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   Olavi has kibitzed 1051 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-31-18 Varese Interzonal Playoff (1976) (replies)
Olavi: The interesting thing is that Petrosian made that last draw with Portisch, ensuring that Tal is out, even though he was already sure of qualifying. And according to Portisch he proposed it before the game. Why? Perhaps he wasn't anymore afraid of
   Dec-30-18 Minic vs Fischer, 1970
Olavi: It was only beginning with the next cycle that the candidates got automatic places to the next interzonal.
   Dec-29-18 Rapid World Championship (2018) (replies)
Olavi: <Diademas: <He is playing at board one because Norwegian television broadcast his games. They are paying for this, and it is a question of convenience for all parties involved that they don't have to move their equipment between each game.> Whenever a tournament is arranged ...
   Dec-21-18 Tal vs Spassky, 1979
Olavi: <woldsmandriffield> Tal gave <22 Rae1! and now two pretty wining lines are a) 22..Ne4 23 Bxg6! hxg6 24 Qd5 or b) 22..Bg3 23 Re3 Bxh3 24 Rxg3 Be6 25 Rh3!> but is silent on <23..Nh5 or 23..Be4> - in the 1979 tournament book edited by Chepizhny.
   Dec-20-18 Amsterdam Candidates (1956)
Olavi: I took these things into consideration. For me, what I wrote is almost a conviction; but of course my argument is rather weak. As must any argument about the matter be, I think.
   Dec-17-18 Panno vs Petrosian, 1956
Olavi: The end of Petrosian's horrible run at the start of Amsterdam candidates. From four quite easily winning positions in rounds 2-5 he scored just three draws and a loss. As Euwe wrote in his tournament book, he really should have won the tournament - and who knows, Tal would never have ...
   Dec-17-18 London Chess Classic (2018) (replies)
Olavi: Olavi: <diceman: devere: > I was about to suggest quadruple, then retrackted my thoughts. But surely the chances of all eight classical games ending in a draw are much higher in this format than in a RR, particularly in the semis. But that way we would have had twelve games ...
   Dec-17-18 Georgy Konstantinovich Borisenko
Olavi: This game is not in this database. Borisenko needed to win to become an IM, and according to Tibor Florian the game was continued on the train Gyula - Budapest, until Korchnoi persuaded GB to agree a draw. Borisenko, Georgy K - Forintos, Gyozo V Asztalos mem, Gyula 1965 1. e4 e5 2. ...
   Dec-15-18 Isaac Kashdan (replies)
Olavi: Yes. That highlights one problem with chessmetrics. Capablanca had dropped entirely due to inactivity, and if you look at Kashdan's results before those 1933 lists, I think it's clear that he wasn't number two. But he was considered a possible challenger.
   Dec-13-18 Comins Mansfield (replies)
Olavi: <MissScarlett> Why would you credit Winter for something that Barnes wrote?
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