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   tessathedog has kibitzed 55 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-11-18 A Kosten vs K Berg, 1988
tessathedog: Very nice game! Two great moments: a) 16 Nc1! inviting the capture of the d5 pawn, which would have been met by exchanging the minor pieces followed by the deflecting Re8+! b) the "star" move 22 b4! A nice trap. The rest of the game shows why this pawn can't be taken, the Black
   Aug-08-18 Daniel Freeman (replies)
tessathedog: That's a great suggestion that Rex Sinquefield step in to save the site. I'm not a great fan of all that Rex does in chess (in particular the speeding up of the game) but have never doubted he is well intentioned. Here he has an opportunity to do something of real value to the ...
   Aug-04-18 Short vs Gelfand, 1991
tessathedog: This is a great game. Chess playing at the absolute highest level. I found it in one of my old Informators, and played through it reading Short's Informator notes. At first I was somewhat puzzled by the game. Only after studying it more carefully and watching the video posted by
   Jul-30-18 Timman vs Seirawan, 1991 (replies)
tessathedog: A wonderfully instructive game from Seirawan! It seems to include so many of the little "technical" subtleties to play for (and watch out for) in the Hedgehog. For example: a) ...Na7! to draw a4, weakening the b3 pawn. Any later b4 in turn would weaken the c4 pawn. b) once the ...
   Jul-28-18 Dolmatov vs Polugaevsky, 1988 (replies)
tessathedog: Nice kingside attack from Dolmatov, showing he was more than just a master of endgames. An early provocation of a weakness (18 Ng5!)which proves vital when the decisive combination (29 Nxg6!) is launched a dozen moves later. The final move is also aesthetically pleasing.
   May-07-18 Nigel Short (replies)
tessathedog: It feels a little odd to come to the defence of a cat, but "Chess Higher Cat" was merely adding to a topic (religion) discussed by others, and in fact initiated by a post from the player himself. He is entirely in order (even a dog is prepared to acknowledge this).
   Mar-29-18 L Draskovic vs Jobava, 2018
tessathedog: Thanks @HeMateMe for drawing this game to my attention. It's a lovely ending. As you point out, the "gaining space" on the queenside is instructive, but it is the Jobava "tactical flair" that brings home the bacon. For example, if 44 Rd1 then axb3 45 Rxd2 b2! (relying on knight ...
   Mar-20-18 World Championship Candidates (2018) (replies)
tessathedog: Agree with @devere and @Imran Iskandar. The Grand Prix is far too slow moving and boring, and should be replaced by a single exciting event. A large swiss with three places available would be much better. Imran Iskandar makes a very good point that the World Cup is diminished by
   Feb-23-18 A Mikaelyan vs V Fedoseev, 2018 (replies)
tessathedog: Lovely finish.
   Feb-17-18 Yi Xu vs Wang Hao, 2018
tessathedog: Impressive game from Wang Hao, who may well get my vote for the most interesting player on the planet. A nice demonstration of how bishops of opposite colour favour the attacker. Here after White's 23rd one wonders at first sight if there is adequate material for such an attack,
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