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   Olavi has kibitzed 556 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-29-15 Anatoly Karpov (replies)
Olavi: <plang> I would also point out the four consecutive Petrosian-Korchnoi candidates matches 1971-1980, with Korchnoi taking the last three. The matches were shorter and Petrosian was no longer at his peak, but still remarkable.
   Jan-24-15 Euwe vs C H Alexander, 1955
Olavi: A fascinating ending. According to Euwe, 43.Rxb7+ Ke6 44.Kg4 wins (yes, looks like a quick mate). In the continuation he doesn't find a win.
   Jan-23-15 Bronstein vs Golombek, 1954
Olavi: <I wonder if Bronstein commented on this game in his books.> It appears not, but 14...Be7 and 26...Rxe7 wre mentioned in 1954 periodicals.
   Jan-23-15 Tata Steel (2015) (replies)
Olavi: The main reason is probably that Armenia was the first Christian state.
   Jan-22-15 Amsterdam Interzonal (1964) (replies)
Olavi: <And Yusupov, Psakhis and Tukmakov, the top three finishers did play in the Interzonals.> 4th Geller too. In 1985 the championship was again a zonal.
   Jan-21-15 Lone Pine (1975) (replies)
Olavi: It's explained on the last page: Lone Pine (1981)
   Jan-21-15 Wesley So (replies)
Olavi: The Vaisser-Geller game is one of the backbones of the 3...Be7 QG, so of course So knew it. It seems Ding did not; 10.Bh2 from Vaisser-Diaz is considered better.
   Jan-21-15 Karpov vs Beliavsky, 1994
Olavi: <crchandler: I find it hard to believe that he had prepared 14.h4 in 1974 hoping to use it against Korchnoi. For one thing, he opened with 1.e4 in all but one of his games with white in 1974. The other was a 1.Nf3 game. And too, he had no way of knowing Korchnoi would use the 6. ...
   Jan-17-15 FSR chessforum (replies)
Olavi: And therefore I think it's inaccurate to say that "tablebases have solved".
   Jan-17-15 Bondarevsky vs Bronstein, 1945 (replies)
Olavi: Bronstein, in 200 open games (1973), also gives 18.b3. And "if I had not been an eyewitness, I would not have believed that black could play anuthing other than 27...Qxa2." And they were in terrible timetrouble, and he missed the relatively easy 31...Rxd5 line. But Bondarevsky thought
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