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Member since Feb-15-07
I live in Los Angeles. My last rating was 2150 (My highest rating was 2279). I don't have A favorite player, but my short list includes Petrosian, Spassky, Tal, and Capablanca.

   der623 has kibitzed 83 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-11-17 Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1977 (replies)
der623: <Al Wazir> After 41.Qd3, Black plays Qxf4+ and the White King can go to either h3 or h5 after which Rxh2+ mates.
   Sep-23-16 H Arnarsson vs S D Sigfusson, 2016
der623: <An Englishman> This would be a Falkbeer if White had captured on d5 at move 3 and Black pushed e4. This variation has multiple names, but here it is usually referred to as the Modern.
   May-28-16 V Babula Sr vs Giri, 2015 (replies)
der623: This opening transitioned into the Noteboom variation of the Triangle Slav which is interesting since Giri's wife has since done a series of videos on the Triangle Slav for Chess24.
   Sep-21-15 Tal vs Spassky, 1954 (replies)
der623: This is the second time I have seen a game where Spassky used someone's weapon against him. I think everyone knows of the famous King's Gambit game against Bronstein (The end of which was portrayed in the James Bond film From Russia with Love).
   Sep-18-15 Kaidanov vs I Sorkin, 2014
der623: In the final position, Black must lose material because White is threatening to trap his Queen by Bd2. Black must play Bxc4 to created an escape square in a4 or Bc3, either way parting with a Bishop.
   Aug-25-15 M Esserman vs Navara, 2015 (replies)
der623: Esserman is one of the recognized authorities on the Smith-Morra, having beaten Loek van Wely with it. Why would he think that he could veer from his strength to take on a Super-GM in a mainstream Najdorf?
   Aug-24-15 Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984 (replies)
der623: This may seem trivial, but after Karpov's 20th move, There are 7 pieces on the A file and 5 of them are Karpov's.
   Jul-27-15 L Vajda vs Sutovsky, 2006 (replies)
der623: <hedgeh0g> Actually Sutovsky ended up with three minor pieces for the Queen because White started the sequence by sacking the Knight to get the pin on the f6 Knight. In a semi open to closed position like this, once the minor pieces get coordinated, they are superior to the ...
   Jun-15-15 Y Dokhoian vs Shabalov, 1994 (replies)
der623: It is rare that a tactician like Shabalov winds up on the receiving end of such a king hunt.
   May-29-15 J Houska vs S Agdestein, 2010
der623: Obviously, the score of the game is in error because the last ten moves do not make sense.
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