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   Amarande has kibitzed 312 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-02-20 A Bachmann vs R Praggnanandhaa, 2016 (replies)
Amarande: 19 c4 is, of course, virtually forced. Then 19 ... Nb4+, and if White does not give up the Queen as already analyzed - a, 20 Ka1 Qxa3+ 21 Kb1 Qa2+ 22 Kc1 Qc1# b1, 20 Kb1 (or b2) Nd3+ 21 Ka2 Rb2+ 22 Ka1 Qxa3# b2, 20 Kb1 Nd3+ 21 Nb5 Rxb5+ 22 cxb5 Qa2# c (perhaps my favorite) 20 Kb3
   Oct-29-20 Oll vs Psakhis, 1987 (replies)
Amarande: Why not take the Rook? True, 24 Rxb3, leaving the Queen exposed on d5, appears to lose fatal material - after 24 ... Qh4+ 25 Kg1 Ng4 White must move the Rf1 to avoid mate, and after e.g. 26 Rd1 (26 Re1 Qxf2+ 27 Kh1 Qxe1#, while other rook moves lose the Queen in the same fashion ...
   Sep-14-20 Adianto vs Yusupov, 1983 (replies)
Amarande: Quickly recognized the same pattern as Steinitz vs Mongredien, 1863
   Aug-28-20 Eliskases vs Gilg, 1934 (replies)
Amarande: I'm still trying to figure out the end, unless it's just Black intending to play Bxc3+ (which he could not do on move 26, because 27 QxB!! RxQ 28 e8Q mate!) followed by chasing the WK around with Queen checks until it has to move to a dark square (allowing the B to check and ...
   Aug-26-20 Dake vs E Tholfsen, 1934 (replies)
Amarande: There is one last trap Black could lay, namely 26 ... Rxg7 27 fxg7 Bxe4. To win, White must now be sure to play 28 Nxe4 first, after which the pawn must queen, and not the hasty 28 g8Q? where Black has 28 ... Bxf3! leaving White, at most, a Pawn up, and a doubled isolated Pawn at ...
   Aug-19-20 Reti vs Fahrni, 1914 (replies)
Amarande: The Be5, King in the corner, and Queen that can reach g6 meant the mating pattern from Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein, 1928 came quickly to mind. Wait, Black's Queen guards that ... Can we deflect her? Sure can. Bam. Rxc8, 1-0.
   Jul-28-20 I Panagopoulos vs Stefansson, 1993 (replies)
Amarande: I saw the material advantage and noticed I could exchange queens easily, without leaving any significant hope for White; then I noticed I could also first trade minor pieces, and still be able to force a queen trade the move after. Upon seeing a route to a clearly winning endgame, ...
   Jul-17-20 S Nitin vs Robson, 2011 (replies)
Amarande: First looked at 28 ... Rxb2, but it took a while to revisit it (after finding that 28 ... Qxa3 doesn't work, 28 ... c4, which seems strong as now 29 ... Qxa3 is really a threat, but gets refuted by 29 Rxd5!) because after 29 Rxb2 Qxa3, rather than the game continuation I expected ...
   May-03-20 Lasker vs W M Brooke, 1904 (replies)
Amarande: If 22 Qc4 Black can get away with losing the exchange instead of a piece by ... Rc8 (now if Nxb7 Qxb7 and the N is still covered twice, so Nxc8 is as good as it gets). After 22 Qf3, if Black tries this (either Rook!), there is the pretty double check ending 23 Qxf7+ Kd8 24 Nxb7#.
   Apr-10-20 A D Green vs D Thomas, 2010 (replies)
Amarande: If 17 ... Qxd4+ instead, then 18 Qxd4 Nxd4 19 Bxf7+ Kg8 20 Bxg8+ Kxg8 21 Rd1 and Black will soon lose a piece, becoming a Rook down (to say nothing of the two pawns). I'm not sure what mistake Black was hoping for though, even though 17 ... Nxd4 does threaten mate in one, the text ...
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