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alexmagnus
Member since Dec-06-04 · Last seen Sep-01-15
Hobby player (rated 1634).

If you feel misunderstood, feel free to say it.

My favourite players are: Magnus Carlsen, Kateryna Lahno and Hanna-Marie Klek!

My blog about my own solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: http://alexmagnus.blog.de (in German language)

The domination list, based on the peak rating distance to the #10 player (official lists only, distance 50+ needed to "qualify"):

Kasparov 175 Jan 90
Fischer 160 Jul 72
Karpov 130 Jan 89
Carlsen 123 Mar 14
Kramnik 110 Jan 98
Tal 105 Jan 80
Ivanchuk 105 Jul 91
Anand 105 Jul 98
Korchnoi 95 Jan 80
Topalov 84 Jul 06
Caruana 80 Oct 14
Aronian 72 Mar 14
Spassky 70 Jan 71
Shirov 65 Jul 94
Gelfand 60 Jan 91
Kamsky 60 Jan 96 Jul 96
Morozevich 57 Jul 99
Portisch 55 Jan 80
Jussupow 55 Jul 86
Timman 55 Jan 90
Adams 52 Oct 00
Bareev 50 Jul 91

#1 record distances to #2:

Fischer 125 (1972)
Kasparov 82 (January 2000)
Carlsen 74 (October 2013)
Karpov 65 (January 1982)
Topalov 34 (July 2006, October 2006)
Anand 23 (July 2007)

Peak distance to #10 for junior lists (100 to qualify, since July 2000; marked players are still juniors):

Carlsen 190 (July 2010)
Ponomariov 174 (April 2002)
Caruana 162 (November 2012)
Giri 147 (November 2014)
Grischuk 140 (January 2001)
Radjabov 138 (April 2007)
Karjakin 138 (April 2008)
Rapport* 113 (January 2015)
Wei* 109 (March 2015)
Vachier-Lagrave 104 (October 2008)

Junior distances from #1 to #2 (since July 2000):

Carlsen 86 (March 2010)
Caruana 79 (July 2012)
Giri 67 (February 2014)
Ponomariov 56 (January 2002)
Radjabov 54 (April 2007)
Wei* 54 (August 2015)
Rapport* 41 (January 2015)
Volokitin 18 (January 2005)
Grischuk 14 (July 2003, October 2003)
Le 4 (July 2011)

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   Aug-31-15 alexmagnus chessforum
 
alexmagnus: September 2015: European Union: 1. Topalov 2816 2. Giri 2793 3. Vachier-Lagrave 2744 4. Adams 2742 5. Wojtaszek 2741 6. Navara 2728 7. Shirov 2712 9. Leko 2707 10. Howell 2705 Former Soviet Union: 1. Kramnik 2777 2. Grischuk 2771 3. Aronian 2765 4. ...
 
   Aug-29-15 G Key (replies)
 
alexmagnus: <where is Delete Key?> If we are to believe IBM's Watson, it is where the heart is :D (in that Jeopardy game, Delete Key was Watson's second choice after the correct Home :)).
 
   Aug-24-15 Sinquefield Cup (2015) (replies)
 
alexmagnus: As for often cited Spassky winning the Soviet chship the year after: yes, being age wise in the middle of the pack at 36. When in 1979 another old player - Geller - won it, he was one of only two 35+ participants (the other one being Tal).
 
   Aug-20-15 Russian Superfinals (Women) (2015) (replies)
 
alexmagnus: I once said Lagno will be an early peaker. Looks like I was right: her rating peaked in January 2012, and while her ranking peaked in the same January 2012 at 5th, she was ranked 6th as early as October 2003.
 
   Aug-18-15 Parham Maghsoodloo (replies)
 
alexmagnus: In the last World Cup people who qualified via GP played too. If one of them reaches the final, third GP player (that is Jakovenko) gets the Candidates spot. And in case of a Nakamura-Caruana, Nakamura-Jakovenko or Caruana-Jakovenko final, next in the GP (Tomashevsky) gets one.
 
   Aug-16-15 Viswanathan Anand (replies)
 
alexmagnus: <Being 62 would show even more.> Smyslov at 62 reached Candidates final...
 
   Aug-15-15 Vasily Smyslov (replies)
 
alexmagnus: Huh? I went through all websites monitoring potential threats to the Earth, and found no such info. Not even with some extremely low probability
 
   Aug-13-15 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
 
alexmagnus: Wie Yi has a chance in the current system too, see World Cup. Last time he played it he was eliminated by Mamedyarov.
 
