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Member since Jul-25-06 · Last seen Sep-03-09
I'm 19 years old, and I'm a freshman at Iowa State University, where I'm studying computer science and music. I am a member of the chess club on campus, and I also play with the Rochester Chess Club when I'm home in Minnesota. Other hobbies include piano, tennis, and watching the Minnesota Twins.

I play at World Chess Live as Nathan826, where my rating is about 1750. My favorite openings are Italian Game and Gambit as White, and Accelerated Dragon, Nimzo-Indian, and Budapest Gambit as Black.

   NateDawg has kibitzed 162 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-28-08 R Shirley Jr vs B Wall, 1982 (replies)
NateDawg: This one took me longer than most Monday puzzles. The trick is noticing that White's f-pawn is missing, so the Black queen can come to e3 with check. Other than that it's a fairly simple combination of three tactical ideas: Black forces the White rook to go to a square (decoy) ...
   Jan-19-08 Carlsen vs N Ibraev, 2004 (replies)
NateDawg: <bakit> 16. ♕f5 hxg5 17. hxg5 ♗e4 18. ♕h3 ♘h7 and 19. ♗d3! wins by removing the knight's defender. [DIAGRAM] 19...♗xd3 20. ♖xd3 d6 21. ♕xh7+ ♔f8 22. ♗a3 ♖e6 23. ♕e4!, and White is threatening 24. ...
   Dec-22-07 D H Campora vs I Morovic Fernandez, 1981 (replies)
NateDawg: <<al wizir> OK, what happens if black plays 19...Ne4, forcing the trade? If 20. Nxe4 dxe4, black gets some counterplay on the open d file.> After 19...♘e4 20. ♘xe4 dxe4, White plays 21. ♖d1! and it is White who capitalizes on the open d-file. White ...
   Dec-13-07 W Pollock vs E Hall, 1890 (replies)
NateDawg: <MostlyAverageJoe> You're looking at 9...♘fxd5 when 10. ♕xg4 is fine; in the variation InspiredByMorphy is looking at, White cannot play that because it loses the queen.
   Dec-02-07 Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (replies)
NateDawg: <I think the best move of this game was 25.Re7!!!> Yes, for sure. Two rook sacrifices for the price of none! 25. ♖e7 brilliantly deflects the queen from b6. 25...♕xe7 allows a pretty mate in 4 with 26. ♕xd4+ ♔b8 (26...♕c5 27. ♕xc5+ ...
   Feb-03-07 Shulman vs The World, 2007 (replies)
NateDawg: <Dionyseus> You do have a point there. But I'm thinking that if the "non-thinkers" want to find a move to vote for, they should just read a little ways down the page, and then they can hopefully at least sort of make some decisions for themselves. Also, the impression I got ...
   Jan-25-07 G Sigurjonsson vs A S Segal, 1968 (replies)
NateDawg: <<WannaBe> Segal is horrible> She beat Susan Polgar with Black ( Zsuzsa Polgar vs A Segal, 1999 ), so she can't be that bad. ײַ ײַ
   Jan-10-07 Tartakower vs Przepiorka, 1925 (replies)
NateDawg: <<Black Vampire> kibitzers have to choose the best move, and not any winning line... then the correct move is 25.Bb2+!> While you may be right that 25.Bb2+! is the "best" move in this position, I believe that the actual goal of the Chessgames puzzles is to find a move ...
   Nov-05-06 The World vs A Nickel, 2006 (replies)
NateDawg: <> Your clock here is about a minute and a half fast according to .
   Oct-21-06 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
NateDawg: <<Chess Classics> Seems computers still struggle playing at a class level> The best program I have found for playing below the master level is Chessmaster 10th Edition. While it is certainly not great, and is probably not even good, it is at least okay, something I ...
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