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Member since Jan-09-20 · Last seen Sep-28-22
I'm a semi-retired mathematician, born in Cardiff and living in Southampton UK. I played a lot as a student, coming second in the 1967 Welsh Senior and British Junior (under-21) Championships. After a long career-and-family break from chess I started playing again in 2011, mainly in the local Southampton league, but occasionally in international team tournaments on lower boards for England Seniors. My FIDE rating is 1926.

   Brenin has kibitzed 2544 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-28-22 J Bengtsson vs G K Monnisha, 2014 (replies)
Brenin: OTB one wouldn't bother with much calculation: 21 ... Rxf4 22 exf4 Nf5 is an obvious way of exploiting White's dark square weaknesses, caused by the disastrous choice to recapture with the g-pawn rather than the Q on move 20.
   Sep-27-22 S Ernst vs A Baldus, 2001 (replies)
Brenin: 30 ... Rxe5 would have given Black a decent position, with R+P for B+N. instead, 30 ... dxe5 created that monster of a passed d-pawn.
   Sep-26-22 A Powers vs Dake, 1937 (replies)
Brenin: The wrong pawn: 8 ... g6 would have given Black's K enough breathing space, and Black a winning advantage. White's 5 Bxf7+ was somewhat optimistic.
   Sep-25-22 S Sjugirov vs A Tjurin, 2008 (replies)
Brenin: 24 Nef5+ is hard to resist, but after 24 ... gxf5 (24 ... Kh8 25 Nxf7+ Kg8 26 Nd4 and 27 Ne5 looks horrible for Black) the follow-up 25 Qg3 is less obvious. The text move 25 ... Nh5 leads to a pretty mate, while 25 ... Ng4 26 hxg4 regains the sacrificed N with a continuing strong ...
   Sep-24-22 A Balzar vs Nunn, 2001 (replies)
Brenin: It is hard to see a decisive move for White, but 40 Qb2, threatening 41 b6, seems to put more pressure on Black than the text move 40 Qe2. e.g. 40 ... fxe5 41 Bxe5 (or maybe 40 b6) Nc4 42 Qc1 Rxf3 43 Bxf3 Qxb5 44 Qxh6+ Ke7 45 a7 with a clear advantage to White.
   Sep-23-22 Taimanov vs Kaidanov, 1988 (replies)
Brenin: <goodeans: After your suggested [18 Bf6] 18...gxf6 19.Kxh2 f5, White can play 20.Rf3 (again, as in the game). This is really complicated and it's not clear whether Black is still winning at all.> I think Black does better with 19 ... Rxg3, e.g. 20 Rf5 (to prevent f5 and thus ...
   Sep-23-22 Anand vs Ponomariov, 2006 (replies)
Brenin: An enjoyable and instructive game. An ingenious pun, but it would have been better if Ponomariov had been playing White.
   Sep-22-22 J H Donner vs C van den Berg, 1959 (replies)
Brenin: <RadioBoy: ... I meant 52. b4 Kc7 53. b5 c5, not 52. b4 c5.> Thank you, that wasn't clear from your posting. After 52 b4 Kc7, instead of 53 b5, which gives Black drawing chances with 53 ... c5, White should simply march his K forward and capture the d-pawn. If Black tries to ...
   Sep-22-22 Erin Serracino Inglott
Brenin: His Wikipedia entry (translated from Maltese) starts: Erin Serracino Inglott (born in Isla on 16 October 1904 - died on 22 August 1983) was a Maltese playwright, poet, novelist, short story writer, lexicographer, philologist and translator.
   Sep-22-22 Alekhine vs E Serracino Inglott, 1935 (replies)
Brenin: <Erin Serracino Inglott was a playwright, a poet and a novelist. He was Maltese champion in 1927, 1928 and 1930.> From his bio here. His Wikipedia entry (translated from Maltese) starts: Erin Serracino Inglott (born in Isla on 16 October 1904 - died on 22 August 1983) was a ...
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