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Albion 1959
Member since Aug-24-11 · Last seen Jan-18-22
Have not played competitve chess for seven years at the time of posting: Favourite players Fischer and Capablanca !!

   Albion 1959 has kibitzed 393 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-18-22 N Abdusattorov vs Carlsen, 2021
Albion 1959: Steve Patzer is right about Carlsen's 51st move ! Qxh5 eliminates the dangerous h-pawn and with it goes white's only hope of winning the game. Instead of 51.Be3? Abdusattorov should have simply pushed on with h6. It is curious in one way and refreshing in another way, that both ...
   Dec-30-21 Bronstein vs Najdorf, 1954
Albion 1959: Fischer tried the same sacrifice in an almost identical position against Najdorf in 1960, but was unable to pull off the win like Bronstein did. Maybe 16 Ke7 instead of O-O would have been an improvement. These types of positions are tricky and not easy to handle for either ...
   Dec-30-21 Fischer vs Najdorf, 1960
Albion 1959: A superb rear guard action by Najdorf. I wonder how many others would have been intimidated by Fischer and crumbled under pressure? Fischer must have missed a win somewhere, but did not have necessary technique to score the point. I wonder if the more-experienced and stronger ...
   Dec-29-21 Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1944
Albion 1959: Had another look at this endgame, with a more closer look at some of it's finer points. Sudoplatov makes a good point regarding the two minor piece can simultaneously attack and win a pawn, whereas the rook cannot perform this function. Also, a factor was Bronstein's more active
   Dec-16-21 Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen, 2021 (replies)
Albion 1959: This win helped Carlsen to retain his title. After a slow start to this match (5 draws) he powered his way to victory with four wins and two draws in the next six games. Okay, he is without doubt, the world's current best chess player and is deservedly World Champion, but his ...
   Dec-01-21 Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen, 2021 (replies)
Albion 1959: I hope we are not going to see a repeat of the 2018 Caruana match, with 12 consecutive draws. Then Carlsen wins a rapid play / blitz finish, akin to a penalty shootout in football in extra time after a boring goalless draw. He won by the same fashion in 2018 against Karjakin ...
   Aug-20-21 Tal vs Spassky, 1965 (replies)
Albion 1959: Spassky's last win against Tal. Up to 1965 he had beaten Tal 9 times in 23 games. Then in the next 20 games up to 1989, Spassky failed to beat Tal again, while losing 4 games to Tal !
   Aug-15-21 P Johner vs Rubinstein, 1907
Albion 1959: Johner should have been able to hold this ending. Credit though to Rubinstein, for being able to eke out a win with his meagre forces. Opposite bishops to boot. He did even sacrifices a pawn at the end. He didn't even need the use of his king. An instructive and underrated ...
   Aug-11-21 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 (replies)
Albion 1959: Once a year I have a look at this game. It was without doubt the most difficult, hardest and technically challenging game of the match. It is not surprising that both players did not find the correct moves. Would Alpha Zero, Stockfish or Deep Blue have solved the finer points of
   Aug-11-21 Fischer vs Rossetto, 1960
Albion 1959: Had another look at this one. This game features in The Games of Robert J Fischer (Batsford 1972) Page 190-game 360: It gives Black's 29th move Nb7 as ! With hindsight and best play, it would have lead to a draw. 32.Rg6+? Was the mistake that lost the game. Whereas with 32.Rxh6 ...
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