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Compiled by YouRang
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Sometimes, when I see a game, it stirs my interest, so I spend some time posting some amateur analysis (usually with the help of a computer). It benefits me more than anyone else...


A see-saw of mistakes toward the end...
Epishin vs Ivanchuk, 1992 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 75 moves, 0-1

Grischuk outwits Avrukh for black win
B Avrukh vs Grischuk, 2007 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 54 moves, 0-1

White misses endgame draw
Gu Xiaobing vs M Kasturi, 2001 
(B33) Sicilian, 80 moves, 0-1

Black misses the drawing technique
Speelman vs P Morris, 1990 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 67 moves, 1-0

Tricky K+2N vs. K+P endgame - drawn when "trick" fails
G Norman vs Lilienthal, 1934 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 82 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sharp endgame brought under scrutiny by myself and others.
Mamedyarov vs Anand, 2007 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

How Fischer might have won
Fischer vs Najdorf, 1960 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

How Topalov might have slain the monster
Topalov vs Hydra, 2004 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 82 moves, 1/2-1/2

A more promising (maybe) ending for Flohr in this famous game.
Botvinnik vs Flohr, 1944 
(A09) Reti Opening, 68 moves, 1-0

Extra Daily puzzle analysis
Tiviakov vs V Arbakov, 1989 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 64 moves, 1-0

Daily puzzle candidate - sparkling win by Sokolov
I Sokolov vs Van Wely, 1996 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 27 moves, 1-0

Computer stinker 15...f5 loses (granted, in a blitz game)
E Nemeth vs Fritz, 2000 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

Improvement on flawed (?) Thursday puzzle
Ragozin vs Boleslavsky, 1942 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 19 moves, 1-0

Deeper than usual analysis of daily puzzle
Janowski vs Bogoljubov, 1914 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 19 moves, 1-0

Analysis of endgame play in GOTD
Ribli vs Karpov, 1980 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 55 moves, 1-0

Little mistakes can turn your game into crap
I Krasenkova vs Tal, 1991 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 0-1

Analysis of sloppy game!
P Brown vs S Monson, 1975 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 19 moves, 0-1

Discusses improvement in Carlsen's win over Topalov
Carlsen vs Topalov, 2007 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 64 moves, 1-0

Wrong choice in endgame results in loss for Paulsen
F Riemann vs Paulsen, 1883 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 94 moves, 1-0

Double blindness in Hug's win over van Wely
Van Wely vs Hug, 1994 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 25 moves, 0-1

Svidler misses chance to win with 33. Bxe6+!
Svidler vs Morozevich, 2007 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gelfand ate the poisoned rook, but Yudasin loses anyway
Yudasin vs Gelfand, 1991 
(B26) Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3, 40 moves, 0-1

Kasparov suffers loss after missing an easy draw (!)
Kasparov vs Dreev, 1996 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 81 moves, 0-1

Van Wely's blunder turns position from 'worse' to 'lost'
Van Wely vs Nakamura, 2007 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 0-1

Van Wely overlooks his back-rank weakness for quick loss
Van Wely vs Nakamura, 2007 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 33 moves, 0-1

A dubious sac and the transfer of back-rank weakness.
T Golovey vs M Litinskaya-Shul, 1974 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 42 moves, 0-1

Considering a black improvment: 38...Kf8 -- still loses?
Ljubojevic vs Tringov, 1982 
(B26) Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3, 42 moves, 1-0

How Kamsky could have won much sooner
Judit Polgar vs Kamsky, 1992 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 56 moves, 0-1

Double blind blunders on move 43?
Kamsky vs Ivanchuk, 1993 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 63 moves, 1-0

Reasonable-looking pawn move steps into zugzwang-like trap
Kamsky vs Miles, 1989 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 57 moves, 1-0

Black missed chance to win & then gave it all away
Kamsky vs F Leveille, 1989 
(C11) French, 34 moves, 1-0

