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   Mayankk has kibitzed 351 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-08-23 M Pap vs Sahovic, 2001 (replies)
Mayankk: Hi <Funkenstein>, After 21 Nxf6 Bxg2+ 22 Qxg2 gxf6 23 Rxh2+ still works. E.g. 23 Rxh2+ Kxh2 24 Qh3+ Kg6 25 Bxg8 Rxg8 26 Be3, White is up a Bishop and should win.
   Feb-07-23 O Sarapu vs B J Halpin, 1962 (replies)
Mayankk: We have two Knights, a Rook and a Queen aiming at the Black King. First thought was to sacrifice a Knight and Rook and bring Queen into action on the h file. But doesn't work. Then you notice that Ne6+ can be a Royal fork. So we follow the same idea but pick the right Knight and ...
   Feb-06-23 Kosteniuk vs Z Tan, 2023
Mayankk: I always thought Black should never castle Queenside after playing c5 and d5. But with that pesky pawn at e5, Black's kingside development was subdued. It lashed out by 15 ... 0-0-0, trying to convert a weakness into an advantage. However to a layman its position was always fraught ...
   Feb-06-23 D Kosic vs S Cvetkovic, 1994 (replies)
Mayankk: Happy Mondays are back. We have a Queen close to action and so sacrifice it. 39 ... Qxh3+ 40 Kxh3 Rh1# or 40 gxh3 Rh1#. White shows a rather acute lack of danger awareness when it played 38 a5 and 39 Qxb6 after 37 ... c4 and 38 ... Rf1. Its position was grim anyways after the 37 ...
   Feb-05-23 R Zelcic vs Gleizerov, 2000 (replies)
Mayankk: White is down an exchange plus pawn but has managed to chase the Black King to the centre of the Board. And as we know, a centralised King with heavy pieces still alive is prone to sacrificial tactics and mate. We can lead Black King to its doom by the forceful 25 Bb5 resource. If ...
   Feb-04-23 V Dobrov vs V Shinkevich, 2000 (replies)
Mayankk: Tough one. I tried too hard to make 30 e7 work but the fact that it left the d7 Rook en prise, worked against me in most variations. I had no clue about the 30 Rd6 strategy. It provides White with a valuable pair of passed pawns, worth at least a piece, and therefore justifies the ...
   Feb-03-23 V Gashimov vs Gelfand, 2011 (replies)
Mayankk: Black is threatening to go an exchange up but given the weak light squares it has, the light-squared Bishop is probably as valuable as a Rook anyways. I saw 21 Be6 and how after Rc7, Nd5 will trap the Rook while helping White retain the initiative. The line I had in mind was 21 Be6 ...
   Feb-02-23 E M Jackson vs Flohr, 1929 (replies)
Mayankk: My line was 33 Rxe5+ dxe5 34 Qg5+ Kf8 ( 34 ... Ke8 35 Rxe5+ seems worse) 35 Rf1+ Ke8 36 Qxe5+ Qe7 37 Qg3, threatening a skewer of Black Queen and King via 38 Re8 as well as capture of a Black Rook via 38 d6. I saw later that the game line was 35 Qxe5. It's a eelatively quiet move ...
   Feb-01-23 Giri vs D Brandenburg, 2009 (replies)
Mayankk: My line was 22 Bxe6 Bxb2+ ( 22 ... fxe6 23 Rh8+ Kxh8 24 Qh3+ Kg8 25 Qh7#) 23 Kxb2 Qxc2+ 24 Qxc2 Nxc2 25 exf7+ Rxf7 26 Kxc2 when White will be up a Rook and a Bishop. I didn't plan for the 22 .. Rfb8 defense. It has some traps e.g. 23 Rh8+ Kxh8 24 Qh3+ doesn't work and we need the ...
   Jan-31-23 O Sarapu vs Y E Liao, 1982 (replies)
Mayankk: White's 43 Bc4 seems weak given its sole focus was to build a defensive fortress. It hangs the Bishop and White has to spend tempo to safeguard against Qd4+ fork. Also in the last position it hastens defeat by forcing a Rook exchange and allowing the h pawn to Queen. After the ...
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