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   NBZ has kibitzed 335 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-17-18 Fischer vs Huebner, 1970 (replies)
NBZ: How does White win after 32. Bf3? Black plays 32. ... Qe7 which stops any thoughts White might have of bringing his king over to the q-side (which was one suggestion). Of course White has an edge but Black is rock-solid here. It's not impossible that Fischer knew the draw was coming, ...
   Apr-15-18 Keene vs Robatsch, 1971 (replies)
NBZ: Interesting to see Ray Keene's thoughts on how he decided to play Rxf7. I think I ended up doing pretty much the same thing (though with less attention to detail). The key is to verify that Rxf7 Kxf7 Rf1+ Kg8 Nf6+! is winning, and realize that Rxf7 Kxf7 Rf1+ Ke7 d6+ has to be winning ...
   Apr-12-18 Bowers vs B Wall, 1977 (replies)
NBZ: The epaulette mate! It takes a special kind of artist to play 19. ... Ke8. The kind of artist who would give up a certain win just to see an epaulette on the board. Alas they don't make them like that anymore.
   Apr-11-18 W So vs M Mahjoob, 2007 (replies)
NBZ: Alas, like others I was also waylaid by the mysterious allure of Ngf7, which just doesn't work after Qe7. The reason Ngf7 is so tempting is that it's very rare to be able to plonk a knight on f7, with no queen or bishop supporting it, without sacrificing the knight in the process. By ...
   Apr-10-18 Vladimir Kramnik (replies)
NBZ: There is this wonderful quote by Kramnik from an interview in 1996 that I found in Jonathan Tisdall's book. It seems particularly apt in view of his recent performances: "There are people who are always optimistic. You should force yourself to be optimistic, but I don't know how to do ...
   Apr-05-18 Y Afek vs Psakhis, 1990 (replies)
NBZ: Like others, I was going to go for Bc5 but did not see Bg5. In a game, I might have gotten lucky because I would pay Bc5, opponent finds Bg5, I go for a long think and eventually find Qxe5 Re1 Rf2. But in another position it would be catastrophic to miss Bg5. The position after Bc5 is ...
   Mar-28-18 Karjakin vs Ding Liren, 2018
NBZ: Interesting <Petrosianic>! I am guessing he missed that after 27. Nd5 h3+, 28. Kxh3 isn't possible due to 28. ... g4+! Definitely a blunder at the super-GM level, but it takes a bit of effort (at least for patzer me) to see why.
   Mar-25-18 Yusupov vs Kasparov, 1995
NBZ: 36. Rh1 was rather a bad blunder near the end. Maybe he did not see how close his queen was to being trapped, maybe he was in time trouble. Moves like 36. Qc8 or 36. Rd7 would have put up much stiffer resistance.
   Mar-20-18 Karpov vs Kamsky, 1992 (replies)
NBZ: The first time I played through the game, it just looked strange, with White's queen shuttling restlessly back and forth along the c1-h6 diagonal. It is only after seeing the rest of the game, and how effectively Black's counterplay was thwarted, that you begin to realize how clever ...
   Mar-20-18 E Dizdarevic vs Kramnik, 1992 (replies)
NBZ: Dennis Monokroussos made a similar point about Kramnik's loss yesterday to Grischuk. Kramnik could have drawn easily with 31...Bxc3 but he opted not to do so because he was worried about the pin after 32.Bxc3 Rxc3. Whether he could get of the pin or not required some concrete ...
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