   Aug-08-15 Juergen Dueball
 
alexmagnus: <thegoodanarchist> Dueball died of stroke. Something that can happen at any age (though the risk increases with age).
 
   Aug-08-15 Max Lange
 
alexmagnus: Actually the German Wikipedia has an article about <this> Max Lange (search for "Max Lange (Go-Spieler)" there).
 
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Oct-30-14
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  alexmagnus: <Even Polgar's <rating> at 12 was reached by very few (if at all, didn't look up. But I think Karjakin did).>

Even Karjakin didn't: his highest rating before his 13th birthday was 2547, Polgar's at 12 and 5 months was 2555.

Dec-21-14
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  alexmagnus: Birth year based average ages of Soviet championships:

1920s:

1920 30.8*
1923 34
1924 34.6
1925 35.0
1927 33.5**
1929 (semifinals, 12 players) 28.8

*Without two players whose birth dates I couldn't find

**Without one player whose birth date I couldn't find

Dec-21-14
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  alexmagnus: 1930s:

1931: 26.2
1933: 32.7
1934: 30.0
1937: 30.9
1939: 32.7

Dec-21-14
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  alexmagnus: 1940s:

1940: 29.0
1941: 25.8
1944: 32.2
1945: 33.8
1947: 35.3
1948: 34.3
1949: 33.1

Dec-21-14
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  alexmagnus: 1950s:

1950: 32.8
1951: 32.0
1952: 32.3
1954: 34.4
1955: 34.6
1956: 32.5
1957: 33.8
1958: 31.9
1959: 30.4

Dec-21-14
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  alexmagnus: 1960s:

1960: 31.3
1961 I: 35.0
1961 II: 32.3
1962: 31.1
1963: 32.9
1964: 36.5
1965: 36.1
1966: 34.4
1967: 33.2*
1968: 34.8
1969: 35.2

*Swiss system, top 20 taken.

Dec-21-14
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  alexmagnus: 1970s:

1970: 33.7
1971: 34.3
1972: 33.5
1973: 35.3
1974: 30.3
1975: 35.3
1976: 34.2
1977: 35.1
1978: 31.8
1979: 30.1

Dec-21-14
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  alexmagnus: The rest till the fall of the Soviet Union:

1980: 30.9
1981: 28.1
1983: 34.6
1984: 27.3
1985: 33.8
1986: 29.5
1987: 30.3
1988: 30.3
1989: 30.4
1990: 29.7
1991: 26.7*

*Swiss system, top 22 taken.

Dec-25-14
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  wordfunph: <alexmagnus> Merry Christmas!
Dec-25-14
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  alexmagnus: Thank you, you too :)
Jan-09-15
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  alexmagnus: Soviet chess today, top-10 of each former republic of the Union:

1. Russia:

Grischuk 2810
Kramnik 2783
Karjakin 2760
Svidler 2739
Andreikin 2737
Vitiugov 2735
Jakovenko 2733
Tomashevsky 2716
Nepomniachtchi 2714
Morozevich 2711

2. Ukraine

Eljanov 2727
Ivanchuk 2715
Ponomariov 2713
Moiseenko 2695
Kryvoruchko 2692
Korobov 2687
Kuzubov 2667
Areshchenko 2661
Efimenko 2654
Baklan 2650

3. Armenia

Aronian 2797
Melkumyan 2673
Sargissian 2668
Movsesian 2663
Petrosian 2663
Akopian 2660
Pashikian 2614
Andriasian 2609
Hovhannisyan 2594
Grigoryan 2587

4. Azerbaijan

Mamedyarov 2759
Radjabov 2734
Mamedov R. 2642
Safarli 2635
Durarbayli 2635
Guseinov 2610
Mamedov N. 2604
Guliyev 2549
Mirzoev 2549
Ibrahimov 2532

5. Georgia

Jobava 2727
Kacheishvili 2589
Mchedlishvili 2587
Jojua 2585
Pantsulaia 2583
Gagunashvili 2579
Dzagnidze 2570
Nigalidze 2566
Paichadze 2561
Gelashvili 2561

6. Belarus

Zhigalko S. 2681
Azarov 2635
Aleksandrov 2596
Maiorov 2596
Zhigalko A. 2584
Fedorov 2566
Stupak 2557
Kovalev 2548
Teterev 2509
Gorovets 2488

