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Saul Goodman
Member since May-14-20 · Last seen Jan-16-23
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   Saul Goodman has kibitzed 27 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-07-23 Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 (replies)
 
Saul Goodman: That draw against Uitumen is significant, because it was the last time anyone got a draw off Bobby until the Candidates match against Petrosian. He proceeded to win 20 straight games against top players including 6-0 match wins against Taimonov and Larsen.
 
   Aug-07-22 Shirov vs I Morovic Fernandez, 1994 (replies)
 
Saul Goodman: “ Shirov could never even play for the title” Shirov actually qualified to play for the title, and Garry Kasparov, to his eternal shame, refused to play him. I don’t think Shirov could have beaten Garry, but Shirov earned the chance to try.
 
   Jan-30-22 Duda vs Rapport, 2019
 
Saul Goodman: Rc8 is brilliant. How does a human being even consider such a crazy move?
 
   Dec-22-21 Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 (replies)
 
Saul Goodman: “ What about Botvinnik and Keres?” Botvinnik was 48 at the time of this game, and didn’t play much anymore. Keres was 43. Both were 15 years past their peak, although obviously great players.
 
   Jul-05-21 Keres vs Fischer, 1959 (replies)
 
Saul Goodman: Keres may have been better than Fischer in 1959, but the Soviet players? rankings and ratings in that era have to be taken with a grain of salt. In any case, Fischer was still learning about international chess. He was the best in the world within a few years.
 
   Jul-05-21 Savon vs Polugaevsky, 1971
 
Saul Goodman: Savon was one of the least well-known players to make the top ten in the world in the last 50 years. Brilliant combination.
 
   Jul-04-21 Polgar vs Anand, 1999 (replies)
 
Saul Goodman: Nona was a great champion, but to compare her accomplishments to Judit Polgar is ridiculous. Judit Polgar was the top rated woman in the world for 25 years. She was in the top ten in the world for several years, peaking at #5 in 2004. She was the first and only woman to play ...
 
   Jan-17-21 Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1962 (replies)
 
Saul Goodman: Some of the Kibitzers have this notion that Korchnoi had success against Fischer because either Korchnoi “had his number,” or because Fischer was a “speculative attacker.” The real reason is that Bobby was 19 years old at the time of this game, and because he grew up in
 
   Dec-06-20 Botvinnik vs Tal, 1961 (replies)
 
Saul Goodman: Botvinnik played a total of seven world Championship matches against Bronstein, Smyslov, Tal and Petrosian. In those matches, with the whole Soviet apparatus backing him, his record was two wins, three losses and two draws. Botvinnik is the most overrated great player in chess ...
 
   Jun-28-20 R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 (replies)
 
Saul Goodman: The OMGP series are generally outstanding, but he tends to over-rate Botvinnik and Alekhine, and to subtly belittle Capablanca and Fischer. It’s understandable, I guess, because Capablanca and Fischer are his competitors in the “Best Ever” discussion.
 
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