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Member since Jun-13-09 · Last seen Apr-15-21
I live just outside Lagos, Nigeria and earn my daily crust as a process engineer in the oil industry. An alleged similarity to earned me a name that stuck.

My bird watching/photography persona can be found at

My early chess heroes were Reti and Botvinnik and I hope some of their inspiration remains, but since Fritz 12 is now my only regular chess opponent, it's possible that my playing style has shifted more towards beating silicon than beating real people.

To get past Fritz's book phase on at least level terms, I play a very restricted set of openings. I've always tended to open 1.Nf3 as white, but now it's just always; heading for a formation Reti or the Catalans if Fritz lets me. As black, I've dropped the Dragon and Grunfeld (Fritz is deadly with Yugoslav and Moscow respectively) in favour of more tactically agressive Najdorf Sicilian/KID systems.

I'm not sure why these openings seem better bets against the computers (do they overvalue their positions?). Nor why I end up so often in novelty lines from Levon Aronian's repertoire. Perhaps some more knowledgeable person out there can enlighten me.

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   sethoflagos has kibitzed 277 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-01-18 Rybka vs Critter, 2013
sethoflagos: Tickled pink to get 136 on Guess-the-Move with this one, especially picking Rybka's move 25 knight sac and continuation. The daily puzzle must be helping a bit! Interesting to see that SF marginally prefers to lose the LSB at 26-ply. Didn't appeal to me given those open light ...
   Nov-29-18 B Jacobsen vs D Mallaghan, 2008 (replies)
sethoflagos: I went for 28.Nf6+ with threat of follow up 29.Bd5+ displacing both black bishops to clobber the queen. Simpler for me to get my head around than the game line, and still clearly winning, I think.
   Oct-15-18 D Debashis vs T Kriebel, 2010
sethoflagos: 17.Na1 is the move Stockfish recommends. After 18.h4, white could be envisioning 19.h5 Re8 20.h6 g6 which would leave the black king very vulnerable. So no time for timidity here, and black surely must try to break open the white king position with 18...b5 and subsequent pawn ...
   Oct-04-18 Zherebukh vs Nakamura, 2017 (replies)
sethoflagos: It's been a while since I looked at one of these, so it felt good to spot that 18...Rxh2 19.Kxh2 Ng4+ =carnage fairly quickly. 19...Rdh8 looked a fast enough attack to have the king struggling for an escape route after any other continuation. Fast enough not to worry about ...
   Jun-30-13 P J Morris vs C Ward, 1983 (replies)
sethoflagos: <PinnedPiece:> In order to threaten mate with Qa1 (after the sacs on b3), you need a control on c2 otherwise the king can use that square to escape.
   Jun-30-13 sethoflagos chessforum
sethoflagos: 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Nf3 a6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.f3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Be3 Be7 9.Qd2 0-0 10.0-0-0 a5 11.Qe1 Qc8 12.a4 Na6 13.Kb1 Nb4 14.g4 d5 15.g5 Ne8 16.exd5 Bf5 17.Na1 novelty - not a bad one 17...Nd6 18.Qe2?? Qd7 [18...b5 is also good - simpler maybe] 19.Qg2 Rfc8 [DIAGRAM] 20.?
   Jun-23-13 Svidler vs Kasimdzhanov, 1999 (replies)
sethoflagos: <Amarande: .... nor do they pose any serious counterthreats to the White King> Worth noting that even if it were black to move at the puzzle position, he has no material defence to Rfe1. White essentially has a free move. I quite liked 27.h4 Rc8 28.Ref1 Rc7 29.Qh8+ Ke7 ...
   Apr-27-13 P Restas vs D O Rat, 2008
sethoflagos: It's still a rambling old shocker of a sentence even with the correction, nicht wahr? "Europe, as thought, concept or reality could be realised at the top of this ladder; traditionally, the crest between conservatism and modernism (that?) neither the option of a ridge-walk nor ...
   Apr-27-13 Kramnik vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2013 (replies)
sethoflagos: How can this possibly be a KIA A07 when black never plays d5? Surely this is a Reti A05 (though it transposes into an English 4 knights K fianchetto A29 line)
   Apr-27-13 Ding Liren vs Aronian, 2013 (replies)
sethoflagos: <I spoken to Europeans about the U.S. definition of "Hispanic" and they were stunned.> Recent genetic studies seem to suggest that much 'aboriginal' British DNA arrived from the Iberian peninsular, and mainly survived Romans/Saxons/Vikings etc. Does that make me Hispanic?
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