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Dec-04-16 Magnus Carlsen
Rolfo: Fischer and Carlsen have some similarities in that they took on the Soviet/Russian school in different eras and in different ways. Fischer beating them with their own tools and on his own, Carlsen I would say by introducing a different ...
Dec-04-16 S Ghane vs R Mamedov, 2001
SeazerCZ: 15. Bxa7? g4?? 15... c6! winning
Dec-04-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016)
zanzibar: Oh my goodness, what is going on here? In the words of Betty Davis: <Fasten your seatbelts and let her rip, the fun has just begun>
Dec-04-16 Jeremy Lim
HeMateMe: Pack gets to 6-6! only a game or two out of the wildcard spot. I feel good for the Detroit quarterback. I think the same guy has been there for ten years, plugging away. He'll finally get a chance in the playoffs, it looks to be.
Dec-04-16 Kibitzer's Café
harrylime: <HeMateMe> The Way YOU Are obsessing on this <HeMateMe> anyone would think you'd been abused as a kid ... Is that so ? You had a STIFF upbringing <HeMateMe> ??
Dec-04-16 P K Wells vs Y Habu, 2005
5hrsolver: <Jim ----I kind of like 21 Qb5 as a defense. > 21...Rd8 seems to be winning.
Dec-04-16 P Cafolla vs I Gelip, 2016
Domdaniel: Very nice win by Ioana Gelip in the Advance French. I'm not sure if her 7...b5!? is a novelty, but I don't recall seeing it before. I've played Cafolla a few times - all draws - but I've never played Gelip.
Dec-04-16 Kenneth S Rogoff
HeMateMe: <shorter workweeks > Indeed, for manufacturing you would think that would already be in place, to save some jobs. I guess that would result in more people getting expensive benefits so the owners/corporate officers won't go for ...
Dec-04-16 William James Lombardy
Domdaniel: <perf> Heh. Indeed. Sorry for doubting that your use of 'degenerate' was anything less than precision on your part. I guess the word has an unfortunate history. I remember interviewing an Austrian artist who spoke of the way the ...
Dec-04-16 H Ropstorff vs Bogoljubov, 1942
al wazir: <Historia: This game played in a Nazi occupied Warsaw?> Why not? Chessplayers didn't stop playing chess just because there was a war. In fact, in that same year there was a major tournament inside Nazi Germany itself, in Munich. ...
Dec-04-16 Kasparov vs Z Sturua, 1977
MrJafari: It seems White should have won the endgame...
Dec-04-16 Wesley So
mini cooper s: Malapit na ang bakbakan.
Dec-04-16 Karpov vs Csom, 1977
Howard: ...
Dec-04-16 Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1980
Howard: BCM didn't give a specific move as far as when Petrosian had an advantage.
Dec-04-16 Odd Lie
WannaBe: Q. You know how they played three days a move in correspondence chess back in old days? A. Pony Express.
Dec-04-16 Kasparov vs Fedorowicz, 1981
Howard: Seem to recall reading in the late Larry Evans' column some decades ago that Kasparov missed a quicker win near the end of this game--not that it mattered.
Dec-04-16 Robert James Fischer
Howard: As far as Steinitz's wipeout of Blackburne, the book Bobby Fischer's Chess Games makes the pertinent point that defensive technique was a lot more "primitive" back in those days. Probably the only match shutout that was more impressive ...
Dec-04-16 Vassily Ivanchuk
saffuna: Posters talk about luck in chess. I'd say luck comes into play when Ivanchuk is in a tournament. Will he play a brilliancy against one player and blunder terribly against another? A great player but not a model of constistency.
Dec-04-16 R Rapport vs M Tazbir, 2016
Dave12: and of course after Kxb7 f3 the knight is trapped.
Dec-04-16 Akopian vs Lautier, 2009
fredthebear: Terrific surge by White. This game deserves more attention. If 20...QxNd5 21.RxQd5 BxRd5 getting two pieces for the queen and seemingly taking steam out of the attack, then comes 22.Qd7 forking the two loose bishops.
Dec-04-16 Pelletier vs Carlsen, 2008
Dave12: 41.e4 Bxe4 42.Rxe4 Qf3+ and Qxe4 is a simple win.
Dec-04-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016
mistreaver: I really liked the point behind 29...gxf6. For instance, after the approximate 30 Kh1 Rg8 31 Rg1 there is 31... Bg3! And Black is winning: [DIAGRAM]
Dec-04-16 A Giri vs Kramnik, 2016
naufallabs: Woow demolished by kramnik
Dec-04-16 Alekhine vs NN, 1915
thegoodanarchist: 24.Rh6! leaves the king's bishop en pris. But who needs a bishop when you have three queens! Three!
