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Member since Jan-07-20 · Last seen Sep-29-23
My name is Gabriel Velasco. I am co-author (together with Taylor Kingston) of the book "The Life and Games of Carlos, Second Edition" (Thinkers Publishing, 2023). I am also author of the book "Masterpieces of Attack", a book dealing with the life and games of another Mexican Grandmaster: Marcel Sisniega Campbell (1959-2013). During the years 1975-1978 I lived and studied in the Soviet Union where I got my doctorate in mathematics. I even won a norm of Candidate Master in Kiev by sharing 1st-3rd prize in a chess tournament. Back to Mexico, I won the chess championship of the Mexican state of Guanajuato. I am also an avid collector of chess books written in many languages.

   Gaito has kibitzed 850 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-29-23 Spielmann vs J Mieses, 1910
Gaito: [DIAGRAM] BLACK TO MOVE 29...Rhg8? was a poor defensive move in a position that was already very bad. The engine suggests 29...Qf4! 30.Rd7+ Kb6 31.Qg1+ Qf2 32.Qd1 Qf1 33.bxc3 Qxd1+ 34.Rxd1 Re8, though White would still have had a clear plus (computer evaluation: +1.86)
   Sep-28-23 Teichmann vs J Mieses, 1910
Gaito: The move 17...Rhf8? shows carelessness and lack of concentration on Black's side. Had he been more careful, he would probably have played something like 17...Nd5 18.Qg3 Bf6 and Black is O.K. Such oversights are very common among coffeehouse players, but even grandmasters are sometimes
   Sep-25-23 Mittenthal vs T Crispin, 1974
Gaito: 14.Ke3 Qf2+ 15.Kxe4 Qd4 mate! [DIAGRAM]
   Sep-25-23 B Mikyska vs Traxler, 1896
Gaito: [DIAGRAM] BLACK TO MOVE 14....O-O-O is sufficient to win, but according to the engine (Komodo 13), even better would have been 14...Qe4! 15.cxd4 Qxd4+ 16.Kf1 O-O-O 17.Nf7 Rf8.
   Sep-24-23 S Kurkin vs Estrin, 1966
Gaito: [DIAGRAM] PUZZLE: Black to move and deliver checkmate in five moves. Solution: 23...Nd6+ 24.Kd5 c6+ 25.Ke6 Re8+ 26.Kxd6 Nc4+ 27.Qxc4 Qf8 mate.
   Sep-13-23 Speelman vs Kasparov, 1988
Gaito: GM Speelman emerged from the opening with a very good position, but since this was a rapid game (g/30), presumably in time trouble, he started making a series of bad moves that completely ruined his position (28.Rh5?, 32.Na4?, 34.Qb6?). Anyhow, Kasparov took advantage of Speelman's ...
   Aug-11-23 Sutovsky vs Smirin, 2002
Gaito: [DIAGRAM] Black to move In his comments (Chess Informant 86) the winner wrote that 17...cxd3 was dubious (?!). Actually it appears that 17...cxd3 was the only important mistake Black made, but it was a big mistake, although not an obvious one. However, with the aid of a good engine ...
   Aug-02-23 Motylev vs E Najer, 2015 (replies)
Gaito: Sorry to duplicate an old comment. I had not seen that three years ago Kibitzer Messiah already ponted out the same thing (23.Ng6? being a mistake). Next time I'll try to read the other Kibitzers' comments before writing anything myself.
   Jul-27-23 Marshall vs Bogoljubov, 1924
Gaito: [DIAGRAM] White has just played 14.Rae1! Marshall loved to play Rae1 when the Carlsbad Pawn structure arose, with a view to undertaking a King-side attack later. The alternative (favored by most "positional" players) is to prepare the minority attack (b4-b5, etc). In this game it is
   Jul-12-23 Charousek vs Englander, 1894
Gaito: This was a very brilliant and famous King hunt. It is a pleasure to play over this game.
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