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Member since Jul-30-06
I am a college teacher- math, logic, critical thinking & philosophy. Also a chess coach in Tampa Bay, Florida. To help my students I invented a puzzle game- Mentagy- which is becoming a popular brain game for all ages. Find out more
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   alligator has kibitzed 15 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-01-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
alligator: I believe the negative comments about Carlsen's Queen sacrifice miss the significance of this game, especially within the context of the entire match. Magnus needed only a draw to retain his World Championship title. Yet he chose to risk it all by playing for a win. The Queen ...
   Nov-26-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
alligator: My prediction- Carlsen begins with 1. Nf3!
   Mar-19-13 N Grandelius vs A Pourramezanali, 2010 (replies)
alligator: I always heard this mate called 'The Rolling Rooks.' Even coached a chess team with that name.
   Aug-08-12 J Emms vs P K Wells, 1989 (replies)
alligator: Morfishine. Re: Your comment that "Check all checks" is old advice. I tell my students this but don't know who first said it. Does anyone know its origens? When I was young the old timers at the Franklin Chess Club in Phila used to say "Always check, it may be mate" :-)
   Jan-22-12 Petrosian vs Estrin, 1968 (replies)
alligator: CG This game should be in GUESS THE MOVE.
   Nov-20-11 Hodgson vs S Agdestein, 1986 (replies)
alligator: Several posts talk about the problem of finding Ne5 in a 'real' game when nobody is telling you to look for a winning move. Do GM's have a special gift that gives them an intuitive nudge about chess positions that are ripe for decisive combinations? Another explanation is that the
   Oct-10-11 Kasparov vs Short, 2011 (replies)
alligator: On move 36 I thought White could have increased pressure with 36.Rc1. Shredder uses the idea, but with 36. Rc4 exploiting Black's vulnerable King and weak pawns... 36Rc4 (37 Rxc5 & Qxe6+ & Nf7+) Rf8 37 Ne4 Qf5 38.Qc7 Nxe4 4.Rxe4 Qc5+ 5.Qxc5 bxc5 6.Rxe6 etc.   But does ...
   Oct-05-11 Ruger vs H Gebhard-Elsass, 1915 (replies)
alligator: In his notes to Game #5 Ruger vs Gebhard, 1915 in Logical Chess, Move by Move, Chernev gives the following amusing variation. If on move 6 Black plays the passive Bb6 (instead of 6..., Bb4+) 6..., Bb6 7 d5 Nb8 (for 7.., Ne7 see my kibitz below) 8e5 Ng8 9 0-0 Ne7 10 d6 Ng6 11 Ng5 ...
   Oct-05-11 Estrin vs Libov, 1945
alligator: Sorry! I should have said Black plays 7.., Nb8 on move 7 (instead of 7 Ne7). Then the variation by Chernev that I just posted makes sense. 7.d5 Nb8 8e5 Now ( instead of 8..., Ne4), 8..., Ng8. 9 0-0 Ne7 10 d6 Ng6 11 Ng5 0-0 12 Qh5 h6 13 Qxg6 hxg5 14 Bxg5 Qe8 15 Bf6 1-0
   Sep-24-11 Gulko vs Y Anikaev, 1983 (replies)
alligator: <sevenseaman> ...sounds like burnout. I know the experience. My solution for burnout is to exercise a slightly different part of the brain. Since you like chess puzzles, maybe try a crossword puzzle or Mentagy (check their website), or listen to your favorite music or try ...
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