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Analysis 101
Compiled by effatah

I'm a poor player, calculator, and strategist. I don't have any games memorized. I don't have any openings memorized. And I probably couldn't checkmate with two knights and a bishop in an endgame if you gave me all the time in the world.


I do like to analyze games. I also like listening to, reading, and watching analysis of games by others whether they be users here (favs include <keypusher>, <Honza Cervenka>, <Phony Benoni>, <Rookfile>, <perfidious>, and many more of the old guard) or if it's Jan Gustafsson on Chess24 (he's my new favorite), or Peter Svidler (whom I know is everybody's fav, call me passé), or Nigel Short (whose cheekiness and storytelling is just as superb as his analysis).

The list below includes games of all kinds that I've attempted analysis on myself, or that I have followed the analysis of by others.

Resigned position: How does white win?
Y Hou vs H Cordes, 2015 
(C11) French, 39 moves, 1-0

Opening questions: The Queen's Gambit Accepted
Marshall vs Janowski, 1907 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1-0

Resigned position: How does white win?
Y Hou vs M Al Sayed, 2015 
(B91) Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation, 35 moves, 1-0

Resigned position: How does black win?
H Steiner vs Reshevsky, 1934 
(C11) French, 36 moves, 0-1

Uncommented game: Is there improvement for black?
C Kottnauer vs Reshevsky, 1950 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Endgame questions: Why does black resign?
Reshevsky vs A Kevitz, 1936 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 44 moves, 1-0

Nakamura traps Anand in his own opening prep
Nakamura vs Anand, 2016 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 26 moves, 1-0

Uncommented game: Where did black go wrong?
Reshevsky vs H Morton, 1936 
(D95) Grunfeld, 49 moves, 1-0

Carlsen's opening choices complicate Radjabov's middlegame
Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2015 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

Opening study: exploiting black's cramped position
Y Hou vs V Sanal, 2015 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 47 moves, 1-0

Resigned position: How does white win?
C Yip vs Akshita Gorti, 2016 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 48 moves, 1-0

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