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Gaito
Member since Jan-07-20 · Last seen Sep-16-20
I am the author of 3 chess books. Liker The Life and Games of Carlos Torre

   Gaito has kibitzed 53 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Sep-03-20 Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 (replies)
 
Gaito: In this critical position of the endgame (see diagram) [DIAGRAM] Capablanca played 38...Qa6 which looks logical, as it puts additional pressure on White's passed pawn. However, the move has the drawback of putting Black's queen too far away from the center. The strongest chess ...
 
   Sep-03-20 Geller vs Portisch, 1967
 
Gaito: 17....Na5?? was the losing move, ovelooking White's strong reply 18. Bg5! Maybe Black could have put up a sturdy defense by means of 17....Nd8 18. Ng6 Qf6.
 
   Sep-02-20 L Christiansen vs Gheorghiu, 1977
 
Gaito: 28....Re6?? was the losing move. After 28...h4! the position is unclear, with chances for both sides. 29. Qxe6?! was a flashy but dubious move. Much stronger would have been the simple 29. Rxh5 Qf6 30. f4! with 31. f5 in the offing, winning offhand.
 
   Sep-01-20 Petrosian vs Estrin, 1968
 
Gaito: The following position was reached after the move 22....f6. [DIAGRAM] Here, Petrosian's lack of training in the art of attack betrayed him, as he played 23. Ne4, a tame move that apparently is way less strong than the more agressive 23.Bc2! Very possibly someone like Tal would have ...
 
   Aug-28-20 Karpov vs Gavrikov, 1988
 
Gaito: Since this was a rapid game (30 minutes without increment), White often chose the simplest plans, though not always the most effective from the viewpoint of a chess engine like Stockfish. For example, according to the engine, 34. e6! was stronger than 34. Rd3. Likewise, 37. Rd6! would
 
   Aug-28-20 Karpov vs Hort, 1984
 
Gaito: 19...Re7? was a weak move. He should have tried an active defense, even at the cost of sacrificing a pawn: 19...a5!, with the idea of ...Ba6, getting thereby some counterplay. The worst strategy against someone like Karpov is to play passively.
 
   Aug-23-20 Tal vs Gufeld, 1972 (replies)
 
Gaito: By playing over this game one gets the deceptive impression that chess is an easy game, just because Tal made it look easy. His strategy included: 1) overprotection of the e5 pawn (Nimzowitsch), 2) the gaining of space by restricting the moves of the two black knights (moves 13.a3 and
 
   Aug-20-20 Anand vs Kasparov, 1991
 
Gaito: Compare this game with another very old game Morphy vs. Paulsen, New York, 1857: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be3 Qb6 6.Nc3 Qxb2 7.Ndb5, reaching the following position: [DIAGRAM] There followed 7....Bxe3 8.Rb1 Qxb1 9.Nxb1 Bf4 10.g3 a6 11.gxf4 axb5 12.Nc3 Ne7 13.Nxb5 O-O ...
 
   Aug-20-20 Morphy vs Paulsen, 1857
 
Gaito: Compare this game with the following one: Anand vs. Kasparov, Tilburg 1991: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f4 e6 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.O-O Qb6 9.Be3 Qxb2, reaching the diagrammed position: [DIAGRAM] There followed 10.Ndb5 axb5 11.Nxb5 Ra5 12.Rb1 Rxb5 13.Rxb2 Rxb2 14.Qa1 Rb6
 
   Aug-19-20 Reshevsky vs J H Donner, 1966
 
Gaito: Samuel Reshevsky was 54 years old when this game was played. He kept the energy and judgment of his youth even after he was quite old. In 1984, at the age of 73 he defeated GM Larry Christiansen in a beautiful game. In this game against Donner, Reshevsky's play could hardly be ...
 
   Aug-19-20 Ribli vs Tal, 1985 (replies)
   Aug-18-20 Lutikov vs Geller, 1966
   Aug-17-20 A Sokolov vs Speelman, 1988
   Aug-16-20 Kasparov vs Short, 1994
   Aug-15-20 Seirawan vs P Zarnicki, 1993
   Aug-15-20 Geller vs Anikaev, 1979
   Aug-08-20 Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 (replies)
   Aug-07-20 Reshevsky vs L Christiansen, 1984
   Jun-15-20 Najdorf vs Reshevsky, 1953
   Apr-11-20 Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1928 (replies)
   Apr-11-20 Spassky vs N Rashkovsky, 1973
   Mar-29-20 Capablanca vs N Zubarev, 1925 (replies)
   Mar-19-20 Ravinsky vs Simagin, 1957
   Mar-16-20 Y Troinov vs L Popov, 1962
   Mar-10-20 Portisch vs Petrosian, 1974 (replies)
   Mar-10-20 Hort vs Portisch, 1973 (replies)
   Mar-04-20 Bogoljubov vs Capablanca, 1928 (replies)
   Feb-27-20 Kupreichik vs Estrin, 1965
   Feb-17-20 Steinitz vs Hirschfeld, 1863
   Feb-15-20 Anand vs Robatsch, 1992
   Feb-11-20 Suetin vs L Zinn, 1965
   Feb-09-20 Marshall vs Capablanca, 1909
   Jan-30-20 Capablanca vs Marshall, 1909 (replies)
   Jan-28-20 A Khasin vs Tal, 1956 (replies)
   Jan-27-20 Hoi vs Gulko, 1988 (replies)
   Jan-26-20 Tarrasch vs Alekhine, 1925 (replies)
   Jan-10-20 Parma vs Fischer, 1970
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