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Member since Sep-12-10 · Last seen Nov-20-19
USCF rating: 1950 Full Member

   JCigan has kibitzed 76 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-10-19 V Artemiev vs Aronian, 2019
JCigan: How on earth does white, one of the best technicians in the world, lose the position at move 53? While the move he plays draws still - thatís how much margin for error there is - after 53. Kd3/d2 surely a draw would have been agreed on the spot.
   Nov-07-19 D Dubov vs Radjabov, 2019 (replies)
JCigan: Did Radjabov for real miss 57... e2, easily winning?
   Oct-05-19 S Volkov vs B Socko, 2014 (replies)
JCigan: Not a great puzzle as there are numerous wins. I had 21. Rh7 and see no reason to believe itís worse than the game move.
   Jun-28-19 L Dek vs Bacrot, 2017
JCigan: The real story here is that Bacrot blundered into a well-known opening trap (which someone first showed me when I was rated 1800) and was lost by move 12
   Apr-20-19 V Keymer vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
JCigan: To all those saying White queens w check, observe that White does not queen at all because the Black knight comes to e6
   Oct-14-18 D Mastrovasilis vs Nodirbek Yakubboev, 2018 (replies)
JCigan: I find it very difficult to believe the move order 1 e4 e5 2 Nc3 Nf6 3 d4 d6 occurred in this high-level of a game. Clearly 3... exd4 and Black is already better. What I find more likely is that it went, say, 1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 e5 - this is a common Philidor move order.
   Jul-04-18 P Ponkratov vs G Oparin, 2018 (replies)
JCigan: I know Ponkratov is a strong GM, but his treatment of this opening was dreadful. Just an awful middlegame to get as white, and this isnít even a good treatment of this particular sideline (Center Game).
   Jun-16-18 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Grischuk, 2017
JCigan: It is just a dead lost position I assume he resigned
   May-08-18 R Faizrakhmanov vs S Khanin, 2018
JCigan: *at times
   Feb-13-18 D Gedult vs B Houzet, 1980 (replies)
JCigan: This is not only not an impressive game, it's simply not good. How many players of, say, 2000 elo strength or so would fail to win as black at move 20, especially when 24 ...Rxd6+ was available?
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