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Member since Sep-16-11 · Last seen Feb-21-12
Hi. I'm a member of the GOP - Grumpy Old Patzers. I was born (in 1954) and raised in California. I was taught the basics of chess in about 1967 by my father and played often until 1972 when I joined the Army. Since then, I've only played a handful of games.

My interest in chess was recently (2011) renewed after finally watching "Searching for Bobby Fischer". I got online and was amazed at the wealth of chess-related information available. For those who are too young to know the "good" old days, you may not appreciate just how valuable this resource is.

1972 - research was available only through books, books which all too often seemed to be written for those who DIDN'T need them. Living in a small rural town, discussion/play was mostly limited to our high school chess club.

Fast forward to 2011 - Holy time capsule, Batman! I find access to famous players I'd never heard of, a seemingly unending supply of extraordinary games available for study, quality analyses by strong players, a VERY active forum for discussing the often obscure reasons behind the tactics, I get to play against GMs via the Puzzle Of The Day and The World vs The GM and there are Kibitzers ready to pounce (politely) on patzers like me. And this is all available at one site!

As to favorite player - Bobby Fischer of course but I have now discovered Morphy, Lasker, Capablanca, et al. Each bringing their own twists - each advancing this extraordinary game.

"May you live in interesting times"

   jackalope has kibitzed 145 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-17-12 Shamkovich vs G Lebredo Zaragoitia, 1978 (replies)
jackalope: Never mind - Ka1 instead of Kxa2 stops my nonsense...
   Feb-11-12 Mamedyarov vs N Huschenbeth, 2012 (replies)
jackalope: Here, here <sevenseaman>! I couldn't agree more...
   Feb-02-12 K Treybal vs K Moll, 1907 (replies)
jackalope: Thanks <morfishine> for taking a look. As pointed out by you and <CHESSTTCAMP>, White's Rf1 makes Black's game life miserable. After "pushing wood" around, I see that Black can only prolong his agony: <18. Rxf6 Rxf6 19. Bxf6 gxf6 20. Qxf6 h5 21. Rf1! Qc7 22. Qg5 Be6
   Dec-22-11 Capablanca vs Rossolimo, 1938 (replies)
jackalope: <29. Bd3> - Black will lose his knight but retain both rooks with <29. ... Rd8 30. Rxe5 Rc8+>. White is up a bishop and that should be enough but Black may have opportunities with inaccurate play by White.
   Dec-17-11 Fischer vs J Durao, 1966 (replies)
jackalope: Thanks <WiseWizard> - I just need to remember a pawn can check, too :-)
   Dec-16-11 Fischer vs J Bolbochan, 1959 (replies)
jackalope: Just noticed typo in my D) line - should be: <48. ... Rc7 49. Be6+ Bd7 50. Bxd7 Rxd7> Back to proofreading school... :-(
   Dec-15-11 M Rubil vs D Feletar, 2010 (replies)
jackalope: My kingdom for a tempo! Incredible finish - both have mating solutions - alas for White as it is not his turn. And both have discovered checks available. The key to finding this (for me) was realizing White's king cannot escape to the 3rd rank after the discovered check due to ...
   Dec-14-11 Van der Wiel vs H Olafsson, 1991 (replies)
jackalope: <CHESSTTCAMPS> - looking through this game, did Black miss an opportunity, <21. ... Bxc3>, forking White's rooks? Maybe: <22. Rc1 BxRe1 23. BxNe7 Bb4 24. BxRd8 RxBd8> and Black is up a pawn.
   Dec-14-11 Beliavsky vs Kupreichik, 1983 (replies)
jackalope: I don't feel so bad now - I see others struggled with this as well.
   Dec-12-11 Sturmer vs The Turk, 1820 (replies)
jackalope: <beenthere240> - <16. ... Nxd4> is not a valid move - <16. Qe2> is played in response to <15. ... Nb4>. Mouret finished this off in style!
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