Members · Prefs · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing User Profile Chessforum
Member since Dec-06-04 · Last seen Dec-21-14
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: (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)

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

   alexmagnus has kibitzed 8654 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-21-14 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
alexmagnus: In other words, in the 1979 championship, only two players were older than Spassky was in the 1973 championship - where there were 8 such players.
   Dec-21-14 alexmagnus chessforum
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-20-14 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
alexmagnus: Is it just me or are the clues this year solved much quicker than in previous years?
   Dec-18-14 World Chess Championship Candidates (2014) (replies)
alexmagnus: By the way schism: note how Kramnik competed in both cycles before he eventually beat Kasparov.
   Dec-14-14 Kateryna Lahno
alexmagnus: <It may not be the same as jumping between Israel and Palestine, but going from Ukraine to Russia is going to leave harsh feelings, especially at this point in history.> Well, the current war in Ukraine has clearly worsened the matters between Russia and Ukraine, in both ...
   Dec-13-14 London Chess Classic (2014) (replies)
alexmagnus: <And you must have been living under a rock not to be aware of the massive internet audiences for important chess matches/tournaments.> In comparison to audiences in most popular sports those intenet audiences are vanishingly small. Each weekend, <one> random ...
   Dec-11-14 Elmars Zemgalis
alexmagnus: Zemgalis was, at death, the second oldest living GM... Now the top three is Averbakh, Taimanov, Benko.
   Dec-10-14 Carlsen vs D Rylander, 2003 (replies)
alexmagnus: <I just don't see *great* tactical games anymore> Because at the top level people a good enough to see the great tactics in advance and prevent it. I'm sure there are a lot of tactical ideas behind the moves in top level games, we just never get to see them because the ...
   Dec-06-14 Judit Polgar
alexmagnus: By the way, I think that many retirees at the respective age retire not because they decline or feel to decline but because of psychological pressure to retire. Look at how Kasparov tries to "force" Anand to retire by his statements. In chess, it's only Kasparov. In other sports,
   Dec-05-14 Qatar Masters (2014) (replies)
alexmagnus: <Let's go back in time and please explain to me why he avoided the open when he was a mere 2500???2600???2700???> Because he didn't avoid the opens back then: 1)Two of Carlsen's GM norms were got in open tournaments (Aeroflot and Dubai). 2)Up to 2006 he played in the ...
(replies) indicates a reply to the comment.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 34 OF 34 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Feb-02-14  GREYSTRIPE: To find a window in a room without a door or opening of any kind do not walk to Tallahassee and find a friend to agree with your assessment that you were right all along when you said 'I am the greatest thinker in the room.'. ♔
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Just beat <age 10> on the PlayMagnus app. Age 11 next :D
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Took me like 20 games.
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: I once had a joking tracing of the WC title if the WC changed by winning one tournament game against the curent titleholder, starting with Steinitz. Undofrtunately, I got stuck in 1919 due to missing dates.

Now attempting to do the same starting with Anand winning Mexico:


Anand lost to Radjabov on January 12, 2008 Radjabov vs Anand, 2008

Radjabov lost to Aronian on January 19, 2008

Aronian lost to Topalov on February 15, 2008 Topalov vs Aronian, 2008

Topalov lost to Shirov on February 19, 2008

Shirov lost to Anand on February 28, 2008 Anand vs Shirov, 2008

Anand lost to Vallejo Pons on May 30, 2008 Vallejo-Pons vs Anand, 2008

Vallejo Pons lost to Anand, apparently on the same day (maybe a faulty dated PGN, round number counted)Vallejo-Pons vs Anand, 2008

Anand lost to Topalov on September 5, 2008 Topalov vs Anand, 2008

Topalov lost to Aronian on September 9, 2008 Aronian vs Topalov, 2008

Aronian lost to Radjabov on September 13, 2008 Aronian vs Radjabov, 2008

Radjabov lost to Van Wely on November 15, 2008 Van Wely vs Radjabov, 2008

Van Wely lost to Ziska on November 16, 2008 H Ziska vs Van Wely, 2008

Ziska lost to Ramirez on November 19, 2008 A Ramirez vs H Ziska, 2008

2009 tomorrow.

Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: 2009:

Ramirez lost to Lenderman on May 30 Lenderman vs A Ramirez, 2009

Lenderman lost to Kacheishvili on June 1: Lenderman vs G Kacheishvili, 2009

Kacheishvili lost to Zapata on July 3: A Zapata vs G Kacheishvili, 2009

Zapata lost to Kamsky on July 5: A Zapata vs Kamsky, 2009

Kamsky lost to Jakovenko on August 10: Jakovenko vs Kamsky, 2009

Jakovenko lost on August 16 to Bacrot: Bacrot vs Jakovenko, 2009

Bacrot lost to Inarkiev on August 20: E Inarkiev vs Bacrot, 2009

Inarkiev lost to Aronian on August 23: Aronian vs E Inarkiev, 2009

Aronian lost to Grischuk on September 6: Grischuk vs Aronian, 2009

Grischuk lost to Karjakin on September 8: Karjakin vs Grischuk, 2009

Karjakin lost to Navara on November 27: Navara vs Karjakin, 2009

Navara lost to Karjakin on November 28: Karjakin vs Navara, 2009

Karjakin lost to Gelfand on December 6: Karjakin vs Gelfand, 2009

2010 tomorrow.

Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: 2010:

Gelfand lost to Aronian on January 6 Aronian vs Gelfand, 2010

Aronian lost to Sasikiran on January 9 Sasikiran vs Aronian, 2010

Sasikiran lost to Le Quang Liem on February 6 Le Quang Liem vs Sasikiran, 2010

Le lost to Kuderinov on April 21 K Kuderinov vs Le Quang Liem, 2010

Kuderinov lost to Yu Yangyi on April 22 Y Yu vs K Kuderinov, 2010

Yu lost to Li Chao on April 27 Li Chao vs Y Yu, 2010

Li lost to Ni Hua on April 28 Ni Hua vs Li Chao, 2010

Ni lost to Lu Shanglei on May 26 Lu Shanglei vs Ni Hua, 2010

Lu lost to Zhou Jianchao on May 27 Lu Shanglei vs Zhou Jianchao, 2010

Zhou Jianchao lost to Zhou Weiqi on May 31 Zhou Weiqi vs Zhou Jianchao, 2010

Zhou Weiqi lost to Wang Hao on June 3 Zhou Weiqi vs Wang Hao, 2010

Wang Hao lost to Zhou Weiqi on June 14 Zhou Weiqi vs Wang Hao, 2010

Zhou Weiqi lost to Li Chao on June 18 Li Chao vs Zhou Weiqi, 2010

Li Chao lost to Shulman on September 29 Li Chao vs Y Shulman, 2010

Shulman lost to Mikhalevski on October 1 V Mikhalevski vs Y Shulman, 2010

Mikhalevski lost to Bogosavljevic on October 18 V Mikhalevski vs Y Shulman, 2010

Bogosavljevic lost to McShane on October 23 B Bogosavljevic vs McShane, 2010

2011 tomorrow.

Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: 2011:

McShane lost to Le Quang Liem in January 22 Le Quang Liem vs McShane, 2011

Le lost to Wojtaszek on January 23 R Wojtaszek vs Le Quang Liem, 2011

Wojtaszek lost to Sargissian on January 25 G Sargissian vs R Wojtaszek, 2011

Sargissian lost to Le Quang Liem on January 26 Le Quang Liem vs G Sargissian, 2011

