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   belka has kibitzed 54 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-22-07 Z Doda vs Portisch, 1969 (replies)
belka: Aas: from your position after 40...f6, 41. Rxg5 is possible. If 41...fxg5 42. Rxg8 with 43. Qg7# coming. Black can try 41... Rxh8 but it gets messy. I think you need to be a computer to play this recklessly.
   Oct-20-06 Y Rusakov vs B Verlinsky, 1947 (replies)
belka: <kevin86: Note:Qe7!! pins the queen and prevents Qxb2. > Exactly. This motif is the solution. The pawn on b2 is worth Q+R since its promotion bxa1 cannot be prevented. Once you realize this, Qe7 is not really a sacrifice at all. It's the pin that matters.
   Sep-19-06 Ivanchuk vs V Moskalenko, 1988 (replies)
belka: <backyard_pawn: Upon seeing the solution, I wondered if Black could respond to the text with 46..., Rxb3. > I believe that this is the crux of the puzzle, and it has not been noted in the comments thus far. If the white bishop were on c3 instead of b3, Nc5 would still trap the ...
   Jul-19-06 E Sharapov vs Timoshenko, 1998 (replies)
belka: What is White's play after 18. Ng5+ Kh8? I see 19. Nxe6 fxe6 20. Qxe6, but I am not sure that this is enough.
   Jun-27-06 Morphy vs NN, 1858 (replies)
belka: I found it easier to see the victory with f6. Rook and queen penetrate, which is easier to see as winning instead of forcing an epaulette mate with only the queen. Too much movement of the same pieces. But hmmm... I've always tried to pick the most forcing line because of ease of ...
   Jun-22-06 Movsesian vs C Zhu, 1998 (replies)
belka: <Fezzik: For instance, if you miss a line that still wins but gives the defender far more chances than he deserved, do you give yourself credit?> I give myself credit for a correct answer if my solution still wins, but I refuse to console myself by considering my answer "just as
   Jun-20-06 K Tsarouhas vs Kotronias, 2005 (replies)
belka: <drnooo: maybe THE premiere chess example of working backwards, which is maybe, what 50 percent, no not that much, but at least 20 of combo cogitating> FWIW, I work backwards on nearly 100% of combinations. The missing percent is because I try to start with forced moves (like ...
   Jun-08-06 J Curdo vs V Frenklakh, 1993 (replies)
belka: This might be considered a spoiler. (see Daily Puzzle F.A.Q. ). These kinds of puzzles are thrown in to stop you from "solving" each puzzle simply by choosing the most attractive sacrifice. Rxf7 jumps out at everyone! It needs to be looked at, but there isn't any continuation. Black ...
   May-22-06 Smyslov vs C Guimard, 1962 (replies)
belka: <mahmoudkubba: ur kibitzing is looking like a news broadcaster woman or man.> I didn't understand everything you wrote, but I try to write in this style. Notation and analysis is completely necessary when you're working out a solution, but it's not how we plan. Our plans come ...
   May-16-06 Z Zhang vs Sadvakasov, 1998 (replies)
belka: I realize this is a more difficult puzzle than it should be (I agree), but I wonder why. It shouldn't be diffcult: Rxa3 leaves the White king without any pawn cover, without any defending pieces, trapped on 4 squares, and with Black to move. That's a bind. There's always a perpetual ...
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