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   xanadu has kibitzed 264 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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 W 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 W So vs M 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.
   Apr-24-16 Carlsen vs Harikrishna, 2016
xanadu: " [DIAGRAM] " How to decide on the board if Black must play QxQ or not here? I guess that the Blackīs Queen helps to defend penetration of White into the 7th rank. Speaking in general terms, if you have a strategic weakness, like the isolated d-pawn and the lack of a SLB here, then ...
   Mar-16-16 Karjakin vs Svidler, 2016 (replies)
xanadu: Hi Kob. Perhaps the reason is that after 6.e4 a tactic-theoretical game starts which (I suppose) is well known today at this level, based on the pin after...Bb4 (a move that surely should be condemned by the great strategical players of the 30-50īs jaja!). But the weakness of Black ...
   Mar-10-16 M Muzychuk vs Yifan Hou, 2016 (replies)
xanadu: Ok, Mariya was "timid", but... The blunder was 31.f3?? Instead, 31.Bc2 holds the position. The real problem for Mariya in this match is how to play against an opponent that is an excellent tactician which is 150 ELO above you. It seems to me that under these boundary conditions ...
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