7. Latvia

Shirov 2689
Kovalenko 2653
Neiksans 2567
Sveshnikov 2514
Miezis 2499
Meijers 2483
Krivonosov 2452
Meskovs 2452
Daskevics 2441
Starostits 2441

8. Uzbekistan

Kasimdzhanov 2705
Filippov 2591
Dzhumaev 2515
Vakhidov 2494
Saltaev 2492
Iuldachev 2471
Barsov 2455
Khamrakulov 2438
Vahidov 2435
Alikulov 2418

9. Kazakhstan

Kazhgaleyev 2573
Jumabayev 2572
Kotsur 2567
Ismagambetov 2546
Khusnutdinov 2476
Kostenko 2466
Kuderinov 2452
Aitbayev 2427
Kassimov 2424
Askarov 2416

10. Lithuania

Rozentalis 2577
Sulskis 2557
Cmilyte 2525
Kveinys 2522
Zagorskis 2476
Pileckis 2433
Narmontas 2420
Laurusas 2418
Malisauskas 2416
Sarakauskas 2396

11. Moldova

Bologan 2608
Iordachescu 2590
Svetushkin 2581
Hamitevici 2446
Khruschiov 2413
Gyrlea 2410
Vedmediuc 2406
Sanduleac 2393
Gorbanovsky 2377
Iovcov 2368

12. Estonia

Kulaots 2556
Kanep 2509
Volodin 2486
Rychagov 2457
Liiva 2456
Shyvrjov 2433
Seeman 2429
Kalinichev 2424
Sepp 2411
Ladva 2404

13. Turkmenistan

Atabayev M. 2496
Annaberdiev 2446
Amanov 2445
Atabayev Y. 2415
Odeev 2411
Kakageldyev 2376
Annageldyev 2371
Atabayev S. 2332
Semiev 2310
Rasulov 2261

14. Tajikistan

Amonatov 2592
Khusenkojaev 2375
Djuraev 2353
Isaev 2310
Khamdamov 2278
Maksudshoev 2259
Ilhomzoda 2207
Kabilov 2183
Ziyaev 2126
Jumaev 2120

15. Kyrgyzstan

Tologontegin 2404
Abdyjapar 2400
Sapar 2359
Markov 2288
Maznitsin 2286
Takyrbashev 2242
Akylbekov 2226
Ostry 2199
Mamontov 2133
Mamatov 2124

Jan-09-15
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  alexmagnus: ... And the top 10 of the entire former Soviet Union looks like this today:

1. Grischuk (Russia) 2810
2. Aronian (Armenia) 2797
3. Kramnik (Russia) 2783
4. Karjakin (Russia) 2760
5. Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) 2759
6. Svidler (Russia) 2739
7. Andreikin (Russia) 2737
8. Vitiugov (Russia) 2735
9. Radjabov (Azerbaijan) 2734
10. Jakovenko (Russia) 2733

Feb-14-15
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  alexmagnus: Soviet Top 10, February

1. Grischuk (Russia) 2810
2. Kramnik (Russia) 2783
3. Aronian (Armenia) 2777
4. Karjakin (Russia) 2760
5. Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) 2759
6. Svidler (Russia) 2739
7. Andreikin (Russia) 2737
8. Vitiugov (Russia) 2735
9. Jakovenko (Russia) 2733
10-11. Ivanchuk (Ukraine) 2731
10-11. Radjabov (Azerbaijan) 2731

Feb-21-15
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  alexmagnus: Some more supranational Top-10s:

European Union

1. Caruana 2811
2. Topalov 2800
3. Giri 2797
4. Vachier-Lagrave 2775
5. Adams 2738
6. Navara 2735
7. Wojtaszek 2734
8. Leko 2713
9. Bacrot 2711
10-12. Naiditsch 2706
10-12. Fressinet 2706
10-12. Vallejo 2706

Former British Empire

1. Anand 2797
2. So 2788
3. Nakamura 2776
4. Gelfand 2747
5. Adams 2738
6. Harikrishna 2723
7. Sasikian 2682
8. McShane 2672
9. Kamsky 2671
10. Jones 2670

Feb-28-15
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  alexmagnus: Supranational top-10 lists for March:

European Union:

1. Caruana 2802
2. Topalov 2798
3. Giri 2790
4. Vachier-Lagrave 2765
5. Adams 2745
6. Wojtaszek 2737
7. Navara 2736
8. Leko 2713
9. Bacrot 2712
10. Naiditsch 2711

Former Soviet Union:

