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gawain
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   gawain has kibitzed 1293 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-09-19 F Vallejo Pons vs N Huschenbeth, 2010 (replies)
 
gawain: Is this the least conclusive "winning" combination ever? Black traps White's queen and gives up rook and knight for it. White resigns--after 78 further moves! I concede that the trap is clever and the puzzle is Wednesday-worthy.
 
   Oct-08-19 I Denisov vs R Skomorokhin, 2009 (replies)
 
gawain: As a puzzle, this was very easy because there is really nothing else to try. The only trick is to see exactly how 39...Bd2+ wraps things up
 
   Oct-07-19 Tal vs P Mejic, 1974 (replies)
 
gawain: The vulnerable back rank costs Black a piece. 23...Qf5 was an awful move but Black is lost anyway. White threatens both Rxd6 and Qxb6. If 23...Qc5 (the only move to defend against both threats) then 24 Qe7! [DIAGRAM]
 
   Oct-01-19 Beliavsky vs Bacrot, 1999 (replies)
 
gawain: Like a few others, I jumped to the erroneous conclusion that 17 Nxc6 would win.
 
   Sep-30-19 D Freeman vs K McDonald, 2011 (replies)
 
gawain: Clear win of a piece, and the combination gets the rooks off the board for an easy win. Black's further resistance, though stubborn, is futile. I see, today Daniel would have celebrated his birthday. The puzzle is a nice tribute.
 
   Sep-26-19 Euwe vs Udo Cawi, 1950 (replies)
 
gawain: How good it feels to have found a winning move, 32 Bxe6, that is both more elegant and more efficient than grandmaster Euwe's game move.
 
   Sep-23-19 Anand vs Van Wely, 1998 (replies)
 
gawain: I did not fully trust the solution 35 Bxg6 because it seemed to me that Black can struggle on for a while if he defends h7 instead of accepting the proffered bishop. But Black's position after 35...Re7 36 f5 really does fall apart.
 
   Sep-16-19 C Coppola vs B Macias Murillo, 2009 (replies)
 
gawain: Hmph.
 
   Sep-10-19 Polugaevsky vs Gulko, 1975 (replies)
 
gawain: I jumped, wrongly, to the conclusion that the knight jump to 28 Ng5 would work.
 
   Sep-09-19 Benko vs Sawyer, 1964 (replies)
 
gawain: A very fine Monday puzzle. I ran through a couple of inconclusive lines involving Q checks and K chases before seeing how a queen check at e6 could, by first sacrificing a knight, be converted into a checkmate.
 
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