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May-06-16 Adams vs F Ludvigsen, 1986
not not: black threatening 2 different mates (neither can be avoided), so white has to do spite checks, whether it is winning or not Rc7 check followed by Queen e7 check the puzzle is not that difficult, since every other white move (except pawn ...
May-06-16 Spielmann vs M Elyashov, 1903
Honza Cervenka: Allgaier Gambit is opening theory, and this game follows the course of not so unknown game Steinitz vs Zukertort, 1872 . Allgaier is not considered to be fully correct for white but to face it over the board is no fun for black. I ...
May-06-16 Hans Stadt
alexmagnus: <whiteshark> Clever :)
May-06-16 Gioachino Greco
Christoforus Polacco: In my opinion Greco had great chess talent as Anderssen, Morphy and Tal. If it were the ''time machine'' and it was the possiblitity for Greco to work with Kasparov as Gioachino's teacher at the age of 20 - Greco would be ...
May-06-16 Kenneth Rogoff
Big Pawn: <hmm: How about universal healthcare, as they have in Canada and Europe?> Should we send men with guns after the doctors if they don't want to work for free, or for less than they think they deserve?
May-06-16 Russian Team Championship (2016)
Mr. V: And for once Kamsky's actually trying
May-06-16 Kibitzer's Café
zanzibar: <The first real thing I heard was Three O’Clock Blues by B.B. King. That’s where it all began for me.> – Robin Trower (Procol Harum, The Paramounts) <In terms of scale or stature, I believe that if Robert Johnson was ...
May-06-16 Kayden W Troff
waustad: Happy 18th!
May-06-16 O Neikirch vs Z Popovic, 1945
tpstar: White to Play and Win after 33 ... Nxc7.
May-06-16 Ding - So (2016)
stst: Not easy to predict the final winner. From the first two games, a slight feel of upper hand for Ding - but he missed chances. For now, bet on a "O.T." - i.e. into tie-breaks, if there are such setups.
May-06-16 Biographer Bistro
zanzibar: <Luft> sorry, but I'm not sure if I will bother parsing your posts anymore. Your vocabulary is affected, and you assume a position undeserved by your input, imo. If you find working with others rewarding, I wish you well, most ...
May-06-16 Edmund Beronio
Nf3em: Ala e gud lak na laang sa inyong lahat sa May 7 event. ;-)
May-06-16 Wei Yi vs L Bruzon Batista, 2015
Alexandro: In 23th move instead of taking the rook, Batista should return the knight to f6, isolating the rook, defending qh7#, avoiding the sequence that guiding the black king to center and threatening the rook in next move. I think that the ...
May-06-16 Jeremy Lim
HeMateMe: Bosh has had the blot clot problem for two years now? Don't they solve that by prescribing blood thiners, like Heparin?
May-05-16 Wesley So
shintaro go: Predictions: Game 3 - Ding Liren opens with 1.c4 Game 4 - Wesley opens with 1.e4 with Anti-Berlin system or Guioco Piano
May-05-16 Ultimate Blitz Challenge (2016)
Keyser Soze: <Kasparov was good ONLY because of his openings> Yeah, JUST because of that. That poor bugger could not understand well middlegames or endgames..
May-05-16 USSR Championship (1963)
Keyser Soze: <Spassky was on the outs since losing in 1972. Go ahead and google that.> Agreed. Got even worse, after 74 when Karpov beat him. Karpov became their new favorite by all means.
May-05-16 Bareev vs Short, 1992
Honza Cervenka: Why 11.Ng3? Why not 11.Bd3 instead of that? Anyway, not every day one can see a Queen's Gambit with two QS castlings.
May-05-16 Lasker vs Steinitz, 1894
keypusher: Gunsberg's annotations. He really hated this game! <Play proceeded along the same lines as in one of the previous games. On the eleventh move Black varied his tactics by playing R--Q sq ch, which drove the White King where he wanted
May-05-16 L Christiansen vs J M Bellon Lopez, 1976
TheBish: 21. Bxg5! is clearly an improvement over 21. exd7 in my line. The point is that it threatens 22. Bxf6+, and 21...Bxg5 22. Qxh5+ Kg8 (or 22...Bh6 23. Qxh6+ Kg8 24. Qg6+) 23. Qxg5+ Kh8 24. Re3 leaves the king helpless against 25. Rh3+.
