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   saintdufus has kibitzed 61 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-07-18 Murey vs Fedorowicz, 1989
saintdufus: The move 15...d5!? is rather startling. The most obvious reply is 16.ed, when White gets a protected passed pawn on the sixth rank. I've been trying to figure out why White didn't play that move. The variation 16...Re8 17.d7 (17.Qc2? Qf5) 17...Nd7 18.Qd7 Re4 looks pretty ...
   Jul-01-18 Dariusz Fistek vs A Sliwicka, 2017 (replies)
saintdufus: This game doesn't look right. The opening is odd, with White hanging important central pawns. White declines to capture a full rook for several moves, as Black undertakes clearly unsound tactical operations. Then the game ends in a win for Black--who's down a piece--on move 19? ...
   Jan-27-18 M Esserman vs Hracek, 2009
saintdufus: At the time of this game, Hracek was rated 2664 (USCF) and 2604 (FIDE). Esserman writes, in his monograph on the Morra Gambit, that Hracek was the highest-rated player yet to succumb to the Morra. Two years later Loek Van Wely (2700+) broke that record, also losing to Esserman. ...
   Jan-03-18 Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1991 (replies)
saintdufus: Yusupov's 28...Rg6!! reminds me of Spassky's 16th move in Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 , 16.Nf7!!, letting the opponent take a whole rook *with check*.
   Dec-15-17 Shabalov vs S J Breckenridge, 2017
saintdufus: The startling 27.Bf7! seems to be based on the idea 27...Rf7 (27...Nf7 28.e6) 28.Rg5! Clever tactic from an imaginative attacking player.
   Dec-15-17 Kasparov vs Karjakin, 2017
saintdufus: <4... Qe7 wins on the spot.> Far from it. On the contrary, that move actually *improves* White's game, changing the evaluation from -0.85 to -0.50 (Stockfish).
   Dec-15-17 Elene Tsotsonava vs Dehankar Mrudul, 2016 (replies)
saintdufus: There is an obvious error in this score: 4.c3 is clearly not the move played, as it hangs the queen. My guess is that 4.f3 is correct.
   Dec-13-17 M Lange vs Anderssen, 1851
saintdufus: I wonder how Lange spotted the move 21.Bd4! Was it: "If I could deflect the queen somehow, there might be tactical possibilities around g6"... Or was it more like: "Okay, I've got a strong position, let's look for attacking moves. Bd4 hits the queen but loses a piece...if he ...
   Dec-08-17 H Westerinen vs G Timmerman, 1987 (replies)
saintdufus: Yeah...they definitely prefer slow games. ;)
   Dec-08-17 H Westerinen vs J Franzen, 1988
saintdufus: Yes, you are right: I saw my mistake afterward, but it was too late to delete the comment.
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