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Jan-17-17 Carlsen vs Wei Yi, 2017
whiteshark: Game Collection: 98_C50_ff_Giuoco Pianissimo - Killing them softl
Jan-17-17 P Rout vs M Al Sayed, 2016
ventricule: <wooden nickel> For some reason that's the first line I came up with, and I got stuck a while trying to make it work.
Jan-17-17 Wesley So
WinKing: Good day all! Round 4 Tata Steel Chess 2017 Van Wely - So King's Indian Attack 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Bg4 3. Bg2 c6 4. c4 e6 5. O-O Nf6 6. d3 [DIAGRAM] Known theory.
Jan-17-17 M Mrva vs J Dudas, 2001
blunderclap: With "Don't do that" being the pun, with a german "that" that is, it's probably meant as a prime example of how not to allow your pieces to be so insanely boxed in that even a fancy chess engine wouldn't stand the slightest chance ...
Jan-17-17 Wei Yi vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2017
Nerwal: Maybe Nepo thought he was lost or simply lost patience. Anyway Radjabov vs Van Wely, 2008 shows the correct treatment (see also )
Jan-17-17 Tata Steel (2017)
Willem Wallekers: cg: OK, no hard feelings.
Jan-17-17 W So vs Carlsen, 2017
jerry crus: < Maybe Carlsen made that statement in the context of him having the black pieces and the So fans' expectancy and fervent prayers that he may finally get a win from Carlsen in regular play> ...and you are who's praying the most,
Jan-17-17 Nunn vs I Sanders, 2016
Dionysius1: Only as long as he makes them 1 e4 and 2 e5. Claims that someone is giving their opponent a free move tend to be overblown - they're usually only allowing/provoking their opponent to make a move they want him to make.
Jan-17-17 Kibitzer's Café
rogge: Wallace and Gromit have been there, at least...
Jan-17-17 Kenneth S Rogoff
Nisjesram: It is very painful to see <abdel irada> and <big pawn> waste their time on this child's play called 'morality argument' by <big pawn> while at the same time wallowing in their ignorance and delusion that they are ...
Jan-17-17 Bob Brooks vs B Wall, 1973
wwall: Instead of 11...Re8, best may be 11...Ng4 (threatening 12...Qxf2 mate) 12.Nh3 e3 13.Be2 (13.fxe3 Nxe3 14.Qf3 Bg4) 13...exd2+ 14.Bxd2 Rd8. 12.Bb2?? was the losing move. White is OK after 12.c3 or 12.Be2.
Jan-17-17 Hans Berliner
savagerules: Berliner was the left handed version of Weaver Adams who famously said 1 e4 and wins. Berliner said 1 d4 and wins. Some years ago he did a lengthy analysis which he claimed busted the Gruenfeld forever but overlooked a rather simple ...
Jan-17-17 Biographer Bistro
Tabanus: <MissScarlett> Indeed. The birth Index (for Jan/Feb/March 1877) of Shoosmith says "Watford, Fol. 3a, page 431", and with that info you can order (and pay for) a copy of the orig. birth certificate - which apparently still exists in ...
Jan-17-17 W So vs R Rapport, 2017
Junbalansag: I remember kasparov once said, during endgame, a chess player must sit on his hands to avoid blunders. Rapport should have heeded this Kasparov wisdom!
Jan-17-17 S Atalik vs S Nurkic, 2005
tpstar: Cute mate at the end: 30 ... Ke4 31. Qxh7+ Kf4 32. Qf5#, or 30 ... Kg4 31. Qd7+ Kh5 (31 ... Kf4 32. Qf5#) 32. Qf5+ Kh6 33. Qg5#. On 30 ... Kf4 31. g3+ forces the Black King to a light square, followed by mating. 17 ... 0-0-0!? was ...
