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Apr-25-14 Gashimov Memorial (2014)
perfidious: I can't count: the move from the above diagram was, of course, 34....Rc3.
Apr-25-14 Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2014
Chris321: I wonder what is going on with Carlsen,his last 3 games are very un 2800's for him!...funny though was just after he played Nakamura that the trouble started!...wonder what's the truth here?...with such play he got little chance against ...
Apr-25-14 Women World Rapid Championships (2014)
HeMateMe: Go Irina! Catch the leaders. This tournament has Muzychuks in stereo.
Apr-25-14 Biographer Bistro
Tabanus: On top of the crosstables I've used start of 1st round - start of last round so far. Should I change that? a) Drawing of lots etc. is often the day before start of 1st round, and b) adjourned games played the day after start of last round
Apr-25-14 FIDE Women's Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2014)
HeMateMe: This goes out to Hou Yifan (the girl with the MOST cake!) < >
Apr-25-14 D Hammer
whiteshark: Murica's Hammer
Apr-25-14 Latvian Railway Rapid (2014)
Troller: Interesting point. But then again, it was more or less refuted 70 years ago or so... One can study the sharp lines and come through with material as White, or one can play Bronstein's Be2 line, that's the simplest way to gain an ...
Apr-25-14 Robert James Fischer
HeMateMe: On their own, I'm not sure what value the tapes would have, if any. Grainy, black and white, from a distance, one chess board, no close ups, probably a bit like observing a closed circuit camera at a bank. I think the tapes would have to
Apr-25-14 Richard Taylor
Richard Taylor: <Benzol> It is for sure I saw the stuff on it on Wiki. How are you doing Paul? I was thinking of playing in the Richard Sutton Cup or maybe sometime at ACC but I will see. Just now we are clearing the backyard of trees and ...
Apr-25-14 Jeremy Lim
HeMateMe: Shaq played at 300 pounds at Lousianna, college ball. I swear he's the only svelte 300 pounder I've ever seen. If he had kept his weight at that level during his career, he would have maintained a quickness that was lost over the years. ...
Apr-25-14 Kenneth Rogoff
al wazir: <twinlark>: I agree with much of what you wrote and would actually go ...
Apr-25-14 M Subaric vs P Trifunovic, 1946
Once: <BOSTER> In chess it's generally not a good idea to play sub-optimal moves hoping that your opponent will fall into a trap. This might work against beginners but will cause no end of pain when you start to meet more experienced ...
Apr-25-14 Paulo Bersamina
joeyj: 6.5/8 with 3 rounds to go ! +6-1=1 @ 2014 NATIONAL AGE GROUP CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS Boys - Under 20
Apr-25-14 L Mouillaux vs J M Matisson, 1986
FSR: Duplicate of L Mouillaux vs J M Matisson, 1985 . Correction slip submitted.
Apr-25-14 J Ask vs O Von Bahr, 2013
FSR: Ask and Ye Shall Receive.
Apr-25-14 M Zielinski vs A Sygulski, 1981
RookFile: And just like that, black is getting checkmated.
Apr-25-14 V Malakhov vs Ivanchuk, 2002
profK: 18...Qb7 seems to hold uo a lot better than conceding the rook pawn and the game.
Apr-25-14 Kupreichik vs A Ivanov, 1980
naresb: Ivanov could have played 12...Nc4 instead of 12...c4. Kupreichik's 20. Nc6 put black alarming signal to which black defended well to a some extent. Finally black made a mistake by playing 23...Bxd6 instead of 23...RxRe4.
Apr-25-14 Wesley So
Manuel G. Vergara: Happy Birthday po Sir Wordfunph!!! from baguio city with love. hehe
Apr-25-14 Nunn vs Judit Polgar, 1995
profK: Brave stuff from Nunn. The attack keeps hanging on just enough to achieve a perpetual.
Apr-25-14 I Bulmaga vs N Torosyan, 2014
An Englishman: Good Evening: Found rather a decent mid-week puzzle, Black to Move after 38.Rb7. Interesting variant upon the "diverting the overloaded man" theme, because it is not immediately obvious that the e5-pawn is overloaded.
Apr-25-14 Bologan vs T Luther, 2007
TheBish: Bologan vs T Luther, 2007 Black to play (23...?) "Difficult". White is up a pawn, but his king is uncastled. It seems that his last move, Nf4, gains a key tempo by attacking Black's queen, buying him time to castle next move after which ...
