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   Rhialto has kibitzed 44 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-26-15 R Wojtaszek vs Ding Liren, 2015
Rhialto: <Domdaniel: The winning tactic, 62...b5, is absurdly simple. Hard to believe that Wojtaszek didn't see it coming.> Indeed it is; he obviously saw it coming by move 62 or he wouldn't have played 62.Bb7. But the winning tactic was not so much 62...b5 as 61...a5 62. Kf4 b5 63. ...
   Dec-13-14 Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1931
Rhialto: The story behind this weird opening is interesting; Alekhine sacrifices the second pawn with 7.f3, says it is "probably correct" but recommends 7.Bf4 and 8.f3 instead - which is exactly how Thomas lost to Nimzowitsch several years earlier. Granted he did not lose because of the ...
   Nov-30-14 V Laznicka vs G Sargissian, 2014
Rhialto: yes Black was careful to avoid giving White a chance to eliminate that knight on e4. For instance I thought that 34.Rxe4? de 35.Re1 was a good defensive try, but 35...Rf8 saves the e4 pawn, and leaves White with a hopeless position.
   Nov-28-14 Evgeni Vasiukov
Rhialto: Like most chess players he peaked around age 30 (a depressing thought for me, since I have yet to break 2200 USCF and just hit 30 myself) - according to chessmetrics he reached #11 in the world for a few months in 1962, ahead of many more famous players. But he is still remarkably ...
   Nov-24-14 Nakamura vs Aronian, 2014 (replies)
Rhialto: It does look odd to play 8.Bb5 and not meet 8...0-0 with 9.Bxc6, but I think in this case he simply meant to develop his bishop without hanging d4 or blocking e2 for the knight, though he was obviously willing to capture if Black wasted a tempo forcing it (by 8...a6). As b5 is ...
   Nov-23-14 Aronian vs Leko, 2014
Rhialto: You know I had posted that 34.Re6 Kh8 defends, but after 35.Rxg6 fg 36.Qxg6 Black probably has to accept the hopeless q-vs-2r ending after 36...Qxe7, as 36...Rxd6 37.Qxd6 Qe4?? is mated by 38.Qf6+ Kh7 39.Qh6#, and 37...Qb6 38.Qe5+ Kh7 39.Qe4+ Kg7 40.Qxa8 wins a piece. That said, ...
   Nov-22-14 Keres vs Botvinnik, 1947
Rhialto: A terribly weak game by Keres. This Qd3-f3-d3-d2-f4 and Bf4-g5-d2-f4 makes a terrible impression. It's true that you can't simply condemn a player for moving back and forth; chess is more complicated than that - and it's also true Botvinnik did a little back-and-forth with his ...
   Nov-13-14 Martinez Martinez vs J Converset, 1994 (replies)
Rhialto: 22.Nxf7 Kxf7 23.Qh7+ Bg7 24.Bh5+ Kf8 25.Qg6 seems like the simplest to me, pinning the light-squared bishop while threatening mate; 25...Re7 26.Rd7 Rxe7 27.Rxe7 and 25...Kg8 26.Rd7 Bxd7 27.Qxb6 both look pretty done.
   Sep-27-14 Areshchenko vs Z Mammadov, 2014
Rhialto: 18...Na3 was clearly a blunder, where Black seems to think he can secure a draw by repetition; instead he meets the unpleasant surprise 19.Rb3! (the idea is 19...Bxa4 20.Rxa3! Bxd1 21.Bb5+ winning the queen back, and remaining a piece up. In my experience the psychological impact of
   May-29-14 Hecht vs S Kindermann, 1982
Rhialto: To answer my own comment, I'm thinking 12...Bxd3 13.Re1 Be4 14.Nxd5 Bxd5 15.Rxe7+ Bxe7 16.Qe2 is much more dangerous and unclear than I'd realized; Black cannot castle and White threatens c4 with some annoying pressure for the material. After plugging this into Stockfish the calm ...
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