May-05-16 Gelfand vs Kasparov, 1992
Honza Cervenka: 47.Be4 could have been better than 47.Ke2. If black plays 47...Ne3+, then 48.Ke2 Nxg2 49.Rxd4 seems to be more defensible ending for white than that in the game.
May-05-16 Marcel Duchamp
OhioChessFan: "Chess can be described as the movement of pieces eating one another."
May-05-16 Stephen Shaw
luftforlife: <Phony Benoni>: I'm with you. I figured Morss's "former New Yorker" encompassed not only Shaw's experiences in the five boroughs, but also his origins in the Albany area. Please do submit a correction slip to have the two ...
May-05-16 Mamedyarov vs Caruana, 2016
Alexandro: If Shakky didn´t take the bishop, in the 41st, move and maintain the rook, would it be possible, at the same time, to promote the advanced pawn?
May-05-16 Tinsley vs Pillsbury, 1899
beatgiant: <RookFile> Then we agree that White is probably not quite lost yet after 23. Nxg3, although it looks to me like Black has fair chances to torture White's kingside weaknesses for a while. I take your point about <1. h4> and
May-05-16 Karpov vs Kasparov, 1990
Honza Cervenka: The idea behind 13...Rxe3!? is quite clear. Black wants to control dark squares especially on a1-h8 and also a7-g1 diagonals, and Gazza believed that it is worth of an Exchange. He was probably right though more challenging ...
May-05-16 Fischer vs Spassky, 1972
Sergio 1: Had Spassky played 29...Rd8 which forces white to play c3 and more importantly preventing Fischer's later save with Qc3 Spassky should then win with 30...Rh8 making the score Spassky 3 Fischer 1. Who knows with this score the end result ...
May-05-16 J Sarfati vs P Frost, 2003
Benzol: <Jonathan> Was Paul Frost any relation to Ted Frost?
May-05-16 Ding Liren vs Aronian, 2013
iammortal: i call this 1: "the thing!" ;) p.s. ding comes (also) from german and means thing.
May-05-16 Plaskett vs Spassky, 1986
OhioChessFan: Strange that Plaskett played Kd3 and then resigned. I suspect time trouble was involved. Maybe he was hoping for perpetual ideas with 38...Rd1 39. Re7+ Kxe7 40. Qe3+ Kd8 41. Qg5+ but then Black has a nice King retreat back at d7.
May-05-16 Ed. Lasker vs Bogoljubov, 1924
perfidious: The apparent oversight in analysis by Alekhine may well have been a typo in transcription, though it is possible he was analysing sans voir, as was his habit.
May-05-16 Janowski vs Marshall, 1913
Sally Simpson: It's possibly from here, a much earlier game. Position after move 35.Rff7 [DIAGRAM] Janowski vs Showalter, 1899
May-05-16 Fischer vs W G Addison, 1970
Honza Cervenka: I don't like 13.Bb5. This move seems to lose momentum of white's initiative for a moment, and black could have got quite decent game after 13...f5! as <KingG> suggested years ago. Instead of that 13.h4! (threatening h5 and ...
May-05-16 S Klimov vs Jobava, 1998
apexin: Kg1 Bh3 or Kf3 Qe2+ quite a nice finish
May-05-16 Nigel Short
harrylime: Much as I love this site , Nigel Short's Bio above is greater than Robert Fischer's bio in this place.... What does that tell Ya ??! lol lol lol
May-05-16 T Rachow vs S Dragoy, 1990
schnarre: ...Ugh! Black horribly misplayed this. 4...Qa5 was a only the first error of many. ...I've played this line a few times. After 3. bxc5 e.p. Nxc6 I usually play 4...Nf6 with either 5...g6 or 5..e5 following, depending on how White plays.
May-05-16 Stanley Jebb
Jonathan Sarfati: Rev. Stanley Jebb is minister of Cumnock Baptist Church, Cumnock, Scotland (as at 2014) and is a well regarded theologian. His own site is
May-05-16 Fischer vs Spassky, 1972
Octal: 4:22 by John Cage?
May-05-16 Van der Wiel vs J Sarfati, 1992
Jonathan Sarfati: <rainingpieces:> Good question. I learned not to allow this in future game.
