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   Retireborn has kibitzed 1080 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-25-17 Bang (replies)
Retireborn: <z> Good luck with that - seems unlikely that players on board ship would record complete game scores as in formal tournaments. Probably somebody reconstructed it from memory. Don't know if you've seen this before; interesting descriptions of jobs, religions etc ...
   Apr-25-17 Doll (replies)
Retireborn: <z> Link doesn't work for me (Firefox doesn't know how to open it.) Is it the Angel of Death or something? Continuing my interest in lady singers, this trio from Georgia are delightful. I'd marry them, only I suspect that they never stop talking. ...
   Apr-22-17 Rubinstein vs Nimzowitsch, 1925
Retireborn: <sam94> White is worried about the pin (by the bishop on h6) on his Ne3 and he wants to play f4 to break it, but to do that he has to move his king out of the line of the Qb7. The real turning point was 19.Bxf6? opening up the e-file for Black, as the previous kibitzers ...
   Apr-21-17 Alekhine vs Spielmann, 1927 (replies)
Retireborn: <beatgiant> Yes, I see what you mean now about the reserve pawn moves (must admit I was only looking at K moves like 38.Kg4 there.) So the white king *can* get into e5, but it still doesn't seem to be enough for a Zugzwang. 38.b4 a6 39.a3 Ke7 (only) 40.Ke5 Kf7 (only) 41.a4 ...
   Apr-21-17 Kupreichik vs J Sunye Neto, 1989 (replies)
Retireborn: Kupreichik's notes in Informator indicate that Black should have played 13...Bb8 or 13...Be5 14.f4 Bb8 instead of 13...Bc5(?) After 13...Bb8 the tactic 14.Bh6 doesn't work because after 14...Nxd5 15.exd5 Qc7! Black has an unpleasant counter-threat, which is not obviated by 16.d6 ...
   Apr-20-17 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Retireborn: Nice!
   Apr-16-17 Larsen vs Spassky, 1969
Retireborn: A rare example of Spassky playing the C-K as Black. In his other games from San Juan he always answered 1.e4 with 1...e5, but perhaps he wanted to avoid any prepared lines in the Vienna, which Larsen had used with some success in his match v Portisch the year before. In ...
   Apr-16-17 Las Palmas Interzonal (1982) (replies)
Retireborn: Any other examples of strong players unexpectedly coming last? Shirov at Dos Hermanas 1995 is the only one that immediately comes to mind.
   Apr-12-17 Adorjan vs Portisch, 1987
Retireborn: <Howard> Yes, it looks as if the Tal game discouraged people from playing 6.Bg5 against him for a while. It wasn't until Rio and Tilburg in 1979 that he was able to play it repeatedly.
   Apr-12-17 A Sokolov vs E Torre, 1984 (replies)
Retireborn: <Howard> I guess you mean Alexander Zaitsev, as I've noticed your interest in him before, but it seems debatable to call him Asian; both his name and his appearance seem Russian to me. Of course "Asian" means different things to different people, but I should think Russians
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