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   crwynn has kibitzed 1377 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-01-18 Ivanchuk vs S Shankland, 2017 (replies)
crwynn: Ivanchuk is like a spelunker. He finds these ideas that are deeply buried in a cramped, hard-to-reach place that seems dimly-lit and very dangerous, but somehow he finds a way out. The position after 20.Nexf7 looks very precarious for White and i think most grandmasters would ...
   Jan-17-18 Evgeni Vasiukov (replies)
crwynn: I am a fan of Vasiukov since he played me (old sarum) on ICC in several games when we were playing 5-min with similar ratings (his usually higher though). Like me, he did not really play until adulthood. Unlike me he became a grandmaster! I am well able to appreciate how amazing that
   Nov-22-17 Aronian vs Giri, 2017 (replies)
crwynn: A lot of us criticize Giri, and I used to as well, but I'm starting to admire him for his willingness to allow and accept every sacrifice he feels is objectively unsound. But I admire from a safe distance, due to games like this.
   Nov-22-17 Vachier-Lagrave vs Nakamura, 2017 (replies)
crwynn: I should add that the anti-draw rules are absoulutely not a satisfactory fix to this; you can't take people whose job description is calculation, trickery and deception and tell them: "don't make boring draws even when yoy really really want to". Even the 3-1-0 rule just encourages ...
   Aug-18-17 R Panjwani vs Ivanchuk, 2014 (replies)
crwynn: What about 34.Qxh6+ Ke7 35.Qg5+ Kd7 (how else to escape checks?) 36.Qxf4 Qxe2+ 37.Kh1, is 37...Be3 38.Qf1 still winning? Or is there an alternative?
   Jun-26-17 Nepomniachtchi vs A Korobov, 2017
crwynn: 22...d5 strikes me as a move Korobov knew was objectively bad, but he had nothing else to do so he did it. Playing a "bad" ...d5 or ...b5 to stir up complications (as indeed he did!) instead of some passive "good" move that offers little practical hope
   Jun-21-17 Carlsen vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2017 (replies)
crwynn: Isn't this just thrown away on move 30?
   Jun-21-17 Timman vs J Smeets, 2007
crwynn: Thanks. I should point out that the line 51.Kb5 g5 52.h3 h5 53.g3 f5 54.f3 g4 is not mutual queening: if 55.fg h4 f4 57.Kc4 Nb4!, and Black queens with check. But after 55.hg f4 h4 57.g5 h3 58.g6 Nf6 the knight watches g8 and the new queen a8.
   Jun-19-17 Norway Chess (2017) (replies)
crwynn: According to this site anyway, the lowest-rated of Aronian's 9 opponents was Sergey Karjakin at 2781 - what a fish amirite?
   Jun-06-17 Lasker vs Pillsbury, 1900 (replies)
crwynn: In the position after 8.Ne5 Black would really like to make a prophylactic move before castling, but does he have one? We could try playing 8...g6 first: you hate to play it but you have to anyway, so why not now? After 9.Nxg6 hg 10.Bxg6+ Kf8, Black's rook as well as the knight are ...
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