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Member since Sep-25-06 · Last seen May-17-22
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 101 times to chessgames   [less...]
   May-13-22 Karpov vs Yusupov, 1988
Llera: After 24.Ng5!, Mark Taimanov writes in "The Soviet Chess Championships": "Now the threat is 25 Rxe6! fxe6 26 g4! Qh6 27 Nf7+, so Black's reply is forced." [Black's reply was 24...Rf8 to avoid the Knight check in f7.] But Mark Taimanov missed something. If White is allowed to play on
   Apr-30-22 Olgerts Bergmanis
Llera: Is he still alive?
   Apr-02-22 Geller vs Ivkov, 1969
Llera: <Whitehat1963> Probably 16.Qg3?! is a mistake (Better was 16.Rae1= with equality). After 16...Nc4! (Black advantage), 17.Bf2 is practicvally the only move because if 17.Bf4, then Black plays 17...Bc5, and White black squares [the diagonal g1-a7] is weak. Ivkov could have taken ...
   Apr-01-22 Ivkov vs Szabo, 1963
Llera: It seems to me after 43.Kg6 Kg6 44.Kf4 Kf7 45.Ba3, the White King would walk over the dark squares (Ke3-Kd4-Kc5-Kd6) and then would go to d7 (Kd7) so that Black would be forced to move (he would be in zugzwang) and would lose the e6 pawn. You could argue that White does not move six ...
   Mar-21-22 A Moiseenko vs A Iljushin, 2006
Llera: 22.Qg3!? bxc3 23.Bf1 cxb2 24.Bxg7 Nh5 25.Qh4 Nxg7 26.exf5 exf5 27.Bxc4+ Be6 28.Ng5 h5 29.Nxe6 Txe6 30.Rg6 Kh7 31.Bxe6 Qe8 32.Qg5 Qxg6 33.Bg8+ Kxg8 34.Qxg6 Rb8 35.Rb1+ (+-) Followed by 36.Qxc6-37.Qc2-38.Rxb2 or 36.Qg2-37.Rxb2.
   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)
   May-15-21 Karpov vs Portisch, 1989
   Mar-12-21 Shirov vs Piket, 1996
   Feb-28-21 Evgeni Dragomarezkij
   Feb-21-21 Mikhail Steinberg
   Jan-28-21 Fine vs Maroczy, 1936
   Dec-30-20 J P Wallace vs Taimanov, 1995
   Nov-04-20 kevin86 chessforum
   Nov-02-20 Furman vs Smejkal, 1971
   Oct-18-20 Kramnik vs Timman, 1995
   Oct-02-20 Morozevich vs J Rowson, 1999 (replies)
   Sep-01-20 Wouter Spoelman
   May-18-20 S Webb vs F Baumbach, 1999
   May-14-20 S Williams vs M Simons, 1999 (replies)
   May-12-20 Tihomir Toshkov
   May-09-20 P Dely vs E Varnusz, 1961 (replies)
   May-05-20 G Borisenko vs Dorfman, 1975
   Apr-12-20 Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1991 (replies)
   Mar-26-19 Dieter Mohrlok
   Nov-28-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
   Nov-18-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
   Jun-16-17 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2017 (replies)
   May-24-17 Kamsky vs Yermolinsky, 1987
   Apr-13-17 Z Almasi vs Van Wely, 1994
   Nov-30-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
   Nov-30-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
   Nov-30-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
   Nov-28-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
   Nov-26-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
   Nov-24-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
   Nov-23-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
   Nov-21-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
   Nov-17-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
   Nov-15-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
   Sep-17-15 Jakovenko vs Li Chao, 2008 (replies)
   Mar-04-15 Igor Berenboym vs R Hovhannisyan, 2015
   Apr-09-14 Bologan vs Shimanov, 2014 (replies)
   Jan-31-13 Michael Richter (replies)
   Jan-26-13 A Stefanova vs Kamsky, 2010 (replies)
   Sep-29-12 Carlsen vs Aronian, 2012 (replies)
   Jan-29-08 Paul Saint-Amand (replies)
   Jul-29-07 F Duz-Khotimirsky vs Kotov, 1938 (replies)
   Feb-06-07 Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 (replies)
   Feb-02-07 Van Wely vs Svidler, 2007 (replies)
   Feb-01-07 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2007 (replies)
   Sep-25-06 Reti vs Rubinstein, 1923 (replies)
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