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Jan-17-17 Kenneth S Rogoff
TheFocus: And they sang and they danced to <Putin on the Hits!>.
Jan-17-17 Wesley So
Viktorerro: Kapag naka lusot sa 5 % 6 na "Putok", ang Rd 7 tiyak Papatok sa Pa Usok. Mag sindi nang Katol sa 5 and 6 para pangontra putok para ma aliwalas ang atmospir sa Rd 7, at wala na ang mga lamok, pero kung may surot, well, feel free to set ...
Jan-17-17 Carlsen vs Wei Yi, 2017
ColeTrane: Thinking, "...go ahead and put that knight on e4 see what happens...." since playing Qc1....
Jan-17-17 S Popel vs R Chalker, 1969
OhioChessFan: Ouch.
Jan-17-17 A Reshko vs O Kaminsky, 1972
Albion 1959: Correction final comment Verdict - 61 a8=N does not lead to a win. Did not quite proof read it properly before posting!
Jan-17-17 Steinitz vs Bird, 1899
KEG: As Knight13 pointed out nearly nine years ago on this site, the key moment of this brief game was Bird's 11...Nh5. While the best move was probably 11...e5, there is no doubt that by 11...Nh5 Bird was able to trade off most of the pieces and ...
Jan-17-17 Biographer Bistro
zanzibar: More pres·ti·dig·i·ta·tion from the one and only <offramp>.
Jan-17-17 Tata Steel (2017)
jphamlore: I wonder if there is any way for money to be funneled to the Dutch world champion contract bridge team, who seem poised to win a couple more championships the next few years, especially with the events to be held in Europe and even on ...
Jan-17-17 L Machado vs K McDonald, 2016
thegoodanarchist: <morfishine: <24.Qf6+> Machado, Machado man I wanna be, a Machado Man! *****> It takes a Village, people!
Jan-17-17 Geller vs Smyslov, 1967
ughaibu: In this database, after 6...Ng4, there are no white wins, three draws and six(!) black wins.
Jan-17-17 B Adhiban vs Eljanov, 2017
thegoodanarchist: White turned into a Baskar case! Er, I meant, Basket case.
Jan-17-17 Van Wely vs W So, 2017
thegoodanarchist: By move 16, Wesley had his king on e4! Oh, excuse me, I meant to say, he had a KING KNIGHT on e4.
Jan-17-17 A Guest vs J Mason, 1887
tpstar: Black to Play and Win after 35. hxg4. Recapturing the Queen with 35. Rxg4 would have avoided this possibility, leading to a likely draw.
Jan-17-17 M Mrva vs J Dudas, 2001
Big Pawn: <morfishine: One of the worst games showcased as "Game of the Day"> I liked the game. It's cool to see those black bishops stuck in the corner like that. It was a really bad position. So bad that it makes the game interesting. This
Jan-17-17 H Buckle vs Loewenthal, 1851
tpstar: Black to Play and Win after 26. Kh2. 36. Bxf3 gxf3 37. Kg1 becomes an instructive K&P ending: [DIAGRAM] The Pf3 and the Ph3 can protect each other, provided they wait until White's King attacks one of them to move; not 37 ... h2+? 38. ...
Jan-17-17 Hans Berliner
wwall: I added a Berliner bio to my chess page at
Jan-17-17 Jeremy Lim
plang: 2 of the last 3 Super Bowls were won by teams that stressed defense (Seattle and Denver). Not sure there really was a dominant defensive team this year.
Jan-17-17 A Giri vs D Andreikin, 2017
Amulet: I came to know the breaking news of the hour, that Giri, again made a brilliant job of methodically converting his huge advantage to a magnificent drawn game! Unbelievable!
Jan-17-17 K Leffmann vs Zukertort, 1877
tpstar: If the final position was White to play instead, then 59. Kb2 Kd2 60. a3 (60. Ka1 c1=Q#) c1=Q+ 61. Ka2 Kc2/Kc3 62. axb4 Qb2#, or 61 ... bxa3 62. b4 Qb2#. Black to play wins with 59 ... Kc3 60. a3/a4 bxa3 61. b4 Kb3 62. Kd2 Kb2 (The ...
Jan-17-17 F Madan vs J Keynes, 1874
tpstar: Black to Play and Win after 12. Bh4. Black to Play and Win after 16. fxg3.
Jan-17-17 V Green vs Steinitz, 1864
tpstar: Tripled Pawns like this are called the Irish Center. The final position is an instructive K&P endgame for juniors and students: [DIAGRAM] Black wins due to the Opposition, thus 38 ... f6! 39. Kf3 f5 40. exf5 Kxf5 0-1 (instead of 38 ... ...
