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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...

   gofer has kibitzed 2227 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-24-17 Caruana vs Eljanov, 2016 (replies)
gofer: Well, I am quite happy with myself, I saw the first three moves AND saw that at any point, a simple trade off on e6 lead to Re6 winning one of the bishops, because <32 ... Bf6> is forced and from then on black can't move the bishop or white will play Qxf7. But did I see the Qc2 ...
   Jun-23-17 Mamedyarov vs Van Wely, 2016 (replies)
gofer: <17 ... Ng4> 18 Kg2 Bxf2 19 Kh3 Qxb5! 20 Rxa7? Qh5+ (20 Kxg4? Qf5+ 21 Kh4 g5+ mating) 21 Kg2 Qxh2+ 22 Kf3 Qxg3+ 23 Ke4 Qe3# 18 Kh1 Bxf2 19 Kg2 Qc6+ 20 Kh3? Qxb5! 21 Rxa7? Qh5+ (20 Kxg4? Qf5+ 21 Kh4 g5+ mating) 22 Kg2 Qxh2+ 23 Kf3 Qxg3+ 24 Ke4 Qe3# 18 ...
   Jun-22-17 A Adly vs I Vovk, 2007 (replies)
gofer: I found this POTD much easier than yesteday's, the theme of the rook forcing the king to a square where entry is possible for the queen was somehow much easier to spot than the "X-ray"... <36 Rg8+ ...> 36 ... Kh7 37 Ng5+ Kxg8 (Kh6 38 Bf8#) 38 Qd8+ Kg7 39 Bf8+ Kg8/Kh8 ...
   Jun-21-17 M Pantzar vs T Rodshtein, 2016 (replies)
gofer: One further thought... ...did white miss a winning endgame!? 21 Rxf5 exf5 22 Bd5+ Kf8 23 Qxe3 dxe3 24 Bxf6 gxf6 25 Bxb7 [DIAGRAM]
   Jun-17-17 D Norwood vs S Marsh, 1992 (replies)
gofer: I am sorry, but this is so far from <Very Difficult>. This is more like a Tuesday or Wednesday level POTD. Our queen is trapped and there are only two or three meaningful replies. Only one of these treatens mate... <28 Qxc6+ Kxc6> <29 Nxd4++ Kb6> <30 Rb1+ ...>
   Jun-15-17 Larsen vs Kavalek, 1970 (replies)
gofer: I think this is a queen sac, but not the obvious one (Qxg7+) which doesn't seem to work. Instead we have a far more convoluted sequence where we just leave Qh7 where she is - as bait... <26 Ncd5 ...> 26 ... Rg8 27 Nxe7 Kxe7 (Qxe7 18 Qxg6+ Ke8 19 Ne6+
   Jun-11-17 J L Hammer vs M Zumsande, 2016 (replies)
gofer: Okay, the queen sacrifice is easy to see, but any alternative for black, than accepting it, was not. <20 Nxg7 Ne3> <21 Nxe8+ Nxb2> <22 Nxf6+ Kg7> <23 Bxc8 Bxc8> <24 Bxb2 ...> [DIAGRAM] This is a nightmare for black! An open king side. 4 pawn ...
   Jun-02-17 S Kriventsov vs Stripunsky, 2004 (replies)
gofer: Well, I can only suppose that this one is one of those POTD where the losing side chose the wrong defence. I can see a "simple" sequence that nets a whole pawn, but nothing more. BUT if white falls for a cheap trick then he loses a whole piece! <28 ... Rd3> 29 Rxd3? Bxe4+ 30 ...
   Jun-01-17 P L Basso vs A Korobov, 2017 (replies)
gofer: Well the start is easy! <31 c6 ...> The rook is immune... 31 ... Rxb7 32 cxb7 any move 33 Rc8/Rc8+ ...but what is black's best reply? 31 ... Ra8/Rc8 32 Nxf7!
   May-31-17 A David vs T Nedev, 2007 (replies)
gofer: Okay, we have <"the hard way or the easy way - which do you want?">. The easy way... 24 Rh8+ Bxh8 25 Rd8 Qxd8 (Kg7 Qxh8#) 26 Qh7+ Kf8 27 Qf7# Dummy here, chose the hard way... 24 Rd8+ Bf8 (Qxd8 transposes) 25 Rh8+ Kg7 26 Qh6+ Kf6 27 Rdxf8+ Qxf8 28 Rxf8 Ke7 29 ...
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