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clue #1: prize claimed by chancho!
It's Showtime!

t2 + Peter Andreev vs Robert Kane, 2012

SOLUTION: Deep Blue vs Kasparov, 1997
PRIZE: (((ERROR:INVALID PRIZE CODE)))
COMMENT: The game indicated is number 1700844. t2 is another way of saying "tt", and if you concatenate "tt" with "1700844" you get "tt1700844". A quick Google search shows that this is the IMDB code for the movie The Deep Blue Sea. This is a game by Deep Blue that we've used as Game of the Day.

clue #2: prize claimed by SwitchingQuylthulg!
The Classics
  • Vanquish
  • Magnitudes
  • Maximized
  • Michelangelo
  • Elevation

SOLUTION: C Wolf vs H Ramezani, 1994
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: Each word contains the first name of one of the players currently participating in the London Classic. They are: Anish, Magnus, Maxime, Michael, and Levon. When written in a list, the 5th column spells "HUMAN":
    A N I S H
M A G N U S
M A X I M E
M I C H A E L
L E V O N

clue #3: prize claimed by kevinatcausa!
Wub a Lub a Dub Dub

SOLUTION: Teichmann vs J Mortimer, 1902
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: Pictured are Rick and Morty and here is a game between Richard and Mortimer.

clue #4: prize claimed by martin1456!
Blow by Blow

So when he took on d4, knight took, bishop took, then rook took. After he played NxR he might have been expecting BxN+ Rf6, but I surprised him by inserting RxP+!!

SOLUTION: Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: A straightforward description of Steinitz's famous victory over Tchigorin.

clue #5: prize claimed by TheaN!
Little Boxes

   5   3   9

   0   1   6

   1   7   0

(Oh dear, the score has become jumbled!)
O1 X9! X3 O2? O4▢ X5 X6! 1-0

SOLUTION: Kasparov vs Waitzkin, 1988
PRIZE: The book Improve Your Chess Pattern Recognition from New in Chess
COMMENT: The score is a recording of a Tic-Tac-Toe game in the style of alegebraic notation, e.g. X6! means "X plays in square 6, and it's a good move." The squares are numbered in typical 1-9 telephone format. The unscrambled game reads: 1. X5 O2? 2. X6! O4▢ 3.X9! O1 4.X3 1-0. The numbers that this game trace in the grid spells out the game ID, 1-3-6-0-0-5-9.

clue #6: prize claimed by martin1456!
All the World's a Stage
  • What a fish! He gives up the exchange just to start a speculative attack? That can't work! I don't believe it for a minute!
  • Oh no, I'm such a loser. I can't believe I let him do this to me. Why bother even playing on?
  • OK, look buddy. So you get a pawn, I get the exchange, even-steven. Let's just trade queens now, what do you say?
  • You idiot! You insist on continuing with your attack? Impudence! You fill me with contempt and loathing!
  • So what if you have the exchange? Your attack will fizzle out. I have absolutely no worries in the world.
  • I think I'm going to be sick. This rook and queen ending is clearly lost for me. I just want to curl up in a fetal position.
  • Good game; I resign. [offers handshake]

SOLUTION: M Schwarz vs S Wagner, 2006
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: These are all expressions of grief which can be measured on by the Kübler-Ross model of grief stages. The levels, 1 (denial), 4 (depression), (3) bargaining, (2) anger, (1) denial, (4) depression, (5) acceptance giving you the game ID 1432145.

clue #7: prize claimed by Sastre!
Cels Like Hot Cakes

SOLUTION: Hartlaub vs Fleischer, 1913
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: This is a still from the cartoon Chess Nuts (1932), starring Betty Boop, directed and produced by the Fleischer brothers.

clue #8: prize claimed by OBIT!
BANG2

B ≠ A ≠ N ≠ G

SOLUTION: P Villegas vs V Inkiov, 2012
PRIZE: (((ERROR:INVALID PRIZE CODE)))
COMMENT: A reference to the song Bang Bang which mentions the expression "B to the A to the N to the G". There are several possible integer solutions which yield a valid game number, but only a few with the contstraint B≠A≠N≠G. The one we're looking for is 6^2^3^1 = 6^8 = 1679616.

