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   alshatranji has kibitzed 283 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-22-19 Imad Hakki
alshatranji: Peak rating 2469. How does it feel to get so close to being a grand master and not get it?
   Nov-17-19 Szabo vs V Tukmakov, 1970 (replies)
alshatranji: I spent a lot of time on 36...Qd7, 37.Bxf8 f5. Crazy I know, but today is "insane", right? Eventually, I found the line had some attacking chances, but nothing at all solid. So I went back to the obvious move. The "solution" is practically forced.
   Nov-16-19 Alburt vs D E Vigorito, 1993 (replies)
alshatranji: Sometimes before you find the solution, you have to find the problem. Here the obvious 24. Rxb7 is met with 24... qxb1+, then 25.qxb1 bxb7, with what looks like an equal position. From there it becomes clear that the queen sacrifice is practically the only way to proceed. But it
   Oct-20-19 S Volkov vs C Balogh, 2007 (replies)
alshatranji: So 17. dxe5 is basically the first idea that comes tom mind. However, I had Rxd1 18. exf6 Rxf1+ 19. Bxf1 gxf6 20. Nh5, with what seemed like a good attack, which now doesn't look that forcing. Instead, I should have planned with the foresight and confidence of a grandmaster: ...
   Oct-11-19 M Bluebaum vs A Korobov, 2016 (replies)
alshatranji: Interesting. I thought the solution would be 16. Rh3, followed by Bxg4 17. exf6 Bxh3 18. fxg7 Rg8 19. Bxh3 Rxg7, and White has a material advantage. I didn't even consider other options. But it seems this is not so good. Stockfish gives Black a small advantage. Well. What White ...
   Sep-15-19 R H Steinmeyer vs Berliner, 1959 (replies)
alshatranji: Do Black must have seen 38... Qxd1 in advance. Really beautiful.
   Sep-14-19 Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 (replies)
alshatranji: Perhaps too well known to be a puzzle.
   Aug-26-19 Judit Polgar vs P Chilingirova, 1988 (replies)
alshatranji: Angel of death. Not such a bad pun, I suppose , at least Chessgames standards.
   Jul-10-19 R Janssen vs I Sokolov, 2002
alshatranji: I know you're supposed to be looking for the best move objectively, but you can't just ignore the rating. I wasn't only looking for the winning move, but for the "medium easy" winning move. So I ruled out every line that seemed to require a lot of calculation. I didn't look ...
   Jun-24-19 Traxler vs J Samanek, 1900
alshatranji: Black has an acute case of OCD.
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