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   Balmo has kibitzed 123 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Dec-03-15 Spassky vs S Avtonomov, 1949 (replies)
Balmo: Probably someone's already pointed this out but "qualifyers"?? Qualifiers! As to the puzzle, I also spent a whole looking for a way for black to decline the rook, especially the passive Qe8 which is tough to crack immediately. But white has a glorious position and should win easily ...
   Nov-19-15 Adams vs O Renet, 1992 (replies)
Balmo: I just can't see what's wrong with 10...Qxb2. Does anyone fancy helping me out? Thanks!
   Oct-02-15 Gelfand vs Kramnik, 1996 (replies)
Balmo: For a moment I thought white had a miracle save available with 28. Qf8+, but alas! Black can recapture with the rook and white doesn't have time to take the free queen... Great game from Kramnik.
   Sep-19-14 J Votava vs A Zatonskih, 2004 (replies)
Balmo: Ah I see now that Black still had a little bit of work to do after winning back the queen. Also in my previous post I wrote Qxe3 instead of Qxd3.
   Aug-18-14 M Schulz vs T Struening, 2004 (replies)
Balmo: It's funny and a little bit sad how well everyone knows the openings these days. If I didn't know better, I'd say the first 8-10 moves of this game were played by a couple of GMs, or certainly experienced players. Then, around moves 11-12 or thereabouts, things suddenly start to get a
   Aug-13-14 Judit Polgar (replies)
Balmo: The great Judit Polgar, retiring after 25 years at the top! An incredible, glittering career. Her aggressive-tactical style was a joy to watch. Her demolition of Mamedyarov in the Ruy Lopez a few years back was a fond memory, but of course her treatment of the Sicilian with White was ...
   Jul-24-14 Vugar Gashimov (replies)
Balmo: The great Gashimov. One of my very favourite players, and a terrible loss to the chess world at just 27. If you haven't seen it, watch him outplay Azarov in the 2011 World Cup in Khanty Mansisk, the game must be somewhere here. Grande Gashimov!
   Jun-27-14 L Christiansen vs J Campos Moreno, 1980 (replies)
Balmo: All hail Larry Christiansen, King of the cheapos! Great tactical player.
   Jun-16-14 World Rapid Championship (2014) (replies)
Balmo: This is the link I'm watching, it's pretty good. The commentator is obviously not English, but he has extremely strong chess ideas - he was guessing all of Carlsen's moves in his draw with Guseinev just now.
   Jun-10-14 Gyula Sax (replies)
Balmo: Actually - if I can just amend that PGN, I believe the final moves were 37...Ng4 38. g3 and black resigned.
   Jun-09-14 Adams vs E Paehtz, 2012
   May-04-14 A David vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2014 (replies)
   Apr-26-14 Y Hou vs Y Yu, 2013 (replies)
   Apr-17-14 B Gurgenidze vs Tal, 1957 (replies)
   Apr-14-14 Tal vs Reshevsky, 1964 (replies)
   Apr-02-14 Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 (replies)
   Mar-31-14 Carlsen vs Ivanchuk, 2013 (replies)
   Mar-24-14 P Troeger vs Tal, 1960 (replies)
   Mar-18-14 Vasyl Ivanchuk (replies)
   Feb-09-14 N Dzagnidze vs Adams, 2013 (replies)
   Feb-07-14 Gibraltar Masters (2014) (replies)
   Jan-21-14 Leinier Dominguez Perez (replies)
   Jan-19-14 V Gashimov vs B Lalic, 2007 (replies)
   Dec-30-13 Korchnoi vs Tal, 1962 (replies)