Jan-17-17 Szabo vs Guimard, 1962
tpstar: This line scores great for White = Opening Explorer In general, you never want your King as your most advanced piece, at least until the endgame. :P
Jan-17-17 Van Wely vs Eljanov, 2017
ajile: Beautiful opening. Wish I could play the QID as good as Eljanov.
Jan-17-17 L Machado vs K McDonald, 2016
stst: instant 24.Qf6+ gxQ 25.Rf7# (NOT 24.Qxg7+ when RxQ leaves White no mating trick.)
Jan-17-17 Carlsen vs R Wojtaszek, 2017
ajile: So 27..h5 is answered by 28.Qxg6+ correct? And Black loses a pawn but gets the queens off.
Jan-17-17 Bart Michiels
zanzibar: InventiChess (2010) time controls <Tempo: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.> Here's a picture of Michiels from the ...
Jan-17-17 M Ragger vs E Hansen, 2017
waustad: <fisayo> 21.) f6 was what the comps wanted if I recall. He did fine anyway. 3/3 is an outstanding start. If he wins this section he gets a first taste of the elite tournaments. As a new father, the money might be a real help.
Jan-16-17 Jeremy Lim
Bobsterman3000: Clippers spanking Thunder, up by 20 towards end of first half. Westbrook started 3-13 at one point.
Jan-16-17 Pillsbury vs Showalter, 1899
KEG: A missed chance by Pillsbury. Pillsbury was famous for blowing away opponents when he had the White side of the Queen's Gambit Declined, especially with his 4. Bg5 variation. Showalter had the temerity to take on Pillsbury in this line, but ...
Jan-16-17 Doll
perfidious: Imogen Thomas--one word says it all--superbiosity!
Jan-16-17 Nunn vs Ljubojevic, 1994
zanzibar: Here's a fun one along similar lines, Paulsen vs Anderssen, 1870 8.Qd2 is sharp.
Jan-16-17 Tata Steel (Challengers) (2017)
waustad: That they haven't done anything about that Jones snafu doesn't surprise me. Have they lost interest?
Jan-16-17 McShane vs Judit Polgar, 2012
YouRang: I miss seeing Judit Polgar playing in the top tournaments anymore.
Jan-16-17 Boleslavsky vs Botvinnik, 1943
Ayaend: Oops I didn't look black take queen and black had not better than draw so yes 61.Bf1 was the winning move
Jan-16-17 Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1958
Domdaniel: A great game. Superb flow and rhythm, as Tomlinsky observed.
Jan-16-17 Karjakin vs Van Wely, 2017
Mendrys: <Grbasowski: Why not 11. ... Bxf3?> I don't think black is any better after 12. Qxf3 Qxf3 13. gxf3 or simply 12. gxf3. White doesn't have to worry too much about not being able to castle on the King side and the open lines to ...
Jan-16-17 Keith Vital
Domdaniel: Indeed. The Vital Statistics don't look so good...
Jan-16-17 D Andreikin vs Carlsen, 2017
zanzibar: A word of explanation - the date perma-link doesn't reference kpages, it just uses the reply number. Your link looks like this: <http:// /perl/chessplayer?pid=95915&kpage=7653#reply20443- 4> And the kpage is ...
Jan-16-17 Eljanov vs R Rapport, 2017
Domdaniel: Rapport's 4...g5 is an interesting novelty. I've faced a similar move in the line 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 d4 3.b4 g5.
Jan-16-17 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016)
YouRang: <chessfilmmaker> <I'm guessing 30. e5 is a move you found as you fumbled with your burrito? The end of our line where the Queens are traded IS an obvious draw. You're claiming that this line is useless because 30. e5! wins. Well,
Jan-16-17 Znosko-Borovsky vs Salwe, 1909
Domdaniel: <ChessHigherCat> - < I don't know, al ask'er.> Ouch. "Canada come out to play?" "Alaska."
Jan-16-17 Blackburne vs J Huckvale, 1875
fredthebear: Even Black can see (it's a blindfold simultaneous exhibition game) that White intends f5 next. The White rook can move from danger, but the White knight is pinned to the g-file and will be taken by the pawn thrust.