Jan-17-17 Martin Folkmann
GrahamClayton: Folkmann's last mention in any chess publications was in 1938. He is presumed to have died as a direct result of World War 2. The Red Cross apparently tried to find out a definitive date, location and cause of death, but found ...
Jan-17-17 Dezso Elekes
GrahamClayton: Elekes served with the Austro-Hungarian army during World War 1, and claimed to be playing as many as 50-60 correspondence games simultaneously during this time.
Jan-17-17 Iqbal Ahmad
GrahamClayton: Iqbal Ahmad is still the only Pakistani player to compete in an ICCF World Championship Final tournament.
Jan-17-17 J Thompson vs Morphy, 1857
tpstar: ChessBase 13 gives 21. Qe2 Qxh1 0-1. After 15 ... Nd3+ Morphy must have known that he had a strategically won game.
Jan-17-17 P van't Veer
GrahamClayton: After qualifying for the first ICCF World Championship final, van't Veer then finished at the bottom of Qualifying Group H for the second ICCF World Championship, with a score of 0/6.
Jan-17-17 Mattii Lautamaki
GrahamClayton: Matti Lautamaki's main claim to fame was winning the first Kenyan Correspondence Chess Championship in 1996-1999.
Jan-17-17 Kibitzer's Café
harrylime: Oh AND I LOVE A CHESS SITE WHICH RANKS wesley so ABOVE Robert Fischer lol lol I love this site ! lol lol lol
Jan-17-17 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016)
AylerKupp: <<chessfilmmaker> I said 10 moves perfectly, not 70. 10 moves perfectly, any imperfect move would be a draw. It is extraordinarily difficult for Black to win in computer like fashion.> Well, excuse me. I must have gotten you
Jan-17-17 Chiburdanidze vs O A Andreieva, 1973
Cheapo by the Dozen: This game is nice puzzle material. I'd start it before White's Move 20.
Jan-17-17 P Rout vs M Al Sayed, 2016
chrisowen: 34.Rxf7+ muffs etc flungebb bud mat 2 it oks von due cuff fleck cub feels lakes cud fence cudgel fun guv nub chefs chuff cleft cup feets curfew cuffs cut feels lakes cue fects fem flume feels lakes ments fumble muffs fluffs egg het ...
Jan-17-17 Estrin vs Berliner, 1965
cro777: The game is annotated by IM Sagar Shah who, as a young lad, read Hans Berliner's book "The System: A World Champion's Approach to Chess" which lays out a set of principles that Berliner used to guide him to the right moves: ...
Jan-17-17 N Grandelius vs J Xiong, 2017
Atking: Very cleverly played. Suddenly white proud d pawn became a weakness.... Funny final position all attack in King side looks as a "tiger of paper".
Jan-17-17 Spassky vs Fischer, 1960
Clement Fraud: <tonim> <great positional player became a real fighter at chessboard. To bad he was so lazy, he had talent to become greatest player ever.> In my personal view, Boris Spassky wasn't lazy at all: It might be controversial
Jan-17-17 Maia Chiburdanidze
TheFocus: Happy birthday, Maia!! Player of the Day and former World Champion.
Jan-17-17 William Ewart Napier
TheFocus: Happy birthday, William Napier.
Jan-17-17 Yinglun Xu
sonia91: He has 2 GM norms, both from Qatar Masters, iirc. I suppose he aims straight for the GM title. Alexandr Predke was untitled until he became GM.
Jan-17-17 Tata Steel (Challengers) (2017)
sonia91: The WGM is actually a GM-elect:
Jan-17-17 Van Wely vs Eljanov, 2017
ChessHigherCat: <catlover> Intuitively it looked like a cheapo pawn-snatching move but sometimes better players get away with that stuff so I wanted to know the refutation. Anyway, thanks, your refutation with Ng4 looks faster than than mine
Jan-17-17 D E Rumens vs Hecht, 2001
whiteshark: Why is the Rum always gone?
Jan-17-17 A J Mestel vs D E Rumens, 1978
whiteshark: Why is the Rum always gone?
Jan-17-17 Spassky vs Uhlmann, 1976
ChessHigherCat: Especially since the state traffic police are unlikely to be sympathetic (they tend to favor dwarf-tossing over chess).
Jan-17-17 R Blodig vs Tarjan, 2016
whiteshark: O blodig, where art thou?
