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   Amarande has kibitzed 347 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-15-23 Steinitz vs A Sellman, 1885
Amarande: <keypusher: Why not 31.Bh4?> If 31 Bh4? Qxd4+, which is presumably why Black played 30 ... Qb6 in the first place. <thejack: Why not 31.Ne6 ?> 31 Nxe6 Qxc7 (if Qxe6 32 Qxd8, and if Kxe6 32 Bxb6) 32 Nxc7 Nf8 (to stop e6+) 33 Nxa8 Rxa8 34 Rc7+ seems pretty winning, but ...
   Jan-07-23 W Arencibia Rodriguez vs M Gongora Reyes, 1998 (replies)
Amarande: <EasilyConfused: Wow 28 Rxh4! is an amazing move. If 28..Kxh4, 29 Qd2 cuts off the King�s escape and threatens both 30 Qh6# and 30 g3+ Kh3 31 Nf3#.> Don't forget the conclusion! Black has to counter with 29 ... Qf6, but then White has 30 g3+ Kh3 and now another nice sac to ...
   Nov-28-22 Zaw Win Lay vs Zaw Oo, 1999 (replies)
Amarande: <catlover: I was surprised that black resigned since he was "only a pawn down." CG's engine evaluates the final position +4.45.> If only it was only about the pawn Black might not have resigned. But the pawn doesn't even matter, it was White's Queen getting to c5 and mate on ...
   Nov-25-22 P Lalic vs M Grigoryan, 2022 (replies)
Amarande: <nalinw> It does remind me somewhat of Morphy vs Maurian, 1858
   Nov-24-22 M Sibarevic vs E Bukic, 1976
Amarande: The mate after 17 ... Nxe5 18 Nf6# is a nice one. We were always told it was best to develop one's knights to QB3 and KB3. Even better if it's your opponent's QB3 and KB3, apparently!
   Oct-31-22 Tarrasch vs G Marco, 1892
Amarande: It's actually interesting to see how the computer vs. the human mind sees some of these games. On silicon, White's advantage at the end is actually a lot more mild than in many games where the loser trudges on for sometimes quite a long time before resigning. It's not even +3! A ...
   Oct-31-22 So vs Kasparov, 2016
Amarande: Ahhhh. The good old "when you find a good move, make sure you didn't miss a better one" adage once again, then :)
   Oct-31-22 Anatoly Karpov (replies)
Amarande: <MissScarlett: I pass on this information, conscious that the chess biographical community shows little apparent interest in the family affairs of the great players.> This seems noticeable, and I expect it's likely because of the nature of chess and its devotees compared to ...
   Oct-31-22 C S Howell vs R P Michell, 1907
Amarande: 13 ... Bf5? is the loser, and is exemplary of the reason that the Giuoco with 4 c3 used to be feared in less theorized times: the lemons often do appear quite rational, sometimes even more so than the right move. Here, for instance, the Bishop develops to a good square, even ...
   Oct-31-22 Giuoco Piano (C54)
Amarande: It just seems like this opening has kinda petered out under the weight of analysis, like draughts or tic-tac-toe, even. When it was less well known you got classics like Steinitz vs. von Bardeleben (7 ... d5? involves Black in difficulties), or the various ways in which the Moller ...
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