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  1. Dead Man Walking
    Everybody enjoys a good King Hunt. Except for maybe one person -- and even the loser often seems to play it out just to see what happens. It's an aesthetic thing, you know.

    Criteria for this collection include:

    1) The losing king must have reached the eight ranks at some point, though not necessarily be mate there.

    2) Generally, there is a limit of 50 moves. This collection is limited to opening an middle game king hunts, not endgames.

    Of course, I reserve the right to include amy game that tickles my fancy. And, just incase anybody wonders, the title refers to the chess king, not to the player.

    92 games, 1834-2016

  2. Debrecen 1925
    The tournament was held in Debrecen, Hungary from August 9-24, 1925, with the following players.

    Lajos Asztalos, Ernst Gruenfeld, Kornel Havasi, Paul F Johner, Hans Kmoch, Hermanis Karlovich Mattison, Geza Nagy, Ladislav Prokes, David Przepiorka, Jakob Adolf Seitz, Lajos Steiner, Savielly Tartakower, Arpad Vajda, Vladimir Vukovic

    Chessmetrics estimates this as a Category 11 tournament with an average rating of 2508.

    Hans Kmoch had one of his finest results, winning with a margin of 1 1/2 points. He and Geza Nagy were the front-runners at the halfway mark with 4.5/6. Both lost in round 7, and drew in round 13. In between, Kmoch won five in a row while Nagy lost an additional five in a row!

    And Kmoch needed those wins. Johner had taken the lead in round 7, and stayed ahead until a draw with Gruenfeld and loss to Tartakower allowed Kmoch to coast home in the last round.

    A noteworthy happening was the congestion in the lower ranks, as only five of the 14 players could finish over 50%. table[
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
    1 Kmoch * = 0 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 10.0
    2 Tartakower = * 1 0 1 = = 1 1 = = = 1 = 8.5
    3 Johner 1 0 * = = 0 1 1 1 1 = 1 0 1 8.5
    4 Gruenfeld 0 1 = * = = = 0 = 1 = 1 1 = 7.5
    5 Vukovic 0 0 = = * = = 1 = 0 1 1 1 1 7.5
    6 Steiner 0 = 1 = = * 0 0 1 1 = 0 0 1 6.0
    7 Seitz = = 0 = = 1 * 0 0 = 1 1 0 = 6.0
    8 Przepiorka 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 * = = 1 0 0 1 6.0
    9 Prokes 0 0 0 = = 0 1 = * 1 = 1 1 0 6.0
    10 Havasi 0 = 0 0 1 0 = = 0 * 1 1 1 = 6.0
    11 Vajda 1 = = = 0 = 0 0 = 0 * 0 1 = 5.0
    12 Nagy 0 = 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 * 1 = 5.0
    13 Mattison 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 * = 4.5
    14 Asztalos 0 = 0 = 0 0 = 0 1 = = = = * 4.5 ]table

    91 games, 1925

  3. DIRP!
    Augustus J. Dirp (1841-1907), generally considered the Father of Anti-Positional Play, holds an unique and otherwise unwanted spot in the history of chess theory.

    While his unfortunate aphorisms such as <Never move a piece twice before you have moved it once> and <Keep your pieces out of the center--they could get hurt there!> still guide legions of aspiring N.N. wannabes to this day, his true colors shown most dimly as a theorist of the pawn formation which bears his name, the Doubled Isolated Rook Pawn.


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    A lifetime of study and hard drinking led to the formulation of Dirp's Credo: <Except in positions where it is neutral, the DIRP is an advantage unless it is a disadvantage.> Though the Credo has never been refuted, its practical application has generally proved disastrous.

    Dirp also has two opening systems named after him, mainly by default: The Dirp Attack (White plays Na3 and Nh3) and the Dirp Defense (Black plays ...Na6 and ...Nh6). The idea, of course, is that capturing the knights will set up immediate fianchettos of the bishops and provide half-open files for the rooks. Meanwhile, the king is sheltered behind the unmoved center pawns and the queen can fend for herself. The two systems are considered so devastating that there are no known examples of them being used.

    Indeed, none of Dirp's game scores have survived, probably due to the Geneva Convention. However, as this collection will show, his ideas continue to infect chess players everywhere, providing a fitting legacy for the man appropriately eulogized as "...quite possibly the weakest player never to become world champion."

    125 games, 1834-2016

  4. Dresden 1956
    I probably would have never noticed this tournament if Olof Sterner hadn't been player of the day. A glance at his record showed we had all his games from Dresden, 1956, which meant we probably had all the games from the tournament. And so we did. So why not do a collection?