Dec-04-16 Reshevsky vs H Bogart, 1956
Fusilli: <SimonWebbsTiger: Everybody knows Rick was a mean chess player, bar owner and fighter for freedom against Nazi oppression. (The first shot of Bogart in Casablanca is in evening attire, smoke in hand, pondering a chess position.)> ...
Dec-04-16 H Ruben
martin moller: I have interesting news : Nordisk skaktidende 1978 gives the following : Ruben H. AND Ruben sen. indicating that Ruben H. is junior ! also there are some games played against various oponents with Ruben H. from the years 1879 and ...
Dec-04-16 Vasily Smyslov
GIA: <N.O.F. NAJDORF: I don't know about Smyslov's mother, but it is likely that he had at least a Jewish grandfather, as his father had a Jewish patronym, namely Osipovich.> Nonsense. The man called Osip Smyslov couldn't be Jewish at least ...
Dec-04-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016
capanegra: Many thanks <Eval>. Very clear, as usual. So it might not be a Reti move, but still I like 51...h5 as my favorite nove of the match. :)
Dec-04-16 Carlsen vs W So, 2016
chancho: While annotating game 10 of Carlsen vs Karjakin world championship match for Chessbase, Wesley writes: <17.Qe1 b6 18.Nd2 Rxa4 19.Nc4 Bf8? 20.Be3 And white won easily. Carlsen against strong GM 1-0.> Which of course happens to be ...
Dec-04-16 Judit Polgar vs F Berkes, 2003
morfishine: <Abdel Irada> Excellent riposte! Much more realistic legal terminology than my poor effort
Dec-04-16 A H Wohl vs Gipslis, 1996
Moszkowski012273: ...
Dec-04-16 Y Zhou vs S Williams, 2012
fredthebear: The exchange sacrifice to maintain the pin on d7 and then pile on again w/the other rook is shades of Morphy. Black had to be thoroughly perturbed by the White bishops.
Dec-04-16 K Plater vs H Ropstorff, 1938
MissScarlett: More than you know: W Zartobliwy vs K Wojtyla, 1947
Dec-04-16 Portisch vs Korchnoi, 1983
offramp: [DIAGRAM] 19...Kf7. Why? ***** Korchnoi then plays some weird devolutions in that wacky "taught to bat in a telephone box" style. then he decides to lash out: [DIAGRAM] 26...h5 27. h3 a5. [DIAGRAM] Like two Larsens sellotaped ...
Dec-04-16 Portisch vs Korchnoi, 1983
offramp: Game 6 of this quarterfinal match, played on 7th April 1983. Korchnoi was winning 3-0 with 2 draws. Despite his lead, Korchnoi is not in a peaceful mood and he plays one of the earliest exchange sacrifices I have ever seen. [DIAGRAM] ...
Dec-04-16 Mayet vs Anderssen, 1859
chesslad: This game was actually played in Berlin in 1851, prior to Anderssen's departure to play in the London Tournament of 1851. It is found on Page 35 of Hermann von Gottschall's Adolf Anderssen book.
Dec-04-16 F J Lee vs Blackburne, 1899
KEG: Another sparkling win with Black by Blackburne on the heels of his great victory in the prior round against Lasker (with his famous Rook sacrifice). The pleasure of playing over this game is enhanced by Blackburne's analysis, including the ...
Dec-04-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016
Richard Taylor: <mistermac: <Richard Taylor: <<Domdaniel: <Richard Taylor> -- < > Magnificent, Richard. Best synopsis of a game I've ever seen. Bravo.>> Do you think I should be with Peter Svidler commenting?> No, ...
Dec-04-16 Ivanchuk vs Nunn, 1994
Smothered Mate: In what sense is this opening "Full Symmetry"? White plays ​ 1. c4 , ​ that pawn stays there ​ the whole game, and nothing ever goes to c5.
Dec-04-16 M Gerusel vs Lombardy, 1957
Cheapo by the Dozen: Great pun on the name of a Roman Catholic priest. I don't see any special fit to this particular game, however.
Dec-04-16 Leko vs Kramnik, 2004
Bubo bubo: The draw had to be agreed? I always thought that there is an <automatic> draw if checkmate has become technically impossible.
Dec-04-16 Raymond Keene
HeMateMe: I thought it was great too, the first match I followed on the internet.
Dec-04-16 R E Espinosa Flores vs S Sulskis, 2004
braimondi: I would say this is a Monday puzzle.
