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Member since Nov-30-03 · Last seen Sep-09-20
Chess has been in my blood since the 60's, during which I became Washington High School's champion, and when I went off to college, I played #2 board for the Northern Arizona University Intercollegiate Teams Matches. Unofficially, I was #1, having repeatedly beaten the official #1 player, Stephen Lane. During my brief stay in the U.S. Navy, I was able to participate in the Great Lakes Open, 1973, and did well, despite losing sight in one eye. In 1980 I played and won the status of Phoenix College Champion, and later went to the World Open Chess Congress in 1985 and 1986. The year 1985 was memorable, as my winnings at the World Open payed for my chess vacation. Nowadays I try to promote the game of chess from a group I began several years ago at MSN, called Alekhine Memorial Online Chess. It's a bit like an online chess club, and has grown to over 30 members without much in the way of advertising or other promotions. The link, if you're interested, is: Basically, the group was created to try my hand at creating a web site where my passion for chess can be expressed, and, hopefully, this will be an inspiration for the younger generation and those who like to surf web sites devoted to chess. On this site, my acronym is Grandpatzer, and I also use it on my Geocities web page:

   Grandpatzer has kibitzed 11 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-18-05 Lasker vs Alekhine, 1914 (replies)
Grandpatzer: What interested me in this game was two chess greats going at it with a Scandinavian Defence. I had hoped it would be the Lasker Variation (1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.h3), because I'd like to document how this variation came into being, and how it could ...
   Jan-17-04 O H Labone vs NN, 1901 (replies)
Grandpatzer: The sacrificial offers-of a Queen, which isn't accepted-a Bishop, two Rooks and a Knight make this game a real gem, but there is no indication Labone got a brilliancy prize for his effort. Does anyone know if he did or not?
   Jan-16-04 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Grandpatzer: <in reply to Ughaibu's question about the "=" sign in promotions> No, you don't need it. You don't even need parentheses around the piece symbol to which you want the pawn promoted. Algebraic notation has really been simplified, so, for instance, the e-pawn promoting to a ...
   Jan-08-04 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 (replies)
Grandpatzer: Does anyone know if this is the 23rd, and final, game of the 1972 World Championship Match? The Rd. is given here with a "?" but logically it seems it can't be anything else but the 23rd Rd. Can someone verify this?
   Jan-06-04 Browne vs Bisguier, 1975 (replies)
Grandpatzer: Comparing this game with Yim vs. Nash, 1973, I was impressed with how Bisguier's 13...Re8 enhances Black's defensive capabilities, and makes the Knight's maneuver, 14...Nd5, a much more viable option. Also, 14...Nd5 indicates a good sense of the position and the unhurried way in
   Jan-05-04 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 (replies)
Grandpatzer: It's interesting to note that the opening is given two different ECO designations: A61 in the heading to it, and A77 on the "scoresheet." Which one is correct or is it possible they both are?
   Jan-05-04 Kasparov vs Karpov, 2002 (replies)
Grandpatzer: I'm in agreement with crafty's March comment, and would just like to elaborate a bit on it, by saying that after 46. Qxd6+ Kg7, Kaspy would have had the draw in hand with 47. Nf5+ Kg6 48. Ne7+ Kg7 49. Nf5+ Kg6 50. Ne7+ Kg7 51. Nf5+, and that 3rd repetition of position gives the ...
   Jan-02-04 Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (replies)
Grandpatzer: I've been told by someone alleging to be Bobby Fischer that Kasparov couldn't be that great a player because the game didn't continue: 28. Ra7! Nxd5 29. Rxa6+!!! Qxa6 30. Qb2 Nc3+ 31. Qxc3 Bd5 32. Kb2, and White wins with no problem. Still, Kasparov's play was amazing ...
   Jan-02-04 Areshchenko vs Bacrot, 2003
Grandpatzer: Apparently the game score is correct. At least it jibes with what ChessBase has on record. But then, that doesn't explain what appears to be a series of blunders on the part of both players. It's incredible that 20...Bxd1 wasn't played, as well as 21. Qxa4 (or even 21. Rxa4. A ...
   Jan-02-04 Gossip vs Chigorin, 1889 (replies)
Grandpatzer: It's a relief to see that this is the corrected game score. The other copy of this game should be tossed, as it erroneously lists Gossip as the winner, which is preposterous.
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