Jan-16-17 Jung vs Saemisch, 1936
fredthebear: In the final position, the White queen will be trapped on the next move.
Jan-16-17 Spassky vs Uhlmann, 1976
ChessHigherCat: Okay, I see, in your variation BxN, KxB and there's no more pin. That's the last time I'm going to try to analyze chess and work at the same time.
Jan-16-17 W Pollock vs C Moehle, 1890
vonKrolock: Or win the Knight for two Pawns with 29.Kf2! Simple and elegant
Jan-16-17 Yinglun Xu
fisayo123: This guy is rated 2527 and has no FIDE title?
Jan-16-17 W Engel vs K Junge, 1942
sachistu: Thanks for pointing out the 'discrepancy' <Paarhufer>. To be honest, I took note of the Deutsche Schachzeitung (and number), but was more focused on the year and the hope of accurately identifying Engel. I have an run of DSz from ...
Jan-16-17 Yi Xu vs R Rapport, 2016
Serpentin: the game....complications 25...bxc3 (the safest) A draw...really?
Jan-16-17 J Nogueiras vs Timman, 1988
fredthebear: After more than thirty moves, just one pawn and piece have been exchanged off for each side. White has difficulty finding a plan. Black composes a subtle, lasting, first-rate kingside attack, spectacular in concept to penetrate the ...
Jan-16-17 Joseph M Bradford
Helios727: Is it possible to get a FIDE rating without playing in international tournaments? Or how does that work? If it is possible, what are the criteria for an American tournament being FIDE rated?
Jan-16-17 Simagin vs V Zbandutto, 1948
tpstar: [Fritz 10] : 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nd4 4. Nxd4 exd4 5. 0-0 c6 6. Ba4 Ne7 7. d3 d5 8. Nd2 [last book move] g6 9. Re1 Be6 10. Nf3 Bg7 11. exd5 [11. Bg5 h6 12. Bxe7 Kxe7 13. exd5 cxd5
Jan-16-17 William Winter
Barbarartist: sciencegirl, What was your great-grandmother Molly's last name, her maiden name, do you know?
Jan-16-17 Schlechter vs H Faehndrich, 1904
sledgehammer: 14.Nc6 is a reasonable move.17.Nxb8 is the right move there because white has a perfectly good defence. The problems come after 19.Kh1
Jan-16-17 G A Stany
Jan-16-17 Garry Kasparov
todicav23: There is a band called "Karpov not Kasparov": https://karpovnotkasparov.bandcamp....
Jan-16-17 K Hulak vs Short, 1987
fredthebear: This reminds me of a Dutch Defense, which Short also played. Black instructively shifts his attack from the kingside through the center to the queenside. The once stable e4-pawn evaporates. A nice exchange sacrifice removes one ...
Jan-16-17 Luke McShane
diagonal: time is flying :) <LAUSANNE Young Masters (LYM), held from 1999 to 2006, list of winners: 1999 Bacrot 2000 Grischuk 2002 no tournaments 2001 Bruzon 2003 McShane (5. Karjakin) 2004 McShane (5. Carlsen) 2005 Volokitin (5. ...
Jan-16-17 M Radojcic vs P Trifunovic, 1947
sledgehammer: 11.Bg5? is a mistake, 11.c3 or simply 11.Bb3 are much better and obvious moves.
Jan-16-17 Spassky vs Judit Polgar, 1993
ZonszeinP: While planning to steal some goods from the neanthertal camp the next day
Jan-16-17 S Hjorth vs L Liljedahl, 1971
fredthebear: In general, f3 is a move that should be played with caution, if at all. White's initial defense seems adequate here, but the move 20.g4 is disastrous, leaving the f3 pawn backward and forcing the White king to become it's lone ...
