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   gawain has kibitzed 1170 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-14-18 D Howell vs D Debashis, 2016
gawain: About a year ago (3 March 2017) this lovely mating combination featured in Leonard Barden's chess column in The Guardian.
   Mar-13-18 O Korneev vs Aronian, 1996 (replies)
gawain: Because this was a puzzle position (and "easy") the solution could not possibly be anything other than 52 Rxh4+ etc.
   Mar-08-18 Neo Zhu vs Shabalov, 2017 (replies)
gawain: White's poor king ends up naked and alone. Except for the e1 rook who is in the way, thus even worse than useless. Sad!
   Mar-06-18 A Rychagov vs A Lanin, 2008 (replies)
gawain: The only reason I can see to prefer 14 Rxd6 over the immediate 14 Nb5 is that it takes a step toward simplification. That is what you usually want to do when you are going to be a piece up.
   Mar-05-18 L Deelman vs B Bleykmans, 1987 (replies)
gawain: This is terrific. The immediate...Qe1+ does not work but if Black begins with 37...Qe4+ White is helpless.
   Mar-02-18 P Tregubov vs A Moiseenko, 2016 (replies)
gawain: ...Qh3 at some point was going to be the key move. for sure. But how to get there? Thought about starting with that very tempting 19...Nf3+ but concluded, lazily, that this would not work!
   Jan-30-18 A W Fox vs A Clerc, 1901 (replies)
gawain: I solved this one quickly--but not immediately. A good little Tuesday puzzle.
   Jan-22-18 Taimanov vs M Beilin, 1955 (replies)
gawain: First I saw the possibilities for white along the 7th rank. Then I noticed that Black threatens checkmate on the move. (Always look to see that your opponent is threatening!) Soon enough I appreciated the merits of R/1xf4 which both removes Black's mate threat and deflects his queen ...
   Jan-16-18 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Anand, 2016 (replies)
gawain: The good news is that I saw the solution. The bad news is that I did not see it right away. Had to fold my tent and set the puzzle aside. When I returned, all had become clear.
   Dec-19-17 W So vs Nakamura, 2016 (replies)
gawain: A very satisfying solution!
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