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A J Goldsby 
Photograph by Harvey Lerman of Florida Chess.  
A J Goldsby
Number of games in database: 99
Years covered: 1974 to 2013
Highest rating achieved in database: 2283
Overall record: +71 -15 =13 (78.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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A J GOLDSBY
(born Feb-12-1958, 56 years old) United States of America

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A. J. Goldsby was born on February 12, 1958 in the USA. He is a US Life Master and hopes to become a GM. He is a regular kibitzer at chessgames.com where his screen name is User: LIFE Master AJ.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 99  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A J Goldsby vs F Goodenough 1-036 1974 P.C.C. ChampionshipsC54 Giuoco Piano
2. A J Goldsby vs E Jonsson 1-018 1980 Reykjavik OpenB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
3. A J Goldsby vs S Subramanian 0-119 1981 US opC17 French, Winawer, Advance
4. Soltis vs A J Goldsby 1-032 1981 US opB34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
5. A J Goldsby vs R Timetkin 1-026 1981 Golden Knights (Postal)B03 Alekhine's Defense
6. A J Goldsby vs D Baker 0-152 1989 New Orleans OpenC54 Giuoco Piano
7. J Davidson vs A J Goldsby 0-123 1990 USA opB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
8. N Palaveda vs A J Goldsby ½-½59 1993 FL State Champ. (Open)B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
9. A J Goldsby vs R Holt 1-030 1993 FL State Champ. (Open)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
10. G Sanders vs A J Goldsby ½-½31 1993 FL State Champ. (Open)B24 Sicilian, Closed
11. M Gatlin vs A J Goldsby ½-½45 1994 2nd Annual Orlando OpenE00 Queen's Pawn Game
12. L Daniels vs A J Goldsby 0-147 1994 22nd Annual Queen of HeartsA48 King's Indian
13. D Baker vs A J Goldsby 0-126 1995 The Southern OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
14. A J Goldsby vs M Valvo 0-138 1995 New York opB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
15. A J Goldsby vs E Sevillano ½-½51 1995 The Southern OpenC50 Giuoco Piano
16. A J Goldsby vs Tkachiev 0-165 1995 New York opB06 Robatsch
17. A J Goldsby vs Nijboer 0-149 1995 New York opB06 Robatsch
18. M Schulingkamp vs A J Goldsby 0-142 1997 AL State Champ.A45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. A J Goldsby vs L Denton 1-042 1997 AL State Champ.B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
20. A Reeder vs A J Goldsby 0-141 1997 AL State Champ.A48 King's Indian
21. Goldin vs A J Goldsby 1-031 1998 7th Annual S.C.C.O.A70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
22. A J Goldsby vs A Caveney 1-053 1999 30th Southern (Chess) Congress OpenC42 Petrov Defense
23. D Levin vs A J Goldsby 0-158 1999 30th Southern (Chess) Congress OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
24. S Muhammad vs A J Goldsby 0-136 1999 30th Southern (Chess) Congress OpenA48 King's Indian
25. S Whiteman vs A J Goldsby 0-134 1999 30th Southern (Chess) Congress OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
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Mar-12-12
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  LIFE Master AJ: The moral of this story? If you see a fat, (maybe sick) lion sleeping in the tall grass ... leave him strictly alone. You go poking him with a stick, and you never know what will happen.
Mar-12-12
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  skytzo985: AJ, great tournament! Congrats on the win! Hopefully next time, I'll see you over board 1 myself.
Mar-12-12
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  LIFE Master AJ: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain...

The link is for the LA 2012 Pro-Am ... which I won.

<< Mar-12-12 skytzo985: AJ, great tournament! Congrats on the win! Hopefully next time, I'll see you over board 1 myself. <<<>>> >>

Yes, I will look forward to that. Congrats on breaking 1800 for the first time. 2.5 out of three (the first day) is a great result!!!

Mar-12-12
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  LIFE Master AJ: <skytzo985> If you want, send me your game vs. Curry, I would like to see that. (Isn't that the one you won in under 20 moves?)
Mar-12-12
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  skytzo985: He just missed a tactical shot on move 16. It was nothing special that I did.

