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Member since Aug-17-12 · Last seen Oct-16-21
I live in the S.F. East Bay area of California. At 63, partially disabled, and involuntarily unemployed/retired, I finally have time to study chess a lot more. Full Member

   Arturo2nd has kibitzed 11 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-29-21 Rashid Nezhmetdinov (replies)
Arturo2nd: I forget where I read that Nezhmetdinov was a math teacher. It has not been mentioned that ethnic Tatars were under a cloud after Stalin removed the Tatar population from Crimea during World War Two. Nezhmetdinov was a loyal Communist, but the party may have feared him being a ...
   Jun-29-21 Spassky vs B Gurgenidze, 1957 (replies)
Arturo2nd: Black is soon to be mated, Note that after 30.Qh4 the h2 pawn is guarded. Black can exchange queens, but must lose his dark square bishop and be a piece down. In Cafferty's line note that both the queen on h5 and rook on f1 attack the f7 pawn. 33..Kh8 is killed by 34. Nf7++ and ...
   May-17-21 Spassky vs S Kajan, 1955
Arturo2nd: Cafferty recommends 11..d5 12.Bxd5 Nd4, which I don't find in any of my databases. Korchnoi tried 7..0-0 8.0-0 Bxc3 in 1952 and lost to Kopaev at Minsk. 6.Nb3 is considered inferior, but Spassky likely thought that if Korchnoi couldn't hold Black's position it was worth a try.
   May-01-21 Gheorghiu vs Stein, 1965
Arturo2nd: Stein at his best demonstrated a unique and deadly tactical vision.
   Sep-10-19 Curacao Candidates (1962) (replies)
Arturo2nd: Every chess fan, including Boris Spassky, wanted to see Fischer competing for the championship in 1972. The Russian authorities didn't like it because they saw the chess crown as a propaganda tool. But Fischer was very popular among chess fans, even in Russia. They appreciated the
   Feb-02-19 Spassky - Korchnoi Match (2009) (replies)
Arturo2nd: Reputations are hard to shake. Spassky earned the reputation of being lazy and even referred to himself as such. What is overlooked is that Boris Vasilievich suffered from bouts of depression, an illness that can leave a person totally debilitated while appearing outwardly ...
   Nov-23-17 Max Euwe (replies)
Arturo2nd: Euwe is perhaps my favorite player. A complete gentleman whose books provide excellent instruction. His tenure as FIDE president was eventful and he did much to promote the growth of the game at his own expense. As an amateur who played in his spare time it is remarkable that he ...
   Sep-08-17 Shirov vs O Sepp, 2016
Arturo2nd: Nicely done by the six time Estonian against a world class player.
   Mar-07-13 Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1936 (replies)
Arturo2nd: Alekhine remarked immediately after winning the title, "Somehow the rematch will never take place." He had pretended to be Capablanca's friend beforehand and was only able to play the match because Capablanca had persuaded wealthy Argentine friends to sponsor the match. Capablanca
   Aug-17-12 Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1994 (replies)
Arturo2nd: Must have been a very sweet day for Victor Korchnoi. He definitely gave Karpov and the Soviet chess mafia a run for their money in 1978. Mr. Karpov owes a lot to Campomanes. Even Emanual Lasker never came close to Korchnoi's strength as a senior citizen.
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