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   Dec-12-18 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
OBIT: Man, this is a weird one. I guessed "last digit" referred to the digit before each fraction started repeating, which came out to 1379371. The actual answer is 1731739, for which you'll note each digit is exactly ten away from the last digit before the repeating starts. Well, except for
   Nov-21-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
OBIT: After Bf3 Magnus' advantage is gone, says the computers. ...h4 is good for Black.
   Nov-17-18 Ju Wenjun vs N Paikidze, 2016
OBIT: Ju plays Nazi, and the Ju gets revenge.
   Nov-12-18 Carlsen vs L'Ami, 2011
OBIT: Okay, now that seven-piece tablebases exist, we can see that Carlsen's 72. Rh2? leads to a draw with correct play, as L'Ami managed to do until 93...Kf3?? Instead, Rh4+, Rh6, or Rd5 on move 72 retains a won position.
   May-14-18 Eero Einar Book (replies)
OBIT: His actual name is Bk, with a bewildering double umlaut. Apparently, the pronunciation of his name is open to debate, as it appears to be different on every source I checked. ( gives it as "Burke.") Of course, the truly correct pronunciation, whatever it is, undoubtedly
   May-11-18 O Bernstein vs Tartakower, 1937
OBIT: 9. Qxb7 is actually best. After 9...Nb4 10. Qb5+ c6, instead of 11. Qa4? White can play 11. Qe2 and stands better.
   Apr-30-18 US Championship (2018) (replies)
OBIT: When Fischer swept the 1963-64 US Championship with an 11-0 score, his competition was six GMs, three IMs, and two untitled players. That may not sound impressive compared to this year's all GM field, but keep in mind there were less than 100 GMs worldwide in 1963, and now there are ...
   Apr-12-17 K R Smith vs Browne, 1972
OBIT: According to legend, Browne did in fact play 1...c5 to bait Smith into playing his gambit. Smith had already tried the Smith-Morra three times at San Antonio, 1972, against Donald Byrne, Larry Evans, and Henrique Mecking. All three were lost in decisive fashion. The butchering of his ...
   Dec-24-16 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
OBIT: Man, the last two clues went by so fast I never even saw the banner saying a new clue was up. 'Scuse me for sounding peeved, but is it a puzzle if it gets solved in under 30 seconds? Thanks for the suggestions on other songs where the lyrics don't fit the music. To comment on some of ...
   Dec-18-16 Alekhine vs Stoltz, 1942 (replies)
OBIT: While 67...Kg1 gets the question mark on the score sheet, it is worth noting that Alekhine's 67. Kg6 also deserves a question mark, as it turns a won position into a drawn position. Additionally, 66. Qd7 can be questioned, as it turns a 15-move win (after 66. e7) into a 43-move win. If
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