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Apr-25-15 Edmund Beronio
Fusilli: <torrefan> <Family First and you get a free umbrella and a chance to win a car!> That's a sweet deal if there ever was one!
Apr-25-15 Vitaly S Levchenkov
hemy: <zanzibar> You can download 81 games of Vitaly Levchenkov (1968-2012) from Click on "ЛЕВЧЕНКОВ ...
Apr-25-15 Biographer Bistro
zanzibar: Continuing the <URS Cup (1970)> saga... I found a player named Hovhannisyan <Ованесян>. Luckily google translate found the match, as I would have otherwise had a terrible time ...
Apr-25-15 Kenneth Rogoff
al wazir: We scoff at Tea Partisans and other rightwingbats for ignoring or denying the scientific evidence of global warming. But their left-wing counterparts, Neohippies* and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Palestinians, are equally ...
Apr-25-15 Kibitzer's Café
Travis Bickle: Coach Q - "OK men listen up. Nice game there aye... Go ahead on Rush Street and drink yer beers & yer whiskey, kiss a few pretty girls, get in a few fights & be back on Monday fer practice aye?
Apr-25-15 Gashimov Memorial (2015)
SirRuthless: <1300patzer> Anand did not win Zurich. No need to make up stories.
Apr-25-15 Viswanathan Anand
LucB: <His play has become so much more energetic and spirited since Chennai.> <Kinghunt> I wonder if it's related to a practical consideration, namely that in order to be invited to elite tournaments in the near and mid-term future, ...
Apr-25-15 Negi vs G Munkhgal, 2014
M.Hassan: I did not have time to look at this puzzle but towards end of Saturday had a look at the game and to be quite honest, I would not have ever thought of 24.f5!!!
Apr-25-15 Tomashevsky vs Akobian, 2015
keypusher: White's 42nd is nice, threatening mate and gaining a tempo to support the pawn's further advance. Looks like another great game by Tomashevsky.
Apr-25-15 Wesley So
Pulo y Gata: Yes! Also that! You know how competitive these guys are.
Apr-25-15 D Drimer vs Botvinnik, 1960
A.T PhoneHome: Tal must be playing behind Mr. Drimer. My reasoning is that as the new World Champion he received the most attention, not the least due to his exciting style, and judging by the spectators looking at something on the right next to ...
Apr-25-15 Bareev vs Carlsen, 2009
DiscoJew: A beautiful and straightforward game from Magnus demonstrating logically clear strategic Slav play with the black pieces, as well as highlighting his lucid positional style. A model game. Every black move has a positive and harmonious ...
Apr-25-15 Wei Yi vs M Rodshtein, 2015
raphi45: Yes, the kid is only 15
Apr-25-15 William Rivier
GrahamClayton: Is there any record of Rivier playing in any Swiss Championships? He must have been of a reasonable strength to have played in two Olympiads.
Apr-25-15 American National (1913)
Fusilli: This tournament is a reminder of the huge levels of immigration in America early in the twentieth century, which naturally included many chess masters, as it does today. Of the 14 contenders, seven were born in Europe and migrated the the
Apr-25-15 A Laughland vs W Forster, 2015
GrahamClayton: After giving away two pawns in the opening, Laughland decides to call it a day rather than prolonging the suffering by playing on.
Apr-25-15 Maslov
zanzibar: Do any of these games belong to this guy? Leonid P Maslov
Apr-25-15 Shirov vs Judit Polgar, 1994
Pulo y Gata: She Robbed Me, Shirov Me Not.
Apr-25-15 Jeremy Lim
HeMateMe: Will game seven of the Western conference finals feature Kawhi Leonard chasing Steph Curry around the 3 pt line for extended periods of time? Remember, I'M the one who told you the NCAA finals would be Wisconsin and Duke.
Apr-25-15 G Andruet vs N Tumurhuyag, 1985
GrahamClayton: 50. ♖h5+ ♔d4 51. ♖h4+ ♔c3 and the checks run out. Black allowed the White pawn promotion with 44. b8♕, as he realised that that the White King would not be able to get back in time to help the rook stop
Apr-25-15 Anand vs Mamedyarov, 2015
zanzibar: A very deep ending... where exactly does Black go from defending to losing? Maybe with 40...Rbc8, maybe that move?
Apr-25-15 FIDE World Team Championship (2015)
MagnusVerMagnus: Ukraine is STRONG!!! ps love you Mariya
Apr-25-15 Adams vs A Giri, 2015
MagnusVerMagnus: So and Adams are friends of MC, that is a good thing it seems.
Apr-25-15 Shkola
Retireborn: <z> Big Database 2002 does indeed have one game by a V.Shkola, which is a loss to M.Ruderfer in the 1970 Dnepropetrovsk Cup.
