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Dr. Funkenstein
Member since Jun-22-05 · Last seen Jan-20-21
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   Dr. Funkenstein has kibitzed 559 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-03-20 V Makogonov vs Botvinnik, 1940 (replies)
Dr. Funkenstein: Is this a Thursday puzzle because one has to see 43. f6 and 44. f7!! at the start of the combination? White wins a piece early on in the combo but it's that f6 move that seals off any counter black has against the open king.
   Jan-15-20 Kramnik vs Q Setien, 2002 (replies)
Dr. Funkenstein: Former Real Betis manager and current (as of Jan 2020) Barcelona manager Quique Setien getting worked over by Kramnik in this one
   Nov-04-19 P K Seuffert vs Blackburne, 1894 (replies)
Dr. Funkenstein: Even if itís a draw with best play, Nf4+ is still the best move in the position which is the point of the puzzle? Not as cut and dry as a usual Monday though...
   Sep-17-19 L Galojan vs E Paehtz, 2009 (replies)
Dr. Funkenstein: 39... Qf5+ 40. Kg2 (Qf4 loses both rooks or leads to mate like in the game) Rxe2+ 41. Kg1 Qh3 42. Qf2 Rxf2+ 43. Kxf2 Qd7 and I donít think white can advance the pawn and is therefore busted
   Sep-16-19 C Coppola vs B Macias Murillo, 2009 (replies)
Dr. Funkenstein: Pretty sure this is a mistake and itís supposed to be 34... ? after 34. Bg6 where itís a Monday puzzle to win the Queen or mate after we find 34. ...Bxf3+ 35. Rg2 Qxg3 where I donít see anything other than a pair of spite checks on f7 and d7 for white
   Aug-13-19 Botvinnik vs Keres, 1966 (replies)
Dr. Funkenstein: Castling (25. ...0-0) seems to lose by force, why can't black take on g5 with either piece (as we see where not taking the pawn leads).
   Mar-18-19 V Gunina vs E Ovod, 2017 (replies)
Dr. Funkenstein: strange that stockfish overlooks 26. ...Rxe8+ as the eval appears to go from -0.45 to 3.4 something in just that one move.... is there something else we are missing?
   Feb-20-19 Korchnoi vs Timman, 1995
Dr. Funkenstein: this puzzle was recently reprinted in the Financial Times with the same text.... Qxf7 is the only move as Kxf7 Rh7+ and Rxf7 Rh8+... and then Qc2 wins attacking the c8 bishop and h7 rook question is what is the best continuation after 33. Qc2 Bd7 (I think this is
   May-03-18 Carlsen vs Topalov, 2018
Dr. Funkenstein: so Topalov avoided 51. ...Rxf5 and then after any queen check the rook blocks (Qc8+ or Qe6+ and Rf8 or Rf7) and 53. Kxg4 leads to a lost endgame where White wins the g pawn eventually and then the Q v R ending? I see a post above showing the how the king is removed from the ...
   Apr-19-18 S Gupta vs F Grafl, 2016 (replies)
Dr. Funkenstein: hmm.. the key move to find today seems to be the intermezzo 23. Nd4 which clears the way for the queen to come to g3 with check taking the rook if the queen drops back to b8 and thus leaving white a piece up... I didn't calculate from the start 21. Rxg7 Rxf3 which a poster ...
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