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Oct-09-15 A Burns vs J Wisker, 1880
optimal play: 7.c3 was a novelty in 1880 10.Qa4! 11.O-O-O! 13.Nxb6! Instead of 15.Qxc6 White's attack would continue more forcefully with 15.Qb4! Anyway, it's a moot point after 20...Kd7? (instead 20...Ng6 at least prolongs the game since if ...
Oct-09-15 Edmund Beronio
gokusano: Chess is really a gambler's game, a gambling sports. Las Vegas, being the premiere gambling hub can make chess a popular gambling sports. They can now line up the combatant for the gamblers stake.
Oct-09-15 Tal vs Smyslov, 1959
st.dvy: Just like all of you, I love studying grandmaster games, especially those of the super greats. Smyslov is probably among the top 10 players that ever played, but doesn't get the credit. Tal, like Fischer and Kasparov are everyone's ...
Oct-09-15 Yanofsky vs Fischer, 1962
PugnaciousPawn: What an endgame battle! Bobby was an absolute master of the endgame. It's interesting to note that many of his games were very even until the endgame, where he would slowly move in for the kill with the utmost precision.
Oct-09-15 Wesley So
sochessfanatic2015: Happy Birthday Idol.. Sana 7-0. Congratz.
Oct-09-15 Biographer Bistro <Miss Scarlet> I understand your point; you'd like to see what Sargon's been up to lately, or see the status of your last batch of correction slips, etc. But that's impossible if you find yourself lost in an ocean of ...
Oct-09-15 A Pomar-Salamanca vs Geller, 1962
diagonalley: ugh! ... <diagonalley> nul points :-(
Oct-09-15 Korchnoi vs Ribli, 1987
offramp: I can believe the hot water garbage. What I can't believe is that this pun has been used again. It was used for Ribli vs Smyslov, 1982 where one can read this interesting comment: "Ringo van Flintoff had a chess career spanning three ...
Oct-09-15 Millionaire Chess (2015)
tpstar: <WannaBe> Thanks for the link! Great to follow the action live.
Oct-09-15 Karpov vs Topalov, 1994
Check It Out: Missed this one. The worst part is that I've seen this game before, and I envisioned that knight going to f6 dozens of times in my struggle to make Bxh6+ work.
Oct-09-15 Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975)
Lambda: <I'm not sure what "unfair" means in this context> To talking about it in order to cast doubt over Karpov's status as world champion and world's best player in 1975. No problem with people talking about it as an act of idle ...
Oct-09-15 G Shankar vs Nakamura, 2015
Check It Out: Whoops. I'm not sure how white stood before 42.Rf2, but it was definitely better than after.
Oct-09-15 PokerStars IoM Masters (2015)
galdur: “If it weren’t for luck, I’d win every time". ---Phil Hellmuth, U.S. Poker grandmaster Yeah, and I bet the more he practiced the luckier he got.
Oct-09-15 Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907
AylerKupp: <The Kings Domain> This is my all-time favorite game for the way that Black manages to win a tempo and out of that seemingly insignificant advantage, forces White to weaken its k-side and then unleashes an irresistible attack with
Oct-09-15 Kelly Cottrell
alexmagnus: <She qualified fairly> She didn't play even one game to qualify. She qualified by virtue of being the only woman in her qualifying tournament.
Oct-09-15 Nezhmetdinov vs Korchnoi, 1954
jessicafischerqueen: <zydeco: Nezh must have missed 28.Bxe3 Qxc3 winning material.> Position after your variation 28.Bxe3 Qxc3: [DIAGRAM] How does white (Nezh) win material here? White is busted in this position.
Oct-09-15 G Mohr vs A Crisan, 2001
ndg2: Does not know basic end game technique, for Crisan's sake!
Oct-09-15 B Hagen vs Carlsen, 2007
iking: Brede of champions ... GOTD
Oct-09-15 Kibitzer's Café
optimal play: Imagine paddle-boarding with whales... You may say I’m a dreamer...
Oct-08-15 Kenneth Rogoff
HeMateMe: In the 50s and 60s the highest rate was 90% for the top group, 70% in the 1970s. Back then the father could work, the mom could stay home, in many families, and they could make ends meet. < >
Oct-08-15 N Dzagnidze vs M Muzychuk, 2015
kyg16: Future GOTD!!!