Pujol - Curry 2012

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 de 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ ef 6.Be3 Bd6 7.Bd3 0-0 8.Qf3 Na6 9.c3 Nc7 10.Ne2 Nd5 11.0-0 Qc7 12.Ng3 Nxe3 13.fe Bxg3 14.hg Be6 15.Kf2 Qd7 16.Bxh7+ 1-0

If 16...Kxh7, 17.Qh5+ Kg8 18.Rh1 and mate on h8
If 16...Kh8, 17.Rh1 and any g-pawn move loses to 18.Qxf6#, while anything else loses to a combination of the discovered check and Qh5 in some order.

Thanks for the congrats as well. My first goal when I started playing tournaments (with a starting rating of 1251) was to make 1800 one day. That day was yesterday! Time for new goals!

Mar-13-12
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  LIFE Master AJ: Yuppers, time to make new goals to shoot for! (CONGRATS!!!!)
Mar-13-12
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  LIFE Master AJ: Jordan M. Pujols (1770) - Stephen Curry (1906)
[B15]
PRO-AM / New Orleans, LA (R#3) / 10,03,2012.
[A.J.G.]

A fun miniature. (upset)

1.e4 c6; 2.d4 d5;

Black plays the Caro-Kann.


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3.Nc3 dxe4; 4.Nxe4 Nf6; 5.Nxf6+ exf6; 6.Be3,

This is a good, solid developing move ... and is fully playable.


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[Personally, I am fond of
the following line - which is
also good for White:
6.c3 Bd6 ; 7.Bd3 0-0 ;
8.Qc2 Re8+ ; 9.Ne2 g6 ;
10.Bh6 Be6 ; 11.h4,


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and White has attacking chances. (Castle Q-side and sack!) ]

6...Bd6; 7.Bd3 0-0; 8.Qf3 Na6; 9.c3 Nc7;

I would rate White as being a tiny bit better here. (space) However, Black's position was more than playable here.


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10.Ne2 Nd5;
According to most engines, Black has fully equalized ... ... ...

Now I like the plan of Bd2, Rae1, and then throw the kitchen sink at the Black King. 11.0-0 Qc7; 12.Ng3 Nxe3; 13.fxe3 Bxg3; 14.hxg3 Be6;

This is the current position ...


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Black has got to be OK here. (The engines confirm this.)

15.Kf2!,
Delightfully diabolical!

[15.Qe4 f5; 16.Qf4 Qxf4; 17.gxf4, - Fritz 12. ]

15...Qd7?; (Really - '??')

Apparently, Black has no clue of what is about to occur here.

[ Black had to play: >/= 15...h7-h6only move;
which is OK and even gives Black a good endgame.
(White has split pawns - which does not promise White an enjoyable ending.)

(The current position.)


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White to move and win.

16.Bxh7+!, " " Black Resigns.

"If 16...Kxh7; 17.Qh5+ Kg8; 18.Rh1, and mate on h8. If 16...Kh8; 17.Rh1, and any g-pawn move loses to 18.Qxf6#, while anything else loses to a combination of the discovered check and Qh5 in some order." - J.M. Pujol

1-0

Mar-13-12
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  LIFE Master AJ: The final eval should have been " " not " " (My bad.)
Mar-13-12
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  Jim Bartle: OK, I'm a terrible player and would probably get crushed by either of these guys. But even I would smell a rat after 15. Kf2, leaving the rooks to occupy the half-open h-file, even more so with the bishop on d3 and the queen ready to jump to the h-file as well.

So pretty good chess from such a great soccer player, and a sad loss by the Warriors guard.