clue #9: prize claimed by MostlyAverageJoe!
You Have the Right To Remain Silent

SOLUTION: E Chinchilla Miranda vs S Mariotti, 1988
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: Pictured is an arrested chinchilla, and this is a game by Chinchilla Miranda.

clue #10: prize claimed by SwitchingQuylthulg!
Don't Worry

Candles, Problems, Tears, Little Birds

SOLUTION: Novik vs I Nikolayev, 1988
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: Each phrase is found in a song which contains a number: 16 Candles (The Crests), 99 Problems (Jay-Z), 96 Tears (The Mysterions), 3 Little Birds (Bob Marley), yielding the answer 16-99-96-3

clue #11: prize claimed by MostlyAverageJoe!
Faces or Vaces?



Hint: You are expected to recognize the profile of the man. Yesterday somebody might have known who he was.
Hint 2: Don't fret; somebody will recognize him soon enough.

SOLUTION: Shankar Roy vs Sasikiran, 1999
PRIZE: (((ERROR:INVALID PRIZE CODE)))
COMMENT: The faces are the profile of sitar master Ravi Shankar, taken straight from the album Raga Charukauns.

clue #12: prize claimed by OBIT!
A Santa at NASA
  1. Stupid muck
  2. Largest quiz
  3. Camel market
  4. Intelligent goats
  5. Sketched further
  6. Beast grease

SOLUTION: J Shaw vs K Beaton, 1994
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: The crytpic phrases all refer to simple two-word palindromes: 1. DUMB MUD, 2. MAX EXAM, 3. LLAMA MALL, 4. SMART RAMS, 5. DRAWN ONWARD, and 6. LION OIL. The central ('pivot') letters of each palindrome spells BEATON.

clue #13: prize claimed by MostlyAverageJoe!
Engage le jeu que je le gagne

zaiqquakivikauqqiaz

Hint: Somebody's favorite word.

SOLUTION: Karpov vs T Krabbe, 1992
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: After some substitutions, zaiqquakivikauqqiaz becomes saippuakivikauppias which is Tim Krabbé's favorite word. The title is a French palindrome meaning "Begin the game so I can win."

clue #14: prize claimed by MostlyAverageJoe!
Early Periodicals

4, 31, 7, 17, 8, 6, 19, 16

SOLUTION: Blackburne vs Sellman, 1883
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: These are atomic numbers found early on the periodic table of the elements: Beryllium, Gallium, Nitrogen, Chlorine, Oxygen, Carbon, Potassium, and Sulpher. Their symbols spell Be-Ga-N Cl-O-C-K-S. This is the first game from our tournament collection London (1883) which is the first tournament to employ connected stop-clocks.

clue #15: prize claimed by AnimusEtOblivio!
Shall we take the freeway?

SOLUTION: P Dijkstra vs Theo Schmidt, 1990
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: This is an illustration of Dijkstra's Algorithm, a computer method invented in 1959 which finds optimal routes in weighted graphs. Today it is the backbone of software such as Google Maps and Apple Maps. The animation was provided by Stony Brook University; you can read an explanation at their web page about Dijkstra's Algorithm.

clue #16: prize claimed by tpstar!
Trig

Hmmm... toughie ain't it?

Hint: Take your time, you'll get it.

SOLUTION: J M Lopez Martinez vs Pelletier, 2001
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: Ignoring the longest edge of each triangle, you can interpret these as clock hands. The left indicates 1:20, the right indicates 12:45, so the solution game is 1201245.

clue #17: prize claimed by kevinatcausa!
Teamwork

DON'T LET YOUR TEAM DOWN BY ▢▢▢▢▢▢▢ ▢▢!

SOLUTION: J Van Pelt vs P S Spiller, 1977
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: The full quote is, "Don't let your team down by showing up!", said by Lucy van Pelt in Peanuts, April 16, 1963.

clue #18: prize claimed by 7krzem7!
Start with the last that was first.

iwsawhziin uad zikes atis hcu sunu mu

SOLUTION: Szabo vs A Phillips, 1955
PRIZE: The book Fried Liver & Burning Pants by "Coach Jay" Stallings
COMMENT: Based on the title, reverse the clue text, preserving spaces, to get "um unus uch sita sekiz dau niizhwaswi". Google searching you find that each is a number in a different langauge: Portuguese um = 1, Latin unus = 1, Uzbek uch = 3, Swahili sita = 6, Turkish sekiz = 8, Welsh dau = 2, Ojibwe niizhwaswi = 7.