Dec-04-16 Stein vs Smyslov, 1972
Bruce Graham: Nice analysis of the game here:
Dec-03-16 Yates vs E G Sergeant, 1929
JimNorCal: Queen sac for the win. Vigorous play by Yates. An off day for Sargeant.
Dec-03-16 E G Sergeant vs S Takacs, 1928
JimNorCal: Black cleverly allows White to dig himself into a deep hole.
Dec-03-16 Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1934
Bubo bubo: What a bizarre final position!
Dec-03-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016
Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Bubo bubo>--I know of this one: Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 There may be others.
Dec-03-16 L B Hoyos Millan vs G Garcia, 1986
patzer2: Like <Alice Knight> I could not resist going for the exchange sacrifice 13...Re8+ for my attempt at solving today's Saturday (13...?) puzzle. However, 13...Re8+ appears to fall short. Black gets a slight advantage but no clear win ...
Dec-03-16 Stockfish (Computer)
zanzibar: I'm just trying it out tonight. It better have far less of the "bad" behavior I observed Stockfish 7 exhibiting... Only time will tell. Some probably have more capable rigs than I, so I wonder if your Stockfish 8 also suggests the ...
Dec-03-16 W Cohn vs Maroczy, 1899
KEG: A fine comeback win for Maroczy. The commentary on this game in the Tournament Book, however, is little short of pathetic. Maroczy played the Berlin Defense to Cohn's Ruy Lopez, and got much the worst of the opening. With his unfortunate ...
Dec-03-16 Korchnoi vs Polugaevsky, 1980
RookFile: Polguaevsky was strong in the openings. This game is a good example. He really had nothing to worry about after emerging from the opening - so it was going to be tough for Korchnoi to beat him.
Dec-03-16 Jan Smejkal
RookFile: He wised up?
Dec-03-16 Taimanov vs Bronstein, 1958
Jonathan Sarfati: Definitely one that got away though. White should have won after winning that vital b-pawn for nothing.
Dec-03-16 Reshevsky vs Bronstein, 1953
Jonathan Sarfati: Opposite-coloured Bs with Qs on is a Bronstein speciality. Compare Taimanov vs Bronstein, 1975
Dec-03-16 Taimanov vs Bronstein, 1975
Jonathan Sarfati: Opposite-coloured Bs with Qs on is a Bronstein speciality. Compare Reshevsky vs Bronstein, 1953
Dec-03-16 Taimanov vs Geller, 1953
Jonathan Sarfati: Taimanov excels in one of his specialities: the KID with white. He defeated KID afficionado Geller by blocking the centre, taking total control of an open file (the b-file)—taking control of an open file features in some of this ...
Dec-03-16 Taimanov vs Bronstein, 1952
Jonathan Sarfati: Taimanov was very strong in the white side of the KID, with his Q-side attacks. Taimanov even had Fischer in trouble when he had white in the King's Indian, despite eventual losses. Back in 1946, Bronstein had revitalized the KID
Dec-03-16 Staunton - Saint Amant (1843)
Tal1949: Playing through the games with Stockfish 8 at the moment. I am very surprised just how good Staunton was. Sure, his openings had much to be desired by modern standards- but ...
Dec-03-16 Unzicker vs Taimanov, 1952
Jonathan Sarfati: A great demonstration of the dynamism of the ...e5 Sicilian despite the backward Pd6. Taimanov played his Rs to the c-file, kept an eye on the ‘weak’ d5 square, took control over all the other central squares then finally a ...
Dec-03-16 Taimanov vs Lisitsin, 1949
Jonathan Sarfati: A collection of Taimanov's best games would be incomplete without his famous victory as black against the reigning world champion at the time, Anatoly Karpov, on the black side of a Sicilian. Again it was an ...e5 version, and it
Dec-03-16 Tal vs Timman, 1988
hoodrobin: 61.Kb1 Qc2+(sealed) and Tal resigned in view of the inevitable exchange of the queens (Timman).
Dec-03-16 Taimanov vs P Trifunovic, 1957
Jonathan Sarfati: So this was the debut of the feared Taimanov variation? Did he ever play it again. If it were anyone else, I could say that he didn't play it in the spirit of the Taimanov variation (9.Bd3 instead of 9a4, and 12.Nd2 when the ...
Dec-03-16 Alapin vs Schiffers, 1879
Christoforus Polacco: Pawn's endgame in the style of Magnus Carlsen :) Good job Mr Alapin !
Dec-03-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016
ShooHoo: Thank you for the links, Eyal! Great reaction from GM Tal Baron:)) Much fun to also see Svidler's reaction, who completely understands how difficult is to find this with only 2 minutes on the clock in last game. To quote Judith: "wow!"
