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   jmelton has kibitzed 108 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-17-21 Peter Gilruth (replies)
jmelton: This is the same Peter Gilruth. He went to Duke with me (he was a grad student when I was undergrad) in the early '80s. We went to the intercollegiate championship in 1982, and performed far beyond our seeding thanks largely to him on 1st board. He beat a couple of 2500 players.
   Apr-23-07 Chigorin vs Pillsbury, 1895 (replies)
jmelton: < Alex S.: I chose: 26...Qxf4 27.Rxf4 Bf3+ 28.(any) Rg1# I think it's better. Sure mate is better than the choice mate or queen.> That would be nice, but the catch is that if 28.Nxf3 then there is no mate.
   Apr-08-07 S Mohr vs Uhlmann, 1994 (replies)
jmelton: What a beautiful game by Uhlmann. Really shows how piece activity trumps pawn structure in many cases. Black wipes the board with his ugly pawns and active pieces!
   Apr-08-07 Kavalek vs E Formanek, 1970 (replies)
jmelton: I got Nxc4, but for my second move I had Qa6+ instead of Qa4. Turns out that Rybka prefers Qa6+ to Qa4, and actually gives that as the first move of the combination and Nxc4 as the second (though it transposes). So the line that holds out the longest for Black goes 27.Nxc4 dxc4 ...
   Mar-23-07 16th Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2007) (replies)
jmelton: <BishopofBlunder: <llauro: <<A rapid game doesn't show anything that Ivanchuk is better that Kramnik.> True, so was the WC in Elista.> Again and again: Topalov lost 3-2 in the classic time control, and he lost again 2-1 in the rapid time control. Topalov lost ...
   Mar-07-07 Petrosian vs Ivkov, 1979 (replies)
jmelton: You'd think Ivkov would have been wary of this position just because he was playing the exchange sac king!
   Mar-05-07 Anand vs Carlsen, 2007 (replies)
jmelton: I'm curious if anyone's computer program "saw" Anand's 27.Ne6. I tried out the position with Rybka as well as a number of engines that come free with Arena, and none of them did. Anyone looked at this position with Deep Fritz, Shredder, or any of the other top programs?
   Mar-04-07 Leko vs Topalov, 2007 (replies)
jmelton: <Marmot PFL: How could Leko have prevented Topalov from counterattacking? I doubt he could.> By trading queens. See the line I posted a few comments ago.
   Jan-31-07 G Daskalov vs N Padevsky, 1970 (replies)
jmelton: I guess this is pin week. Pins are a very common tactical theme, so working on pin puzzles is definitely worthwhile. I've found the three so far this week pretty easy, although that's not to say I couldn't have missed them in a blitz game. It's instructive to try and figure out how ...
   Jan-28-07 Adorjan vs G Glatt, 1982 (replies)
jmelton: For some reason the notes by Adorjan aren't visible here, but if you download the game they are. As I suspected, 20...Ke7 puts up the stiffest resistance. Rybka picked out one error in Adorjan's analysis: After 20...Ke7 21.Re1 d6 22.Qg7+ Ke6 23.Qxh8 Nb6, Adorjan gives 24.Qh6+ and ...
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