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   Crocomule has kibitzed 70 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-23-13 Victor Baja (replies)
Crocomule: Thanks Alchemist! No, but that one is also fantastic. The other I found in Lommer's 2nd collection of endgame compositions.
   Sep-06-11 R Nezhmetdinov vs M Kamyshov, 1950 (replies)
Crocomule: Not that it matters... but wasn't this Yaroslavl '51?
   Feb-17-11 Tal vs Myagmarsuren, 1974 (replies)
Crocomule: If anyone ever asks you why we love him: 18...Nd5 19.Qg8+ Ke7 20.Nf5+ Kf6 21.d:e5+ K:e5 22.f4+ Ke4 23.Nd6+! Q:d6 24.Qh7+ ...
   Feb-16-11 J H Donner vs Tal, 1961 (replies)
Crocomule: Donner has a point... 23. Qe2: "Unjustified restraint at a moment when an excellent opportunity exists for 23. Rd6..." But, of course, Tal's fantastic handling of the endgame was too much for Donner.
   Jan-31-11 R Nezhmetdinov vs Suetin, 1947 (replies)
Crocomule: The gnothi seauton game, as the old timers called it..
   Jan-04-11 Arvid Kubbel (replies)
Crocomule: Someone told me that Vladimir Ilyich actually solved a Platov bros. composition? Anyone know...
   Dec-20-10 Tal vs S Johannessen, 1959 (replies)
Crocomule: 11...Nbd7 is a typical example of the difference between a master and a gm. He was afraid to play 11...Nc6 because of the potentially isolated c6 pawn, while the half-open lines and support of d5 would have compensated. Compare to 13. d:e6 in Khermlin-Tal '68.
   Dec-14-10 Tal vs Larsen, 1965 (replies)
Crocomule: See Ivkov-Kagan '79... which is odd, because Misha mentions him in his analysis.
   Dec-13-10 Tal vs Speelman, 1985
Crocomule: If I may request a game not in the database... the blitz game Jon and Misha played after this quick draw. It's in Attack with Tal. Thanks!
   Dec-13-10 Tal vs F Olafsson, 1961 (replies)
Crocomule: If you really love Tal... read his comments to 20...Kg8 in Life and Games. It begins, "Black chooses the path of least resistance".. a phrase he usually reserves for Larsen.
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