Jan-17-17 Jiner Zhu vs W Doudou, 2015
whiteshark: the way of the doudou
Jan-17-17 Hastings Masters (2016/17) (2016)
Onsey Seyon: Just remember that Tasty Hasty is Hasty Puddin', & another reminder that 'just open the door & pop it in'--soon will come out something yum-yummy--hope it can all be stomached as in formere times so in ladder! There you are.
Jan-17-17 W So vs R Rapport, 2017
tamar: the idea of 33...c6 is to get the Queen to a7 where it can set up a battery on f2 if 34 bxc6 (not best, but shows the idea clearest) Qa7 35 Rg3 Rf2+ [DIAGRAM] 33...c6 appears to be extremely hard for humans to find. Probably because it is ...
Jan-17-17 T Hillarp Persson vs Hector, 2003
fispok: C5 is such a lovely outpost for the rook in these QGDish endgames. The shabalov attack can be surprisingly positional.
Jan-17-17 T Hillarp Persson vs Hector, 2006
fispok: What a fortress, the paired bishops and rooks proved to be inseparable.
Jan-17-17 H Westerinen vs Ulf Andersson, 1980
Howard: Back in 1980, Andersson was considered to be one of the world's top players in the endgame.
Jan-17-17 Y Zhou vs T Hillarp Persson, 2012
fispok: Cant seal the long diagonal, plus i doubt immediately giving up the bishop pair couldn't have been helpful.
Jan-17-17 Volodia Vaisman
Stonehenge: The mistake is here: Hebden vs V Vaisman, 1990 , I'll submit a correction slip.
Jan-17-17 Marshall vs Nimzowitsch, 1930
Gypsy: <suenteus po 147> Oh, this is a grand read! Thx!
Jan-17-17 Wojtaszek
posoo: I VERY MUCH like DIS man can we PLEASE KEEP HIM!?
Jan-17-17 L Engels vs K Richter, 1939
clement41: In this ...
Jan-17-17 Berliner vs Fischer, 1957
Howard: It appears that the just-deceased Berliner probably missed a forced win at the end, but it's hard to say for sure.
Jan-17-17 A Giri vs W So, 2017
John Abraham: There is artistic merit in Giri's games regarding how he can make these draws look so effortlessly easy. He is developing his legacy into becoming the modern-day Petrosian.
Jan-17-17 M Turov vs T Hillarp Persson, 2015
fispok: One move too short, he didn't calculate the last check.
Jan-17-17 Sarasadat Khademalsharieh
WannaBe: Wow, such a lovely young lady!
Jan-17-17 Bart Michiels
zanzibar: Here's a little more about InventiChess, from the 2009 version: <The InventiChess event takes place on 18-26th September in the Inventi training center, a hundred meters away from the City Hall in the center of the historical downtown
Jan-17-17 Spassky vs Ghitescu, 1967
Eduardo Bermudez: One could understand better this game after read that Gligoric said about this wonderful chess game in his column "game of the month"
Jan-17-17 R Rapport vs R Wojtaszek, 2017
belgradegambit: 51. Nd3 played. Looks drawish but still some tricks.
Jan-17-17 Houdini vs Komodo, 2016
j4jishnu: Flawlessly Flawless!
Jan-17-17 Anand vs Macieja, 2000
plang: Game 2 of their 4th round match in the World Championship tournament; this win clinched the match 1.5-0.5 for Anand who went on to defeat Khalifman, Adams and Shirov to win the tournament. 19 Nd3? had been played by Anand in a 1994 ...
Jan-17-17 McShane vs Judit Polgar, 2012
kevin86: another knotty situation for white.
Jan-17-17 P Bilguer vs NN, 1840
NM JRousselle: That's a mean team of horses in the middle of the board at the end of the game.
Jan-17-17 Chiburdanidze vs N Gaprindashvili, 1978
Honza Cervenka: 34...a3! could have saved the day for Nona. Also instead 31...Qe7 it was better to play 31...Qxb2 with idea 32.Nxe4 Qe2 and 33...Qxe4.
Jan-17-17 R Granata
MissScarlett: Nor:
Jan-17-17 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016
Al2009: <1971> <"22...a5! is one of the best moves I've ever seen. This game typifies Carlsen's style."> IDIOT, IDIOT, 1000 TIMES IDIOT!! I showed 22...Nh5! to 4 GM, and all of them agreed that 22...Nh5! and the sac 23... Ng3!! were
Jan-17-17 NN vs F Rhine, 2016
Gregor Samsa Mendel: <FSR>--Although your opponent in this game was NN, you were actually the one left with NN at the end of the game.
Jan-17-17 Margate (1937)
ughaibu: Alekhine wasn't world champion, again, until December.
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 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 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 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 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 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.

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