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Member since Jun-25-06 · Last seen Sep-26-21
Learn to play the Sicilian = Nirvana
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   xanadu has kibitzed 267 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-03-21 Giri vs N Grandelius, 2021
xanadu: I guess one central issue in Najdorf-Oppocensky-like opennings is the break f4 by White. If Black takes (...e5xf4) then it gets nice diagonal for its two Bishops...but it gets a weak pawn structure also. If White neutralizes the Bishops, then goes to an advantageous final, like in ...
   Jan-22-21 A Esipenko vs N Grandelius, 2021
xanadu: It seems that on the 20-25 move, Black got a strong center. But after the exchanges, the situation evened out. Is it possible to improve Black's position after move 25?
   Nov-06-20 So vs A Liang, 2020 (replies)
xanadu: Yes, the final position seems very even !
   Sep-20-20 L Dominguez vs Carlsen, 2020 (replies)
xanadu: By moves 10-11 it looks like a Caro Kan or a Sicilian game.
   May-23-20 Nakamura vs Aronian, 2020
xanadu: Very interesting was the manoeuvre by White of moving the Queen-Knight to e2 in order to hold the Bishop on f4 and exchange it for the Black Bishop. In this way White starts the attempts for dominating the central black squares.
   Sep-21-17 World Cup (2017) (replies)
xanadu: World Cup 2018 could be based on 4 Armageddon games at first. If they are still even then play four Blitz, then 2 Rapids. If they are still even, then play one Classic in Armageddon format.
   Jan-19-17 So vs Harikrishna, 2017 (replies)
xanadu: Positions in the English or QGD where Black opens the center at the very beginning (5...d5) are easy to play for White. Then Black uses to be under time pressure...not a good prospect if you are playing against Wesley So.
   Jan-03-17 So vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2016
xanadu: Hi Ulhumbrus. I guess the problem with 8...Be6 is that after 9cxd4 if Black takes back with 9...Nxd4, then the Pawn at e5 falls. I do not see actually any improvement in this line for Black than taken the c-pawn as soon as possible. Regards and the best for 2017!
   Sep-12-16 Harikrishna vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
xanadu: I am sorry but Chesstorian72 is right.Horrible mistake by Karjakin in move 26...and a very bad opening played before that.
   Apr-29-16 Aronian vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
xanadu: In the case of this game, Aronian-MC, according to CG database the novelty introduced by Magnus was in move 10...Na5, not in the one you mention, 7..dxc4.
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