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   Mayankk has kibitzed 574 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-26-23 A Steinkuehler vs Blackburne, 1863 (replies)
Mayankk: Beautiful solution. Happy to have spotted it. Black would have tried for smothered mate, but the g2 pawn has moved to g3 and created an escape square for the White King. Luckily it has its light-squared Bishop to plug that gap. 20 ... Qg1+ 21 Rxg1 Nf2+ (standard smothered mate ...
   Sep-25-23 A Manea vs C Nanu, 2001 (replies)
Mayankk: I saw how 39 ... Bxb4 wins a few pawns on the Queenside after 40 Rb3 Bxc3+ 41 Ke2 Rd2+ and 42 ... Rxa2. Or 41 Kf1 b4 to lock up the Rook, target the a2 pawn and then let the c-b pawn pair to push towards their Queening squares. It seemed rather prolonged for a Monday solution ...
   Sep-24-23 Anand vs So, 2023
Mayankk: Then it's even more commendable. So well prepared despite playing only sporadically.
   Sep-24-23 C Carls vs H Johner, 1927 (replies)
Mayankk: I saw 17 Nxe5 dxe5 ( else a discovered attack on either Black Q or K) 18 d6 Bxf5 ( 18 ... Qd8 19 Rxe5+ Be7 20 Rxe7+ and Black is toast) 19 Qxf5 Qd7. After that I didn't know if 20 Rxe5+ is superior or 20 Qxe5+. I also didn't see the strategy behind 20 Qxe5+ Kd8 21 b4.
   Sep-23-23 O Roething vs Marshall, 1900 (replies)
Mayankk: For some reason the first few moves. flashed immediately in front of me although I don't recall seeing this combination before. Black's primary goal seems to be clearing the lines for its f3 pawn to promote. We force it by 35 ... Rxg1+ 36 Kxg1 Ne2+ 37 Kh1 (37 Kf1 Bh3+ is worse ) ...
   Sep-22-23 Botvinnik vs Keres, 1952 (replies)
Mayankk: I saw these two lines. 30 Nf5 gxf5 31 Rh3 f6 32 gxf6 Rf7 33 Rxf5 with White up by 2 pawns and a menacing attack 30 Nf5 Ree8 31 Qf6 Ng7 32 Nh6+ Kh8 33 Nxf7+ Kg8 34 Rcf3 where White seems to have breached Black fortress and is also up a pawn. I didn't consider that Black will allow ...
   Sep-21-23 P Johner vs F D Rosebault, 1910 (replies)
Mayankk: I thought the answer would be 24 Ne8+. The only reasonable reply seems to be 24 ... f6 as everything else leads to a quick mate. 24 Ne8+ f6 25 Bg7+ Kh7/Kg8 26 Nxf6+ Kxg7 27 Ng4+ etc. The lines got longer but the Black King was getting continually harrassed and with Rd7+ or Bxe6+ ...
   Sep-20-23 J Mason vs F Perrin, 1873 (replies)
Mayankk: Black is threatening Qxg2# but its King has walked up to the centre of board for some reason. And we all know what happens to a King trapped in centre of board. First candidate move is 20 Rxd5+ but there's no obvious quick mate after 20 ... Kxd5 21 Qd3+ Bd4 although White is likely ...
   Sep-19-23 A Needleman vs A Cordero, 2003 (replies)
Mayankk: My first instinct was that an immediate 44 Bg5 should suffice since 44 ... Qxg4 leads to an instant 45 Rd8#. But Black can prolong a losing game by 44 ... Qa8 45 Rd8+ Qxd8 etc. So we flip the move order and go 44 Rd8+, followed by 45 Bg5+ and 46 Qxe5. Better.
   Sep-18-23 M Ragger vs M Leon Hoyos, 2008 (replies)
Mayankk: Saw the 30 Qxe2 Qxe2 31 Bxd4 Kg8 32 Rg7+ Kf8 33 Rcc7 line, threatening 35 Rcf7# if Black tries 33 ... Qd1+ 34 Kh2 Qxd4. Didn't see the 30 Bxd4 Qxd4 31 Qxe2 line which switches the first two moves but much prettier. Ah well.
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