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An Englishman
Member since May-31-04 · Last seen Nov-29-22
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 9636 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-28-22 Zaw Win Lay vs Zaw Oo, 1999 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: Inspired pun. 13...d5 might seem to have satisfactory results in the database, but this 1999 game constitutes its most recent appearance. That means that either White completely refuted the line--or that too many players have "annotated by result," instead of ...
 
   Nov-27-22 P Haba vs J Sodoma, 2011 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: 5.5/6. Already knew one, and found only the second best solution here. Still, an improvement over my usual weeks. On to Monday!
 
   Nov-26-22 Ivanchuk vs J van Foreest, 2022
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: 26...White to Play might rank as the #1 "What-the-Bleep?!" move of 2022. Pity Ivanchuk couldn't convert the victory.
 
   Nov-25-22 P Lalic vs M Grigoryan, 2022 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: Interesting gambit, but shouldn't Black play 4...Nf6 and 5...g6 and finish his King side development?
 
   Nov-24-22 Lutikov vs Gurgenidze, 1957 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: Already knew this one, but still astounding to study. And it still hasn't become Game of the Day?! Abso-Lutikov insane.
 
   Nov-24-22 M Sibarevic vs Bukic, 1976 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: Good pun, good game. Good night.
 
   Nov-23-22 Zhao Xue vs N Pogonina, 2015 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: On those rare occasions when the Nimzo-Indian bored me, would try the Benko instead. The game serves as a good example of how to play with the Black pieces--and why I believed that 4.Nf3, 4.Nd2 and 4.Qc2 were better moves.
 
   Nov-22-22 Agrest vs Vitiugov, 2006 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: Fun fact--after 12.Qxc3, Black has only one developed piece, a very bad Bishop, and weak squares everywhere. However, he needs just 10 moves to win the game. Drastic example of what goes wrong when you castle on the wrong side of the board.
 
   Nov-20-22 Shainswit vs P R Geffe, 1940
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: One of the better suffocation games in my experience, a drastic exploitation of an opponent's passivity.
 
   Nov-20-22 R Filguth vs C A A da Silva, 1984 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: 44...Qg4+ does improve, but to this carbon-based life form, it seems White's King will eventually hide among his little fellas up the board. He can even give up one of the minors to reach safety and still have enough material to win.
 
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Oct-13-11
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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 yahoo.com, please, do mention cg.com in case your message ended in my spam box.

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

Oct-13-11
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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 :)
Nov-15-16
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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 :(
Nov-19-16
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  jessicafischerqueen:

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!
Mar-11-18
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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.
Jun-28-19
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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.
Sep-03-21
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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).

Sep-03-21
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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.

Sep-03-21
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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.

Sep-04-21
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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.
Sep-04-21
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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.

Jan-28-22
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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!
Oct-06-22
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  MissScarlett: I like the Yasser pun, but why did you use <Wonn> instead of <Won>?
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