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Oct-30-14 FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014)
Petrosianic: Here's a trick I've occasionally seen, , along with the way to foil it. Occasionally you see someone coming late to a game. The clock is running, and his opponent set up his own pieces only, leaving the guy who was late to set up his ...
Oct-30-14 Robert James Fischer
diceman: <ljfyffe: history does not begin and end with one's own existence on earth.> ...maybe for this guy: <Marion Tinsley (February 3, 1927 – April 3, 1995) is considered the greatest checkers player who ever lived. He was world ...
Oct-30-14 Carlsen-Anand World Championship (2014)
Rascal Nikov: Carlsen in an interview honestly accepts that fifth and sixth games of the last match were basically determined by physical strength. : <Do you see chess as also a sport and one where physical endurance is very important? ...
Oct-30-14 Kenneth Rogoff
zanzibar: <RE: Chris Christie and political theater> Has Christie met his match? <"He’s a bully," Keady [heckler or public advocate(?)] said of Christie in a phone interview hours after the ...
Oct-30-14 E Saunders vs C Wheeler, 1903
ljfyffe: Went to the local library....found nothing.
Oct-30-14 Paul Keres
zanzibar: Thank you <nimh> for those links. If you're knowledgeable, and motivated, you could create a similar page for Estonian names, I think even anonymously. Just a thought. Thanks again.
Oct-30-14 A Rodriguez Vila vs G Kanefsck, 2007
AvidChessMan: I was thinking 30.Qf4 instead of b4, which is the better move. I did not see the unprotected f8 square and the advantage of moving the queen there.
Oct-30-14 Rauzer vs Botvinnik, 1933
keypusher: <al wazir 24. Qxa6 would have saved white a world of pain: 24...Nxh2+ 25. Ke2 Re8+ 26. Kd3 bxa6 27. Kxd4 f1=Q 28. Rxf1 Nxf1 29. Rxf1. The two advanced center Ps are more than enough compensation for the exchange.> I think 24.Qxa6 ...
Oct-30-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014
Oct-30-14 M Cebalo vs Vasiukov, 2014
WannaBe: <Tabanus> Ah, this is a senior championship!! Believe I recall another 'blunder' in the NZ senior championship, and it was chalked up to "Senior Moment". Think it was about 2 years ago...
Oct-30-14 Wesley So
dunkenchess: <epistle> koreksion pls. Hindi ako nagtapos sa kolehiyo, unibersidad lang ng pitong taon. Ang dami kong kursong nakursonadahan dahil walang bayad. Una kong napasukan ng isang taon sa UP pero magulo noon me barikada pa kaya sa ...
Oct-30-14 Biographer Bistro
crawfb5: <Tabanus> Looks good to me.
Oct-30-14 Orlov
zanzibar: Or the <Yuri Orlov> (Professor of Physics and Government at Cornell University) here?
Oct-30-14 Nunn vs Wang Hao, 2006
hedgeh0g: I think it's pretty clear that White had at least full compensation for the queen. Unfortunately, a couple of inaccurate moves were all it took for Black to seize the initiative and never let go. Hao may be second to none, but he ...
Oct-30-14 Caruana vs Gelfand, 2014
Everett: <This is the kind of position that Carlsen, who regularly plays the Nimzo-Indian, would draw with ease; whereas< Gelfand, who does not play the Nimzo that often, but who prefers the Gruenfeld or King's Indian instead,> is ...
Oct-30-14 Jeremy Lim
perfidious: <HMM> A minor point: Krause did not even draft Pippen, as Seattle selected him fifth in that first round in 1987. Bulls picked the immortal Olden Polynice three spots later and sent him west, also acquiring future picks.
Oct-30-14 Priit Sangla
perfidious: This player was but a Sangla of the Fates. Few games here, but all this player's opponents went on to fine careers.
Oct-30-14 John R Nicholson
OhioChessFan: <You can’t handle the truth! Son we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it you? You Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility that you can possibly fathom.
Oct-30-14 V Gashimov vs Carlsen, 2009
perfidious: <Jafar219: Of corse Gashimov is better than Carlsen!> Oh, very definitely.
Oct-30-14 Cole
OhioChessFan: < I don’t believe it, it’s like when I don’t try to get girls I do. But when I really like one. Which I do, it’s like you’re running away from me. I just want you Tia, but you wont even give me a chance. I mean what am I supposed ...
