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Member since Mar-04-04 · Last seen Jan-25-20
Currently 2076 provisional, highest rating was 2397 USCF. Haven't played tournament chess in 11 years since joining the Navy though have played some inter-service games lately ( A lot weaker now in my personal opinion.

Favorite Players are:
1. Alexander Morozevich
2. Viswanathan Anand
3. Nigel Short

Vladimir Kramnik is winning me over the last few years :-).

   ashalpha has kibitzed 424 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-12-15 Wesley So (replies)
ashalpha: Congratulations Wesley!
   Oct-25-13 Van Wely vs So, 2013 (replies)
ashalpha: Not quite as 26.Kxh2 Rd4 27.Rf1 simply exchanges queens less the exchange. It is a dead lost ending though. The best try is simply 26.Rf1 right away when Black would still have to work to win (26...Qg3 27.Qxg3 Bxg3 28. Nd6 for example). With the best moves probably a draw though ...
   Apr-06-13 Tukmakov vs E Magerramov, 1983 (replies)
ashalpha: @jamboree You don't need mate, the free rook and pawn is obviously winning with the Queen and Knight windmill.
   Mar-31-13 World Championship Candidates (2013) (replies)
ashalpha: @uberhikari Really? Do you have any concrete lines? I would be really interested to see them. All the other lines I saw had an advantage but would probably still be a draw with best play.
   Mar-01-13 Eljanov vs So, 2013 (replies)
ashalpha: <Actually the amount that So is risking is range (depending how many players tie for 1st). It can be as close to 3K assuming only 2 players finish at the top. So, the math makes sense.> At the time of the draw though there were at least three players who could have joined ...
   Feb-27-13 Reykjavik Open (2013) (replies)
ashalpha: So it ended up being: clear first with a win= 5K, shared first with a draw= 2.5K (give or take) for second in tiebreak probably less if someone with better tiebreak had won, and probably around 10th place with a loss = 350 Euro. Interesting...especially since there could have been ...
   Oct-27-12 SPICE Cup (2012) (replies)
ashalpha: "Let's assume So, had not blundered against Giri back then, and had won/earnt his spot to play in the A section of the Wijk tournament. Now the unthinkable could have happened too, he could have finished dead last." I am making a wish because I truly wish Wesley So to do well as a ...
   Oct-20-12 So vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2012 (replies)
ashalpha: 39. d5! is pretty brilliant. Very hard to find in time trouble Eyal.
   Oct-19-12 So vs Ding Liren, 2012
ashalpha: Wesley had the advantage throughout even with the weaker 25. e5?!. I think he had a more solid advantage with 25. g5 trying to keep more pieces on the board. He reached a favorable ending with the bishop against the knight in an open position but the knight held because of the ...
   Oct-02-12 Ponomariov vs Short, 2012 (replies)
ashalpha: 22...b3?! seems bad though he probably could have held on. 27...Rdd7? was the decisive mistake though losing a clear pawn in a forced simplified ending.
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