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   RookFile has kibitzed 15287 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-29-15 W Lukowiak vs A Shaw, 1984
RookFile: Lukowiak was a skillful endgame player. I think that ...Qe8 keeps the queens on the board longer. The London against the King's Indian doesn't seem to give much because white says he is going to control e5, but in reality black gets his ...e5 thrust in without difficulty. In the ...
   Aug-29-15 A Shaw vs W Kelleher, 1984 (replies)
RookFile: The question was asked: "Why?" My guess is, the answer is: "No counterplay". I remember reading something Charlie Hertan wrote a couple of decades ago. He said that when you're winning against a strong player, the best thing you can do is "do not hurry", and restrict his ...
   Aug-29-15 B Gasic vs Petrosian, 1972
RookFile: White has his kingside pawns running down the board, and Petrosian says on move 16: "I know! Let's play 16...0-0". Such is a man confident in his defensive abilities.
   Aug-28-15 Short vs Piket, 2001 (replies)
RookFile: Great game by Piket. I think his play honored Korchnoi because he calculated concretely at each turn. As Korchnoi would sometimes do, he would let white at first taste the joy of the initiative, but then strike back with a counterattack.
   Aug-27-15 Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (replies)
RookFile: The topic was the Karpov vs. Kasparov match, and the issue was that it supposedly showed a danger that Karpov vs. Fischer could go 100 games. I don't agree with what you just said, but for the moment, let's just go with your theory. If so, it merely proves the point that Karpov vs.
   Aug-27-15 Marshall vs H J Chilton, 1906
RookFile: An off day for Marshall. Almost anybody else would have played 15. Bxd7+ without thinking, but he marched to the beat of a different drummer.
   Aug-25-15 Smyslov vs J H Donner, 1950 (replies)
RookFile: Smyslov gambits a pawn, relying upon the dark squares as compensation. I wouldn't want to have the black pieces. Over the board it must have been very hard to play against this.
   Aug-25-15 Smyslov vs Fischer, 1970
RookFile: Naturally, the quote is not intended to be taken literally. Rather, it is praise for Fischer's strong technique. Take this game for example - Fischer puts his pawns on light squares, and Smyslov goes Na4 to get rid of the dark squared bishop. From a positional point of view, what ...
   Aug-25-15 Reshevsky vs Smyslov, 1970
RookFile: Smyslov certainly got what he wanted out the opening. He plays 5....Ngf6 and Reshevsky answers with 6. Nxf6+. This is not exactly the most testing approach to the Caro. Smyslov's position might have even been a little preferable in the final position.
   Aug-25-15 Korchnoi vs R Felgaer, 2001
RookFile: 14...h6 looks like a big concession. Later, when black had to capture on d4, he could not do with the the bishop because h6 drops.
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