This gives you 1136827--but wait, there's one more wrinkle. If you read the first letter of each language you see it spells "PLUSTWO", so add two to get the game ID, 1136829. (Thanks to MostlyAverageJoe for providing this pretty puzzle.)

clue #19: prize claimed by SwitchingQuylthulg!
Tit for Tat

Queen for queen, rook for rook, bishop for bishop, knight for knight.

SOLUTION: J N Babson vs Steinitz, 1893
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: A reference to the Babson Task, in which a promoted queen is answered with a promoted queen, a promoted rook with a promoted rook, etc.

clue #20: prize claimed by tpstar!
A Child Can Solve It

SOLUTION: M F Drew vs A Suess, 1967
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: One fifth, two fifth, red fifth, blue fifth: a reference to the children's book by Dr. Seuss

clue #21: prize claimed by martin1456!
Would You Like Them Here or There?

SOLUTION: G Sam vs P Atoufi, 2015
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: The first image is the angel Gabriel, the second is the character Sam from Green Eggs and Ham. The game is that of Gabriel Sam.

clue #22: prize claimed by SwitchingQuylthulg!
Got My Moji Workin'

U+1F4A3
U+1F3CF
U+1F697

SOLUTION: P Aurangabadkar vs B Anuja, 2008
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: These are Emoji codepoints for 💣 🏏 🚗 (bomb, bat, car) to indicate Bombatkar Anuja.

clue #23: prize claimed by ll931110!
Use a Pen to Work This Out
  • Bb7-e4-h7
  • Bf8-c5-f2
  • Ra5-a1-e1-e5
  • Qb3-f3-f7
  • Rc3-f3-f7-c7
  • Rd1-h1-h5
  • Bb4-e7-h4
  • Rc4-c8-g8
  • Qc6-f6-f3-c3-c6
  • Qb6-e3-h6

SOLUTION: Suba vs N Davies, 1990
PRIZE: The book Improve Your Chess Pattern Recognition from New in Chess
COMMENT: The title hints at the Pigpen cipher which is illustrated by the shapes that the pieces make on a chessboard. It decodes into SUBA-DAVIES.

clue #24: prize claimed by BVer!
Synthesia



1, 5, 8, 10, 18, 19, 24, 29, 39, 40

SOLUTION: A Planinc vs Bukic, 1969
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: We call this one synthesia because it's about the color of music. Each symbol refers to a color-oriented song, "Purple Rain", "Red Red Wine", "Black Dog", "Blue Moon", and "99 Red Ballons". Putting this together you get PURPLERAINREDREDWINEBLACKDOGBLUEMOON99REDBALLONS. Use the number to index into this string to get the secret phrase, "PLANINC B99".

clue #25: prize claimed by SwitchingQuylthulg!
First!

The first first.

Hint: This clue is very different. We're asking you to locate the first game where a certain Chessgames "tradition" began. If nobody can find it, more clues will follow.
Hint 2: It's the tradition of "First", "Second", "Third", etc. Surprisingly, it's not a live game.
Hint 3: The person who posted "first" is a chess author who sometimes posts on Chessgames.

SOLUTION: H Kennedy vs E Lowe, 1849
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: On the fateful day of August 5, 2005, chess author Bill Wall innocently posted, "Or 9.Qa4+ first. Better may be Qf2." He was later joined by a chorus of "second" and "third" thus beginning a tradition that has annoyed Chessgames members ever since. (Note: the tradition of saying "one, two, three" dates back to at least 2012. Additional 4-month-memberships may be awarded here.)

clue #26: prize claimed by 7krzem7!
Value the Obscure
  • playwriting
  • groundwork
  • provoke
  • queueing
  • archbishop
  • broomstick
  • acquiescence

SOLUTION: Hracek vs J Markos, 2009
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: In each word is hidden a chess piece, e.g. (p)l(a)y(w)riti(n)g has a pawn and g(r)(o)undw(o)r(k) has a rook. Using the common piece values you get the number 1-5-5-9-3-5-9.

