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2100 player very active in the 1970s-1990s in California. Grew up during the Fischer era, then went to university, got a job, got married, and chess became less importantů. Full Member

   lunchwithgina has kibitzed 18 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-17-18 Chiburdanidze vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1995
lunchwithgina: <And wins the exchange.> True. But after the fighting 25. Kh2!, offering the knight, black still has to play very accurately. It took me awhile to calculate the defensive sequence, culminating with 28...Rg5, that refutes white's attack.
   Dec-27-17 Movsesian vs Carlsen, 2017
lunchwithgina: In hindsight, 17. Na4 looks like a mistake: after 17...Qd6, preventing occupation of c5, white's knight becomes a liability. And after 23. Bd2, white gets swept away; perhaps 23. Nc3 had to be tried.
   Dec-15-17 Grischuk vs Harikrishna, 2017
lunchwithgina: Nice demonstration of the power of the two bishops versus bishop and knight in an unbalanced pawn position. Grischuk's 49. Bg1 even better then 49. Be6, which also wins.
   Nov-25-17 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Jakovenko, 2017 (replies)
lunchwithgina: I don't understand 38. Bb2; desperation? Maybe white is losing here anyway (I think white should have played 32. Na5, and 37. Nd8 also looks weak), but 38. Bb2 loses in straightforward fashion. A bad day for MVL.
   Nov-23-17 Eljanov vs J L Hammer, 2017 (replies)
lunchwithgina: Yes indeed. It took me a couple of minutes to find 25. Qg7+. I assume Ejanov saw this resource and played 22. Kg1 as a trap, inviting the tempting but unsound 22...Rf2
   Jul-12-17 Aronian vs Harikrishna, 2017 (replies)
lunchwithgina: I would have chosen 19...e3 but I thought white was OK until 22 e3 (why not 22 Kh1?). I was surprised by how fast white went downhill after 22...Ne5. Not Aronian's best day.
   Mar-10-17 M Matlakov vs R Hasangatin, 2013 (replies)
lunchwithgina: <dTal> The pun title is a sort-of homophone of "Hasn't got a chance".
   Mar-07-17 Alburt vs J A Rizzitano, 1984 (replies)
lunchwithgina: Thank you <perfidious> for that extra bit of information. I tried to find Taylor's annotations for this game, but came up empty. The USCF does have an online archive of past issues of <Chess Life>, but it only goes back to 2014.
   Jan-30-17 B Ider vs Yifan Hou, 2017 (replies)
lunchwithgina: Watching this game live, I thought when Ider played 46. Re7 he was winning after 46...Kh6 47. Qg7 Kh5 48. Qh7 Kg4 49. Kf1; but I missed 49....Rb8 winning for Hou. However, I don't feel too badly about this as Stockfish thought white was much better at the point where Ider ...
   Jan-28-17 Adams vs Yifan Hou, 2017 (replies)
lunchwithgina: It took me 10 minutes to see that White cannot take the Knight at move 28: 28. bc Qc5 29. Kh1 Rf2 30. Rg1 Rg2 31. Rg2 Rf2 winning the house; did anyone see this game live and remember how long Adams took to make his 28th move?
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