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Member since Sep-25-06 · Last seen Jan-26-22
Hello everybody. My name is Alfonso and I am from Spain. Some of my favourite players are Fischer, Capablanca, Alekhine, Morphy and the Romantics (Mac Donnell, Labourdonnais, Anderssen, Pillsbury), Lasker, Rubinstein, Nimzovitch, Reti (and the Hypermodernists), Botvinnik (and the Soviet School). I like also Karpov. (I don't mean to suggest that Kasparov is not a good player. I learnt to play chess at eleven, in 1984. When Karpov and Kasparov played in my country in 1987, I used to support Karpov.) You can add to the list Anand and Carlsen. In short, I like: -Romantic players.
- Positional games à la Capablanca, Karpov or Petrosian. -Ficher is my favourite player, and then possibly come Botvinnik, Capablanca, and the aforementioned. -Tal: I like him too. He was maybe apart from the "official" Russian School, so to say. It is for something he was called the Magician of Riga!

   Llera has kibitzed 95 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-25-22 Carlsen vs Mamedyarov, 2022 (replies)
Llera: <technical draw: "(...) 19..Be6 is a mistake (...)">. But taking the poisoned d4 pawn is also a mistake: 19...Nxd4? 20.Nxd4 Qxd4 21.Rd1 Qxe5 22.Rxd5 Qe1+ 23.Bf1, and the queenside black pawns will fall like ripe fruit.
   Jan-22-22 R Praggnanandhaa vs Carlsen, 2022 (replies)
Llera: <Ulhumbrus: Let us try a few moves: 25 Rxd7 Bxd7 26 Rxd7 c4 27 Nb6 c3 28 Nxa8 cxb2 29 Qxb2 Rxa8 and if White's knight can reach c4 White stands better> But if White plays now 30.Nd2?, then Black wins with 30...Qe1+ 31.Nf1 (Only move), 31...Ra1 and Black mates.
   Dec-17-21 Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935
Llera: <Llera> For 8...Ng4, see: L Laurine vs Keres, 1941
   Nov-16-21 P Romanovsky vs I Rabinovich, 1939
Llera: <Phony Benoni> Black threatens Bf4 and Bf1+, creating a mate net, and probably, Black pawns will queen before white ones. Furthermore after Black Bf1+ and Bb5, defending the c6 pawn, Black king is ready for take the walk Kd6-Ke7-Kf7-Kg6-Kxh6-Kh5-Kh4-Kg3-pg5-g4 and White pawns in
   Nov-11-21 Gipslis vs Tal, 1958
Llera: <waddayaplay> Tal was preparing an exam for the university (he was studying Philology) when he received the issue of Shakhmaty Bulletin by the post mail, and he felt the fate was auspicious to relax and examine the magazine instead of the Philology books, so he read the magazine
   Jun-22-21 Fischer vs C Clement, 1964 (replies)
Llera: Is this the same Charles Cl?ment? He was "Technical Advisor"... this chapter of Columbo: "The Most Dangerous Match": Episode 7, Season 2 of "Columbo" first aired on TV: 4 March 1973. Plot: A chess
   May-15-21 Karpov vs Portisch, 1989
Llera: <Howard> Portisch lost a piece: after 24...b4?? 25.hxg4 Bxe2 26.Rxe2+- and he lost his bishop. Maybe he should have played 24...Qf5 (or 24...Qh5), so that if 25.g4, then 25...Qc5.
   Mar-12-21 Shirov vs Piket, 1996
Llera: 21.Ne6! ⩲
   Feb-28-21 Evgeni Dragomarezkij
Llera: Dragomarezkij means "Dragon of March" in Croatian.
   Feb-21-21 Mikhail Steinberg
Llera: In the 1969 USSR Under-18 Championship, Steinberg, with Black, won Karpov in 46 moves.
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