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   kbob has kibitzed 149 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-14-19 Karpov vs Gulko, 1996
kbob: I remember Tal, of all people, saying "I am not a particularly calculating player". The same is true of Karpov. I ask my students to find "threatening" moves which they then can do with very little coaching at moves 17, 18, 20, 25, 31, 34, 37, etc. So much of this magnificent edifice ...
   Dec-31-18 Stein vs Keres, 1966 (replies)
kbob: What was the point of 29. ..b6?
   Dec-15-18 E Goudriaan vs N Smagin, 2011
kbob: Although he is a pawn down, White tortures black for twenty five moves asserting that the queen and knight combine in a superior fashion. The only blunder by either side is 76...Ke5? (...Kg4 draws). This is all according to me shamelessly aping Stockfish.
   Dec-15-18 Tal vs Springall, 1964
kbob: After 7. ... Bg4+ I let the Stockfish feature at run to 22 ply. It gave 8. QNd2 but with approximately -1.00 advantage for black. Perhaps this is why this variation did not become mainstream.
   Nov-24-18 Svidler vs Timman, 1998
kbob: Both players were rhythmically repeating moves attacking and defending the pawns to reach the time control. It looks like Peter diabolically broke the pattern at the last instant as a swindle based on muscle momentum. But no, according to Svidler, he made his last move and walked away ...
   Nov-24-18 Spassky vs Smyslov, 1964
kbob: It is impossible to conceive of Carlsen conceding a draw in the final position. At move 60 I am guessing the game was adjourned and studied by both players.
   Nov-20-18 Gavrikov vs I D Dorfman, 1981
kbob: Check out the cute little game ender 22. Nf8 threatening to queen on the move. If 22. ... Nf6 23. Nxg6 and if 22.... Rxf8 then 23. Qxd7!
   Oct-22-18 Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937 (replies)
kbob: To echo Kasparvez, this line crops up from time to time, but it does not seem to have survived Alekhine's own post mortem among serious players. I personally think Euwe "choked" and did not consider 7. Nxb5 at all.
   Oct-22-18 Karpov vs C William, 1998 (replies)
kbob: David Navara vs David Rozmbersky CZE-chTJ 0102 (2001), Czechia, rd 1 is a good example of how to play this line for white. I say this only because I lost what seemed like dozens of games as white and then finally beat a master after studying that game very carefully.
   Mar-31-18 Leko vs Carlsen, 2008 (replies)
kbob: Ten years after this game was played, while commentating Caruana-Carlsen round one GRENKE 2018, Leko still marveled at then seventeen year old Carlsen's 53. ... Rc4!!. He said it was the only move to draw and found with five seconds left on the clock.
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