Apr-25-15 Doll
HeMateMe: That's cute. How does she get predator birds to come so close to her?
Apr-25-15 W So vs Carlsen, 2015
MagnusVerMagnus: < gokusano: > Thank you...I have been watching MCs' games since he lost that great knockout match vs Aronian. Speelman in that match criticized MCs endgame ability and was shown to be a fool. And all the games since then ...
Apr-25-15 Nigel Short
MagnusVerMagnus: < Jim Bartle > < Dionysius1 > OK sorry Dion I knew it was a language miscommunication but Nigel should have the better current Theoretical advantage, if he does not have that then imho he has nothing. And yes Jim he ...
Apr-25-15 Fedorov vs Morozevich, 2015
MagnusVerMagnus: time loss, feel like Moro is someone we have to appreciate, does not seem he will be playing much longer sadly.
Apr-25-15 Carlsen vs Mamedyarov, 2015
morfishine: <MindCtrol9> This gets to the point. Well said *****
Apr-25-15 Mieses vs L Forgacs, 1904
Xonatron: 63. f4+ would have been a win for white, and the last opportunity for white to win. After this, it is a drawn game until the end.
Apr-25-15 Robert James Fischer
A.T PhoneHome: It will have a world-wide appeal once someone fails to catch the javelin. And sorry to drop in, <optimal play>!
Apr-25-15 Carlsen vs R Mamedov, 2015
norami: <chancho> Probably not. But this is the chance of a lifetime for Mamedov. How many unknowns get the chance to defeat the World Champion and deny him first place in a major tournament?
Apr-25-15 Botvinnik vs J H Donner, 1965
A.T PhoneHome: I wish I knew. Anyways, this tournament didn't go so well for Donner in general as he won only one game.
Apr-25-15 Anand vs Carlsen, 2015
RookFile: Anand was close to winning this game.
Apr-25-15 Carlsen vs G Tallaksen Ostmoe, 2005
ToTheDeath: Great game, a shame he doesn't play like this anymore.
Apr-25-15 L Bruzon vs Ivanchuk, 2015
CountryGirl: Interesting development in the Petrov, in the 3.d4 variation. Instead of the older Bd6, black plays an early Qe7 plus g6. It seemed to equalize - but of course it's early days and it was Ivanchuk playing black...
Apr-25-15 Akopian vs R Rapport, 2015
CountryGirl: This is a slightly weird game. In a sideline of a sideline of the Ruy, black milks a king side initiative as far as he can while white develops under fire. Finally when black's initiative is over he forces a repetition....
Apr-25-15 R Mamedov vs Caruana, 2015
GrandMaesterPycelle: The finish is very interesting, and both players avoid some nice, though probably easy for them to spot, traps.
Apr-25-15 M Sana vs A Roach, 2014
A.T PhoneHome: <Fusilli> My pleasure!
Apr-25-15 V Tukmakov vs Korchnoi, 1970
whiteshark: <OhioChessFan: <Black's resignation might be quick at the club levle, but this is an easy win for a Super GM.>> Tukmakov who annotated this game in his biography* wrote: "Kortschnoi managed to make his 40th move just before
Apr-25-15 J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850
Mating Net: Morphy connects with the spirit of Nimzowitsch...36 years prior to Nimzo's birth. This game is a quick crash course in positional and tactical chess in a tidy 14 moves.
Apr-25-15 Diana Mirza
Domdaniel: I was wrong: I won the next one.
Apr-25-15 O Dementiev vs Karpov, 1970
Retireborn: According to my database the second (and last!) time that Karpov played the Alekhine as Black (I don't know if he has played it in recent years though.) Black should play 12...Nd7 or at least 13...a6; after 15.Rc1! his position is ...
Apr-25-15 M Khazankin vs V Bogdanov, 2013
whiteshark: Now bring us back to bingo in the nursing home...
Apr-25-15 M Sana vs C Mabe, 2014
Fusilli: <OCF: Black trading down was anti-intuitive. You were on the defense, lacked space, and he did exactly what you should have been looking to do.> Yes. I still had an extra pawn. Simplifying to get the pawn back was bad business, ...
Apr-25-15 Kramnik vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015
parisattack: When he is 'on' Kramnik's games are so beautiful!
Apr-25-15 Anand vs Adams, 2015
parisattack: Anand the Hypermodern! Wow, he's playing some great chess right now. Back to #2 in the rating list at this time.
Apr-25-15 Garry Kasparov
Benzol: <...billed as the "Battle of the Misogynists".> Interesting appellation. :)
Apr-25-15 E Hansen vs Mamedyarov, 2015
DiscoJew: Manitoba, not Saskatchewan! And we aren't all goon hockey players,some of us are rather sophisticated, don't you know. :-D
Apr-25-15 Edward Lasker
parisattack: Thank you <Caissanist>! Solves that problem for me. The article was an interesting read, but that oddity through me off some.
