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   Olavi has kibitzed 697 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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.
   Nov-21-15 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
Olavi: After Santa Monica 1966, Fischer won all tournaments and matches that he played. (OK, Spassky had a better score on the first board at the 1970 Olympiad.) I believe I can think of a few tournaments lately that Carlsen failed to win, not to mention his results in team events.
   Nov-20-15 European Team Championship (2015) (replies)
Olavi: <<Has he not played more games this year than any other previous World Champion?> I doubt it. Karpov was very active.> There were many years when Karpov played more than 60 and lost far fewer than 12. Possibly 1977, with 63 games and 2 losses is worth a mention, just going
   Nov-14-15 Karpov vs Spassky, 1973
Olavi: <keypusher: I am surprised Flohr didn't comment on 33....fxg5; that seems like the sort of move Black would make only if he absolutely had to.> 34.gxf6 Qxf6 35.Ng5 looks like a very strong threat.
   Nov-14-15 Keres vs Fischer, 1959 (replies)
Olavi: <Allanur> So when Karpov did not want to play up to 10 wins, he was avoiding Fischer, but when Fischer did not agree to play up to seven (or six, I don't remember exactly), he wasn't avoiding Karpov. <in fide voting, almost all of the voters who voted against Cramer proposal ...
   Nov-13-15 Mikhail Botvinnik
Olavi: My name is Wenman, Francis P. Some of my problems were composed by me.
   Nov-07-15 Samuel Reshevsky (replies)
Olavi: There is no denying that Keres won four supertournaments in a row, two of them USSR championships, and after that Smyslov became the dominant player, for 1953-58. Botvinnik was a good third, lest say, but Reshevsky not near.
   Nov-06-15 Spassky vs J van Oosterom, 1955 (replies)
Olavi: Is it really Benoni jump? In the original German it's "Enteropfer".
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