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Why did Fischer really not defend the title?

Was Casablanca 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 325 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-18-17 World Cup (2017) (replies)
SChesshevsky: I'm not sure anybody mentioned it already but, Sokolov has got to be one of the best chess announcers ever, just from the intro (Round 5 Game 2) explaining his cuts over the eye after going out with a friend and Jobava. Starts around 8:00: ...
   Sep-16-17 Viktor Korchnoi (replies)
SChesshevsky: On Pillsbury's page here at chessgames, it mention's the desire to take on Lasker. I didn't bother to investigate it further. There was no voice mail when I graduated high school. Speaking of Maroczy, it appears he also wanted a match with Lasker but that didn't happen either.
   Sep-15-17 Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 (replies)
SChesshevsky: I get the impression it was more a Closed Sicilian and an extremely passive one. Probably headed for a draw until Fischer appeared to miss the fork. More evidence, in my opinion, that Spassky didn't have much ambition to top Fischer in this exhibition.
   Sep-15-17 Tarrasch vs W Hahn, 1888
SChesshevsky: Interesting that wikipedia says the Maroczy Bind first came about around 1900. But 14. c4 looks like it effectively sets up the bind. From now on I'm calling it the Tarrasch Bind!
   Sep-15-17 Aronian vs Ivanchuk, 2017 (replies)
SChesshevsky: < cro777: Not falling for conspiracy theories - Aronian explained what happened today: "Ivanchuk misplayed the opening!" > Absolutely. Look at his position at 10. d4: the B on b7 is hanging, he's got huge dark sqaure holes all over the Qside and his development on the ...
   Sep-13-17 Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986
SChesshevsky: What's great about the "London-Leningrad" book is that it was written somewhat near the end of the match (as was his book on his championship win) rather than years later. I think the antagonism between the two players and the dynamic analysis of the games would seem to come ...
   Sep-13-17 Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984
SChesshevsky: Could be a couple of confidence related things that hurt Karpov and helped Kasparov world championship wise. Not actually beating a world champion to gain the title, even though no fault of his own, robbed Karpov of that little extra confidence that can often push one over the ...
   Sep-12-17 Karpov vs Seirawan, 1982
SChesshevsky: I'm not sure 20...c6 is completely winning but Black likely has the better outlook. White's dark square pressure on the king side looks impressive but doesn't seem to offer much and is very immobile. Karpov's 22. h3 and 23. Rd3 seems an admission that there's not much potential
   Sep-10-17 Kramnik vs Ivanchuk, 2017 (replies)
SChesshevsky: <Nerwal: ... hence the escape try with 21. b4. It's hard to believe he thought he was better there.> Agreed, at 20...Rfc8 White's gotta feel d4, b2 and b6 could be potential major problems. With trying to figure out how to extracate the B on c7 without a big disadvantage.
   Sep-08-17 Garry Kasparov
SChesshevsky: <cro777: Why was Kasparov deep thinking? GM Alex Colovic: "Garry's recent return to competition made me think about why he struggled so much. I don't think the main factors were age, lack of practice or the time management, even though they did play a role. I think the main
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