Jan-16-17 Odd Lie
WannaBe: Well, it finally happened: 2017 Super Bowl LI 2018 Super Bowl Wong 2019 Super Bowl Chan 2020 Super Bowl Fong The Chinese have finally bought everything American they can. Even <THE> Championship Game.
Jan-16-17 A Giri vs W So, 2017
SimplicityRichard: <pajaste: A second high ranked player fails to do anything against Giri.> Well ... actually, the above statement though meant to flatter Giri does quite the opposite in my view. 1. The player with the White pieces is not ...
Jan-16-17 Mariya Muzychuk
cro777: Mariya elected not to attend, out of protest at the tournament's location in Iran, where it is mandatory for women to wear the headscarf in public: "I decided not to take part in it, since Iran is obviously not a suitable country for such ...
Jan-16-17 R Wojtaszek vs A Giri, 2017
tamar: Wait a sec, it ain't Wojtaszek who draws all the time...
Jan-16-17 Euwe vs Keres, 1939
fredthebear: Opposite Colored Bishop endings tend to be drawish, but not here. Black has an overwhelming advantage with an outside passer on each side of the board. Black can easily force White to give up his remaining bishop to prevent promotion ...
Jan-16-17 Richard Rapport
ketchuplover: Tough loss to So today.
Jan-16-17 Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000
plang: In game 10 Kasparov had played 7..cxd; here he went for a different line with 7..dxc. 12 Be2 was a then rarely played gambit which Kasparov chose to accept. 13 Ba3 was a new move; apparent;y 13 Bd2 had been played previously (but not in ...
Jan-16-17 Bled (1961)
offramp: <Nosnibor: The official record of the event was published by DZS of Ljubljana in 1962 and is entitled "Jubilarni Medjunarodni Veleturnir" and of course is in Serbo-croat.The book contains some excellent photographs including that of ...
Jan-16-17 Wei Yi
AzingaBonzer: Congrats to Wei Yi on posting his first win in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, against Ian Nepomniachtchi, a very tough oppponent!
Jan-16-17 R Rapport vs Karjakin, 2017
Black Thought: ?!?!?!?!?!?!???!?!?!?!?!?
Jan-16-17 Kavalek vs Robert E Byrne, 1978
Howard: What nonetheless puzzles me is how Byrne overlooked 11.g4. It looks like a pretty obvious move to me.
Jan-16-17 K Regan vs L Shamkovich, 1978
Howard: This game was considered one of the top 30 games in the Informant, but it didn't make the top-ten. No big deal---a top-30 designation is quite an accomplishment. It took place, by the way, in the first round.
Jan-16-17 Jobava vs Ponomariov, 2016
offramp: Sweet Baadur's Song.
Jan-16-17 J Jezek vs Pachman, 1953
fredthebear: Very impressive attack by Black! This game features an exchange sacrifice and the activity of an isolani. White develops all four minor pieces but loses the right to castle and gets torn A P A R T ! I'm not a fan of the move f6 in ...
Jan-16-17 Max Weiss vs Burn, 1888
shallowred: 26...NxP! "A very fine move, and not at all easily to be seen. If 27.PxN, then 27...QxP, attacking the Rook, and if the Rook moves 28.Rb1; White would lose by 28...RxR 29.QxR QxB+" - (notes by Hoffer collected by Forster in his ...
Jan-16-17 Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
Howard: Regarding offramp's point, it just goes to show that Chernev could be very superficial in his commentary. I'm surprised he didn't point that out in his TMICOCEP.
Jan-16-17 F Baragar vs Ehlvest, 1987
Straclonoor: Single loss by Ehlvest, who took second place in Zagreb Candidate tournament, and single win by Baragar, who was last in the tournament. Ehlvest couldn't drop pressure in kingside between 25-30th moves and his position rapidly came ...
Jan-16-17 Seirawan vs DeFirmian, 1988
Howard: Yes, Seirawan was quoted in CL as ssying that 33...Bb4 hit him "like a cold shower". Interesting, by the way, that a score of +2 was good enough to take clear first!
