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A Nickel 
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Arno Nickel
Number of games in database: 358
Years covered: 1986 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2087 (2101 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2648
Overall record: +158 -33 =165 (67.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      2 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (22) 
    E71 E70 E74 E76 E84
 Sicilian (20) 
    B90 B30 B51 B52 B92
 Nimzo Indian (13) 
    E32 E20 E21 E34 E46
 Grunfeld (12) 
    D99 D85 D97 D75 D87
 Semi-Slav (11) 
    D45 D47 D43
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D37 D31 D35 D36 D38
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (59) 
    B90 B97 B33 B22 B30
 Caro-Kann (39) 
    B12 B16 B14 B10 B15
 Sicilian Najdorf (28) 
    B90 B97 B92 B93 B91
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E54 E32 E20 E21 E58
 King's Indian (13) 
    E92 E97 E81 E76 E60
 Queen's Indian (6) 
    E15 E12 E19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Nickel vs Hydra, 2004 1-0
   Hydra vs A Nickel, 2004 0-1
   A Nickel vs W Class, 1992 1-0
   A Nickel vs The World, 2008 1/2-1/2
   A Nickel vs J van Oosterom, 2005 1-0
   A Nickel vs B Leiber, 1996 1-0
   A Mrugala vs A Nickel, 2003 0-1
   W Class vs A Nickel, 1996 0-1
   G Reichenbacher vs A Nickel, 1986 0-1
   A Nickel vs L Jakobetz, 2005 1/2-1/2

   A Nickel vs A Belezky, 2006

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(born Feb-15-1952, 62 years old) Germany

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Arno Nickel is a well-known Correspondence Grandmaster, promoter of "Freestyle Chess" (similar to Advanced Chess) and publisher of chess books. He was co-editor of a chess journal called Schach Heute (1980), founded the popular Edition Marco (1983), and was editor of Schach Journal alongside Alexander Koblents (1991).

After achieving the Grandmaster title in 2001, he qualified for the Final of the 21st ICCF World Championship (2005-2008), where he finished 5th, beating World Champion Joop van Oosterom in their individual game. In 2004/05 he defeated the supercomputer Hydra (Computer) in a correspondence match, 2.5 to 0.5.

He was the first Correspondence Grandmaster to accept the Chessgames Challenge in 2006. He played against 2617 players, and lost an exciting Sicilian game with the black pieces. In 2008/09 he had a rematch against the World Team and drew.

Later in 2009 Nickel won the very strong invitational Simon Webb Memorial, a category 15 event, ahead of 12 other grandmasters.

In 2010 he started for the German Olympic Team (board 3), which has excellent prospects to achieve either silver or gold. In April 2011 his performances placed him in the top 20 correspondence players worldwide as rated by the ICCF.

Wikipedia article: Arno Nickel

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 358  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. K Kaehler vs A Nickel  0-148 1986 FRG jub40 qg16 corr8687B15 Caro-Kann
2. A Nickel vs R Schmedtmann  0-145 1986 FRG jub40 qg16 corr8687A09 Reti Opening
3. A Holl vs A Nickel 0-123 1986 FRG jub40 qg16 corr8687B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
4. A Nickel vs U Mueller 1-026 1986 FRG jub40 qg16 corr8687A30 English, Symmetrical
5. R Genannt vs A Nickel 0-122 1986 FRG jub40 qg16 corr8687B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
6. A Nickel vs W Heyland 1-041 1986 FRG jub40 qg16 corr8687A15 English
7. W Schoen vs A Nickel ½-½50 1986 FRG jub40 qg16 corr8687E41 Nimzo-Indian
8. A Nickel vs H Gnirk 1-022 1986 FRG jub40 qg16 corr8687A04 Reti Opening
9. G Reichenbacher vs A Nickel 0-154 1986 FRG jub40 qg16 corr8687B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
10. A Nickel vs W Schubert ½-½57 1986 FRG jub40 qg16 corr8687A15 English
11. W Moser vs A Nickel  0-122 1988 FRG jub40 sf2 corr8889B12 Caro-Kann Defense
12. A Nickel vs Richter  1-034 1988 FRG jub40 sf2 corr8889A10 English
13. J Blauert vs A Nickel  1-055 1988 Schleswig Holstein-ch 43rdB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
14. A Nickel vs H U Kock 0-155 1988 Schleswig Holstein-ch 43rdA53 Old Indian
15. M Holzhaeuer vs A Nickel 0-124 1988 FRG jub40 sf2 corr8889B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
16. A Nickel vs A Nowak ½-½50 1988 FRG jub40 sf2 corr8889A21 English
17. W Homuth vs A Nickel  ½-½41 1988 Schleswig Holstein-ch 43rdE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
18. A Nickel vs W Reher 1-032 1988 Schleswig Holstein-ch 43rdA37 English, Symmetrical
19. R Helmreich vs A Nickel  ½-½35 1988 FRG jub40 sf2 corr8889B12 Caro-Kann Defense
20. A Nickel vs H Leserer 1-041 1988 FRG jub40 sf2 corr8889D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. P Wahlbrink vs A Nickel  0-136 1988 FRG jub40 sf2 corr8889E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
22. A Nickel vs H Bua  ½-½34 1988 Schleswig Holstein-ch 43rdA22 English
23. P Dahms vs A Nickel 1-022 1988 Schleswig Holstein-ch 43rdE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
24. A Nickel vs H Kaiser  1-026 1988 FRG jub40 sf2 corr8889A17 English
25. E Neumann vs A Nickel  0-125 1988 FRG jub40 sf2 corr8889B12 Caro-Kann Defense
 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 358  PGN Download
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  Stonehenge: Happy Birthday :)
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  OhioChessFan: <DanLanglois: I've tried a couple of 26th moves, not liking the result. How about: 23. Qd2 a5 24. f4 b4 25. cxb4 Qxb4 26. Qe3 ..>