Dec-03-16 Chigorin vs Alapin, 1880
Christoforus Polacco: Interesting game from both sides.
Dec-03-16 Caruana vs Tomashevsky, 2016
Imran Iskandar: Quite a nice game by Caruana.
Dec-03-16 Alapin vs J N Berger, 1905
Christoforus Polacco: It wasn't lucky tournament for Mr Alapin but it was very good his game.
Dec-03-16 T Bowdler vs De Beaurevoir, 1788
Graber7: Wasn't 12. g4 a good continuation for Black also?
Dec-03-16 Edward G Sergeant
TheFocus: Happy birthday, Edward Sergeant.
Dec-03-16 David Graham Baird
TheFocus: Happy birthday, David Baird.
Dec-03-16 G Mohr vs Mikhalchishin, 2001
parisattack: I have not before seen 5....Na6. I cannot find how this game continued, but Gelanzonia-Matnadze 2002 was a win for Black.
Dec-03-16 Ftacnik vs E Relange, 2003
japorms: 27.Qxc8 is a blunder. After Qxc8 28. d7 Qa6+ 29. Kg1 Re6 black is winning!
Dec-03-16 R Rabiega vs R Rapport, 2016
Dave12: 14..Be7 is not good enough and white can prevent Black from castleing with Nf4 Be6 Bxc6
Dec-03-16 G Slavin vs R Rapport, 2016
Dave12: Black's pawn activity with 9..h5 15..g5 and 16..g4, which is allowed after the center of the board is locked, leaves the white king defenseless.
Dec-03-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016
Everett: <memberNov-26-16 zanzibar: Everybody knew computers would win out in tactics very early on. Humans long-ago mimicked computer-style play by memorizing opening lines (aka preparation). So the last hold-out was the endgame, where ...
Dec-03-16 Korchnoi vs Petrosian, 1980
shalgo: In one of his New York Times columns on this match, Robert Byrne wrote: "Korchnoi and Petrosian have little in common except hatred for each other and a preference for 5 B-B4 against the orthodox defense to the Queen's Gambit Declined."
Dec-03-16 A Rakhmanov vs E Alekseev, 2016
LA MAN: On move 13 for white I see if bishop takes knight at f6 he can't retake or queen takes rook pawn mate and if black plays g6 then white can either trade pieces being a piece up or retreat his bishop to a safe square.
Dec-03-16 Harry Nelson Pillsbury
john barleycorn: <cunctatorg: Well, I should also include Jan Timman in the aforementioned glorious list!!> I would have my doubts to do so.
Dec-03-16 Antoshin vs Simagin, 1952
Bubo bubo: <WhiteRook48: why underpromote to a knight?> Probably White a) did not like to get an isolated pawn by 45.c8Q Ne3+ 46.fxe3 Rxc8 and b) enjoyed to make use of the rare opportunity to knight a pawn. I rather wonder whether Black ...
Dec-03-16 Sergey Karjakin
LucB: No problems, <KP>, and thanks for the link!
Dec-03-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016
mistreaver: Game analysis and commentary available here:
Dec-03-16 Korchnoi vs F Olafsson, 1971
cunctatorg: Victor Korchnoi rocking n' rolling!!
Dec-03-16 George Leighton
OhioChessFan: October 22, 2017, he needs to be Player of the Day.
Dec-03-16 Christopher Woojin Yoo
cro777: Christopher made US Chess history at the 9th David Elliott Memorial on November 19th, when he broke the 2200 barrier. He broke Max Lu’s previous record for the youngest American master by two days.
Dec-03-16 Gavrikov vs R Raud, 2001
Phony Benoni: Usually, when you see a position like this: [DIAGRAM] it comes about because White has just captured Black's queen on h6. This game does it backwards! After <47...Re4>: [DIAGRAM] The game proceeded <48.Qxh6+ Qxh6>.
Dec-03-16 Mark Taimanov
Ron: After reading the chessbase article on Mark Taimanov, I take it that he excelled in the finer things in life: chess, music, and women:
Dec-03-16 Kosteniuk vs Ju Wenjun, 2016
mrfuddington: Yeah, there is a mate in two but obviously not forced, if you want to give away all your pieces.
Dec-03-16 Y Borges Feria vs Quinteros, 1997
Phony Benoni: Everyone wants to be like Magnus Carlsen, even twenty years earlier! [DIAGRAM] 30.Qxh6+ led to mate all right, but <30.Qg8+> is much quicker.
Dec-03-16 Leko vs Kramnik, 2004
Check It Out: Educational endgame, two rooks versus queen. Good notes by Keene.
