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Why did Fischer really not defend the title?

Was Capablanca the most principled player ever?

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   SChesshevsky has kibitzed 1345 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-06-23 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2023
SChesshevsky: <Dionysius1: the moment I'm interested in the idea of controlling squares.> Interesting idea in controlling squares is Fischer's "To get squares, you've got to give squares." But there's giving squares and really giving squares. Here, looks like Caruana idea is to ...
   Feb-06-23 Polgar vs Shirov, 1995
SChesshevsky: Feels like Shirov gets caught out in Polgars off beat Bc4, Qf3 line response. Looking kind of artificial, that idea probably gets away with it vs. the slow Modern. Guessing Polgar prepped or was really familiar with the opening. Also that Shirov wasn't expecting it and had to ...
   Feb-06-23 Kosteniuk vs Z Tan, 2023 (replies)
SChesshevsky: Wow! Don't think I've ever seen an opening like this before. Doesn't feel like anything from the Dragon family. Maybe something related to c3 Alapin? CG computer feels Tan at least equalizes. But Kosteniuk appears to spot the weakening 23...a5 and all her pieces come to life. A
   Feb-05-23 D Wagner vs A Muzychuk, 2023
SChesshevsky: With 66.Kg1, Wagner might've been worried about 66...Qd1 67. Kh2 Qxa4. Where the possibly initial take 68. Qf6 Kxc4 69. Qxh4 Kb3 looks scary, maybe winning. Interestingly, CG computer says that 68. Qd6 Kxc4 69. Qf4, going two pawns down, gets a perpetual. Doesn't seem to make ...
   Feb-05-23 Kosteniuk vs D Wagner, 2023 (replies)
SChesshevsky: < black could have resigned ten moves earlier.> Very tough tournament for Wagner. First, a misplayed opening that put her behind early to start the event. Then losing to Anna M. in probably a two result game in her favor. Here it looks like she was simply outplayed by an ...
   Feb-05-23 V Kovalev vs Carlsen, 2022 (replies)
SChesshevsky: <...what would possess Kovalev to play such a move.> By the video, it looked like he had 3 or 4 seconds in time scramble play. Plus Magnus had the initiative with also the better king and rook. Plus the pressure of playing Magnus in an endgame. He had to play something ...
   Feb-02-23 Tata Steel Masters (2023) (replies)
SChesshevsky: <Philip states his favourite game of all time was...> Interesting to compare this tournament Giri-Carlsen vs. that AlphaZero game. Stockfish gets into a terrible bind. Horrible position. Yet, at one point even appears the exchange and two pawns up, where the CG computer ...
   Feb-02-23 T Adewumi vs Nakamura, 2020
SChesshevsky: <...did Nakamura lose on purpose maybe?> Highly, highly doubtful. Just looks like he wanted to be provocative with 8...e5 and was extremely sloppy with 10...0-0. Dropping the pawn with zero compensation. In fact, having a worse position. After which appeared to try to ...
   Feb-01-23 R Praggnanandhaa vs P Maghsoodloo, 2023 (replies)
SChesshevsky: <0ZeR0:...I'm curious what his ultimate idea was...> Seems the N-tour and his other opening moves were basically waiting moves to see where black castled. Maybe not best moves but they all appeared useful. Once black 16...0-0, white looked like immediate activity on the ...
   Jan-30-23 Hans-Joachim Federer (replies)
SChesshevsky: <Different eras. Tough to compare.> You can't compare. Equipment changes made size a critical factor. Chances of a male player less than 6 foot being in top ten not favorable. Size now arguably as or even more important than eye/hand skill.
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