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   JCigan has kibitzed 61 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-14-18 D Mastrovasilis vs Nodirbek Yakubboev, 2018 (replies)
JCigan: I find it very difficult to believe the move order 1 e4 e5 2 Nc3 Nf6 3 d4 d6 occurred in this high-level of a game. Clearly 3... exd4 and Black is already better. What I find more likely is that it went, say, 1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 e5 - this is a common Philidor move order.
   Jul-04-18 P Ponkratov vs G Oparin, 2018 (replies)
JCigan: I know Ponkratov is a strong GM, but his treatment of this opening was dreadful. Just an awful middlegame to get as white, and this isnít even a good treatment of this particular sideline (Center Game).
   Jun-16-18 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Grischuk, 2017
JCigan: It is just a dead lost position I assume he resigned
   May-08-18 R Faizrakhmanov vs S Khanin, 2018
JCigan: *at times
   Feb-13-18 D Gedult vs B Houzet, 1980 (replies)
JCigan: This is not only not an impressive game, it's simply not good. How many players of, say, 2000 elo strength or so would fail to win as black at move 20, especially when 24 ...Rxd6+ was available?
   Dec-29-17 D Bekker-Jensen vs E Forsa, 2014 (replies)
JCigan: This is one of the least impressive GOTDs I've ever seen.
   Oct-13-17 B Rositsan vs V Laznicka, 2017
JCigan: Lol, frankly a bit silly to make Lanzicka play it out that long but at least White had a fighting spirit
   Sep-25-17 Tarjan vs Kramnik, 2017 (replies)
JCigan: This result should be inspirational to anyone who feels they can't accomplish anything in chess after they are past the traditional "prime" age for a player. Kramnik has had many highlights in his career and it's a good chance to appreciate the significance of the win for Jim. Even ...
   Jul-24-17 Anthony B He vs Matt B Zavortink, 2017
JCigan: Nb4 does win but both players were down to seconds by then. (As a member of the Portland Rain, I was watching live)
   Jun-20-17 Potkin vs S Melia, 2014 (replies)
JCigan: This was 1-0? Really? Hard to imagine that Black would have flagged or resigned in a trivially drawn pawn ending.
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