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Member since Feb-05-11 · Last seen Apr-24-22
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds in Christ." - 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NIV)

I don't yet have an "official" rating, but as of now I seem to be playing at an equivalent strength of 1750-1800 (USCF). I must say I am quite proud of this, because for the longest time (2+ years) I languished in the 1600-type range, and I was starting to wonder if I would EVER improve. My tactical vision still sucks (I'm usually out of the running by the Wednesday CG puzzle), but I know my positional understanding is better, and most importantly, I just don't BLUNDER all the time the way I used to! I play it safe..and I'm learning to enjoy that.

   MountainMatt has kibitzed 374 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-25-14 J D Turner vs I Ponter, 2004 (replies)
MountainMatt: Rook 1 takes, rook 2 mates!
   Aug-24-14 Sinquefield Cup (2014) (replies)
MountainMatt: <Penguincw: Has there ever been a Category 23 tournament before?> Good question! I wanted to know as well, so I looked it up and found that this year's Zurich tournament was the first ever Cat. 23, with an average rating of, by the rating standard, this ...
   Aug-21-14 H Melkumyan vs Iturrizaga Bonelli, 2014 (replies)
MountainMatt: Black played the wrong piece to f8 - 23...Nf8, not Bf8, lets the queen run for cover.
   Aug-19-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
   Aug-19-14 Kotov vs Botvinnik, 1939 (replies)
MountainMatt: Despite the g2 square <seeming> to be doubly covered, black can (and should!) play 37...Qxg2+ 38. Qxg2 Rxe2 with a nice pin to wrap it up.
   Aug-16-14 Komodo vs Stockfish, 2014
MountainMatt: That's a computer opening if I've ever seen one.
   Aug-16-14 Kasparov vs Sting, 2000 (replies)
MountainMatt: The Russians love their chess too.
   Aug-14-14 Mamedyarov vs Nakamura, 2014 (replies)
MountainMatt: Shak hands Nak a draw with 40. g5, and Nak says "no thanks" with 40...hxg5. Indeed a "tragic blunder", as he tweeted.
   Aug-14-14 Saric vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
MountainMatt: The temptation to play an intriguing and totally inferior opening is great, and apparently even the world's best are not utterly immune. I do hope Magnus got it out of his system for the next 10 years or so.
   Aug-12-14 K Gulamali vs M Sana, 2014 (replies)
MountainMatt: That there's a nice one - 29...Qxg5+ 30. Hxg5 Nh3+ and it's mate next move.
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