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Member since Jan-26-06 · Last seen Apr-08-20
Hi, my name is Richard. I currently live in Wiesbaden, Germany. I am unrated, though I have played 8 rated games back in 2007 when I was president of my chess club in college before I joined the Army as an Intelligence Analyst. I haven't played any rated games since, and it is kind of hard to make time for it due to my job. I'm a life member of the USCF.

My favorite players are Fischer, Kasparov, Karpov, Carlsen, Botvinnik, Stientz, and even Nimzowitch.

I firmly believe that good tactics are only possible from good positional play.

   Underworld has kibitzed 66 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-20-16 A Saidy vs Suttles, 1966 (replies)
Underworld: At first I tried looking for pins, but then it became obvious that the knight sac on c5 would allow the dark squared bishop to eat up blacks pawns (3 pawns for a knight is equal) and negate black's threat with the g-pawn. The strong center, bishop pair, and rook on the 7th rank ...
   Mar-23-16 J Sunye Neto vs O Cvitan, 1986 (replies)
Underworld: It looks like black possibly messed up his move order with 10...b5 as it creates an immediate weakness that encourages the strong attack by white. Everything after that was good technique by white and even more blunders by black.
   Feb-09-16 M Gokcek vs C Oztosun, 2008
Underworld: 12. Kb1 was a must since there were no other defenders on the queen side. Would've been a much different game without the permanent weakness on the a-file and essentially white's back rank.
   Jan-13-16 J Lenier vs C Mueller, 2014
Underworld: I don't consider 19. Rae1 to be a quiet move when it is the best move. Black has to react immediately to the discovered check after Bb6, winning the queen. Blacks reaction is in fovr of white and clears out the way for white to mate.
   Jan-06-16 R Pleininger vs I Kretov, 2013
Underworld: 13...e5 was defintely a bad move positionally for black and allows white to begin his steamroll. b6 would've been better in case of e5.
   Jan-06-16 M C Pit-Rada vs R Skytte, 2014
Underworld: 28. Qxd3 was a mistake. Best was the mate in 4: 28...Bxg2+, 29. Rxg2 Rc1+, and there is no move white can do to stop mate on g1. That would make for a good puzzle.
   Dec-15-15 B Kienboeck vs D Dardha, 2015 (replies)
Underworld: I play this variation often as black, and I can tell you that if white played such bad moves, then it would be an easy win for me too.
   Dec-09-15 L Lederman vs Suba, 2014 (replies)
Underworld: 45...Qxh3, 46.Qxh3 e3+, 47.Kg1 e2, 48.Qf1 Rbxd4, 49.Qd1 Bf3 (Too much loss of material, mate soon.) 45...Qxh3, 46.gxh6 Qxe3, 47.Bxe3 Rxd2, 48.Bxd2 e3+ (Queening cannot be stopped.) 45...Qxh3, 46.Qxh3 e3+, 47.Rg2 e2, 48.Qe3 Rxd4, 49.h3 Rd1+, 50.Kh2 Bxg2, 51.Qxe2 R8d2, 52.Qe3 Ba8+,
   Nov-25-15 Carlsen vs Granda Zuniga, 2006 (replies)
Underworld: Penguincw, look at the rest of the attack. The covering of the b-pawn and e-pawn will put black in a very constricted position allowing white a lot of space and a winning attack going into the endgame. With such a good position, tactics are easy to come. Rf2 is part of opening ...
   Aug-24-15 Carlsen vs Topalov, 2015 (replies)
Underworld: Feels like I just saw Topalov destroy a under 2200 player.
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