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LIFE Master AJ
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  1. "Chess-Games" >Problem of The Day< (2014)
    All the problems for 2014 ... if I can manage it. [I like the games in a certain format. I also do not care if a game gets repeated.]

    A star (asterisk) next to a game is there for one of many reasons:

    <#1.)> This game may be found in another one of my game collections.

    <#2.)> It is a really nice game ... a cool combination or an artistic mate.

    <#3.)> The game may be of historical importance.

    <#4.)> Two stars would mean a game of possible theoretical importance.

    <#5.)> Three stars (or asterisks) indicate that I have a web page on this particular game. (Or that I annotated the game right there on the web page, look in the comments/kibitzing section.)

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    <Of course, my collection is an extremely poor relative.>

    The rich mother of all game collections would have to be:

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2014.

    92 games, 1864-2014

  2. "ChessGames" >Problem of The Day< (2009)
    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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    For a complete list of my better websites, please see: http://www.lifemasteraj.com/my-site....

    FYI - Just about ALL of my websites have an "Annotated Games" page. For example, the website that I am best known for is: http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera.... (This is my old "GeoCities" website, I moved it to its current location when GC stopped offering free websites.) The page for annotated games (on this website) is: http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera....

    91 games, 1841-2009

  3. "ChessGames" >Problem of The Day< (2010)
    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!

    59 games, 1620-2010

  4. "ChessGames" >Problem of The Day< (2012)
    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.

    I started this idea several years ago, but never was able to keep it up and complete a whole year's worth of problems. Hopefully, this year - I will be able to remain steadfast, and I will finally get the job done!

    Created: Friday; January 13th, 2012.

    NOTE: If you see a note, it means the game is annotated. (Either right here - on this site - OR off-site, on one of my web pages.)

    87 games, 1849-2012

  5. "Endgame Virtuoso, Anatoly Karpov" by 2 authors
    A great book:

    <"Endgame Virtuoso, Anatoly Karpov", by Tibor Karolyi and Nick Aplin.> Published (2007) by "New In Chess," ISBN #: 978-90-5691-202-4. (Flex cover, 358 pages.)

    March 21st, 2014: I have had this book for sometime, it is more than excellent! (I was sent a copy by NIC to review ... this was before it was even officially released.)

    <A. Karpov is truly ... An Endgame Virtuoso, perhaps one of the greatest of all time!> (Studying these games - and this book - has got to make you a better endgame player!!!!!)

    Anyway, I thought that I would make a game collection out of it ...

    [Some the these games do NOT appear to be in ChessBase! See http://www.chessbase.com. (I check the online DB every single time.) There is no excuse for this either - I submitted all of these games to CB just shortly after this book came out.)]

    10 games, 1961-1967

  6. "Sliders vs. Hoppers" (Endgames) by LMAJ
    This collection is dedicated to the area of "Bishop versus Knights." (If you know of a really great game, please bring it to my attention.)

    A nice collection (with the same theme as mine) is:

    Game Collection: Bishop v Knight: the verdict (Steve Mayer).

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    One of the nicest chess games - showing the real power of a Bishop over a Knight - would be the contest: Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971.

    My annotations of this game are found on this web page: http://www.angelfire.com/games4/lif....

    6 games, 1971-2011

  7. "The 100 Best Games," (of the 20th Century).
    Maybe one of my very favorite chess books would have to be:

    <"The 100 Best Chess Games, of the 20th Century." (ranked) Hardback - by MacFarland Books, Copyright (c) 2000. ISBN: 0-7864-0926-6;> Library binding, :50# alkaline paper.

    <Andy Soltis is a prolific author,> (http://www.worldchesshof.org/hall-o...) he has written many books that I like. But this book is probably my #1 favorite of the multitude of chess books that he has had published over the years. [NO - the games are not all perfect ... and YES - there are mistakes in his analysis, any good engine ... (currently Jan. 2012) ... will readily reveal this.]

    But it is just the quality of the games (that he has chosen). Nobody, anywhere, ever brought games of this importance and interest (to the master-level player) to the general, chess-playing public.

    <Half of the games in this book, I have deeply analyzed,> many of these games I have created web pages on. (Look through the kibitzes - IF you are interested. Or - see the page, http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera... and look for my "Top Ten" list.)

    This Game Collection is NOT about me, but about Andy Soltis and the games. Some of these games are just as Soltis describes them ... quite simply 100 of perhaps the most beautiful, most artistic and simply wondrous chess games of the 20th Century.

