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   SymphonicKnight has kibitzed 141 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-06-21 Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927
SymphonicKnight: As few have pointed out; Capablanca does make a notable error in playing 22.Nc3? (~-1.7 Stockfish) instead of 23.Nc5! but as Lasker noted for example 23...Bxc5!? 24.bxc5 Rc8 25.e4 Nf6 26.a4! Rxc5 27.Qb4! Nd7 28.axb5 a5 29.Qe1 when black only has a very slight advantage ...
   May-06-21 Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927
SymphonicKnight: A classic game that catapults Alekhine into the lead. After a tumultuous middlegame, after which the game is even, Capablanca makes 4 consecutive mistakes to lose this game: 33...Ne4?! (...Qa5! even) 34...Rc3? (...Nc3! +0.4) 35...Qc7?? (...Rc7! +0.8) 36...Bxc5?? is the
   May-06-21 Reti vs Alekhine, 1925
SymphonicKnight: This game has been called Alekhine''s best game, and is truly marvelous, being also a reversed Alekhine's Defense. Tartakower said, "Capablanca has the title, Lasker has the results, but only Alekhine has the style of a real world champion." One can see how such an opinion ...
   May-05-21 Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1923 (replies)
SymphonicKnight: The several inaccuracies by Rubinstein together lead to overall disaster. 18...b6? (...Be7 better) 19...Kh8? (...Kf8 better) 22...Rd7? (...Rae7 better) 23...Qb8? (...Qd6 better)
   May-04-21 Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922
SymphonicKnight: According to many, either their favorite game or in their top 10, everyone should be familiar with this game; the sacrifices, the endgame vulnerability of knights, etc...
   May-03-21 Yates vs Alekhine, 1921 (replies)
SymphonicKnight: Kasparov attaches an ?! to 28.Bc4?! and to 29.a4?!, but Stockfish recommends both moves. The critical mistake that Yates makes to lose this game is 36.Rxc6? Kasparov is correct here in saying that if 36.bxc6! there is no question of black winning. It would likely be a draw. ...
   May-03-21 Alekhine vs NN, 1915
SymphonicKnight: Amazing game with multiple queens. Alekhine threw away his opening advantage with 11.gxh4?! (11.dxc5!). Then 15...Qxa2?? (15...Bf8 equal) handed the game to white, but Alekhine played 20.Qgxe6+? instead of (20.g8=Q!? or 20.Qff4!) which lost his overwhelming advantage, and ...
   May-03-21 Alekhine vs H Fahrni, 1914
SymphonicKnight: What a brilliant attack by Alekhine! Fahrni's major mistake in this game is 9...Nf8? which Stockfish rates at about +2.5 He should have played 9...Nc6!, (+0.0) when a plausible continuation is 10.Qd2 a6 11.a3 b6 12.0-0-0 Bb7 and it is hard to hurt black, e.g. 13.Nfxd5 exd5 ...
   May-02-21 Kan vs Capablanca, 1936
SymphonicKnight: Capablanca said this rook ending deserves careful study. According to Stockfish, the position would almost be equal (-0.5) with 40.fxg4!, whereas 39...Rc3 is about (-2.4). 40....g6? of course almost ruins black's advantage, but then 41.Rd3 instead of 41.f4 was the decisive ...
   May-02-21 Capablanca vs Lilienthal, 1936
SymphonicKnight: All of the books and kibitzing, Kasparov's MGPv.1 included, miss that the real mistakes are not 33...Ra7 (although 33...g5! would have been better (by about 0.3)), but 34...Ke8? (34...g5! is best according to Stockfish by about 0.7), and 35...Rxb7? (35...Nxc4! is about 2.6).
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