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   Olavi has kibitzed 1025 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-17-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Olavi: That Loyd position is one simple test - I've tried it myself on people -, but the good old Soviets knew about it also via normal OTB positions. I remember an article by Boris Zlotnik, and here it is, he writes (NIC 7/1991) that when a very normal looking position requires a very ...
   Nov-16-18 Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018) (replies)
Olavi: <Sokrates: 2 defeats in 38 games is indeed very very impressive, perhaps even a world record? Subject to closer inspection!> Starting with the last 4 games in the second Steinitz match, Lasker suffered 4 defeats in 60 consecutive WC games, but that's not really comparable. ...
   Nov-14-18 A Matanovic vs Botvinnik, 1969
Olavi: Is 19. Rfa1 the most unusual doubling in GM chess? Its motive is clear in hindsight - to hinder b5 after the queen exchange on c4. But still.
   Nov-14-18 Andre Lilienthal
Olavi: <Telemus: <whiteshark: Lilienthal learned chess at the age of 15> <morfishine> > And in the 1996 New in Chess interview he gave a different story again, stating that he began when much younger. So it goes.
   Nov-01-18 Albin vs Pillsbury, 1893 (replies)
Olavi: After 53...Rxa3 there are seven pieces left, reaching tablebase. See
   Oct-30-18 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
Olavi: All Karpov-Kasparov matches except the first, in with the defending champion was second on the list.
   Oct-24-18 Ivanchuk vs Short, 1994
Olavi: Timman wrote that he could not think of another post-war challenger who could make a positional mistake like 13...Rad8.
   Oct-17-18 Isaak Birbrager (replies)
Olavi: <So it looks like Issak Birbrager was prescient and came up with a position that stumped the 7-piece Lomonosov tablebase developers!> The Ke6 - Ke6, 1.e8B position is not one of Birbrager's. It's very well known: Fritz Hofmann, Sonntagsblatt 30/01/1887. I would just like to ...
   Oct-13-18 Keres vs Smyslov, 1953 (replies)
Olavi: Usually 20.Dg4 is given (c3 21.Bxc3 Rxc3 22.Rxc3 Qxd4 23.Qxd4 Bxd4 24.Rc7).
   Oct-06-18 Nimzowitsch vs Ed. Lasker, 1910 (replies)
Olavi: <keypusher: instead of 18...f5, 18....Bxg4 19.hxg4 Rxg4 20.Rg1 Rg3!! 21.Qf1 Qg4! and White can't do anything about the threat of ...f4-f3 followed by ...Qg4-f4 (SF). Not so easy for a carbon-based chessplayer to see that.> Ed. Lasker gave that exact line in Chess Secrets I ...
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