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Member since May-21-08 · Last seen Feb-17-21
Used to be good back when there were less than 100 GM and no computers...

   JJL has kibitzed 20 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-26-19 Teschner vs L Schmid, 1969
JJL: Curiously, six months later Kavalek played Schmid in the San Juan International tournament won by Spassky. They repeated this exact game, except they agreed to the draw after 24. Re2. I guess they needed the day off...
   Aug-01-18 Spassky vs R Byrne, 1974 (replies)
JJL: It is interesting that the logical 22 .... Qc5+ 23. Kh1 Qxb5 is met by 24. Qf5 and Black loses the f7 Pawn. This exchange sacrifice seems desperate but I don’t see anything better.
   Aug-01-18 Spassky vs R Byrne, 1974 (replies)
JJL: 43. f6! does seem to create big problems for Black. I see 43 ... Kf7 44.Nd5 and Black does not have many good moves. For example, 44. ... a4 45. Rh2 a3 46. Rh7+ Kg8 47. Rg7+ Kf8 48.axb and it seems like White will be able to use his King to take the g5 Pawn and win. Does anyone have ...
   May-16-18 J Kaplan vs R Byrne, 1969
JJL: Julio Kaplan took a recent look at this game and says he missed 29. Re5 with an easy win! 29. ...Kf8 30.Re6! fxe6 31. Rh8+ Ke7 32. Rh7+ and wins. Kaplan said that during the game he did not see Rh7 and only considered Qh7 so he did not go into this line.
   Sep-03-13 Wolff vs J Leon, 2013
JJL: Two comments from the losing side. 1- I had seen as far as 19 ♖h3 h5 thinking that Black had stopped the immediate onslaught since 20. g4 is met by 20. ... ♖h8 or perhaps ...♕d7. Needless to say 20. ♖xh5 was quite an awakening. Kudos to Wolff since he was ...
   Jul-03-13 M Zitzman vs R H Steinmeyer, 1958 (replies)
JJL: Who won here? Did White lose on time? Time control should have been satisfied with his 40. f6. White seems to have a won game after 40. ... Qxg4 41. Qxe5
   May-08-13 J Mangini vs G Barcza, 1952
JJL: It looks like White went astray with 35.. Bxa7 since Nc8 picks up a piece. White's threats of advancing the c Pawn do not quite work. However, it looks to me like 35. Ra6 wins back the Pawn for White with a likely draw.
   Jan-17-13 Alekhine vs K Isakov, 1907 (replies)
JJL: 25.g3 essentially wins the Queen and mate is not far behind. As already pointed out, 25. ... Qe5 loses to 26. Nf7+ and 25. ... Qg3 is met by 26. Nf5+.
   Jun-22-11 Euwe vs J H Donner, 1950
JJL: After 21. ... Qe8 Black's attack is over and White gets to exploit the extra Pawn. The only other possibility I see for Black is 21. ... b4 but White can try 22.c4 to get out of the bind on the King side. The original plan of 21. ... g5 is now simply refuted by 22. fxg5.
   Oct-13-10 S Tatai vs D Kopec, 1978
JJL: It seems Black is running out of checks and can't make a hole in his kingside for trading Rooks or get his Q to d8 so that he doesn't get mated. 30. ... Qc4+ 31. Kg1 and after Qc1+ 32. Kg2 the checks are over. or 30. ... Qh1+ 31. Ke2 Qe4+ 32. Kd2 and the same result.
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