   Dec-04-13 J Rudd vs S Williams, 2013 (replies)
   Nov-28-13 Marshall vs Capablanca, 1918 (replies)
   Nov-21-13 Tal vs Benko, 1959 (replies)
   Nov-17-13 Saric vs B Ivanov, 2012 (replies)
   Nov-17-13 J O Fries-Nielsen vs Svidler, 1992 (replies)
   Nov-14-13 H E Atkins vs Capablanca, 1922 (replies)
   Nov-12-13 D Zagorskis vs Sadler, 1998 (replies)
   Nov-08-13 M Leskiewicz vs E Kahn, 1999 (replies)
   Oct-28-13 Ponomariov vs Grischuk, 1994 (replies)
   Oct-23-13 Alekhine vs Menzel, 1923 (replies)
   Oct-05-13 Kasparov vs Korchnoi, 1995 (replies)
   Sep-25-13 S Williams vs The World, 2013 (replies)
   Sep-22-13 D J Grant vs T Chapman, 2010 (replies)
   Sep-18-13 McShane vs T M Mok, 2010
   Sep-10-13 Aronian vs Carlsen, 2013 (replies)
   Jun-12-13 Lindehn vs L Maczuski, 1863 (replies)
   Jun-01-13 Adams vs N Zhukova, 2012 (replies)
   May-24-13 Kasparov vs de Firmian, 1995
   May-23-13 Karpov vs Csom, 1977 (replies)
   May-15-13 D Howell vs Buhmann, 2013 (replies)
   May-01-13 Adams vs Kramnik, 2013
   Apr-28-13 Van Wely vs Topalov, 2006
   Apr-24-13 de Firmian vs Chernin, 1990
   Apr-23-13 Vachier-Lagrave vs K Grigoryan, 2012 (replies)
   Apr-13-13 Kasparov vs S Palatnik, 1978 (replies)
   Apr-10-13 Spielmann vs R Wahle, 1926 (replies)
   Apr-09-13 S Williams vs T Rendle, 2010 (replies)
   Apr-08-13 M Ashley vs Shabalov, 1993 (replies)
   Mar-23-13 World Championship Candidates (2013) (replies)
   Mar-19-13 N Grandelius vs A Pourramezanali, 2010 (replies)
   Mar-11-13 J Gallagher vs B Leib, 1989
   Mar-09-13 Kudrin vs Waitzkin, 1995
   Mar-07-13 Geller vs P Dubinin, 1947
   Mar-07-13 Geller vs G Ilivitsky, 1947 (replies)
   Mar-01-13 Caruana vs Gelfand, 2013 (replies)
   Feb-27-13 Y Yu vs Giri, 2013
   Feb-27-13 T Thorhallsson vs G Jones, 2013
   Feb-17-13 Fridman vs Caruana, 2013 (replies)
   Feb-15-13 Tal vs Miles, 1981 (replies)
   Feb-14-13 R E Chavez Monterrosa vs G Mittelman, 2005 (replies)
   Feb-14-13 Sax vs Plaskett, 1986 (replies)
   Feb-14-13 Waitzkin vs C Hertan, 1989 (replies)
   Feb-11-13 Caruana vs Fridman, 2013 (replies)
   Feb-10-13 Adams vs Caruana, 2013 (replies)
   Feb-09-13 Naiditsch vs Adams, 2013
   Jan-29-13 Nigel Short (replies)
   Jan-26-13 Y Yu vs S Gordon, 2013 (replies)
   Jan-24-13 S Telljohann vs Adams, 2013 (replies)
   Jan-16-13 Geller vs Dreev, 1990 (replies)
   Jan-01-13 Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1982 (replies)
   Dec-17-12 K Burger vs Zweiburg, 1964 (replies)
   Dec-11-12 Gelfand vs S Williams, 2012 (replies)
   Oct-23-12 Karpov vs Sax, 1983 (replies)
   Oct-20-12 Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (replies)
   Oct-05-12 Hodgson vs M Godena, 2000 (replies)
   Sep-15-12 McShane vs Kotronias, 2003 (replies)
   Jun-18-12 Tal Memorial (2012) (replies)
   Jun-16-12 McShane vs Kramnik, 2012 (replies)
   May-14-12 R Gruenberg vs Kasparov, 1987
   May-12-12 Nakamura vs Kaidanov, 2012 (replies)
   May-11-12 C Ward vs A Summerscale, 1996 (replies)
   May-01-12 Gavrikov vs Gelfand, 1995 (replies)
   Feb-02-12 Sasikiran vs Short, 2012 (replies)
   Sep-14-11 Ivanchuk vs Grischuk, 2011 (replies)
   Sep-07-11 Dominguez Perez vs Polgar, 2011 (replies)
   Jul-25-11 Morozevich vs Shirov, 2011 (replies)
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