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Member since May-03-08 · Last seen Jun-04-19
As a belated response to <user: Eggman>:

I once beat a guy who beat Kasparov (though he beat him in a simul - and I beat him in a chess tourney with 30 minutes per game, a couple of weeks later - back in 1997. The guy was the Israeli U14 champion at the time, and was rated 400 points above me at the time)

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I'm Itzhak Solsky, an Israeli pianist, residing in Belgium.

Do you like classical music? If you do, check out some of my 160+ videos at

Then check out my Piano Playing Tips Blog -

I hope you will enjoy it :-)

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FIDE rating: 1978; Belgian rating: 2070.

I'm basically a chess "street fighter" - without lots of learning and/or instruction, but who specializes in saving/winning lost positions by miraculous means, and in squeezing that "extra bit more" in equal positions, where I really want to win...

I'm contactable at solskytz AT

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Some more chess-related points:

I'm the Hebrew translator of My System by Aron Nimzowitsch (from the 21st century English edition). This book is extensively used in Israel ever since its publication in 2000.

I once wrote a short article, proposing a different way of conducting the tie-breaks (in reverse order, prior to the main event - in a nutshell).

It was inspired by an idea of <user - Shach Matov>, and published in (later I heard a GM talk on the radio, who described this same idea - with the exact details - and attributed it to Kramnik. It was a good laugh). You can see it here -

My openings include some scandalously horrible lines! And unlike people such as Carlsen, I've been known to lose games in 9 and 12 moves - so try me, and let's see you pull that off.

>> Click here to see solskytz's game collections.

   solskytz has kibitzed 1810 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-06-17 Hastings (1895) (replies)
solskytz: One should mention that Lasker was ill with Typhus at the time of the tournament, and almost died. He still dragged himself to play - and it was incredible that he could finish in the top three, a healthy distance from the pack, in his condition - he could still play world-class ...
   Sep-25-16 Carlsen vs M Dimitriadis, 2016 (replies)
solskytz: Right - because you would certainly put up a better performance against Magnus.
   May-03-16 Reti vs Capablanca, 1928 (replies)
solskytz: What a disaster! That pawn sacrifice in the opening (on e4) really didn't go so well for Reti... The machine (Capablanca) just never lets Reti recover that pawn in peace. Things climax when he (Reti) feels obliged to capture that pawn (on d4) with his queen - after ...a6 was ...
   Apr-23-16 Roesch vs W Schlage, 1910 (replies)
solskytz: This game was previously played in the hall of the mountain king
   Mar-25-16 World Championship Candidates (2016) (replies)
solskytz: So he's incapable of positive feelings and appreciation? Nah... he's not that one-dimensional. I give him a bit more credit (to Kasparov).
   Jul-09-15 Jonny vs Komodo, 2015 (replies)
solskytz: The point was not so much the loss of the a-pawn, as the penetration of the king into the whole black baseline.
   Jul-05-15 So vs Kramnik, 2015 (replies)
solskytz: <OhioChessFan> Thanks for explaining!! Now I get it.
   Jul-05-15 Dortmund Sparkassen (2015) (replies)
solskytz: <Gphamlore> there is still Botvinnik to contend with (the endgame expert regaining WC title despite advancing age)
   Jul-03-15 So vs Nepomniachtchi, 2015 (replies)
solskytz: +1 Chemmac :-) although I think my explanation is nicer :-) !!
   Jul-03-15 Kramnik vs Caruana, 2015 (replies)
solskytz: After 17...Qg4 this looks like a -2.87 position as black has the material AND the compensation. Totally hopeless. That said, white did manage to generate some chances later on. I didn't understand the idea of 35. Qc3 though, getting the Q to the K-side. I thought that a plan of 35.
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