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Member since Apr-11-20 · Last seen Oct-26-21
Live in the Boston area. My favorite players are Kasparov, Fischer and Tal (not in any particular order).

   Viking707 has kibitzed 100 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-07-21 Vachier-Lagrave vs So, 2021
Viking707: Nice finish by VL. Exposed attack on black's Queen, forcing it into an untenable position with many threats to follow.
   Sep-26-21 Carlsen vs Duda, 2021 (replies)
Viking707: Carlsen continues to display his virtuosity with this well orchestrated win, and solidify his position as one of the great Chess champions.
   Jul-16-21 Caruana vs S Megaranto, 2021 (replies)
Viking707: Why bother to show a game which was barely underway, and stopped for a technical reason? And how come Caruana is doing so poorly in this field of lesser IGs???
   Jul-06-21 Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 (replies)
Viking707: While Fischer certainly had his problems with paranoia, he was right about Soviet chess, and the fear that when he played against a USSR gm, he was playing against a team, and not just the person. His one game with Botvinnik proved the point, as they sealed their moves before ...
   Jul-02-21 Fine vs Botvinnik, 1938 (replies)
Viking707: Reuben Fine was a psychologist and prodigious author, who was asked to "treat" a pubescent Bobby Fischer by Bobby's mother. Fischer refused to engage in any discussion with Fine unless they played some chess games to test Fine's "capabilities." Fine won those games, angering ...
   Jun-25-21 Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 (replies)
Viking707: Fischer might have beaten Karpov, but the truth is: he avoided the match because he hated playing against the USSR chess "cooperative," and he knew Karpov was a major talent, and a serious threat. We will never know what actually motivated Fischer to forfeit his world championship
   Jun-05-21 W Heinig vs Knaak, 1974 (replies)
Viking707: Knaak pawned Heinig to death.
   May-24-21 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2021 (replies)
Viking707: Putin's only "political principle" is unbridled power for himself, and death or damage to any opponent who dares to run against him. Kasparov had to run for his life when he opposed this brutal dictator. Putin has violated the Russian Constitution and extend his "reign" far longer
   May-14-21 Capablanca vs Rossolimo, 1938
Viking707: Oldstudent: I played at Rossolimo's chess studio in Greenwich Village, NY in the mid-1960s. He was not only an IG, but was kind and thoughtful. He died accidentally, and of course, way too soon.
   May-06-21 Robert James Fischer (replies)
Viking707: keypusher: the term "communist" is inappropriate. I have no idea what the political ideologies of Botvinnik, Smyslov or Tal were, although they all did represent the USSR. Tal was Latvian, which was under the thumb of the Soviets, and the few Latvians I know were never happy with ...
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