May-05-16 E Frost vs J Sarfati, 1980
Jonathan Sarfati: This was actually played in 1980. Ted Frost made a brief comeback and showed that he still had his touch. Later he came back again for longer, and played a very important role in organization of both the Wellington Chess Club and
May-05-16 J Sarfati vs R J Dive, 1986
Jonathan Sarfati: White plays 65.♕h5. This was a last-round game, and I made the ♖ endgame much harder for myself than necessary. 9.♗e3 is too passive, and found the right square on move 15.
May-05-16 P F Johner vs Opocensky, 1914
tpstar: White to Play and Win after 18 ... Nxg6. White's position after 16. Rac1 demonstrates ideal play with the IQP: Knights on the c5 and e5 outpost squares, and Rooks on the open e file and half-open c file. Here White's Bc4 and Qb3 are ...
May-05-16 J Sarfati vs A F Ker, 1985
Jonathan Sarfati: This is a case of exchanging one advantage for another. 26. ♖xe4 exchanges play against the I♕♙ for control of the open file and ♗ vs ♘.
May-05-16 Short vs R Miles, 1976
posoo: As far as im concerned, Nigel Small should EAT A SNUFFMUFFIN for all da disrespect he shows to da world and decuncy at LARGE.
May-05-16 Kamsky vs Mamedyarov, 2013
Rabbi T: 30...Rh5 is a brilliant move.
May-05-16 Grischuk vs L Dominguez, 2016
Rabbi T: Clear maneuversNe8,a6 Qd6,Rfc8 black has neutralized white's initiative and fully even the odds
May-05-16 Anthony Miles
john barleycorn: <harrylime: Is Tony Miles the only GM to play a tournament game on his back ?> He laid on his belly.
May-05-16 Alexander McDonnell
Christoforus Polacco: McDonnell - one of the greatest chess ''gods''... He died too early....
May-05-16 Short vs Timman, 1991
posoo: INCORECT Grannus. It is Tinman HIMSELF who is da short peer. GET IT? A TRIPUL PUN. Sadly, though this game is one of posoo's FAVORITES, i can NO LONGER agree with king marhces like dis because of da HORIFIC way Niggul Shoat treats his ...
May-05-16 Grischuk vs Kamsky, 2016
Rabbi T: May be 13...Bb3 was slightly beter for white?
May-05-16 V Machalova vs J Matejovic, 1997
posoo: oh BABY. Dats how we DO up in dis piece, WITH da opuning of da DAY! Twist it TWIST it, veronika dont you EVER bring dat WEAK ISH into BRUTASLUVA again! RESIGN RESIGN, no? You want more pane? BRING DAT ISH! YEAH dats how we DO up in dis ...
May-05-16 Marten Aronsson vs A Smith, 2016
Gilmoy: I doodled 16..Rxe2 17.Qxe2 Nxd3: [DIAGRAM] 18.R(a2,ab1,fb1) Nxb2 19.Rxb2 d3 <discovery-fork> 18.Bc1 Nf4 19.Q<moves> d3 20.R<moves> Ne2+ <surely a positional crush e.g. 21..Ncd4 and the Q enters> 18.Nb3 Nf4 <bit ...
May-05-16 A Ziegler vs Shirov, 2016
Gilmoy: <7..f6> leads to an Open Sicilian ... i.e. it works only in Opens. It was diabolical prep for <12..f5>! Somehow, White was even meeker. <21..Rb8 22.Kb1> was ... brave. Even valiant. But in truth, it was simply a ...
May-05-16 Garry Kasparov
tzar: Kasparov was incredible in the event, imo he is top 3 in the World in blitz today and only some embarassing blunders prevented him to win. A complete chess genius. But his biggest blunder was to donate his earnings to the US Olympic Team. ...
May-05-16 Keres vs Geller, 1962
ewan14: Keres supreme misfortune was to be Estonian , a people not too popular with Stalin
May-05-16 I Nepomniachtchi vs S Sjugirov, 2016
Everett: <May-05-16 JohnBoy: <One of the most extraordinary and beautiful ideas I've ever seen in my life. - Nepo> Not a shrinking violet, this guy... > Chess professionals need to get out more.