Oct-30-14 Shirov vs ACDC, 2000
OhioChessFan: You Rook Me All Night Long
Oct-30-14 Smyslov vs Tal, 1964
WCC Editing Project: Game Collection: Tal at the USSR Clubs Team Championship 1964
Oct-30-14 Karjakin vs Jobava, 2014
JosepCmd: <perfidious: By saving it to a games collection you create, or already possess, you can help this game reach the list of Jobava's most notable.> Understand.
Oct-30-14 Odd Lie
john barleycorn: < Everyone: <TheFocus> Why do I have to do all the thinking for everybody all the time?> When will you start?
Oct-30-14 Louis F Stumpers
john barleycorn: There is a story about the two envelopes. A manager lost his job and left two envelopes in his desk addressed "To my successor - first envelope to be opened in an emergency" and "To my successor - second envelope to be opened in ...
Oct-30-14 Stein vs Geller, 1966
tranquilsimplicity: An incredibly illustrative game. Stein attempts to deviate from established paths with 5.Bg5, upon which Geller harasses the Bishop with ..h6 as expected, and then strikes with ..c5 in attempt to establish Stein's intentions ...
Oct-30-14 Karjakin vs Nakamura, 2014
Pedro Fernandez: <<HeMateMe>: If Nak wins or ties this event does he have any chance of making the next Candidates tournament?> Hi <HMM>, there are 4 Grand Prix and every selected player (16 in total) must play 3 out those 4. The
Oct-30-14 Smyslov vs Geller, 1955
tranquilsimplicity: But then again I have to be truly honest and add that I adopted Geller's set ups that continue with ..Nd7 as opposed to Bronstein's ..Nc6. I play this defence à la Geller.#
Oct-30-14 Kibitzer's Café
ljfyffe: <nok>'s not just you.
Oct-30-14 C M Fisher vs R Smith, 1873
optimal play: This is the tenth game in the match between Charles Marshall Fisher and Robert Smith played 1873 in Sydney. 2.g3 <This gives variety, but is certainly inferior to P to Q 4>* 3...d5 was a novelty by Robert Smith but apparently ...
Oct-30-14 Eugenio Torre
epistle: a chess event, i presume.
Oct-30-14 Korchnoi vs Geller, 1963
tranquilsimplicity: <Ughaibu> <If Black had lost the annotators would have the facility to readily criticise this recapture without actually considering it's real merits.> Not only does this statement apply to Chess, in my view, it ...
Oct-30-14 W So vs Jobava, 2014
iking: <Gelfand, Boris 0-1 Jobava, Baadur Jobava, as could be predicted, used an unpredictable opening. The e6/b6 set-up is not so uncommon but it is still rare guest at the top level. Jobava got squashed against So earlier this year with it, ...
Oct-30-14 L Sanchez vs Geller, 1952
tranquilsimplicity: I was always afraid of this variation (dxe5) whilst playing the King's Indian Defence, and would therefore play an early ..Nd7 or ..Nc6 before pushing ..e5. However, I knew very well that it actually favours Black and thus all ...
Oct-30-14 Kotov vs Geller, 1952
tranquilsimplicity: The Chess Drum.#
Oct-30-14 A Skripchenko vs Karpov, 2006
tranquilsimplicity: <syracrophy> Probably so; but then again we have to wonder as to why if what you assert were true, Karpov has lost 10 games whilst employing the Sicilian as Black.#
Oct-30-14 Hikaru Nakamura
Pulo y Gata: Hi, Ruthless Sir! Feel the love flow:
Oct-30-14 D Shengelia vs T Sakelsek, 2011
apanadsky: what a move!!
Oct-30-14 Gulko vs Karpov, 1976
tranquilsimplicity: <Petrosianic> I am implying that Karpov saw deeper. Gulko is one of the few players to have a plus score against Kasparov, and I believe the only GM to have been a USSR and USA Champion. It would be unwise to think of ...
Oct-30-14 Fabiano Caruana
SugarDom: <bugabay> as we know has been sniffing volcanic sulfur. Used to be rugby when he was younger. Ask John Barley.
Oct-30-14 Gelfand vs Jobava, 2014
SirRuthless: The link is in the main tournament thread a page or two back. Someone else posted it earlier.
Oct-29-14 T Schmehl vs A Simonov, 2004
Bubo bubo: After looking at the "solution" I'am even more disappointed: No Kg6, but Kg8, of course followed by that standard mating sequence after the B-sac on h7 (really an old ...
Oct-29-14 S Finegold vs Michael Vilenchuk, 2011
The17thPawn: Really interesting treatment of the Dragon. Black seems to treat it like the Benko by jettisoning his b and a pawns and then blasting away at the white queenside with his heavy pieces. The difference being that whites king is in the ...
