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Viktor Laznicka vs Evgeni Ellinovich Sveshnikov
Tal Memorial (Rapid) (2017), Jurmala LAT, rd 8, Mar-05
Queen's Gambit Declined: Capablanca - General (D30)  ·  0-1
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Mar-14-17
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  HeMateMe: black needed a Kalashnikov to stop Sveshnikov's pawns! Nice example of how pawns defeat a Knight [move your king, not the pawns.]

He believes game scores are intellectual property:

<Most fundamentally, it is very difficult for chess players to earn a living; he speaks of many chess players in Russia and the Baltic States suffering severe depression and in some cases committing suicide. Georgy Ilivitsky, Alvis Vitolins, Karen Grigorian, Lembit Oll and Alexey Vyzmanavin are prominent examples.[citation needed]

He contends that gamescores are the labours and intellectual property of the two players concerned and therefore copyright permissions and royalty fees should apply. It is morally corrupt, he argues, that only authors, editors and owners of Chess Publishing Houses profit from the publication of gamescores. Effectively, players are even prevented from producing an exclusive book of their own best games as an investment for their retirement. He has also questioned the wisdom of handing over such detailed information to future opponents, who will utilise databases to improve their chances of victory, regardless of original thought or chess playing ability.>

Mar-14-17  protonchess: This is a bit OT, but:

"only authors, editors and owners of Chess Publishing Houses profit from the publication of gamescores. Effectively, players are even prevented from producing an exclusive book of their own best games "

This is clearly not true; anyone can download scores for free from this very website (among others), and redistribute them. The value added by publishers is in the annotations, and the players themselves are as free as anyone to write their own annotations.

The problem of declining income for pro chess players is real, but IMO cannot be blamed on copyright, but rather on the decline of the popularity of the game. I think you can see similar feelings (including aggressive IP protection) among classical music performers.

Mar-14-17
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  HeMateMe: how can there be a decline in the game if more people than ever are playing on line? I think there is a decline in corporate sponsorship in the USA and in Europe, but that's not the same thing.

Did all of those Russian GMs listed above really kill themselves?

Mar-14-17
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  Honza Cervenka: 60.Nd2 was a decisive mistake. Instead of that 60.Nh2 holds draw, for example 60...Kd4 61.Kf4 Kd3 62.Nf1 Ke2 63.Ng3+ Kf2 64.Nxf5 h2 65.Ng3 etc.
Mar-14-17
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  HeMateMe: are you sure? Isn't three connected passers a tablebase win against a Knight, with correct play?
Mar-14-17
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  scutigera: Alexey Vyzmanavin appears to have died of a heart attack, and Karen Ashotovich Grigorian should be distinguished from Karen H. Grigorian (living) and several other Grigorians; also, Vyzmanavin is the only confirmable Russian on the list, as Ilivitzky was born in Astana (called Akmolinsk by Russian-speakers at the time), Kazakh S.S.R., and I find little easily available info on his ethnicity.
Mar-14-17
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  Honza Cervenka: <HeMateMe: are you sure? Isn't three connected passers a tablebase win against a Knight, with correct play?>

Yes, it is tablebase draw after 60.Nh2. In fact, it was tablebase draw all the time with exception of the position after 54.Nc4(??) where black could have continued 54...g4+! 55.Kf4 h3 56.Kg3 f4+! 57.Kh2 (what else?) 57...Kf5 and white is unable to prevent intrusion of black King with decisive effect. It was necessary to play 54.Nd1 or 54.Nf1. Also 54.Nd5+ with next Ne3 was playable but 54.Nc4 was a mistake.

Mar-14-17
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  Honza Cervenka: Btw, three connected are not winning against K+N if they are not too much advanced or if the King or the Knight of defending side are not in bad position but two connected pawns on one wing and another Pawn on the other wing is quite often winning against K+N. But these endings are very difficult to play in practical game, and practical winning chances for 3P vs N are always significant.
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