Apr-25-14 Reshevsky-Najdorf (1952)
ughaibu: Perhaps Reshevsky gave Najdorf odds of four wins, and the match was actually drawn. In any case, the eleven to seven score is an eccentricity that should be cleared up in the heading.
Apr-25-14 Antonio Angel Medina Garcia
Benzol: I may have been mistaken on the year of that game against Bisguier. It might have been 1962. Here's the score if you can't wait for the game appear in the DB. [Event "US Open"] [Site "USA"] [Date "1962 or 63.??.??"] [EventDate ...
Apr-25-14 V Malakhov vs Ivanchuk, 2014
Phony Benoni: Kind of a zuggy finish. White's king and knight can't move, and his rook has to stay on the back rank if it's not delivering check. Meanwhile, Black's king eases on down the road, captures the pawn on g3, and puts a hurtin' on the ...
Apr-25-14 Karjakin vs Mamedyarov, 2014
Morbius: 12...f5?! . Better is 12...Qd7 13.h4 h6 14.Be3 (14.h5 Bh7 =) 14...f5 15.h5 (15.exf6 e.p. gxf6 =) Bh7 =.
Apr-25-14 Kasparov vs G West, 1977
Paraconti: <Guy> I once worked for a multinational company where my boss was an Aussie. We couldn't really get along at first, largely due to cultural differences which hampered our project's progress. But that all ended one day when we got ...
Apr-25-14 Seirawan vs Kasparov, 1986
FSR: <perfidious> I would be happy with that for Black (I played it once, not knowing much about it, and drew) and would be unhappy as White. I'm not a big fan of giving up the bishop pair.
Apr-24-14 A Wallace vs R Hodgson, 1896
optimal play: <<<CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP.> SCORES:- A. E. N. WALLACE, 4 ; R. L. HODGSON, 1.> FIFTH GAME.> [Immediately following the conclusion of game 4 on Saturday, the fifth game was commenced, and eventually adjourned on move 24 ...
Apr-24-14 Chopra Aryan vs T Purushothaman, 2008
Phony Benoni: <25...?> [DIAGRAM] Well, outside of 25...Bh3, any bishop move leads to mate, even picking the piece up and tossing it out the window. But <25...Bg4> is definitely th emost striking.
Apr-24-14 Magnus Carlsen
bien pensant: Like goats, crocodiles sometimes have indigestion.
Apr-24-14 Kibitzer's Café
optimal play: I'd like to dedicate this next song to <Travis Bickle> & <HeMateMe> We Can Work It Out - THE BEATLES Life is very short, and there's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend
Apr-24-14 Lahno vs A Ushenina, 2014
MountainMatt: Not quite hard enough for a Thursday, I reckon. Absolutely perfect for a Wednesday.
Apr-24-14 Odd Lie
OhioChessFan: I know who George P. Burdell and Mornington Crescent are without googling them.
Apr-24-14 Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960
Rookiepawn: <Nerwal> many thanks for this quote! I understand by it that it seems like slow or quick death... But still I guess a tenacious, cold blooded player like Botvinnik would have more chances in a somehow more cramped, "slow" ...
Apr-24-14 Mamedyarov vs Caruana, 2014
SirRuthless: The room was well lit but Mamedyarov turned out the lights with 61.e4!? Fabiano had to feel his way around in the knife fight in the dark and 67...Qxc4? He lost his bearings and the stabbing commenced. he thrashed and thrashed but ...
Apr-24-14 Miles vs Spassky, 1978
Rookiepawn: Hey, I see the notes there now, sorry. Wow, seems I hit the nail! So it is clear Spassky was in a very bad day, or suffered some hallucination. If I can spot it, then for Spassky's level 17. Bb4 has to be an outright blunder.
Apr-24-14 Fischer vs Benko, 1963
Petrosianic: <Mating Net>: <I often wondered how a move such as 19.Rf6!! even gets considered.> This is a hard question to answer without making it sound as though the move is obvious. It's not an obvious move by any means, but it gets
Apr-24-14 J Yoos vs H Smith, 2004
Cushion: Just 7.cxd4, as there is a knight on b1 protecting c3.
Apr-24-14 Smyslov vs Kasparov, 1981
Petrosianic: <Bobby Fischer strongly stated that the first world championship match between Karpov and Kasparov were mostly pre-arranged..> Not quite. In fact, you've neutered the claim so severely as to have misstated it. Fischer claimed ...