Apr-25-15 Baadur Jobava
DiscoJew: I heard he is a struggling alcoholic. Anyone know if there is some truth to that? If I'm wrong I don't mean to be spreading rumours. Many great people were are are alcoholics at any rate, and Baadur is clearly an extremely gifted player.
Apr-25-15 Ivanchuk vs Sutovsky, 2015
paavoh: @offramp: <I might have played 57.QxR??> With seconds on your clock, surely most anyone would have, but what about e.g. 15 minutes remaining? It helps if you sit on your hands before making a move. Your fingers stay warm too :-)
Apr-25-15 Nimrod Veinberg
DiscoJew: Well that's a name I haven't heard for a while. Bit unusual.
Apr-25-15 Torbjorn Ringdal Hansen
DiscoJew: New Norweigian Grandmaster! Congratulations on the accomplishment, Torbjorn!
Apr-25-15 Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1992
offramp: <keypusher: <offramp: Sorry to be a bit off-topic. This game is played in Debrecen. Did that town used to have a famous name?> Yes, it used to be called Debrecen.> I think I was just thinking of its German name, Debrezin. ...
Apr-25-15 Savon vs Tal, 1970
Retireborn: <z> The Chess Assistant collection of Tal games gives a draw after 31.fxg5, however they add [...] which implies some further, unknown moves were played. The game is also in Informator, annotated by Kotov, also ends drawn after ...
Apr-25-15 Tal vs Lutikov, 1964
mikealando: What a game. Tal the magnificent.
Apr-25-15 Mikhail Beilin
zanzibar: The book <Bobby Fischer Goes to War> offers one of the more in-depth treatments of the Fischer-Spassky match from Spassky's perspective. As a pivotal member of the Soviet chess apparatus, Beilin offers several insights about ...
Apr-25-15 Lutikov vs Tal, 1955
mikealando: They were drinking buddies: "Colleagues, friends, drinking companions. Lengthy drinking sessions. Merriment, exchanges of views, and conversations, the content of which was impossible to remember on the following murky morning. He ...
Apr-25-15 Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2015
thegoodanarchist: <Kinghunt: ... Carlsen starting to get wins straight from prep is an extremely scary thought.> Not for his fans!
Apr-25-15 Petrosian vs Ljubojevic, 1983
A.T PhoneHome: You have to respect how strong Petrosian was even at this point of his career. Then again, I think that after losing the World Championship he regained his old spirit. Maybe that's just me though. That attack is so destructive!
Apr-25-15 Burn vs Teichmann, 1912
shallowred: 10. Qe2 is "certainly stronger" (Forster); and connecting the Rooks is a more natural move. 12. Rfd1 is natural-looking, but Forster gives 12. b4 as in Thomas-Rubinstein at Carlsbad in 1929 as preferable. mentions that ...
Apr-25-15 Christopher Holland
PhilFeeley: I enjoyed watching this game live. 29...Nxd4 is especially interesting. This should be a game of the day someday: [Event "Small Nations"] [Site "Les Cotils, Guernsey"] [Date "2015.04.25"] [Round "9.1"] [White "Berend, ...
Apr-25-15 Yuriy Kryvoruchko
Penguincw: Congrats to Kryvoruchko for re-entering the 2700 mark on the live ratings, as he currently sits at exactly 2700 after beating Gonzalez Vidal with black today (Round 6). It was an important game too, as the top 3 boards against Cuba were
Apr-25-15 Jakovenko vs Gelfand, 2009
mandor: Thanx for you comments YouRang! Really nice game!
Apr-25-15 Benko vs Foguelman, 1960
ChessCoachClark: Excellent, although simple, continuation puzzle that serves as practice for the Seventh Rank Mate (32. ... Kf8 33. Rc7 and so on).
Apr-25-15 Miles vs Vaisser, 1998
MissScarlett: A short list, indeed.
Apr-25-15 P M List vs Alekhine, 1938
MissScarlett: <P List to meet you again>
Apr-25-15 Genrikh Chepukaitis
zanzibar: I found a picture of him as a young man from <64 N31 Aug 6, 1970 p9>. Submitted to <CG>.
Apr-25-15 L Shmuter vs Y Afek, 1995
offramp: A game that will live on through the ages.
Apr-25-15 Anish Giri
arthuregor: Giri me parece um jogador extremamente superestimado. Nesse ano, já o vi sendo destroçado em dois torneios importantes.Só eu acho isso?
Apr-25-15 Bologan vs J Garcia Padron, 1993
ChessCoachClark: This game makes for two demonstrations of the Royal Skewer (an Absolute Pin on the Queen). One is nearly the end of the game, where the White Queen has a Royal Skewer after the Black Queen makes a self-pin. The other comes in an ...
