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   Riverbeast has kibitzed 6860 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-26-18 Nick de Firmian (replies)
Riverbeast: Happy Birthday Nick! This is also the birthday of filmmaker/chessplayer Stanley Kubrick. Today would have been his 90th
   Mar-05-17 Women's World Championship (2017) (replies)
Riverbeast: <Hou GOT her title in a mini match knockout format in first place> And she defended her title in matches...the only way it should be done....Just like in the men's ('Open') WC Just because Hou won the title in a flawed format, doesn't mean it should be retained...An ...
   Feb-26-17 FIDE Grand Prix Sharjah (2017) (replies)
Riverbeast: Yeah but my point is a very good chess game was played this round, and all you people talk about are the draws Draws (particularly short, unplayed draws) have always been a part of chess...and always will be, until they bring back the football scoring So either lobby for a 3-1-0 ...
   Feb-23-17 Tradewise Gibraltar (2017) (replies)
Riverbeast: <In fact it so happened that Ljubo himself played a countryman in the last round, but they had the same score. A bloodthirsty draw: Damljanovic vs Ljubojevic, 1990 eliminating them both. Either one would have qualified with a win. Now why wasn't there a late blunder?> ...
   Feb-04-17 D G Fridman vs A Zatonskih, 2017 (replies)
Riverbeast: I agree with Jovana Houska in her comments to this game...This was another ridiculous pairing, and it puts Fridman in a very uncomfortable position...If he plays with integrity and draws or beats his wife, he costs her (and their family) a sizable amount of money Such a pairing ...
   Feb-02-17 Yifan Hou vs B Lalith, 2017 (replies)
Riverbeast: As an addendum to that last story, my friend and I also protested when we were paired in the last round of a large European swiss...our scores were a half point apart, we were both competing for a prize, and there was a clear (to us) anti-American conspiracy afoot So neither one ...
   Jan-31-17 B Ider vs Yifan Hou, 2017 (replies)
Riverbeast: To me this game has conceptual similarities to the Caruana-Nakamura brilliancy in the recent London Chess Classic: Caruana vs Nakamura, 2016 In both games the Queen is sacrificed for two pieces -Bishop & Knight - and long term positional compensation...And in both cases the long ...
   Jan-30-17 Yifan Hou (replies)
Riverbeast: Happy Year of Rooster, Hou Yifan! I saw this video recently and it made me think of her...I think she is 'Miss Chang' :-)
   Jan-26-17 Nakamura vs G N Gopal, 2017 (replies)
Riverbeast: This was a very interesting idea by Gopal...Playing 15..Rc5 in order to provoke 16. b4 (what other purpose does 15..Rc5 have?)...and then sacrificing it for the Nd5! Black ends up with a Kings Indian type of position with the move b4 played, weak dark squares all over the board, ...
   Jan-26-17 S Shankland vs A Stefanova, 2017
Riverbeast: <A smooth transition to a lovely endgame.> I agree, this was a very well played game...simple, thematic and direct I like this system against the Modern...Not as ambitious as some of the others, it just stakes a modest claim to the center and a little space advantage...And ...
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