In a later post, he suggests: <26...Ba6 27. Red2 Kg8 >

I am not a tactical player at all, but I think this is on the right track. Ba6 is a clearance move to get the Rook to b8. I am with Arno in that I think 25...axb4 is correct. I also see the point of the Bishop clearance, but I wonder if that is to the wrong square, ie, 23. Qd2 a5 24. f4 b4 25. cxb4 axb4 26. Qe3 <Ba8> The Bishop on the long diagonal has his eye on f3 and g2, has a chance to get to d5, and still clears b8 for the Rook. My intuition tells me this is playable, though I can't get much farther than that. I have asked <RandomVisitor> to have Rybka take a look at it.

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I will note that there are indeed a lot of "null moves" for Black after 23. Qd2, as Arno has suggested. It reminds me of a Team Game where White got overextended, and the whole team knew we were crushed long before the engines did. We had no break moves at all.

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  OhioChessFan: If anyone is trying to decipher my last post, don't bother. I managed to combine 2 totally different lines. The diagram isn't close to what the typed out lines would lead to. I will look again and try to rehabilitate the post.
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  OhioChessFan: Okay, the diagram was what I was after, not the line I posted. So, after 23. Qd2 a5 24. f4 b4 25. cxb4 Qxb4 26. Qe3 Ba8

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And now what? I thought 27. a3 Qb7 and I don't see much of a plan for White. <RandomVisitor> said Rybka went for 27. a3 Qb8 and again, I don't see much for White. Red2 is the strong move in the 26...Ba6 line that <DanLanglois> proposed, and I think 26...Ba8 negates that completely.

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  OhioChessFan: FWIW, another non-null move for Black in the 23. Qd2 line is Rh5.
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  Stonehenge: Happy Birthday :)
Feb-15-11  Penguincw: Happy 59th birthday <Arno Nickel>.
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  whiteshark: Many happy returns of the day, GM Nickel!
Feb-18-11  Penguincw: I wonder when <Arno Nickel> will visit again.He hasn't played any games recently nor has he visited recently.
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  lost in space: A bit late?! Happy 59th birthday
Mar-20-11  YourNickname: Can he beat Rybka or Houdini in Correspondence chess? I wish he tryed, it would be a great game.
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  Arno Nickel: Thanks all for your warm greetings and be sure I am still playing chess and enjoy reading here... has recently updated my biography and is also going to update my database. Just now I am playing 4 ICCF tournaments, two of them close to be finished (this year), Olympiad 17 final, Champions League A, which is the top group (my team renamed to "Trojanische Schachautomaten Berlin", in English: Trojan Chess Automats...), and two other, which started in 2010 and will last for a while: WC30/ct03 (=WCC candidates) and MT Keres 95, which is an invitational. In total that means 35 games, which is a bit too much, but about 9 of these games don't require that much time (effectively won or dead draws); so the "feeled" number is around 25. As the engines get stronger and stronger from year to year, opening preparation and opening choice become more and more important. You also have to be ready to take chances, if you want to win a tournament (and hope that some of your opponents feel the same or don't understand what's going on). I can still find a lot of positionally weak or at least questionable moves in engine evaluations - so there won't be a "Remistod" (death by draws) of correspondence chess in near future. Sometimes inner dialogues while analysing critical positions remind me on our battles here, when it comes to the point of decision - you have to move (or vote) even, if you couldn't find absolute clearness. This shows how great chess is - a never ending story full of miracles and surprises. All the best,
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  OhioChessFan: <GMAN: As the engines get stronger and stronger from year to year, opening preparation and opening choice become more and more important.>

Do you mean searching for Opening Novelties, or being careful what Opening you play against certain players? Or something else?

Apr-09-11  myschkin: . . .

Der Fernschachmeister als Schach-Forscher

".. Um im Fernschach heutzutage zum Erfolg zu kommen, muss man Leistungen und Vorgaben («Eröffnungstheorie») aus dem Nahschachbereich kritischer denn je analysieren. Viele Erfolgsrezepte und -konzepte aus dem Nahschach überzeugen im Fernschach nicht, weil der strenge elektronische Sekundantenstab sich zu Recht unbeeindruckt von ihnen zeigt, nicht zuletzt auch weil Nahschachspieler insgeheim immer ein wenig auf die menschlichen Schwächen ihrer Gegner spekulieren, was aber im Fernschach selten funktioniert. .."

(von Walter Eigenmann)

Glück auf Arno zeig ihnen wo der Hammer hängt!

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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

" PC programs do not understand <the long-term <strategical character <of counterplay <on color-related field complexes>>>>. This leads to systematic misjudgments of the strength of variations."

-- Arno Nickel

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  Cemoblanca: The resemblance to Brion James (48 Hrs./Blade Runner/The Fifth Element) is amazingly perfect. Specifically with the profile photo. ;0) >>>
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  Stonehenge: Happy Birthday :)
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  whiteshark: Alles Gute zum heutigen Geburtstag, Arno!!
Mögen noch viele weitere folgen. :D
Feb-15-12  brankat: Happy Birthday Mr.Nickel!
Feb-15-12  Penguincw: Happy Birthday GM Nickel! Any re-matches maybe?
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  talisman: happy birthday!
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  Karpova: Happy birthday, GM Nickel!
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  WannaBe: Happy Birthday!!
Feb-15-12  Penguincw: Say, where is User: Arno Nickel?
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  Stonehenge: Happy Birthday :)
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