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Chessgames.com Holiday Present Hunt

YOU ARE VIEWING AN ARCHIVE OF THE ORIGINAL
CHESSGAMES HOLIDAY PRESENT HUNT FROM
December 2007

2007 PRIZES SPONSORED BY:

House of StauntonImpala PressNew in Chess

and Chessgames.com

See previous contests: The 2007 Holiday Present Hunt | The 2008 Present Hunt | The 2009 Present Hunt | The 2010 Present Hunt

RULES FOR THE 2007 HOLIDAY PRESENT HUNT: Each clue below refers to a chess game in our database, and these games contain a banner that you can click on to claim a present. Be the first to find the game and click the banner to claim your prize. We will be adding more clues to this page at random intervals until December 25th, 2007. See our Official Rules to view the prizes and for other important information.

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THE 2007 CONTEST IS COMPLETE. We released a total of 64 clues and awarded 64 presents. Although the contest is over, we archive the clues and their answers below for your enjoyment.

The Clues So Far:

The Chessgames Holiday Present Hunt is over. Congratulations to the winners! The winner of the grand prize House of Staunton drawing was announced at the Kibitzer's Café on Christmas day, 2007, and was user Hesam7. Congratulations to Hesam and all the other winners!

THESE CLUES HAVE BEEN SOLVED: [click here for short list]

clue #1: prize claimed by tpstar!
91 year old checkmate.

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SOLUTION: Koltanowski vs M Stobbe, 1994
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Kolty was 91 years old when he played this game.

clue #2: prize claimed by cu8sfan!
"Asking for Trouble"

SOLUTION: Fischer vs K Darga, 1960
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Title from Fischer's My 60 Memorable Games

clue #3: prize claimed by thatsmate!
The Rain in Spain Falls Mainly on New Zealand.

SOLUTION: G Spain vs M McNabb, 2006
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Graeme Spain is a New Zealand chessmaster.

clue #4: prize claimed by cu8sfan!
A game before 1970 that ends: Na8 1-0

SOLUTION: Petrosian vs Teschner, 1962
PRIZE: A One Year Subscription to New in Chess Magazine
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: This is the only game in our database which fits the criteria.

clue #5: prize claimed by Stonehenge!
S.T. vs M.E.

SOLUTION: S Tavares vs M Ebeling, 1981
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: You thought we meant Tartakower vs Euwe, didn't you?

clue #6: prize claimed by evenua!
A rook sac on move 6.

SOLUTION: M Lange vs NN, 1855
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: 6.Qh5! leaves the rook on h1 hanging.

clue #7: prize claimed by refutor!
Checkmate by Post:

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SOLUTION: Molinari vs Bordais, 1979
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Checkmate in a postal game.

clue #8: prize claimed by acirce!
Checkmate by Post:

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SOLUTION: A E Post vs Mieses, 1914
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Ehrhardt Post delivers mate.

clue #9: prize claimed by NakoSonorense!
http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=n where n is a 7 digit palindromic prime number.

SOLUTION: Smejkal vs A Haik, 1982
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: 1276721 is prime (it has no factors) and palindromic (reads the same backwards as forwards).

clue #10: prize claimed by Whack8888!
"Two Theatres of War"

SOLUTION: A Becker vs Nimzowitsch, 1925
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Note by Nimzowitsch from Chess Praxis.

clue #11: prize claimed by Archives!
Swindled into stalemate.

SOLUTION: Kasparov vs N McDonald, 1986
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Used as a puzzle used in 2004.

clue #12: prize claimed by cu8sfan!
A Nervy Rube

SOLUTION: R Averby vs V M Ostroverkhov, 1967
PRIZE: The book Vishy's Victory, published by Impala Press
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: "A Nervy Rube" is an anagram of "Rune Averby", the Swedish correspondence champion.

clue #13: prize claimed by Archives!
"It worked."

SOLUTION: Einstein vs Oppenheimer, 1933
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Oppenheimer's famous quote regarding the first atomic bomb testing.

clue #14: prize claimed by SwitchingQuylthulg!
A quick conclusion:

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SOLUTION: M Torre vs B Wall, 1971
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: A miniature from the vast collection of Bill Wall.

clue #15: prize claimed by refutor!
"He plays only Bender's Move"

SOLUTION: Tal vs Fischer, 1959
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Mentioned by Tal in the introduction to this game from his autobiography.

clue #16: prize claimed by R.Sergiu!
An Englishman in New York

SOLUTION: Kasparov vs Sting, 2000
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Kasparov played singer/bassist Sting and his entire band in New York City.

clue #17: prize claimed by The beginner!
Long Cab Drive?

