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"ChessGames" >Problem of The Day< (2009)
Compiled by LIFE Master AJ
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I decided it would be nice if someone kept track of the daily problems here at this web site. (I think I am going to try to offer a tidbit of analysis for each POTD. If not, there is ALWAYS good analysis here!!!!! ---> I.e., read the kibitzes.) I am also keeping a ChessBase DB of all the games. When possible, I use CB as the source, as I think their DB is (a bit) more accurate.

Aug. 7th, 2009: Since this is going to be a record of the daily problems, I decided to make a change to the format. Instead of (trying to) think(ing) up a title for each game, I will simply record the date and which side it was to move. This will keep readers from scrolling through a lot of entries and trying to read all the kibitzes to find out this important information.

Starting the week on Monday, the problems tend to be very easy. However, they get increasingly harder, until by Friday-through-Sunday, they are so difficult that they could challenge a Master's abilities. So ....... ENJOY!!!

New note: (08/19/09) "(sp)" at the end of a game is a "spoiler," the CG staff does have a sense of humor, and inserts these from time to time. (Accidents can also happen.)

Note #01.) Friday; September 18th, 2009. I have already received several e-mails about this collection. Most have simply thanked me, although one harshly criticized it, and stated that I was circumventing the rules of the server. (Not true! See chessgames.com chessforum for more details.)

Note # 02.) Friday; September 18th, 2009. One user had several suggestions on the topic of making this collection better. Just one problem with all of his ideas! I have maxed out the number of characters that I use at the beginning, making a longer introduction or adding more information simply isn't possible!

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Black makes a nice "kombine." (July, 2009.)
Gulko vs J Horvath, 1985 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 37 moves, 0-1

A former world champ ... gives a tactics lesson!
A Dunkelblum vs Euwe, 1950 
(E03) Catalan, Open, 52 moves, 0-1

Leko wins vs. Bacrot ... but (?)
Leko vs Bacrot, 2009 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

Hmmm, to sack ... or not to sack?
F Handke vs K Bischoff, 2001 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

More sacks in The Sicilian ... (Sat. / Aug. 01, 2009.)
D Griffith vs K Hopps, 1982 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 20 moves, 1-0

A scintillating attack by White! (Sun, / Aug. 02, 2009)
B Ivanovic vs G Ginsburg, 2003 
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 33 moves, 1-0

A nice trap in the Smith-Morra Gambit. (Mon. / Aug. 03, 2009.)
D Zardus vs A Steventon, 1986 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 7 moves, 1-0

E. Rousseau provides a snazzy finish. (Tues. / Aug. 04, 2009.)
J Schulten vs E Rousseau, 1841 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 33 moves, 0-1

Bogo finds a cute idea. (Wed. / Aug. 05, 2009.)
Bogoljubov vs N I Grekov, 1914 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 11 moves, 1-0

Spassky's games ... :) (Thurs. / Aug. 6th, 2009.)
Averbakh vs Spassky, 1961 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 38 moves, 0-1

White to move, (24. '?') [Friday; 07 Aug, 2009.]
B Avrukh vs Rublevsky, 2003 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 33 moves, 1-0

White to move. (16. '?') [Sat. / Aug. 8th, 2009.]
B Bernard vs T Civin, 2003 
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 23 moves, 1-0

White to move. (19. '?') [Sun. / Aug. 9th, 2009.]
T Wedberg vs G Sigurjonsson, 1979 
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 1-0

Black to move. (6... '?') [Monday; Aug. 10th, 2009.]
S Lemieux vs D Feoktistov, 2001 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 6 moves, 0-1

Black to move. (17... '?') [Tues. / Aug. 11th, 2009.]
W M Popert vs Cochrane, 1841 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 19 moves, 0-1

White to move. (25. '?') [Wednesday; Aug. 12th, 2009.]
Schlechter vs Meitner, 1898 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 26 moves, 1-0

White to play. (45. '?') [Thursday; Aug. 13th, 2009.]
Dolmatov vs L Shamkovich, 1979 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 59 moves, 1-0

Fi - "Q" Black to move, (28... '?'). [Fri; Aug. 14th, 2009.]
Tseshkovsky vs E Vladimirov, 1986 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

White to move, (16 . '?'). [Saturday; Aug. 15th, 2009.]
N Minev vs I Novak, 1974 
(A05) Reti Opening, 19 moves, 1-0

Black to move, (20... '?'). [Sunday; Aug. 16th, 2009.]
P Kral vs Barlov, 1987 
(B32) Sicilian, 30 moves, 0-1

Black to move, (22... '?'). [Mon; August 17th, 2009.] (sp)
Portisch vs Korchnoi, 1988 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 72 moves, 0-1

Black to move, (8... '?'). [Tuesday; August 18th, 2009.]
V Manko vs Jankowitz, 1900 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 9 moves, 0-1

White to move, (19. '?'). [Wed; August 19th, 2009.]
K Lerner vs F Sideif-Sade, 1979 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 22 moves, 1-0

White to move, (27. '?'). [Thursday; August 20th, 2009.]
Gligoric vs Sveshnikov, 1986 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 57 moves, 1-0

