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   SymphonicKnight has kibitzed 163 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-05-21 Wesley So (replies)
SymphonicKnight: This was a rough tournament for Wesley So, who came into the Meltwater Tournament in 2nd place by a wide margin. However, he only scored 11/21 points in this tournament, dropping him overall in the final Champions Chess Tour standings to 4th place, for a $30,000 prize. ...
   Oct-05-21 Lasker vs Janowski, 1910
SymphonicKnight: An amazing tactical explosion by Lasker, who was lost in this very complex game. Nobody has mentioned the fatal mistake by Janowski, 17...Bh4+, but the fantastic 17...Rxd4 18.Qxd4 Qxd4 19. Nxd4 Bf6 20.Rxc6+ is much better. 18...Qe4 was another inaccuracy. And yes, 11...Bc5 ...
   Oct-05-21 Meltwater Tour Final (2021) (replies)
SymphonicKnight: The write-up for this tournament should include the points scored using the system in the tournament of 3 for a win, 2 for a draw followed by tiebreaker win, 1 for a draw followed by tiebreaker loss, and 0 for a loss. Here are the points scored just in this tournament ...
   Oct-01-21 Karpov vs Anand, 1998
SymphonicKnight: According to Chessmetrics, Karpov was already #2 in the world as early as 1973, and as early as later 1971 had finished 4th in the USSR Championship, then tied for 1st in the Alekhine Memorial with Stein (ahead of Smyslov, Tukmakov, Petrosian, Tal, Spassky, Korchnoi, and ...
   Sep-07-21 B Byklum vs Carlsen, 2002
SymphonicKnight: Impressive game from an 11 year old Magnus Carlsen playing the black side of an Alekhine's Defense, which Magnus has played numerous times. 11.Bd3? is a big mistake, and preserving the B by 11.Bf4 was much better. After 11...Nxe3!, the better recapture was fxe3 rather than ...
   Sep-07-21 Carlsen vs S A Johansen, 2001
SymphonicKnight: A beautiful game by the 10 year old Magnus Carlsen, who displays great positional mastery already. It is worth going over this game with an engine.
   Sep-07-21 Carlsen vs L Breivik, 2001
SymphonicKnight: A very energetic game by a 10 year old Magnus Carlsen, even in defeat. It is an Alekhine's Defense turned French with fireworks.
   Jun-04-21 Botvinnik vs K Kholodkevich, 1927
SymphonicKnight: This game from the 16 year old Botvinnik already shows his style and he picks apart the following mistakes, 18...Qd7? (18...a5! or 18...Bd7!) 19...f5? (19...a5!) 23...a6?! (Qd8) Kholodkevich was probably around 2370, scoring 6.5/20 in the USSR Championship of 1927.
   Jun-03-21 Euwe vs Najdorf, 1953
SymphonicKnight: A Brilliancy Prize winner at the famous Zurich 1953 Candidates Tournament, Euwe here shows in dashing form how useful it can be to cut communications between the opponent's flanks. Others have said that Euwe referred to this as the game of his life, although he did produce a
   May-22-21 Euwe vs S Landau, 1939 (replies)
SymphonicKnight: A true speculative sacrifice by Euwe, which preconditions are worth close study.
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