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   NBZ has kibitzed 391 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-15-18 Caruana vs Anand, 2013
NBZ: <AylerKupp>: "Runaround" is one of my favorite Asimov stories! It is remarkable that Asimov came up with the idea of an infinite loop well before programmers ran into this. An amazing feat of creativity. And yes I came across the 0th Law in the stories with Elijah Baley. ...
   Sep-10-18 R Safar vs I Agrest, 2008 (replies)
NBZ: I also like the Q sac solution. To get rid of the ugly Rxh3 solution, all we need to do is replace the rook on f1 with a knight. Of course such a position could never arise in a game.
   Sep-06-18 Purdy vs F Crowl, 1934
NBZ: This is such an incredible game. Can't believe I have not seen it before.
   Sep-06-18 J Xiong vs Shabalov, 2017 (replies)
NBZ: I found this really difficult, and just could not find Qb6. It's funny because I spent an inordinate amount of time on Qd2 Qxa8 Rxf4+ Kg1 Qf2+ Kh2: in this line, the king escapes to h2 and Black has nothing. And I even wondered if Kh7 was possible because if Qxa8 Black might be able to ...
   Sep-05-18 Ravinsky vs Smyslov, 1944
NBZ: Like the other posters, I am incredibly impressed by this game. Very fine positional masterpiece from Smyslov. The game's also a great example of something that John Watson keeps emphasizing in "Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy." Classical theory says the two bishops are stronger in ...
   Sep-02-18 D Rovner vs Korchnoi, 1945
NBZ: Is it at all possible that Korchnoi had been looking at 17. Rde1 (not Rhe1), when 17. ... Qf4+ 18. Qxf4 Rxe1+ 19. Rxe1 Nxf4 is winning for Black? And then when White played 17. Rde1, Black instantly played 17. ... Qf4+ (with the unshakeable confidence of a 14-year old) only to realize, ...
   Sep-02-18 J Szmetan vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1976 (replies)
NBZ: At first when I saw that the last move was 18. ... d5, I was very tempted to play 19. exd6+ e.p.! Of course it wasn't as simple as that and the right idea is Bxd5 Bxd5 Nxd5 exd5 e6+, when Kg8 Rxh7! wins. However after e6 f6 I did not see Qh5!! at all.
   Aug-30-18 Bacrot vs B Socko, 2008 (replies)
NBZ: I also had Rh6 Nxh6 Bxh6 Rg8 Rg1 Kf8 f5. I initially considered Bf6 but then it is hard to do something about Black's plan of Rg8 and Kf8. Eventually I realized Rh6! prevents the immediate Rg8 due to Rf6# and so it is in some ways a prophylactic move.
   Aug-29-18 Gunsberg vs M Lange, 1883 (replies)
NBZ: <Honza Cervenka>: In retrospect, it appears 22. e4 was indeed quite bad, but Black misplayed the next few moves. In particular he ought to have played 25. ... Rfe8 when white must lose the e4 pawn or have a very precarious position with 26. f4. But Black messed up with 25. ... g6 ...
   Aug-29-18 V Rozic vs M Velcheva, 2008 (replies)
NBZ: Ah SF tells me my suggestion is absolutely terrible: 33. ... d4? 34. Qd8+! Kg7 35. Re4 with Rg4+ coming is devastating.
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