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Retireborn
Member since Feb-18-07 · Last seen Oct-19-21
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   Retireborn has kibitzed 2665 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-14-21 Vasily Smyslov
 
Retireborn: <Helios> According Wiki, Bronstein, Boleslavsky, Smyslov, Keres, Reshevsky, and Najdorf were all seeded into 1953 because they had played in the 1950 candidates. Also Euwe, because he played in the 1948 tournament.
 
   Oct-13-21 Benko vs A Matanovic, 1964
 
Retireborn: Benko analyzes this ending in his book, and he's under the impression that his 57.Rxe5+!? snatches the draw. After 61.Kf2! and 62.Bb4! the position is indeed drawn. It's surprising to me that 64...Rxh3 65.Bb6! doesn't win. Sadly tablebase points out that 60...Re2! wins in 34 ...
 
   Oct-11-21 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
Retireborn: We're changing avatars? This aggression will not stand, man.
 
   Oct-05-21 Anand vs Adams, 2012 (replies)
 
Retireborn: The answer is 42 is a joke from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams.
 
   Oct-04-21 Fischer vs A Kahn, 1964 (replies)
 
Retireborn: It's a pun.
 
   Oct-04-21 Benko vs Fischer, 1962
 
Retireborn: <beatgiant> I've no idea what happened, I'm just reporting what Benko says in his book about 40...Qh3+ being the sealed move. If the game was actually adjourned then Benko must have sealed something, likely the 41.Kf2 in the variation he gives. Perhaps it's a typo in the ...
 
   Oct-01-21 Burn vs Von Gottschall, 1898
 
Retireborn: Houdini disapproves of 22...Nb4, but its suggestion of 22...Bg4 allows a nice Q sacrifice with 23.Qxg4! Nxg4 24.Nxd5 Qa7 25.Nxg4 Bxd3 26.Rxg3 Kh8 27.Ne5 and White is much better.
 
   Oct-01-21 Benko vs Andersson, 1974
 
Retireborn: An interesting battle between two of my favourite players, with a surprising finish. Ulf played this type of KID setup a handful of times in the 70s, but his results with it were pretty bad. Here he obtains near-equality after 26...bxa5, but after 35.g4! he is being pushed back, ...
 
   Sep-17-21 Schlechter vs Burn, 1907
 
Retireborn: <keypusher> Burn would have been worried about the threat of 30.Nxg7, which can't be prevented by blocking the diagonal with either of his knights. Hence 29...Re5 which at least pins the knight. I agree its a bad move though. My notes to this game give 29...Qd2 planning ...
 
   Sep-14-21 C Bielicki vs Smyslov, 1964
 
Retireborn: <TheBish>, <Demna> I think the score of this game may well be incorrect. Megabase gives 6.a3 as played, and 15.b4 doesn't lose a pawn then. After 6.b3 you'd expect 15.Bb2, not b4.
 
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