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My name is Markus Jakobi, I am 52 years old and living in Wiesbaden, which is the capital of Hesse and a town 40 kilometers away from Frankfurt/Main in Germany. I am playing mail chess since I have been 14,5 years old (+15, =28, -18), but from 1982 until 2015 without computer assistance. My mail chess rating is Elo 2000 and my favourite chess players are Francois-André Danican Philidor (France, +), WC Dr Friedrich Baumbach ([East] Germany), GM Wolfgang Uhlmann ([East] Germany), GM Lev Polugaevsky (Soviet Union / Russia, +), WC Robert James Fischer (USA, +), GM Gennady Nesis (Soviet Union / Russia), WC Anatoly Karpov (Soviet Union / Russia), GM Stefan Kindermann (Austria/Germany), FM Dr Thomas Bohn ([West] Germany), WC Garry Kasparov (Soviet Union / Russia), Stefan Meyer ([West] Germany), Uwe Kettner ([West] Germany), Joerg Schultheis ([West] Germany), GM Igor Khenkin (Soviet Union / Russia/Germany), and WC Vladimir Kramnik (Soviet Union / Russia). I consider Garry Kasparov, Robert James Fischer, Anatoly Karpov, and Francois-André Danican Philidor as the four strongest chess players in history. In my opinion the three most talented chess players in history were/are WC José Raul Capablanca (Cuba, +), Paul Morphy (USA, +), and WC Viswanathan Anand (India). GM Judit Polgar (Hungary), WC Maia Chiburdanidze (Soviet Union / Georgia), WC Nona Gaprindashvili (Soviet Union / Georgia), Vera Menchik (England, +), WC Yifan Hou (China), WC Xie Jun (China), and GM Aleksandra Goryashkina (Russia) are/were the seven strongest female chess players in history. My favourite first moves with White are 1.d4, 1.c4, 1.Nf3, and 1.e4 and my favourite openings with black are the French, Sicilian Najdorf, Caro-Kann, Giuoco Piano, Ruy Lopez, King's Indian, Volga-Benko Gambit, Nimzo Indian, Queen's Indian, Modern Benoni, Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, and King's Indian Attack (Grunfeld Indian and Slav approach).

   Damenlaeuferbauer has kibitzed 82 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-15-19 Alekhine vs Tylor, 1937 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, the immortal Alexander A. Alekhine finally found the combination 43.Rg8+!,Kxg8 44.Nf6+,Kf8/g7/h8 45.Nxh5 +-. The end of this game at Margate 1937 reminds me to the two epic encounters V. Petrosian - B. Spassky, Moscow (m/10) 1966 and B. Spassky - R. ...
   Oct-14-19 Lombardy vs N Spiridonov, 1964 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, the catholic priest Bill finally found the mate in two moves with 33.Rh5+!,Kxh5 34.Rh7#. Four years earlier, he had won a game with the black pieces at the students chess olympiad in Leningrad (Boris Spassky's home town) against Spassky, who was ...
   Oct-12-19 Zsofia Polgar vs Smyslov, 2000 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: The 79 years old former WC Vasily Smyslov was nearly blind, when he played this game, but it did not matter, because he had already found the eternal harmony of the royal game!
   Oct-11-19 Caruana vs Korchnoi, 2011
Damenlaeuferbauer: Maybe this is the last eternal game in Victor Lvovich's long-lasting chess career: a win at the age of 79 years with the black pieces in his beloved Ruy Lopez against a later contender for the world's crown - very, very impressive indeed!
   Oct-09-19 F Vallejo Pons vs N Huschenbeth, 2010 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, my then 18 years old German compatriot Niclas finally trapped the white queen with 22.-,Nd4! 23.Bxd4,e6 (she has no square on the whole board) 24.Bxg7,exd5 25.Bxf8,Rxf8 ... and won the game 80 moves later.
   Oct-08-19 I Denisov vs R Skomorokhin, 2009 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: Because his rook was attacked, after long pondering my old Russian friend Roman (who has the same patronym as the immortal Victor Kortchnoi) finally found 37.-,Rxc2! 38.Kxc2,Qxc3+ 39.Kc1,Bd2+ 40.Kd1,Be3+ 41.Ke1,Qd2#. By the way, today is the 27th anniversary of the death ...
   Oct-07-19 Tal vs P Mejic, 1974 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: The immortal Mikhail Tal played of course 24. Rxd6! and was a piece up, because poor Petar Mejic could not recapture the rook with 24.-,Rxd6 due to 25. Qe8#.
   Oct-02-19 Ju Wenjun vs A Goryachkina, 2019
Damenlaeuferbauer: When I lied in bed with a cold and watched this game 10 days ago via live transmission on the internet, I was really shocked, that a reigning women world chess champion could not win an elementary, table base-won rook ending with about 25 minutes on the clock (so time ...
   Sep-25-19 Euwe vs Udo Cawi, 1950 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, my old Dutch friend Machgielis, who was the fifth world champion from 1935 to 1937 and the second-last reliable president of FIDE from 1970 to 1978, won with 32.Rxe8+!?,Kxe8 33.Qg8+,Kd7 34.Qxa8 or even 34.Qxf7+!?, but 32.Bxe6! would have been the best
   Sep-23-19 Anand vs Van Wely, 1998 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, my old Indian friend Vishy finally found 35.Bxg6!,hxg6 36.Rh2 with a mate attack. Unfortunately, this brilliant chess player isn't still world champion anymore.
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