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   luzhin has kibitzed 2039 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-23-15 Eljanov vs Nakamura, 2015 (replies)
luzhin: Actually 50.Kf6! doesn't force mate next move. Nakamura has 50...Kh6 51.Rh8+ Rh7. Then Eljanov can force mate in a further two moves begining with 52.Rcg8! But this sequence is not totally obvious, especially to a player who had found an alternative easy win. But of course it's nicer
   Sep-20-15 Ding Liren vs Wei Yi, 2015 (replies)
luzhin: Marvelous game. Wei Yi might still have won if he hadn't played the strange 31...Rg6. After 31...Nc7 32.Ree7 Ne8 it seems very hard for White to do anything, after which Wei's material advantage should tell.
   Sep-18-15 Wei Yi vs Areshchenko, 2015 (replies)
luzhin: Very risky choice by Areshchenko to play the Poisoned Pawn variant against Wei Yi. The Chinese wunderkind plays this himself as Black!
   Sep-02-15 Nakamura vs Grischuk, 2015 (replies)
luzhin: I would not promote in your diagram after 76...Rxf8 but simply play 77.d7!
   Aug-20-15 Sosonko vs M Rivas Pastor, 1978
luzhin: For what it is worth, my computer program considers 19...Nd7! to be far superior to 19...Rd7. It would be interesting to know why Rivas, having seen the general concept, chose the rook sac.
   Aug-13-15 I Bukavshin vs I Khairullin, 2015 (replies)
luzhin: 56.Nd2! is a terrific tactic, whose full point becomes clear after 58.Rxf7! (the only path to a win). At the end, 59...Qf1+ 60.Kg3 Qg1+ 61.Kh4 g5+ 62.Kh5 and White's King is just joining in the fun.
   Aug-13-15 Svidler vs D Khismatullin, 2015 (replies)
luzhin: From a problemist's point of view, the 'puzzle' is wrecked by the fact that 29...Nd3 mate is a dual solution. But in practical chess it merely meant that Black had a pleasant dilemma as to which of two spectacular mates to play.
   Aug-04-15 T Slade vs Koby Kalavannan, 2015
luzhin: Spectacular game between two players with a combined age of 27! 25.Kg2?? was suicidal: after 25.Kh1 Black has insufficient comp for the exchange. In the game, Black could have wrapped things up beautifully with 26...Nh5+!! 27.Qxh5 Qg2+ 28.Kf4 Bg5+! 29.Qxg5 Qf3 mate.
   Aug-01-15 M Burrows vs A Golding, 2015 (replies)
luzhin: Not bad for an 11 year old! The tricky 35...g5 would have been well answered by 36.Rf1 but White clearly missed the kid's knock-out blow 37...Qxg5!
   Jul-29-15 D Howell vs D Gormally, 2015 (replies)
luzhin: Incredible end-game with both GMs very short of time. Gormally's 65..e4! was the only chance to avoid total asphyxiation but if Howell had played 70.Rb7 the win should have been straightforward. Once Black's King gets in, however, it's not easy and after 116.Kg1? Gormally could ...
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