SOLUTION: S Sloan vs R Loong, 1989
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Sam Sloan once drove a taxicab in New York city.

clue #18: prize claimed by krpvksprv!
Paper Tiger.

SOLUTION: A Turing vs A Glennie, 1952
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Computer pioneer Alan Turing played this game with an algorithm he computed with pencil and paper.

clue #19: prize claimed by cu8sfan!
QBVM NPSQIZ vs UIPNBT XPSSBMM

SOLUTION: Morphy vs Worrall, 1858
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: A cryptogram created by adding one to each letter.

clue #20: prize claimed by Pi Guy!
An Early Grandmaster Draw

SOLUTION: Marshall vs Alekhine, 1924
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Marshall and Alekhine were among the five original grandmasters as declared by Russian Tsar Nicholas II.

clue #21: prize claimed by aphasia!
Russian, Female, and Short.

SOLUTION: S Milliet vs I Ludwig, 2001
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: It's a Russian game (the Petroff Defense), the players are both females, and it's a short game.

clue #22: prize claimed by al wazir!
Spanish, Female, and Short.

SOLUTION: A Zozulia vs Short, 2007
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: It's a Spanish game (the Ruy Lopez), one of the players is a female, and the other player is Nigel Short.

clue #23: prize claimed by aphasia!

SOLUTION: R Byrne vs Fischer, 1959
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: The New York Times caption read: "Fischer becomes fidgety as he ponders move against Robert Byrne on January 4, 1959."

clue #24: prize claimed by tpstar!
http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=n where n is a 7 digit prime number found in the first 1000 digits of π.

SOLUTION: I Stohl vs Seirawan, 1990
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: 1133053 is prime, and starts at the 362nd digit of π (pi).

clue #25: prize claimed by aphasia!
"I beat a great master!"

SOLUTION: Janowski vs Reshevsky, 1922
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Said by young Reshevsky, as reported in Ed Lasker's Chess Secrets.

clue #26: prize claimed by Hesam7!
On the air.

SOLUTION: Kasparov vs TV viewers, 1991
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Kasparov played this game against viewers of a Spanish television show.

clue #27: prize claimed by Shinermatt!
Feynman's Analogy

SOLUTION: A Reshko vs O Kaminsky, 1972
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: In The Pleasure of Finding Things Out physicist Richard Feynman draws an analogy between chess and scientific discovery: "You discover one day in some chess game that the bishop doesn't maintain its color, it changes its color. Only later do you discover a new possibility, that a bishop is captured and that a pawn went all the way down to the queen's end to produce a new bishop."

clue #28: prize claimed by Buddy Revell!
Indian, Female, and Short.

SOLUTION: G Mammadzada vs I Furtado, 2007
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Ivana Furtado is a chess prodigy from Goa, India. Both of these girls are about four feet tall--normal for their age.

clue #29: prize claimed by neurome!
This game wards off vampires.

SOLUTION: Koblents vs Keres, 1945
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: The final position resembles a cross:

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clue #30: prize claimed by Doktorn!
Torrent Shirt 1-0

SOLUTION: H Rittner vs S Bernstein, 1968
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: "Torrent Shirt" is an anagram for Horst Rittner, the 6th Correspondence World Chess Champion.

clue #31: prize claimed by aphasia!
A case of do or die.

SOLUTION: H Bogart vs NN, 1933
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: A line from the song As Time Goes By immortalized in Bogart's 1942 film, Casablanca.

clue #32: prize claimed by aphasia!
White to move:

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SOLUTION: Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Petrosian played 25.Bd6!

clue #33: prize claimed by sneaky pete!
"The kid is good!"

SOLUTION: Christiansen vs Kasparov, 1982
PRIZE: A One Year Subscription to New in Chess Magazine
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Christiansen's comment in his annotations after losing to young Kasparov in the Interzonal (as reported in Chess Life.)

clue #34: prize claimed by CaptGeorge!
No Room at the Hotel

SOLUTION: Blackburne vs A Marriott, 1871
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Marriott is an international chain of hotels. In the final positon, the king has "no room".

clue #35: prize claimed by Archives!
The number of letters in White's name, multiplied by the number of moves in the game, is 76.

SOLUTION: L Wu vs P Michalik, 2005
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Li Wu wins in 19 moves. 4 x 19 = 76

clue #36: prize claimed by Aurora!
Double check the software.

