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Gaito
Member since Jan-07-20 · Last seen Jan-29-23
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 747 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-06-23 Botvinnik vs A Batuev, 1931
 
Gaito: [DIAGRAM] WHITE TO MOVE Botvinnik played the shiny 25.Qxe7!? which is suffcient to win, but it was totally unnecessary. Black resigned in view of 25...Nxe7 26.Rxe7 Bd5 27.Rxf7 Bxf7 28.Kf2, and the ensuing pawn ending is easily won by White. From the diagrammed position, the ...
 
   Jan-06-23 Bogoljubov vs Botvinnik, 1936 (replies)
 
Gaito: White resigned, as he will be quickly mated after 26.Qd1 e3! 27.Qe2 Qa1! (see diagram below) [DIAGRAM] For instance: 28.Kf1 Bxe1 29.Qxe1 Rd1 with mate in three or four moves at the most
 
   Jan-06-23 J Xie vs Larsen, 1994 (replies)
 
Gaito: Great strategic game by Xie Jun. I guess that Botvinnik or Capablanca would have been delighted to see this masterpiece. Notice that White always had a clear plan in mind (no need to calculate lengthy variations). 12.Qc4! was the first part of the plan (preventing Black from moving a ...
 
   Jan-01-23 Carlsen vs Jakovenko, 2009
 
Gaito: This is the typical Carlsen game, where the young Norwegian master played with a simple and clear plan throughout (to advance his K-side pawn majority) and at the same time he didn't give his opponent the least chance of counterplay. Chess is made to look simple when played by ...
 
   Dec-16-22 Polgar vs Mamedyarov, 2002 (replies)
 
Gaito: Some of the younger grandmasters today do not know the classics. But Judit does know the classics! Everybody knows that the move 11.Ng5!? was first played in the 10th match game Karpov vs. Korchnoi, Baguio, 1978. In that game Korchnoi played 11...dxc3 and the game was drawn. Sure ...
 
   Oct-25-22 M Stean vs Browne, 1974
 
Gaito: [DIAGRAM] BLACK TO MOVE In this position Browne had an opportunity to return the pĂ­ece and run away with his king to b8 and a7. At any rate, Black has a clear advantage, but 18...Kc7!? would at least have put Black's King at a safer place, for example: 19.Qxe7+ Kb8 20.fxe5 Re8 ...
 
   Oct-24-22 Marcel Sisniega (replies)
 
Gaito: <syracrophy>: Thank you very much for your kind words!
 
   Oct-24-22 Shirov vs G Toczek, 2022
 
Gaito: Another possible defense for Black, and well worthy of consideration, would have been perhaps 26...Rd7 27.exd5 Be7 (instead of 27...Be6) 28.Qd4 Qc5!, reaching the following position: [DIAGRAM] If then 29.Qxg7 Rf8 30.Bc3 Bc4 31.Rge1 Rxd5 apparently is unclear (see diagram) [DIAGRAM]
 
   Mar-07-22 J Szmetan vs K Frey Beckman, 1977
 
Gaito: Komodo 13 doesn't like the move 7...c6? Instead, the engine recommends 7...h6 with equality.
 
   Dec-03-21 Marshall vs F Duz-Khotimirsky, 1911
 
Gaito: 12...Qg3. "Poor Marshall dead"" 13.Qxg4. "Oh no. Marshall not dead. I dead!"
 
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