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Member since Mar-27-08 · Last seen Apr-07-10
I used to play chess actively and made it to about Elo 2000. During that time, I tried to learn a lot from books. But, as Vukovic points out, many great games are badly commented. This gets especially bad when the comments come from somebody who wants to drive home an ideology. Nimzowitsch, for instance, is an egregious offender.

With the arrival of super-grandmaster strength computer programs, these programs should be consulted. They are not necessarily right, but in general they are more often right than all but the best commentators. And they hardly ever overlook the relevant tactical points.

   Zickzack has kibitzed 13 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-21-08 Rubinstein vs Teichmann, 1908 (replies)
Zickzack: A comment by <Vukovic> from the "Art of Attack": 20. h6 would have been quicker and even more devastating.
   Jul-21-08 K Richter vs Vidmar, 1939 (replies)
Zickzack: According, to Richter, Black's 9. ... Nf6 is the only move. However, Fritz10 gives a better game for Black after 9. ... f5.
   Jul-21-08 K Richter vs G G Alexandrescu, 1936 (replies)
Zickzack: This game has got a lot of coverage in German chess books. The combination starting with 19. Rg7: is so long and beautiful that it might even be a composed game. Most analytics agree on that Black plays a passive defence, wastes time capturing pawns, and gets crushed deservedly. ...
   Jul-21-08 Alekhine vs K Richter, 1942 (replies)
Zickzack: Thank you, <Pawn and Two>, for your insightful comments. The annotation of Alexander's seems to use an annotation of Alekhine's I found in a book about Kurt Richter. I do not know where Alekhine published it originally. According to Alekhine, he could have played other lines ...
   Jun-23-08 Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 (replies)
Zickzack: @micartouse: actually, Alekhine's attack is quite suicidial. If Reti overcame his reluctance to use the central pawns, he would get the superior, possibly won, position with 25. e4 Nb6 26. Qd3. This commenting from the result -- Alekhine won, hence his moves must be good and Reti's
   Jun-23-08 Alekhine vs Botvinnik, 1936 (replies)
Zickzack: Actually, Vukovic does not say Botvinnik bluffed Alekhine, it is the other way around. According to Vukovic, 13. d6 does not deserve the exclamation marks that people habitually give to surprising moves by Alekhine. Instead, the move should lose. However, Alekhine bluffed Botvinnik
   Jun-11-08 Alekhine vs Vidmar, 1927 (replies)
Zickzack: According to Vidmar, Alekhine fell into long calculations in his 20th move. Apparently, because he did not see the mentioned line 20. Qh8+ Kf7. 21. Tf1+ Kg6 before. Capablanca told Vidmar around the 19th move that he, Vidmar, was completely lost. Vidmar denied it, Capablanca ...
   Apr-16-08 Tartakower vs Schlechter, 1909 (replies)
Zickzack: Fritz10 has its own vision of things. According to it, 12. ... c5 is the losing move. Bf8 should have been played instead. And 13. ... cd4: aggravates the situation. Here Rf8 should have been tried, e.g.: 14. Nd6: Qd6: 15. Nc4 Qe7 16. dc:. However, White's positional advantage is ...
   Apr-01-08 Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 (replies)
Zickzack: Tarrasch does not finish Nimzo off with 19. ... Bg2:, and he does not go for the quickest mate after move 26. The final position is close to a "perfect mate". It is all about beauty. Actually, this reminds me of something. How many beautiful games, do you think, have actually been ...
   Apr-01-08 Breyer vs J Esser, 1917 (replies)
Zickzack: Another of the famous and badly commented games. Reti claims that White's losing a tempo with 14. Kf1 - in order to prevent lines with Bh4 and check, leading to a perpetual check - wins the game. This can make sense, but only under certain circumstances, as a logical inquiry shows.
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