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   apoka has kibitzed 29 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-12-09 Areshchenko vs A Volokitin, 2004 (replies)
apoka: <What if black tried 21...a5 and if 22.a3 a4? Would white have to try that same combo again (22.Rxf7)?> The deflection move b4 no longer works (Black can take en passant), so the combination will not work well anymore, i.e. Rxf7 still wins, but not as quickly.
   Apr-11-09 Shirov vs Movsesian, 2005 (replies)
apoka: When I first looked at the puzzle, White did not look very strong with the bishop and rook under attack and only very limited king safety. I found hxg7, but missed the refutation Qh5 (which is probably the only move saving Black). I did not really have time to look in detail at other ...
   Mar-30-09 M Rogan vs J A Rizzitano, 1989 (replies)
apoka: @<c o r e>: It is probably not necessary to see the mate in 6 to solve the puzzle. In my opinion, it is sufficient to see that all reactions to Qxa3 result in a quick mate or a decisive loss of material (queen vs. knight plus the option to get another rook). The mate in 6 is a ...
   Mar-25-09 V Malakhatko vs Timoshenko, 2003 (replies)
apoka: This time the winning moves were the first ones I tried. A very nice combination indeed. Looking at the game, I find 9. Nh3 a quite awkward move. It wastes a lot of time and allows Black to build up a strong initiative. What is the motivation behind this move? Why not 9. Nf3 instead?
   Mar-23-09 L De Veauce vs Keene, 1963 (replies)
apoka: Just found another nice continuation: After the strong 6. e4 Black could play Nf6. If exf5?, then Bg3+ 8.hxg3 Qxg3+ 9.Ke2 O-O. Black is down two pieces and a pawn(!), but the opponent is disorganised and Black can draw or maybe even win by hunting the king over the board and ...
   Mar-20-09 Tal vs E Nievergelt, 1959 (replies)
apoka: Accidentally, I left my computer in analysis mode when I left home. So here is the Toga II evaluation after a couple of hours (now running somewhere at 20 ply): 1. Qh6 +4.66 2. Qg5 +3.96 3. Qf4 +3.95 4. Qc1 +0.00 5. Qe2 +0.00 It is interesting to see that Qf4 is also strong, ...
   Mar-16-09 Areshchenko vs J Rapport, 2009 (replies)
apoka: Why did Black resign? All pieces are save and he has a space advantage. To be honest, I would even prefer Black in this position. Quite dubious.
   Mar-16-09 European Championship (2009) (replies)
apoka: There are quite a number of draws after only a couple of moves. They should at least continue until the midgame is reached ...
   Mar-15-09 apoka chessforum
apoka: Sorry, that was because I tried to manually create the FEN. It's probably better to use a chess program and copy the FEN from there. Fixed position: [DIAGRAM] Hint: It is mate in ten. (Figuring this out is challenging even for chess engines, so in human mode it is sufficient to find ...
   Mar-15-09 Bologan vs P Schlosser, 2004 (replies)
apoka: That puzzle was quite hard. I analysed two moves in detail (as good as possible without moving pieces) from seven candidate moves (fxg7, g5, Rff3, Qd3, Be3, Bc5, Kg2): The first analysed move is 20. Rff3. The reply 20...Nxd4 can be met with Rh3. If White continues to capture with ...
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