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   Retireborn has kibitzed 1288 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-23-17 Isle of Man Open (2017) (replies)
Retireborn: <HMM> That's an ugly-looking bunch. Good job they got crossed off the list.
   Sep-23-17 Fischer vs Petrosian, 1970 (replies)
Retireborn: Personally I'm happy to use "moot" in both its senses and trust my audience to figure out what the Hell I mean! English has quite a few words that are their own antonyms. Does one more matter? It's a moot point, isn't it? Or a cow's opinion, as Joey would say.
   Sep-23-17 Smyslov vs Portisch, 1978
Retireborn: <Stonehenge> Many thanks. Should have guessed that really!
   Sep-22-17 J Mieses vs Rubinstein, 1918
Retireborn: This is indeed a fascinating rook ending. Inspired by <keypusher>'s comment about 52...c6, I went looking, and it seems to me that Black can draw quite elegantly at this point: 52...Rb2! [cutting off the white king] 53.Rb3 Re2 54.Kb5 [54.Kd4 Rd2+ changes nothing] Rxe4 ...
   Sep-22-17 Matulovic vs Uhlmann, 1967 (replies)
Retireborn: <Stonehenge> The Informator annotator (Bozic) gives 20...Re4+ 21.Be2 [21.Kd1 Qb2 wins] Bb5 22.Rxc3+ Kb8 23.Bc5 Qa5 24.Bb4 Rxb4! which he assesses as won for Black. Taking this a little further; 25.axb4 Qxa1+ 26.Kd2 Bxe2 27.Qxf7 Qd1+ 28.Ke3 d4+ 29.Ke4 dxc3 30.Qxe8+ Kc7 ...
   Sep-19-17 Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1911
Retireborn: <Domdaniel> Yes, I remember reading that. Indeed it's not easy to recall many games where Nimzowitsch uses the bishop pair rather than opposing it. Maybe this game:- Nimzowitsch vs Salwe, 1911
   Sep-19-17 Euwe vs Loman, 1923 (replies)
Retireborn: <Cheapo> There's even an example with 3.b4 played in 1909 (by an FG Richter) in my database. Perhaps the first Reti with a double fianchetto is this game:- Reti vs G Fontein, 1923
   Sep-17-17 K Treybal vs Reti, 1922
Retireborn: <offramp> Your analysis of 20.Qe3 looks convincing, which begs the question of where Black has gone wrong. Presumably it would be safer not to play moves like ...Qxc3 and ...g6, although I'm struggling to suggest better alternatives. Perhaps earlier 7...d6 8.Bg5 f6 9.Be3 ...
   Sep-17-17 Spielmann vs Euwe, 1928
Retireborn: They did play other Sicilans, but I'm talking about the position after 7...Be7 in this game, which Euwe played as Black at least 17 times between 1922-1936. Not sure how frequent it is these days.
   Sep-15-17 F Olafsson vs Letelier, 1960
Retireborn: Perhaps was planning 60.Qxc6+ and didn't notice the bishop would be defending that square?
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