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   luzhin has kibitzed 1973 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-27-15 Conquest vs D Buckley, 2012
luzhin: A non-standard smothered mate!
   Jan-27-15 Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) (replies)
luzhin: This obsession with ELO ratings as if it were the only point in taking part is becoming tiresome. Topalov is gunning for the 20,000 first prize, which is not bad for less than two weeks' work for the winner, over and above whatever appearance fee he might be getting.
   Jan-25-15 W So vs Van Wely, 2015 (replies)
luzhin: 27.Bb3!! is the killer. If 27...Qxb3 28.Rxg7 Kxg7 29.Qg5+ Kh8 30.Bxf6+ Rxf6 31.Qxf6+ Kg8 32.Re1 Qf7 33.Qxf7+ Kxf7 34.Re7+ shows why.
   Jan-24-15 Timman vs V Gunina, 2015 (replies)
luzhin: Actually White's only defence--and it wins-- is quite scary: 41.Kxg3 exf4+ 42.Kxf4! Rf8+ 43.Ke3! and the King escapes. But it's odd that Timman should simply have resigned.
   Jan-24-15 Wei Yi vs A Haast, 2015 (replies)
luzhin: A pity Haast didn't play 22...Qxh3 after which we might have witnessed the following: 23.Nc7+ Ke7 24.Bc5+ d6 25.Rxd6 f5 26.Nd5+ Ke8 27.Rd8+ Rxd8 28.Nf6 mate!
   Jan-24-15 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Aronian, 2015 (replies)
luzhin: 33.Ne4!! is a brilliant save by MVL, which Aronian must have missed (otherwise he would have played 31...h5. The point of MVL's play is best revealed in the variation 33...Qxd4 34.Nf6+ Kh8 35.Qg5 Qd2 36.Re3! Kg7 37.Nxh5 with perpetual.
   Jan-23-15 Yifan Hou vs Jobava, 2015 (replies)
luzhin: If Jobava had played the correct 29...hxg6 there would never have been a hole on e6 for White to land on with her Queen. But Jobava likes to break all the rules, including the one that says 'recapture towards the center'.
   Jan-16-15 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2015 (replies)
luzhin: Fab clearly missed that rather than grab the offered exchange with Bxa1, Carlsen's Bishop would move to h6 to set up sudden mating threats. A real humiliation for Caruana and a huge boost for the world champion.
   Jan-13-15 Radjabov vs Ding Liren, 2015 (replies)
luzhin: That's a great KID g7 bishop, simultaneously the King's solitary (but sufficient) defender, and also playing a key role in the final attack: after 41.Kxd2 Rxa2+ 42.Ke3 Re1+ White can't play Kd4 and after the forced 43.Kf4 Rxf2+ wins everything.
   Jan-12-15 Ding Liren vs Jobava, 2015 (replies)
luzhin: 14...0-0-0 only makes sense if Black follows up quickly with a5 to guard against the b4 break. Jobava's perpetual optimism lets him down badly here.
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