Kamsky stumbles into odd looking draw
Kamsky vs Nakamura, 2004 
(A48) King's Indian, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nice finish by Miles, starting with 35...Qg4!
Taimanov vs Miles, 1993 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 46 moves, 0-1

I presume Moro saw the winning continuation...
Morozevich vs O Cvitan, 2002 
(B86) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 29 moves, 1-0

Two key moments in the game for white to win (he found the 2nd)
Tartakower vs Reti, 1914 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 50 moves, 1-0

Did Onischuk punt too soon?
Onischuk vs Bacrot, 2008 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 55 moves, 0-1

A quite equal game, but black may have had one good chance...
Kamsky vs V Gashimov, 2008 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

How Kamsky might have salvaged a draw
Ivanchuk vs Kamsky, 2008 
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 36 moves, 1-0

Nakamura twice missed good Kb1, and twice played bad Qd4.
Nakamura vs Blatny, 2001 
(C45) Scotch Game, 34 moves, 0-1

A diet of poisoned pawns...
Gligoric vs Bisguier, 1961 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

Possibly, Kamsky could have held on by preventing passed pawns.
Gelfand vs Kamsky, 1996 
(D85) Grunfeld, 46 moves, 1-0

Excellent deep knight sac to expose weaknesses
A Planinc vs S Cvetkovic, 1968 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

Kramnik finds move that shows difference between GM and patzer
Kramnik vs Yusupov, 1998 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 37 moves, 1-0

Interesting ending where black missed the drawing strategy
N Dzagnidze vs Ju Wenjun, 2009 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 88 moves, 1-0

I made note of 3 critical moments in this game
B Yildiz vs M Sebag, 2009 
(B30) Sicilian, 57 moves, 0-1

Key game lost by missing overworked king tactic
N Dzagnidze vs Shen Yang, 2009 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 57 moves, 0-1

Difficult decision on white's 22nd move
W Sarwat vs V Gashimov, 2009 
(B50) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Complicated attack backfires
Sakaev vs N Vitiugov, 2009 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 27 moves, 0-1

Fine like-colored bishops zugzwang ending
Areshchenko vs Jakovenko, 2009 
(C45) Scotch Game, 61 moves, 1-0

Strong attack meets not-so-strong defense
N Vitiugov vs G Milos, 2009 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 30 moves, 1-0

The win that white may have missed on move 42.
Caruana vs V Gashimov, 2009 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sudden attack on 7th rank sinks So
V Malakhov vs W So, 2009 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

A nice maneuver early on, and sharp knight tactics to end it.
V Gashimov vs Caruana, 2009 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 43 moves, 1-0

Gelfand wins a "pawn structure" game convincingly
Jakovenko vs Gelfand, 2009 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 44 moves, 0-1

Watch Gelfands nice attack blossom.
Gelfand vs Karjakin, 2009 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

Final game of KO: Pono misses a win; Gelfand doesn't
Ponomariov vs Gelfand, 2009 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 44 moves, 0-1

Possibly, Carlsen could have won (if he saw mate in 60+ moves)
Short vs Carlsen, 2009 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kamsky's dramatic tournament winning game in final round
Kamsky vs Z Almasi, 2010 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1-0

How black should have won odd N vs 3P end game
Vukcevich vs H Westerinen, 1976 
(C59) Two Knights, 100 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tablebase analysis - how to win K+Q vs K+R+P
Topalov vs Piket, 2002 
(A10) English, 66 moves, 0-1

Why Van Wely lost & how he could have drawn
Kramnik vs Van Wely, 2010 
(E92) King's Indian, 56 moves, 1-0

All about Tiviakov's odd blunder: 81...Kg4??
Van Wely vs Tiviakov, 2010 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 88 moves, 1-0

Demonstration of endgame technique (if simpler 60.a7! missed)
Larsen vs Miles, 1979 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 60 moves, 1-0

