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An Englishman
Member since May-31-04 · Last seen Oct-21-21
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 9056 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-21-21 S Citak vs T Abergel, 2005 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: Found the first four moves and called it a day. Black's pawn sacrifice in the opening actually seemed more interesting.
 
   Oct-20-21 A Aleksandrov vs V Zhelnin, 1994
 
An Englishman: Good Morning: The critical position seems to arise after 13...a6--White threatens 14.Bd3, 15.0-0 and 16.Na3, which traps the lonely Black Queen, and after 16...Qxf1+; 17.Kxf1 White has Q & N v. 2R and 2 P, but the h7 pawn looks fragile. But after 14.Bd3,Bh3 gets complicated ...
 
   Oct-20-21 Adianto vs R E Espinosa Flores, 2000 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: Considered both the game move and 22.Bc5, threatening mate in 1 with 23.Rxe7X. 22...Rd7 allows 23.Rxc8+ (look at those pins!). However, 22.Bc5,Be6 looks to defend for the time being; White will still win with the extra Exchange.
 
   Oct-20-21 Kosten vs Chandler, 1991 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: Exciting game, and too much for me poor brain to handle. Why not 28.Bxg8?
 
   Oct-19-21 Burke vs Xiong, 2021 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: And a good tournament for Burke. When you finish -1 and gain rating points, you've overcome pretty hopeless odds.
 
   Oct-18-21 K Nemcova vs G Tokhirjonova, 2021
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: The commentators loved 16...Bf8 and 17...Be8 as consolidating defensive moves. When all is said and done, Black has an extra pawn and 2 B v. 2 N in the endgame.
 
   Oct-18-21 Bruzon Batista vs Xiong, 2021 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: Quite a mating attack at the finish, esp. given how safe White's King appeared only a few moves earlier. Was 42.h5 forced?
 
   Oct-18-21 Lenderman vs Caruana, 2021 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: Never played or faced the Sicilian, but it still seemed strange that White allowed the typical ...Rxc3 sacrifice. They always look too dangerous, even when they prove unsound. And now Caruana has gotten back into contention. Tomorrow should become a fun day.
 
   Oct-18-21 O Privorotsky vs A Bukhover, 1960 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: That position after 32...Qf1...wow. Just wow.
 
   Oct-17-21 So vs Naroditsky, 2021 (replies)
 
An Englishman: Good Evening: Watching 5...g5 left me shaking my head. Many, many centuries ago, my 7 and 8-year-old friends would join me in playing such moves against each other. To see this move in a US Championship tournament...the game has left me behind by going backwards in time.
 
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Jun-04-11  Mozart72: <An Englishman> You are welcomed to my chessforum.
Jul-29-11
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  WannaBe: Good evening,

If my memory serves, you are/were living in N. California, I will soon be relocating to San Mateo county area, and would not mind meeting some of the CG.com members.

If, however, you have moved, and/or my faulty memory chip is wrong, kindly disregard this message in its entirety.

Sincerely

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
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  wordfunph: <An Englishman> Merry Christmas and Happy 2015!
Jul-22-16  virginmind: this can't be real...
Nov-15-16
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  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
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  ketchuplover: Apparently my time machine malfunctioned :(
Nov-19-16
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  jessicafischerqueen:

Good afternoon: long time no see.

Dec-13-16
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  ketchuplover: May you and your circle have a healthy holiday season
Mar-10-18
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  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.

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