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Member since Apr-22-15 · Last seen May-28-17
Rated about 2000 USCF
Favorite players: Lasker, Capablanca, Kasparov, Carlsen, Caruana

   RKnight has kibitzed 120 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-28-17 Kupreichik vs Tal, 1970 (replies)
RKnight: [Corrected posting] Tal may have had a good way out of trouble: 25...Rc7, 26 fxg6 fxg6, 27 Bxg6 hxg6, 28 Rxg6+ Rg7 and black stands better. Is there a crushing line for white in this variation?
   May-25-17 Alekhine vs Levenfish, 1914
RKnight: I wondered what would happen if on move 22 the lion-fish followed through on his knight fork and took the rook, but it would have been disaster: 22...Nxa1, 22 Bxa8 Rxa8, 23 Qc6 and a7 pawn is will queen after the R moves (If 23... Rxa7 24 Qe8#), so AA must have had this contingency ...
   May-21-17 Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs F Bohatirchuk, 1924 (replies)
RKnight: There is another way of winning, starting also with the beautiful 46 h3! move: 46 h3 c3, 47 Bc5 (threatening hxg2) Rxh3, 48 Rg8+ Kh4, 49 Bxf5 exh5, 50 Be7+ and mate next. It's not totally forced, but neither is the game.
   May-18-17 L'Ami vs E Safarli, 2007 (replies)
RKnight: I don't think there is a clear win for Black if White plays the simple 30 a3, instead of 30. Nxa4 as in the game.
   May-16-17 S Fairbairn vs A Zozulia, 2007 (replies)
RKnight: It seems to me that instead of 24 Kg2, playing 24 Kh1 Nxh4, 25 Bf4 averts the immediate disaster, though white should be down an exchange after the dust settles.
   May-10-17 B Firat vs P Carlsson, 2007 (replies)
RKnight: Black can attempt to counterattack with 32... Ra2 33 Bh6 Rxe2+, 34 Kxe2 Ra2+, 35 Kf1 (not 35 Ke1 Rxg7) Ba6+ 36 Kg1 and black's counterattack fizzles. Note that if 36...Qg3 37 Qd8#
   May-03-17 J Mileika vs Tal, 1953
RKnight: <drleper>'s move is good: 34 Re1 threatens 35. Re7. If 34...Qd2 35 g7 Rh7, 36 Qxf6 Rxg7, 37 Bxg7 Qxg7, and either 38 Rg1 or even better the mating net starting with 38 Re8+ Tal could have been out-Tal'ed.
   Apr-28-17 Tal vs A Darznieks, 1953
RKnight: What was the point of 17...b4? It plays into Tal's plan. Better 17...Rc8 or develop the B.
   Apr-21-17 E Inarkiev vs Svidler, 2016 (replies)
RKnight: I considered 23 f6, but it's not such a clear win if black defends better: 23...Bxg5, 24 Bxg5 g6, ... though white seems better off.
   Apr-20-17 Tal vs T Giorgadze, 1956
RKnight: <Battleaxe> White will be three pawns up: 25...Qxh6, 26 Nxh6+ Kg7, 27 Rxf7+ Kxf8, 28 Bxg6 ... Note that 27 Re7+ might be even stronger.
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