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   OBIT has kibitzed 1907 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-12-17 K Smith vs Browne, 1972
 
OBIT: According to legend, Browne did in fact play 1...c5 to bait Smith into playing his gambit. Smith had already tried the Smith-Morra three times at San Antonio, 1972, against Donald Byrne, Larry Evans, and Henrique Mecking. All three were lost in decisive fashion. The butchering of his ...
 
   Dec-24-16 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
OBIT: Man, the last two clues went by so fast I never even saw the banner saying a new clue was up. 'Scuse me for sounding peeved, but is it a puzzle if it gets solved in under 30 seconds? Thanks for the suggestions on other songs where the lyrics don't fit the music. To comment on some of ...
 
   Dec-18-16 Alekhine vs Stoltz, 1942 (replies)
 
OBIT: While 67...Kg1 gets the question mark on the score sheet, it is worth noting that Alekhine's 67. Kg6 also deserves a question mark, as it turns a won position into a drawn position. Additionally, 66. Qd7 can be questioned, as it turns a 15-move win (after 66. e7) into a 43-move win. If
 
   Nov-21-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
 
OBIT: Well, as for me, I'm rooting for twelve draws, as this might encourage the illuminati to make the rule change that top level chess desperately needs, i.e. bring on chess960 or something roughly equivalent to negate all the opening preparation. The elitists out there can claim these are
 
   Nov-15-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
 
OBIT: 91...f3?? 92. Ne3+ wins the bishop
 
   Sep-25-16 M Welti vs A Pope, 1980
 
OBIT: <Immortal Gambit> Not really. After 8. d5 Qe7 9. Qxc4 (9. Bg5 Qxf7 10. Qxc4 exd5 might be a better try for White, to avoid the queen trade) exd5+ 10. Qe2 and now Black can spoil all White's fun with 10...Qxe2+ (picking off the pawn immediately with 10...Qxf7 should be fine as ...
 
   Mar-15-16 Shirov vs A Giri, 2016
 
OBIT: Shirov wins after 30. Ke3! Qxb3+ 31. Bd3 Qb6+ 32. c5 Qxc5+ 33. Ke2. Giri has no useful checks left and has to play 33...Ke8 to escape White's mating threats, when 34. Qh8+ Nf8 35. Qg7 Kd8 36. Qxf8+ Kc7 37. Qxa8 leaves White with an extra rook. Instead, Shirov played 30. Kc3?? and ...
 
   Feb-07-16 E Tate vs Yudasin, 1997 (replies)
 
OBIT: The February, 2016, issue of "Chess Life" brought me here - GM Naroditsky gives this game a passing reference in his article about Emory Tate, "A Tale of Two Passed Pawns". Checking over the game with a chess engine, Tate's 11. Bd5!? sacrifice isn't that dubious. At worst it is ...
 
   Jan-23-16 Chiptest vs Alburt, 1989
 
OBIT: White certainly isn't losing. What happened here? Did the computer go down?
 
   Dec-23-15 S Guramishvili vs R Vogel, 2015 (replies)
 
OBIT: If Sopiko was dressed in something flirty, I might have played all the way to checkmate also. When I was fifteen, no question.
 
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