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Veselin Topalov vs Alexey Shirov
Linares (1998)  ·  Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  0-1
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Oct-30-13
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  tamar: Gull 2.2x64 had 47...Bh3 at 13th choice, absolute worst move at 18 minutes, last behind such lemons as 47...Kd7 at 31 ply.

Finally at 23 minutes, the penny dropped and it shot to first.

Truly a once in a lifetime find over the board.

Nov-20-13  tlgsvm: an update to my previous comment, houdini found the move in only one minute with 23 plies depth.

stockfish 4 has a better score against houdini 3.0 but houdini found this move much quicker. i'm confused which engine is better.

Apr-10-14  Everett: <tlgsvm: an update to my previous comment, houdini found the move in only one minute with 23 plies depth. stockfish 4 has a better score against houdini 3.0 but houdini found this move much quicker.< i'm confused which engine is better.>>

It depends on the position, just like humans.

Apr-13-14
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  Travis Bickle: Fischeresque ending!!
Aug-03-14  Conrad93: 47. Bh3 isn't that unusual.

This is easy to spot if you know your bishop vs. pawns endgames.

Aug-03-14
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  plang: ?!? yea right - anyone would have seen it
Aug-04-14  Conrad93: Anyone with knowledge about bishop vs. pawns endgames would have played this an instant.

What seems amazing to us is relatively simple to a GM.

Aug-04-14
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  Jim Bartle: <Conrad93: What seems amazing to us is relatively simple to a GM.>

Strange. Lots of GMs were astounded by this finish.

Aug-05-14  Whitehat1963: <Anyone would have seen it ..." Really? Good lord! I know my chess-blindness is well established, but I'm still trying to figure out how black wins in the final position. As for 47...Bh3, well, that's far beyond my vision.
Aug-05-14  Whitehat1963: I imagine someone of <Conrad93>'s vision would also have seen these finishes about 10 or 12 moves ahead:

Topalov vs Anand, 2005

Karjakin vs Topalov, 2006

Aug-05-14
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  perfidious: <Whitehat> As Ralph Kramden would have put it: a mere bag of shells.
Aug-07-14  Wyatt Gwyon: <<Conrad93><Anyone with knowledge about bishop vs. pawns endgames would have played this an instant.>>

Wrong.

Aug-07-14
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  perfidious: <Wyatt> That statement was so moronic that it was not worth a response--another day at the beach in the Kingdom of Southeast Idiotville: ruler, <Conrad the First>.
Aug-07-14
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  Jim Bartle: To my knowledge < conrad93> has never commented on a game in progress, despite many opportunities. If he did we would learn if he really could see what claims anyone could see.
Aug-07-14
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  perfidious: <Jim> That would be a 2700-level treat.

And I am not referring to the pearls of wisdom he would cast from On High, either.....

Aug-07-14  Wyatt Gwyon: <perfidious: <Wyatt> That statement was so moronic that it was not worth a response--another day at the beach in the Kingdom of Southeast Idiotville: ruler, <Conrad the First>.>

This one is right up there with the en passant comment from a few months back.

Aug-07-14
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  perfidious: <Wyatt> Is en passant that funny little move with that there pawn y'all make, like? Or was it a Freudian slip and did y'all mean <ein pissant>?
Aug-07-14  Whitehat1963: Not to get off topic, but does anyone have opinions on what games might have the most moves worthy of exclamations or double-exclamations on both sides of the board?
Aug-07-14  MarkFinan: R Byrne vs Larry Evans, 1965

Whitehat1963. In my opinion... This game.

Aug-07-14  Whitehat1963: <MarkFinan>, that's a very good candidate! Thanks! Others, anyone?
Aug-07-14  Whitehat1963: I'm no expert, but I think these are pretty remarkable:

Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008

R Cifuentes vs V Zvjaginsev, 1995

Kupreichik vs Tal, 1970

Tal vs Geller, 1958

Tal vs Miller, 1988

Topalov vs Anand, 2005

Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999

Aug-07-14  FairyPromotion: <Whitehat1963> Very interesting question! Though it penalizes miniatures a bit, I would like to see what other members think as well.

The first game that immediately came to my mind was Serper vs I Nikolaidis, 1993, and as far as exclamations by single side are concerned I think it should be tough to beat.

As for both sides filling the game with exclamations and double exclamations I'd say A Volokitin vs Mamedyarov, 2012 takes the cake.

If you want to have a look at the draws as well, then Anand vs Topalov, 2005 is the obvious choice.

Aug-08-14  Whitehat1963: This one has some pretty jaw-dropping moves:

Geller vs Karpov, 1976

Aug-08-14  Whitehat1963: I don't know how good it is on both sides, but for sheer entertainment value, it's hard to beat this gem, one of my all-time favorites:

Marshall vs G Marco, 1904

Aug-09-14  Whitehat1963: And here's one more:

Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918

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