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gawain
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   gawain has kibitzed 1158 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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.
 
   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.
 
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