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Just some ye olde Gen-X patzer

   phantasmagorium has kibitzed 44 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-12-21 Miles vs Sosonko, 1984
phantasmagorium: Seeing how isolated and lonely White's King is after move 25, if I had had a sip of vodka too many (that is to say, if I had had a sip of vodka), I might have been tempted to try 25... Nh3+. Say, 26 gxh3 Bh6. Hmmm... I wonder if I am onto something. White's situation reminds
   Oct-11-21 G Szuveges vs A Kulashko, 1999
phantasmagorium: Why does white resign so early? After 17. Qxd2 he is materially "only" one pawn down, and although his position is also bad, there is still a lot of play. Or, did he accidentally touch another piece?
   Sep-03-21 Las Palmas (1977) (replies)
phantasmagorium: <moronovich> I am so sorry for your son. May the Lord bless him and you as well.
   Jul-15-21 Rantanen vs B Denman, 1972 (replies)
phantasmagorium: Up to 14. Bxf3, the game is identical with Keres vs Fischer, 1959 it seems. The difference is that the ol' (or little?) Bobby chose 14.... Bxf6 which appears much better - though it is not clear if it deserved the win he got. I cannot believe Rantanen was not familiar with ...
   Jul-05-21 S Garcia Martinez vs J Macles, 1974
phantasmagorium: Weird. After 26. Rd3, I thought the reason black did not play 26... Bxb2 was that he saw 27. Ne7+. So, why did he not play 29... Bc5? I wonder if after 29... Bxc3 30. Ne7+ he suddenly thought "oh, I now remember why I did not play 26... Bxb2. Alas, too late now!"
   Jul-05-21 G Kuzmin vs A S Segal, 1974
phantasmagorium: It is probably just me, but playing white, I would be nervous to face 7... d5. If 8. cxd5 Qxd5 9. Nc3 Nxc3 10. dxc3 Qxd1, the endgame appears all right for black. Any other approach will force white to accept either an isolated d pawn or hanging c-d pawns, and while such ...
   Jun-22-21 S Nadel vs Margulies, 1932
phantasmagorium: An old Indonesian chessbook, "Perangkat dan Muslihat Catur 2A Permainan Tertutup" (Chess Traps and Tricks, 2A. Closed Game), by Djamil Djamal MN (Jamil Jamal in newer spelling) have this game in p. 47, and list Black player as "Margulies" (-ies, not -is). At any rate, Igor ...
   May-20-21 F Olafsson vs Hort, 1966
phantasmagorium: I have an impression that the wily Hort was an extremely difficult opponent in this type of position (as WTHarvey shows above), seemingly peaceful but with hidden tactics. That said, seems like Olafsson beat himself, precisely by trying too hard to win. After 26. Bf4 my ...
   May-19-21 Marjanovic vs Beliavsky, 1987
phantasmagorium: <g15713> I see. Thanks. Yup, the pawn still moved as recently as move 74 - White was still 24 moves short at that time then.
   Apr-30-21 K Honfi vs T Florian, 1959
phantasmagorium: <Straclonoor> Gee... how much of this are we supposed to know really :/ I fear that the answer is "yes, top pros are supposed to know this cold!" I was delusional way back then, to think that I had a potential to become a GM. Then, life happened, I got a job that ...
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