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   Retireborn has kibitzed 1115 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-26-17 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Retireborn: <crawfb5/Tab> Many thanks to both. Yes, I can see the pgns, I'd just forgotten the trick of looking at them for dates, which somebody (<Stonehenge>, I think) had already pointed out to me. Stupid of me!
   May-25-17 London (1899) (replies)
Retireborn: According to my Lasker database he also had four blacks in a row (rounds 5-9, with a bye in rd 7) and again in the last four rounds (rounds 26-30 with a bye in rd 29) - and he scored incredibly well in those games, with only Pillsbury & Janowski managing to draw! But this was the
   May-25-17 Fine vs O'Kelly, 1951
Retireborn: This game was published in a British book called something like The Bedside Book of Chess (I think one of the editors was called Edwards) and it was annotated by somebody (Heidenfeld? Not sure - memory failure.) Anyway the star move is 18.Rf1! whereas the immediate 18.Bxc6 Rxd1! ...
   May-24-17 Reuben Fine
Retireborn: <z> Thanks - the Keres and Winter games are new to me.
   May-23-17 Prague (1908) (replies)
Retireborn: I did think the soubriquet Richard the Fifth was well-known, but it was just lucky that I happened to have my Hooper & Whyld right to hand :)
   May-22-17 Smyslov vs Szabo, 1953
Retireborn: <Phoney Benoni> Chessbase 2002 and the Najdorf tournament book also give 20...Rfc8. It makes surprisingly little difference to the course of the game, as it happens.
   May-20-17 W Henneberger vs Nimzowitsch, 1931 (replies)
Retireborn: No, Black just plays 77...Qa6.
   May-20-17 Doll (replies)
Retireborn: LOL. I thought it was OK, they all seemed to be enjoying themselves. That sheep thing is a bit weird though, isn't it?
   May-19-17 Ribli vs Unzicker, 1982
Retireborn: This is the kind of chess I find beautiful or aethestically appealing. Black takes the QNP and regrets it - he should have played 18...0-0. 24.Qa3! is a beautiful move. The finish after 28.Rxb7 could be 28...Nxb7 29.Nd7 (double check) Kg8 30.Nxb8 Rxb8 31.Bxb7 and if 32...Rxb7 ...
   May-15-17 Spassky vs Portisch, 1980 (replies)
Retireborn: Perhaps the score we have here is wrong? All my sources give 43.Rab6 as played, which means there's still a rook on f6 which prevents <offramp>'s 46...Nxf2 - the Informator annotator (Forintos) even mentions that.
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