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   stst has kibitzed 1702 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-25-18 Movsesian vs Leko, 2012
stst: Since the center is tough to crack, observe that the Black R is lonely on a-file. Try the side line: 23.Ra1 RxR (if K moves to protect, result pretty much the same) 24.RxR Kb7 (for afraid the back rank B gone, the remaining R vulnerble) 25.Bf4 (leave the B for later use) Ne7 26.NxN ...
   Feb-24-18 Aeroflot Open (2018) (replies)
stst: I have eyed Artemiev two years ago. This cool lad, slender but strong, has a steady but ambitious if not "killer" pair of eyes. Hope he will go far, and up!!
   Feb-24-18 S Sjugirov vs A Timofeev, 2009
stst: It's a long wind for either RR-sac or RB-sac. Two main lines (A)28......RxN, 29.QxR Rxc2, 30.KxR Qxa2+, 31.Kd3 (Kc3 invites b4+ still Kd3) Qxb3+, 32.Ke2 (else will fork) Bc4+, 33.Kf2 (Ke1 invites Bb4+) Qc2+ Kg3 etc.. (B)28......Bf3 force take, 29.QxB Rxc2, 30.KxR Qxa2+ etc Also may be ...
   Feb-24-18 World Championship Candidates (2018) (replies)
stst: < thought MVL and Naka were in the candidates tournament ahead of, say, Ding and Grishuk..> Well, hard to have real objective evaluation. Both Ding & Grishuk are also pretty strong. Several options; 1. Expand the number, say to 12 2. Have a pre-Candidates to round down to 8. ...
   Feb-22-18 D Wagner vs P Nikolic, 2017 (replies)
stst: try visual, several lines plausible. (A) 17.Bd3 g6 (other moves ==> 18.BxB NxB, 19.RxN no escape for K; or if BxB, 18.Rh8#) 18.Bxg6 fxB 19.Ne6 forks Q,R (B) 17.Qc2/d3 (if BxQ, 18.Rh8#) g6 18.Nxg6 fxN 19.RxB NxR 20.Qxg6+ Kh8 21.QxN#
   Feb-21-18 R Costigan vs L Day, 1987 (replies)
stst: Tricky... first knee-jerk seems to be a Q-sac, QxR+, after KxQ, RxP+, the K can simply go up/down the e-file and the 2 WR can do nothing to deliver mate. Rather then, go with RxP threatening QxR mate, without any rescue. Naturally, RxR, then Qc8+, Ke7, Qc7+ Ke6, and Qd6#... step by ...
   Feb-20-18 D Abrahams vs K Arakhamia-Grant, 2017 (replies)
stst: 20.......Qa4 will earn a Rook free, for if 21.QxQ Nf3# if 21.R moves, QxQ is devastating After 22.Qe2, QxR 23.BxB Black can Qxd3 or Nxd3 to exchange +...
   Feb-19-18 B Jeran vs D Cawdery, 2017 (replies)
stst: Back to Mondy again... time goes quick, and never ends, that might be the true nature of time... going around in a circle, no start, no end... Here, Monday Q-sac is usual, no exception for this one: 20... QxN+ (of course the hN) 21.KxQ (forced) Nf3+ forks Q 22.Kh3 NxQ forks both ...
   Feb-18-18 Yu Yangyi vs G Oparin, 2012 (replies)
stst: <..But why does black tamely swap his ♕ for a ♖? > Remember this is only a Junior tourney, though "dubbed" as Championship. May be in time pressure, sac the Q to at least delay the loss is human knee-jerk. Overall, not too bad a game, but the way it's played out is...
   Feb-17-18 J van Foreest vs A Liang, 2017 (replies)
stst: Interesting that early move 10 the position got White into an advantage, Be3 eyeing the Q, and the two N's in good spot to exploit this advantage. Lots of variations later, but try this N-sac line: 10.NxP harassing Q, dxN (too risky leaving it untouched) 11.d5 (the point, letting Be3 ...
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