clue #27: prize claimed by kevinatcausa!
Where Parallel Lines Meet

SOLUTION: Alekhine vs L Zollner, 1938
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: This is called the Zollner Illusion after German astrophysicist Johann Karl Friedrich Zöllner.

clue #28: prize claimed by kevinatcausa!
Three Million Knights

There are 3,000,000 knights, numbered 1 through 3 million, sitting at a circular table in numerical order. A sword is given to knight #1. This knight kills the knight on his left (knight #2) and then passes the sword to the next living knight in sequence (#3). Knight #3 now kills knight #4 and passes the sword to knight #5. This process continues until there is only one knight remaining. In the end, which knight has the sword?

SOLUTION: Ivanchuk vs S Zhigalko, 2015
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: The first thing to realize is that if the number of knights is a power of 2 (4, 8, 16, etc.) then the first knight will be the surivor. Note that 2^21 (2097152) is the largest power of 2 under 3 million. Therefore, after 3000000-21^2 iterations, there will be exactly 2^21 iterations left to go, which means that whichever knight then has the sword at that time will be the one who survives. 3000000-2097152 = 902848, and after 902848 iterations the sword is in seat 902848*2+1, or #1805697, who will be the final survivor. This Perl program is provided as proof. Also see Ask Dr. Math for a more in-depth discussion.

clue #29: prize claimed by OBIT!
Shall we take the freeway?
  • Billy Joel (1982)
  • Randy Newman (1977)

SOLUTION: N Ondersteijn vs B Diesen, 2007
PRIZE: A $150 shopping spree at the Chessgames Store
COMMENT: The artists and dates hinted at two geographical songs: Allentown by Billy Joel and Baltimore by Randy Newman. As the title suggests, you can google "Allentown to Baltimore" to find that the optimum route involves US highways I-476 and I-95. Put those together (I=1) to get 1476195.

clue #30: prize claimed by kevinatcausa!
Out of Order

Come, Iguana!

SOLUTION: S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: An anagram for "AU COIN GAME", referring to Marshall's famous "gold coin game."

clue #31: prize claimed by Thrajin!
Knockout

SOLUTION: Capablanca vs J Lewis, 1941
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: This is a photo of boxer Joe Louis. A different Joe Lewis defeated Capablanca in a 1941 simultaneous exhibition.

clue #32: prize claimed by 7krzem7!
Trio

SOLUTION: H Holder vs H Lahlum, 2000
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: These are sections of Rush album covers: their debut album, "Fly By Night", "Caress Of Steel", and "2112". Thus, simply concatenate 1,2,3 and 2112.

clue #33: prize claimed by tpstar!
Teamwork

Beating 2700+ players is easy. Just open with something unusual and sac a couple of rooks.

SOLUTION: R Rapport vs Fressinet, 2015
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: The title and the game description point to this game from the 2015 European Team Championship.

clue #34: prize claimed by druid!
It's Unanimous

SOLUTION: Sajtar vs Boleslavsky, 1953
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: The images are: a Hancock, a Button, a Penn, a Stone, and a Hart (stag). All of these are (phonetically) either first or last names of signers of the Declaration of Independence. Starting with Hancock as signer #1, we also have 2 (Button Gwinnet), 7 (John Penn), 14 (Thomas Stone), and 42 (John Hart), which yields 1271442.

clue #35: prize claimed by zanzibar!
Clue #97464

46 4c 49 50 2d
46 4c 4f 50 21

Hint: Another clue for computer nerds exclusively, or not?
Hint 2: The title is in hexadecimal as well.
Hint 3: If you get 6000c you are well on your way to the answer.

SOLUTION: H Fabri vs Arkell, 2014
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: 46 4c 49 50 2d 46 4c 4f 50 21 is ASCII for "FLIP-FLOP!" This implies exclusive-or (XOR) and if you XOR 464c49502d with 464c4f5021 with the clue title (interpreted as hex), you get hex f7468 (the game ID, 1012840 in decimal).

clue #36: prize claimed by rcs784!
Picture Mixture

SOLUTION: D Andersen vs T S Christiansen, 2009
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: The title implies we're looking for rhymes, and sure enough, each image rhymes with a number: GUN HIVE DOOR MATE HEAVEN SCREW TREE rhymes with ONE FIVE FOUR EIGHT SEVEN TWO THREE.

clue #37: prize claimed by MostlyAverageJoe!
Blueprints

Could twenty years of computerized technology, averaging coded systems, digesting chromosomes, tell us?

