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Member since Mar-27-13 · Last seen Dec-06-22
I really am more of a theoretical player, I can't play well in actual combat against either a computer or a human. I once wrote a chess engine that actually worked and I'm toying with the idea of reopening that project.

   MostlyWatch has kibitzed 57 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-06-22 F Bohatirchuk vs N Kopaev, 1938 (replies)
MostlyWatch: Nc6. Bon, oui?
   Sep-12-20 N Birnboim vs Dzindzichashvili, 1977
MostlyWatch: White's attack works because Black's heavy pieces are mostly bottled up on the left while his king's on the right with a light defense and White has worked to get his queen and rook over there. There's even a song about that diagonal wall of pawns! Why We Build the Wall by ...
   Sep-06-20 Areshchenko vs Savon, 2001 (replies)
MostlyWatch: This is an old line of play from the 1800's I guess. Horowitz explained it in a book which I can't locate in my house and can't find online, not even a mention. Gone like footprints in the sands of time I guess. Basic features are 1) B castles or will castle kingside 2) W opens ...
   Aug-11-20 A Skripchenko vs J C Blazquez Gomez, 2000 (replies)
MostlyWatch: I never do very well with these. There are just enough options get my thoughts tangled. After 34.Qd6+, if black doesn't resign, his king is in check, there's only 3 things you can do: 1) move the king 2) move something in between to block the check 3) take the checking piece. ...
   Aug-06-20 M Perunovic vs R Soltanici, 2017 (replies)
MostlyWatch: Just from the board given in the puzzle I would have said this was a game from 1917 not 2017. I.Horovitz(sp?) put something close to it in one of his books. White bishop is sacriced to break the line of black pawns, then white moves his right hand rook up thru the fence and the ...
   Jul-11-20 Capablanca vs N Zubarev, 1925 (replies)
MostlyWatch: I think the devil's temptation was Kxd6. Black hovered around it, looked like he was going to avoid it, but then he fell for it.
   Jul-09-20 K Richter vs L Abramavicius, 1930 (replies)
MostlyWatch: no good. bridge out
   Jan-25-18 Fanghui Sun vs Ju Wenjun, 2017 (replies)
MostlyWatch: I'm the guy who often does not see why they resigned. In fact, I sometimes wonder if that's what DID happen... or if White just got sick and went to the hospital and defaulted. I've often been struck by the paucity of standard chess notation. We need something better than 0-1 to
   Nov-28-17 N Ninov vs C Adrian, 2016 (replies)
MostlyWatch: After 20. Nb6+, I do not understand why black played 20... Kc7. Why didn't black simply take the knight with the pawn, axb6? That would have put white behind in material.
   Feb-16-17 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
MostlyWatch: OK, so I'm playing my granddaughter and she wants me to take a handicap. Typical would be to remove Rook, Knight, & Bishop on the Queen's side. But I don't want to do that. Has anyone ever set up the simple handicap that those pieces remain where they are but cannot be moved? ...
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