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   geeker has kibitzed 383 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-05-23 Alapin vs S von Freymann, 1912 (replies)
geeker: Tough for Monday. Found 27...Rxd3, but only after rejecting several other candidates.
   May-01-23 G Kjartansson vs Pichot, 2017 (replies)
geeker: @Mayankk: Agreed. I kept looking at sacrifices on the g-file but came up empty. Only then did I consider 36. Rh7+.
   Apr-16-23 M Ulybin vs Smirin, 1993 (replies)
geeker: Knowing it's a puzzle, 25. Nxe6 is clearly the best way of aiming forces at the exposed Black King. Would I have played it in real life? Not sure. :-)
   Apr-15-23 Bogoljubov vs J Mieses, 1925 (replies)
geeker: I saw the line with 22. Bxd5 exd5 23. Rxg7+ looked very good. However, Black doesn't have to capture the Bishop: White is much better (maybe he can win another Pawn) but there's far less excitement.
   Apr-13-23 Navara vs Hracek, 1998 (replies)
geeker: The "classic Bishop sacrifice" immediately suggests itself. But White's miss of 8. Nxf7 is really puzzling. What kind of match (Praha Comnet 1998) was this? Blitz games? Blindfold? Navara would have been about 13 years old at the time (b. March 1985).
   Apr-07-23 Saemisch vs L Schmitt, 1946 (replies)
geeker: Not very hard for Thursday night. 20. Nxd5+ screams out to be played. White will win back big material after 20...bxd5 21. Qf6+: either the Queen if 21...Kd7 22. e6+ or two Rooks if 21...K to 8th rank.
   Apr-06-23 M Kapelan vs Tarjan, 1983 (replies)
geeker: With the White King so exposed, it looks like there *must* be a mate. After a little thought, 23...Bxh2+ should be the move. I analyzed a couple of variations, decided I'd have played it, but it's too late to go over it fully. Will revisit tomorrow.
   Apr-04-23 I Rogers vs S Megaranto, 2001 (replies)
geeker: After some thought, I came up with the idea to deflect the Black Q from the defense of h6. So my first candidate move was 26. g3. Black keeps control of h6 after the forced 26...Qxd2, but then f5 is unprotected and 27. Qxf5 wins. I stopped there.
   Mar-28-23 A Planinc vs V Kovacevic, 1972 (replies)
geeker: 19. Rc5 is pretty obvious, and the first candidate move I saw after a few seconds of thought. But the subsequent complications are a bit tough for a Tuesday puzzle.
   Mar-27-23 Schlechter vs Vidmar, 1917 (replies)
geeker: Ouch. I saw White's move, but wondered how the position arose. Apparently via a catastrophic blunder.
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