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   Olavi has kibitzed 711 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-06-16 Tata Steel (2016) (replies)
Olavi: <frogbert> When Shirov reached the FIDE WC final in 2000, Bareev wrote that he had compensated for his obvious chess shortcomings with fantastic fighting spirit. Fischer's 6-0 wins were partly explained by the opponent dropping pieces (loss of concentration, poorer physical form
   Jan-22-16 Polugaevsky vs Korchnoi, 1980 (replies)
Olavi: The famous novelty was 8.Nh4 in the twelwth game, which Polu had to win. Polugaevsky vs Korchnoi, 1980
   Jan-22-16 Korchnoi - Polugaevsky Candidates Semifinal (1980) (replies)
Olavi: The introduction is wrong about the final game. 8...Ne6 was well known since the 1930s. Averbakh vs Bondarevsky, 1946 Sokolsky vs A Budo, 1938 but there are others, not in this database. The 'bombshell' was the new evaluation of the position.
   Jan-21-16 Keres vs D Byrne, 1972 (replies)
Olavi: <Retireborn: <Olavi> I'm sure you are right, especially as 22...a5 23.Be5 makes no sense if 19...a6 was played. It's disappointing that Informator gives 19...a6. What is your source?> The tournament book, which has this game with Keres's annotations. He recommends 19...a5.
   Jan-13-16 Paul Keres (replies)
Olavi: This is off topic, but I would like to draw attention to Larsen's result in that Linares tournament. Plaskett scored +5 -8 =0 in London GLC 1986, and I think Velimirovic played one Jugoslav Ch in the early 70s where he had one draw out of 19 games.
   Jan-09-16 Leningrad/Moscow training (1939)
Olavi: <<the sort of form I found myself after the AVRO Tournament>, > Keres writes (same book, previous chapter) that AVRO had cost him a colossal amount of energy, both physical and nervous fitness. And in the few weeks between the tournaments he had no rest at all, travelling ...
   Dec-17-15 Mikhail Botvinnik (replies)
Olavi: Botvinnik didn't sign, that's for sure. It's a pity Korchnoi doesn't seem to have named the GM whose signature was added without his knowledge.
   Nov-27-15 Ljubomir Ljubojevic (replies)
Olavi: According to Timman in Schaakwerk I, Hort and Ljubojevic protested against the decision to award the six ratings based slots only on the basis of the 1.7.1981 Elo list. I believe at least in Hort's case that meant he declined an automatic qualification.
   Nov-26-15 Boleslavsky vs Bronstein, 1945
Olavi: In 200 Open Games, Bronstein justifies white's 13th by saying that pawn h2 (~h3) might be considered a 'central' pawn. It protects the knight from a pin, the knight in turn strenghtens d4.
   Nov-25-15 Karpov vs Timman, 1988 (replies)
Olavi: An embarrassing mistake for Karpov to make, reminiscent of Shirov vs Timman, 1996 where black resigned because of 49...Kd6 50.h4 Kxc6 51.f5 and 52.f6, but it's a draw. The thought of a protected passed pawn in a pawn ending is suggestive.
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