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   saintdufus has kibitzed 45 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-14-17 J Franzen vs F Baumbach, 1994
saintdufus: Accepting the sacrifice 24.Be6! would have been very dangerous after 24...fe 25.Qh6: 25...Kf7 26.Qh7+ Kf8 (mate in 2) 25...Nh5 26.Qg6+ Ng7 27.Qf7 Kh8 28.Rf3 (mate in 3) 25...Qd4 26.Qg6+ Kh8 (26...Kf8 #2) 27.Rf3 Nh7 28.Rf7 Qh4 29.Qg7# Black's best defense appears to ...
   Aug-14-17 H Westerinen vs J Franzen, 1988 (replies)
saintdufus: IM Josef Franzen once reached an impressive rating peak of FIDE 2590, but only in correspondence chess did he gain the GM title. He's also a highly accomplished geologist:
   Aug-13-17 H Westerinen vs B Thorfinnsson, 1997
saintdufus: 20...Bb5 looks bad because it opens the a-file and critically weakens the light squares around Black's king. But the alternative 20...Rc8 allows White to play 21.f4 (preventing the defense Qd2-Qa5) followed by 22.Nd4, creating the mating threat Qa6/Nc6+.
   Aug-13-17 H Westerinen vs Hector, 1989
saintdufus: Some really nice tactics here from Westerinen.
   Aug-13-17 H Westerinen vs G Timmerman, 1987 (replies)
saintdufus: Heikki Westerinen is a Finnish GM who reached his rating peak of 2485 in the mid-70s. 47.Rd5 startled me, but White has calculated that he wins the queening race by a safe two tempi.
   Aug-10-17 Bu Xiangzhi vs Gao Rui, 2014
saintdufus: <mjmorri: It is almost impossible to calculate that the Rook would be safe after going to h5, so why even bother thinking about the move?> I agree, this was a risky plan. The rook-lift to c5, in the midst of a board full of pieces, was already painting a target on his own ...
   Aug-10-17 Bu Xiangzhi vs M Thaler, 2014
saintdufus: <kubbybulin: Can someone tell me why black resigned here?> There are multiple problems with Black's position. For one thing, it's cramped and passive, while White's is active and dominant. More concretely: Black is already down one pawn, and the c-pawn is doomed as well: it
   Aug-10-17 M Hansen vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2014
saintdufus: By playing the "no-brainer" 18.Rc7, White deprived himself of the only defense to 18...Ra8, 19.Ra1. White's last few moves look like they were made in a time-scramble, but at that point did he have anything better? Maybe after 19...Bh6 20.Qb4, when the e-pawn falls but at least ...
   Jul-09-17 A Phillips vs Keres, 1955
saintdufus: In the final position, material is equal but White's queenside is about to collapse. White must have resigned because he saw there's no way to defend.
   Sep-28-16 I Nepomniachtchi vs Tomashevsky, 2010
saintdufus: <White will just play R-c6 and march his king in on the over side?> I'm not sure that's a very convincing winning line. Clearer ideas might be Rh3 (going after the h-pawn) and Bb3 (aiming to remove the Bf7 blockader). One possible line might be 51...Rd6 52.Bb3 (52.Rh3 Rd4 ...
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