Oct-08-15 Tal vs L Christiansen, 1982
iking: e-pawn or h-pawn queens
Oct-08-15 Jeremy Lim
HeMateMe: Saturday night, mexico v. usa, Confab playoff, in the Rosebowl. Isn't the US undefeated at home v. Mexico, and we have never won at Aztec stadium, where lungs go to die? Important guage for this team. You gonna find a TV and watch it, ...
Oct-08-15 N Pogonina vs A Stefanova, 2015
zoren: Tragicomic.
Oct-08-15 N Pogonina vs Yifan Hou, 2015
HeMateMe: that was pretty ballsy the way black put her King in the middle of the board, early in the game.
Oct-08-15 Women's Grand Prix Monte Carlo (2015)
supertimchan: Mariya Muzychuk is the world champion, it makes perfect sense for her to lead.
Oct-08-15 Granda Zuniga vs Cherniaev, 2015
apexin: Final position here is a zungswang for black. I liked how white handled the whole game especially the endgame.
Oct-08-15 Akiba Rubinstein
The Kings Domain: One of the greatest Chess masters. It's a tragedy his condition kept him from being world champion, a title he more than deserved.
Oct-08-15 Lisitsin vs Ragozin, 1954
zydeco: I think the point of 12.Nxe5 is 12....Rxe5 13.Rd8+ Kh7 (13....Re8 14.Bxf6) 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.Bg4 Bxg4 16.Rxa8 and white is better. 25.Na1! is pretty.
Oct-08-15 Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match (1972)
Petrosianic: Luck in chess is a bit of chess. Without getting it in some form or other, you can't win. Fischer not only lost due to luck, he won games that way too. Are you sure you want to throw those results out?
Oct-08-15 Mrs. Frank W Lynn
Tabanus: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, May 10, 1906, p. 20: <New York, May 9. - The first American Women's Chess Congress, which was begun Monday at the Hotel Martha Washington in this city, was concluded to-day, when Mrs. Charles H. Frey ...
Oct-08-15 Nunn vs Yusupov, 1991
Gottschalk: Right notation here: [Event "?"] [Site "Belgrade"] [Date "1991.??.??"] [White "Nunn John D M (ENG)"] [Black "Yusupov A"] [Round "?"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C19"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+
Oct-08-15 Miles vs Seirawan, 1983
Check It Out: <jaclark> If the pun had anything to do with Miles Davis or jazz it could have been bearable.
Oct-08-15 Korchnoi vs Lisitsin, 1954
Petrosianic: <Korchnoi was in hot pursuit of Averbakh and might have easily won the USSR Championship if he had pulled off this game.> If you reverse the result of this game from a Loss to a Win, Korchnoi still doesn't win the tournament.
Oct-08-15 M L Walker
Tabanus: Looks like I have to give up. The only chess-playing M. L. Walker I could find is: “New York, April 16. - Miss E. Burgess, sister of Bishop Burgess; Miss E. Campbell Foote, president of the Woman’s Chess club; Mrs. M. Wilkinson-Robert ...
Oct-08-15 Karjakin vs Svidler, 2015
nummerzwei: 37...Kh8 is a dead ringer for Adams's 24...Kh8 in Shirov vs Adams, 2007 . Same move, same motif.
Oct-08-15 A Bannik vs Korchnoi, 1954
zydeco: Korchnoi gets carried away with heroic defense: 16...Qxf2!? instead of something more prophylactic like 16....Rh8. 11....0-0-0 also seems like a more sober way of handling the position. 39....Ke1 and either 40.Bd3 or 40.Bf3 followed by ...
Oct-08-15 Mishra Swayams
BIDMONFA: Mishra Swayams SWAYAMS, Mishra _
Oct-08-15 Korchnoi vs L Shamkovich, 1954
zydeco: Interesting battle of offside queens. White's queen looks in danger but is perfectly safe on d7. Black's Queen is in serious trouble on b4.
Oct-08-15 Lasker vs Janowski, 1910
offramp: Is it possible that Janowsky didn't realise that 19.0-0 was legal?
Oct-08-15 Koneru vs A Skripchenko, 2015
310metaltrader: is it terminal at the end?