SOLUTION: Blitz 5 vs Belle, 1978
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: An early example of tactical vision by a computer. The final move is double-check and mate.

clue #37: prize claimed by SwitchingQuylthulg!
2 = 1

SOLUTION: Lynch / Blixen vs Lasker, 1910
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Two players draw one player.

clue #38: prize claimed by Buddy Revell!
From 3:47 to 4:32.

SOLUTION: Tringov vs Fischer, 1965
PRIZE: Great British Chess Triumphs (DVD)
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: From the Capablanca Memorial Tournament in Havana, 1965. Fischer played from the Marshall Chess Club in New York via Telex. The exact clock times were recorded move by move, and are reprinted in Wade and Connell's Bobby Fischer's Chess Games. The times refer to Fischer's clock: his first move was made when his clock read 3:47 (17 minutes late) and when he made his final move, his clock read 4:32.

clue #39: prize claimed by Sibahi!

SOLUTION: M Wind vs T Winckelmann, 1993
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: The symbols should be interpreted: "approximately equal to", "immortal" (infinite), and "draw". This game is similar to Hamppe vs Meitner, 1872, the "Immortal Draw".

clue #40: prize claimed by Annie K.!
A Mindful Arbiter

SOLUTION: DeFirmian vs Alburt, 1988
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: "A Mindful Arbiter" is an anagram for "DeFirmian-Alburt".

clue #41: prize claimed by sneaky pete!
This is the first game in which analysis is accurate.

SOLUTION: Dus Chotimirsky vs Mieses, 1909
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Lasker's book The International Chess Congress, St. Petersburg, 1909 begins with the sentence "This is a book in which analysis is accurate." This game is the first game in that book.

clue #42: prize claimed by squidward!
The total number of letters in both players' names, added together, is 62.

SOLUTION: Znosko-Borovsky vs C Watson, 1922
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Both players have very long names in our database.

clue #43: prize claimed by Xeeniner!
Staged Women's Wrestling?

SOLUTION: E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: A famous game where one queen (a "woman") hunts the other. The game is widely believed to be analysis ("staged").

clue #44: prize claimed by neurome!
Molon Labe!

SOLUTION: L Kokkinos vs E Paoli, 1979
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: A reference to the name Leonidas. "Molon Labe" is the defiant response of King Leonidas of Sparta to the Persian's demand to hand over their weapons. It means "Come and take them."

clue #45: prize claimed by cu8sfan!
The number of letters in White's name, multiplied by the number of moves in the game, multiplied by the year of the game, is 1,144,556.

SOLUTION: Waitzkin vs D Levitt, 1994
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: 14 x 41 x 1994 = 1,144,556.

clue #46: prize claimed by doglikegroove!
TFMHYVIT EH XSRTLIRM

SOLUTION: Mephisto vs Chigorin, 1883
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: The code is a "reflection cypher" (e.g. A→Z, B→Y, C→X, etc.) for "GUNSBERG VS CHIGORIN". And Isidor Gunsberg is widely believed to be the brains behind the "automaton" called Mephisto.

clue #47: prize claimed by sneaky pete!
The System Wins a Miniature.

SOLUTION: Berliner vs R Ault, 1959
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Berliner wins in only 16 moves, with ideas later codified in his book The System.

clue #48: prize claimed by Eric The Great!
Beauty and the Beast

SOLUTION: Zsuzsa Polgar vs Dappet, 1995
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Zsuzsa is the beauty; the computer is the beast.

clue #49: prize claimed by Buddy Revell!
A Wondrous Bird

SOLUTION: Pelikan vs P Bohosiewicz, 1936
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: The game is Bird's opening, and also an oblique reference to the old rhyme, "Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican! His bill holds more than his belly can." (Dixon Merritt)

clue #50: prize claimed by GeauxCool!

SOLUTION: F Erkel vs Spitzer, 1858
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: The painting is that of Hungarian opera composer and chess master Ferenc Erkel.

clue #51: prize claimed by Touch of Knight!
Skip to my Loo?