Apr-24-14 E Reichmann vs H Ullrich, 1961
stingray0104: black, still facing (just about) white's entire army, mates with his last 3 pieces.
Apr-24-14 Timothy Taylor
bongcloudftw: In my opinion, there are loads of logic errors in his blog regarding methods for finding solutions. I wouldn't trust that guy.
Apr-24-14 Nakamura vs Mamedyarov, 2014
Domdaniel: <csmath> Excellent analysis, thanks.
Apr-24-14 Soltis vs Lombardy, 1987
jerseybob: Fischer says in 60 Games: "There is no apparent refutation to Benko's roguish 6..QN3!?(Qb6)" Fischer tried 9.Be3,Qc7 10.f4 etc. against Saidy in 1966 and won without refuting the line. Soltis, with 9.Bg5, leaves the queen at b6, hoping ...
Apr-24-14 Peter Dely
Benzol: The following game was apparently played at Varna in 1962. [Event "?"] [Site "Varna, Bulgaria"] [Date "1962.??.??"] [EventDate "?"] [Round "?"] [Result "0-1"] [White "Filipov"] [Black "Dely"] [ECO "B43"] ...
Apr-24-14 Staunton vs E Williams, 1851
Domdaniel: <perf> Indeed. I'm fascinated by the transpositional possibilities inherent in openings -- indeed, I play the openings largely with a view to transpositions. In the past I've found that most opening books tend to ignore these ...
Apr-24-14 Lasker vs Von Scheve, 1890
DrAttitude: Overloaded rook!
Apr-24-14 Fischer vs Geller, 1962
Petrosianic: A shame, but not unforseen. After two months in the tropical heat, everyone was on their last legs. Geller had a bit of a tendency to crack in moments of great stress. This time he did. Geller was a tough opponent for Fischer because ...
Apr-24-14 Lisa Karlina Lumongdong
nummerzwei: Defeated Zsofia Polgar in a short match in 1996 (+1, =1).
Apr-24-14 La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834
dernier thylacine: TO BOOMIE: by "WWC Index Match La Bourdonnais - McDonnell 1834" you can get the list of games in order... The compilation is due to suentus po 147, as you can read it below, warm thanks to him by the way!
Apr-24-14 Eugenio Torre
pinoymaster77: FIDE campaign in fullstream, here's the clip in Jamaica, note the high strung intro of Mr. Ian of candidate Gary :
Apr-24-14 La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834
dernier thylacine: I guess the "other commentator " was Staunton: Morphy disliked him so much that he avoided even to quote his name, lol!
Apr-24-14 McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834
dernier thylacine: TO KNIGHT13: the computer can be a usefull help to find and point quickly tactical flaws, it does not mean necessary no more use his own brain...
Apr-24-14 Karpov vs Miles, 1986
Howard: Andy Soltis briefly mentioned this game in one of his Chess Life columns many years ago, regarding the subject of incorrect draw claims.
Apr-24-14 A Sokolov vs Yusupov, 1986
Everett: Would a game like this be possible without Petrosian showing us the way? Kudos to both players for making this game a beautiful one.
Apr-24-14 Lembit Oll
epistle: <BISHOP TAL: What could this man have been so depressed about to take his own life.> Maybe he was a guy who wanted it oll. It was oll or nothing for him.
Apr-24-14 Kramnik vs Short, 1997
Everett: Is this game annotated anywhere? The ending is interesting, as without Qs the R should be able to handle the 2Ns, especially with an extra pawn. I imagine with the Qs on, king safety becomes more of an issue.
Apr-24-14 Johannes Zukertort
Check It Out: Camberwell Carrot (?) - Is that a British Blunt?
Apr-24-14 D Edvardsson vs M Kravchuk, 2014
Robed.Bishop: Another tough day at the office.
Apr-24-14 E Safarli vs R Mamedov, 2014
mrbasso: Shirov vs Kasparov, 2002
Apr-24-14 Bronstein vs Gligoric, 1967
DrGridlock: Komodo helps us to understand this: [DIAGRAM] Analysis by Komodo32 3 32bit: 1. ± (0.90): 29.Qf3 h5 30.h3 b4 31.g4 hxg4 32.hxg4 Qb7 33.Rc1 Qd7 34.Ne2 Nd3 35.Rcd1 Re8 36.Nf4 Nxf4 37.Bxf4 Rd8 38.Rxd5 Qxd5 39.Kg2 Bc5 40.Re1 Qxf3+ 41.Kxf3
Apr-24-14 Bacrot vs R Mamedov, 2014
perfidious: My first impression is that 22....dxc5 is met by the shot 23.Nxf5, with Rxd7 and mayhem to follow.
