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   Mayankk has kibitzed 237 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-26-22 Jiner Zhu vs Erigaisi, 2022
Mayankk: What’s the thought process behind 37 … kb6 instead of 37 … Rb6 ? The former abandons the g6 (and potentially f5 as well) pawn and gives White a glimmer of hope with his two passed pawns. The latter safeguards the g6-f5 pawn structure, and Black can always pick the weak a3 pawn
   Nov-20-21 Firouzja vs Jobava, 2021 (replies)
Mayankk: Black refused to exchange Queens twice on moves 30 and 31. Three moves later he had to show accurate defensive skills simply to survive, after 34 g5 hxg5. He didn’t and had a lost game by move 41. When you are playing for a draw against a superior opponent, which was clearly the ...
   Nov-08-21 T Fruebing vs L Espig, 1994 (replies)
Mayankk: What was the point of 33 Re2? It un-doubles the White Rooks, blocks the critical escape square e2 for White king with f2 and e1 already weakened while also putting this Rook in a generally cramped space. Maybe White was just hoping for repetition there but it is usually a weak ...
   Aug-09-21 Carlsen vs Duda, 2021 (replies)
Mayankk: Does anyone know how the game may have moved after 53… Kxf4? What prompted Black to play g6 instead ? After 53 … Kxf4, 54 Kd4 Bxg5 55 Kxe4, Black has a passed g pawn while White still has to clean up the b pawn to create a passer of its own.
   Jul-27-21 V S Gujrathi vs V Durarbayli, 2021
Mayankk: Seems White missed a win by 20 Nd6+ after which 20 …. Bxd6+ 21 Qg6+ Kd8 22 exd6 Qc6 21 Rh3 etc… gives it a winning advantage. Black returned the favour by missing 33 … Rd6 where the option Bd5 to pin the e6 Rook is no longer available. Interesting that both the misses happened
   Dec-31-20 Macieja vs R Slobodjan, 2011 (replies)
Mayankk: I think I would have wrongly played this attack in a real game by 32 Qd4+ instead of 32 Be5+, where the King can escape via the e4 square...
   Dec-22-20 T K Ozgur vs J M Miciano, 2018 (replies)
Mayankk: 34 ... Rf1+ 35 Rg1 Bf3# is the quickest route to victory. But let’s say in a Blitz game we fail to spot 34 ... Rf1+ and play 34 ... Bf3 instead. Is it still a Black win ?
   Dec-21-20 R Kempinski vs R Slobodjan, 2010 (replies)
Mayankk: A somewhat unusual but satisfying Rook sac at 31 Rxg7+. As some other fellow kibitzers have noted, solving this on move 31 is one thing. Voluntarily getting your Rook trapped via 24 Rc7 and 26 Qxf7+, anticipating this sac 5 moves later is a different matter altogether.
   Dec-20-20 J Roos vs Miralles, 1997 (replies)
Mayankk: The first few moves are extremely forcing with not many side variations to worry. 22 ... Bxe2 forces the White Queen on a vulnerable square. 23 ... d3 attacks it immediately where Qxd3 loses to the Bishop fork via Bxb2 when White must lose a Rook. This necessitates 24 cxd3 after ...
   Dec-19-20 Tkachiev vs Watson, 1993
Mayankk: The game sequence seems to play itself once you spot the 20 Nd5 idea and how 22 Bxf6 takes out the only piece defending the Black king, while also wrecking its pawn structure. All the moves after that are sort of obvious, 23 Rg3+ (what else), and 24 Qxh7+ is a Monday puzzle Queen ...
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