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   Olavi has kibitzed 505 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-16-14 Carlsen-Anand World Championship (2014) (replies)
Olavi: <HeMateMe: Rematches have been won by the underdog, but not when the other player is someone like Carlsen. We aren't talking Max Euwe, here.> It being a rematch may well add something to the equation, but as a match pur, Anand winning would not be the biggest upset in history.
   Oct-15-14 Geller vs Keres, 1951
Olavi: An illuminating example. Keres gave 21.Re4 Rh5 22.Rg4+ Nxg4 23.Qxh5 Nf6 24.Qg5+ Kf8 25.Qh6+ Ke8 27.Bf5 as decisive; such positions were often judged simply by the looks of it. But had he spared a thought for the absolutely forced 27...Nd7, he would quickly had seen that it's not so ...
   Oct-14-14 Vaganian vs Ulf Andersson, 1987
Olavi: Ulf will be surprised to learn that he once played in the Soviet championship. This tournament was held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Revolution.
   Oct-02-14 FIDE Grand Prix Baku (2014) (replies)
Olavi: <mkrk17: Thats the point. He is your nephew, a male. Anything males do in Iran is fine. Anything females do in Iran - gets them thrown into jail> Like serving as ministers, diplomats, members of parliament? Funny how the two special delegates that Khomeini send to the USSR, to ...
   Oct-02-14 Charlie Chaplin (replies)
Olavi: The two bodynappers intended to bury the body deeper in the same grave, but they chose a very wet night and it proved impossible, too heavy. Sad clowns.
   Oct-02-14 Vladimir Kramnik (replies)
Olavi: <perfidious: <Whitehat> Probably 1988 or 1989.> January 1988.
   Sep-22-14 Keres vs Geller, 1962 (replies)
Olavi: <Petrosianic: <I think that from about 1952 Keres would have had an even chance against Botvinnik,> Why do you think so?> Looking at their ganes with each other, and the tournaments they played. I am convinced that 1937-39 Botvinnik would have won comfortably, even more ...
   Sep-22-14 Bilbao Masters (2014) (replies)
Olavi: <mkrk17: Never heard of a player retiring while he is either the WC or the WC challenger.> Lasker tried to do that in 1920.
   Sep-21-14 Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 (replies)
Olavi: <RubinSteinitz: Isn't this the game where the Zukhar affair come to a head? Korchnoi left his clock running and threatened to punch the paraphsychologist in the nose for giving him the evil eye.> Yes, and "The main development was Ms. Leeuwerik's new habit of trying to distract ...
   Sep-20-14 Tal vs Gligoric, 1968 (replies)
Olavi: Because Tal wrote in -"The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal" that Gligoric offered it, p. 341 also. This <and Tal also says he offered the draw in his autobiography,> is incorrect, please check. I've got a run of Schach-Echo 1963-1979, about it's avalilability I don't know.
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