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Member since Sep-04-04
Favorite Players: Garry Kasparov, Mikhail Tal, Anatoly Karpov, Boris Spassky. (montage of photos of a young Kasparov) (a 50 min long lecture by Kasparov on Fischer) (ICC tribute to Fischer) (press conference with Boris Spassky at the 2008 Olympiad)

I like playing both 1.d4 and 1.e4 as White, although I'm probably more of a 1.d4 player at the moment. Some of my favourite openings from the White side are the 6.Bg5 variation of the Najdorf, the Ruy Lopez, the Botvinnik Semi-Slav and the King's Indian Taimanov variation. As Black I enjoy playing the Sicilian Najdorf, the QGD Semi-Slav, and most recently the King's Indian.


Players collections

Game Collection: Paul Morphy's Best Games

Game Collection: Jose Raul Capablanca's Best Games

Game Collection: Alexander Alekhine's Best Games

Game Collection: Mikhail Botvinnik's Best Games

Game Collection: Mikhail Tal's Best Games

Game Collection: Tigran Petrosian's Best Games

Game Collection: Boris Spassky's Best Games

Game Collection: Robert Fischer's Best Games

Game Collection: Anatoly Karpov's Best Games

Game Collection: Garry Kasparov's Best Games

Game Collection: Akiba Rubinstein's Best Games

Game Collection: Rashid Nezhmetdinov's Best Games

Game Collection: Ray Keene's Best Games

Game Collection: Brilliant Miniatures

White Repertoire

Queen's Pawn (1.d4)

Game Collection: The Taimanov 9.Ne1 variation of the KID

Game Collection: Grunfeld, Modern Exchange 8.Rb1

Game Collection: Nimzo-Indian, Rubinstein Variation

Game Collection: Queen's Indian Defence, Petrosian Variation

Game Collection: Benko Gambit for White

Game Collection: Modern Benoni, Taimanov Attack

Game Collection: Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange Variation

Game Collection: Queen's Gambit Accepted, 3.e4

Game Collection: Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch Defence

Game Collection: Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch Defence

Game Collection: Slav Defence, Dutch Variation

Game Collection: Semi-Slav 5.Bg5

Black Repertoire

Game Collection: Sicilian Najdorf

Game Collection: King's Indian

Game Collection: Semi-Slav

Game Collection: Trompowsky, 2...c5

Game Collection: Anti-Sicilians

Game Collection: Anti-KIDs

<The hardest game to win is a won game.> - Emanuel Lasker

<Life is too short for chess.> - Byron

<When Victor replied to 1.e4 with 1...d6, I would have immediately severed my connections with this self-destroyer. A man of artistic temperament overestimated his strength and thought that he could place his bishop on g7 against Karpov! There are very few madmen who risk employing Pirc or King's Indian against Karpov.> - Alexsander A Shashin

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K Winner of the 2008 Caissar Award for Best Games Collection. K

