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Compiled by fredthebear

How old is old?
You're as old as you feel. Age is just a number. Chess is a game for a lifetime, anytime, anywhere in the world. Mental activity is good for the brain, as long as you don't become obsessed with it at the expense of other life matters.

Here is a fine example:

* SkySports has a fine collection: Game Collection: Old men (and women) vs. time

* Brilliancies: Game Collection: brilliacies

* Some Miniatures of the Champs: Game Collection: Champions miniature champions

* Generations: Game Collection: Across the generations

FTB scans a variety of games each day, and gradually adds 'em as he comes across such qualifiers. Surely some games are in both collections.

* Did it take?
User: mahmoudkubba
<mahmoudkubba: To Greetings, I just a few days ago made my renewal after a long absence and after a long time staying as just a participant and not a member. Please how to go to my Forum?> Welcome back!
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A toast for friendship:

‘Here's to Tall Ships,
Here's to Small Ships,
Here's to all the Ships at Sea.
But the best Ships are Friendships,
Here's to You and Me!'

The Lion Beaten By The Man

A picture once was shown,
In which one man, alone,
On the ground had thrown
A lion fully grown.
Much gloried at the sight the rabble.
A lion thus rebuked their babble:
"That you have got the victory there,
There is no contradiction.
But, gentles, possibly you are
The dupes of easy fiction:
Had we the art of making pictures,
Perhaps our champion had beat yours!"

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." ― Martin Luther King Jr.

* Checkmate brevities: Game Collection: Art of Checkmate

* Crouch's book: Game Collection: Chess Secrets - Attackers (Crouch)

* KID 0-1s: Game Collection: K.I.D B wins E98

* Dr. Edmund Adam Miniatures: Edmund Adam

H.T. Bland. On page 207 of the December 1929 American Chess Bulletin he exalted the challenger in that year's world championship match:

Bravo ‘Bogol', you've shown pluck.
One and all we wish you luck.
Gee, some thought you'd barged between
Other players who'd have been
Less likely straightaway to lose
Just as friend Alekhine might choose;
Undaunted, ‘Bogol', you went in
Believing you'd a chance to win.
Or failing that, to make a fight,
Which you are doing as we write.

Snow White & the Huntsman by Evan Daugherty

"Who will you be when faced with the end?
The end of a kingdom,
The end of good men,
Will you run?
Will you hide?
Or will you hunt down evil with a venomous pride?

Rise to the ashes,
Rise to the winter sky,
Rise to the calling,
Make heard the battle cry.
Let it scream from the mountains
From the forest to the chapel,
Because death is a hungry mouth
And you are the apple.

So who will you be when faced with the end?
When the vultures are circling
And the shadows descend
Will you cower?
Or will you fight?
Is your heart made of glass?
Or a pure Snow White?"
― Lily Blake, Snow White & the Huntsman

Lichess has all the same basic offerings as a large community, many game types, tutorials, puzzles, and livestreams. The site has a simple appearance, and it seems built to get you where you want to go in as few clicks as possible. You can create an account, but if you're not concerned with tracking your games and finding other players at your level, there's no need to log in. Just fire up a new game, try some puzzles, or watch a chess streamer play three-minute games while listening to techno and chatting with the comments section.

"Many have become chess masters, no one has become the master of chess." ― Siegbert Tarrasch

The Dog That Dropped The Substance For The Shadow

This world is full of shadow-chasers,
Most easily deceived.
Should I enumerate these racers,
I should not be believed.
I send them all to Aesop's dog,
Which, crossing water on a log,
Espied the meat he bore, below;
To seize its image, let it go;
Plunged in; to reach the shore was glad,
With neither what he hoped, nor what he'd had.

French Proverb: "Il ne faut rien laisser au hasard." ― (Nothing should be left to chance.)

"There are more adventures on a chessboard than on all the seas of the world." ― Pierre Mac Orlan

"You can only get good at chess if you love the game." ― Bobby Fischer

"As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight." — The Revenant

Senior moment
R Antonio vs A Reprintsev, 2017 
(B01) Scandinavian, 3 moves, 1-0

Great game by Bird in his mid-60's beating soon to be WC Lasker
Bird vs Lasker, 1892 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 102 moves, 1-0

Semi-Slav Def. Accelerated Move Order (D31) 0-1 Bird was 66 yrs
Steinitz vs Bird, 1895 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 0-1

KG Falkbeer CG. Blackburne Attack (C31) 1-0 Reinfeld's puzzle
Blackburne vs H E Price, 1906 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 43 moves, 1-0

Four Knights Game: General (C47) 1-0 He was 65 years old
Blackburne vs W John, 1906 
(C46) Three Knights, 34 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Exchange (C01) 1/2-1/2 Bad B gets exchanged off
Blackburne vs Rubinstein, 1914 
(C01) French, Exchange, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

An old timer (72) slaps Nimzowitsch upside his head.
Blackburne vs Nimzowitsch, 1914 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

Scotch Game: Blumenfeld Attk (C45) 1/2-1/2 80 yrs old vs 64 yrs
J Mieses vs E G Sergeant, 1946 
(C45) Scotch Game, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Mieses was 80 years old at that time. Christofel was 24.
M Christoffel vs J Mieses, 1946 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 28 moves, 0-1

