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Member since Mar-08-09
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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 2349 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-16-18 Caruana vs Tomashevsky, 2013 (replies)
gofer: Like <FSR>, I got the first couple of moves <29 Nxe6 fxe6 30 Bxe6+> but then got stuck after <30 ... Kf8>. One possible continuation is <31 Bxf5 Bxf5 32 Qxh5 Qxe5 33 Qf6 Kg8 34 Qe3>, but I didn't like it much if black keeps the queens on the board. <malt>
   Mar-14-18 Xiao Zhang vs Hanxue Gao, 2017 (replies)
gofer: Well, I must have got this one completely wrong. All it does is win two pawns (probably three) and move into a won endgame. Pity! I couldn't get the bishop sac to work, so instead I played the longterm strategy of always threatening the bishop sacrifice, but never getting to play ...
   Mar-10-18 M W Healey vs Graham J Moore, 2017 (replies)
gofer: I think this one is a little tricky. Obviously, we push the pawn, but not so obviously I think black has to try to refuse the pawn and hide in the corner, but even then its not clear that black can survive! <19 g6! ...> 19 ... Bxf3 20 Qxf3 ... This little interlude doesn't ...
   Mar-09-18 Fischer vs S Schweber, 1970 (replies)
gofer: Hmmm, I think that I can EITHER a) win a pawn and a stable significantly better position OR b) win two pawns, go down an exchange, but have a significant pawn majority on the kingside. Both strategies start with the same two moves... <23 Rxe4! Qxg3> <24 Rxd3!! ...> ...
   Mar-08-18 Neo Zhu vs Shabalov, 2017 (replies)
gofer: It's not often we are presented with such a slam dunk on a <Thursday>, so lets rejoice in white horrendous position and go for the forced mate in 4 starting with a double rook sacrifice! <28 ... Rxg2+> 29 Kf1 Rfxf2# 29 Kh1 Qxh2# <29 Kxg2 Rxf2+> 30 Kg1/Kh1 Qxh2#
   Mar-07-18 Sasikiran vs S D Swapnil, 2017 (replies)
gofer: Hmmm, I cannot see a "slam dunk" or anything close. There are nice waiting moves like <38 Qf5> and <38 Bxe7> seems like it might work, but I don't think it does; <38 Bxe7 Qxe7 39 d6 Qd8 etc>. So that just leaves... <38 Be5 ...> The bishop is immune... 38 ... ...
   Mar-05-18 L Deelman vs B Bleykmans, 1987 (replies)
gofer: <perfidious:> You must be right! It's a really good explanation for the difficulties that white was facing at <37 ...?> and explains everything!
   Mar-02-18 P Tregubov vs A Moiseenko, 2016 (replies)
gofer: I was not sure quite what to try first; Bxg2, Bf3 or Nf3+. They all looked pretty good. The other problem I had was opening up the a1-h8 diagonal meant that I had to be sure that Qxg7+ was not available at any point - or if it was available it wasn't going to be a problem!!! After ...
   Mar-01-18 Ni Hua vs Tiviakov, 2008 (replies)
gofer: I imagine we all got the first couple of moves, but then I went wrong (or at least not the accurate line played)... <36 Rxg7 ...> The sacrifice cannot be ignored. 36 ... Kh8? 37 Qf6! Bc5 38 Reg4! Bxf2+ 39 Kh1 Ng6 (Rxf6 40 Rg8+ Kh7 41 R4g7#) 40 R7xg6+ Rxf6 41 Rg8+ ...
   Feb-28-18 Ftacnik vs Gotti, 1987 (replies)
gofer: I looked at <19 Ba3 Re8 20 Rxf7 Kxf7 21 Nd6+ etc> but it didn't seem to much more than equality. So, I thought this is a <Wdenesday>! There must be something nice I am missing. After that it wasn't too long to find the simple forced sequence... <19 Nf6+ Bxf6> ...
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