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   tessathedog has kibitzed 49 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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,
   Feb-16-18 D Dubov vs E Grinberg, 2018
tessathedog: Yes -perfidious- I agree. I think it is a real skill to be able to "stay calm and open minded" when calculating a line like this, as Dubov presumably managed to do when considering 20 Qh3. I'm sure that even if I had managed to see and calculate 21...Nf4 followed by the "square ...
   Feb-08-18 I Cheparinov vs T Bopp, 2018
tessathedog: An instructive moment after Black's 12th. I'm sure I would play 13 Nbxd4 almost automatically. Cheparanov thinks more deeply. He sees the undeveloped Black kingside, and asks himself "how can I take advantage of this?". After my move, Black catches up in development and is ...
   Feb-06-18 J Moussard vs Adams, 2018
tessathedog: I'm so impressed with Adams' 23...Rc5!! If I am understanding it correctly (I haven't checked it on a computer) it's a wonderful example of two things I've been working on in one go! Firstly, "meet a threat with your own stronger threat", and secondly, "look through obstacles". ...
   Jan-22-18 Tata Steel (2018) (replies)
tessathedog: < Everett: How was Judit doing at Yifans age? Also, always wondered how a women’s menstrual cycle may affect competitive focus. Couldn’t find anything re: Judit in this regard. She would likely never admit to such a concern, I imagine.> I've wondered about that myself! It ...
   Oct-27-17 J Lindstedt vs Kramnik, 1991
tessathedog: Thank you for your patience in awaiting a reply <I3illieJoe< The move 37 d7 would have been met by a check on d4 or a1 (to clear the f6 square) followed by ...Kf6. But you were right to suspect that something is amiss with the way the game ends. Had Lindstedt found the ...
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