1. Grischuk 2794
2. Kramnik 2783
3. Aronian 2770
4. Karjakin 2757
5. Mamedyarov 2756
6. Tomashevsky 2745
7. Jakovenko 2742
8. Vitiugov 2739
9. Radjabov 2738
10. Ivanchuk 2731

Former British Empire:

1. Nakamura 2798
2. Anand 2791
3. So 2788
4. Gelfand 2747
5. Adams 2745
6. Harikrishna 2729
7-8. Howell 2686
7-8. McShane 2686
9. Kamsky 2683
10. Sasikiran 2682

Feb-28-15
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  alexmagnus: Asia*:

1. Anand 2791
2. Ding 2755
3. Gelfand 2747
4. Harikrishna 2729
5. Wang Yue 2726
6. Yu 2724
7. Li 2721
8. Wang Hao 2713
9. Kasimdzhanov 2712
10. Wei 2706

*Georgraphically speaking, with the Caucasian former Soviet republics being counted as Europe, same with Russia (they all live in Moscow anyway, with the typical Russian policy of bringing all talents to Moscow).

Mar-06-15
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  alexmagnus: 2001 4 12 3
2002 2 13 6.5
2003 5 14 2.8
2004 3 18 6
2005 4 15 3.75
2006 2 19 9.5
2007 4 21 5.25
2008 13 24 1.(846153)
2009 6 31 5.1(6)
2010 9 34 3.(7)
2011 9 39 4.(3)
2012 8 44 5.5
2013 4 48 12
2014 5 50 10
May-14-15
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  alexmagnus: Supranational Top 10 by May:

European Union:

1. Caruana 2803
2. Topalov 2798
3. Giri 2776
4. Vachier-Lagrave 2754
5. Navara 2751
6. Wojtaszek 2746
7. Adams 2740
8. Naiditsch 2720
9. Leko 2714
10. Fressinet 2712

Former Soviet Union:

1. Grischuk 2780
2. Kramnik 2777
3. Aronian 2776
4. Karjakin 2753
5. Tomashevsky 2749
6-7. Jakovenko 2738
6-7. Radjabov 2738
8. Vituigov 2736
9. Mamedyarov 2735
10. Svidler 2734

Former British Empire:

1. Anand 2804
2. Nakamura 2799
3. So 2778
4. Gelfand 2744
5. Adams 2740
6. Harikrishna 2733
7. Howell 2696
8. McShane 2685
9. Short 2683
10. Rodshtein 2682

Asia:

1. Anand 2803
2. Ding 2757
3. Li 2748
4. Gelfand 2744
5. Harikrishna 2733
6. Wang Yue 2724
7. Yu 2723
8. Wei 2718
9. Kasimdzhanov 2715
10. Wang Hao 2710

May-14-15
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  alexmagnus: <Anand 2803 > 2804 of course :)
May-31-15
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  alexmagnus: Supranational top-10, June 2015.

European Union:

1. Caruana 2805
2. Topalov 2798
3. Giri 2773
4. Navara 2751
5. Wojtaszek 2749
6. Adams 2740
7. Vachier-Lagrave 2723
8. Naiditsch 2722
9. Fressinet 2720
10. Leko 2714

Former Soviet Union:

1. Kramnik 2783
2. Grischuk 2781
3. Aronian 2780
4. Jakovenko 2759
5. Karjakin 2753
6. Tomashevsky 2745
7. Svidler 2740
8. Radjabov 2738
9. Mamedyarov 2735
10. Vitiugov 2734

Former British Empire:

1. Anand 2804
2. Nakamura 2802
3. So 2778
4. Gelfand 2751
5. Adams 2740
6. Harikrishna 2733
7. Howell 2698
8. McShane 2685
9. Short 2683
10. Rodshtein 2678

Asia:

1. Anand 2804
2. Gelfand 2751
3. Ding 2749
4. Li 2748
5. Harikrishna 2733
6. Wang Yue 2726
7. Wei 2721
8. Yu 2715
9-10. Wang Hao 2704
9-10. Kasimdzhanov 2704

Jul-01-15
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  alexmagnus: Yesterday I experience the most amazing change of form I ever had.

... The chess day started badly. Of my daily five puzzles on chess.com I solved only three - in one of the failed ones just not calculating far enough to see the refutation of my solution, in the other one missing the idea entirely. The I went to play. My typical "slow blitz", 5+5. First two or three games badly, even the win. But what happened in the following hour or so...

