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Member since Mar-08-09
Location : London
Rating : I dabble, but nothing serious
Favourite Player: Garry Kasparov, but that's not particuarly original... ...maybe I will find time to read more and get a more stylish favorite player...

   gofer has kibitzed 2411 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-31-23 Torre vs Yates, 1925 (replies)
gofer: I didn't see the "obvious" finish 32 Qh7+ & 33 Qh3#. Instead I looked for a way to make "33 g4#" work. <32 Qh5!> is rubbing your opponent's face in it. The mate with a pawn is coming regardless of what piece black sacrifices on g5! [DIAGRAM] I prefer 'mate with a pawn' over any ...
   Jan-19-23 Z Kovacs vs E McCormick, 1955 (replies)
gofer: Hmmm, I couldn't find a killer blow. 31 h6+ looks good, but its not a slam dunk. 31 b3 is equally playable. So I then looked at the "solution" and then checked what should have happened with Stockfish. It seems that h6+ and b3 are both going to be played! (i.e. 31 h6+ Kf8 32 b3). So I
   Nov-03-22 J Diaz vs L Ortega, 1984 (replies)
gofer: Like <Easily Confused>, I was wondering if there was any sort of defense at the end... I was thinking about <27 ... Bd7 28 Qf7+ Kd8 29 Nxe6+ Kc8> (and then 30 Qf8+ Kb7 31 Nc5+ Ka8 32 Qxf6 Qc6 33 Nxd7 Qxf6 34 Nxf6 +8.8, but Stockfish discards this garbage in favour of) ...
   Sep-11-22 R Cifuentes Parada vs A Gallucci, 2012 (replies)
gofer: As it is a Sunday, I took my time, puts the bits on the board and tried to find the best solution for black. I got the first few moves 22 ... Rxb2+ 23 Kxb2 Bf6+ 24 Kb1 Qc3 25 Kc1 ... ...and then I went down a slightly different path 25 Qa1+ 26 Kd2 Bc3+ 27 Ke3 Qxh1 ...
   Feb-27-22 J Hector vs R Ziatdinov, 1994 (replies)
gofer: Just like <computer chess guy> in 2012 and <agb2002> today, I also chose 18 Bc7. It seems to resolve a lot of the "puzzle questions" like "How do I open the e file without losing tempo?" and poses black with lots of issues to sort out all at the same time. Stockfish (25 ...
   Jul-10-21 R Shcherbakov vs Jakovenko, 2001 (replies)
gofer: Like others, I went with 24 Qe7+ which has so many pretty ways to win! One defensive line that puts up some defense, but still crumbles quickly is... 24.Qe7+ Kb8 25.Rd3 Qe6 26.Qxb7+ Kxb7 27.Nc5+ Kc8 28.Nxe6 fxe6 +8.2 Playing Rd3 before Qe7+ is just way too complicated for my
   Feb-19-21 S Ionov vs A Yashtylov, 2000 (replies)
gofer: A simple "rook-reloader". It looks like white has no choice but to walk into a really ugly position, where its king is frog-marched around the board while black picks up pawns and then eventually wins back its sacrificed bishop and picks up white's queen. I wonder when white resigns?!
   Jan-29-21 Ljubojevic vs A Planinc, 1971 (replies)
gofer: While waiting for the second part of the debate, I had a look at some of his other games and saw this one... 20 ...? What would you play here - whilst still a whole rook down... ??!! [DIAGRAM] R Bogdanovic vs A Planinc, 1965
   Sep-13-19 Suetin vs R Shcherbakov, 1991 (replies)
gofer: Well, the first move is obvious and the continuation is very easy to see if the king climbs into the coffin that is h1. <36 ... Nf3+> 37 Kh1??? Qg3!!! 38 fxg3 Nxg3# 38 gxf3 Nxf2+ 39 Qxf2 Qxf2 +- 38 Any other move Qh2# So the king must run to the centre of the board! ...
   Jul-13-19 Knaak vs Bronstein, 1979 (replies)
gofer: <27.Bxf6 gxf6 28.Qxh5 Rb1+ 29.Rxb1 Qa5+> <mel gibson>,<devere>, <al wazir> and <JohnBoy> I felt 27 Bxf6 screamed to be played, but then saw the following forced mate in 7... 27 ... Rb1+! 28. Kd2 e1=Q+ (Rxb1? Qa5+ mating) 29. Kxc2 Qc1+ 30. Kd3 ...
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