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gawain
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   gawain has kibitzed 1440 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-15-21 M Tratatovici vs Suba, 1987 (replies)
 
gawain: Easy enough to see that the combination must begin with 27 g6+ but a little hard to believe that White has enough time to carry out the queen maneuver that follows.
 
   Jun-08-21 E Hansen vs Maximiliano Perez, 2012 (replies)
 
gawain: I almost gave up when no two-move mate appeared. That would have been very lazy. But I powered through and found the simple mate in five. Nice Tuesday puzzle.
 
   Jun-07-21 Khalifman vs V Popov, 1997 (replies)
 
gawain: A terrific puzzle. 33 Qxe8 was not the first move I considered, nor the second, nor the third, and so forth. So fourth!
 
   Jun-01-21 Le Quang Liem vs E Hansen, 2018 (replies)
 
gawain: This was very pretty. An unusual array of forces, Q and two N for each player. But White's pieces are astonishingly helpless.
 
   Jun-01-21 Yusupov vs Gavrikov, 1982 (replies)
 
gawain: I like the occasional end-game puzzle on a Monday or Tuesday.
 
   May-17-21 D J Ledger vs P K Wells, 2001 (replies)
 
gawain: Nifty mating combination. I saw this one as quickly as I was supposed to. (For a change!) For what it's worth, I'm with those who approve White's decision to play out the combination until the mate appears on the board. I view it as a gracious thing to do, not a stubborn one.
 
   May-03-21 H Barber vs Hebden, 2000 (replies)
 
gawain: There's no quick mate, therefore (since it is Monday) Black must be able to win the White queen, which just happens to be hanging. . . .
 
   Apr-28-21 J Arizmendi Martinez vs Yagupov, 2003
 
gawain: The game finish is pretty--but like others, I do not see how W wins after 13...Re8.
 
   Apr-14-21 D Edelman vs J A Curdo, 1983
 
gawain: I saw the mate starting with 20...Rf3+ Did not see 20...Bh3.
 
   Apr-14-21 Jansa vs Smejkal, 1969
 
gawain: 34...Qxb2+ was not the first move I considered. And not the second or third, either! But I eventually did find it.
 
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