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   ClassZPlaya has kibitzed 79 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-20-23 R Nezhmetdinov vs P Ermolin, 1946 (replies)
ClassZPlaya: Tal beat me with the White pieces with this variation when I played him in a simul over 35 years ago. Our game continued 8. .. Nfd7 9. e6 Ne5 10. exf7+ Nxf7 11. Bb5+ Bd7. That's all I remember and I can't find the scoresheet at the moment. But I do recall that there were no ...
   Mar-16-23 P Krug vs H Hauptmann, 1955 (replies)
ClassZPlaya: I went with 25. Rd8+ which also wins handily after either 25. ... Rxd8 26. Qxd6 or 25 ... Ka7 26 Qxd6 Rxd6 27. Rxh8
   Mar-05-23 Z Erdelyi vs I Farago, 2004 (replies)
ClassZPlaya: Found 18 ... Bf3 and most of the main variations fairly quickly because I knew this was a puzzle. But TBH I doubt I would have found this or even thought that Black had an advantage in the puzzle position in a live over the board game.
   Feb-15-23 Stahlberg vs J Bolbochan, 1941 (replies)
ClassZPlaya: I was definitetly on the right track and saw most of the relevant ideas, but I couldn't decide which capture was better on f5: Nxf5 or Bxf5 because in either case the recapture on f5 is not forced. For example after 37. Bxf5 Bf7 38. Bc2 Qh4 39. f5 Qxg3 40. Rxg3 gxf5 41. Nxf5 ...
   Oct-20-22 A Reggio vs H Fahrni, 1905 (replies)
ClassZPlaya: Not a good day for me. Not only did I forget that the Black Queen is hanging in the puzzle position, but I also missed that even if the Nf3 were somewhere else irrelevant that my move 20 ... Ba3?! fails simply to 21. Bd4. I did see the 20 ... Qxc3+ idea (was trying to prepare it
   Oct-09-22 B Rytov vs Tal, 1976 (replies)
ClassZPlaya: If I were White I would have tried 24. Qxg3 Nxe2 25. Qh2 Nxc1 26. Bxc1 with a defensible position and some play. For example 26. ... f5 27. Ng5 would give ^Black^ something to worry about.
   Sep-26-22 A Powers vs Dake, 1937 (replies)
ClassZPlaya: For me the most interesting part of today's puzzle is that Stockfish gives 1 ... Nf6 a " ? ". Does this mean that modern engines evaluate Alekhine's Defence as unsound or (unlikely) is it just not in Stockfish's opening book?
   Sep-12-22 S Bengtsson vs N Benmesbah, 2019 (replies)
ClassZPlaya: the same mate was possible at move 19: 19 ... Qc3+ 20. bxc3 Bxc3 ++
   Jun-16-22 H Heinicke vs Gilg, 1940 (replies)
ClassZPlaya: 25. ... Nxe5! is also a gem
   Apr-08-22 P Troeger vs Tal, 1960 (replies)
ClassZPlaya: scored 42 ... I had a lot of difficulties in the opening as I don't play the Dutch. The 8. ... Be7 and 9. ... d6 plan did not see very "Tal-like" to me so I tried 8. ... b6
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