Not just that I won all my games during that hour. <How> I won them made me wonder what the heck just happened. All games but one ended in a mating attack (some with sacs, some without them), and that before move 25. In the only game without a mating attack I trapped my opponent's Queen within the first dozen of moves (but blundered while he tried to untrap it, ending up "only" a piece up). I felt, as if during that hour I didn't just paid more attention to the game as usual - even there I still made some silly mistakes.. No, it felt as if I suddenly <understood> chess by 500 Elo better than usual - as if somebody lent me the chess understanding if a 2000+ player for an hour, while still letting me make occasional tactical mistakes not worthy even a 1400. The pieces just fell to their places so that the chances for a mating attack (and those were all different attacks, not just some standard approach) became higher with each move.

<What was it?>. And how can I learn from such a high of form? How can I "materialize" that feeling of new understanding?

Jul-01-15
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  alexmagnus: Of* a 2000+ player
Jul-04-15
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  alexmagnus: Supranational top 10, July:

European Union:

1. Topalov 2816
2. Giri 2791
3. Adams 2740
4. Wojtaszek 2733
5. Vachier-Lagrave 2731
6. Navara 2724
7. Leko 2714
8. Fressinet 2707
9. Shirov 2702
10. Almasi 2700

Former Soviet Union:

1. Kramnik 2783
2. Grischuk 2771
3. Aronian 2765
4. Jakovenko 2757
5. Karjakin 2753
6. Tomashevsky 2745
7. Svidler 2740
8. Radjabov 2738
9. Mamedyarov 2735
10. Vitiugov 2734

Former British Empire:

1. Anand 2816
2. Nakamura 2814
3. Caruana 2797
4. So 2780
5. Gelfand 2751
6. Adams 2740
7. Harikrishna 2733
8. Howell 2698
9. McShane 2685
10. Short 2683

Asia:

1. Anand 2816
2. Gelfand 2751
3. Ding 2749
4. Li 2748
5. Yu 2736
6. Harikrishna 2733
7. Wei 2724
8. Wang Yue 2716
9. Wang Hao 2705
10. Kasimdzhanov 2704

Jul-31-15
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  alexmagnus: Supranational top 10, August 2015:

European Union:

1. Topalov 2816
2. Giri 2793
3. Adams 2740
4. Wojtaszek 2733
5. Vachier-Lagrave 2731
6. Navara 2724
7. Leko 2714
8. Howell 2712
9. Fressinet 2710
10-11. Kovalenko 2702
10-11. Shirov 2702

Former Soviet Union:

1. Kramnik 2777
2. Grischuk 2771
3. Aronian 2765
4. Jakovenko 2759
5. Karjakin 2753
6. Tomashevsky 2747
7. Svidler 2739
8. Radjabov 2738
9. Mamedyarov 2735
10. Ivanchuk 2726

Former British Empire:

1. Anand 2816
2. Nakamura 2814
3. Caruana 2808
4. So 2779
5. Gelfand 2741
6-7. Harikrishna 2740
6-7. Adams 2740
8. Howell 2712
9. Robson 2680
10-11. Short 2678
10-11. Rodshtein 2678

Asia:

1. Anand 2816
2. Ding 2770
3. Li 2748
4. Gelfand 2741
5. Harikrishna 2740
6. Yu 2726
7. Wei 2725
8. Wang Yue 2721
9. Ni 2713
10. Bu 2712

Aug-31-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: September 2015:

European Union:

1. Topalov 2816
2. Giri 2793
3. Vachier-Lagrave 2744
4. Adams 2742
5. Wojtaszek 2741
6. Navara 2728
7. Shirov 2712
9. Leko 2707
10. Howell 2705

Former Soviet Union:

1. Kramnik 2777
2. Grischuk 2771
3. Aronian 2765
4. Karjakin 2762
5. Tomashevsky 2758
6. Jakovenko 2748
7. Radjabov 2738
8. Mamedyarov 2736
9. Svidler 2727
10. Ivanchuk 2726

Former British Empire:

1. Anand 2816
2. Nakamura 2814
3. Caruana 2808
4. So 2773
5. Adams 2742
6. Gelfand 2741
7. Harikrishna 2737
8. Howell 2705
9. Kamsky 2691
10. Robson 2680

Asia:

1. Anand 2816
2. Ding 2782
3. Li 2756
4. Gelfand 2741
5. Harikrishna 2737
6. Wei 2734
7. Wang Yue 2724
8. Yu 2721
9. Wang Hao 2712
10. Bu 2710

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