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   Oct-30-14 chessforum <twinlark> No, we love national leagues, we just can't follow tournaments for every country every year while they occur. You are right, the Czech league is very strong, we'll try to get that up soon. <parisattack> We are a "jack of all trades" but if anything is ...
   Oct-28-14 FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014) (replies) Our apologies for the leaderboard anomalies. The official site has been sending us slightly different versions of the same games (not actually duplicates!) and we've had to sort out which ones were legit.
   Oct-26-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies) We just deleted a swath of posts from this page, about 315 in total. The amount of swearing, threats, and personal attacks in those pages were too numerous for us judge on a post-by-post basis. Some posts that did not violate our rules were swept away in the process. Our ...
   Oct-21-14 Biographer Bistro (replies) Stonehenge, I think you know not what you ask. On the face of it the Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 Absoluto (2001) doesn't seem like an important tournament, but just look at some of the participants. Fabiano Caruana, Robert Hess, Emilio Cordova are all now GMs. And there are ...
   Oct-13-14 Caruana vs Tomashevsky, 2014 (replies) Please note that for the final round the game begins two hours earlier (4:00am USA/Eastern).
   Oct-13-14 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies) <I counted 5 handles, all created in September or October that have never kibitzed and only play the bookie game.> I can speculate which users you mean, but they probably followed the "back in business" banner on the homepage. A few people visit chessgames not to ...
   Oct-11-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
   Oct-05-14 Radjabov vs Caruana, 2014 (replies) Please note that Monday is a rest day; this game begins Tuesday 6:00am EST.
   Oct-04-14 L Dominguez vs Gelfand, 2014 (replies) Oh, we still had the Sinquefield time controls. Thanks again, we fixed it.
   Oct-04-14 john barleycorn chessforum (replies) Hey, this is a family site. Please tone it down a notch. Don't make me ask you again. Thank you.
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Oct-24-14  Yopo: <> Thank You! You can download all games
played so far, using this link

or you can download the games from each round, because the DGT chess viewer have a button "Download PGN" on the bank above the board or click over the chessplayers names to view online

Oct-26-14  Yopo: IX American Continental
Round 8 Round 9

Round 10-Pairings and Results

Shabalov, Shankland, Granda and Leitao
fighting for the first prize in the last round.

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  Thanh Phan: <> I believe there is a slight problem on the rogoff page, it's up to you to decide if it's considered normal or any action to be taken
Oct-26-14  Alien Math: chessgamesdotcom please understand we never seen our thanh experience a loss before and for self think it changed her, made her violent, do not hold it against her, for she is only reacting to the loss and not to actual
Premium Chessgames Member <Thanh Phan> No, that's not normal, even by the Rogoff page standards. We're contemplating what should be done right now.
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  OhioChessFan: I think you should have a Beer summit.
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  Check It Out: <Thanh Phan: I believe there is a slight problem on the rogoff page, it's up to you to decide if it's considered normal or any action to be taken>

<Thanh Phan: I need rest, and express sorrow to intrude yet wish to let you know sleep appears, until again mr>

The disparity in language quality between these two recent <Thanh Phan> posts raises my suspicions, considering the recent brewhaha on the Rogoff page.

Oct-26-14  Alien Math: <Check It Out> she are care for at this time, are any messages you wish to convey?
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  Check It Out: <Alien Math> No, no message. Can you shed light on my question?
Oct-26-14  Alien Math: <Check It Out> her situation appear stable, maybe given time her able provide answers for, until then maybe it's best if time and space gathers
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  Annie K.: <CIO> I believe Thanh is who she says she is. I've noticed at other times before that her English tends to deteriorate when she is stressed out and/or exhausted.

<Hanh> please tell your sister to take care of herself, and not to worry too much about arguments here. :)

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  MarkFinan: <ThanhPhan: <> I believe there is a slight problem on the rogoff page>

That has to get the post of the year award in the annual chessgames thing, lol. It seriously should though :)

"Ice berg ahead!" was less prophetic.


Premium Chessgames Member Apparently there is a conspiracy theory floating around that our esteemed <JessicaFischerQueen> and longtime contributor <Thanh Phan> are actually one in the same.

In order to clear up possible misunderstandings, I'd like to say that I am quite certain that <JessicaFischerQueen> is not in any way associated with the <Thanh Phan> account. This is based on logfile forensics, email exchanges with both of them, and just plain common sense.

Having alternate accounts is not a violation of Chessgames rules per se, so even if this conspiracy theory were true, it would not be scandalous. But for the record, it's just not true.

