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SymphonicKnight
Member since Aug-19-19 · Last seen Oct-15-19
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   SymphonicKnight has kibitzed 35 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-13-19 Winawer vs Steinitz, 1882
 
SymphonicKnight: On a strategic level, Winawer neglected 17.e5! to take advantage of his superior development, central control, and Steinitz' exposed K and Q. He could certainly use a dose of Morphy in seeking tactical options.
 
   Oct-11-19 Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1882
 
SymphonicKnight: Unremarkable game. The Exchange Variation of the French Defense is very drawish indeed, but not necessarily so. In this tournament it resulted 10-6-6
 
   Oct-11-19 Mackenzie vs A Schwarz, 1882
 
SymphonicKnight: 11...Kh8? 12.Nxd4! ed4 13.Ne5! Bxe5 14.Bxe4! etc... Courtesy of Stockfish. 19...Bf7? (Bg8 best). Mackenzie handles this well. 29.f6!!, Terrific finish, but the opening is slow by modern standards, although the middlegame position certainly has an impressive appearance.
 
   Oct-10-19 Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1882
 
SymphonicKnight: As Stockfish claims, Steinitz fatal mistakes came on moves 20 and especially 21. The two bishops may have been sufficient to battle Chigorin's extra pawn, and hold the draw.
 
   Oct-10-19 A Schwarz vs Zukertort, 1882
 
SymphonicKnight: Zukertort plays this game in masterful style, accumulating small advantages, and superior mobility and fluid central control.
 
   Oct-10-19 Mackenzie vs Max Weiss, 1882
 
SymphonicKnight: Surely 19...hxg6 is a blunder? Black's moves 29 and 30 are the losing moves, however.
 
   Oct-10-19 Bird vs Winawer, 1882
 
SymphonicKnight: 10...a6 is a waste of tempo, but reveals something of Winawer's paradigm of chess, in considering placing the QR on a7 to cover the 7th rank. Bird doesn't respond with the speed he should in order to capitalize. Winawer was not very successful against players who had a good ...
 
   Oct-10-19 Mackenzie vs Englisch, 1882
 
SymphonicKnight: 24.f4? makes little sense. 24.Qxa7 Qxc2 25.Qe3 was better, gaining a passed a-pawn. 31...Bd7? misses the tactics that Mackenzie finds. 31...Nh6 was better. The 32...Bxe6? exchange was worse for Englisch than activating pieces by 32...Nh6. It was still a difficult defense. ...
 
   Oct-10-19 Blackburne vs Chigorin, 1882
 
SymphonicKnight: Stockfish considers 24...Qxd4? a crucial mistake, considering 24...Qg4 sufficient to draw by repetition of Qe4 and g4, and Ne2-g3-e2. The end follows remarkably swiftly. Chigorin was clearly learning still, and seems to have improved greatly after studying the games from ...
 
   Oct-09-19 Paulsen vs Winawer, 1882
 
SymphonicKnight: Stockfish considers 7.Qf3! more than +.50 superior to 7.Qe2?! Blocking the Bf1 is not consistent. 8.Qd8! is considered to be =0.00. Stockfish likes 12.0-0 and 13.f4 at +0.80, and doesn't like trading off the B at 14...Bxf3? and prefers the recapture by 15.Qxf3! As Nimh ...
 

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