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Member since Mar-08-09
Location : London
Rating : I dabble, but nothing serious
Favourite Player: Garry Kasparov, but that's not particuarly original... ...maybe I will find time to read more and get a more stylish favorite player... Full Member

   gofer has kibitzed 2282 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-21-17 Yifan Hou vs B Yildiz, 2012 (replies)
gofer: I looked at the "obvious" <24 ... Rg8>, but discarded it as white can play Rf1 amongst other things and we don't seem to make the best of our massive material advantage (N+P). So, I then looked around for any queen move that still protected my king against any checks, but also
   Oct-20-17 R Wojtaszek vs Ivanchuk, 2016 (replies)
gofer: <Bluegrey>: I am not quite sure the line you are describing. Can you give a bit more detail...? [DIAGRAM] I think Ivanchuk's response is the only one that does not lose an exchange <and the c7 pawn> as well!
   Oct-19-17 J Schoepe vs E Bock, 1987 (replies)
gofer: What's so tricky about this one? <16 Re1+ Kf8 17 Qxa8 Qxa8 18 Bxa8 +-> and we are a whole knight up! In a game, I would probably take that and bank it. But, it seems there is much more on offer than a lousey knight! We have two raking bishops and multiple active pieces. So ...
   Oct-18-17 A Bachmann vs V Fedoseev, 2016 (replies)
gofer: Ouch, accepting a poisoned pawn is about as horrible as <chess> life gets...
   Oct-17-17 Zsofia Polgar vs S Kamberi, 1996 (replies)
gofer: Today's POTD is obvious... <34 Qxh7+ Kxh7> <35 Rh1+ Bh6> <36 Rxh6+ Kg7> <37 Reh1 ...> but the best continuation is not... 37 ... Rh8 38 Rxh8 Bh5 39 R8xh5 +- Can black defend and if so how? A few people are proposing Rg8, but that just loses the rook ...
   Oct-16-17 G Lasya vs I Barchuk, 2016 (replies)
gofer: A <Very Difficult> Monday puzzle. I really want to play <22 Qxg7+ Nxg7 23 Rf8#> because its a <Monday>, but why give up our queen when we can play <22 Bxg7+ Nxg7 23 Qf8#> ...decisions, decisions. Very Difficult!
   Oct-15-17 Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1984 (replies)
gofer: By comparison with yesterday, today's POTD was <Easy>... <19 Bxh7+ Kxh7> <20 Qh5+ Kg8> <21 Rg3 ...> Also there are two other moves that are going to happen at some point, Bh6 threatening mate and Ra3 followed by Rg3 when the mate threat of Bh6 means that ...
   Oct-13-17 W Adams vs A Simonson, 1940 (replies)
gofer: I missed the mate, I saw the first rook sac, but missed the second. But I didn't walk into the trap of either playing Bxh7+ or Rxg7+ without seeing the mate. Instead, thinking this might be a <spoiler>, I chose Bxg7 playing for the draw. So, I have a question for any silicon ...
   Oct-12-17 Timman vs Ljubojevic, 1988 (replies)
gofer: The start of this one is simple... <45 ... Rxg2+> <46 Kxg2 Qh3+> <47 Kg1 Bxg3> The threat is 48 ... Bh2+ 49 Kh1 Bf4+ 50 Kg1 Rh3 mating, so the bishop has to be taken. 48 f3/f4 gxf3 just opens up the king even more! <48 fxg3 Qxg3+> 49 Kh1? Qxe3 wins the ...
   Oct-08-17 C Hertan vs J A Curdo, 1987 (replies)
gofer: A queen sacrifice on a <Sunday>! Okay its not the first or even the second move, but its there waiting in the wings... <26 Nxg6 ...> 26 ... Kxg6? 27 gxf5++ Kh5 (Kh7 fxe6+ +-) 28 f4! mating [DIAGRAM] 26 ... Nxg6 27 gxf5 Bxf5 28 Rxg6!! Bxd3 29 Bxd3 +- White ...
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