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   gawain has kibitzed 1153 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-15-17 Oral vs S Brodbeck, 1997 (replies)
gawain: Like <diagonalley> I wasted some time on white knight moves. But soon enough realized that the answer is the obvious and forcing Rxh6+.
   Aug-15-17 N Zwirs vs P V Nandhidhaa, 2016
gawain: I chose 21 Ng6 which seemed most forcing and efficient and prettiest, too.
   Aug-01-17 Anand vs J Hickman, 2007 (replies)
gawain: <clement41 . . . 34 Rh8+ Kd7 forces white to find 35 Raxc8 as 35 Rhxc8 is just equal.> Thanks for pointing this out. It's instructive to see how Black regains the piece if White tries 35 Rhxc8. I had not noticed the pitfall.
   Aug-01-17 I Madl vs D Summermatter, 1988
gawain: Poor Black was probably feeling that he had found a clever way to survive, expecting 21 Qxf8 Nxf8. The queen sac at h7 was a nasty surprise.
   Jul-25-17 K Meier vs A A Howell, 2007 (replies)
gawain: This one practically plays itself if you first try the forcing moves ...Rf2+ then ...Qxf2+ and--no quick mate--there is a fork to win the white queen. Not bad.
   Jul-19-17 Flohr vs Bogoljubov, 1931
gawain: This one did feel difficult. Had to look away for a little while--a couple of minutes. Second time around the solution came quickly.
   Jul-19-17 Borbely vs Kovacs, 1948
gawain: Easy enough . . . assuming that neither White's K nor his QR has previously moved. Thanks to our kibitzers for clarifying the convention that governs this situation.
   Jul-12-17 D Anic vs Degraeve, 1997 (replies)
gawain: I was obsessed with trying to make 36 Rh8+ work. And it doesn't. I considered 36 Qh5 but I did not pursue that very hard as it did not feel like a Tuesday puzzle solution. (Isn't that a pathetically feeble excuse!)
   Jul-10-17 I Pleci vs L Endzelins, 1939 (replies)
gawain: Pretty finish. I must have seen this game before, as Chernev's book Bright Side of Chess was one of my first chess books. I played all those games out at least 50 years ago.
   Jun-29-17 G Chandler vs E Gilliand, 1981
gawain: Lovely finish--even though it's true that Black could have survived longer by not taking the proffered queen.
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