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Why did Fischer really not defend the title?

Was Capablanca the most principled player ever?

Could a human GM beat a computer in a 30 min human / 2 min computer time control?

Why did Kasparov have such a tough time with Kramnik?

How can the Muzio Gambit be a forced draw?

   SChesshevsky has kibitzed 576 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-20-20 A Goryachkina vs Ju Wenjun, 2020 (replies)
SChesshevsky: A tough loss for Goryachkina. In the last couple of games, seems like she felt the need to play more actively or optimistically. Was it necessary? Wouldn't be a surprise if some nerves crept in. Appears a relatively rare line for Black. Some interesting games: Workman like win ...
   Jan-17-20 Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1961
SChesshevsky: <...In the first 15 moves, Fischer's queen goes d1-g4-h4-g4-d1-d3-d2...> This was still a pretty young Fischer and I'm guessing he wasn't quite sure how he wanted to handle ...Ng4 follow up in these early match games. Appears later he just goes to shut it down with Be2 ...
   Jan-15-20 Huebner vs Kasparov, 1987
SChesshevsky: Interesting how the logical 18. Rab1 tempo looks like it only helps turn white's initiative with B on a3 and N headed for d6 into these pieces kind of placed awkwardly.
   Jan-13-20 A Firouzja vs V Artemiev, 2020 (replies)
SChesshevsky: <ajile: The move I thought was interesting is 4.h4...> I'm not sure if he invented it but I first saw it by Tal in the World Championship rematch with Botvinnik. Other games I noticed was Spassky blowing out Yassar Seirawan sometime in the early 1980s and Kramnik beating ...
   Jan-12-20 Ju Wenjun vs A Goryachkina, 2020 (replies)
SChesshevsky: < Was there a reason they kept playing for so long?...> While there is the one-in-a-million chance of White blundering, it seems whenever Goryachkina gets a chance, she is determined to strongly emphasize that it is she who has the initiative and her opponent is stuck to ...
   Jan-12-20 A Goryachkina vs Ju Wenjun, 2020
SChesshevsky: <catlover: Wow. I wonder if this was a prepared variation.> Seems pretty good surprise prep by Goryachkina. She doesn't seem to have a lot of history with 1.c4 while Ju Wenjun has faced this line before. N Zhukova vs Ju Wenjun, 2016 Korchnoi appears to have played this ...
   Jan-10-20 Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2019 (replies)
SChesshevsky: <2020 may be the year with the most frequent h4-h5-(h6) manouvers...> Maybe. But Carlsen, who I think had a soft spot for the Dragon early on and who seems to remember every game he's played, probably took well this lesson in h-pawn pushes opening the file. S Instefjord ...
   Jan-10-20 Ju Wenjun vs A Goryachkina, 2020 (replies)
SChesshevsky: <I was surprised by 34...Bc5, allowing Ju to breakup black's queenside pawns.> Goryachkina might've been surprised with 36. a5 expecting some sort of Queen move like Qf3, Qc4 or maybe even Qh7 allowing Black's Q centralization at ...Qd4 or Qd5 or if 36. Qf3 then ...c4 ...
   Jan-09-20 AlphaZero (Computer) (replies)
SChesshevsky: Related to both chess principles and Go, I think what Alpha has proven is that calculation dominates in both. This is likely an issue related more to hardware improvements than software. At the early stages in program development principles were involved but that was probably ...
   Jan-07-20 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
SChesshevsky: <But I always found it funny that Fischer insisted it to be called a world championship...> By 1992 Fischer was 85% bananas if not totally. Anything he said probably needed to be discounted heavily. The match was more like an exhibition match for the money and show. ...
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