Oct-29-14 Lindehn vs Maczuski, 1863
JTV: The losing move for black was 7...Nxe4. Gee, here's a couple of bishops staring at an un-castled position and instead of castling into safety, black decides to whack the e4 pawn. Of course white played it smart and castled the next move but ...
Oct-29-14 Tal vs Fischer, 1959
Rookiepawn: [DIAGRAM] Maybe this position shows what I think is some kind of strategic principle (or whatever): some flank attacks, rather than being "vertical" (attack through the files), are kind of "triangular" clashing on the h1-a8 long ...
Oct-29-14 Spassky vs Suetin, 1967
Zugzwangovich: Of the postion at move 53 Evans wrote, "Black plays on because he is hoping for a miracle. At Havana 1952...I learned at first hand the full meaning of Tartakower's dictum that 'you can't win by resigning.' The Dutch master Prins ...
Oct-29-14 T Hillarp Persson vs W So, 2009
gokusano: One of my favorite games of gm wesley so. The move 17. Bc7 is a mark of a grandmonster. If not for the engine, a very selective few will be able to see this move. If ever you're one of them, you must be a strong gm. Still at a very young
Oct-29-14 Karlsbad (1911)
nimh: Süchting was merely 253 points weaker than Lasker on August 1911 list. I wonder if Nunn would claim as 'confidently' that Lasker in the early part of the 20th century was just a mediocre Fide Master player in today's terms of strength? The ...
Oct-29-14 Mamedyarov vs Karjakin, 2014
chessastronomy: 8TH round game Mamedyarov vs Karjakin both players fight hard for GP Fide points since they are both behind five other players. A win for either player would have been GREAT !!! crucial to aim for Fide Grand Prix points, $, ...
Oct-29-14 Baadur Jobava
JosepCmd: Go LexySexy! Time to prove yourself!
Oct-29-14 Bogoljubov vs Nimzowitsch, 1930
WCC Editing Project: Thanks <Karpova>! That is an extremely helpful and informative annotation by Albert Becker , that gives a substantial answer to my question.
Oct-29-14 Unzicker vs Karpov, 1980
perfidious: Very definitely--Fischer was direct and aggressive on the whole, whereas Karpov operated more subtly.
Oct-29-14 D Andreikin vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2014
chessastronomy: 8th Round Game Andreikin leads this tourney together with Nakamura and Jobava all three with five points of eight games with MLV and Mamedyarov just half point behind, this explains short game, no risk conservative draw, since ...
Oct-29-14 Caruana vs Kasimdzhanov, 2014
Penguincw: 20...Rc8 21.Nc6 Rxc7 22.Ne7+ Kf8 23.Rxc7 Kxe7 24.e4 Be5 25.Rxd7+ Kxd7 26.exd5. Well that was an interesting way to exchange a rook and 2 minor pieces. < 8th round Caruana draw vs Rustam K. Caruana still has chances to win this ...
Oct-29-14 Nakamura vs Radjabov, 2014
Penguincw: The novelty here was 16...Rac8.
Oct-29-14 A Herzog vs K Petschar, 1994
Dr. J: <TheBish: ... after 25...Kb8 26. Rxb7+ Ka8 27. Rb6!, when Black can't save the queen without allowing mate with Qxa6. So after 27...Ra2 28. Rxa6+ Qxa6 29. Nxa6 the win is simple.> Same result, but a bit more forcing, and perhaps a bit
Oct-29-14 Stockfish (Computer)
notyetagm: <Infenwe: Wow. This might be one of the most impressive games I've seen this entire season. SF playing down a rook for over 20 moves. Such amazing ability to evaluate compensation for the ...
Oct-29-14 Ronan Le Goff
OhioChessFan: Winds in the east, mist coming in. Like somethin’ is brewin’ and bout to begin. Can’t put me finger on what lies in store, but I fear what’s to happen all happened before.
Oct-29-14 Illya Nyzhnyk
ketchuplover: Illya for FIDE president !!!!!!!!!!!
Oct-29-14 M Leon Hoyos vs Robson, 2014
chessastronomy: Ray Robson just won 50,000 dollar 2nd prize in Million $ Chess in Las Vegas, will Yucatecan León Hoyos be a match ? 3rd Round Spice Cup 2014 ... It's a Sicilian Def. but León Hoyos gets out of regular theory 4. Q:d4 Nc6 5. Ab5 ...
