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   plang has kibitzed 12599 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-29-21 Jeremy Lim (replies)
 
plang: Al Michaels should not be allowed to take a vacation.
 
   Nov-28-21 Bologan vs V Akopian, 2004
 
plang: This was only the 6th time that Bologan had played 1 d4; he wanted the element of surprise and also to experiment in new positions. 15..h6 was the latest branch in this super=sharp, theoretical line. 19 a4 had been played in Lastin-S.Ivanov 2003 Russian Ch. at Krasnoyarsk (Black won);
 
   Nov-26-21 Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen, 2021 (replies)
 
plang: 8 h3 seems intended to avoid more theoretical lines - it has no great ambition to a significant opening advantage. I don't think 8..Na5 is a "refutation" but it did catch White by surprise.
 
   Nov-25-21 Anand vs T Markowski, 2003
 
plang: Anand innovated with 9 f4 possibly thinking it was a good choice against an opponent who was known to prefer quiet, positional play; 9 a4 had been played in several previous games. 17..Rc8?! was dubious; more energetic was 17..b4 followed by ..a5 and ..a4 with decent prospects. ...
 
   Nov-24-21 Anatoly Karpov
 
plang: As long as you are not able to use a computer while you are playing I think "computer assistance" will be over-rated.
 
   Nov-22-21 Karjakin vs McShane, 2003
 
plang: The sacrifice 13 Nxb5!? had been played with success in Kuzmin-Malakhatko Alushta 1999; Karjakin reintroduced it here and it went on to gain some popularity. 17 Qf3?! seems intended to provoke ..e4 so he can go after the d-pawn but that seems to work to Black's advantage; 17 Qg4 looks
 
   Nov-20-21 F Vallejo Pons vs Topalov, 2004
 
plang: The sacrifice 13 Nxb5!? had been played in Kuzmin-Malakhatko Alushta 1999 (White won) and then reintroduced in Karjakin-McShane Pamplona 2003 (Black won) at which point it became fashionable to play. Karjakin had played 16 0-0; 16 Qg4 was new. Black had to avoid 32..Rab8 33 c4..Rc7 34
 
   Nov-19-21 Kmoch vs Alekhine, 1927
 
plang: The game transposed into a quiet line of the Slav. 7 Qc2 was new and has not been repeated; 7 Nc3 seems stronger. Alekhine criticized 16 Rd2 as too slow recommending 16 f4 instead. 22 b4?!..b5 gave Black control of d5. 23 Qf3!? led to a loss of material but White's position was ...
 
   Nov-18-21 Alekhine vs Tartakower, 1927
 
plang: 5 Ng3 is rarely played nowadays; in particular the response 5..h5 has scored very well for Black. The clever 8 Qe2+ was introduced in this game; 8 Be3 had been played previously. 9..c5?! temporarily preventing queenside castling seems slow and chases the knight to an excellent square.
 
   Nov-18-21 Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship Match (2021) (replies)
 
plang: Continuing to play blitz is not good but it would be preferable to armageddon.
 
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