Shabalov's mistakes turned a winning game into a loss
Y Shulman vs Shabalov, 2010 
(E92) King's Indian, 61 moves, 1-0

How to lose with an ill-conceived attack
M Khachiyan vs Joel Benjamin, 2010 
(C45) Scotch Game, 22 moves, 1-0

How white could win (he survived crazyrook only to stalemate)
A E Post vs Nimzowitsch, 1905 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 98 moves, 1/2-1/2

White had an even stronger knockout - not that it mattered.
J Kleiman vs M V Nieto, 2010 
(B01) Scandinavian, 20 moves, 1-0

White's mistakes leading to loss in 20 moves.
A Karklins vs M Uribe, 2010 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 19 moves, 0-1

Swindle attempt for white? (Though it might not fool Marshall)
Capablanca vs Marshall, 1913 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 53 moves, 0-1

Little blunders that lose to guys like Svidler
Svidler vs S Cossin, 2009 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 26 moves, 1-0

How Leko might have salvaged a draw at Dortmund
Mamedyarov vs Leko, 2010 
(A15) English, 39 moves, 1-0

White misses nice queen sac move, settles for losing pawn grab.
N Paikidze vs M Krupa, 2010 
(B20) Sicilian, 26 moves, 0-1

Excellent (but tenuous) K+N+2P vs K+N+1P win for Leko
Leko vs Naiditsch, 2010 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 60 moves, 1-0

Caruan's failure to take pawn when he could may be downfall
Van Wely vs Caruana, 2010 
(A20) English, 53 moves, 1-0

Stunning move missed by So
W So vs Ljubojevic, 2010 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

How black's king got stuck on h2 by move 30 (yes, black lost)
F Jenni vs A Gunnarsson, 2005 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

A resourceful endgame knight sac to force a draw
A A Ivanov vs Ivanchuk, 2010 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 82 moves, 1/2-1/2

White's missed opportunity to draw on move 62
E Berg vs McShane, 2003 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 69 moves, 0-1

You gotta protect your weak spots
R Ibrahimov vs Kamsky, 2010 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 0-1

Polgar may have missed a chance for winning endgame
Carlsen vs Judit Polgar, 2010 
(B40) Sicilian, 108 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gift win for Carlsen; pretty N & P coordination along the way
E Berg vs Carlsen, 2009 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 100 moves, 0-1

Invading knight delivers crucial loss to Mamedov at Baku
Sutovsky vs R Mamedov, 2010 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 24 moves, 1-0

Kamsky loses delicate endgame for only loss at Baku
R Mamedov vs Kamsky, 2010 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 71 moves, 1-0

A wrong move turns potential win into loss
D Bocharov vs Movsesian, 2011 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 44 moves, 0-1

A possible counter-intuitive escape missed by white
E Iturrizaga vs Kamsky, 2011 
(A15) English, 64 moves, 0-1

13.e4 sets stage for impressive bishop sac shot to beat Kamsky
Le Quang Liem vs Kamsky, 2011 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 27 moves, 1-0

Find the losing move (I think black's 33rd)
B Vuckovic vs Kamsky, 2011 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 0-1

Nice rook-sac drawing resource found by Gligoric
Gligoric vs Mecking, 1975 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

A serious blunder, a deadly blunder, and a pun
K Seegert vs M Matthiesen, 2009 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 70 moves, 1-0

White's game goes to heck (or H Ek) after miscalculation
H Ek vs K Skold, 1969 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 49 moves, 0-1

Analysis of tricky endgame - black misses 2 chances to draw
Y Gruenfeld vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1985 
(B33) Sicilian, 72 moves, 1-0

How Bruzon could have drawn K+N vs K+N+2P end game
L Bruzon Batista vs F Vallejo Pons, 2011 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 60 moves, 0-1

Nakamura loses with dubious offense when defense is called for
Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2011 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1-0

Just some appreciation for a fine move: 19.f5!
M Monticelli vs Ahues, 1931 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 21 moves, 1-0

