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fredthebear
Member since Jan-12-09
This rapidly declining website is not nearly as good as it once was. Many good chess people of the past are missing. The original creators of this site have passed on. Change was inevitable, and not for the better.

The established posted guidelines are not followed whatsoever. There is very little moderation of content here. Pornographic links were advertised here for about four weeks despite repeated complaints; it was an oversight, not deliberate -- but lack of attention allowed it to happen. Management seems to be amused by open hostility toward others, which may include sexist, racist, homophobic remarks.

The chess aspects of this site are rapidly crumbling. Chess post-participation has dropped, the technology is S L O O O W or dysfunctional, new games aren't being added in timely fashion, internal server errors pop up one after another, another, another, etc. etc. Long-time paying members are leaving for other chess sites that welcome and cater to chess enthusiasts. It's AJ Goldsby magnified. Some of the best operational employees have also left here. Some have changed identities: " We should be so fortunate as to have <Pepperpot>/<RedShield>, in his latest role, that of <MissScarlett> "

There is a grossly disproportional sociopolitical aspect that encourages cyber bullying under the guise of freedom of speech (so long as it's THEIR preferred speech). Many comments are mean-spirited and/or obscene. Schmucks control the dialogue by gang-badgering dissenters w/a barrage of negative comments and deliberate miscasting. Troll S has a massive 1,800 pages, that's PAGES (only God knows how many individual posts that amounts to be) of political attack commentary against the president. BP/GW deliberately flaunts his proud racism and devious immorality. Where's the chess in there?

Do you want to pay to be stalked, harassed on a site that is supposed to be fun? A few attack dogs are "volunteer editors," who otherwise as a group greatly help the site survive. We need our volunteer editors to be neutral editors, not political partisans. For those volunteers like PB who do their duty earnestly, positively, thank you.

If you came here for quality chess interaction, better to invest your paid subscription elsewhere. Until my subscription runs out next year, I'll hold out hope for a new owner to buy this site and take out the garbage.

<Susan Freeman: <I miss <Annie>. Did she get too big for her boots, or did <Miss Susan> drive her away?> <MissS> the short answer is both.>

<Susan Freeman: If we started to ban members for * manners* here, there would be nobody left>

Harassment, sexism, racism, and faulty technology isn't my kind of place.

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   fredthebear has kibitzed 4995 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-02-21 Grigoriants vs Carlsen, 2018
 
fredthebear: Indeed remarkable that Black's lone queen can force a draw after 69.b8=Q. [DIAGRAM] White has promoted, but cannot prevent the draw.
 
   Dec-02-21 V Dobrov vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
 
fredthebear: Thank you <0Zer0>. Your commentary is a reliable source for other games not to be missed, as you have a good eye for interesting battles. * * * The Mrs. and I drove to Palo Duro Canyon https://palodurocanyon.com/ and the Sante Fe Trail https://www.nps.gov/safe/index.htm ...
 
   Dec-01-21 Benjamin vs Morovic Fernandez, 1992
 
fredthebear: 72.Kf6 should win as the Black king is hemmed in on the h-file. Black will struggle to find useful moves while White positions the bishop.
 
   Nov-24-21 Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen, 2021 (replies)
 
fredthebear: Thank you for the information <VSE>; further investigation needed on Bruno's lines. The Four Knights Italian variation does not have a good reputation for White, in part due to this famous miniature featuring the center pawn fork trick: Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1916 * * * ...
 
   Nov-24-21 A Madej vs S Gapa, 2001
 
fredthebear: Instead, 13.Bg5 setting a pin seems obvious to me. White was fine until she starts a queenside pawn storm, as Black had the jump.
 
   Nov-23-21 Alexander Alekhine (replies)
 
fredthebear: Chess w/the Nazis by batgirl... Lot's of details here: https://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/... Would YOU stand up to the Nazis in Berlin? Not for long you wouldn't. It's mighty easy to wag a finger a full lifetime later. Let us never forget: ...
 
   Nov-22-21 T Rodshtein vs N Aginian, 2010 (replies)
 
fredthebear: Say what? 36...QxRa1+ looks strong for Black.
 
   Nov-22-21 V Malakhov vs N Praznik, 1993
 
fredthebear: White tears through the entire Black pawn shield. 8.Bxh7+ etc. is a nice unpin to regain the bishop and create an entry way. 15.Re6! is a sound but not-so-common exchange sacrifice taking advantage of the overloaded f7-pawn. 17.Qxe6 threatens mate by 18.Nh7#, thus 17...g6 was ...
 
   Nov-22-21 Grigoriants vs V Malakhov, 1996
 
fredthebear: White did a rook retreat 24.Rf3, and then resigned. He must be convinced that Black will properly defend the h7-square. (Attack something that you already attack a second time.) At this high level, it's a fair resignation, because Black is holding better cards and merely needs ...
 
   Nov-22-21 Grigoriants vs H Mestre Bellido, 2009
 
fredthebear: Although we didn't actually have a checkmate occur, this one belongs in the Greco's mate venue. There are many variations of Greco's mate. The key feature is a bishop hitting f7/f2 and a heavy piece on the h-file, while the role of the knight varies (if there is a knight, but in
 
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