Apr-25-15 Yates vs Rubinstein, 1925
Howard: This should probably be a GOTD, judging from the number of comments, plus the complexity of the endgame.
Apr-25-15 Anand vs Kasparov, 1999
MissScarlett: <Or rather, they stared at the evaluations of the chess program that they have come to rely on in disbelief, as it told them that Kasparov's position was dead lost. That was the cerdict that Kasparov had seen on the screen of his ...
Apr-25-15 Petrosian vs I Nei, 1983
A.T PhoneHome: Very nice, Petrosian is about to be a piece up!
Apr-25-15 Judit Polgar vs Anand, 1999
arnaud1959: Or simplifies the game by 35.Rd8+ Kf7 36.Rd7+ Kg8 37.Rxg7+ Qxg7 38.Qxg7+ Kxg7 39.Bxf4
Apr-25-15 Anand vs W So, 2015
newton296: I don't think anand missed anything here after 14)...exf4 white looks about = to me and engines seem to agree.
Apr-25-15 Charles Jaffe
Phony Benoni: Charles Jaffe turns 50 (more or less): C Jaffe vs Kashdan, 1933
Apr-25-15 Alekhine vs Gladstone, 1938
MissScarlett: Alex played this sans voir.
Apr-25-15 Hikaru Nakamura
cplyakap: What is 11-0 against Carlsen?This is unbelievable lol.
Apr-25-15 W E Evill
Stonehenge: A good candidate here:
Apr-25-15 Magnus Carlsen
Appaz: A good game, with good chances, but Wesley So was up to the task.
Apr-25-15 Odd Lie
technical draw: <diceman> On the laughter scale I would give that a 7.4.
Apr-25-15 D Naroditsky vs Jakovenko, 2015
SteinitzLives: Good to see Naroditsky win one, albeit with the usually unpromising looking variation of this opening. The centralized white Q was the turning point, followed by the centralized R, and passed P. Nice win.
Apr-25-15 AVRO (1938)
A.T PhoneHome: <Karposian> Of course you can and you did! :P and I appreciate everything you guys have to say. Thanks for the input.
Apr-25-15 Grischuk vs L Dominguez, 2015
SteinitzLives: Nice work by Dominguez, liked how he kept is knight good and pushed the pawns sparingly near the end, as well as kept his king an asset. White bishop and king seemed mostly unable to do much.
Apr-25-15 B Wall vs R Hough, 1977
wwall: 36.Qf2?? was the losing move. White had to play 36.Rxb8+, the move the queen to win. 36. Rxb8+ Kxb8 (36... Rxb8 37.Qf1 f2 38. Qxf2 Bd8 39. Qd4) 37. Qf1 Qxf1+ 38. Rxf1 Bg5 39. Rxf3 Rc8 40. Nb2
Apr-25-15 Ding Liren vs S Shankland, 2015
JohnBoy: It looks to me like 51...b3 52.Qb3 Qd4 is a serious try.
Apr-25-15 D Flores vs Karpov, 2000
offramp: Notes by GM Ron Henley, NM David Koval & Paul Hodges The 17 year old Argentinean Diego Flores has been the sensation of the Miguel Najdorf Chess Festival. After fighting his way through a Swiss qualification stage, the junior ...
Apr-25-15 Paul Heuaecker
offramp: <whiteshark: This is <Paul Heuäcker> (* 16th December 1899 in Hamburg; † 10th July 1969 in Bad Homburg)> Bad Homburg? Is that what he was wearing?
Apr-25-15 G Key
TheFocus: Nicknamed "G-Spot."
Apr-25-15 Zsuzsa Polgar
Everyone: 99% of everything, except me, is rubbish.
Apr-25-15 Szabo vs Hort, 1963
Retireborn: Chessbase and RUSbase have White's 41st move as 41.Rb7 rather than 41.Rg7+, although this makes no difference to the subsequent moves. Hort then provides the following variation: 43.Ra1 Re7 44.Ra8+ Kd7 45.Rxe7+ Rxe7 46.Ra7+ Kc6 47.Rxe7
Apr-25-15 Kramnik vs Adams, 2015
Mr. V: So anyone willing to analyze a rook endgame here? The position a few moves before the finish looks hard to play but I hope to find some way to a concrete win or draw.
Apr-25-15 Carlsen vs Aronian, 2008
Cheapo by the Dozen: I had the same problems as everybody else with the alternate defense.
Apr-25-15 Stepan Lots
torrefan: They always draw this guy before the start of a close tournament.
Apr-25-15 Carlsen vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015
MarkBuckley: keypusher: What if Black doesn't play 24....c6 and just sits there? How does White make progress? A g-pawn advance looks promising: Kh2/Rg1/g4-5. Black appears tied up.

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