    I am NOT asking you to agree with me or even agree with GM Andrew Soltis. All that I would like for you to do is to peruse these equisite chess pearls, and examine each one for yourself. If you do this - as I have done, many times - I have no doubt that you will be blown away by some of these historic, wonderful and exciting diamonds of the chess board. (Note: If you see asterisks next to the game, it means that - somewhere - I have a web page on that game and you could find it with any search engine. This is not a plug/ad for me, but just to let you know that I have deeply annotated many of the games on this list. <No other game collection - on this site - can make such a claim.>)

    <Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!>

    [Asterisks - I use three, when there is enough room - indicate that I have a web page on that particular game. There are at least 25 games here that have independent web pages on one of my chess sites! I usually give the URL - for my web page - in the comments/kibitzing section ... found under the game.]

    100 games, 1902-1999

  8. 10 Greatest Chess Games Ever Played! (plus ...)
    These are my pick of ten of the greatest games ever played. (Plus two more, thrown in for good measure.) A great deal of thought and care went into the selection of these games. (See my web page on the greatest games of all time: http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera....)

    Be sure to check out all the games. And be sure to tell me what you think!

    (Nov. 5th, 2015: If you search under Google for the "10 Best Chess Games," this game collection is now the NUMBER ONE result!!!!!)

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    For a complete list of my better websites, please see: http://www.lifemasteraj.com/my-site....

    FYI - Just about ALL of my websites have an "Annotated Games" page. For example, the website that I am best known for is: http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera.... (This is my old "GeoCities" website, I moved it to its current location when GC stopped offering free websites.) The page for annotated games (on this website) is: http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera....

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    My list - on my website - of the 10 greatest games ever played: http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera.... (Scroll down the page, until you find my "Top Ten" list.)

    # 1.) The greatest game ever played?!?! (Kasparov - Topalov; Wijk ann Zee, 1999.) http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera...

    # 2.) My choice for game # 2, Botvinnik - Capablanca / A.V.R.O. 1938. http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera...

    # 3.) My choice for the third greatest game of all time: Lilienthal - Ragozin; 1935. http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera...

    # 4.) My choice for the fourth greatest game of all time. (I was heavily influenced here by one of my favorite writers, Irving Chernev.) Its Bogo - Alekhine; Hastings / 1922. http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera...

    # 5.) My choice for the fifth greatest game ever played was: Mikhail Tal - Bobby Fischer; FIDE Candidates Tournament / Zagreb, Yugoslavia / 1959. This is my analysis: http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera....

    # 6.) My choice for the sixth greatest game is: Donald Byrne - Robert J. ("Bobby") Fischer; Rosenwald Tourn. / New York / 1956. http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera... This amazing contest is also known as "The Game of The Centruy."

    # 7.) My choice for one of the greatest games of all time, number seven on my list, is also the inaugural game for the "Marshall Gambit." No less an authority than GM Andy Soltis considers this the best Capa game of all time ... and give it VERY high marks! My analysis can be found at: http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera....

    # 8.) My choice for the eight greatest game of all time would be: Boris Spassky - David Bronstein; USSR Championships / Leningrad, The Soviet Union / 1959. (1960?) Its a BRILLIANT King's Gambit by Spassky - who is one of my all-time favorite players. Anyway, my analysis can be found at: http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera....

    # 9.) My choice for the ninth greatest game of all time? It would have to be Rotlewi - A. Rubinstein; Tournament Game / Lodz, Poland / 1907. This has to be one of the greatest games of all time. The two games that affected me the most deeply - as a very young man, perhaps even before I was a teenager - would have to be this game, and also Game # 6. My analysis of the Rotlewi - Rubinstein game can be found at: http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera....

    # 10.) My choice for the tenth greatest game ever played? It would definitely be: GM M. Botvinnik - GM V. Smyslov; FIDE World Championship Match, Game # 14 / Moscow, U.S.S.R. / 1954. My analysis of this epeic contest can be found at: http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera....

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    See below for the links ... to be able to replay these games on this website! Enjoy!!! If you would like to contact me about my analysis, be sure to write me at: "LifeMasterAJ@yahoo.com." (Leave off the quotation marks.)


    12 games, 1907-1999

  9. 50 Great Games of Chess, by Harry Golombek
    <"Fifty Great Games of Modern Chess." By GM Harry Golobek.>

    There are some really outstanding games in this book, I think that they represent some of the finest chess of that period. (If the book has a flaw, it is that it is in the older ESDN.)

    A small book, published with fifty of the better games from 1900 to 1940. ISBN # 1-84382-067-6. (My copy is not an original, although I saw one in a library once. My copy is a fairly recent reprint.)