Le lost to Cheparinov in February 15 Le Quang Liem vs I Cheparinov, 2011

Cheparinov lost to Vitiugov on February 16 I Cheparinov vs N Vitiugov, 2011

Vitiugov lost to Kraemer on Match 19 M Kraemer vs N Vitiugov, 2011

Kraemer lost to Spoelman on March 20 W Spoelman vs M Kraemer, 2011

Spoelman lost to Sokolov on June 25 W Spoelman vs I Sokolov, 2011

Sokolov lost to Swinkels on June 29 R Swinkels vs I Sokolov, 2011

Swinkels lost to Giri on July 3 A Giri vs R Swinkels, 2011

Giri lost to Ponomariov on July 22 Ponomariov vs A Giri, 2011

Ponomariov lost to Le Quang Liem on July 25 Le Quang Liem vs Ponomariov, 2011

Le lost to Dominguez on October 19 L Dominguez vs Le Quang Liem, 2011

Dominguez lost to Le Quang Liem on October 25 Le Quang Liem vs L Dominguez, 2011

2012 tomorrow.

Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Shortest games by world champions (including exhibition games):


Win: Steinitz vs Wechsler, 1867 (7 moves)

Draw: Steinitz vs Mackenzie, 1883 (10 moves)

Loss: Steinitz vs H Voigt, 1885 (12 moves).


Win: Hartlaub vs Lasker, 1911 (9 moves)

Draw: Hromadka vs Lasker, 1923 (13 moves)

Loss: Bird vs Lasker, 1892 (12 moves)


Win: Capablanca vs E B Adams, 1909 (9 moves)

Draw: Capablanca vs Teichmann, 1911 (8 moves, but some sources say it lasted about 20)

Loss: Capablanca vs A Kramer, 1914 (9 moves)


Win: Alekhine vs A Kaufman, 1918 (8 moves)

Draw: Alekhine vs Gruenfeld, 1925 (12 moves)

Loss: F J Perez Perez vs Alekhine, 1943 (12 moves)


Win: Euwe vs Cortlever, 1940 (11 moves)

Draw: a tie between Euwe vs A J van den Hoek, 1942 and C B van den Berg vs Euwe, 1950 (10 moves each, actually the two games differ only by a half move)

Loss: Wiersma vs Euwe, 1920 (9 moves)


Win: I Mazel vs Botvinnik, 1938 (11 moves)

Draw: a three-way tie between Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963, Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 (two consecutive WC games!) and Ivkov vs Botvinnik, 1967 (10 moves each)

Loss: P Izmailov vs Botvinnik, 1929 (14 moves)


Win: K Spraggett vs Smyslov, 1985 (14 moves; being from the Candidates, probably the most high-ranked decisive game on this list)

Draw: a six-way tie between J Sunye Neto vs Smyslov, 1978, Smyslov vs S Fedder, 1980, Hug vs Smyslov, 1991, Smyslov vs Velimirovic, 1994, Smyslov vs G Giorgadze, 1995 and Smyslov vs Zhu Chen, 1998 (9 moves each)

Loss: Smyslov vs Hjartarson, 1995 (16 moves)

Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Continuation:


Win: Tal vs Vaganian, 1973 (12 moves)

Draw: a tie between Tal vs Korchnoi, 1972 and Tal vs S Arkhipov, 1992 (7 moves each)

Loss: Dzindzichashvili vs Tal, 1991 (18 moves)


Win: Petrosian vs H Ree, 1971 (8 moves)

Draw: D Marovic vs Petrosian, 1979 (7 moves)

Loss: Kotov vs Petrosian, 1949 (13 moves)


Win: Spassky vs R Behling, 1985 (13 moves)

Draw: a six-way tie between Spassky vs Timman, 1973, Spassky vs Najdorf, 1982, Spassky vs Suba, 1985, Huebner vs Spassky, 1986, J Nikolac vs Spassky, 1987 and V Malaniuk vs Spassky, 1988 (9 moves each)

Loss: Spassky vs Rodgaisky, 1948 (8 moves)


