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Gaito
Member since Jan-07-20 · Last seen Oct-21-21
My name is Gabriel Velasco. I am the author of 3 chess books: 1) The Life and Games of Carlos Torre, 2) Masterpieces of Attack, and 3) another chess book in Spanish language. I live in Mexico City. I am from Mexico, but many years ago I lived and studied in Kiev (Ukraine) for more than three years. I even won a norm of Candidate Master in Kiev by sharing 1st-3rd prize in a chess tournament. I loved living in Kiev, a city where I got my doctorate in mathematics and learned a lot of chess when I was young. I have worked as a College Professor of Mathematical Analysis and Probabilty Theory in Mexico City. I am retired now. Back in 1991 I won the chess championship of the Mexican state of Guanajuato. I am also an avid collector of chess books written in many languages (mainly Russian, Spanish and English). I believe that I have collected more than one thousand chess books, though I have only read about 40 of them.

   Gaito has kibitzed 728 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-21-21 Tal vs Uhlmann, 1971
 
Gaito: On 19...Nxb4, there would have followed 20.Qd8+ Kc6 21.Qd6 mate. [DIAGRAM]
 
   Oct-21-21 Beliavsky vs Kasparov, 1983 (replies)
 
Gaito: <Olavi> Apparently Kasparov lost a classical game against Smyslov when Garry was 12 years old and Smyslov was 54 years old. Kasparov vs Smyslov, 1975 That was a classical chess game, wasn't it? I am not sure under what conditions that game was played, but apparently it was ...
 
   Oct-21-21 Tal vs Petrosian, 1975
 
Gaito: A beautiful finish for this very nice miniature by Tal. If there wasn't a White pawn on b3, the final position would be even more pleasantly aesthetic. Another very nice blitz game by Tal with the same opening can be seen in this link: Tal vs Korchnoi, 1970 Only a genius at blitz ...
 
   Oct-21-21 Tal vs Korchnoi, 1970
 
Gaito: An outstanding game by Tal. Another miniature won by Tal (against Petrosian) also with the Tarrasch variation of the French Defense can be seen in this link: Tal vs Petrosian, 1975 The Tarrasch variation seemed very powerful for White when Tal played it!
 
   Oct-08-21 Marshall vs Petrov, 1930 (replies)
 
Gaito: <fredthebear: In the final position, if Black accepts the rook sacrifice, 17.Qh4 will mate in one.> Maybe not mate in one, but mate in a few moves: [DIAGRAM] 16...Qxc5 (on 16...bxc5 17.Qh4 wins the queen) 17.Qh4 f5 18.Bxf5 h5 19.Qxh5+ Kg7 20.Qg5+ and mate in two more moves.
 
   Oct-08-21 Marcel Sisniega
 
Gaito: <Sep-27-09 syracrophy: El excelente libro de la vida y partidas de Sisniega escrito por Gabriel Velasco (quien tambien escribio un libro sobre Torre) puede considerarse de lectura y estudio obligado para quien desee conocer a fondo a uno de los ajedrecistas mas reputados de ...
 
   Oct-07-21 Boyang Zhao vs Bruzon Batista, 2021
 
Gaito: White resigned in this position: [DIAGRAM] In case of 20.Rfxc1 (or Raxc1) Rxc1+ 21.Rxc1 Bxf3 22.gxf3 Qg5+ gobbles a whole rook. A nice and instructive miniature.
 
   Oct-06-21 Alekhine vs Janowski, 1924 (replies)
 
Gaito: This very good game was played during the sixth round of the tournament, but unfortunately it somehow went unnoticed, because it was outshined or overshadowed by another game played in a neighboring table where the current World Champion Capablanca displayed his artistry in a ...
 
   Oct-05-21 Illescas Cordoba vs Kamsky, 1990
 
Gaito: A final comment: In the game Illescas vs. Kamsky, even if Black's 19th move 19...O-O-O had been a legal move, he would have lost anyway: [DIAGRAM] A likely continuation from that hypothetical (and illegal) position: 20.Nf3 Nf6 21.Rc1+ Kb8 22.Qe5+, and White would have a clear ...
 
   Oct-05-21 Torre vs Reti, 1925
 
Gaito: Two more famous cases of attempted illegal castling can be seen in the following links: Illescas Cordoba vs Kamsky, 1990 Kindermann vs Korchnoi, 1995
 
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