    [The nice thing about this is that many of the games are very famous and already have annotations embedded on the actual CB page.]

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    Game #14, Tartakower win over Maroczy is one of my absolute favorite games of this collection.

    [I don't think I have a current web page on this game, but I have thought about it many times.]

    15 games, 1900-1922

  10. Amazing Chess Games - by LMAJ
    Some of the most wild and sacrificial games on this site ... its got to have a pretty ending (as well) to qualify for this collection.

    Created: January, 2012. (During Tata Steel (2012).)

    #4 is not as good as the others, but still is a very deep and good Q-sack.

    5 games, 1849-2016

  11. Anand's Best Games
    Since Anand is now officially the World Champion, I thought it (high) time that I picked a few of his best games and put them together for you to enjoy.

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    For a complete list of my better websites, please see: http://www.lifemasteraj.com/my-site....

    FYI - Just about ALL of my websites have an "Annotated Games" page. For example, the website that I am best known for is: http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera.... (This is my old "GeoCities" website, I moved it to its current location when GC stopped offering free websites.) The page for annotated games (on this website) is: http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera....

    4 games, 1995-2008

  12. Anti-Scandinavian games
    An openings game collection here, the main intent is to collect new and/or creative ways to play against the dreaded Scandinavian (Center-Counter) Defence. (Created: Monday; April 11th, 2011.)
    9 games, 1901-2011

  13. BEST GAMES ... (of 2008)
    These are some of the better ... and most difficult games ... of 2008.
    1 game, 2008

  14. Bizarre Chess Games
    Games that are so unusual and off the beaten track ... that they simply do not belong anywhere else.
    3 games, 1849-2001

  15. CG's neat checkmates
    Learning to develop killer tactics is one of the reasons so many people visit this site.

    One of the ways to sharpen your tactical acumen is to train your "chess eyes" to spot checkmates, no matter how deeply they might be hidden in the position.

    So many times, I run across a surprising mate, and I think ... "I should have saved that one." Now I will save them ... ... ... into this "GC" (here). (Tues. Aug. 11th, 2009.) NOTE: Not all the mates will have actually occurred on the board, I will add a game to this collection as long as the mate is forced; (and hopefully a little different than the usual type of mates that you see).

    18 games, 1841-2010

  16. Chess genius - and Original GM: J.R. Capablanca!
    I have been asked - literally dozens of times - to make a collection of Capa's games. However, perhaps because there were so many other collections that featured this player ... I had never really thought it was necessary before now.

    Yet there was only one Capa. And maybe I might like games that no one else would choose. Or whatever.

    I simply reached the point where I felt that I MUST have a game collection that featured one of the greatest chess players of all time. I HAVE ANNOTATED MANY OF THESE GAMES ... on my private web-pages, so be sure to read the kibitzes and look for the links!!!!! (ALSO: Note that many of the games are also annotated on this site, itself.)

    The great: Jose Raul Capablanca may his games be appreciated as long as the game itself is played!

    Created: WEDNESDAY; January 18th, 2012.

    9 games, 1914-1928

  17. Cool games of F.J. Marshall
    I am a big fan of this player, I even have a humble page devoted to him. (See http://www.angelfire.com/games4/lif.... Aug. 6th, 2009: My web page is the top return when doing a seach for this player!) Here, I pick games that personally gave me a lot of pleasure.

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    For a complete list of my better websites, please see: http://www.lifemasteraj.com/my-site....

    FYI - Just about ALL of my websites have an "Annotated Games" page. For example, the website that I am best known for is: http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera.... (This is my old "GeoCities" website, I moved it to its current location when GC stopped offering free websites.) The page for annotated games (on this website) is: http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera....

    3 games, 1899-1912

  18. Cool tactical shots, by LMAJ
    Fairly decent games ... they must contain a nice tactical sequence. (Created Feb. 2006)

    A nice tactical sequence ... or at least, one really unexpected move! (April, 2011)

    29 games, 1846-2013

  19. Don't forget about the back-rank!
    A collection of games where the back-rank mate decides the game.

    I started this collection on (Monday) March 31st, 2014. (But it would have been a whole lot funnier if I had just waited until tomorrow!) If you know of any games that you think belong in this collection, be sure to let me know. (http//www.ajschess.com/lifemasteraj/index.html) )

    3 games, 1920-2011

  20. Games - with color commentary.
    Just general insights to the games, maybe most helpful to the rank beginner.
    1 game, 1994

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