Dec-03-16 A Neumann vs Przepiorka, 1904
Phony Benoni: So <THAT'S> where Carlsen got the idea!
Dec-03-16 H Ree vs Alburt, 1978
Howard: The second edition of the book Oxford Companion to Chess, mentions that curious fact in the Lev Alburt entry.
Dec-03-16 A Martinez vs N Batsiashvili, 2016
fispok: Some beautiful defense, Black shattered that dense tangle of knights and rooks with a single stroke; 33...Bb6, threatening all kinds of material loss, leaving her an easy piece up after the tactical dust settles.
Dec-03-16 N Batsiashvili vs A Muzychuk, 2016
fispok: Thats some long term investment right there. The c pawn is much more likely to pass than the a pawn.
Dec-03-16 D E Cori Tello vs D Derakhshani, 2013
PawnSac: very nice finish. White has a 2 way mate threat; Rg4# or h4# black has only pointless moves to stall the inevitable: ..Rxh3 41.Kxh3 Rb3+ 42.Kg2 Rxb2 43.Kg3 Rb3+ 44.f3 Rxf3+ 45.Kxf3 h5 46.Kg3 h4+ 47.Rxh4 and Rh5#
Dec-03-16 R C Balinas vs A M Giustolisi, 1968
Kamagong42: 8th London Chess Classic 2016 GCT (Grand Chess Tour) DECEMBER 8-19, 2016 1600 GMT to MNL - 12AM 1400 GMT to MNL - 10PM
Dec-03-16 Lasker vs Blackburne, 1899
KEG: Correcting my prior post, it was Lasker who won the Gold Medal for the most brilliant game at London 1899 (his 27th round win over Steinitz). Blackburne won the 10 pound, 10 shilling prize for "special brilliancy in any game" for this 4th ...
Dec-03-16 B Kovanova vs N Pogonina, 2010
maxi: OK combo for poor Pogo.
Dec-03-16 Teichmann vs Tinsley, 1899
KEG: A lovely finishing Bishop sac combination by Teichman. It is indeed sad that he had to withdraw from the tournament after this sparkling miniature. Tinsley had chances to avoid this debacle. As the Tournament Book notes, Tinsely should have ...
Dec-03-16 D Reizniece-Ozola vs Yifan Hou, 2016
thegoodanarchist: <Sure I can!> Are you imagining a simul?
Dec-03-16 Karpov vs Timman, 2016
LA MAN: Tin man is no kid he is a very worthy and challenging opponent. Even the best players have a bad day sometime.
Dec-03-16 Dorsa Derakhshani
whiteshark: <Dijon15: It would be <fantastic> if you could get David Llada's great photo of her from the Beautiful Minds Tournament for her profile here.> Step one: Post it here:
Dec-03-16 Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1899
KEG: I love Chessical's proposed 21...b5! which certainly appears to be crushing. Steinitz got himself into this mess by his awful 15. Rc1 (15. f4 would have stopped Tchigorin's 15...e5) and his even more horrible 16. dxe5. The Tournament Book ...
Dec-03-16 Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907
hemy: This game was played in round 6 of Lodz tournament at December 26th 1907, Gregorian calendar (December 13th 1907 by Julian calendar). Source: Latvian newspaper in German language "Düna Zeitung" 1908.01.19, page 22.
Dec-03-16 Vitaly Maiorov
Dec-03-16 Biographer Bistro
Tabanus: has 18 Aug. 1889 in Warsaw. There are footnotes now, not by me.
Dec-03-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016
Ulhumbrus: GM Wesley So has this to say of the move 16...Ng6: <Perhaps a small inaccuracy. The knight was just fine on e7, to guard the d5 and f5 squares. In fact Black has on his agenda an active option here to try to seize the initiative: ...
Dec-03-16 David Navara
Mr. V: I love Ivanchuk, Anand, Kramnik, Kamsky, Carlsen, Svidler, and many other chess players for their skill and artistry. However, David Navara is truly my chess hero. As someone who works with people with disabilities, I find Navara to be a ...
Dec-03-16 H Steiner vs H Fajans, 1946
Phony Benoni: The score we have here is from the tournament book. Herman Steiner's column in the Los Angeles Times, July 28, 1946, p. 41, adds the moves <34...Kxf7 35.Qe6+> 1-0.
Dec-03-16 Showalter vs F J Lee, 1899
KEG: tibone is certainly correct that 13...Nc7 was weak (13...N5f6 was much better), and that 15...Kh7 was misguided (why not something like 15...a5 rather than trying to base an attack just by moving his Rook to the open h-file?). But once ...

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