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   Albanius has kibitzed 289 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-24-21 Kramnik vs Svidler, 1998
Albanius: The natural looking 15..c5? loses material due to the pin on the d file: 16 dxc5 Bxc5? 17 Ne4 Be6 or Bb6 (..Qc7 18 b4) 18 Qc6+-
   Dec-21-21 Kasparov vs Hjartarson, 1988
Albanius: In the final postion, trying to create a mating net with 44..Bxf3?? would run into 45. Bxf5+ Kg8 46. Rd8+ Kf7 47. Rf8#, or if 45..g6, 46. Rd7+ Kg8? 47. Be6+ Kh8 48. Bd4+ and mate next but if 46..Kh8 W has to play the crass 47 Bxc2
   Jul-24-21 Caruana vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2021 (replies)
Albanius: After Fabi's TN 18 Bc4! Qxc4 19 Bd6!, it seems that 19..Bxd4!, the move that looked obvious to me, holds equality. Stockfish here says 20 Rxd4 Qb3 is equal (0.00 - 37 ply)
   Jul-11-21 Viktor Korchnoi (replies)
Albanius: I would put Caruana-Korchnoi 2011 Caruana vs Korchnoi, 2011 among the notable games - from the black side of a Ruy Lopez, 79 YO Korchnoi crushed 19 YO Fabi, already an elite GM, like a bug.
   Jul-10-21 Lupulescu vs Giri, 2021
Albanius: Actually 30 ..Qc6? is the losing move. SF says 30..Rg5= 31 Rf2 [Re8?? Qxg2#] Qg4 32 Re8 Qd1+ with a perp.
   Jun-27-21 Showalter vs Pillsbury, 1897 (replies)
Albanius: Leonard Barden reported that Nepo surprised Radjabov with Showalter's 7 c3! in the 2021 Paris Rapid & Blitz: "Radjabov preferred 7...Be7 8 cxd4 b5 9 Bb3 0-0 10 Nc3 Bb7 11 Re1 Bf6 12 Bf4 when White ...
   May-31-21 So vs Carlsen, 2021
Albanius: A note on the finish: 38 Rg4 was a last trap: 38..Kxe5?? 39 Re1+ and W wins. But after 38..Rf2!, 39 R/1g2 and Nf3 lose routinely, while 39 R/4-g2? Ng3+! mates.
   Jan-22-21 Kavalek vs Karpov, 1970 (replies)
Albanius: RIP Lubosh! Apparently originally posted the variation with 23 Nxg7! but later corrected it with the actual game as played.
   Jan-01-21 So vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2020 (replies)
Albanius: In the grand tradition of French anticlericalism - Voltaire would be proud. Ecrasez l'infame!
   Dec-19-20 Lasker vs Steinitz, 1895 (replies)
Albanius: Gunsberg's note criticizing Steinitz's 10..Qe8 after Lasker's now standard Nf1 gives the lemon 13 Bb3 which runs into ..c4 Bc2 Nxc2, trading off the Spanish B which W has moved 5x. Lasker would no doubt have met 12..Nb4 with 13 Bb1, keeping the usual advantage in space.
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