Oct-08-15 A Rechinsky vs L Yagupova, 1996
estrick: This is supposed to be a dubious line for White, where the LSB is sacrificed on move 7. But the results in the database show White doing very well. Black had an advantage of more than one point before he played 23 ...Be5?, which exposed ...
Oct-08-15 B Finegold vs K W Troff, 2011
King Radio: Not a good game, but Troff was only a master when this was played, I believe.
Oct-08-15 Lombardy vs N Whitaker, 1953
PJs Studio: Bobby Fischers coach knew how to play endings! Nice!
Oct-08-15 Duchess vs Kaissa, 1977
AylerKupp: I think that the following quote by Monty Newborn (ICCA president from 1983 to 1986) in 1977 at the 2nd World Computer Chess Championship is appropriate to this game, and maybe inspired by it: "In the past grandmasters came to our ...
Oct-08-15 Pavasovic vs V Srebrnic, 1992
estrick: This is supposed to be a dubious line for White, where the LSB is sacrificed on move 7. But the results in the database show White doing very well. In this game, according to Fritz, Black had nearly a one point advantage for most of the ...
Oct-08-15 Kmoch vs Rubinstein, 1926
plang: There is no other game in the database with 6..g6!? - definitely an odd choice. Kmoch thought 16 Rad1 would have been more logical playing for a kingside attack. With 19 Bb3? (Kmoch recommended 19 a4) Kmoch missed Rubinstein's reply 19..b5!
Oct-08-15 G Ilivitsky vs Korchnoi, 1954
zydeco: 21....Qxe4 is a good example of Korchnoi taking a pawn that would frighten away most chessplayers.
Oct-08-15 Korchnoi vs I Livshin, 1954
perfidious: <....47....Ra1 seems like a horrific error in judgment: the endgame is much easier to win with rooms off the board.> Sure appears that way; moreover, it was Black's misfortune that he found himself unable to transfer the knight ...
Oct-08-15 Spassky vs Yusupov, 1990
perfidious: Looks pretty fearsome to me. (laughs)
Oct-08-15 Timman vs Yusupov, 1992
Howard: Timman did indeed mate Yusupov, but then earlier in 1992, it was Timman who got mated---by Short.
Oct-08-15 Timman vs Short, 1990
Howard: No, you mean that Short "returns the compliment", not Timman. But then Timman mated Yusopov in their 1992 candidates match, later that same year.
Oct-08-15 Portisch vs Huebner, 1979
Howard: Regarding the potential trap alluded to near the beginning of the comments thread, here's an inquiry...what if this line had taken place: 20.Qb8+ Bd8 21.Rc8 Ke7 22.Bb6. Does 22...Bc7 win, as in the above-mentioned line in which White ...
Oct-08-15 B Finegold vs Shabalov, 2013
King Radio: A knight on a3 has rarely looked dimmer.
Oct-08-15 Borin Topic
TheFocus: I hate the ones for Arab girls the most. You see two eyes and a burqa. Yeah, that's really sexy.
Oct-08-15 Odd Lie
TheFocus: <Dr. Overlord> <zanzibar> <Was that a pun on Anne Frank?> <I think it was. I'm appalled, I would NEVER do such a thing!> <TheFocus> should be censured for making that poor joke. If I wasn't so busy, I would ...
Oct-08-15 John M Burke
nolanryan: BIDMONFA: John Burke BURKE, John / _ jk
Oct-08-15 Fischer vs Spassky, 1992
diceman: <keypusher: Your post makes no sense, unless you think a genius is by definition a nice person. And nobody thinks that.> How nice a genius is depends on how much you hate them.
Oct-08-15 D Howell vs Arkell, 2015
MissScarlett: I think Arkell based his strategy on Deep Blue vs Kasparov, 1997 .
Oct-08-15 J Sarkar vs B Finegold, 2012
st.dvy: Finegold's choice of the Chigorin is dubious and the execution suspect. Why even make a move like 13..Bg4? losing more space and tempo. Sarkar's bishops dominate and eventually win the game. At move 31, Finegold had to capture with the ...
Oct-08-15 E Inarkiev vs Morozevich, 2015
cornflake: Morozevich doesn't seen to be in good form for this tournament.