    It was held in the East German city of Dresden from February 26-March 21, 1956, and featured this cast of characters:

    Borge Andersen, Yuri Averbakh, Istvan Bilek, Victor Ciocaltea, Sieghart Dittmann, Reinhart Fuchs, Werner Golz, Ratmir Kholmov, Siegfried Muehlberg, Ludek Pachman, Nikola Padevsky, Jan Sefc, Bogdan Sliwa, Olof Sterner, Mihailo Trajkovic, Wolfgang Uhlmann

    The tournament gave some promising new faces from behind the Iron Curtain a chance at some first-class competition. Averbakh and Kholmov, taking a little break from the rigors of playing in the Soviet Union, celebrated their vacation by dominating the tournament. Ciocaltea stayed in the running much of the way, but fell behind by drawing his last four games.

    Using the estimated ratings from Chessmetrics, the tournament had an average rating of 2466 (Category 9). table[
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6
    1 Averbakh * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12.0 2 Kholmov * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12.0 3 Ciocaltea 1 * 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 10.5 4 Pachman * 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 9.0 5 Uhlmann 0 1 * 1 0 1 0 1 1 8.5 6 Padevsky 0 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 8.0 7 Bilek 0 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 8.0 8 Sliwa 0 1 1 1 * 0 0 1 0 0 1 7.5 9 Fuchs 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 1 7.5 10 Dittmann 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 * 0 1 1 1 7.5 11 Muehlberg 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 6.5 12 Sefc 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 6.0 13 Sterner 0 0 0 0 0 * 0 4.5 14 Golz 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 * 0 4.5 15 Andersen 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 * 0 4.0 16 Trajkovic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 4.0 ]table

    120 games, 1956

  5. Fine - Steiner, 1947
    Reuben Fine and Herman Steiner contested An informal six-game match. The first three game were played at the homes of local chess patrons Alex Bisno and E erett Freeman, cosponsors of the match, and the final three at the newly renovated Hollywood Chess Club. . Games were played on Tuesday evenings from October 14 - December 9, with no game in three of the weeks.

    Steiner presented brief reports in his weekly Sunday chess column in the "Los Angeles Times."

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    <GAME ONE (Tuesday, October 14)>

    "Reuben Fine dre2w first blook in his informal six-game match with Herman Steinerlast Tuesday at the home of ALex Bisno, chess patron. The second game will be played Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the home of Everett Freeman, cosponsor of the match." -- Los Angeles Times, October 19, 1947, p. 10.

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    <GAME TWO (Tuesday, October 28)>

    "In A wide open game in which first one side had a pawn advantage and then the other, Reuben Fine defeated Herman Steiner last Tuesday in the second game of their informal six-game match. The encounter took place at the home of Everett Freeman, cinema writer, who with Alex Bisno is sponsoring the match. The third game will be played Tuesday." -- Los Angeles Times, November 2, 1947,p. 13.

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    <GAME THREE (Tuesday, November 4)>

    "Reuben Fine kept his record clean by winning the third game of his six-game informal match with Herman Steiner last Tuesday. The game was played at the home of Everett Freeman, motion picture writer, and cosponsor with Alex Bisno of the match. The fourth game will be played Tuesday in the newly decorated clubrooms of the Hhollywood Chess Group, 108 N. Formosa Ave. .." -- Los Angeles Times, November 9, 1947, p. 15.

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    <GAME FOUR (Tuesday, November 11)>

    "The fourth game in the informal six-game match between Herman Steiner and Reuben Fine, played last Tuesday, resulted in a draw. The fifth game will be played Dec. 2." -- Los Angeles Times, November 16, 1947, p. 11.

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    <GAME FIVE (Tuesday, December 2>

    }Fireworks marked the fifth game of the informal match between Reuben Fine and Herman Steiner last Tuesday. Several times refusing Fine's offer of a draw, you editor, fighting for a win, wqs the exchange ahead but ran into time trouble, and blinded by excitement over his material advantage , stumbled--and lost.

    "The sixth and final round in this match, which is a tune-up for Fine's participation in a world's championship tournament next year in Europe, will by played Tuesday at the Hollywood Chess Group's headquarters, 108 N. Formosa Ave." -- Los Angeles Times, December 7, 1947.

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    <GAME SIX (Tuesday, December 9)>

    "A draw was agreed on in the final game between Herman Steiner and Reuben Fine last Tuesday. This match, a tune-up for Fine's forthcoming participation in a world's championship tournament next year, was sponsored by Alex Bisno and E erett Freeman. Fine won four and two were drawn." -- Los Angeles Times, December 14, 1947, p. 26.

    table[
    1 2 3 4 5 6
    Reuben Fine 1 1 1 = 1 = 5.0
    Herman Steiner 0 0 0 = 0 = 1.0
    ]table

    Steiner had White in the odd-numbered games.

    6 games, 1947

  6. Friday Puzzles, 2004-2010
    <Difficult>. However, some puzzles from early 2004 do not follow the now traditional difficulty pattern.

    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.

