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RookFile
Member since Jan-27-05 · Last seen Jul-10-20
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   RookFile has kibitzed 17264 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-29-20 Kasparov vs Tal, 1987
 
RookFile: I have to agree that 10...Bxc3 was surprising. 10...Bd6 doesn't cede the bishop pair and has the sort of aggressive looking intentions you would expect from Tal.
 
   Jun-22-20 L Elkin vs Morphy, 1857
 
RookFile: Morphy was very strong on the black side of these gambits. He had an active style of counterplay and often returned the gambited material and took over the game.
 
   Jun-05-20 Pillsbury vs Schlechter, 1904
 
RookFile: I liked 54. Qd5. A Karpov move. White says, nothing bad is happening to me today - I've got my half point, let's see if you can get yours.
 
   May-27-20 Capablanca vs A Fiol, 1901
 
RookFile: Capa was getting crushed in this game but hangs in there and gets a draw.
 
   May-26-20 Reti vs Capablanca, 1925
 
RookFile: White's g2 bishop is very strong. I understand Capa offering the draw. Maybe Reti should have played on.
 
   May-24-20 Kasparov vs Molly Nesham, 2017 (replies)
 
RookFile: I suppose white can do whatever he wants at this point, but 23. Qf4 surprised me. I'm sure I would not have considered anything other than 23. Ndf7+ Rxf7 24. Nxf7+ Kg8 25. Nh6+ Kh8 26. e6. Let's win the exchange for openers, then open the diagonal against the king. Whether it was a
 
   May-18-20 Karpov vs Polugaevsky, 1974
 
RookFile: Strong play by Polugaevsky in this game. I found myself preferring the black pieces throughout the whole game.
 
   May-15-20 Tal vs Fischer, 1970 (replies)
 
RookFile: So this topic is a little ambiguous because there was a proposal for a Botvinnik vs. Fischer match after Botvinnik got defeated by Petrosian. Botvinnik isn't my favorite guy but I believe he would have cheerfully played such a match.
 
   May-11-20 Pachman vs Szabo, 1947
 
RookFile: The basic problem with black's 9...f5 is he is trying to play a Dutch Defense without a dark squared bishop. His lack of dark square control is a major positional weakness.
 
   May-09-20 Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1934
 
RookFile: Excellent insight, offramp. Thinking about Hitler sends chills down my spine.
 
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