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Member since Jun-25-06 · Last seen Jan-18-22
Learn to play the Sicilian = Nirvana
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   xanadu has kibitzed 269 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-11-22 A Esipenko vs N Grandelius, 2021 (replies)
xanadu: Hi Douglas. I guess I see the point you mention: to pin/attack the White┬┤s Knight and Bishop on the e-line. In any case, Black got a nice position.
   Jan-11-22 Andersson vs K Langeweg, 1981
xanadu: The mystake was to open the position with 22...d5, destroying the pawn structure.
   Feb-03-21 Giri vs N Grandelius, 2021 (replies)
xanadu: I guess one central issue in Najdorf-Oppocensky-like opennings is the break f4 by White. If Black takes (...e5xf4) then it gets nice diagonal for its two Bishops...but it gets a weak pawn structure also. If White neutralizes the Bishops, then goes to an advantageous final, like in ...
   Nov-06-20 So vs A Liang, 2020 (replies)
xanadu: Yes, the final position seems very even !
   Sep-20-20 Dominguez Perez vs Carlsen, 2020 (replies)
xanadu: By moves 10-11 it looks like a Caro Kan or a Sicilian game.
   May-23-20 Nakamura vs Aronian, 2020
xanadu: Very interesting was the manoeuvre by White of moving the Queen-Knight to e2 in order to hold the Bishop on f4 and exchange it for the Black Bishop. In this way White starts the attempts for dominating the central black squares.
   Sep-21-17 World Cup (2017) (replies)
xanadu: World Cup 2018 could be based on 4 Armageddon games at first. If they are still even then play four Blitz, then 2 Rapids. If they are still even, then play one Classic in Armageddon format.
   Jan-19-17 So vs Harikrishna, 2017 (replies)
xanadu: Positions in the English or QGD where Black opens the center at the very beginning (5...d5) are easy to play for White. Then Black uses to be under time pressure...not a good prospect if you are playing against Wesley So.
   Jan-03-17 So vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2016
xanadu: Hi Ulhumbrus. I guess the problem with 8...Be6 is that after 9cxd4 if Black takes back with 9...Nxd4, then the Pawn at e5 falls. I do not see actually any improvement in this line for Black than taken the c-pawn as soon as possible. Regards and the best for 2017!
   Sep-12-16 Harikrishna vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
xanadu: I am sorry but Chesstorian72 is right.Horrible mistake by Karjakin in move 26...and a very bad opening played before that.
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