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   gawain has kibitzed 1160 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-31-17 Tan Zhongyi vs Huang Qian, 2016 (replies)
gawain: I'm glad Re8 also wins, because that's the move I saw. Did not appreciate that Qg8# was even better.
   Oct-30-17 R Zysk vs A Huss, 1987 (replies)
gawain: It seemed enough that because of the mate threat (if W captures the rook,as in the game) Black has an overwhelming position. No need to find a forced mate after K moves. But it's neat that there is one. I would never have found the 9 move mate starting with a move that is not a ...
   Oct-10-17 H Rolletschek vs G Lither, 1987 (replies)
gawain: Once I decided to stop looking for mate and settle for material gain instead, the combination was obvious.
   Sep-13-17 A Kazarian vs E Limanovska, 2017 (replies)
gawain: I love <ndg2>'s comment: <Dead man walking.> Perfect. Too bad Black, having played along so far, did not gallantly play just one more move to allow the mate to appear on the board.
   Sep-13-17 D Byrne vs Bisguier, 1966
gawain: I tried 36...Qxg1+ right away but I imagined (wrongly) that Black would then be able to skewer the white Q and K with 37...Bc5+ and 38...Bc4. No, not quite! After absorbing that disappointment I did see the actual winning continuation.
   Sep-11-17 Yu Yangyi vs Svidler, 2014 (replies)
gawain: The very first move that occurred to me turns out to be the winning move. I like it when that happens.
   Sep-08-17 E Tennenwurzel vs A W Fox, 1916 (replies)
gawain: I felt that I was on the right path--and indeed was, for the first moves--but simply missed 41...Qxb2+
   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.
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