>> Click here to see KingG's game collections. Full Member

   KingG has kibitzed 4888 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-06-17 Garry Kasparov (replies)
KingG: It will be interesting to see if this is a one-off, or the start of a genuine come-back. It will probably depend on how he plays. I doubt he will embarrass himself though.
   Aug-22-16 Speelman vs I A Nataf, 2001
KingG: <soughzin> I've left a message for you at
   Aug-01-16 Kiril D Georgiev vs Topalov, 1995
KingG: Topalov pointed out after the game that he could have played 59...Kg6! 60.Rf2 Kh5! 61.Rc2 Kg4 (reminiscent of Short's famous King march against Timman) 62.Qc4 (preventing ...Kf3) Qxc4 63.Rxc4 Ra8 64.Rc2 Ra1! 65.Rb2 Kf3, when White is in virtual zugzwang.
   Jul-12-16 G Neumann vs Anderssen, 1870
KingG: Black's play in this game, in Nimzo-Indian style, seems almost before its time.
   Jul-11-16 M Matlakov vs E Inarkiev, 2012
KingG: White missed a couple wins in this game, possibly due to time trouble. 35.Qg7 Ke7 36.g5! Qxd4 37.h3! Qd2 38.g6 Qg5+ 39.Kh1 Later on, 37.Rxf8 Kxf8 38.Qh6+ Kg8 39.Rc1!, and the threat of Rc7 is decisive. However, Black had an amazing way of defending against this attack earlier on. ...
   Jun-22-16 Portisch vs M Orr, 1988
KingG: The score is wrong (obviously). Black played 34...Rg7 (which explains the apparent 'blunder' by White later on).
   Jun-06-16 Viktor Korchnoi (replies)
KingG: Great player, with an incredible love for chess. RIP.
   Jul-01-14 Korchnoi vs Simagin, 1960 (replies)
KingG: Very nice attack.
   Jun-23-14 Kasparov vs Ljubojevic, 1990 (replies)
KingG: <6.e4 d:c4?? (is this a move?)> I take it Fischer never played any dubious opening moves, and never had any played against him then. Several grandmasters since then have also considered that this was a move incidentally, so the double question mark is way over the top. Timman is
   Jun-18-14 FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014) (replies)
KingG: It's a shame Grischuk couldn't hold himself together. He'll be kicking himself for losing that position with such a huge advantage on the clock.
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  KingG: <Kasparov wrote a series of articles on these simuls for Chess Life. At one point I had all those old magazines, but over the course of several moves I purged them to the point where I apparently only have one of the articles now. If I find a source for the others, I may be able to add to the introductory material.> That would be great. It's a shame Chess Life don't put all their old copies up online.
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  crawfb5: The <very> old issues, up to about 1975, are available on DVD, so they may come out at some point in the future. The Kasparov articles were in the mid-1990s. I don't think I have a local library with issues from that era, but I will keep looking.
Oct-08-09  The Rocket: whats your rating king G?
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  KingG: <The Rocket> I don't have a FIDE rating. Why do you ask?
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  chancho: Happy Holidays <KingG>
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  KingG: <chancho> Happy holidays to you too!
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  KingG: I blew a completely winning positions against a GM today in a rapid game.

White: KingG
Black: GM Alexander Cherniaev

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 e4 5.Nd2 Qe7 6.e3 h5 7.Qc2 Bf5 8.b4 g6 9.Be2 Bg7 10.a4 Nbd7 11.Ba3 c6 12.c5 d5 13.b5 0-0 14.h3 h4 15.Nb3 Rfc8 16.Kd2 Nf8 17.Rhc1 Ne6 18.Na2 g5 19.Bb2 Bg6 20.Nb4 Ne8 21.a5 Nd8 22.a6 b6 23.cxb6 Qxb4+ 24.Bc3 Qe7 25.b7 Nxb7 26.axb7 Qxb7 27.Na5 Qe7 28.Nxc6 Qf6 29.Ke1 Rxc6 30.bxc6 Qxc6 31.Qa4 Qd6 32.Bb4 Qh2 33.Qc6 Rb8 34.Bd6 Qxd6 0-1

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Position after 23.cxb6!.

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Position before 34.Bd6??.

I don't really know what to say other than it's one of the worst instances of chess blindness I've ever had. I had a bit less than 5 minutes at that point, and although I was way down on time, I had enough to double check what I was doing. I think what happened was after 32.Qh2, I had planned 33.Bf1, but then noticed my bishop was hanging, and then quickly played 34.Bd6?? to 'save' it, forgetting that his knight would have hanged on e8 after ...Rxb4. In fact, it's almost as if I somehow blanked the knight out completely.

Needless to say I was a bit shocked by what happened, and in the next round I managed to blow another completely winning position against a much weaker player, only to make a lucky draw.

I guess I'll just have to chalk this up to experience. In general two of my biggest weaknesses are getting into time trouble and relaxing in winning positions. Hopefully this game will teach me not to make those mistakes again.

