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Dr. Funkenstein
Member since Jun-22-05 · Last seen Aug-08-22
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   Dr. Funkenstein has kibitzed 560 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-04-21 Zilberman vs Kogan, 2000 (replies)
Dr. Funkenstein: yeah this was an odd one....Bc7 jumps out after you realize the rook has no retreat squares but I couldn't see any reason why that one mover didn't work...since it was a puzzle I spent some time looking at Rxb4 first then Bc7, but came to the conclusion that the bishop isn't
   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 Seuffert vs Blackburne, 1894 (replies)
Dr. Funkenstein: Even if it’s 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 don’t 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 it’s supposed to be 34... ? after 34. Bg6 where it’s a Monday puzzle to win the Queen or mate after we find 34. ...Bxf3+ 35. Rg2 Qxg3 where I don’t 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 (replies)
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 ...
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