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   Maynard5 has kibitzed 370 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-13-15 Kholmov vs A Chistiakov, 1949
Maynard5: Very nice positional play by Kholmov. With 13. e4, White opens the center and takes control of the e-file, putting pressure on Black's backward pawns. Black's attempted breakout with 17.... Nc5 doesn't work. Instead, with 22. c5! White completely smashes Black's center, exploiting ...
   Mar-13-15 Kholmov vs Lisitsin, 1948
Maynard5: Beautiful positional play by Kholmov, in a formation reminiscent of the Dutch defense. White blockades the center effectively, so that Black's light square bishop is completely hemmed in. Then White builds up an attack on the kingside, forcing Black into a passive defensive ...
   Mar-13-15 H S Gretarsson vs J Sequera, 2015
Maynard5: Black's 27. ... b5 does not come off. Black sacrifices two pawns to open the long diagonal for his bishop, winning the exchage. However, White's two passed pawns are worth much more than the exchange in this position. Admittedly, however, by move 26 Black's position is bad. His ...
   Mar-13-15 Keres vs Pelikan, 1937
Maynard5: Black's 17. dxc4 seems to be the decisive mistake; he completely overlooks the following combination. After 19. d5! Black has only a choice of evils. If 19. ... Qc8 (to protect the pawn on e6), 20. d6, Bf8 21. Bxf6, gxf6 22. Ne4 and White has a winning attack on the kingside.
   Mar-13-15 A Matanovic vs Gligoric, 1966
Maynard5: Very nice positional play by Matanovic, exploiting the weakness of Black's queenside pawns. After the liquidation in the center, Black's d-pawn is backward, while White's powerfully posted knight on d5 dominates the board. Black's 21. ... a3 leave the a-pawn vulnerable. After 22. ...
   Mar-13-15 Gligoric vs Suetin, 1966
Maynard5: Remarkably, Gligoric and Suetin played the same opening against each other two years earlier in 1963, and Gligoric won through superior positional play. Here Gligoric unleashed a prepared innovation with 15. Ra3, but the results were equivocal at best. The idea of course is to ...
   Mar-13-15 Gligoric vs Suetin, 1963
Maynard5: A nice win by Gligoric. White skillfully plays on both wings. Black cannot simultaneously defend against the threat of an incursion on the kingside by White's queen, and the threat of an incursion on the other wing where White's rooks have more scope. Black's 20 ... bxc6 leaves the
   Mar-11-15 Second Piatigorsky Cup (1966) (replies)
Maynard5: This was an outstanding tournament, not only for the strength of the players, but also for the quality of the games. Standout games include Spassky’s wins over Unzicker and Fischer, Larsen’s two wins against Petrosian, and several of Fischer’s wins, against Portisch, Larsen, ...
   Mar-11-15 Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (replies)
Maynard5: This recent string of posts has touched on several issues. The main question is how strong were Fischer and Karpov relative to each other in the mid-1970s? A simple comparison is to take the most recent five tournaments and matches in which they faced strong opposition. For ...
   Mar-07-09 Kholmov vs Simagin, 1956
Maynard5: With 16. ... Rd8, Simagin apparently overlooks that the series of exchanges starting with 17. dxc5 are to White's advantage. But Kholmov's positional play prior to this is noteworthy. Out of a seeminly quiet opening line, White achieves a marked positional advantage. By move 15, ...
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