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   tinnderbox has kibitzed 12 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-05-20 W John vs Nimzowitsch, 1907
tinnderbox: Nimzowitsch was only 20 years old at the time, he couldn't have much of a reputation yet. But perhaps John was tired - after all it was round 28. Or maybe he didn't like playing the young kid. They would have a notoriously ill-tempered game three years later in Hamburg.
   Nov-05-20 W John vs Nimzowitsch, 1910
tinnderbox: According to Hannak, who cites Ed Lasker, Nimzowitsch (then still Niemzowitsch, btw) showed up 45 minutes late for this game. In no hurry he walked around at leisure to look at the paintings, that had been there all week, before finally playing a move without sitting down. To ...
   Jun-21-20 Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960
tinnderbox: I wonder whether the position is all that clear after 34. ... Ke5 (rather than Rxb3). I put Stockfish to work and he comes up with 35. Nfe4 Rxb3 36. Nf3+ Kd5 37.Nf6+ Kd6 38. Ke2 Ra3 and white has only a very small advantage (+0.2). Alternatively 35. Nh5 Rxb3 36. g4 c5 37. f4+ Kd4
   Jun-09-20 Polugaevsky vs Geller, 1970
tinnderbox: This was a minor sensation. Two Russian giants, second round, a tame draw somewhat expected. But Polugaevsky really went for the win. And as a young boy I stood a few yards away, in thrilled amazement. Geller sat behind the board like an immoveable object, defending with all his ...
   Jun-06-20 Noordwijk (1938)
tinnderbox: The names given below the picture link are not quite right. Bogoljubow, Euwe, Spielmann, Thomas and Keres are correct. After that it should be Pirc, Landau, Kmoch (not a participant), Eliskases and the hotel owner.
   Mar-12-20 Ribli vs Karpov, 1980 (replies)
tinnderbox: Ribli didn't beat the former, but the *current* world champion. In 1980 Karpov was reigning supreme and lost very rarely. Around move 30 though it was beginning to dawn on the spectators (including me) that Ribli wasn't just playing for a draw. When the game was adjourned the ...
   Jan-05-20 Hort vs Gligoric, 1970
tinnderbox: Hort defended well in extreme time trouble, up to the losing 38. Re1?? White has two ways to save the draw. a) 38. Qb1 blocks all black attacks. The computer evaluation is 0.00 after 38. ... Qf4 39. Qb7 Qa4 40. Qb1 Qf4 etc. b) 38. Rd6 Bxa2 39. Rxa2 c2+ 40. Rxf6 Qd4+ 41. Rb2 Qa4+
   Jan-05-20 Gligoric vs Polugaevsky, 1970 (replies)
tinnderbox: For almost 30 moves the ending was a draw. The tournament book mentions that during the adjournment Gligoric was convinced it was a draw. Spassky thought so too - but Polugaevsky kept on trying to win. 102. Ba4 is the losing move. Bh5 would still be a draw for white. But note ...
   May-25-19 Duda vs So, 2019
tinnderbox: Unfortunately for Duda this quick win didn't help him progress. He lost the next day after So out-calculated him in a very tactical Sicilian. Then, during the tiebreaks, he blundered in the second rapid game and went out without scoring any World Cup Points.
   Jul-15-18 G Garcia vs Ivkov, 1965 (replies)
tinnderbox: This is what renowned Grandmaster and writer Hein Donner (Netherlands) wrote about this game in 1965 (translated from Dutch, of course) : Ivkov was in time trouble, but that doesn't explain it. On move 36 Garcia had no threats anymore. Ivkov could just play four neutral moves. ...
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