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Member since Aug-01-11
I suppose I may be getting stronger after all.

   Cucurbit has kibitzed 21 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-04-18 So vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
Cucurbit: <Sally Simpson> "Just to see if my opponent played 46. Kh1 Qh3+ and Black is winning." Don't you mean 46. ... Qxh4+ and scoop up the Re1 next move?
   Apr-24-18 M Bartel vs A Belezky, 2008 (replies)
Cucurbit: Am I the only one here who can't understand <chrisowen>? I always attend to his comments with interest, largely because it seems like he is so intent on making them. But they never make any sense to me.
   Dec-07-17 AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2017 (replies)
Cucurbit: I certainly don't claim to understand it all. Looks dangerous... maybe? Some lines definitely do look bad, and it has many of the effects of a good piece sacrifice, but then again a lot of objectively bad moves have those too. The endgame is pretty mysterious to me as well.
   Sep-14-17 Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 (replies)
Cucurbit: <boxcar2 why not 16 B e5 mate? quicker.> 16 Be5 is not a legal move (no dark square bishop) and it would not be mate even if it were possible. 16 Be4 (which you may have meant) is not mate because of 16 ...Bxe4
   Aug-01-17 Yates vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 (replies)
Cucurbit: Not only does it appear in Chess Praxis, but in the book Nimzovich is surprisingly critical of his own play, particularly moves 15, 19, and 23, all of which share a common fault, he seems to think: They commit to an attack on the queenside before sufficiently securing the center.
   Nov-17-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
Cucurbit: When was the last time an Italian was played in the world championship?
   Oct-25-16 Pillsbury vs Steinitz, 1894 (replies)
Cucurbit: Euwe and Kramer's _The Middlegame Book 2, Dynamic and Subjective Features_, describes this game as "the punishment of a premature attack," but it's hard to see how white's attack is premature. At move 11, his pieces are developed to good squares, his king is castled and free of ...
   Sep-09-16 Michael Deng Khor Kuol vs O Lima, 2016 (replies)
Cucurbit: This endgame makes no sense to me. Why didn't black queen his pawn at the first opportunity? Did he really not know how to mate with two bishops? Even if he didn't know how to do it, he still had another pawn left. Why didn't he push it?
   Mar-21-16 Anand vs Aronian, 2016 (replies)
Cucurbit: I suspect it's about to get very interesting on black's kingside.
   Mar-16-16 Topalov vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
Cucurbit: I like the idea of white playing f4. It could be scary, but there's no black DSB, and opening the kingside seems likely to be much more of a headache for black.
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