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   Nerwal has kibitzed 1003 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-13-17 A Giri vs Ivanchuk, 2017 (replies)
Nerwal: I do not understand Giri's chess. In a must-win situation you have to play 19. f4 even if you don't like it.
   Sep-12-17 C O'Shaughnessy vs Aronian, 1996 (replies)
Nerwal: Aronian was apparently second reserve board of the B team : .
   Sep-10-17 Kramnik vs Ivanchuk, 2017 (replies)
Nerwal: Still Kramnik made a strange impression in moves 11-21. He played in the center and the kingside with 11. ♖ae1 ♗g6 12. ♗xg6 hxg6 13. h4 and immediately after he went for three commital pawn moves on the queenside with 14. c4, 15. a3 and 17. c5 leading to an opening ...
   Sep-09-17 Topalov vs Kasparov, 1996
Nerwal: <12.Rh4 seems silly since it places his Rook on a very vulnerable square; and once the Rook has to move, the g3 Bishop then becomes a target of black's KR Pawn. Also, 15.Nd5 can't possibly be right: > This was all theory back then. Only 17. c3 was new.
   Sep-09-17 R Rapport vs Wei Yi, 2017 (replies)
Nerwal: <What about 63...Kh5 intending Kh4 to support the pawn?> Black loses the g pawn by force after something like 64. ♔xf5 ♔h4 65. ♖b7 ♗d4 (otherwise ♖b6-h6+-g6 wins the g pawn) 66. ♖d7.
   Sep-09-17 M Kravtsiv vs Ding Liren, 2017 (replies)
Nerwal: <If I remember correctly, pawns on a5 and b6 usually win more easily than a5 and b5 because the King has a hiding place on a6. The point? Advancing first the a-pawn to a4 and then then the b-pawn to b5 preserves the King's shield from side checks.> Indeed, unless the white king
   Sep-08-17 D Andreikin vs M Matlakov, 2017 (replies)
Nerwal: Is it comforting or scary that a well-trained, in his prime and good in blitz, +2700 grandmaster can lose this as White ?
   Sep-06-17 Dreev vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
Nerwal: <Dreev just transposes into a regular Ragozin - is the old Botvinnik-Capablanca structure after 4.a3 considered OK for Black now?> The situation is quite confusing. Computers have shown tremendous skills defending the black side of the Botvinnik pawn roller, and White's ...
   Sep-04-17 Radjabov vs H Ziska, 2017
Nerwal: The goal is to qualify by any mean, so players take practical decisions like this all the time (especially with so much money involved; prizes used to be split in case of tie-break but I don't know whether this is still the case). The draw by mutual agreement is quite a controversial
   Sep-04-17 Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1895
Nerwal: Going over the game, first impression was that not playing 36... h6 was already asking for trouble (and trouble duly arised). It's not easy to understand why Tarrasch allowed g5 and went for queenside play immediately as including h6 really seems to slow down the attack. For the same
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