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   Oxspawn has kibitzed 442 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-23-15 Uhlmann vs Smyslov, 1973 (replies)
Oxspawn: Yes, very easy. But getting your rooks and queen to play so nicely together is not very easy.
   Nov-09-15 C Aravindh vs J Herman, 2011 (replies)
Oxspawn: The black queen plans to dispatch the advanced white pawn but there is no time. The king must turn and deal with rook on h8, then run to g8 to escape where it is pinned by the queen on g7. Three moves and the black queen can only watch.
   Nov-05-15 Lutikov vs Gurgenidze, 1957 (replies)
Oxspawn: Watched the rugby world cup final last weekend. Great game as a spectator, but I would have been terrified to find myself on the pitch. Felt the same about this game – bes to sit safely behind the fence and out of the way of the flying queens and rooks. In my imagination I ‘played’ ...
   Oct-27-15 L A Tan vs Mecking, 1976 (replies)
Oxspawn: I found f5 (Oh, well done me!) but black is two pawns up and swapping queens would eventually win, would it not? The move played is a stiletto thrust - but it seems like the options were a hard pawn or a soft pawn ending. (And that's me done for the day.)
   Oct-19-15 Vaganian vs A Planinc, 1975 (replies)
Oxspawn: Had to put my fingers on the squares to convince myself Nb3 really would be mate. Last Monday everyone comlained the puzzle was too easy. This Monday I did not believe the move when I saw it. Failure felt good.
   Oct-16-15 Joel Benjamin vs Gufeld, 1998 (replies)
Oxspawn: I made a good start for a Friday with Rxe4 and Qe6+ but I did not see Qxh6 even after I'd seen it played on the board. I could feel the logic slowly unpeeling bits of my brain as I stared at this lunatic move. Oh, well. There are other things I'm quite good at.
   Oct-14-15 A Goryachkina vs A Nasybullina, 2014 (replies)
Oxspawn: Now this was a Tuesday puzzle. 24 Bd5+ Qxd5 25. Ne7+ forks the queen. White has queen for bishop and knight, which would end it. (I could still lose from there). If black takes the bishop with the knight instead of the queen then simply 25. Qxc4 which is still worse for ...
   Oct-13-15 O Girya vs A Kashlinskaya, 2014 (replies)
Oxspawn: Yesterday I suggested there were three sorts of puzzle – much too easy, ridiculously hard and those ones I think I can do, but can’t. This was the third category. I am going to show my ridiculous ponderings just so Chessgames can see it was indeed a chewy Tuesday. Good puzzle. ...
   Oct-12-15 M Thesing vs M Geveke, 1982 (replies)
Oxspawn: <Chessgames We believe it's important to have one day a week where the puzzle is both solvable and instructive to the rank beginner> Depends which rank you begin on, really. I find the puzzles divide into three: 1. Those I can do "Ludicrously easy, what a pathetic ...
   Oct-07-15 F Destrebecq vs G Drogou, 1982 (replies)
Oxspawn: If white were free to choose any move then Bh6 would be mate. But white is in check, so probably a good idea to remove that. 24. Qxd4 seems to do a decent job of this, since if 24. cxd4 25. Bh6 is still mate. As this is not Monday I suspect that Black has a better defence. ...
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