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   plang has kibitzed 8782 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-23-17 Lilienthal vs Kotov, 1948
plang: This was the debut game for 12..Qb6 which today is considered the main line. This is the only game where 14 dxc was played; today 14 d5 us played automatically (interestingly Kotov gives 14 dxc an exclamation point). 20 Qe5? was an error; better was 20 Be3..Re4 21 Nxe4..Qxe4 22 ...
   Jun-22-17 Lubomir Kavalek
plang: He has not written a column for the Huffington Post in over 4 months - is he OK?
   Jun-22-17 Sadvakasov vs Morozevich, 2001
plang: 13..Ne5 and 13..Nd4?! had been played previously; 13..Nb4 was new but does not seem to be an improvement over 13..Ne5. With Black's knight offside on a6 White's kingside attack was very promising but 21 Ng1? was not the best way to accomplish it; one more promising line was 21 ...
   Jun-21-17 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
plang: Apparently, there are a whole lot of "unclean vermin"
   Jun-21-17 Jeremy Lim (replies)
plang: yes, but if they took more 3s they would be more difficult than the ones they were taking and the % would go down.
   Jun-21-17 Yurtaev vs Y Meshkov, 1990
plang: this game is a duplicate
   Jun-21-17 Van Wely vs Tkachiev, 2001
plang: After 9 Qc2 the position that is reached is a Queens Indian - Catalan hybrid the Informant categorizes it as E08). 3 months earlier at Wijk aan Zee Van Wely had played 15 Nd2 against Adams (Black had gone on to win). Black sacrificed a pawn for counterplay with 26..c5 but ...
   Jun-19-17 Leko vs Kasparov, 2001
plang: 16..e5 had been played in a little known 2000 game; 16..Nc5 was new. Kasparov's 17..dxc?! has not been repeated; 17..Qxc5 was better. With 20..Rb3!? Kasparov was committing to a risky exchange sacrifice. Leko questioned his decision to return the exchange with 23 Rxd5?! thinking that ...
   Jun-18-17 Altibox Norway (2017) (replies)
plang: Team tournament is considerably weaker than usual.
   Jun-16-17 I Sokolov vs Dreev, 2001
plang: PlayedHermanas 2001 which was a 10 player round robin; Dreev and Smirin tied for 1st with +2. 5..h6 sidesteps the supersharp Botvinnik line (5..dxc). Historically White had responded with the positional 6 Bxf6 but it was around this time that the gambit 6 Bh4 was becoming popular. ...
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