SOLUTION: A Bianchi vs J Garcia, 2001
PRIZE: (((ERROR:INVALID PRIZE CODE)))
COMMENT: The text hints at the Human Genome Project. If you look at only the letters C (cytosine), G (guanine), A (adenine), and T (thymine), you will get "CTTACTTCGA AGGCTGTGCT". If you know how to use Google to search for genes, you'll find that this is the nucleotide sequence that begins OCA2, the human gene responsible for oculocutaneous albinism, and here is a game by Albino Bianchi.

clue #38: prize claimed by rcs784!
Winter Iceskating

9321, 6077, 9999, 1000, 6811, 6806, 2395

SOLUTION: Belke vs Looper, 1978
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: An entirely nonmathematical clue. Each number has a value equal to the number of "holes" in the numerals. For example an 8 has two holes, and 6806 has 5 holes altogether. So the game ID is 1243351.

clue #39: prize claimed by OBIT!
My Daddy

SOLUTION: M Bartel vs R Psyk, 2012
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: Korean pop artist PSY and an atom of potassium (K) spells PSYK.

clue #40: prize claimed by The HeavenSmile!
Round to Nearest 100 Billion

KUMI NA TISA!

SOLUTION: C Arduman vs M Erdogdu, 2001
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: Swahili for 19, and 19 factorial (19!) equals 121,645,100,408,832,000. Divide that by 100 billion to get the game ID.

clue #41: prize claimed by Sastre!
A Long Time Ago

SOLUTION: P Bielby vs M E Binks, 1962
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: The images are from movie posters of the Star Wars franchise: Episode I: The Phantom Menace (twice); Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back; Episode III: Revenge of the Sith; Episode V again; Episode VII: The Force Awakens; Episode I again. This gives you the game number of 1153571.

clue #42: prize claimed by BVer!
Lay it on the Line

L C G S A O E O S M T M T E S E

SOLUTION: B Craps vs M Roeder, 1992
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: When written in a 4x4 square, the columns read "LAST COME GETS SOME". This is a term used at the craps table when the shooter loses ("sevens out").

clue #43: prize claimed by The HeavenSmile!
Lightning Strikes
  • A special election was held to fill the chair of former secretary, Mr. Duane Hall.
  • Spassky vs Nogueiras, 1985
  • ?

SOLUTION: Svidler vs Kramnik, 2015
PRIZE: A six month subscription to Chess Evolution Top GM Secrets from Chess Evolution
COMMENT: The first item is taken from Chess Nuts, December 1955, which indicates a date of Nov 12, 1955: the date that lightning struck the clock tower in the movie Back to the Future. The second item is Boris Spassky vs Jesus Nogueiras played on Oct 26, 1985: the date that Doc performs temporal experiment #1, sending his dog Einstein forward in time 1 minute. Therefore, the solution is a game played on the third critical date of the trilogy: Oct 21, 2015 from the 2015 European Club Cup. For more information see Futurepedia: Back to the Future Timeline.

clue #44: prize claimed by druid!
Stir Crazy

SOLUTION: H Spangenberg vs Van Wely, 1994
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: Prisoner #24601 is Jean Valjean from Les Misérables, and this game was used a GOTD earlier this year as "Victor Hugo".

clue #45: prize claimed by Stonehenge!
Das Werdente

SOLUTION: E M Faust vs G Krauss, 1954
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: A quote from Faust, meaning: "Let that which grows and ever works and lives / Clasp you in the fond embrace of love, / And whatever floats in wavering appearance / Fix with enduring thought."

clue #46: prize claimed by shrdlu!
Loop the Loop

Ooooooh you found the secret alt-text!