Oct-08-15 A Greenfeld vs Short, 2015
Shams: Short has used this <3...Bg4> setup before with success. Annoyingly Delchev doesn't even mention this move in his book _The Modern Reti_.
Oct-08-15 16th Poikovsky Karpov Tournament (2015)
haydn20: Fairly hard fought, with 56% decisive.
Oct-08-15 Lasker vs Botvinnik, 1936
Mateo: A lucky escape for Botwinnik. 26...Qd7? was just bad, losing a pawn. 27.cxd5! was strong as 27...Nxd5? Qg4+!, White wins. However, Botvinnik was able to build a fortress.
Oct-08-15 I Lysyj vs E Inarkiev, 2015
Shams: Thanks for the cheer, fellas. Anyway yes I agree with <apexin>, a fine and very interesting game. The players were in close to new territory by just the ninth move.
Oct-08-15 Tseshkovsky vs Kasparov, 2004
ToTheDeath: Notes from ChessCafe- Enjoy! Tseshkovsky – Kasparov 57th ch-RUS, Moscow (7) 2004 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e6 GK: Objectively 6...e5 leads to simpler play, but I had to play according to the tournament ...
Oct-08-15 Yifan Hou vs Koneru, 2015
dumbgai: Well, Humpy had to win eventually...
Oct-08-15 Pawel Bielecki
BIDMONFA: Pawel Bielecki BIELECKI, Pawel _
Oct-08-15 M Amin Tabatabaei
BIDMONFA: M Amin Tabatabaei TABATABAEI, M. Amin _
Oct-08-15 Kashdan vs C Pilnick, 1942
fispok: 14..Ne4 would have been a much stronger move.
Oct-08-15 Lasker vs Teichmann, 1895
Sally Simpson: (part II) “I notice that you didn't even address the amazing 30.f5 the engine found in the Janowski game.” Let me have a life, one game at time. But I will draw your attention to the final trap set by Janowski. 35.cxd6 [DIAGRAM] ...
Oct-08-15 World Cup (2015)
wordfunph: "If every tournament was like the World Cup, I think I would be dead within 10 years." - Hikaru Nakamura
Oct-08-15 Kramnik vs V Isupov, 1990
diggy20: what's the pun here? :/
Oct-08-15 Sam Sloan
King Radio: Why not. He is not out of place with the rest of the clowns in the ring for both parties.
Oct-08-15 A Korobov vs Sutovsky, 2015
hedgeh0g: Great "freezing" combination by White, starting with 27.Rg1!
Oct-08-15 V Hamitevici vs H Melkumyan, 2015
offramp: After 17...Be6 ... [DIAGRAM] ...White's queen is attacked. He probably could get away with 18.d4-d5 but he may not have liked the look of that Bishop on g7 aiming down the long diagonal. So he moved his queen to d3. This protects the ...
Oct-08-15 A Young vs B Finegold, 2006
st.dvy: Finegold's pawn game is extreme. In most of his games he saddles his opponent with messy pawn situations: pinned pawns, doubled pawns, backward, and isolated pawns. At the very end he has 5 isolated pawns, with two passers; one of them ...
Oct-08-15 Lasker / Chigorin / Marshall / Tei vs Janowski / Marco / Schlechter / La, 1904
offramp: JANOWSKI: "We're going to need a bigger boat."
Oct-08-15 B Finegold vs A Florean, 2006
st.dvy: Another award winning ending by Finegold: simply stunning; yet he never beat a top 40 player, even though he was rated as high as the mid 2600s!
Oct-08-15 Carlos Severri Arrese
BIDMONFA: Carlos Severri Arrese SEVERRI, Carles _
Oct-08-15 V Mikhalevski vs B Finegold, 2006
st.dvy: I never heard of Finegold till I stumbled upon his YouTube teaching series. His games are just so odd. He seems to get in and out of the strangest middle game situations from well established openings. His endgames are quite instructive ...
Oct-08-15 R Goletiani vs B Finegold, 2006
st.dvy: What a startling jaw-dropper. Finegold goes from being two pawns ahead to an exchange up and a piece down to a piece and two pawns ahead with an easy ending. Why did Goletiani castle to a loose queen-side, without provocation when he's the

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