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   Apr-15-14 Wesley So (replies)
Mendrys: <john barleycorn> I wasn't aware of any problems with the Webster University chess team or with Webster University itself. Please explain what problems they are having that should lead one to think that the comment by GM Polgar shouldn't be taken at face value. It is rather ...
   Apr-10-14 C Tsai vs Browne, 2002
Mendrys: 29...Rxd6 there's 30. Qxg6+ Bg7 31. Qxf7+ Kh8 32. Qxe7 [DIAGRAM] and now the Queen must take 32...Qxf7 (<< otherwise 32...RxRd3 33. Qh4+ and mate follows.>>) 33. Kxf7 Ra8-f8+ and it's mate in 12 according to Houdini.
   Apr-10-14 M Esserman vs C Tsai, 2003 (replies)
Mendrys: Another game by Cindy Tsai against a notable opponent, C Tsai vs Browne, 2002
   Apr-09-14 Merian vs Steinitz, 1884 (replies)
Mendrys: The "sources" that indicated 19...Qb6 were most assuredly wrong, given the game continuation of 20. Nc5. Steinitz surely would have just taken the Knight with his Queen with no compensation to black at all.
   Apr-05-14 Bronstein vs Dark Thought, 1996
Mendrys: With all due respect <BOSTER> blacks pieces are reduced to a laughable level of ineffectiveness in this game. That being said, Bronstein did lose a lot of games against computers back then. He like to probe their weaknesses and their strengths as well and would often willfully
   Mar-23-14 David Bronstein (replies)
Mendrys: I didn't pick up chess until my late teens when I met some new friends who enjoyed playing. At first they routinely crushed me as they had been playing for years. Rummaging thru the closet I found an old chess book of my Dads, "World Championship Chess" published in the 60's. It ...
   Mar-22-14 Kramnik vs Radjabov, 2013 (replies)
Mendrys: I guessed 29. e5 and would probably have played this in a game but it was only a guess. I didn't come close to the line in the game leading to the loss of the exchange so I can't claim credit. For the record, my rating is between 1500-3000.
   Mar-18-14 P Bratholm vs J Van Aalzum, 1988 (replies)
Mendrys: Good gravy white did certainly pry apart the position around white's king and lead him on a merry chase. Given all of this I think that white could have kept his extra piece with 21. Ke3. It's way too complicated for me to give any meaningful analysis of my own but it would seem ...
   Mar-18-14 M Barroso Campos vs J M Quesada Vera, 2003 (replies)
Mendrys: Black was obviously very focused on the weak white squares around the white king when he played 21...Qh3. He may have been hoping for 22. Qxa8 Bg4 23. Qxa6?? Bf3 and mate is inevitable. Unfortunately for him he did not see the combination leading to his own mate else he would have ...
   Mar-11-14 H Wirthensohn vs Topalov, 1990
Mendrys: Sort of ironic that so many people fell for 27 Rxc6, I certainly latched onto this when I first looked at the puzzle, which is likely what Topalov expected when he played 26...Bxc6 instead of the better 26...Rxc6. Taking a piece while forking both rooks is so irrepressible.
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