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Ivan Nikolic vs Goran Arsovic
Belgrade (1989)  ·  King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Positional Defense Closed Line (E95)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Feb-15-09  WhiteRook48: Again, I hear white missed a win on move 255. What should he have played instead of 255. Kc5 if I didn't hear wrong?
Mar-24-09  WhiteRook48: from Opening Explorer 11. Nd2 is best
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  David2009: <Feb-15-09 WhiteRook48: Again, I hear white missed a win on move 255.>

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Amazingly, 255 Rh2-h3 wins. Black's last move had been Ka5-a4: Kb6 instead escaped e.g. Rb2+ Kc7.

Aug-01-09  I Like Fish: that is...
just about...
the limit...
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  Phony Benoni: I was interested in the position posted earlier by <gauer>:

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Naturally, I was wondering how quickly White could helpmate himself. The answer appears to be four moves:

<1.Qeh2 bxc1Q 2.Qfg2 Qxd2 3.Raf8 Qxd7 4.Rf2 Qxd1#>

With several similar solutions. Can anybody do it quicker?

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  gauer: <Phony Benoni> That's some neat help-mate. Did you notice in the game above that had they played on, one of the sides might've had the chance to visit all 64 squares. Do you know how many which side it was that he missed?
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  GrahamClayton: <Knight13>If I were writing this game, my hands will get very very tired for sure.

That's what I was thinking - both players would have got Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) by writing down all of the moves!

How many scoresheets would have been needed to write down all the moves for both players?

Sep-08-10  goodevans: As well as being the longest game between two humans, this game holds the record for the most moves by a single piece (156 by the black queen's rook).
Sep-08-10  goodevans: ... and it didn't even get going until move 29!
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  lost in space: I had once the very long casteling.

During a blitz tournament, all boards very close to each other I castled queennside using the rook of the neighbors board....

And won due to having suddenly one rook more. Poor neighbor...I guess he never understood his loss

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Here 239.Kc5 leads to mate in 9 according to the Nalimov tablebase server (

And here:

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White wins (mate in 26) with 255.Rh3, as posted by <David2009>

Apr-17-11  cisf: this game has 269 moves, not 255!!!!!
May-13-11  kevins55555: <cisf> You're right. Report to Chessgames then. =D
Nov-08-11  brankat: I had never seen this one before. Despite the mistakes this is quite a game!
Apr-08-12  kontoleon: if the white accommodate the exchange in move 56? he has pawn up with no carture by black.
May-04-12  Forever Bad At Chess: 247. Ra6# would have done it.
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  technical draw: I hate grandmaster draws!
May-17-12  King Death: <td> Yeah, they needed to play it out some!
Sep-05-12  tarashi: 201. Rf3 win in 12
Nov-22-12  Cushion: Just another GM draw.
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  perfidious: <Cushion> A remarkable game, but they really should have played on a while longer-move 300 was not that far off.
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  Abdel Irada: <lost in space: I had once the very long casteling.

During a blitz tournament, all boards very close to each other I castled queennside using the rook of the neighbors board....

And won due to having suddenly one rook more. Poor neighbor...I guess he never understood his loss>

There used to be a player in Santa Cruz who made a specialty of that. Everyone had to learn to be vigilant if playing next to Old Jim, because otherwise he was sure to play the Purloined Castling Variation.

Further, his bishops also bore watching. I remember more than one game in which he'd played e3 with his bishop still on its home square and subsequently developed it on g5. The worst of it was that he made such moves with such a triumphant pouncing motion that he very nearly convinced one that they were legal.

And of course one couldn't really fault Old Jim because he was in failing health and presumably unaware of his illegal moves. (Or perhaps that was just an excuse. Jim was a strange chap.)

Sep-17-13  Drakulo: 138... Ra3+ would have won the bishop, getting a winning chance, instead of fighting for a draw.
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  GrahamClayton: Does anyone know the name of the tournament in which this game was played?
Jul-11-15  lalla: What on earth is this? Don't they have wife and children to look after at home? One can easily be qualified for a lunatic asylum if compelled to play a game to such incredible length.
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