SOLUTION: Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: The game was "skipped" due to protests regarding the "loo" (toilet).

clue #52: prize claimed by ruelas007!
--·- ··- · · -·   ··· ·- -·-· ·-· ·· ··-· ·· -·-· ·

SOLUTION: M Rotova vs P Mors, 1992
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Morse code for "Queen Sacrifice", and here Mr. Mors makes a beauty.

clue #53: prize claimed by MostlyAverageJoe!
Poetic Endgame

SOLUTION: W Wittmann vs Pavasovic, 1996
PRIZE: Duels of the Mind (4 DVD set)
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: A reference to the American poet Walt Whitman.

clue #54: prize claimed by tpstar!
Far From Home

SOLUTION: M S From vs Loyd, 1867
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Chess master Martin Severin From traveled from his home in Denmark to Paris to play this game.

clue #55: prize claimed by Buddy Revell!
Small Lit Room

SOLUTION: Oll vs Ulibin, 1989
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: "Small lit room." is an anagram for "Oll's Immortal", which this brilliancy surely is.

clue #56: prize claimed by Manic!
WC Zugzwang

SOLUTION: Steinitz vs Lasker, 1896
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: WC implies World Champion. Lasker's 24...Rg8!! leaves Steinitz without a move.

clue #57: prize claimed by Buddy Revell!

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SOLUTION: Leko vs Adams, 2001
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: The key is the weird position of the kings on the c-file, which can be easily explained only if this game was Fischerandom (Chess960).

clue #58: prize claimed by sneaky pete!
Don't kill him.

SOLUTION: D Weir vs J Messenger, 1951
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: A reference to the expression, Don't kill the messenger.

clue #59: prize claimed by Eric The Great!
clue

SOLUTION: A Kveinys vs Lim Yee Weng, 2002
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Each symbol is a digit reflected horizontally (obscure the left sides to see the numbers). And this is game # 1257207.

clue #60: prize claimed by MyCatPlaysChess!
From 22:14 to 7:07
From Matthew to Michael

SOLUTION: Adams vs Kasimdzhanov, 2004
PRIZE: A One Year Subscription to New in Chess Magazine
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Matthew 22:14 is the famous line "For many are called, but few are chosen." At the 2004 FIDE World Championship, on the 7th game of the 7th round (hence 7:07) Rustam Kasimdzhanov scored the winning point against Michael Adams, to become the sole winner of a 128 player knockout tournament.

clue #61: prize claimed by arctic tern!
Odds were against him.

SOLUTION: Morphy vs J Thompson, 1859
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Morphy lost the game without his queen's kinght.

clue #62: prize claimed by Eric The Great!
http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=n where n is the next number in this sequence: 1, 256, 19683...

SOLUTION: Geller vs Smyslov, 1952
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: 17=1, 28=256, 39=19683, 410=1048576

clue #63: prize claimed by ltsiros!
Premier Français.

SOLUTION: Greco vs NN, 1620
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Meaning "first French"; this is the first known French Defense.

clue #64: prize claimed by pawnofdoom!
Castling Into the Lion's Mouth

SOLUTION: Ed. Lasker vs F Englund, 1913
PRIZE: A Four Month Free Subscription to Chessgames.com
...plus an entry in to the Grand Prize drawing! (See Official Rules for info.)
COMMENT: Note by Tartakower in his book 500 Games of Chess

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  1. See the Official Rules for complete information.
  2. Bookmark this page and check back frequently. You never know when the next clue might appear, and as soon as it does, the race is on.
  3. Some clues involve initials. A clue "B.F. vs B.S." may refer to Bobby Fischer vs Boris Spassky.
  4. For some clues, a knowledge of chess players and chess history helps a lot.
  5. Some clues draw upon popular chess literature and anecdotes.
  6. Not all clues will narrow the field down a single game; some clues may refer to more than one possible game. You'll simply have to search through the possible games to find the specific game with the prize on it.
  7. Some clues are anagrams. For example, if a clue was "Apply Humor 1850" then you might want to look at Paul Morphy games from 1850. ("Apply Humor" is an anagram of "Paul Morphy".)
  8. Some clues are puns, similar to what you might find on our Game of the Day.
  9. For some clues, a knowledge of chess history may be helpful--but there are also references to literature, pop culture, and the arts.
  10. Many clues are intentionally misleading, in the spirit of crossword puzzles.
  11. Don't ask the chessgames administrators for any clarification of the meanings of clues. Some of them are designed to be confusing and ambiguous; we will refuse to clarify their meaning. We may, at our discretion, expand upon the given clue, if it proves too difficult.
  12. To give everybody a fair chance, there is a limit of five (5) prizes per member, not including the Grand Prize.
  13. If is possible to design software that downloads thousands of games in bulk to scan the HTML pages for prize graphics. This is regarded as cheating. We have measures in place designed to detect and prevent this. Anybody caught using these methods will be disqualified, and the prizes will not be awarded but instead returned to the prize pool.
  14. These hints are not inclusive; some types of clues might not be described herein. You're on your own--good luck!


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