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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 15 times to chessgames   [less...]
   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?
   Jan-25-17 Karjakin vs D Andreikin, 2017
lunchwithgina: A very instructive R+P ending that demonstrates the power of an outside passed pawn. Watching the game live, I missed the neat finesse 55. g4! (with the idea of Rf2 followed by Rf5+) instead analyzing 55. Rb4 which apparently only draws after 54...Ke5 55. Re4 Kd5 56. Rb4 Kc5 ...
   Dec-27-16 G Andruet vs Van der Wiel, 1985 (replies)
lunchwithgina: After 32...Ne2 I saw that the Q was nailed to g1 like flypaper to prevent the mating combination after ...Qh2+. And there is no time for a Q-side advance because of 33...Ng3, leaving only 33. g4 fg 34. Qg2 Nf4 as other members have pointed out, or 33. h3 Bh3. An entertaining ...
   Dec-23-16 Milner-Barry vs J Littlewood, 1959
lunchwithgina: a neat zwischenzug that forces white to play c3; now black's e4-e3 advance will win the c-pawn
   Dec-22-16 T Vakhidov vs Tseshkovsky, 1987
   Dec-21-16 M Ruderfer vs Stein, 1972 (replies)
   Dec-09-16 Nunn vs F Portisch, 1984
   Nov-11-16 Browne vs Suttles, 1973
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