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   OBIT has kibitzed 2026 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-17-21 Tal vs T Paehtz Sr, 1974
 
OBIT: For those gushing over Tal's genius in this game: Tal himself called it an act of plagiarism, as he essentially duplicated Gaprindashvili's win over Servaty a few weeks earlier (as was already noted by <backrank>).
 
   Sep-17-21 N Gaprindashvili vs R Servaty, 1974 (replies)
 
OBIT: Oh, so this Gaprindashvili did play men occasionally. The Gaprindashvili mentioned in "The Queen's Gambit" must have been Anna Gaprindashvili, who is a totally fictional character.
 
   Apr-07-21 A S Rasmussen vs Robson, 2009
 
OBIT: <zebekias>Where does the White rook go once he gets to a3? Black's powerful knight is much better than that impotent rook, so don't trade knight for rook. After 39. Ra1, play as in the game: 39...Ke1 followed by ...Rd2, ...Rc2, and then either ...Kd2 or ...Nf1, depending on ...
 
   Mar-28-21 Ribli vs M Szekely, 1969 (replies)
 
OBIT: Fischer must have noticed this game, in particular the move 12. Bd5! He played this move in his 24-move crush vs Rubinetti at the 1970 Interzonal.
 
   Feb-21-21 Znosko-Borovsky vs J A Seitz, 1931 (replies)
 
OBIT: I would add that this game, having been played in 1931, probably went through at least two adjournments, giving Seitz a couple of nights to study the intricacies of this endgame. Now that chess engines have made adjournments a thing of the past, today's player would have to figure out ...
 
   Dec-29-20 J Sherwin vs Fischer, 1966
 
OBIT: After 70...Rxd5 Sherwin is two pawns down, but Fischer has only three pawns left, and they're all isolated. I think Sherwin is correct to play on, hoping that a draw somehow falls out of the sky. With that said, Sherwin has three very long losses to Fischer in the chessgames database, ...
 
   Nov-23-20 R Nezhmetdinov vs Kasparian, 1955 (replies)
 
OBIT: Something is funny, though. When Beth meets Benny for the second time (in episode 3), Benny mentions he saw this game in Life magazine and says she lost her advantage by castling. That comment hardly makes sense, as White's castling move occurs early in the game, before much is going ...
 
   Sep-03-20 A Laster vs R Gahtan, 1975 (replies)
 
OBIT: Hey, Ralph! Clarkson graduate, right?
 
   Mar-15-20 Marshall vs Chigorin, 1902 (replies)
 
OBIT: The 144-move marathon mentioned by <capanegra> was actually played the year before, in the 1901 Monte Carlo tournament, so this opening blunder can't be blamed on fatigue. As for capanegra's reporting error, he can put the blame somewhere else: The Fireside Book of Chess, page ...
 
   Mar-31-19 Shankland vs Caruana, 2019 (replies)
 
OBIT: Draw agreed in this game, and Nakamura's game still has all 32 pieces on the board.
 
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