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   stygian has kibitzed 7 times to chessgames  
   Dec-26-10 Sagalchik vs A Kovalev, 1987 (replies)
stygian: Well, right or wrong, my choice was 36...Nxf4. I wish that I could say that I looked at all the continuations. But to me, it looked like it was black's only chance to eke out at least a draw. Kudos to those who followed the lines further. Good puzzle, IMHO.
   Nov-29-10 F Malkawi vs P Lafuente, 2010 (replies)
stygian: Yes, very easy. What I can't get over is why white played 26. Qb4. To me, Qe2 at least had some fight in it, but I'll have to look it over some more.
   Nov-06-10 S Vokarev vs S Azarov, 2008 (replies)
stygian: I chose 42.Rxf7. I was looking at a later Ra7 and b4 to further hone in on the a pawn. Right or wrong, I would probably have played the same over the board. The thing that struck me as important was the number of moves it would take Black to queen as opposed to the number of moves ...
   Aug-30-10 Alekhine vs Vasic, 1931 (replies)
stygian: I think the interesting thing in this puzzle isn't so much the tactic that Alekhine uses so much as the fact that Vasic doesn't seem to understand the very opening that Black opts for here. The pin on the c3 N is meant to put pressure on e4, which is never even exploited. Black ...
   Feb-17-08 Kholmov vs I Polgar, 1979 (replies)
stygian: I listed 15...Nxf2 as a candidate, but didn't think it looked very promising. First I concidered Bxe3 and Bxf3. 15... Bxf3 16.Qxf3 Qxf3 17.gxf3 and now black in trouble. 15... Bxe3 16.Qxe3 Bxf3 17.Qxf3 Qxf3 18.gxf3 Ng5 19.Nd2 and now white has good compensation for the doubled f ...
   Feb-16-08 G Horvath vs Kupreichik, 1992 (replies)
stygian: I found the rook sac pretty quick and also the check with the h pawn. What I missed was white's move 42. Kxf3. I was calculating 42. Kh2 Qf4+ 43. Kg1 Qg5+ 44. Kf1 Qg2+ 45. Ke1 Qxh1+ 46. Kd2 ... At this point I figured black had the winning end game and it looked like just a matter ...
   Feb-10-08 V Kovacevic vs P Nikolic, 1989 (replies)
stygian: Well, got the first move, but I failed to see the Qa6 reply, guarding c8. After Rc1, I had figured Ne6, looking for Qf8#. I agree with Jimfromprovidence that Nikolic played good defense up until Qa1+. A good puzzle.
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