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   SChesshevsky has kibitzed 1127 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-24-22 Shankland vs Carlsen, 2022 (replies)
SChesshevsky: Apparently Shankland faced this gambit last summer versus Xiong in St. Louis. Winning with a nice R,R,B vs. Q. Wondering if Carlsen expected whites early Qb3 and had ...Na6 and on prepared?
   Jan-22-22 Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2012
SChesshevsky: How silly is 1. a4? Doesn't seem that silly with Carlsen's follow up. Appears a transpo to a standard Four Knights with 7. a4 rather than maybe the more common 7. Bg5. True, the tempo probably equalizes for black with 7...Bg4 and Magnus does allow the King side to be disturbed.
   Jan-22-22 Carlsen vs Rapport, 2022
SChesshevsky: Wondering if the computer let Rapport down with 16...Nd7? I usually look to use the e4 square in the Catalan defense. So maybe 16...Ne4 is as good? Thinking after something like 17. Nxe4 Bxe4 18. Ne5 Bxg2 19. Kxg2 Bxe5 20. dxe5 is as holdable. Arguably ugly but looks playable ...
   Jan-22-22 Caruana vs Giri, 2022 (replies)
SChesshevsky: Think if white wants to get anything out of these b3, double fianchettos, it's mainly going to be on the king side / center. Since black often goes for queen side activity. Somewhat like Kings Indian Attack, which is kind of resembled after 15. e5. Caruana probably lost enough ...
   Jan-17-22 Carlsen vs Giri, 2022 (replies)
SChesshevsky: Never felt that comfortable vs. the Catalan. White always seemed to have a bit more and often would find some sort of trickery. Found my best responses were going for an Open Catalan. Though that can get a bit wild for my taste. Thought better was getting in ...Bb4+ when the ...
   Jan-15-22 Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi, 2021
SChesshevsky: <Is game 6 a Catalan Opening...> Looks more of a try for a Reti double fianchetto with a deferred c4. Which believe Carlsen has setup before. Feels like something probably went slightly wrong as don't think position as of 16. Bg5 was whites opening plan.
   Jan-14-22 Karpov vs Stein, 1971 (replies)
SChesshevsky: < The line 6....Qb6 took some of the fun out of the Fischer-Sozin for White...> Yeah, probably a bit. But, in general, the Fischer-Sozin Attack never seemed to offer much of an attack. Seems Fischer mainly extracted some sort of substantial positional concession versus ...
   Jan-13-22 P Limbos vs H Bogart, 1951
SChesshevsky: 12. Qh6, looks " the stuff that queens (and dreams) are made of. "
   Jan-12-22 A Esipenko vs N Grandelius, 2021
SChesshevsky: <...Is it possible to improve Black's position after move 25?> Interesting game. Think black played well through 30.Qd4. White has some obvious weaknesses but the Nf5 is well placed. Especially with Qd4. Black seems to continue logically until maybe 32...Rdd5. Guess ...
   Jan-10-22 Karpov vs Polgar, 1994 (replies)
SChesshevsky: <...Kasparov went up to Judit in his usual impetuous way: "Why did it occur to you to play 6...c4 against Karpov?" ...> Though indelicate, Kasparov was probably correct in questioning 6...c4. Generally, going for the ...c4, backward ...d5 pawn structure is not to be taken
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