and crap out on me.
May-14-12  El Trueno: Hi! I would like to play chess against you 'cause I like your comments :) it would be helpful for me 'cause I'm studying english at school etc.. :)
Sep-03-12  Tal7777777: Happy labor day!
Sep-10-12  Abdel Irada: <An Englishman>: Are you by any chance in New York? ;-)
Dec-05-12  ChessYouGood: It's ever oh so great to read your profile old chum. In particular, it's lovely to see I am not the only actor, playwright, screenwriter, director and producer around here. I am currently working on "Driving Miss Daisy II: Who's in the Boot?" at the moment. Perhaps we can collaborate!
Jun-11-14  Ashperov1988: You must like stings song haha
Dec-25-14  wordfunph: <An Englishman> Merry Christmas and Happy 2015!
Jul-22-16  virginmind: this can't be real...
Nov-15-16  ketchuplover: Get a haircut young man :)
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: <ketchuplover>, seriously, I got one last week, the famous US Marines "Three Minute Special." Do I need a new one already?
Nov-18-16  ketchuplover: Apparently my time machine malfunctioned :(
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Good afternoon: long time no see.

Dec-13-16  ketchuplover: May you and your circle have a healthy holiday season
Mar-10-18  ketchuplover: Go So & Caruana!
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  An Englishman: <ketchuplover>, for some strange, can't post messages on your page. Anyway, quite a remarkable first round. Keeping my fingers crossed for an exciting tournament.
May-11-19  Pyrandus: Good Morning, Englishman! - Your "sign" (Emoticon?) is a Fenix? Thx.
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: <Pyrandus>, sorry for not noticing your message sooner. My avatar is The Roadrunner, a famous American cartoon character from the 50s and 60s. He co-starred in some famous silent cartoons with Wile E. Coyote.
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  0ZeR0: Greetings, <An Englishman>.

After reading your bio I was curious to learn more about your opening repertoire. Which variations of the English would you often play? I'm asking because I also play the English, albeit not at the master level as you have (obviously).

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <0Zer0>, used the Botvinnik formation more often than other variations. The Botvinnik has one peculiar feature in that it works as both a White opening or a Black defense. 1.c4, 2.Nc3, 3.g3, 4.Bg2, 5.e5 represents a typical move order. White will follow with Nge2 and d2-d3, avoiding d2-d4, and eventually h3, Be3 and Qd2, after which one may attack on the Queen side, center or King side.

Often transposed into either the Catalan or the Neo-Catalan if in the mood to do so. Sometimes transposed into a Reti, and in one successful game played 1.c4,c6; 2.e4 and transposed into playing the Panov-Botvinnik Variation v. the Caro-Kann; ironically, my favorite defense to 1.e4.

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  0ZeR0: <An Englishman>

The Botvinnik system is an important part of my own repertoire as well. I like it because it's relatively easy to learn and play, is solid, and can be a good foundation for attacking possibilities as you mentioned. I've learned a lot from GM Simon Williams, a great practitioner of this opening, both through his Chessable course and his book titled "The Iron English." Williams has stated that the Botvinnik English almost single-handedly carried him to his first master title.

<Sometimes transposed into a Reti, and in one successful game played 1.c4,c6; 2.e4 and transposed into playing the Panov-Botvinnik Variation v. the Caro-Kann; ironically, my favorite defense to 1.e4.>

That's interesting. Against 1.e4, I like to employ the Scandinavian. It's been described as somewhat dubious, but at my level it often works well for me.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <0Zer0>, better a "somewhat dubious" opening that works than a sound opening that doesn't. Besides, the Scandinavian has a much better reputation than back in my time, when Bobby Fischer (v. Addison) allegedly laughed when his opponent played 1...d5. Today, the database has 14 Scandinavians played by Carlsen himself.
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  0ZeR0: <An Englishman>

Right you are! I think ultimately as a chess player you’ve got to play your openings. The openings that you know and which match your personality and style. I believe Carlsen himself has described the Scandinavian as dubious, but obviously that hasn’t stopped him from playing it and beating the likes of Anand, Caruana, and Nepo.

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  Dionysius1: Good evening! I see your favourite games amount to 10 wins by black plus 1 draw. You counter-puncher you!
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  MissScarlett: I like the Yasser pun, but why did you use <Wonn> instead of <Won>?
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