Oct-29-14 A Giri vs Jakovenko, 2014
basjebooi: Ah, I see. Thank you very much! <Shams>
Oct-29-14 P Sangla vs Karpov, 1968
OhioChessFan: Suggested name: "AK: Brevity is a Virtue"
Oct-29-14 Darja Kaps
Oct-29-14 W C Arnold vs M L Hanauer, 1936
sharpnova: @Zaius - How so? I've seen people mated or at least really decisively punished for taking as little as a pawn. Taking a whole queen for mate is less greedy than that.
Oct-29-14 J H Price vs A K Robinson, 1889
Karpova: <Mr. Price was for years the strongest player in Wilmington, Del.> The annotator writes that <8.Ba3> is best. 13.Bf6 looks like a mistake. The annotator notes that <13.Nbd2> led to an advantage for White, according to J ...
Oct-29-14 Averbakh vs Kotov, 1953
jbennett: I'm doing a series of videos on the Zurich 1953 tournament. For round 14 I selected this game to cover:
Oct-29-14 J Young vs C B Isaacson, 1888
Karpova: 10...Bc5: <Mr. Isaacson improves on the books and now Mr. Young improves on Mr. Isaacson.> According to the Opening Explorer, 10...Bd6 is by far the most common move in this position. Not annotated was 12...Bd6, which looks like a ...
Oct-29-14 Z Kozul vs Radjabov, 2003
Dr. J: After 48 Kf2 Rh2+ 49 Ke3(?)There's a nice forced win: 49...Qc1+ 50 Kd3 Qf1+ 51 Ke3 Re2+ 52 Kf4 Rxe4+ 53 Kxe4 Qe2+ 54 Qe3 Qc4+ 55 Kf5 Qxd5+ 56 Kf4 Bh6+. But what happens after 49 Kg3 ?
Oct-29-14 Fitzgerald vs Loyd, 1898
sachistu: <zanzibar> The reference you cited was the American Chess Journal, 1877, p142. And as you mentioned, the score stopped after 20.Kd5 then saying "Black mates in 7". The finish (mate) as given here is apparently someone's ...
Oct-29-14 Y Privalov
whiteshark: <Yuriy Privalov (1958-2007)> became a National Master at the age of 28. Later he was a chess trainer in the Lviv Chess School “Дебют” (“Opening”) where many of today’s Ukrainian Grandmasters have ...
Oct-29-14 Till Plewe
Gejewe: <thomastonk> This is funny. In the 1980ties me and a group of Dutch chessplayers often teamed up with Till Plewe at chess tournaments. A young, very social and friendly guy from Korschenbroich (near Mönchengladbach). At one point he ...
Oct-29-14 Nakamura vs A Giri, 2014
Marmot PFL: The Bishop is blocked by its pawns. By the time it gets active there isn't much left to play for.
Oct-29-14 Boris Gelfand
Absentee: <It is even more outrageous that due to the Iranian GM's refusal to play with Boris, that the Iran GP event has been canceled and moved to Georgia without the players who signed on to this oppressive schedule being given the ...
Oct-29-14 Joachim Neumann
ljfyffe: Member of the CC Olympiad XII German team that came first.
Oct-29-14 Sergey Ivanovich Korolev
ljfyffe: Member of thr Russian team that won the 1987-1995 CC Olympiad X.
Oct-29-14 John A Toothill
ljfyffe: Toothill was a member of the British team that won the 1982-1987 CC Olympiad IX.
Oct-29-14 Lev Evgenyevich Omelchenko
ljfyffe: Member of the Soviet team that won the 1977-82 Chess Correspondence Olympiad VIII.
Oct-29-14 Yuri Nikolaevich Sakharov
ljfyffe: Also, CC Olympiad VII, 1972-76, won by Soviets.
Oct-29-14 Vladimir Zagorovsky
ljfyffe: Zagorovsky was a member of the Russian team thar won the 1962-1964 CC Olympiad IV.
Oct-29-14 Ulviyya Hasil Fataliyeva
cro777: WFM Ulviyya Fataliyeva (ELO 2117) won the 2014 European Youth Chess Championship, Open group U18 (girls) scoring 8/9 and very solid play.
Oct-29-14 Daniel Gurevich
waustad: Here is an article by him from USCF:
Oct-29-14 Hanon W Russell
MissScarlett: The Chess Cafe has become subscription-membership only, so a lot of useful archived material is no longer just a click away.
Oct-29-14 Igor Bondarevsky
ljfyffe: Bondarevsky was part of the Russian team that won the 1958-1961 CC Olympiad III.
Oct-29-14 Stanislav Foglar Sr
ljfyffe: Folglar was the captain of the Czech team that won CC Oympiad V, 1965-68.
