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   Retireborn has kibitzed 2314 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-18-19 Fine vs C H Alexander, 1937 (replies)
Retireborn: This is the sort of chess I love; a daring pawn sacrifice in the opening, and then a beautiful stroke (22...Bxf3!) to enforce equality. Then 23.Qxf3 Rxe5 24.Qxb7 Rxe3 25.Kxe3 (25.Rhe1 would even lose to 25...f4) Qb3+ is perpetual. Woodger's book (and Chessbase Big 2002) give ...
   Oct-17-19 Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1952 (replies)
Retireborn: <YoungEd> ...Bc5 will happen in that case. That's why he played Kh1.
   Oct-17-19 Rauzer vs Levenfish, 1937
Retireborn: Much chopping of wood eventually leads to high drama in the endgame. One wonders if Levenfish looked at 60...axb4 61.Kxb4 Bc6 62.Bxc6 Kxc6 with a potential ...e4, fxe4 g4 trick; then 63.Kc3! is White's only move to draw. So he plays 60...Bc6 61.Bxc6 Kxc6 instead. Now White can ...
   Oct-16-19 Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 (replies)
Retireborn: <Phony Benoni> I haven't seen DSZ but <Telemus> may well have checked it personally. I was thinking that Ray Keene simply corrected what he considered to be an obvious misprint; he quotes no sources in his book. Same may be true of ACB, I suppose. I fear it may be ...
   Oct-13-19 Fine vs Stahlberg, 1937 (replies)
Retireborn: <spingo> I don't think so; the full quote is "A good thrust, having an eye to defence and attack - after which Black must acknowledge the inevitable." Of course Woodger may have mistakenly paraphrased him. One would have to check ACB 1937, 5 for the original notes.
   Oct-13-19 L Christiansen vs Seirawan, 1978 (replies)
Retireborn: I have this game in my collection as Berkeley in February 1978. Does anybody know anything about where the game really comes from, or anything about the San Francisco tournament?
   Oct-09-19 Ulf Andersson vs R Cifuentes, 1994 (replies)
Retireborn: 67...Qf2 68.Qg8+ and the rook is lost. Doesn't help Black to check as the white king goes to d8.
   Oct-09-19 Ulf Andersson vs Ribli, 1991
Retireborn: Did Andersson miss a win with 45.Ra8 Kg6 46.a6 Ra4 47.h5+ or 45.Ra8 Ra4 46.h5! If so, Ribli's mistake was 41...Rxc4; surprisingly, he should have played 41...Ra4. A diificult rook endgame.
   Oct-09-19 Seirawan vs Miles, 1981 (replies)
Retireborn: Miles gives 13...Nh5 two exclamation marks in Informator, and indeed it makes an original impression. Seirawan probably isn't lost until he gets his queen into hot water with Qe3-a7. The fastest win was 23...Rh5! with the threat of 24...Qxg3 - the immediate 23...Qxg3 would even ...
   Oct-06-19 Miles vs Timman, 1981
Retireborn: <Clement> Informator says that with 10...Ndf6 Black is threating ...Ng4 (with an attack on f2); presumably the idea is to get White to weaken his K-side with 11.h3. I'd say that your plan with 10...f5 is equally playable though. Incidentally I was surprised to notice that ...
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