May-05-16 Gabdrakhmanov vs Kasparov, 1976
MrJafari: <alexrawlings> I think so! and also I'm suspicious about the last white's move!
May-05-16 Nakamura vs J Xiong, 2016
Ulhumbrus: < Rookiepawn: <Ulhumbrus: Black kept his c7 pawn back. Perhaps he needed to find a way to advance it to c5 or even to c6.> Not an expert here, but my guess is that a way to advance a pawn to c5 or even c6 is to grab it and put ...
May-05-16 Dmitry Andreikin
Chessgames Bookie: Will Andreikin win the Hasselbacken Open (2016) as the #1 seed? Place your bets: Hasselbacken Open: Andreikin Special
May-05-16 Sverdlovsk (1943)
Howard: Remind me to brush up on my Russian and Ukrainian geography !
May-05-16 Kramnik vs S Sjugirov, 2016
positionalgenius: That looked almost effortless from Kramnik.
May-05-16 Paulsen vs Von Scheve, 1887
zanzibar: RE: Scheve repeats... You know, if you've Scheve one, you've Scheved 'em all.
May-05-16 Fine vs W Winter, 1936
plang: The line with ..Bf5 and Nh4 was rarely played in those days. It became fashionable around 2000. Included in Fine's book of best games though there is really not much to it.
May-05-16 Pillsbury vs C F Bliss, 1898
posoo: Annie K, I see what you are doing. But da FACT IS uburkist worked HARD to com up with da pun. He should be CREDDATED as such! NOTHING makes a more powerful statemunt than WITHHOLDING DA MONEY!
May-05-16 S Danailov vs Kasparov, 1980
Jonathan Sarfati: <shedeur:> In your line, 31.♘h2 ♖d1+ 32.♔c2 ♖g1 33. f4 then simply 33... ♘d4+ winning the ♖ which BTW is also protecting the ♗g2.
May-05-16 Smyslov vs Bondarevsky, 1941
Howard: Remind me to look over this endgame sometime. If two players as strong as THESE two could both make mistakes, then it's apparently not as "easy" as it looks.
May-05-16 Karpov vs Gavrikov, 1988
Dionysius1: Aye, but it's not bad as a wee memorial to Gavrikov whose death has just been reported.
May-05-16 Von Scheve vs Chigorin, 1902
lentil: Nice mate after 43. b7 fe 44. b8Q e2 45. Qe8.
May-05-16 Morphy vs H Baucher, 1858
talhal20: kevin86 has nicely summed up this game.
May-05-16 Roman Dzindzichashvili
Marmot PFL: Wish I had seen that park. I walked down 42nd (only once) and was accosted by about 10 prostitutes and almost that many drug dealers. I found it wasn't too hard to win money from hustlers in Detroit at Hart Plaza, but almost impossible
May-05-16 Short vs Plaskett, 1986
zanzibar: Another place where the PGN standard should be extended. But, yes, "(time)" is widespread. Any of the comments work though, and should be there even if a Flagged tag did exist.
May-05-16 Ding Liren
AzingaBonzer: Ding Liren managed to get the initiative in both of his games, but in neither game was it enough to win. Still, I wouldn't say his opening choice in the first game was bad--he did end up with a moderate advantage in the middlegame.
May-05-16 Morphy vs Harrwitz, 1858
talhal20: What a game by Morphy. He brought his king into play fairly early to advance his a- pawn to queen and win the game. A great end game strategy by Morphy.
May-05-16 H van Dijk vs W Krol, 2002
Bratek: I have seen the move 5....Sg4-The Fishing Pole attack in the Spanish game for the first time in my life today.Maybe it is not quite sound but gives black interesting attacking possibilities.I think I give it a try!
May-05-16 Russian Team Championship (Women) (2016)
cro777: Kosteniuk joined her team from Moscow in round 4: Kosteniuk's teammate Kashlinskaya: The University Belorechensk team in round 4 (boards 2, 3, and 4): ...
