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   Mayankk has kibitzed 39 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-06-18 Joel Benjamin vs Mephisto, 1987 (replies)
Mayankk: I only spotted the Bf5, e6 line as well. I knew there was a quick mate somewhere there for sure but couldnít quite make it work. And it all seems so easy once you see the mate-in-two solution.
   Feb-05-18 Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929 (replies)
Mayankk: Pretty mate. Saw it instantly knowing itís a Monday puzzle, and is still something which I may easily miss in my online blitz games. Such cute tactics which draw king to its den of death elevate chess to an art form, in my opinion.
   Feb-02-18 Larsen vs Najdorf, 1968 (replies)
Mayankk: Saw most of Blackís moves, didnít notice the possible Qxa2 defence from White. Blackís threats after Qh5 just seemed too strong to imagine White having any serious defence. Could have so easily ended in another egg-on-face attack, if Qxa2 helped to save mate.
   Jan-31-18 A Sokolov vs Naiditsch, 2015 (replies)
Mayankk: Too subtle for me. I was fixated on either Qe8 or Re8 in the first two moves...
   Jan-30-18 A W Fox vs A Clerc, 1901 (replies)
Mayankk: First thought is to try for a Rook Lift, fitting it in any of the tactical sacs. Doesnít quite work. Next idea is to deflect either the Queen or the Rook and mate on g7 directly or via f6. You realise that Re8 deflects at least one of them and hence the solution. 2/2 so far.
   Jan-29-18 Ivanchuk vs N Legky, 1987 (replies)
Mayankk: Haha. I actually tried to sac my poor Queen on f5, f6 and even h6. Weirdly it didnít work and I was like, man, just when I thought my chess is getting better... Thankfully the only other check was h4 and the puzzle solved itself once I spotted it. They say that masters do not look ...
   Jan-24-18 Vogt vs G Kuzmin, 1971 (replies)
Mayankk: Spent 10 minutes trying to figure out a White win, especially how to make the knight fork work as I thought itís White to play and win. By the time I realised itís Black to play and win, I was too tired to analyse much beyond the obvious Re4 sac to capture the all-important knight. ...
   Jan-23-18 Hort vs Gligoric, 1971 (replies)
Mayankk: I was in the Bd3+ camp as well. Once you realised that 1) the rook canít move due to the mate threat on a1 2) a bishop defence means that it gets pinned at c2 and 3) a Queen check on the open b column should lead to a mate shortly on b2. the rest is easy.
   Jan-22-18 Taimanov vs M Beilin, 1955 (replies)
Mayankk: Seems like an elimination of options puzzle. White has to force the issue since Black has a mate otherwise on h2. However none of the usual Rook Sacs lead to mate. The only other alternative is to forcefully disrupt the mating combo of Bishop and Queen. So maybe we take the Bishop ...
   Jan-20-18 Bareev vs M Khassanov, 1986 (replies)
Mayankk: First move is simple and intuitive. Rest can be figured out while playing, should someone whisper into your ears that you are on the right track. But calculating all this before playing the first move... way beyond my pay grade.
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