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Why did Fischer really not defend the title?

Was Capablanca the most principled player ever?

Could a human GM beat a computer in a 30 min human / 2 min computer time control?

Why did Kasparov have such a tough time with Kramnik?

How can the Muzio Gambit be a forced draw?

   SChesshevsky has kibitzed 403 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-31-18 Gruenfeld vs Reti, 1922
SChesshevsky: It appears being able to play ...Nd3 protected by the B with whites B on the g2 diagonal can be pretty effective. Other examples are the famous Gary Kasparov Gambit game against Karpov, 1985 game 16 and Byrne - Fischer 1963.
   May-30-18 Korchnoi vs Mednis, 1956 (replies)
SChesshevsky: Though the Mednis knight tour probably isn't good strategy it does help ensure the LSB and queen rook never get off their home squares. Though the benefit of that strategy can also be questioned.
   May-30-18 V Artemiev vs V Fedoseev, 2018
SChesshevsky: A fairly exciting game considering the queens come off at move 12.
   May-25-18 Ding Liren vs Carlsen, 2017
SChesshevsky: <ex0duz> At 37...Qe6, looks like white's up the pawn with probably connected queen side passers and while black has threats nothing looks immediate. So white might figure if he can even slightly advance the passed pawns and hold the kingside, he might have winning chances
   May-20-18 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 (replies)
SChesshevsky: Yeah, Fischer might have missed 35. Bd2 in the ...h3 line. But GM's, especially in an important game, usually don't goof up 7 move mostly forced calculations. But who knows, anything's possible.
   May-20-18 Fischer vs V Kovacevic, 1970 (replies)
SChesshevsky: It was a lot easier for the top Soviets to have a supportive team environment back then. As basically employees of the chess federation, the players didn't have to worry about making a living but mostly staying in good graces by towing the political line and winning. Especially
   May-20-18 AlphaZero (Computer) (replies)
SChesshevsky: < AylerKupp... As far as the "somewhat magically" comment, that's a common description of how neural networks arrive at their results. By that I believe it's meant that you cannot easily determine how the result was obtained. > The similarities between what AZ apparently ...
   May-17-18 Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 (replies)
SChesshevsky: It looks like the analytical line 55. Ra8 Rxb7 56. Bxb7 Nxb7 is pretty much forced. Leaves white up the exchange and blacks h and g pawns seemingly undefendable. Is the probable resulting endgame, R vs. N with opposing g vs. f pawn a known GM or endgame table draw or does White
   May-12-18 Dragoljub Velimirovic
SChesshevsky: No sac-sac-mate against the dragon here. Would this have worked against Fischer? Maybe not, but it did against Fischer's friend. Zuckerman vs Velimirovic, 1973
   May-12-18 Pachman vs Szabo, 1947 (replies)
SChesshevsky: One view of Szabo's was maybe 18...exd5 keeps the c-file closed and allows him to try to at least get some counter play going on the king side. Makes sense with the black pieces kind of stuck on the h-file. Given that awkward rook and knight, Szabo might not have wanted to open
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