May-05-16 Alfonso Alfonso Nogue
BIDMONFA: Alfonso Alfonso Nogue ALFONSO, Alfonso _
May-05-16 Svidler vs Kramnik, 2016
shintaro go: I like Svidler and his commentary with chess24 but he does occasionally play bad games like this
May-05-16 Burn vs Alekhine, 1911
GrandMaesterPycelle: I was wondering if there is a reason Burn took so long before playing Ba4, but of course Nxd4 had to be prevented - which makes Alekhine's mistake subtler than it originally seemed
May-05-16 Doll
HeMateMe: Near the end of the film Carny two sweaty butch dykey type gals try to pick her up. It's very obvious that they are on the make for this teenage girl. She's working one of the carny scam games and acts interested so that the adult women ...
May-05-16 Rozentalis vs T Rydstrom, 2016
siggemannen: Nice tactic
May-05-16 Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1957
zydeco: <offramp> Lol. Tolush could really whip up an attack out of thin air. I think the players had pretty much given on the game by about move 18. They were just moving around until move 40 on the off-chance that they could come up with ...
May-05-16 A J Mestel vs Polugaevsky, 1986
offramp: A very tense game. [DIAGRAM] 16.h5. ***** [DIAGRAM] 27...Rd7 Mestel eventually decided on taking the perpetual. Porobably a wise choice.
May-05-16 Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1957
zydeco: 11.Bc5 was played in the Soviet championship in 1947, so Botvinnik probably knew the move. Black ends up in an ugly but defensible position (he has to work around his light-squared bishop).
May-05-16 Rubinstein vs Alekhine, 1926
Kettalchess: 23... Qe5! stronger than the text move 24 Qb3 Qd6 win c3 pawn quickly
May-05-16 Hasselbacken Open (2016)
PawnSac: Evgeny Postny vs Bengt Sjodin Hasselbacken Open (2016) · English Opening: English Defense. General (A10) · 1-0 was also a quick one. 15 moves! nice miniature
May-05-16 W So vs Kasparov, 2016
epistle: They are enamoured of your photo and always keep it in their electronic wallet like it's a holy relic.
May-05-16 M Kazhgaleyev vs S Shoker, 2005
abstract: As a 1500 rated player this happens a lot to me in casual blitz games
May-05-16 B Kvisvik vs Carlsen, 2001
Sergash: <2...e6> Before this game, Carlsen had played the Sicilian only once, against Richard Flores earlier that same year. He had then played 2...d6. <5.Bd3> In the first game of the present event, Carlsen had plaved 5.Nc3 as white ...
May-05-16 Fischer vs Tal, 1959
naisortep: Video of the game where Tal pretends to play c6 is available here - although it might expire on Twitter. But its bound to pop up somewhere else on the internet.
May-05-16 Viktor Gavrikov
ketchuplover: Condolences to those whose lives he touched
May-05-16 Shirov vs S Sevian, 2016
ndg2: 37.Nb5 was a catastrophic mishap, of course queen swap on e7 was advisable.
May-05-16 Shirov vs R Akesson, 2016
ndg2: True dat, Howard, I also miss the Shirov of old, who was TRUELY flashy. The decisive mistake was 28...Rf4. Enforced was 28...Rxd3 29.Qxd3 Rg6 to make luft for the king. Shirov one in a convincing manner afterwards.
May-05-16 Tarrasch vs J Noa, 1887
zanzibar: I forgot that he's the one to comment on the knight move. Of course, it is rather committal. Fischer's 60 MG is one of the few books I have in my library. Again I don't remember his comment about the Winawer, but I vaguely remember ...
May-05-16 Jonathan Speelman
Chessinfinite: This Speelman, having contributed nothing as a second to big guys, now writes columns with some of his usual nonsense and useless information, but maybe a bit better than the other Brit Daniel King, whose analysis is more like that ...
May-05-16 Tal vs Larsen, 1965
beatgiant: <Johnnysaysthankyou> <Computers are inherently materialistic.> Maybe, but the king is a material piece too. As for your line, 17...g6 18. Rde1 Bd8 19. h4 Nc5 20. Bxc5 dxc5 21. Re5, Black is not forced to play 21...f6, but ...
May-05-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2010
estienne11: Speaking as a confirmed patzer, this game is one of the most complex, elegant, and convincing examples of the Lopez I've ever seen. That it was played in four or five minutes - incredible!
May-05-16 Kasparov vs Carlsen, 2004
RookFile: This looks like understandably nervous play from Carlsen. I'm not sure what black is supposed to do, maybe 13....Qa5 and later ...Rfc8?

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