Jan-16-17 Greenland Open (2003)
playground player: <sleepkid> Actually, at the time Eric the Red first visited it, the parts of Greenland that he saw really were green and quite suitable for colonization. That was in the 11th century. By the 15th the climate had ...
Jan-16-17 A Lein vs Kavalek, 1978
Howard: This game, incidentally, was also Kavalek's final one of the tournament. He had his "Browne bye" in the last round.
Jan-16-17 Eljanov vs Harikrishna, 2017
sorin4: [DIAGRAM]
Jan-16-17 Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963
offramp: <Ulhumbrus: Botvinnik played this like Bronstein.> Opening night jitters, most probably.
Jan-16-17 Harikrishna vs B Adhiban, 2017
mrfuddington: Yeah, he got baited out with his king alone for some material, pretty silly.
Jan-16-17 P Dubinin vs Kotov, 1936
Honza Cervenka: 31.Nd7+ is elegant but objectively a bit inaccurate continuation, as after 31...Ke8! white has nothing better than 32.Ne5. Of course, black is still lost after 32...Qf8 33.Re1 Kd8 34.Nxd5 with threat 35.Qg7 Qe8 36.Nc6+ and 37.Rxe8 ...
Jan-16-17 Wolff vs J Bonin, 1990
Albanius: 33 ..Rh7 34 R1-a7 g6 35 Rxc7+! Rxc7 36 Ra8#
Jan-16-17 L Christiansen vs Joel Benjamin, 1990
kbob: Rather than go for an attack, I wonder if black could have played to activate his queenside pawns.
Jan-16-17 J Bonin vs Robert E Byrne, 1986
Albanius: Bonin burns Byrne in the Byrne!
Jan-16-17 G A Thomas vs Capablanca, 1929
MissScarlett: Parky in Ramsgate: Capa's played 11...Ne4, but not yet 12...f5.
Jan-16-17 Uhlmann vs Spassky, 1967
Honza Cervenka: 22...Rh8 is cool move but simple 22...Qf6 was also possible.
Jan-16-17 Veresov vs V Makogonov, 1940
Honza Cervenka: <perfidious> Yes, it is the famous trapped Queen on h7 game after surprising 22...Rh8!! Btw, 46.d5 should be good enough to draw here. If 46...Rxa5, then 47.d6 f3 48.d7 Ra8 49.Kd5 (49.Re8?? f2
Jan-16-17 Hans-Joachim Federer
saffuna: <I'd like to see the equipment slowed down a bit, the ball slowed down. Less muscle, more strategy, in winning points. I can dream...> The ball is the same as it ever was, but today's strings give players the ability to hit hard on ...
Jan-16-17 Alekhine vs Tartakower, 1933
Honza Cervenka: <WDenayer: I do not understand why White doesn't sacrifice a N on g6 after 21. ...Bd6. I just don't get it. What is the refutation?> I don't think that after 22.Nfxg6 fxg6 23,Nxg6 Rf7 white has sufficient compensation with ...
Jan-16-17 E Torre vs P Nikolic, 1987
Straclonoor: Nicolic was second by rating in Zagreb Interzonale-1987. But three loss - to Ehlvest, Nogueiras and this - Torre prevent him to cross the line for Candidates Matches. Won playoff with Granda and Nogueiras gave him reserve place, but ...
Jan-16-17 Fischer vs Panno, 1970
Albion 1959: A masterful attack by Fischer that seems to come out of nowhere. The slow build up of pressure up to where the position erupts with 28.Be4!! Panno probably thought that all points of entry were covered and Fischer had no way to break ...
