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Member since Apr-22-15 · Last seen Jul-26-17
Rated about 2000 USCF
Favorite players: Lasker, Capablanca, Kasparov, Carlsen, Caruana

   RKnight has kibitzed 148 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-26-17 V Malakhov vs I Khairullin, 2007 (replies)
RKnight: This one took me forever to figure out, and I almost gave up. But some folks such as <diagonally> found it easy. OTOH I got a few other "harder" puzzles quickly. I wonder why our individual thinking of something as clear-cut as chess is so different.
   Jul-25-17 K Meier vs A A Howell, 2007 (replies)
RKnight: 30...Rxf2+, 31 Bxf2 Qxf2+, 32 Kd3 Nc5+ winning the Q. It's the forcing line; it plays itself, but still nice.
   Jul-20-17 Tal vs W Pietzsch, 1959
RKnight: <Sleepyirv> Not so. 30...Bb3 threatening 31... Bxa4 clearly saves the B. Black may have resigned because it is not easy to stop the a pawn after 30...Bb3, 31 a5 f5, 32 ef Qxf5, 33 a6 (for instance). But the resignation may be a bit premature.
   Jul-18-17 Borbely vs Kovacs, 1948 (replies)
RKnight: 14. O-O-O as a game-winning attacking move, never seen that before. BTW, I scratched my head considered moves such as 13 Nd5 before the "duh" moment of exchanging queens and castling long.
   Jul-16-17 Tal vs Dauga, 1959 (replies)
RKnight: <Whiteshark>'s comment has gone unanswered for nine years, but he's right. There doesn't seem to be a way for Tal to win. He can avoid a loss by 40 Qxf7+ in his line, followed by more than one possible perpetual line.
   Jul-16-17 J Klavins vs Tal, 1959 (replies)
RKnight: It seems to me Tal had this game won considerably earlier, but he gave up an exchange in moves 28-30. Why not 28...Nc5, 29 Rd8+ Kg2 retaining the exchange + pawn and soon crushing? Then again, this whole game was quite a roller coaster!
   Jul-16-17 Tal vs S Johannessen, 1959 (replies)
RKnight: Tal's 21st move is stunning. 21 Rc6! Of course the rook sac must be declined or else 21...Qxc6, 22 Qxe7+ Kg2, 23 Qxe8+ Bf1, 24 Ne7+ winning the Q. I wish I could see moves like that over the board.
   Jul-09-17 Parma vs G Ramirez, 1963 (replies)
RKnight: Just for fun, there seems to be another way to skin this proverbial cat: 22 fxe6 Bxe6, 23 Rxf7 Kh2, 24 Rxg8 and mate follows. This was my first "solution" before trying 22 Rxg7, but 22... Bxe6 isn't exactly forced so there may be a way for black to wiggle out.
   Jul-08-17 Tal vs Pukudruva, 1955
RKnight: <Maxi> Tal was indeed a calculating engine. For instance 25 Qxd5 appears to drop the bishop, but had black played 25...Bxb4 then 26 Rxf7+ Qxf7, 28 Qxd8 leads to mate.
   Jul-06-17 P Melik vs Tal, 1954
RKnight: Why did Melik play 17 Bxc4? Perhaps he didn't like being pushed around by Tal, but I think 17 Be2 is better. E.g. 17...f6, 18 h4 Bf7, 19 h5 and it would be Melik pushing Tal around with his king-side attack.
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