Apr-24-14 Teimour Radjabov
Wyatt Gwyon: Big congrats to Radja for the win today. I can't imagine how great it must feel.
Apr-24-14 Fabiano Caruana
bobthebob: <mating net> "Nakamura should take note of how it's done." I always wonder how much a person's playing style is tied up with his personality. I don't know if he can decouple the emotional reactions from his desire to be a bit ...
Apr-24-14 Arnoldus Johannes van den Hoek
zanzibar: Here is the accompanying text, with a few minor corrections to the Dutch by me (e.g. "l" -> "i", etc.). I tried to translate it myself, using Google. But the Dutch chess terms become confusing, and I often found myself wondering which
Apr-24-14 J Hatzl vs A Bachmann, 2014
gregory2188: Re1! Game over! Nice one!
Apr-24-14 Mikhail Tal
Rookiepawn: <perfidious> I wish I had. Don Miguel Najdorf told Argentinean chess fans (among which I am) that Mikhail Tal liked to sing some tangos when he was in Argentina. I was too young at that time (1987 I think), but among local chess ...
Apr-24-14 Alekhine vs R H Fleet, 1932
JimNorCal: <RedShield>: Hilbert suggests "Alekhine deliberately gave the Major a draw" Yeah, sounds plausible, White's play is not crisp at all. Big advantage frittered away.
Apr-24-14 Egon Reichmann
john barleycorn: <lefty12345: Interesting that he played his first game two years before he was born.> Probably a GM after kindergarten.
Apr-24-14 K Croxen vs C Mays, 1993
perfidious: <Dom> Hmm, thought never occurred to me. Charlie was never one for mainstream theory; one of our five games featured 4....Be7, with another going 1.e4 e6 2.Qe2 Be7. When submitting this to CG, managed not to put the correct venue
Apr-24-14 Hikaru Nakamura
KKDEREK: Keep your fingers crossed <sr>, while I'll go fishing, my little troll.. cheers. Remember, we are just having fun, sport! 2016 champ..hahaha
Apr-24-14 E Safarli vs Eljanov, 2014
paavoh: An unusual endgame with a pair of Knights for both. I found these always tricky to play OTB.
Apr-24-14 Astana (2001)
Everett: Notable in this tourney is Kasparov's mini-match with Kramnik, overcoming the Berlin and holding with the Grunfeld.
Apr-24-14 J Reinisch vs Traxler, 1890
perfidious: <john b> Two decent players debated 5.Bxf7+ Ke7 6.Bd5 (Karpov's choice when confronted with the Traxler) on a number of occasions at our club in the 1990s. It has always seemed better from the objective point of view as well as ...
Apr-24-14 Alexander Alekhine
RedShield: <I am a big Alekhine fan, but his dominant period didn't last all that long.> About as long as Lasker's 'retirement'.
Apr-24-14 A T Bigelow
Stonehenge: He died in 1923:
Apr-24-14 S Williams vs T Rendle, 2010
Domdaniel: <perf> A slugfest, as you say -- though somehow I could always see it heading for a draw. Maybe this is why I've switched to 2.d3 (the Lisitsyn Gambit deferred?) ... G McCarthy vs J Joyce, 2010 .
Apr-24-14 Rybka vs Houdini, 2011
gabriel112000: Houdini's Immortal!
Apr-24-14 Gashimov Memorial (Group B) (2014)
haydn20: Apparently Bacrot doesn't want to play any long games!
Apr-24-14 Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951
plang: 6 d5 was a new move. Botvinnik was critical of Bronstein's response 6..Bb4 moving the bishop a second time; since this game 6..e5 has been the standard response. Instead of the sacrificial continuation initiated by Bronstein with 12..Bc5!? ...
Apr-24-14 L Roos vs Kasparov, 1976
MrJafari: Yes,I see now that f5 wins Black's Bishop!or even Black's rook! Another simple while instructive game of Kasparov!