    <Missing Entries>

    A game may appear only once in a collection, so if one is repeazted during the time span covered by a collction, only the first instance will appear. In this collection, the following game is affected:

    K Aseev vs V Nevostrujev, 2002 (Jan-14-05, May-14-10)


    365 games, 1839-2010

  7. Friday Puzzles, 2011-2017
    <Difficult>

    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.

    <Missing Entries>

    (May-[Note: No puzzle is given for May-17-13, 2013. That day's puzzle had already been used on Friday, July 8, 2011, and a game can appear only once in a collection.]

    A game may appear only once in a collection, so if one is repeazted during the time span covered by a collction, only the first instance will appear. In this collection, the following games are affected:

    Fischer vs W Beach, 1963 (Jul-08-11, May-13-13)

    Mamedyarov vs A Timofeev, 2004 (Mar-11-11, Mar-31-17)


    363 games, 1884-2017

  8. Friday Puzzles, 2018
    <Difficult>

    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.

    8 games, 1968-2016

  9. Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections
    These are my collections, User: chessgames.com also maintains archives of recent games and puzzles:

    Game of the Day Archive contains the previous year.

    Tactics Archive contains recent puzzless with diagrams:

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    <Game Of The Day Collections>

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2004

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2005

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2006

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2007

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2008

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2009

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2010

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2011

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2012

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2013

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2014

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2015

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2016

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2017

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2018

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    <Game of the Day Pun Indexes>

    Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (A-B)

    Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (C-E)

    Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (F-H)

    Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (I-L)

    Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (M)

    Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (N-P)

    Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (Q-S)

    Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (T-Z)

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    <Puzzle of the Day Collections, by Year>

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2004

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2005

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2006

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2007

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2008

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2009

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2010

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2011

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2012

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2013

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2014

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2015

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2016

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2017

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2018

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    <Puzzle of the Day Collections. by day of the week>

    Game Collection: Sunday Puzzles, 2004-2010 Game Collection: Sunday Puzzles, 2011-2017

    Game Collection: Monday Puzzles, 2004-2010 Game Collection: Monday Puzzles, 2011-2017 Game Collection: Monday Puzzles, 2018

    Game Collection: Tuesday Puzzles, 2004-2010 Game Collection: Tuesday Puzzles, 2011-2017 Game Collection: Tuesday Puzzles, 2018

    Game Collection: Wednesday Puzzles, 2004-2010 Game Collection: Wednesday Puzzles, 2011-2017 Game Collection: Wednesday Puzzles, 2018

    Game Collection: Thursday Puzzles, 2004-2010 Game Collection: Thursday Puzzles, 2011-2017 Game Collection: Thursday Puzzles, 2018

    Game Collection: Friday Puzzles, 2004-2010 Game Collection: Friday Puzzles, 2011-2017

    Game Collection: Saturday Puzzles, 2004-2010 Game Collection: Saturday Puzzles, 2011-2017


    56 games, 1864-2016

  10. Game of the Day 2004
    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.

    <Missing Entries>

    A game may appear only once in a collection, so if one is repeazted during the time span covered by a collction, only the first instance will appear. In this collection, the following games are affected::

    K Richter vs Gruenfeld, 1928 (Oct-08-04, Dec-27-04)

    In addition, I was unable to find most of the games before May 1, or the game for May 8. If you can help, please leave a note at my forum.


    248 games, 1620-2004

  11. Game of the Day 2005
    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.

    <Missing Entries>

    The game for April 30 is missing. Also, there was no GOTD for October 25 because the site was down due to weather conditions.

    363 games, 1625-2005

  12. Game of the Day 2006
    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.
    365 games, 1824-2006

  13. Game of the Day 2007
    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.
    365 games, 1515-2007

  14. Game of the Day 2008
    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.

    <Missing Entries>

    A game may appear only once in a collection, so if one is repeazted during the time span covered by a collction, only the first instance will appear. In this collection, the following games are affected:

    Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 (Feb-22-08, Nov-11-08)


    365 games, 1620-2008

  15. Game of the Day 2009
    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.
    365 games, 1770-2009

  16. Game of the Day 2010
    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.

    <Missing Entries>

    No new game was given for Feb-18-10.

    364 games, 1580-2010

  17. Game of the Day 2011
    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.
    365 games, 1842-2011

  18. Game of the Day 2012
    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.

    <Missing Entries>

    A game may appear only once in a collection, so if one is repeazted during the time span covered by a collction, only the first instance will appear. In this collection, the following game is affected

    Morphy vs NN, 1858 (Jul-04-12, Jul-12-12)

    365 games, 1475-2012

  19. Game of the Day 2013
    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.
    365 games, 1755-2013

  20. Game of the Day 2014
    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.

    <Missing Entries>

    A game may appear only once in a collection, so if one is repeazted during the time span covered by a collction, only the first instance will appear. In this collection, the following gams is affected:

    Capablanca vs B H Villegas, 1914 (Feb-06-14), repeated (Aug-19-14) with a different pun, "Don't Cry For Me Argentina".

    364 games, 1620-2014

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