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Member since Sep-16-07
Just a common patzer OTB rating around the magical 2.000 mark. Best personal game, beating an IM in a tournament game.

Active fav. players.


Players I would like to see (more often) at top events: Le Quang Liem. He has all the tools to make it to a very good Top Ten player in my book.

All time favorites: Tal, Kasparov.

Note: although I enjoy Tal and Kasparov my style of play looks more like Kramnik or Karpov playing (on a much , much lower level ofc., what I mean is, my play is more positional than tactical).

As much as I like watching Carlsen as World Champ and potentially gaining a status in chess history similar to Kasparov, I find his play sometimes a bit "dull". (almost) All of his games are high quality, they are just not as exciting to watch in my opinion. It's nice to see how Kramnik reinvented himself and started to play more actively for wins again.

   Refused has kibitzed 3955 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-02-23 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Refused: Pointing out the logical (I am rather generous with that term here) flaws in your little conspiracy is addressing the issue. That I can point and laugh at you at the same time is a bonus. Ofc, haters will say, that mocking you was the main objective of the post, and that pointing ...
   Feb-01-23 Giri vs D Brandenburg, 2009 (replies)
Refused: 22.Bxe6 should be curtains. The g6 has to be kept alive for the well known mating pattern rh8+ Qh2+ Qh7#. That's the motif you have to spot. The only minor headache is whether white could get mated first (typical sicilian kings on opposite sides of the board stuff). I don't see an ...
   Jan-30-23 Tata Steel Masters (2023) (replies)
Refused: He still is afaik. There were some rumors about him having moved to Israel. < > However Svidler himself has denied those rumours. So for the moment I'd assume missy is spreading fake news.
   Jan-29-23 D Prelevic vs N Gagic, 2000 (replies)
Refused: Position suggests something along line of Rxh7 and e6. Can'T really make it work, as I run out of material to throw at the black king. If the rooks were connected, that would make life easier. But 0-0-0 runs into Qf5. Ok, I don't think I get this one to work. Let's see how White ...
   Jan-28-23 Kaidanov vs W J Donaldson, 1992
Refused: 18.Rxc6 is the natural move that jumps out. The pin of hte 45 knight and the threats against h7 mean, I will at the very least collect on e5 in some shape or form. Only question is what to do with the e-pawn. Capture on f7 looks kinda tempting at first, but forcing the rook on f7 to
   Jan-27-23 Van Wely vs A Fishbein, 1993 (replies)
Refused: Two obvious candidates. 21.Bxh6 and 21.Rxg7+ 21.Bxh6?? simply doesn't work. 21...Bxh6 22.Rxg8 Bxd2 23.Rxd8 Rxd8 -+ 21.Rxg7+ Rxg7 22.Bxh6 Rg8 23.Qf4 this looks promising. Having invested an exchange for a pawn and an attack on the black king looks like a good piece of business. ...
   Jan-26-23 I Krush vs J Becerra Rivero, 2000 (replies)
Refused: <TheaN: Botched up this one. I was keen to make <36....Rc8?<>> work. Moving the queen allows Black to start a counterattack, ie 37.Qd7? Qe5 ∓ and taking the rook simplifies in Black's favor: 37.Qxc8 Qxd6+ 38.Ke1 Qxb6 ∓. It fails on <37.Rd7! Rxc7 38.bxc7 ...
   Jan-22-23 P Schmidt vs H Nowarra, 1941 (replies)
Refused: My first instinct was to play 24.Be6, which is also winning. The Bishop is obviously untouchable as 24...Nxe6 25.fxe6+ Kxe6 26.Qf7+ is dead. and after something like 24...Qc7 25.Qg3 looked good.
   Jan-21-23 J Balogh vs Keres, 1937 (replies)
Refused: 24.f6 is natural. And this looks kinda bust. Black can't play 24...g6 as that leave the knight hanging on h6. This looks kinda bust already tbh. I have no idea what to play as black. Time to check and see. Ah, ok. Black went 24...Rxe5 the finish is very pretty I must say. 24.Nxe5 ...
   Jan-20-23 Rubinstein vs Vidmar, 1918 (replies)
Refused: White's king is in the crossfire of the entire Black army. Black is threatening 19...Ng5+ 20.Kd1 Re1# 19.Kd1 Nxf2+ 20.Qxf2 Qa4+ looks pretty dead. So does 19.Kd3 that leaves two moves. 19.Kf3 and 19.f3 19.Kf3 is the last move I want to play. Drawing the king further out into ...
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