Daniel Freeman

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  WannaBe: Anyone else experiencing slow page loading? Or it's just me? Around 5PM Server/Eastern Time.
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  Tabanus: <CG> FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014) has three duplicate games in the last round.
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  Richard Taylor: I put this on the Kibitzer's Hit Parade Forum but feel I should paste it here also as there it may well be swamped with noise:

< Richard Taylor: Well I've done it, I've entered the New Zealand Chess Championships. This year it is an Open so anyone from zero rating to 2600+ can enter and there is at least one GM on 2600+ and some strong players from overseas about 2300 to 2500. It is not too late to enter. GM Murray Chandler and others have organised it. GM Bischoff from Germany comes to NZ quite frequently and combines it with a holiday I think. Also seen a lot is IM Riemsdijk who is a strong player. And others. It starts in Auckland on Jan 1st. 9 rounds starting 1.30 pm each day. There are good prizes. It is in a great setting (Devonport).

Links here:


Oct-28-14  Yopo: IX American Continental



Granda was crowned continental champions for the third time cosecutiva. However, this time he had to share the first prize with five outros.Congratulations to Granda and all these that equaled the score. Because they won the most important tournament outside EURASIA and whose technical level is roughly equivalent to the championship of the United States.

Tie-break ( worthing 4 vacancies for the World Cup )

Isan Ortiz 3,5 Granda and Leitao 3,0 Shankland 2,5 Shabalov and Pichot 1,5

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  twinlark: Hi <ceegee>

I know you're not a great fan of national leagues, apart from the Bundesliga and the Russian and Chinese Leagues, as these are extremely strong competitions.

You might however consider covering the Czech Extraliga. Check out the roll call:

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  parisattack: <> is a jack-of-all-trades website. That is both its strength and weakness. With the player forums pretty much wasted I also would like to see more emphasis on the database. Probably too much to ask for a expansion of openings content - doesn't seem to be any real interest here.
Premium Chessgames Member <Anyone else experiencing slow page loading? Or it's just me? Around 5PM Server/Eastern Time.> Yesterday there was a kind of a denial of service attack. I don't remember the exact timing, but I bet that's what you experienced.
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  OhioChessFan: I have noticed the last 2 days I can't use the back button without first refreshing the page I'm on. Using IE.
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  AylerKupp: Please check the number of extensions that GM Naiditsch has taken in the current Chessgames Challenge and the number of extensions he has remaining. According to my records he took his first extension on Aug-13-14 (he played his 13th move on Aug-19-14), his second extension on Sep-23-14 (he played his 20th move on Sep-24-14), and his third extension on Oct-28-14 (he played his 26th move on Oct-29-14).

I remember that you indicated that he said that he lost track of time on his 20th move and therefore played his move one day late. You may have decided not to charge him with an extension at that time or charge him with an extension for his last move since both of these moves were only one day late. That would be fine with me and I suspect with the rest of the team, particularly if we offer it to him as a "wedding present" along with our best wishes. :-)

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  FSR: Please make M Cebalo vs Vasiukov, 2014 GOTD ASAP - preferably tomorrow. It's one of the most gorgeous miniatures in chess history.
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  Karpova: <>

What about improving the possibility of getting an overview over a player's tournament/match career? It is possible via the tournament index search function, although the order in which the events appear, looks strange to me (why not according to date, so that you can follow one's career. E. g., if you want to see just the latest results of Carlsen and/or Anand prior to the match).

And there are also mistakes, e. g. even when specifically searching for <akiba rubinstein>, Hamburg (1910) is displayed (he did not participate, but is mentioned in the intro) and also the Rubinstein Memorial (2000). It should concentrate on the participants only (probably like it is done for the "Notable tournaments" list).

It would also be much easier, and may avoid problems with players having the same surname, if it was directly accessible from the player page. E. g., like a button says "Show tournaments and matches" or something, and when you click on it, a list in chronological order appears, maybe even looking like the list of chess games.

Just a suggestion, which came to my mind and I thought it may be worth sharing it.

Premium Chessgames Member <twinlark> No, we love national leagues, we just can't follow tournaments for every country every year while they occur. You are right, the Czech league is very strong, we'll try to get that up soon.

<parisattack> We are a "jack of all trades" but if anything is our specialty, it's openings. In what way should we offer more opening content?

<OhioChessFan> We've been making some changes to the page headers. Let us know if the problem seems to have gone away or if it persists.

<AylerKupp> Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I haven't communicated with Naiditsch recently, but it looks like he just lost track of the days. That can happen on a honeymoon :-)

<FSR> Wow, incredible game. We've got something slated for Halloween but look for it soon after that.

<Karpova> I see what you are saying, but it's not a mistake that your search brings up events that the player did not participate in. Think of it like a Google search: the order is the perceived 'relevance'. For example, if you search for "Tal" you'll get not only events that Tal played in, but also the Tal Memorials, and any event that even mentions his name. But also like Google, you can look for an image of a duck and get results apparently irrelevant. To a degree, that's intentional.

Your idea is great. You surely know we already have the "Notable Tournaments" feature on player pages based on this data, but it's only a sampling of events that the player did well in. I like the idea of making a more thorough search that shows all of the tournaments in chronological order.

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