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   RookFile has kibitzed 14102 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-31-14 Tal vs Spassky, 1979
RookFile: Tal was pretty cold blooded. Black's position looked pretty menacing for much of this game, but Tal found the resources.
   Jul-31-14 Botvinnik vs Kotov, 1946 (replies)
RookFile: I think it might be an equal game after 8. e3. Instead, f3 lead to problems. It's not a developing move and it weakens the e3 square. After 8. e3 cxd4, I guess white has to interpolate 9. Bxf6 Qxf6, and only then play 10. cxd4. The game then may be headed towards a draw.
   Jul-31-14 Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match (1972) (replies)
RookFile: <Spassky played 15...b5 and 16.Ba7 wins the exchange. Three writers on this move all took a different view.> I think Gligoric is most correct. He was there, ringside at the match, and knew the buzz coming out of both camps. You don't just sac the exchange against Fischer on a
   Jul-30-14 Capablanca vs Lasker, 1914
RookFile: Lasker's 41... Ke7 was very important. If the king was not close enough, the pawn sacrifice 43. a5 would have won for white.
   Jul-30-14 USSR Championship (1952) (replies)
RookFile: When you look up and see guys like Keres and Smyslov in the middle of the pack, it makes you realize how ridiculously strong these Soviet championships were.
   Jul-29-14 Reshevsky vs J Petranovich, 1988
RookFile: Needless to say, I can find nothing more satisfying than an irresistible queen's rook pawn. If 31...Rc7 32. a7 and Rxa7 loses to 33. Nc8+ It's probably the case the 13....Rf7 was not aggressive enough. 13.... g5 may have been in order.
   Jul-28-14 Larry Evans vs Reshevsky, 1966
RookFile: It looks like Evans went into this game with a great plan for how to win this game against Reshevsky. I'm sure he had spent time preparing this King's Indian Attack in advance. Everybody remembers Fischer winning these tournaments, usually with other-worldly scores. Evans had a ...
   Jul-26-14 Szabo vs Benko, 1951 (replies)
RookFile: 27....Qb6+
   Jul-25-14 Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (replies)
RookFile: <Subjective. I say Fischer avoided it by refusing to simply follow the basic format.> Ah yes. Fischer wins the world championship, and that creates an obligation on his part to follow somebody's else new format, rather than his own. It's all becoming clear to me now.
   Jul-21-14 Korchnoi vs Nunn, 1981 (replies)
RookFile: The whole game is pretty unbelievable, because Korchnoi got the rook on a8 too. The game is way over my head, I wouldn't presume to understand it.
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