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I'm a Fide Master still in school, struggling to find time to study. My favorite players are (in no particular order): Kramnik, Botvinnik, Korchnoi, Fischer, and of course Petrosian. I play a conservative, yet aggressive game as White (1. c4), and a sharp counterattacking game as black (Sicilian Najdorf, Nimzo/Benoni, and 1. c4 e5).

I love practicing , and that work ethic has allowed me to become a FM after only playing for 2 1/2 years; imagine what I can become in 5!

   lronTigran has kibitzed 19 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Feb-14-05 G Chandler vs J B Henderson, 1994 (replies)
lronTigran: In the opening black is looking to equalize. Theroretically, black should, eventually, be able to equalize, or at least draw. Any mistake by white makes the process much easier. After 2. f3 black isn't better so any equalizing attempt is best.
   Jan-20-05 T Barendse vs T Lanchava, 2004 (replies)
lronTigran: I very gutsy decision to keep playing (instead of taking the perp. check); however, play until about move 30 is forced and easy to see, so don't give black too much credit for his courage. Another obvouis reason for playing on is that black was more than 100 points higher than ...
   Jan-18-05 C Hartman vs Uhlmann, 1986 (replies)
lronTigran: It's the mainline of The French Winawer, the french being Uhlmann's favorite opening. Black gets quite good compensation, although I'll never play it (if I was ever caught playing the french I would play 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Bb4, which is quite overlooked, but probably black's best ...
   Jan-18-05 Blackburne vs Wilson, 1880 (replies)
lronTigran: 13. Qe5+ ends the game after either king move.
   Jan-17-05 J Mortimer vs Zukertort, 1883 (replies)
lronTigran: Yeah, sorry, I didn't see 35. ... Qe4+, but the fact Zukertort didn't either is comforting. When I actually looked at the position I saw another line, instead of Qe4+, one can play 35. ... Qg6+ 36. Qg3 Qb1! when the best move for white is 37. Rh1, and after 37. ... Rxh1 the white
   Jan-12-05 Evans Gambit (C52) (replies)
lronTigran: There are many ways to equality, declining the gambit may be the easiest. The only reason why White has a 52% win percentage and black has 32% is because no one playes it anymore, so the results are from when solutions weren't yet found for black.
   Jan-12-05 Bronstein vs Kholmov, 1948 (replies)
lronTigran: I don't think so, nearly all of white's attacking chances have been exhausted. Not to mention the fact that this was the USSR Championships, a very intense tournament where a lose is devastating. Another reason for the draw may also to get rest, it's hard to play top level chess ...
   Jan-12-05 Kupreichik vs A Planinc, 1970 (replies)
lronTigran: White is better, if not winning, after 14. ... Be6 15. Ng5+ Ke8 16. Nxe6 Na5 17. Nxd8 Nxb3 18. axb3! Either Blacks queenside pawns are sacrificed, or his e pawn, either way white's up material. 13. Bxf7+! was the best move, and not a gambit.
   Jan-10-05 Greco vs NN, 1620 (replies)
lronTigran: After 7. ... Qf6 black is simply a pawn down without compensation. It simply doesn't work, especially since you exchanged queems. Two knights defence itself is a very pointless opening: 1. You have to learn a lot of theory (Max Lange and whatever your defence is). 2. The only ...
   Jan-10-05 Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (replies)
lronTigran: As opposed to poplar belief, 3. ... Bg4 is not a mistake, annoted as !? in many philidor [defence] works. After 4. dxe5 correct is 4. ... Nc6 with a very interesting, and underanalyzed position.
   Jan-10-05 N Daler vs J van Zandwijk, 2001 (replies)
   Jan-06-05 Jose Raul Capablanca (replies)
   Jan-06-05 G Minchev vs O Santana, 1987 (replies)
   Jan-05-05 Smyslov vs F Zita, 1946 (replies)
   Jan-05-05 Tigran V Petrosian (replies)
   Jan-04-05 Benoni Defense (A56) (replies)
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