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kbob
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   kbob has kibitzed 138 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-24-18 Flear vs Judit Polgar, 1987
 
kbob: I think Judit was born in July of 1976, so she would be ten or eleven years old here.
 
   Jan-13-18 Svidler vs Kasparov, 1997
 
kbob: And yet when I look up Svidler vs Gulko lifetime in this database i find only one classical draw and a rapid win for Svidler. Other times too I have wondered if the chessgames.com collection might be a little patchy.
 
   Jan-01-18 Anand vs Grischuk, 2017 (replies)
 
kbob: Svidler was joking that no bishop should ever be traded for a knight. What about other players in the present era. Any standout lovers, haters, of the bishop pair?
 
   Dec-11-17 Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 (replies)
 
kbob: alexmagnus I just played over the Gik game. So Karpov was right on board with Fischer regarding the Sac-sac-mate attitude vs. the dragon. I wonder how the 17 year old Karpov thought about Fischer's career and games in general circa 1968? Also, would there be a concensus today that the ...
 
   Dec-11-17 Gligoric vs Ulf Andersson, 1971
 
kbob: serving in my usual capacity as a dumbwaiter for stockfish, 16. ... Ne4 17. Bf4 Ndf6 18. Bc7 Qe7 19. Ne5 Nd2 20. Nc4 21. Nxc4 exd4 22. Rxc4 b4; wing couplet vs. center pawns or 19. ... Ng4 20. Bxe4 dxe4 21. Nxg4 Bxg4 22. Qxb7 Be2 where white has an expandable looking protected queen ...
 
   Dec-03-17 S Tatai vs Larsen, 1977
 
kbob: I just noticed this game features no less than eight isolated pawns!
 
   Dec-02-17 Mecking vs Larsen, 1972 (replies)
 
kbob: Not the usual cagey caro kann by Larsen. Compare Daniel Abraham Yanofsky vs Bent Larsen, where Larsen played an early h5, later defending the kingside structure with much tactical footwork, often using the corresponding weakness of white's h pawn. Yanofsky held on heroically to draw ...
 
   Nov-27-17 Doda vs Fischer, 1965
 
kbob: So in summary white had a legitimate advantage until 32. Be4? [Qe3!] . Fischer blundered the resulting win with 34... Nd2?? [Qg6!,Rg6!] and white threw away the final crush on his last move of the game 36. Rhf5?? [Qe3!] . Also, it could have been time pressure.
 
   Nov-25-17 Tal vs N Kirov, 1974 (replies)
 
kbob: I realize I am being a curmugeon, but in the cumulative period 1972-1974, which spans both Tal's record undefeated streaks, several top players had fewer losses overall. Perhaps Tal's achievement is more properly viewed as a statistical clustering.
 
   Nov-23-17 M Llaneza-Vega vs L'Ami, 2008
 
kbob: Larry Christiansen was saying this treatment gives white a slight edge. The straightforward 4. a3 leads to a regular Karo Cann where black might enjoy a quicker counterattack if white ever castles long.
 
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