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   Olavi has kibitzed 885 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-10-17 Polugaevsky vs Mecking, 1971
Olavi: In New in Chess 4/1986 Dvoretzky writes that "... it seems to me, carries the weakest commentary of the entire book." Timman had nothing to add. In particular MD had a long note on black's 13th move and Timman's suggestions, and that later 15...Ng4 would have been good.
   Oct-07-17 S Volkov vs Ivanchuk, 2005 (replies)
Olavi: I can't see <FSR>'s endgame explorer link, but generally the ending is very easy to draw even with a relatively bad king position to start with. Given enough time to think, of course, and nowadays the final phase of a tournament game is no longer chess but reacting. As for ...
   Oct-06-17 Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 (replies)
Olavi: And the last game in the Candidates match Short vs Sax, 1988 And the last game Speelman vs Short, 1988
   Sep-19-17 Morphy vs A Morphy, 1850 (replies)
Olavi: <FSR> Interesting, but it would seem to me that having only the games of each player's top years in the sample would be more reliable. For Karpov fans the last 10-15 years were rather painful, and nowhere near his best; are those included? Also one shouldn't take these things ...
   Sep-14-17 Fischer vs Bisguier, 1963 (replies)
Olavi: <Petrosianic: Fischer never repeated the line. Generally the rule with Fischer is that he might play an opening once as a surprise weapon, but if he played it twice it meant he believed in its soundness.> He did repeat it against Radojcic in the same tournament in a later round.
   Sep-14-17 Capablanca vs Bogoljubov, 1924 (replies)
Olavi: Alekhine implies that 30...Bxf2+ should be very good for black, perhaps winning. 31.Ke2 Bd4, or the captures on f2 and fxg4, white wouldn't get the g4-pawn. Later 35...Ba7 36. Ne5 Rh1 37. Nc4 Rb1 with a draw. What do Stockfish & Co say.
   Sep-14-17 Anton Kovalyov (replies)
Olavi: It's just that experienced Zurab watchers, from the 80's on, tend always to give his opponent the benefit of the doubt.
   Sep-13-17 Viktor Korchnoi (replies)
Olavi: <Petrosianic: The US had two spots in that tournament,> This , I am sure, is wrong. I'm not aware of any credible claim that it was anything but a personal right. In any case Kashdan wouldn't have made a good candidate in 1948... I know that he tried to claim the spot, I'm not ...
   Sep-13-17 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
Olavi: Alekhine won four WC matches, Botvinnik five, counting the 1948 tournament and the 12-12 ties with Bronstein and Smyslov (same as Carlsen vs. Karjakin in my book). Karpov technically won only two, but I'd give him the 1974 match, and a little something for the matches against ...
   Sep-07-17 Dreev vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
Olavi: I guess Dreev unstands something about chess, Dvoretzky requoted on Chessbase today: <But most talented was definitely Alexey Dreev. His talent was not less than Kasparov or Karpov. When he was young, his results were also better than Kasparov's results>
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