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   Mayankk has kibitzed 11 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-08-17 Kasparov vs Bareev, 2001 (replies)
Mayankk: I first tried to get my Queen to d8, after clearing the knight at f6 to some remote corner, but the Bishop kept coming to e8 and block the check. Then I saw that if there was no pawn at f7, then a Queen check at f6 will be very powerful. And of course an easy way to remove this ...
   Jan-24-17 Kholmov vs W Pietzsch, 1965 (replies)
Mayankk: A very interesting puzzle. Force the King to come out of its hiding, get Rook in the mix and then mate on h8. Elegant puzzle, solving which gives more satisfaction than the usual Tuesday ones.
   Jan-18-17 Tata Steel (2017) (replies)
Mayankk: Perfect symmetry in scores so far after the first 4 rounds
   Jan-17-17 P Rout vs M Al Sayed, 2016 (replies)
Mayankk: f7 appears a weak point, so sac a Rook there and let Queen do the rest. Now if only life was so easy in actual games...
   Jan-16-17 L Machado vs K McDonald, 2016 (replies)
Mayankk: Yeah. Most of the time spent was in making the g7 sacrifice work. It's amazing how much a capture sacrifice is easier to spot than a non-capture sacrifice. Once you see the f6 manoeuvre after a minute of misguided attempts at g7, you only curse yourself for not seeing it earlier.
   Jan-10-17 W van Lankveld vs Van der Wiel, 2000 (replies)
Mayankk: After Ra2+ sacrifice, Ra8+ jumps out as a more natural attacking line. Probably not as good as the game sequence but should still mate as the queen joins attack later via b4 or c4. To a lazy patzer, who can't calculate all mating lines, a combination of rook, queen and knight is ...
   Jan-02-17 Karjakin vs D Andreikin, 2015 (replies)
Mayankk: First thought was to sack knight at f7 and then try and check with black's queen, hoping either the rook or bishop can join in. Then saw the queen sac, knight fork and the result being black a pawn up.
   Dec-28-16 F Hedke vs J Brenninkmeijer, 1996 (replies)
Mayankk: E file is blocked for white king. If the black queen can somehow give a check to white king, then it can maybe push white king to g4 where the h3 pawn can join the action to give a mate. All this suggests Rh3+. Should white accept then black queen swings into action from h8. Else ...
   Dec-27-16 G Andruet vs Van der Wiel, 1985 (replies)
Mayankk: The only 'puzzle-like' forcing move I could think of was Bh3. Lots of defensive options for white after that. Not very clear as others have pointed out and probably CG put this puzzle one move too early. Should be 32 - Black to play and win.
   Dec-26-16 V Yemelin vs Kharlov, 1996 (replies)
Mayankk: I did see Rh8+, f7 and Kxe5 as an answer to Rook checks but did not have enough visualization power to realize that white can indeed save its f7 pawn in all variations.
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