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   Murky has kibitzed 50 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-14-18 L Bruzon Batista vs S Shankland, 2018
Murky: Black will grab the c file with his rook, and then to c3 threatening the white 'a' pawn. An exchange of rooks on c6 does not help. The black king will march to e5 then d4, followed by the advance of the black e pawn to e4. Try playing the white side of this. It's horrible. Resignation
   Mar-31-18 P Ponkratov vs Navara, 2018
Murky: After 28.Qb8 Nf8 29.Qxb7 Re6 looks pretty solid. White can then throw kingside pawns forward, but black can blockade with his own pawns. Earlier 17...Bxb4?! appears to be a mistake. Ponkratov could have played 18.Re8+ Re8 19.Bxd5 Bxd2 20.Qxd2 Nxd5 21.Nf5 and now both the black Nd5 the
   Feb-01-18 Le Quang Liem vs D Dubov, 2018
Murky: Position after 44...Bc7? would make for a good daily puzzle. 45. d4! crushes.
   Oct-15-17 Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1984 (replies)
Murky: I greatly enjoy and appreciate chrisowen's commentary. - Murky
   Jul-29-17 Levon Aronian (replies)
Murky: New Yorker magazine just posted an article about Aronian:
   Apr-26-17 Sutovsky vs D Anton Guijarro, 2017 (replies)
Murky: Yup, 28, e6 is a nice clearance move preparing Rc5. But Sutovsky could have easily lost this game if Guijarro had found 24..Nd4, with the probable continuation of 25.Nd6+ Rxd6 26.Qf6 Ne2+ 27.Kh2 0-0 28.ed6 Nxc1 29.Rxc1, and now Qxb4 leaves black with the equivalent of a 2 pawn ...
   Mar-06-17 Geller vs Smyslov, 1965 (replies)
Murky: 32. Bf8 is not so hard to find, and deserves at most one '!'. Why not play Bf8 a move earlier on move 31? What's brilliant is Geller's methodical massing of Q,R,B,N against the black king, while letting his queenside go to shambles. Smyslov eventually gets a passed pawn on c2 ...
   Feb-24-17 Nakamura vs Grischuk, 2017 (replies)
Murky: 52. f6 is only a quicker way to draw. Black Queen just keeps checking. No escape for the white king via h4.
   Feb-24-17 I Nepomniachtchi vs Li Chao, 2017 (replies)
Murky: Fireworks! Great tactical display. One of Nepomniachtchi's best games.
   Jan-02-17 T Hillarp Persson vs F Grafl, 2017 (replies)
Murky: 18. f5 is a nice tactical shot, typical of Persson's style. Yet the Stockfish analysis at chessbomb dot com initially rates f5 as a mistake. But then as the players follow the exact lines given by Stockfish, 18. f5 looks better and better until white is practically winning. What does ...
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