Jan-16-17 Carlsen vs NN, 2014
sledgehammer: 4.Rg7+ leads to a force mate
Jan-16-17 Carlsen vs NN, 2014
sledgehammer: Interesting game!NN could hold against the world number 1
Jan-16-17 Parma vs Fischer, 1970
RandomVisitor: After 51.Rb3 white might hang in there [DIAGRAM] -0.41/39 51...Ke7 52.Re3 Ra1+ 53.Kc2 Kf6 54.Kb3 Rb1+ 55.Ka3 Rh1 56.Kb3 Bd4 57.Rh3 Rc1 58.Bd5 Rb1+ 59.Ka2 Ra1+ 60.Kb3 Kg5 61.Rd3 Be5 62.Re3 Rc1 63.Re2 Rb1+ 64.Ka2 Rd1 65.Re3 Rd2+ ...
Jan-16-17 E Tate vs K A Mork, 1987
perfidious: Mindy wanted to have a go.
Jan-16-17 Carlsen vs NN, 2014
sledgehammer: Black had a very good drawing chances in this game.
Jan-16-17 Goldin vs Smirin, 1988
Straclonoor: This game was in USSR championship of young masters&GM in 1988. Winner of tournament Alexander Goldin totally overplayed young and perspective Ilya Smirin.
Jan-16-17 Carlsen vs NN, 2014
sledgehammer: 24...Bxh2+ is the obvious move but black is lost anyway
Jan-16-17 Ulf Andersson vs Hoi, 1989
Straclonoor: This game is not in ChessBase Megadatabase 2017. Rook ending is not won. After 33.c3 Rb7 (instead 33....bc3 in game). 34. Rxc5 bc3 35. Rxc3 Rb4 Stockfish gives only 0.53 advantage for white, that clear not enough for win.
Jan-16-17 Emory Tate
mastrocira: Great!
Jan-16-17 Karjakin vs A Giri, 2017
Sally Simpson: The never to be played again 6.a3.. [DIAGRAM] ... was possibly a move Karjakin had left over from his prep in the World Championship match. Slightly ironic that in the very next round v Wojtaszek, Carlsen here... [DIAGRAM] ...
Jan-16-17 Granda Zuniga vs J Nogueiras, 1987
Straclonoor: This game in ChessBase MegaBase2017 is not complete - only 31 moves. Here is all. This game from candidates playoff in November for reserve place in Candidates Matches in 1988.
Jan-16-17 D Botoy vs Xie Jun, 1991
danbots6k: I appreciate what you have done to my game against former woman world chess champion Xie,Jun of China, this is my latest comment for your best chess website. (January 15, 2017)
Jan-16-17 A Korobov vs Karjakin, 2001
Stonehenge: Black to play and lose :)
Jan-16-17 M Ragger vs J Xiong, 2017
mike1: 28... h5, 29. Qh4 Qh6, 30.f6 and Rf5 next looks like a serious attack to me
Jan-16-17 D Andreikin vs V Forsberg, 2016
agb2002: <morfishine: <agb2002> What was hardest for me to see relates to your post referencing <25...dxc5> 26.Qa4, with the double threat Qxa7+ and Rd7+, looks very good for White. Thats hard to see, at least for me> I didn't ...
Jan-16-17 Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1958
Granny O Doul: <Sally Simpson> Looks like a case of careless recycling. That "to protect the innocent" line appears in Lombardy's "Modern Chess Opening Traps" wherein he does in fact withhold names. Btw, the Yugoslav GM Ostojic fell into ...
Jan-16-17 Sousse Interzonal (1967)
RookFile: Sure, you count the Panno game. Fischer played 1. c4 and Panno showed up and resigned. Perhaps a rare occasion where Fischer was the sane one and his opponent was being a little crazy. For me, if I had a chance to play the world's #1 ...
Jan-16-17 Maroczy vs Schlechter, 1899
Boomie: After 1. e3, the game morphs into a French Exchange variation: Opening Explorer
Jan-16-17 G Jones vs S Guramishvili, 2017
Paint My Dragon: <Jones delivers mate with a Queen on the King's square> one move before getting mated himself by a Queen on the King's Square!

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