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   whiteshark has kibitzed 32281 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-12-16 B Lalic vs L Trent, 2008 (replies)
whiteshark: The Trent is towards defeat
   Feb-11-16 Navara vs R Wojtaszek, 2015 (replies)
whiteshark: Game Collection: yy Hunting Season - king marches OTB one way or
   Feb-11-16 Claus Toerber
whiteshark: <Eastfrisian> new link to the photo: caption: Deutscher Meister <Hamburger SK>. standing from the left: Bodo Rhodin, Heinrich Langecker, Wolfgang Schmidt, Christian Clemens, Victor Secula, Hugo Schneider, <Dr. Claus ...
   Feb-11-16 M Krasenkow vs A Wirig, 2006
whiteshark: 56 Kg4 Qd1+ and Rh5 is a goner.
   Feb-10-16 Schneider vs G Rogmann, 1940
whiteshark: Mondayish Q-sac.
   Feb-10-16 whiteshark chessforum
whiteshark: <WannaBe> You are welcome! :=)
   Feb-10-16 Vladimir Kramnik
whiteshark: Great interview by Kramnik: Enjoy!
   Feb-10-16 Reeder vs Peria, 1977
whiteshark: <I hope I would have played 5...a6.> <4...Bg7> or <4...Nc6> but NOT <4...e5???>!
   Feb-09-16 A Schenk vs M Bartel, 2016 (replies)
whiteshark: <0-1> Better would have been to play on: coz <48... Ng4+ 49. Be2! Rxe2+ 50. Kf1 Rf2+ 51. Ke1 Rf3 52. hxg4 fxg4> is a tb draw [DIAGRAM]
   Feb-09-16 Bundesliga (2015/16) (replies)
whiteshark: rd 3-6 (and most of rd 7) games have been uploaded. rd 9 (21.02.2016 - 10:00) will see the top pairing <SG Solingen : OSG Baden-Baden> Both teams are undefeated by now.
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  whiteshark: <qkxwsm> One cannot not communicate. Keep it up! ;)
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  whiteshark: <tpstar> Thanks again. There was also another ♕♖endgame in London 2015: Carlsen vs Caruana, 2015

But you can't follow all the games, can you? ;)

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  whiteshark: <Dom> Thanks, I think a few collections aren't that bad, but most intros are just related copy&paste material.

And Baburin's review is indeed worth reading: Game Collection: 28a_Korchnoi's "Practical Rook Endings"

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I wish you all a wonderful festive season with your family and friends –

and a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

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  whiteshark: <T. Nissl> "Akademisches Monatsheft für Schach", 1910

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Solution: --> Game Collection: 43_R+B -opp.col.

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  lost in space: Wünsche dir und den Deinen ein Frohe Weihnacht.
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  whiteshark: Christmas puzzle:

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white to move, # in 2

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  moronovich: Merry Christmas <whiteshark> !
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  whiteshark: Thanks <moronovich>, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too!
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  whiteshark: A player's first battlefield is always his own mind.
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< Neanderthal Man played only blindfold chess.

< How do we know?

< In excavations of their sites, no chessboards and pieces have been found.


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  whiteshark: Commenced today: Game Collection: 85___ mate otb
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  WinKing: Two More Days!!!

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  tpstar: <whiteshark> A memorable major piece endgame:

Mamedyarov vs Eljanov, 2016

Jan-20-16  FICSwoodpusher: Hello whiteshark,

I saw the following in one of your links. I think there might be a typo in the position given here, as both rooks would be positioned on the same file.

White: Kf1, Ra7; pawns - e2, f2, g3, h2
Black: Kf6, Ra4; pawns - e6, f7, g7, h7

White to move. This is another very standard endgame which is of great practical importance. Korchnoi claims that with correct play White should be able to draw this position and suggest 34 h4 as the best move to start with. Later he provides a very interesting and deep analysis of this ending. There are over eight pages of in depth analysis of this ending! This would certainly appeal to many readers. Another attractive point is Korchnoi's highly critical attitude towards his own play - he does not try cover up his mistakes. For example, commenting on this endgame after 41 Ra6? Korchnoi writes: "Black's position - at this precise point - is won. I am ashamed to have to confess that during the break of one and a half hours I failed to find a win." Despite this, I again wish that author's presentation would be clearer and more methodological. I have a passion for endings, but even I find it difficult to follow this analysis.

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  whiteshark: Hello <FICSwoodpusher>! That's really attentive/most kind of you. Thank you very much!

The corrected position after <33... Rxa4> in Ribli vs Korchnoi, 1981 is

White: Kf1, Ra7; pawns - e2, f2, g3, h2
Black: Kf6, Ra4; pawns - <a5> e6, f7, g7, h7

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I've also corrected the/(Baburin's) mistake in Game Collection: 28a_Korchnoi's "Practical Rook Endings"


Jan-20-16  FICSwoodpusher: You're welcome.
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  whiteshark: <Grandmaster Chess Strategy> by Kaufeld + Kern

Game Collection: Grandmaster Chess Strategy ;

Game Collection: Ulf Andersson (Grandmaster Chess Strategy)

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  whiteshark: <I Play Against Pieces> by Svetozar Gligoric :

Game Collection: I Play Against Pieces

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  lost in space: Helau
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  whiteshark: Welcome to the 'fifth season of the year'!
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Please translate, what did the conductor say??

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  whiteshark: <WannaBe> The Vienna Phillarmonicans and I wish you wholeheartedly a <Happy New Year>.
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  WannaBe: <whiteshark> Thanks for the help! =)
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  whiteshark: <WannaBe> You are welcome! :=)
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