White to move, (24. '?'). [Friday; August 24th, 2009.]
Beliavsky vs Gulko, 1990 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 36 moves, 1-0

White to move, (17. '?'). [Sat; Aug. 22nd, 2009.]
Portisch vs A Deze, 1971 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 20 moves, 1-0

White to move, (20. '?'). [Sunday; Aug. 23rd, 2009.]
R Knaak vs J C Fernandez Gonzalez, 1978 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 28 moves, 1-0

Black to move, (24... '?') [Monday; Aug. 24th, 2009.]
Gheorghiu vs Liu Wenzhe, 1982 
(A61) Benoni, 24 moves, 0-1

Black to move, (28... '?'). [Tuesday; August 25th, 2009.]
F Guido vs S Brunello, 2007 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 30 moves, 0-1

White to move, (26. '?'). [Wednesday; August 26th, 2009.]
M Velcheva vs H Puuska, 2007 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 27 moves, 1-0

White to play, (25. '?'). [Thursday; August 27th, 2009.]
Lputian vs Y Dokhoian, 1988 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 58 moves, 1-0

Black to play, (move # 29... '?'). [Friday; Aug. 28th, 2009.]
V Pajkovic vs G Cabrilo, 1991 
(A09) Reti Opening, 31 moves, 0-1

White to play, (move # 28. '?') [Sat; August 29th, 2009.]
Dusan Rajkovic vs Nunn, 1990 
(E97) King's Indian, 33 moves, 1-0

White to play, (24. '?'). [Sunday; August 30th, 2009.]
G Vescovi vs M Bezold, 1997 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

Black to move and play, (37... '?'). [Monday; Aug. 31st, 2009.]
R Swinkels vs C Bauer, 2007 
(B27) Sicilian, 38 moves, 0-1

White to play, (22. '?'). [Tuesday; September 1st, 2009.].
H Leyva vs V Ramon Pita, 1994 
(D85) Grunfeld, 22 moves, 1-0

White to play, (26. '?'). [Wednesday; Sept. 2nd, 2009.]
Serper vs Balashov, 1991 
(A26) English, 34 moves, 1-0

White to play, (37. '?') [Thursday; September 3rd, 2009.]
S Savchenko vs Alexey Ivanov, 1991 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 43 moves, 1-0

White to play, (21. '?'). [Friday; September 4th, 2009.]
Uhlmann vs R Schoene, 1991 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

White to play, (18. '?'). [Saturday; September 5th, 2009.]
Serper vs R Djurhuus, 1991 
(E70) King's Indian, 31 moves, 1-0

Black to play, (19... '?'). [Sunday; September 6th, 2009.]
Rozentalis vs Bologan, 1995 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 26 moves, 0-1

Black to play, (26... '?'). [Monday; September 7th, 2009.]
H Mueller vs O Bernstein, 1934 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 27 moves, 0-1

White to play, (18. '?'). [Tuesday; September 8th, 2009.]
N Fercec vs B Medak, 2000 
(B07) Pirc, 20 moves, 1-0

Black to play, (35... '?'). [Wednesday; September 9th, 2009.]
V Cmilyte vs E Polovnikova-Atalik, 2007 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 36 moves, 0-1

White to move, (7. '?'). [Thursday; September 10th, 2009.]
Petrosian vs H Ree, 1971 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 8 moves, 1-0

White to move, (11. '?'). [Friday; September 11th, 2009.]
V L Ivanov vs Pushkov, 1991 
(A04) Reti Opening, 36 moves, 1-0

White to move, (62. '?'). [Saturday; September 12th, 2009.]
Sakaev vs D Langier, 1992 
(A80) Dutch, 67 moves, 1-0

White to move, (27. '?'). [Sunday; September 13th, 2009.]
D Rogozenco vs A Nguyen, 1994 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 37 moves, 1-0

Black to move, (6... '?'). [Monday; September 14th, 2009.]
NN vs R Vassilev, 2009 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 6 moves, 0-1

White to move, (10. '?'). [Tuesday; September 15th, 2009.]
J Krejcik vs Reti, 1922 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 10 moves, 1-0

White to move, (20. '?'). [Wednesday; September 16th, 2009.]
O Moen vs A Livner, 2008 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 24 moves, 1-0

White to move, (23. '?'). [Thursday; September 17th, 2009.]
Stein vs Vladimir Lepeshkin, 1965 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 27 moves, 1-0

Black to move, (20... '?'). [Friday; September 18th, 2009.]
C F Schultz vs Carls, 1900 
(C45) Scotch Game, 28 moves, 0-1

White to play, (19. '?') [Saturday; September 19th, 2009.]
Dreev vs R Cifuentes, 1995 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 33 moves, 1-0

White to play, (9. '?'). [Sunday; September 20th, 2009.]
Imbaud vs Strumilo, 1922 
(B01) Scandinavian, 22 moves, 1-0

Black to play, (39... '?'). [Monday; September 21st, 2009.]
Reshevsky vs Robert E Byrne, 1973 
(E92) King's Indian, 40 moves, 0-1

