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Member since Mar-05-07
The player that closest comes to my style of play is a young Anatoly Karpov (hence the user name). I tend to play in a universal, positional style but I will never object to a tactical slugfest.

Openings: There are very few openings I have not outed in a tournament game (including the Chigorin), but I hold a special affinity for both sides of the Gruenfeld, Queen's Indian, Ruy Lopez, and Semi-Slav. I prefer openings with the opportunity for both positional and attacking chances.

Middlegame: I have no intention for my opponent to see an endgame, and there a lot of ways to make that happen. I prefer a positional grind, but I'll never object to attacking chances.

Endgame: I have a bad tendency (akin to Fischer) to overly seek clarity and simplicity in the endgame, which often leads to me eschewing the best moves.

I do not play competitive chess anymore since I am an attorney, but I try to keep up on all the tournaments and the latest results. I have found however, that playing Guess-the-Move chess is almost as satisfying as playing a game myself (hence the collections) and is far less time consuming. In the long list of priorities I have to juggle each day, its a great solution to my chess addiction.

The Top-20 Chessplayers of All-Time (IMO):
1) Garry Kasparov
2) Emanuel Lasker
3) Anatoly Karpov
4) Bobby Fischer
5) Jose Capablanca
6) Alexander Alekhine
7) Mikhail Botvinnik
8) Viswanathan Anand
9) Mikhail Tal
10) Viktor Korchnoi
11) Paul Keres
12) Harry Pillsbury
13) Vladamir Kramnik
14) Vassily Smyslov
15) Akiba Rubinstein
16) Siegbert Tarrasch
17) Tigran Petrosian
18) Boris Spassky
19) Samuel Reshevsky
20) Johannes Zukertort

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   Anatoly21 has kibitzed 319 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-26-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
Anatoly21: <An Englishman> If 26. Qc5, then perhaps 26...Rc8.
   Nov-24-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
Anatoly21: The only way I see even a chance for white to win is to drop the d-file rook back, slide the knight over to the kingside, and place vertical pressure down the c-file. Probably still a draw, but black does appear seriously threatened by b5 here.
   Aug-30-14 Caruana vs Aronian, 2014 (replies)
Anatoly21: Or let the Queen on g6? Okay. Interesting choice Levon.
   Apr-09-13 Team White vs Team Black, 2013 (replies)
Anatoly21: team black I find a lot of irony that in a discussion forum expressly premised on the non-use of computers the first advertisement I see is for Deep Fritz. 14 days before White's first move. One wonders how much ...
   Mar-29-13 Carlsen vs Ivanchuk, 2013 (replies)
Anatoly21: It looks like a tough call between 13...Nc5 and 13...Nf5. I think I'd play the latter, but it is by no means a simple decision.
   Mar-27-13 Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2013 (replies)
Anatoly21: 32.Qf6?! seems to allow 32...Bf5 and its tough for White to convert. I don't get it.
   Mar-25-13 Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2013 (replies)
Anatoly21: Now 14.dxe5 Qxe5 15.Bf4 seems the most natural for White.
   Mar-21-13 Radjabov vs Aronian, 2013 (replies)
Anatoly21: Dancing rook time.
   Mar-21-13 Kramnik vs Ivanchuk, 2013 (replies)
Anatoly21: <Hesam7> I'm not sure if that's true. 28.Nh4+ Kg7 29.Nf5+ Kf8 30.Qb8+ Nc8 isn't too hard to see, even in time trouble. But maybe you're right and Chucky will avoid complications with a short clock.
   Mar-19-13 Gelfand vs Ivanchuk, 2013 (replies)
Anatoly21: Perpetual.
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