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Member since Sep-25-06 · Last seen Nov-26-21
Hi y'all - my name is Brett, I'm a 30-something CPA in Boston, specializing in M&A transactions and data analytics. When I was in high school I was a Class A/B player, and I was even the state high school chess champion (despite losing to this kid: Luke Harmon-Vellotti ). My tournament experience also includes the 2008 Denker High School State Champions' tournament. More recently, I beat Thomas Fiebig in a correspondence game (and I was much too afraid to accept a rematch!). Analysis of that game will be posted in my forum...eventually.

I lived in France for 2 years as a missionary for my church, then got very busy building a career and a family, and so took a break from chess for several years. I don't really have more free time than I did before, but I've started wanting to play again, so I guess I'm back!

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   Brettwith2ts has kibitzed 236 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-07-20 R J Gross vs Benko, 1968
Brettwith2ts: 22. d3! and the Knight has to move - if Qxd3??, 23. Rxf4!, when white cannot capture back on f4 without losing the Queen to a knight fork.
   Jan-28-20 Brettwith2ts chessforum
Brettwith2ts: <OhioChessFan> wasn't it? It looked so off that my first reaction was panic - I don't expect IMs to make moves like that, so I assumed the mistake was mine somehow. I had to triple check every line before I could convince myself it was actually just a bad move.
   Dec-11-19 Lipke vs Andrey A Markov, 1890
Brettwith2ts: <Honza Cervenka> Absolutely agree. Around about move 21, when the last white Bishop comes off the board, things are pretty even and the only advantage I see for Black is the bishops. Of course, in these wide open positions, you would expect the Bishops to have the edge, ...
   Oct-31-19 Rossetto vs Najdorf, 1947
Brettwith2ts: Fun game. I love seeing a good positional struggle. 1. e4, c5 immediately leads to a fight over d4, which in mainlines of the Sicilian White resolves by playing a pawn to d4 and trading on that square. In the current game, Black pounces on that square with 8...Nd4!, ...
   Oct-24-19 P Copping vs B J Moore, 1956
Brettwith2ts: Odd final position. After 52. Bxg6, it's a pretty easy win for White, regardless of what Black tries. I wonder if there were other factors, time trouble etc., that we can't see from the raw moves.
   Apr-30-19 D Gormally vs Sutovsky, 2005 (replies)
Brettwith2ts: How strange. I was just looking at this game over the weekend, so Nf4 - Nh3# was fresh on my mind. Much more tricky, but still ultimately winning for Black, is:37. h4. Now, instead of 37. ...Nh3+?, Black must play 37. ...Ne2+ and 38. ...Bxf2, when the Knight and the Bishop will
   Nov-28-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Brettwith2ts: <offramp: 12.Na4 Right that's it. Black is a pawn ahead. Game over.> Based on the rest of the match, that means it's a guaranteed draw...
   Nov-16-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Brettwith2ts: <Diademas: Are we in tablebase territory now?> Biggest tablebase I know of is 7-piece, so we just need one more piece off the board
   Nov-13-18 A Stefanova vs M Makropoulou, 1994
Brettwith2ts: Interesting game! I want to come back and analyze this more later. I feel like Black was doing well despite the material imbalance, but 35. ... Na3?does a lot more than just hang a pawn - it brings White's rooks into play as well. And then 40. ... Nd4? was just a shame, no need
   Nov-13-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Brettwith2ts: <sudoplatov: The "same" opening with White and Black isn't really the same. The objectives are a bit different. Playing a standard Sicilian reversed with a move-in-hand does't necessarily guarantee White a bigger advantage than other openings. White (supposedly) is trying to
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