White to play, (12. '?') [Tuesday; September 22nd, 2009.]
Illescas Cordoba vs Adams, 1992 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 22 moves, 1-0

White to play, (19. '?') [Wednesday; September 23rd, 2009.]
D Semcesen vs N Grandelius, 2009 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 19 moves, 1-0

White to play, (27. '?') [Thursday; September 24th, 2009.]
Razuvaev vs H Ree, 1975 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

White to play, (32. '?') [Friday; September 25th, 2009.]
L Bruzon Batista vs E Perelshteyn, 2000 
(B27) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

White to play, (19. '?'). [Saturday; September 26th, 2009.]
I Rogers vs T Tao, 2004 
(C16) French, Winawer, 27 moves, 1-0

Black to play, (36... '?'). [Sunday; September 27th, 2009.]
Bogoljubov vs Ed. Lasker, 1924 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 57 moves, 1-0

White to play, (37. '?'). [Monday; September 28th, 2009.]
Fine vs Dake, 1933 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

White to play, (23. '?'). Tuesday; [September 29th, 2009.]
F Blatny vs Vrbata, 1950 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Black to play; (38 ... '?'). [Wednesday; September 30th, 2009.]
Xie Jun vs J V Demina, 1992 
(B58) Sicilian, 41 moves, 0-1

White to play, (13. '?'). [Thursday; October 1st, 2009.]
Spielmann vs Tarrasch, 1912 
(C45) Scotch Game, 31 moves, 1-0

White to play, (21 '?'). [Friday; October 2nd, 2009.]
E Berg vs C C Buhr, 2001 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 27 moves, 1-0

White to play, (16. '?'). [Saturday; October 3rd, 2009.]
Azmaiparashvili vs Kurajica, 1995 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 32 moves, 1-0

White to play, (24. '?'). [Sunday; October 4th, 2009.]
E Limp vs A Rodriguez Vila, 2001 
(A80) Dutch, 39 moves, 0-1

Black to play, (32... '?'). [Monday; October 5th, 2009.]
J Gast vs E Bhend, 1987 
(B33) Sicilian, 32 moves, 0-1

White to play, (30. '?'). [Tuesday; October 6th, 2009.]
Zsofia Polgar vs A Rabczewski, 1989 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

White to play, (40. '?'). [Wednesday; October 7th, 2009.]
A Giri vs F A Cuijpers, 2009 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

White to play, (19. '?'). [Thursday; October 8th, 2009.]
Filguth vs A De La Garza Madero, 1980 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 19 moves, 1-0

Black to move, (12 ... '?'). [Friday; October 9th, 2009.]
N Minev vs J Fichtl, 1958 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 0-1

White to move, (21. '?'). [Saturday; October 10th, 2009.]
Salov vs Karpov, 1998 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

Black to play; (17... '?'). [Sunday; October 11th, 2009.]
Nijboer vs Anand, 1998  
(B65) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4, 36 moves, 0-1

White to play, (24. '?'). [Monday; October 12th, 2009.]
L Mkrtchian vs M R Nechaeva, 2009 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1-0

Black to play, (38... '?'). [Tuesday; October 13th, 2009.]
Topalov vs Kramnik, 1995 
(B57) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Black to play, (31 ... '?'). [Wednesday; October 14th, 2009.]
S A Iuldachev vs Aronian, 2004 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 32 moves, 0-1

White to play, (21. '?'). [Thursday; October 15th, 2009.]
E Berg vs Leko, 1995 
(C45) Scotch Game, 28 moves, 1-0

White to play, (31. '?') [Friday; October 16th, 2009.]
Spassky vs Gufeld, 1988 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 42 moves, 1-0

White to play, (24. '?'). [Saturday; October 17th, 2009.]
P Romanovsky vs N Grigoriev, 1924 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 32 moves, 1-0

Black to play, (22 ... '?'). [Sunday; October 18th, 2009.]
J L Roos vs G Miralles, 1997 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 34 moves, 0-1

Black to play, (23 ... '?'). [Monday; October 19th, 2009.]
S C Miller vs M Dougherty, 2002 
(B57) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

White to play, (20. '?'). [Tuesday; October 20th, 2009.]
Keres vs Kotov, 1947 
(B20) Sicilian, 20 moves, 1-0

White to play. (44. '?') [Wednesday; October 21st, 2009.]
M Leon Hoyos vs M Pacher, 2008 
(A20) English, 45 moves, 1-0

Black to play. (44 ... '?') [Thursday; October 22nd, 2009.]
Ahues vs Sultan Khan, 1930 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 46 moves, 0-1

Black to play. (20 ... '?') [Friday; October 23rd, 2009.]
Kupreichik vs L Gutman, 1995 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 36 moves, 0-1

Black to play. (16 ... '?') [Saturday; October 24th, 2009.]
Yudasin vs R Furdzik, 2000 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

White to play, (12. '?'). [Sunday; October 25th, 2009.]
Taimanov vs Polugaevsky, 1960 
(D23) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

White to move, (38. '?'). [Monday; October 26th, 2009.] (sp?)
W Fuller vs L G Basin, 1992 
(A80) Dutch, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

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