Win: a tie between J Altusky vs Fischer, 1954 and Fischer vs J Jones, 1964 (8 moves each)

Draw: Fischer vs Benko, 1961 (12 moves)

Loss: A W Conger vs Fischer, 1955 (12 moves, involves premature resignation)


Win: a tie between P Sangla vs Karpov, 1968 and Karpov vs L Tagmatarxis, 2001 (11 moves each)

Draw: Karpov vs Leko, 1995 (1 move)

Loss: Christiansen vs Karpov, 1993 (12 moves)


Win: Kasparov vs G West, 1977 (12 moves)

Draw: a tie between Kasparov vs Spassky, 1986 and Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2000 (11 moves each)

Loss: Short vs Kasparov, 1993 (15 moves)


Win: a tie between Kramnik vs Shirov, 2001 (blindfold game gone completely wrong) and V Gashimov vs Kramnik, 2009 (14 moves each)

Draw: a tie between Kharlov vs Kramnik, 1990, Kramnik vs Glek, 1992, Y Dokhoian vs Kramnik, 1994 and Grischuk vs Kramnik, 2011 (8 moves each)

Loss: apparently a tie between Anand vs Kramnik, 2005 and Kramnik vs Topalov, 2005 (20 moves each)


Win: Anand vs NN, 1993 (7 moves)

Draw: a three-way tie between W Watson vs Anand, 1989, Ulibin vs Anand, 1990 and Gulko vs Anand, 1993 (9 moves each)

Loss: A Zapata vs Anand, 1988 (6 moves)


Win: Bill Gates vs Carlsen, 2014 (9 moves)

Draw: a tie between B Kvisvik vs Carlsen, 2001 and Carlsen vs S Rukovci, 2001 (6 moves each)

Loss: Pelletier vs Carlsen, 2005 (15 moves)

Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Longest games by world champions (if drawn, longest decisive game is added):

Steinitz: G Neumann vs Steinitz, 1870 (win, 124 moves)

Lasker: Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 (draw, 119 moves); decisive: a tie between Bird vs Lasker, 1892 (loss, 102 moves) and Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1916 (win, 102 moves)

Capablanca: Capablanca vs Lasker, 1914 (draw, 100 moves); decisive: J Cukierman vs Capablanca, 1938 (win, 91 moves)

Alekhine: Sultan Khan vs Alekhine, 1933 (win, 108 moves)

Euwe: Grob vs Euwe, 1948 (win, 101 moves)

Botvinnik: Botvinnik vs Ravinsky, 1944 (win, 126 moves)

Smyslov: Smyslov vs Lilienthal, 1941 (draw, 125 moves); decisive: Smyslov vs Filip, 1958 (win, 109 moves)

Tal: Korchnoi vs Tal, 1956 (draw, 132 moves); decisive: Bronstein vs Tal, 1975 (loss, 121 moves)

Petrosian: Petrosian vs B Ivanovic, 1980 (win, 122 moves)

Spassky: Vaganian vs Spassky, 1983 (loss, 117 moves)

Fischer: Yanofsky vs Fischer, 1962 (win, 112 moves)

Karpov: Karpov vs Van Wely, 1998 (win, 133 moves)

Kasparov: Kasparov vs Yusupov, 1993 (draw, 118 moves); decisive: Kamsky vs Kasparov, 1989 (win, 107 moves)

Kramnik: McShane vs Kramnik, 2010 (draw, 139 moves); decisive: Leko vs Kramnik, 2001 (win, 133 moves)

Anand: Anand vs Gelfand, 2009 (draw, 128 moves); decisive: Van Wely vs Anand, 2000 (loss, 113 moves)

Carlsen: Shirov vs Carlsen, 2010 (draw, 174 moves); decisive: Carlsen vs J L Hammer, 2009 (win, 107 moves)

Sep-26-14  SnakeEyes: Be ready to insert a new entry on your domination list for Caruana with a score of around 80 when the official FIDE ratings list for October are released. Just below Topalov:84, but well above Aronian:72 (who was the former #2 in the world before Caruana overtook that position as well).
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Completing my "one-game titleholders". Starting with 2012. As you can see above, by the end of 2011 the "title" was held by Le Quang Liem.

