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   RookFile has kibitzed 17397 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-12-21 World Championship Candidates (2020/21)
RookFile: <Messiah: The average rating was 2773.5 > Sure. They are the best active players in the world, aside from Carlsen, of course. Were there some fascinating new ideas developed in the opening? Someting that made this tournament memorable? Zurich 1953 this was not.
   Jun-10-21 Lasker / Saulson / Rhodus / Wilcox vs Johnston / Uedemann / Phillips / L, 1902 (replies)
RookFile: Ed Lasker was born in Germany and later lived in England. He didn't set foot on American soil the first World War. So 1902 in Chicago would be out for him.
   Jun-08-21 Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 (replies)
RookFile: I thought of the 1970 USSR vs. World tournament, but remember that <asiduodiego> says that Fischer yielded <many times in the 60s>. So, what I'm waiting for are some examples of Fischer yielding in that time period.
   May-27-21 John W Collins (replies)
RookFile: Collins wrote a book: "My Seven Chess Prodigies: The personal and professional stories of the young American geniuses I have tutored". I think Lombardy has the right to say that Collins didn't tutor him, or the other guys.
   May-27-21 Lombardy vs L Popov, 1970
RookFile: Lombardy was very strong in closed type games. The Czech Benoni was not a wise choice to use against him.
   May-25-21 Fischer vs Spassky, 1992
RookFile: I did have an uneasy feeling playing over the middlegame that the long diagnoal to white king could be a big problem and ...e3 is as logical as it gets. Fischer probably doesn't get to show his endgame mastery if Spassky plays this way.
   May-22-21 Spassky - Fischer World Championship Match (1972) (replies)
RookFile: They held the radio transmitters that were influencing Spassky's play.
   May-19-21 Fischer vs Mecking, 1970 (replies)
RookFile: With this slow stuff, it's not bad with black to copy whatever white does, i.e 1. b3 b6 2. Bb2 Bb7, etc. You can be surprised how long you can get away with this. You wouldn't dare do this with a more traditional opening for long, e.g. 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 and now you don't ...
   May-14-21 Fischer vs Andersson, 1970
RookFile: 24. Nxg7 is a hard move to make. You give up your nice knight for an entombed bishop. Then you realize that Fischer not only made the move, but he planned to make it when he went into this line. Profound stuff.
   May-14-21 Reshevsky vs Yanofsky, 1968
RookFile: when black plays ....Nh6 in the opening he as to watch out for that h4 thrust from white.
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