Apr-24-14 C Forbes vs Fischer, 1992
RedShield: <Beograd blitz 1992 > <This game is type: QUICK (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)> This is the first time I've seen this designation of QUICK. Does it encompass blitz and rapid and everything in between? I think ...
Apr-24-14 Tal vs P Trifunovic, 1963
Rookiepawn: Well... you can't expect a guy playing like Tal has no games like this one. On the other hand he plays some real blunders here, it is obvious he was not in good shape.
Apr-24-14 Keene vs P Cuellar, 1974
Cuellar: Redshield, you are right. There was a mistake on the writing in olimpbase. At that time I read the book of Keene, the modern defense but it did not work for the International Master at that time
Apr-24-14 Julio Catalino Sadorra
pinoymaster77: Happy birthday to 'jolly good fellow' wordfunph, the chessbooks / materials collector extra ordinaire. Was privileged to witness in dinner last Tues that bubuli55 handcarried pa from Texas the USCF chess mats. And for wordfunph, ...
Apr-24-14 A Planinc vs Beliavsky, 1975
Bruce Graham: Burning down the house!
Apr-24-14 A Matanovic vs E Nikolic, 1968
ozmikey: Ha...very cute way to trap the queen at the end (42. g3)! Earlier, though, White missed a trick: 24. Nd7 (24. Rd7 may be even better), with the idea of 24...Rxd7 25. Rxd7 Qxd7 26. Qe5+. If Black leaves the knight, White either snips off ...
Apr-24-14 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2014
Ulhumbrus: A comment from < Ramirez Alvarez, Alejandro > on the website page suggests that after 23 Nd5 White is threatening potentially not only Nxc7 followed by e5-e6 but also Nxe7 followed by f4 and ...
Apr-24-14 Olga Girya
waustad: Chessbase gives a slightly lower performance rating, so she may have to live with the 10 game norm.
Apr-24-14 Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2014
Richard Taylor: If they did 'expunge' a la '1984', of course, there will still be secret records of his games played by "rebels". The reality is you can laugh at or about anything. This reaction to my usage of "the naughty word" is the person ...
Apr-24-14 Leko vs Topalov, 2005
positionalgenius: Leko never really recovered from this game. After near tournament wins at Linares and Dortmund that vanished in similar circumstances the following year, his psychological edge was completely gone. Wonder if he will ever truly ...
Apr-24-14 I Braskin vs L Simchen, 1989
Ghu: Analysis confirms that 16.Kg3 is indeed a draw. Black has nothing better than repetition.
Apr-24-14 Eljanov vs Motylev, 2014
paavoh: Too bad, Eljanov had the upper hand here. Quite nice endgame with heavy pieces until time control.
Apr-24-14 A Minasian vs Ftacnik, 2003
Poisonpawns: This game is incomplete. Here it is in full [Event "4th IECC"] [Site "Istanbul TUR"] [Date "2003.06.05"] [Round "6"] [White "Minasian, Art"] [Black "Ftacnik, L."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B21"] [WhiteElo "2555"]
Apr-24-14 Kupreichik vs Savon, 1978
jvv: 58. Qxf6 Rxf1 or Qxf1
Apr-24-14 B Leussen vs C Thoenes, 1910
Karpova: Thia game is given by Zinkl in his annotations to Rubinstein vs Marshall, 1908 , originally from the 'Neue Freie Presse' of January 30, 1909. But a possible date is not given, however the event was the <Niederländisch-Rheinische ...
Apr-24-14 Englisch vs A Zinkl, 1895
Karpova: This game from the tournament of the <Wiener Schachgesellschaft>, is given by Zinkl in his notes to Reti vs J Krejcik, 1910 . He claims that 11...Qb6 as played here was the necessary move. Not mentioned is 11...Qc7 which also looks ...
Apr-24-14 Ufuk Tuncer
Jack Bauer: Because Ufuk. That's why!
Apr-24-14 A W Fox vs Capablanca, 1916
maxi: The final combination is equally precise: 52...RxB 53.KxR Kg3 and White is lost: If 54.Ke2 f2 55.Ne2+ Kf3. If 54.Kf1 b4 and it is over.
Apr-24-14 Fischer vs M Holgerson, 1964
An Englishman: Good Evening: What an insane game. 15...c5!? is the real Knight sacrifice, allowing 16.g5, trapping the Horse. Why didn't Fischer take it? Just being nice to his opponent?

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