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LRLeighton
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   LRLeighton has kibitzed 26 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-08-21 S P Sethuraman vs A Korobov, 2016
 
LRLeighton: At first glance, black looks like he has plenty of compensation for the exchange after 32 Bxf5, gxf5; he has a pawn roller in the center and the initiative. White probably thought that he was in trouble in that position. In order for white to win, he has to see the tricky line: ...
 
   Oct-31-21 E Torre vs Karpov, 1987 (replies)
 
LRLeighton: Admittedly this was a blitz game, but it is surprising that Karpov missed a win with 43...Qc1+ 44 Kg2, Qg1+ 45 Kf3, Rf8+ skewering the king. If 46 Bf5, Rxf5+! 47 Kg4 (not 47 Qxf5, Nd4+ forking K&Q), Qxf2! (47...Rxf2 allows a perpetual check) and after 48 Qxf5 although black has ...
 
   Oct-18-21 Caruana vs Swiercz, 2021 (replies)
 
LRLeighton: Ulhumbrus, I think that you miscalculated that, or there is a typo -- after your line, simply 8 Nxe5 leaves white up a pawn.
 
   Apr-27-21 World Championship Candidates (2020/21) (replies)
 
LRLeighton: To Gypsy and Stonehenge: Just a historical point -- the Botvinnik-Levenfish Match was not deliberately played to a preset uneven number of games. The rules were first to win six games, but a drawn match if both players won five. It just happened to end on an odd number when ...
 
   Mar-20-21 Soltis vs D Gurevich, 1981 (replies)
 
LRLeighton: Brenin -- I checked two other databases, and all three give the same game-score. So yes, it appears that two GMs missed it.
 
   Mar-09-21 M Delage vs S Prokofiev, 1937 (replies)
 
LRLeighton: This game is pretty but I question whether it is real. Prokofiev returned to the Soviet Union in 1936, and although Delage travelled the world when he was younger (20 years before this game), I haven't found any evidence that he ever travelled to the USSR. But if the date is ...
 
   Feb-19-21 J M Lopez Martinez vs J Guerra Mendez, 2017
 
LRLeighton: Yeah, I played a lot of Reti-type formations back then. I grew up in the Berkshires, so the Tanglewood Open was close to home, but then I went off to university. But in my late 20s, I went back to grad school, and I stopped playing chess -- I haven't played a serious tournament ...
 
   Feb-15-21 H Weenink vs Tarrasch, 1923
 
LRLeighton: Tarrasch misses a win on the final move -- 30...Rf3! decides the game.
 
   Feb-12-21 D V Prasad vs Speelman, 1987
 
LRLeighton: Deeply calculated combination by Speelman, starting with 29....Nxc3! Not only does this lure the white Q away from defending g2, but it also lines up the Q for a variation that only appears in the notes: If instead 33 Rxf1, then 33...Rc8 34 Qb3 (best would be to give the Q up ...
 
   Feb-10-21 Yudasin vs Kramnik, 1994 (replies)
 
LRLeighton: In the 24 h3 line, Brenin is correct that 30 Kxg3 is better for white than 30 Kxg1, but after 30...Re8, I doubt that white's pawn on d6 is even relevant -- white's King is in a lot of trouble, and it is likely that he will be giving up more material to save it.
 
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