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Member since May-06-03
I started playing chess at 5 years old and didn't start tournament play until 13. I quickly road up the ladder and stopped playing tournament chess as an expert at age 16 in order to pursue educational matters. Paul Kere's book, Grandmaster of Chess, was my chess trainer and was an excellent guide on how to approach this great game. Now I just sit on the sidelines watching great players.
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   dhotts has kibitzed 463 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-20-21 Lokvenc vs Keres, 1943
dhotts: Another Keres Classic!
   Sep-14-21 J Frenklakh vs E Schiller, 1994 (replies)
dhotts: White was happy to be mated; otherwise, he would lose his Queen on the next move.
   Sep-13-21 Carlsen vs Firouzja, 2021 (replies)
dhotts: Magnus, the Mozart of Chess, demonstrates again how to win drawn positions...As this game was unfolding and Magnus pushed his pawn 10.a5, I was wondering if there was a strategic reason for this move...As the game progressed some commentators were complaining how Magnus plays out ...
   Aug-11-21 Westerinen vs Suetin, 1976
dhotts: Black had much more play had he chosen 19...fxg3! with definite draw or better chances...For example 20. dxc5 fxg2+ 21. Qxg2 d4 22.Ne4 Bxe4 23.Rexe4 Ng5 24. Qxd4 Nxf3+ with an equal for Black.
   Jul-16-21 Karpov vs Timman, 1988 (replies)
dhotts: Chessgames is on its last legs when they use the same game over and over again as the GOTD...Time to move on when management simply does not care.
   Jul-06-21 Kasparov vs A V Kharitonov, 1977 (replies)
dhotts: Hard to believe the World Champion Kasparov, one of the greatest players, needed a gift to win this one. All Black had to do was 32...Nxc4 and bring his king into play, instead of the blunder 32...Ba3???
   Jun-27-21 NN vs G H Derrickson, 1860 (replies)
dhotts: <brainzugzwang> Black would have done well to 9...Bxf3 10. Qxf3 Qxf3 11. gxf3 and then Black's 11...f6 should give him a good game. Black allows his Queen to get stuck on h7 so early shows why he should be the NN...But the NN lived up to his name and lost an easily won game.
   Jun-26-21 R Mamedov vs Areshchenko, 2007 (replies)
dhotts: The final position is positive for White 39. Rf1....Strange calling the position a puzzle, as Black merely stays even at best...White must have lost on time...Forcing White to find the Best Defense takes more time than attacking...So maybe from a psychological/time perspective, ...
   Jun-23-21 Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1979 (replies)
dhotts: Amazing how Tal found most all of the best moves during this complicated attack after 19...g4. Often times one can start an attack only to "not" make one important move and end up losing. Tal's 22...Qa4 was a critical move that is hard to find in such a complex position. Once it is ...
   Jun-17-21 N Mohota vs J Arizmendi Martinez, 2006 (replies)
dhotts: So many ways for Black to win!...I liked 25...Bxe3 26.Kxe3 Qg5+ 27.Ke2 Bg4 and White will soon capitulate as Black marches his h-pawn down.
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