Oct-29-14 Karel Prucha
ljfyffe: Thr team won CC Olympiad II of1952-55; Prucha was captain.
Oct-29-14 Gedeon Barcza
ljfyffe: Barcza, with Balogh, Szigeti, Szucs, Gonda, and Elekes won the 1949-1952 CC Olympiad I.
Oct-29-14 J Curdo vs Fedorowicz, 1974
perfidious: That is self-evident.
Oct-29-14 F Braga vs Karpov, 1982
tranquilsimplicity: The subtlest manoeuvrings of the great positional genius Karpov!#
Oct-29-14 Kaplan vs Karpov, 1973
tranquilsimplicity: A simple but elegant tactic indeed. A characteristic of Karpov's play; a preference towards simple tactics as opposed to combinations.#
Oct-29-14 R Smith vs C M Fisher, 1873
optimal play: This is the ninth game in the match between Robert Smith and Charles Marshall Fisher played 1873 in Sydney. 3.g3 <We cannot commend this move; Q Kt to B 3 is preferable>* This move seems to have been pioneered by Robert Smith,
Oct-29-14 A Pichot vs L Bruzon, 2014
chessastronomy: (11va ronda) Partida decisiva en la que Bruzón se sale de líneas convencionales en una siciliana. Ventaja de Pichot después de 22. T:h6 ya que tiene mejor coordinación de piezas y el rey de Bruzón está expuesto. Pero Alan P. ...
Oct-29-14 Duras vs V Vlk, 1902
morfishine: <Rookiepawn> Excellent! A straightforward method to implement your instructions would be to (1) Imagine the word 'Vulcan' (2) Looking in the mirror, slowly speak the word 'Vulcan' 3-times, focusing on the correct enunciation, & ...
Oct-29-14 R Calvo vs Karpov, 1973
tranquilsimplicity: And finally to my point. This game is a classic example of Karpov's genius and style of play. I have always insisted that Karpov's play is highly strategic or ultra-positional, in that Karpov is patient, makes simple seemingly ...
Oct-29-14 L Bruzon vs G Hernandez Guerrero, 2014
chessastronomy: Gilberto logra ligera ventaja en esta India de Rey después de 8... Ce5. Aunque unas jugadas después Bruzón retoma la iniciativa. La partida = desde la jugada 20-28 pero Gilberto logra iniciativa después de 28... A:a4 aunque sólo le
Oct-29-14 S Shankland vs G Hernandez Guerrero, 2014
chessastronomy: Excelente teoría en la Benoni de ambos jugadores. Shankland encuentra una combinación ganadora con sacrificio de calidad que le da peones pasados y el triunfo cuando Gilberto juega 29. ... Cg4? 30. A:g4 h:g 31. T:D4 !! Comentario ...
Oct-29-14 Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2013
Ke2: wow what a disaster...
Oct-29-14 G Hernandez Guerrero vs A Bachmann, 2014
chessastronomy: Gran Torneo del mexicano potosino Gilberto Hernández, este truinfo contra Bachmann, fue importante. En la partida previa a esta partida entabló con negras contra Lázaro Bruzón. Bachmann trata de complicar con 36. ... Te7 en lugar ...
Oct-29-14 Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
waustad: I saw him do a simul in Silver Springs, Maryland in the '70s, not long before I moved to Vienna in '77. It might have been '76, but not much earlier.
Oct-29-14 Karjakin vs A Giri, 2014
drleper: <Shams: From a research standpoint, <drleper> is our most prized possession.> Never fear, there's plenty more to come, please standby.
Oct-29-14 Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994
drleper: <DrMAL: According to the narrator, GM Danny King, Kasparov had anticipated all this, including 34.c6 when he whipped off 34...Rxb2+ sacrificing back. But apparently he did not count on 37.Ka4! winning, otherwise he would have had a ...
Oct-29-14 Bereziuk vs A Izhnin, 1976
ChessCoachClark: This game was cited as Diagram #374 on pages 249-250 of Checkmate! by Koltanowski and Finkelstein (c)1978, but the players' names were given as Berezyok and Ijnin. You will also see this game and 402 others for Berezjuk, Sergej at
Oct-29-14 Kasparov vs Portisch, 1983
SpiritedReposte: Good pun as this is definitive Kasparov style. Sacrificing material, getting the initiative and pressing for the win. Much like Fischer, maybe you don't like Kasparov's personality, but its hard not to like his chess.
Oct-29-14 V Reid vs E de Haan, 2013
DiscoJew: "Haan Solo" or "Reid 'em and weep"

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