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   Nerwal has kibitzed 1095 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-16-18 Reshevsky vs Fischer, 1965 (replies)
Nerwal: <What if 30 ..... Nf6 ?> 30... ♘f6 31. ♕g5 intending to sac on h6 is crushing.
   May-27-18 Taimanov vs Botvinnik, 1953
Nerwal: Botvinnik claimed that the seemingly logical 15. ♘e5 was a positional mistake and could not be approved, on the basis that in the game 17. ♗xe4 dxe4 18. ♘xc4 ♘d5 would give Black good compensation for the pawn. This last assessment is definitely correct, but ...
   May-27-18 Szabo vs Botvinnik, 1952
Nerwal: Botvinnik's games and comments are always very interesting but sometimes questionable. Here he criticized the strong but risky 31... ♖c2 in favour of 31... ♖b6 32. ♖a4 ♖b5. Of course, such passive defence can hardly be the right way of dealing with the ...
   Apr-27-18 Short vs Kramnik, 2005
Nerwal: <Why not 9. Na4 in order to block the Queen?> 9. ♘a4 ♕a5 loses immediately.
   Apr-26-18 Capablanca - Alekhine World Championship Match (1927) (replies)
Nerwal: <Did Alekhine ever annotate these games?> No idea why this book doesn't have a english version or counterpart. It has all the games of the match. Alekhine annotates in a good amount of details games 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 17, 20, 21, 22, ...
   Apr-01-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
Nerwal: 46... a5! was much easier to find and play than 54... ♖h7. But 46... ♖e7 looked good...
   Mar-31-18 M Bluebaum vs Vitiugov, 2018 (replies)
Nerwal: 24... ♘e4+!! 25. ♗xe4 ♖c7 ▢ 26. ♕a8 ♖c8 ▢ 27. ♕b7 ♕d4+ ▢ 28. ♔g3 ♖c3+ ▢ 29. ♗f3 ♖c4 ▢ -+ is quite the line. Impressive calculation by Black.
   Mar-30-18 Caruana vs Mamedyarov, 2018
Nerwal: It seems there were only two sicilians played at the 2016 Candidates tournament : one by Topalov, and the last round game when Caruana was forced to play for a win as Black. Both games were lost by Black.
   Mar-28-18 Kramnik vs Mamedyarov, 2018 (replies)
Nerwal: <Matter of taste perhaps.> Most likely. I find this type of balanced games much more impressive than total squashes like Aronian - Kramnik. I don't think I could name 10 games better than this one anyway. Several games which could have been great were spoilt by serious mistakes
   Mar-24-18 Ding Liren vs Grischuk, 2018 (replies)
Nerwal: It is possible to overlook the pretty 29. ♘d8, but missing the forced continuation 32. ♘xf6+ gxf6 33. ♗xf7+ ♕xf7 34. ♕g4+ ♔h7 35. ♕f5+ ♔g7 36. ♖e4 to go for the messy position after 32. ♕e2 ♘fe5 shows Ding Liren was ...
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