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Amarande
Member since Nov-27-06 · Last seen Oct-25-21
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   Amarande has kibitzed 321 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-16-21 Dolmatov vs P Nikolic, 1989 (replies)
 
Amarande: I must be missing something here. I'm seeing 34 Rd8 (threatening mate in two) and Black doesn't seem to have anything other than 34 ... Kf8, but then 35 Qxe8+! Qxe8 36 Bc5+ Kg8 37 Rxe8#. What's Black's resource?
 
   Sep-09-21 B Lalic vs Sadler, 1995 (replies)
 
Amarande: Nope still seems to be mate, the end either way looks like 32 ... Ng6 (else h-file mate) 33 Rh3+ Kg8 34 Qxg6+ Qg7 35 Qxg7#. Or if you're feeling sadistic, 35 Nh6+ Kh8 36 Nf7+ Kg8 37 Rh8#.
 
   Aug-11-21 P Duffy vs Steinitz, 1865 (replies)
 
Amarande: <al wazir> 27 Qxc6+ looks pretty decent for White. 3P (all connected passed) vs. R, and Black will likely have to give up the e4 pawn too if he is to avoid a perpetual. 4P vs. R is actually a pretty fighting chance as long as the Rook's side lacks a passed Pawn, so it's not ...
 
   Aug-08-21 Marshall vs Stodie, 1920 (replies)
 
Amarande: There is a general impression in such situations on the King-side that having the Knight at e7 mitigates most if not all of the danger, since that Knight should be able to interpose at g8 meaning there's no threat of corridor mate, right? ... Right? This impression fails to take ...
 
   Jun-29-21 E Najer vs D Shchukin, 2000 (replies)
 
Amarande: <Ivan Karamazov>: If you mean the 31 exf6 line, Black is still lost after 32 Rg7+ Kh8 33 g4, and loss of the Queen and mate in a few moves cannot be prevented.
 
   Jun-05-21 D S Polland vs H Morton, 1938 (replies)
 
Amarande: Let's see if I've got the ending right? 44 ... Qf8 (nothing really matters but that either now or on the next move Ne7 has to be played) 45 Ra8 Ne7 46 Ba6 Kd7 47 Bxb6 cxb6 48 Bxc8+ Nxc8 49 Qb7+ and 50 Rxc8#
 
   May-04-21 Zilberman vs Kogan, 2000 (replies)
 
Amarande: Hmmm. Bc7 seems to force Black to give up the exchange seeing the Black Rook has not got an escape square. Am I missing something? Nope. Bc7's actually it, I guess it's a "Bro, it's not that deep" moment as they say these days.
 
   May-03-21 H Barber vs Hebden, 2000 (replies)
 
Amarande: BxPch and QxQ, a classic tool in the box. Be careful with letting your Queen be unguarded on the open Queen's file!
 
   Mar-30-21 Zugzwang vs McShane, 1998 (replies)
 
Amarande: Went for the obvious 22 Be6, didn't think to look further before checking. On further reflection, it does seem no worse than the game continuation, seeing that Black obviously has to play Rh7, then after 23 Bxd7+ Rxd7 24 Rxe5+ Kd8 (Kf7 drops the Rook and dxe5 loses to mate in one) ...
 
   Nov-02-20 Bachmann vs R Praggnanandhaa, 2016 (replies)
 
Amarande: 19 c4 is, of course, virtually forced. Then 19 ... Nb4+, and if White does not give up the Queen as already analyzed - a, 20 Ka1 Qxa3+ 21 Kb1 Qa2+ 22 Kc1 Qc1# b1, 20 Kb1 (or b2) Nd3+ 21 Ka2 Rb2+ 22 Ka1 Qxa3# b2, 20 Kb1 Nd3+ 21 Nb5 Rxb5+ 22 cxb5 Qa2# c (perhaps my favorite) 20 Kb3
 
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