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unspiek
Member since Feb-20-17 · Last seen Nov-27-22
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   unspiek has kibitzed 19 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-09-22 Amsterdam Candidates (1956)
 
unspiek: <thelegendisback> Nobody but Botvinnik was ever in sight of winning the 1948 match-tournament. In 1953, Keres played well, but not as steadily as Smyslov. 1962 was Keres' great chance; I followed that event closely at the time, pulling for him, but, alas, Petrosian eked past ...
 
   Aug-08-22 Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 (replies)
 
unspiek: There was the Gruenfeld, doing its evil work yet again. After game 5, one wonders why MB didn't switch to a reserve defense, like maybe the Semi-Slav. Botvinnik's history with the Gruenfeld in WC matches doesn't make it look attractive. Even Kasparov couldn't make it work at that ...
 
   Jul-25-22 T D van Scheltinga vs Gruenfeld, 1936
 
unspiek: Gruenfeld was famous as an opening theoretician, but I've never seen any of this monographs. I wonder if other powerful ideas could be found in them. The idea might have been noticed more if his opponent, van Scheltinga, hadn't finished 0-0-7 in the tournament. And Gruenfeld's 1-5-1
 
   Jul-04-22 E Zagoryansky vs Botvinnik, 1943 (replies)
 
unspiek: Looks rather more like Botvinnik was not inclined to take any risks in this next-to-last round game, when he had a massive lead in the tournament.
 
   Jun-28-22 Botvinnik vs Ragozin, 1933
 
unspiek: This reply to Knight13's question, above, is a little late, but what can you do? After 34. ... Qf5:, Black probably foresaw 35. Re7, which immediately annihilates him.
 
   Dec-25-21 Grigoriev vs Furman, 1950
 
unspiek: Thanks to Sally Simpson for actual facts!
 
   Feb-13-21 Tseshkovsky vs K Agapov, 1984 (replies)
 
unspiek: That move 30. Re4 and its followup are mighty hard to believe. This score must be inaccurate.
 
   Jan-24-21 V Nevednichy vs Gligoric, 2001
 
unspiek: White is totally busted in the final position after 83. ... Ne4+. White's gauche blunder 83. Kc3 makes one suppose that both flags must have been hanging.
 
   Jan-20-21 L Popov vs Gligoric, 1995
 
unspiek: This game reminds one of an important contest: Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1957
 
   Jan-15-21 Tarjan vs Gligoric, 1983
 
unspiek: It saddened me to see Gligo playing the Queen's Indian. That opening never loved him like the King's Indian did.
 
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