SOLUTION: Kortner vs Nilssen, 1985
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: "Monkeys and rabbits loop the loop." -- Shirley Temple. The idea here is to add one letter to each item to create the name of an animal. The solutions are: MONEY + K = MONKEY; MUSE + O = MOUSE; HOSE + R = HORSE; RABBI + T = RABBIT; SAKE + N = SNAKE; MU + E = EMU; AT + R = RAT. The added letters spell Kortner.

clue #47: prize claimed by sleepyirv!
Spoiler Alert!

(WARNING: This clue will actually reveal endings to popular movies. Skip this clue if you don't want that!)
  1. He's Luke's father! (9,18)
  2. It's ... people! (9)
  3. He was Söze all along! (8)
  4. Mom's a corpse! (3)
  5. He's a ghost and doesn't know it! (1,5)
  6. He killed his own wife and forgot! (1,3)
  7. It's a sled! (9,10)

SOLUTION: F Hoorweg vs Timman, 1964
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: Each line is a "spoiler" that gives away the twist ending of a popular movie. The solutions are: 1. The Empire Strikes Back, 2. Soylent Green, 3. The Usual Suspects, 4. Psycho, 5. The Sixth Sense, 6. Memento, 7. Citizen Kane. The numbers index into the movie titles (skipping spaces, as always) to spell out EARLY TIMMAN.

clue #48: prize claimed by martin1456!
Happy Geeta Jayani!

part I · part II

Hint: The first verse means, in part, "He who is friendly to every living entity certainly comes to me."

SOLUTION: K Coates vs V W Knox, 1978
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: These are two verses of the Bhagavad Gita sung in Sanskrit. They mean:
· My dear Arjuna, one who is engaged in my pure devotional service, free from the contaminations of previous activities and from mental speculation, who is friendly to every living entity, certainly comes to me. (11:55)
· But you cannot see me with your present eyes. Therefore I give you divine eyes by which you can behold my mystic opulence! (11:8)
This is game 1155118 (11:55, 11:8).

clue #49: prize claimed by martin1456!
Yo Dawg, I Heard You Like Word Searches
   E V G E L F A N D W
U E O H A O A K E A
N L O R C K G S O R
E N I K A J R A K O
S D N M R P I A N N
L A U K U A S M S I
R R K Y A K C A A A
A I V A N C H U K N
C R P O A V U T O R
K I N M A R K C A B
Note: do not circle anything less than 4 letters.

SOLUTION: Wang Hao vs W So, 2007
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: First, find and circle the ten hidden grandmasters in the 10x10 grid: ARONIAN, CARLSEN, CARUANA, GELFAND, GRISCHUK, IVANCHUK, KARJAKIN, KASPAROV, KRAMNIK and NAKAMURA. This will leave you with 36 letters left over, which you can pour into a 6 by 6 grid that looks like this:
   E W U E H A
O K E L O S
O D N A N A
K A M S K Y
K A R P O V
T O R C A B
Now you can find six more grandmasters: ANAND, BACROT, EUWE, KAMSKY, KARPOV and LEKO. Finally the leftover letters spell "HAO-SO".

clue #50: prize claimed by AnimusEtOblivio!
Who?

SOLUTION: S Castelli vs R Marconi, 2000
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: Pictured is Guglielmo Marconi known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmissions.

clue #51: prize claimed by tpstar!
Just Desserts

Start things off on 12/25 with a slice of Christmas pi!

SOLUTION: V D Chaschikhin vs V Ardomin, 1989
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: Simply begin with the first occurrence of the holiday in question (Christmas) in the number pi. It occurs in the first 10,000 digits forming the GID 1225714.

clue #52: prize claimed by BVer!
Doc Brown's Notebook

SOLUTION: Blackburne vs Pillsbury, 1897
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: The idea is to simply order the events by date and perform the arithmetic suggested by the notes. However, there's a wrinkle: three of the entires are bogus, because the dates shown do not in fact exist. There's no such thing as April 31st, 1900 was not a leap year, and there was no September 12 in 1752. Therefore, skipping bogus entries, the proper math is: 1029 x 1000 - 16 (Louis XVI) + 425 - 73 = 1029336.

clue #53: prize claimed by 360degrees!
Initially Perplexing

Take a ST-AB at this one.

