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   JohnTal has kibitzed 151 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-03-17 H Bogart vs NN, 1933 (replies)
JohnTal: We'll always have Paris!
   Feb-18-17 R Tischbierek vs E Postny, 2007 (replies)
JohnTal: 39 ... Be6, 40 fe ...Kf8, 41 Nf5! closes the deal.
   Feb-06-17 T Dowden vs S Yee, 2016 (replies)
JohnTal: I would rarely expect a 2016 Q sacrifice at the GM level in 2016. Still, always awesome to see as our standard Sunday evening tactical theme to start the week.
   Jan-29-17 Raymond Keene (replies)
JohnTal: Ray, I wish you had played Bobby Fischer at least once. Happy Birthday!!! Your analysis and notes are very informative and helpful! Whom do you rate as your toughest opponent? Also, what do you consider your greatest game?
   Jan-29-17 S Trcala vs Alekhine, 1908
JohnTal: No way he was going to prevail with 23 Qh5 against AA. Why not Qg3 followed by h4 with possible play using Alekhine's Gun against the man himself?
   Jan-27-17 W So vs F El Taher, 2006 (replies)
JohnTal: So probably burned 1 second off his clock for his 12th and 13th moves. Hard to believe that a 2400 player would get smoked so quickly in the Morphy style.
   Oct-18-16 Shabalov vs G Jones, 2016 (replies)
JohnTal: Perhaps to be followed with 24 ... Qa4 exerting pressure on a3 and b4 with the possibility of removing the a/b pawns and having 3 connected pawns on the Q-side. That would be rapid curtains for White, hence his 25th move to protect the b pawn.
   Sep-15-16 Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 (replies)
JohnTal: I get a kick out of seeing a GM play a pet move and seeing him get squashed over the board as Spassky does to Larsen. b3 playable? Not -- though I know Fischer played it a few times in the 70s.
   Aug-29-16 Ghitescu vs Fischer, 1960 (replies)
JohnTal: Is there a quicker Fischer W at the GM level, excluding simul games or pre-GM games? I suspect not.
   Apr-25-15 Negi vs G Munkhgal, 2014 (replies)
JohnTal: on 27 ... Bh5, I would play 28 g4 and allow Black one spite check on a1 or even if 28 ...Rd6+, 29 Rd6 ... any, 30 gh followed with open files on the K-side, 2 active rooks and an active Q is enough to send Black to defeat.
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