Subtle white errors in Gawain Jones' brilliancy with black
D Ledger vs G Jones, 2012 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 34 moves, 0-1

Sokolov missed chance for first win in last game
L'Ami vs I Sokolov, 2013 
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 84 moves, 1/2-1/2

Adams sets up and launches attack with 17.e5! and 18.Nxe5!
Adams vs Ehlvest, 2013 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

Playing both sides of board to launch a pawn roller
M Matthiesen vs T Jaksland, 2007 
(B32) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1-0

What happens when an ill-conceived attack fizzles
P Cramling vs Yu Yangyi, 2013 
(D93) Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3, 41 moves, 0-1

A failure to look at the position *after* the combination
P Pinho vs Y Zhou, 2013 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 22 moves, 0-1

What happens when you neglect your main strategic objective
I Teran Alvarez vs S Maze, 2013 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 83 moves, 1-0

An overlooked vulnerability + alert opponent = miniature win
O N Al Ali vs A David, 2013 
(B07) Pirc, 15 moves, 1-0

Black allows a knight trap, and it's expertly sprung by Anand
Anand vs Naiditsch, 2013 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Anand suffers some rare brainfarts in this game
Miles vs Anand, 1990 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 18 moves, 1-0

Black wins despite giving white chance to escape
Roterman vs D Gedult, 1967 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 14 moves, 0-1

A little inaccuracy against Carlsen...
Gelfand vs Carlsen, 2013 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 57 moves, 0-1

How Carlsen could have avoided *potential* difficulties
Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2013 
(B30) Sicilian, 48 moves, 1-0

Leko misses a pretty winning attack under time pressure
D Fridman vs Leko, 2013 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Adams uses clever tactic to force draw -- and win tournament
Adams vs Kramnik, 2013 
(B27) Sicilian, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

An attempt by white to rescue himself by avoiding 40.Rf1!
The World vs G Timmerman, 2007 
(A88) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6, 62 moves, 1-0

A critical moment where both sides miss winning shots
Caruana vs Yifan Hou, 2015 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

How Van Wely missed a win, and how he could have won
I Saric vs Van Wely, 2015 
(B07) Pirc, 92 moves, 1/2-1/2

A simple blunder allows overworked pawn; and the game collapses
A Shaw vs J Shipman, 1984 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 24 moves, 1-0

Black prepares buildup to unleash a nice sacrificial attack
K Gulamali vs M Sana, 2014 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Tough pawn ending for Adams, and how he might have saved a draw
Adams vs Judit Polgar, 2008 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 44 moves, 0-1

A puzzle of the day where both sides blundered away wins
H E Myers vs Tirso Alvarez, 1966 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 18 moves, 1-0

How wrong the pre-engine analysis (even by Steinitz) can be
C F Schmid vs W Wayte, 1880 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 0-1

Where Judit went bad & how she might have survived (or better)
Shirov vs Judit Polgar, 1996 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 30 moves, 1-0

Black goes from good to losing with three straight mistakes.
Velimirovic vs M Moe, 1964 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 1-0

A rare event: Fischer miscalculates the opening
Fischer vs Robert E Byrne, 1965 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 36 moves, 0-1

Beautiful high-level chess, creating and dodging subtle threats
J M Bellon Lopez vs G Garcia, 1976 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 38 moves, 0-1

A tricky moment in a difficult P vs NN ending
Wang Yue vs Anand, 2009 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 85 moves, 1/2-1/2

A look at the moves leading up to the final mate-in-4
W van Lankveld vs Van der Wiel, 2000 
(B06) Robatsch, 30 moves, 0-1

Why Carlsen was winning even without final Rxc7 blunder
Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 38 moves, 0-1

A lesson learned from Fischer's mistake (!)
Fischer vs E Bone, 1964 
(C13) French, 21 moves, 0-1

How "pretend analysis" helps solve a daily puzzle :-)
Naiditsch vs Fressinet, 2015 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 28 moves, 0-1

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