SOLUTION: Tartakower vs Burn, 1911
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: ST-AB is Savielly Tartakower vs Amos Burn.

clue #54: prize claimed by tpstar!
♘ Tour
F   T   T   Y   H

A K T O J

D E * G A

N R E A G

V S I D R

SOLUTION: Sajtar vs Pachman, 1943
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: This is a 5x5 knight's tour which spells "GOTD SAJTARDAY KNIGHT FEVER".

clue #55: prize claimed by Enrico Leon!
Home is Where the Hearth Is



Hint: Quickshot was nerfed. Now it costs one more.

SOLUTION: N Ninov vs J Zawadzka, 2006
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: These are cards from the game Hearthstone with their mana-costs in the upper-left corner obscured. Reading from the top of the stack to the bottom, the mana-costs are 1, 4, 3, 6, 9, 3, and 2, giving you the game ID.

clue #56: prize claimed by 7krzem7!
Numbering



First is Delaware; eighth is David.

SOLUTION: H Rittner vs M Umansky, 1995
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: The text is meaningless except for the first initials, which spell FIDE ID. Carlsen's FIDE ID is the game ID, 1503014. Inspiration for this clue came from Mostly Average Joe.

clue #57: prize claimed by OBIT!
Flowery Speech
  • Berberis aquifolium
  • Camellia japonica
  • Solidago gigantea
  • Prunus persica
  • Magnolia

SOLUTION: Oral vs V Nedela, 2005
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: State flowers for Oregon (OR), Alabama (AL), Nebraska (NE), Delaware (DE), and Louisiana (LA). That spells ORAL-NEDELA.

clue #58: prize claimed by shalgo!
Chess Invasion
  • I placed the queen beneath my first finger.
  • I have aggressive knights!
  • For energy, I ate molasses-based sucrose.
  • He's only got 3 minutes before time control; I've got 45.
6, 14-15, 21-25, 27-28, 33, 36-37, 40.

Hint: Believe it or not, it makes a huge difference whether you interpret 'first finger' as the index finger, or thumb.

SOLUTION: Miles vs Bronstein, 1976
PRIZE: (((ERROR:INVALID PRIZE CODE)))
COMMENT: Not only a chess invasion, a British Invasion! These are all rephrased titles of Rolling Stones songs: Under My Thumb, Wild Horses, Brown Sugar, and Time is on my Side. The numbers index to get the secret message MILESBRONSTEIN.

clue #59: prize claimed by AnimusEtOblivio!
It's Showtime!

SOLUTION: Spassky vs Fischer, 1972
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: A scene from the recent movie Pawn Sacrifice depicting the 3rd game of the Spassky-Fischer match, right before 12.Bxh5.

clue #60: prize claimed by 7krzem7!
Brilliancy game.

SOLUTION: Maroczy vs Chigorin, 1903
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: This is a portion of a Christmas card that was sent out by Geza Maroczy to "his wide circle of friends." See chesshistory.com for details.

clue #61: prize claimed by MostlyAverageJoe!
Winter Wonderland

Time for a SL-ED ride!

SOLUTION: Lipschutz vs E Delmar, 1889
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: SL-ED in this case is Samuel Lipschutz vs Eugene Delmar.

clue #62: prize claimed by AnimusEtOblivio!
See Pics:

SOLUTION: Karpov vs Ribli, 1977
PRIZE: The book Improve Your Chess Pattern Recognition from New in Chess
COMMENT: Each image is a species from Star Wars, with the last image being the poster for the original film. Simply take the first letter of each species: on the top row we have Kaminoan, Aqualish, Rodian, Pa'lowick, Ortolan, Vulptereen, on the bottom we have Ranat, Ithorian, Besalisk, Lannik, and Ishi Tib. The result is KARPOV on top, RIBLI below, and the poster represents 1977, the year Star Wars was released.

clue #63: prize claimed by sleepyirv!
Christmas Spirit

SOLUTION: M Mancini vs J F Jolly, 2012
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: Music by Henry Mancini, in a jolly Christmas spirit.

clue #64: prize claimed by Stantler66!
A Merry Time of Year

SOLUTION: A L'Ami vs A Merry, 2015
PRIZE: A Four Month Premium Subscription to Chessgames.com
COMMENT: This concludes the 2015 Chessgames Holiday Present Hunt! Thanks to everybody for playing and congratulations to the winners.

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  10. Some clues involve 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".)
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