Le lost to Hou Yifan on January 31: Yifan Hou vs Le Quang Liem, 2012

Hou lost to Wang Chen on March 27th: Wang Chen vs Yifan Hou, 2012

Wang lost to Li Shilong on March 28th: Li Shilong vs Wang Chen, 2012

Li lost to Ding Liren on March 29th: Ding Liren vs Li Shilong, 2012

Ding lost to Negi on May 11th: Negi vs Ding Liren, 2012

Negi lost to Saleh on May 13th: A R Saleh Salem vs Negi, 2012

Saleh lost to Akopian on June 11th: A R Saleh Salem vs Akopian, 2012

Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: 2013:

Akopian lost to Grigoryan on May 9th: Akopian vs K Grigoryan, 2013

Grigoryan lost to Dubov on May 10th: K Grigoryan vs D Dubov, 2013

Dubov lost to Laznicka on May 13th: V Laznicka vs D Dubov, 2013

Laznicka lost to Beliavsky on May 16th: Beliavsky vs V Laznicka, 2013

Beliavsky has no classical losses in the database for 2013 (he was eliminated in the World Cup by Yu Yangyi, but both losses came in rapids).

Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: 2014:

Beliavsky lost to Nakar on March 5th: E Nakar vs Beliavsky, 2014

Nakar lost to Dvirnyy on March 6th: D Dvirnyy vs E Nakar, 2014

Dvirnyy lost to Laznicka on March 7th: V Laznicka vs D Dvirnyy, 2014

Laznicka lost to Lupulescu on March 14th: V Laznicka vs C Lupulescu, 2014

Lupulescu lost to Topalov on August 5th: Topalov vs C Lupulescu, 2014

Topalov lost to Kramnik on August 6th: Kramnik vs Topalov, 2014

Kramnik lost to Kasimdzhanov on August 8th: Kasimdzhanov vs Kramnik, 2014

Kasimdzhanov lost to Nakamura on August 9th: Nakamura vs Kasimdzhanov, 2014

Nakamura lost to Mamedyarov on August 14th: Mamedyarov vs Nakamura, 2014

Mamedyarov lost to Caruana on September 18th: Caruana vs Mamedyarov, 2014

Caruana hasn't lost since, and so is the current "titleholder".

Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Caruana lost to Andreikin in the 7h round of Grand Prix, so Andreikin holds the "one-game title" now.
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Andreikin lost to Tomashevsky, who now gets the "one-game title".
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Another "empirical" argument against the rating inflation (with respect to actual skills) talk: Judit Polgar becoming a top-100 player at the age of 12.

No 12-year-old since came even close to top-100. Also, her "inflation-adjusted" (in terms of inflationists, f.x. by the average of top-100) rating barely grew since she was 12. By some 50 points or so, and now it is probably even lower than it was at 12.

Now, what's more realistic - Polgar having been so close to her peak at 12, or Polgar gaining 180 points between 12 and her peak? I think the latter.

Even Polgar's <rating> at 12 was reached by very few (if at all, didn't look up. But I think Karjakin did).

Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Birth year based average ages of Soviet championships:


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

Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: 1930s:

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

Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: 1940s:

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

Premium Chessgames Member
  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

Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Premium Chessgames Member
  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

Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 34)
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 34 OF 34 ·  Later Kibitzing>

A free online guide presented by
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other users.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific user and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.

You are not logged in to
If you need an account, register now;
it's quick, anonymous, and free!
If you already have an account, click here to sign-in.

View another user profile:

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | advertising | contact us
Copyright 2001-2014, Chessgames Services LLC
Web design & database development by 20/20 Technologies