Dec-05-09  Red October: wow, but congrats on playing so well to get to the won position..
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  KingG: <Red October> Thanks. I'm not sure how well I played though, since I haven't analysed the game. I've got a feeling it had more to do with my opponent playing horribly.
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  chancho: A very Happy New Year <KingG>!
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  KingG: For some reason I'm playing absolutely horribly in blitz at the moment, losing a lot of games on time, overlooking basic tactics, etc. However, I did play one game today that cheered me up slightly, as I think it's the first double bishop sacrifice that I can remember playing. Admittedly it was basically the most favourable conditions imaginable for one(and as usual this is just a 3 min game), but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

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White : KingG
Black : NN

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 b6 4.e4 Bb7 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.Nge2 Nb4 7.Bb1 c5 8.d5 d6 9.O-O e5 10.f4 exf4 11.Bxf4 Be7 12.e5 dxe5 13.Bxe5 O-O 14.Ng3 Nd7 15.Bxh7+ Kxh7 16.Qh5+ Kg8 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Nf5+ Kg8 19.Rf3 Bg5 20.Rg3 Ne5 21.Rxg5+ Ng6 22.Rxg6+ fxg6 23.Qxg6+ 1-0

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Position after 14...Nd7.

In this position Rybka first points out another solution, 15.Qh5 g6 16.Qh6 Nxe5 17.Nh5!, which is also quite nice. I had looked at 15.Qh5, but missed 17.Nh5. Also Black can try defending with other moves such as 16...Bf6 or 16...Nf6. They also lose, but it takes more effort to show it.

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  KingG: <Hutton inquiry closed David Kelly medical reports for 70 years>


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  KingG: I've started playing some more games on gameknot, and 2 out of 3 of my opponents have played 2.Bc4 against my Sicilian. I was hoping that people only played this rubbish in blitz games. I certainly didn't expect it in correspondence play. Considering one of the main reasons I'm playing these games is to improve my opening play, this isn't exactly a welcome development.
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  jessicafischerqueen: Hello <King G>!

I just wanted to thank you for your great games collection on Paul Morphy= and also for the great quotes you put in the introduction.

One of them, however, is misattributed to <Henry Bird>=

This one here:

"When one plays with Morphy, the sensation is a queer as the first electric shock, or the first love, or chloroform, or any entirely novel experience. As you sit down at the board opposite him, a certain sheepishness steals over you, ad you cannot rid yourself on an old fable in which a lion's skin plays a large part. Then you are sure you must have the advantage. You seem to be secure, - you get a rook - you are ahead two pieces! three!!"

That quote actually derives from Reverend Conway, from his autobiography:

< (Memories and Experiences of Moncure Daniel Conway, 1904. pp 257-8) >

Here is a weblink to the source:

Anyways I thought you'd want to know this-

I have your <Garry Kasparov's Greatest Games> linked in my profile, and I also voted for you as "Best Games Collections" in the Caissar Awards two years ago.

I'm currently working on a Paul Morphy historical project, and <achieve> recommended your Paul Morphy games collection.

Best regards,

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  KingG: <JFQ> Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. I'm glad you like my games collections on Morphy and Kasparov, and thanks for voting for me two years ago. I look forward to seeing your own collection of Morphy games.
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  chancho: <KingG> Yeah, you're right. I've tried to stay away from there... but just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in! :-)
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  KingG: <but just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in! :-)> Lol. I have that same feeling about this whole site. There is always something to pull me back in.
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  LucB: Wow KingG! Excellent list of links.. thanks!!
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  KingG: <LucB> I'm glad you enjoyed them.
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  jessicafischerqueen: Thanks to your games collection on Pillsbury's greatest games, I found this gem from Monte Carlo 1903-

Pillsbury vs H Wolf, 1903

So thanks!

Any plans on expanding this collection or adding some historical information in the header?

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  KingG: <jessicafischerqueen> <Any plans on expanding this collection or adding some historical information in the header?> Yes, there are a few collections that I haven't got round to completing yet. I hope to do so by the end of the summer, when I get some time. Of course, I will try to include as many interesting quotes as possible.
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  jessicafischerqueen: Excellent.
Aug-21-10  rapidcitychess: <KingG> From your post it seems to me that you know quite a bit about openings. Could you post a good repertoire for the tactical player? My ICC rating is about 1500 right now, sometimes it's 1600. BTW, that's a standard rating.
Nov-06-10  Shams: <KingG> Just discovered your Najdorf collection. She's a beaut, nice work.
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  Richard Taylor: <KingG> How are you? What is the move order in the Svesnikov where White sacrifices on b5 and then Black plays Ra4 or a5 There is at least one game that Black won (Kasparov I recall) and I think Nunn has won some as White. Thanks in advance. RT
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