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kbob
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   kbob has kibitzed 187 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-02-21 Timman vs G Jones, 2007
 
kbob: commenting live on Radjabov-Carlsen, Meltwater Chess Champions Tour finals, 10/2/21, Jones said "I think 14. Kf2 is actually playable to maintain equality. Kf2 is not a very natural move if you think you have already blundered."
 
   Jul-28-21 Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 (replies)
 
kbob: Does anyone know why 11. .. Be6 is considered best for black, after he earlier made plans for a queenside fianchetto?
 
   Jul-08-21 Spassky vs Karpov, 1988
 
kbob: Karpov annotates 11. c3 Ngf6 12. Nc5! as slightly better for White. Stockfish here seems to prefers the gambit offer 11. h3.
 
   Apr-26-21 Botvinnik vs Pomar Salamanca, 1958
 
kbob: In retrospect, the anti-blockade 25. ... d4! seems best for black. Strategically, it activates the bishop. Tactically, there is 26. Rc2 Bc4 27. Qxd4 Bxe2 28. Qxc5 Rxc5 29. Rxe2 R/rxbe with equality.
 
   Apr-12-21 R Weinstein vs Benko, 1960
 
kbob: I make it better for black because he has three very active pawns to balance his material deficit. But what a pair of wimpweasels to abandon the game as a draw. Now we'll never get to know how the movie ended.
 
   Apr-10-21 Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1936 (replies)
 
kbob: Alekhine wrote a book on this tournament. From childhood I seem to recall him annotating that he started a combination, and then persisted in it, under the "hallucination" that he was winning two exchanges, but instead gave up three pieces for two rooks.
 
   Mar-31-21 A Sokolov vs K Spraggett, 1988
 
kbob: According to Karpov in his book with Beliavsky, "Caro Kann in Black and White", 10. Bd3 followed by 11. c4 is a better plan for white. For this reason Karpov offers 7. ... c5! as an improvement for Black, and he went on to win in de Firmian vs Karpov, 1990
 
   Mar-12-21 Gligoric vs Drasko, 1999
 
kbob: Gligoric calls this the "Tal Variation", characterized by d5 and the queenside fianchetto by black.
 
   Feb-13-21 E Inarkiev vs Ding Liren, 2014
 
kbob: I think I noticed one of the super programs playing the very rare 6.Nc3. Perhaps it is mere human prejudice to avoid this "retreat." Does it hinder White's c3 pawn? Does it take White longer to attack the kingside? Is any of this true and does any of it matter? We will have to stay ...
 
   Feb-12-21 Zhang Jundi vs Zhao Xue, 2001 (replies)
 
kbob: Everybody "knows", and correctly so, that the queen pawn is poison in this variation. But if you fiddle around with the engines I believe you will discover that the winning sequences are extremely difficult for a human to find over the board. Here, for example, black lures white into ...
 
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