Mar-14-12  jthib: Congrats on your win AJ! I'm the guy that you helped with his clock. Twice! Many thanks for that again!
Mar-14-12
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  skytzo985: Thanks for the props AJ. Curry is a strong player whose results speak for themselves in most instances. It seems I caught him napping here. After 15...h6, I have a tough fight ahead of me involving b4 and Qf4 just to try to keep it drawish. There were ideas of a rook sac on h6, but Fritz found that it was unsound, and Curry (with time) probably would have as well.
Mar-14-12
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  skytzo985: Jim Bartle, the h7 sac is not immediately apparent. It seemed even to me that white needed one more tempo (Rh1) to make an attack possible. I analyzed the line while he considered his 15th move, and once I saw it was devastating, I started looking at the b2 pawn with worry in my eyes in order to induce Qb6. I don't know if he saw me and considered my bluff, but I like to think he did.
Mar-14-12
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  LIFE Master AJ: <<Mar-14-12 jthib: Congrats on your win AJ! I'm the guy that you helped with his clock. Twice! Many thanks for that again!>>

You are very welcome! Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

<skytzo> I agree. Kf2 could be seen as a patzer move, just protecting the pawn. Of course (in hindsight) the threat was there, but just the fact that a strong player (1900+) managed to miss it, means that it was less than obvious. (The "regular crowd" sharpens their tactics every day ... which is why I still come here.)

Mar-14-12
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  Jim Bartle: My only point is that a move like Kf2 should set off warning bells concerning the h-file, as the most likely reason for the move has to be moving a rook to h1.
Mar-14-12
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  LIFE Master AJ: Maybe, maybe not. The fact that a fairly good player - in a rated tournament - missed it, means that it was not so obvious. (Hindsight, however, is always 20-20.)
Mar-14-12
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  Jim Bartle: Oh, my hindsight is much better than 20-20. As a kibitzer I have yet to lose a single game!
Mar-14-12
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  skytzo985: Jim Bartle, I'm pretty sure he did see the open h-file. He probably just didn't realize that I didn't need a rook on h1 to take on h7. I had already played Kf2 before I realized that I could take instantly and force mate (or at least force a queen-for-rook trade). He probably thought he had time to set up ...Bg4 before playing ...h6.
Mar-14-12
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  LIFE Master AJ: <skytzo985> Its a good game, I am glad that I annotated it. Congrats on the win and on breaking 1800 for the first time.
Mar-14-12
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  LIFE Master AJ: And in case you missed it ...

http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain...

The link is for the LA 2012 Pro-Am ... which I won.

Mar-14-12
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  Jim Bartle: "He probably just didn't realize that I didn't need a rook on h1 to take on h7."

Good point.

Mar-14-12
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  waustad: Congrats for the win. I've won a number of class B prizes but never a tournament.
Mar-16-12
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  LIFE Master AJ: <Waustad> Thanks. (I also went 4-0 in Bayside, earlier this year.)
Mar-18-12
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  LIFE Master AJ: March 17th, 2012: Played in the "Birmingham Challenge," (Open); a one-day, 4-round swiss.

I went 4-0, but the highest player that I played was Roger Johnson, a 1900. Won clear 1st, some money and another trophy.

Mar-19-12
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  LIFE Master AJ: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain...

The CT for the Birmingham Challenge, I went from 2238 to 2243.

Mar-19-12  Rook e2: Nice game skytzo985! I had a nice Caro-Kann experience with white too: 1. e4-c6 2. d4-d5 3. Nc3-dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3-Ngf6 6. Ng3-Qc7 7. Bd3-g6 8. Bg5-h6 9. Bd2-Bg7 10. c4-c5 11. 0-0 - 0-0 12. Qc2-Re8 13. Rad1-b6 14. Qc1-Kh7 15. Bf4-Qb7 16. Ne5-Rf8 17. Nxf7-Rxf7 18. Bxg6 Kg8 19. Bxf7 Kxf7 20. Nf5-Ng8 21. Rfe1-Ndf6 22. Rxe7 Nxe7 23. Nd6 Kf8 24. Nxb7-Bxb7 25. d5-Nf5 26. Be5-Ng4 27. Bxg7 Kxg7 28.Qf4

might be a nice puzzle after 17. or 22.

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