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LRLeighton
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   LRLeighton has kibitzed 62 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-27-23 Tata Steel Masters (2023) (replies)
 
LRLeighton: My apologies for the second long post on Botvinnik and Capablanca in the same day -- we should be talking about the excellent tournament going on right now. Challenger's section looks interesting too.
 
   Jan-23-23 P Nikolic vs Tukmakov, 1993
 
LRLeighton: Both players missed that black can win with 21...Bh2+ 22 Kf1, Qxc4 23 Qxc4, Nxd2+ forking king and queen and winning a piece, even if white manages to subsequently trap the Bh2.
 
   Dec-16-22 Tal vs Gligoric, 1967
 
LRLeighton: Rather interesting that two elite grandmasters both missed keypusher's petite combination.
 
   Dec-15-22 Tukmakov vs K Hulak, 1999
 
LRLeighton: I do wonder about the score of this game. On move 27, Tukmakov could have played the pretty 27 Qxe6+! because of an unusual Boden's Mate, 27...Bxe6 28 Bc6#.
 
   Nov-25-22 R Hovhannisyan vs O Kiolbasa, 2015
 
LRLeighton: Although white still eventually won, he missed a quick win with 48 Re7, Qxe8 49 Rxg7+, K any 50 Rxe8. A good example of the fact that any time a defending queen interposes in response to a queen check, the defending queen is pinned, and only capable of moves along the diagonal.
 
   Nov-25-22 Lenderman vs T Harutyunian, 2022
 
LRLeighton: Extremely instructive N vs B ending in which black slowly gets ground down even though white is playing with the short-range piece. Looking at the Stockfish analysis was interesting because black didn't make an obvious blunder, but in this case, a few literally second-best moves ...
 
   Nov-25-22 Lenderman vs A Mikaelyan, 2022 (replies)
 
LRLeighton: 7...exd4 is a book move, and it has become increasingly popular as black KID players have grown to recognize the problems inherent in playing 7...Nc6 8 d5. The move also makes sense as it increases the scope of the dark-squared bishop, which is often nearly useless in the closed ...
 
   Oct-20-22 I Krush vs J Yu, 2022 (replies)
 
LRLeighton: This was the playoff as Krush and Yu finished tied for first. I don't know what the time control was, but it definitely was not classical, despite how chessgames labelled it below. As they split the first two games of the playoff, and then only played this one game, I suspect ...
 
   Oct-01-22 USSR Championship (1939)
 
LRLeighton: @RookFile, Botvinnik labeled Keres and Flohr as foreigners because they -were- foreigners. It had nothing whatsoever to do with their politics. Keres was from Estonia. The tournament was held in 1939 and the USSR did not occupy Estonia until 1940. Flohr was a refugee from ...
 
   Sep-22-22 Julius Baer Generation Cup (2022) (replies)
 
LRLeighton: Just to clarify, the idea that Alekhine refused to play at tournaments to which Capa was invited is inaccurate. Alekhine informed organizers that if Capa were playing in the same tournament, then he, Alekhine, would insist on a larger appearance fee. This in fact, wasn't all that
 
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