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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 445 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-29-18 Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018) (replies)
SChesshevsky: <...Carlsen said at the press conference that rapid play chess showed the differences in playing strength more greatly than classical chess did...> That is probably accurate. It looks like Carlsen gave Caruana every opportunity to win in Classical. To become World Champ ...
   Nov-29-18 Lev Psakhis
SChesshevsky: Seems a shame he didn't seem to get out of the Soviet Union much in what was maybe his prime years. But the guy sure could play chess: Psakhis vs Seirawan, 1990 Korchnoi vs Psakhis, 1993 Psakhis vs Korchnoi, 2001
   Nov-26-18 Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2018) (replies)
SChesshevsky: There probably has been some misinterpretation of Morozevich's view of Ju's chess. I think throughout the broadcasts and even through his career Moro never tried to hide his dislike of passive, counter punching type chess. He seems to believe that style is not what chess is ...
   Nov-09-18 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 (replies)
SChesshevsky: Though Fischer didn't play it a lot, believe the Alekhine did end up being his back up 1.e4 defense late in his career. I'm guessing the Russians did do work on it but whether Spassky took serious note is a question.
   Nov-09-18 Naiditsch vs Nakamura, 2018
SChesshevsky: For 35...Nf4, apparently Naka missed 39...a6 from Marmot's line above and calculated 39...Rxd7 40. Bxa7, per Daniel King's review of the game. I guess Naiditsch was in time trouble for much of the ending but it's not clear when or if Naka was rushed.
   Nov-08-18 Jakovenko vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2018
SChesshevsky: Good catch! A really great game by Jakovenko that looked to help him a lot overall in the tourney. The power of 22. e6 and 23. Nxe6 wasn't that obvious to me but then pins started to appear all over. Wish there was a video, Nepo's reaction to 22. e6 would be interesting to ...
   Nov-07-18 Kramnik vs Adams, 2017 (replies)
SChesshevsky: <Mayankk> 28...Ne7 looks like it's aimed at the c6 square also. Kramnik seems to really be busting black positionally. Tying him down almost in zugzwang until Adams gets out of position maybe looking for threats to the queen and doubling on the 7th initially. Given how ...
   Nov-07-18 Fischer vs W Shipman, 1971
SChesshevsky: <Cheapo by the dozen> Back then, Fischer was considered the most knowledgeable about the Sicilian in chess. So you had to be really confident to try it against him. But there were a couple of plusses. His confidence could get him to push a bit too hard and for much of his
   Nov-02-18 Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978
SChesshevsky: <...Victor had made use of the Pirc defense once more in that very match; he had made use of that Sicilian Dragon in the 1974 match and he made use of the Pirc defense twice in that match; both choices to be proved bad choices...> I'm not sure Korchnoi was best or felt ...
   Oct-22-18 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
SChesshevsky: <Susan Freeman: Well, Holmes beat Ali... I think I am the only woman I know that likes professional boxing.> Defeating Ali probably hurt Holmes long term rep. Beating up a relatively over the hill legend probably didn't win him a lot of admirers. Plus Holmes ended badly ...
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