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   plang has kibitzed 9105 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-11-17 Kramnik vs Gelfand, 2001
 
plang: 14 Qxd8 was a new move though it leads to just a minimal advantage for White. 21..Bc7?! was an inaccuracy; better was 21..Bd8 22 Nd6..Rcb8 23 Nc5..Be7 24 Nxb7..Bxd6 25 Nxd2..Rxb2 with balanced play. 28..Kf8? cost Black a decisive pawn; better was 28..Nd7 29 Nxf7..Rxc4 30 Rxc4..Kxf7 31
 
   Dec-10-17 Jeremy Lim (replies)
 
plang: ...in those days players fulfilled more than one role
 
   Dec-10-17 London Chess Classic (2017) (replies)
 
plang: Carlsen is a great player but, in my opinion, he is not strong enough in the openings to compare to Kasparov (or Karpov for that matter).
 
   Dec-09-17 Grischuk vs Tkachiev, 2001
 
plang: Grischuk on 10..h6!?: "Evidently the root of Black's difficulties lies in his next three moves. Five moves later we reach a position in which he would have been happy to take back all three moves (h6, Re8 and Nf8)." Tkachiev had played 13..bxc?! earlier in the year in a speed game ...
 
   Dec-08-17 Nakamura vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
 
plang: how would you win without a plan?
 
   Dec-08-17 Najdorf vs Boleslavsky, 1948
 
plang: Played in the 6th round; 2 rounds earlier Kotov had played 11..Qa5 against Najdorf and drawn. 12..Nxe5?! was criticized as giving White too much scope; 12..Ndb4 was suggested as an improvement. Najdorf did not avoid opposite color bishops (he thought he would still have an edge) ...
 
   Dec-07-17 Boleslavsky vs Keres, 1953 (replies)
 
plang: Keres prepared 12..Rd8 (which had been played once before in an obscure game) with the idea of catching Boleslavsky off guard. Not surprisingly, Boleslevsky did not find the best line among all the possible continuations but he could have at least maintained equality with 16 Ng5..g6! ...
 
   Dec-05-17 C Lutz vs Ftacnik, 2001
 
plang: 12..b5 was a new move; 12..Nc5 and 12..Qc7 had been played previously. Ftacnik offered the following variation: 17..Bxd5 18 exd..Rh5 19 Na5..exf 20 Nc6..Nxd5 21 Qe2..f3 22 Qxf3..Rg5 23 Qxd5..Rxd5 24 Nxe7..Re5 25 Nxc8..Qc7 26 Rxe5..dxe 27 Nd6+ with the edge to White. 19..Re8? was an ...
 
   Dec-04-17 Shabalov vs Zhong Zhang, 2001
 
plang: d5 is a key square in this line; 12 Bd3 looks a little odd to me. 12 Nd5 seems more thematic. 15 Nd5!? was a pawn sacrifice consistent with Shabalov's aggressive style. One of the justifications for the sacrifice was the weakness in the kingside caused by the double-edged 9..h5!? - ie
 
   Dec-02-17 R Dautov vs Movsesian, 2001
 
plang: 10 Qe2 was a new move; 10 Ne5 and 10 Rc1 had been played previously. 15..Qb6?! was awkward for Black; perhaps 15..Ne4 would have been more natural. Flear thought that Black would have been better off (than in the game) had he played 18..Qd8 19 Rxc8..Bxc8 20 Nxf6+..Qxf6 21 Rc1..Bb7 22 ...
 
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