English Opening: Agincourt Def. King's Knight (A13) 1-0 26.?
F Duz-Khotimirsky vs A Bannik, 1949 
(A13) English, 29 moves, 1-0

Italian, Scotch Gambit. Anderssen Attack (C56) 1-0 89 yrs old
A van Foreest vs J van Oosterwijk Bruyn, 1952 
(C56) Two Knights, 24 moves, 1-0

Dutch Staunton Gambit. Tartakower Var (A82) 1-0 Fabulous Q grab
Bronstein vs H Dobosz, 1976 
(A82) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 28 moves, 1-0

Bishop's Opening: Calabrese Countergambit (C23) 1/2-1/2 P fork
E Falkenhagen vs E J Diemer, 1977 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 76 moves, 1/2-1/2

English Opening: Anglo-Indian Def. K's Knight Var (A15) 1-0
Najdorf vs Timman, 1980 
(A15) English, 43 moves, 1-0

QGD Semi-Tarrasch Def. ML (D42) 1-0 The Old Lion Strikes Again!
Smyslov vs Ribli, 1983 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 41 moves, 1-0

US Chess Hall of Fame Inaugural Game (1986) (rapid), Somerset,
Fine vs Reshevsky, 1986 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov was 67 years old in this game
Smyslov vs V Eingorn, 1988 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 46 moves, 1-0

Brilliant win by Smyslov vs his much younger opponent
Smyslov vs Ehlvest, 1988 
(A06) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

Indian Game: Anti-Nimzo-Indian (E10) 1-0 Stockfish notes
Smyslov vs Ivanchuk, 1988 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

Benoni Defense: Classical. New York Var (A70) 1-0Makin' Threats
Reshevsky vs J Gallagher, 1990 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 22 moves, 1-0

Geller was at the time 64 or 65 years old.
Geller vs Dreev, 1990 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 1-0

p. 85 of IM Marc Esserman's book *Mayhem in the Morra!* (2012)
Tal vs M Neibults, 1991 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 24 moves, 1-0

Even in his last days, Tal could show to the whole world
Tal vs V Akopian, 1992 
(B30) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

Cologne 1992 (zugzwang GOTD)
Tal vs F Reinemer, 1991 
(A80) Dutch, 32 moves, 1-0

Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Mieses Def (C52) 1-0 Cup of Hemlock
Bronstein vs Socrates, 1992 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 51 moves, 1-0

Italian Game: Deutz Gambit (C55)1-0 91-year old handles isolani
Koltanowski vs M Stobbe, 1994 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 56 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Scheveningen. English Attack (B80) 0-1 Analyze Bxa2+
Velimirovic vs Bronstein, 1994 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 38 moves, 0-1

The seventy year old Bronstein, playing with the energy and opt
Bronstein vs H Hunt, 1994 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

King's English. Reversed Sicilian (A21) 0-1 Remove the Guard
S Telljohann vs Smyslov, 1994 
(A21) English, 28 moves, 0-1

Neo-Grünfeld Def. Delayed Exchange (D74) 1-0 DB was 72 yrs old
Bronstein vs Lputian, 1996 
(D74) Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O, 30 moves, 1-0

King's Indian Attack (A07) 1-0 Queen's choice
Bronstein vs B van der Linden, 1996 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

KID Orthodox (E91) 1/2-Mad Rook device forces stalemate
H Lieb vs V Vaisman, 2001 
(E91) King's Indian, 82 moves, 1/2-1/2

English Opening: Symmetrical. Fianchetto Var (A36) 1/2-Birthday
Taimanov vs Korchnoi, 2001 
(A36) English, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

NID: Romanishin Variation (E20) 0-1 Notes by Stockfish
S Seltser vs Denker, 2001 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 55 moves, 0-1

Frisky game for 85 year-old!
H Strand vs R G Wade, 2007 
(C11) French, 33 moves, 0-1

How to beat 2670+ player with black being 77+ years old
V Gashimov vs Korchnoi, 2008 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 87 moves, 0-1

French Advance Milner-Barry Gambit (C02) 0-1Pin action, extra P
I Rotov vs Korchnoi, 2010 
(C02) French, Advance, 44 moves, 0-1

Not bad for a 95-year-old
E Karklins vs J Damocles, 2010 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 20 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Var (C77) 0-1 29...?
Caruana vs Korchnoi, 2011 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 46 moves, 0-1

English Opening: Agincourt Def. K's Knight (A13)0-1 67 aint old
Kovalenko vs Sveshnikov, 2017 
(A13) English, 24 moves, 0-1

English Opening: Agincourt Def. Catalan Def Accepted (A13) 1-0
O Brendel vs T Chapman, 2017 
(A13) English, 26 moves, 1-0

Reti/King's Indian Attack: Symmetrical Def (A05) 1-0
Y Gusjkov vs V Serebriakov, 2008 
(A05) Reti Opening, 35 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Chekhover Variation (B53) · 1/2-1/2
P S Spiller vs M Steadman, 2017 
(B53) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

English Opening: Anglo-Dutch Def (A10) 1/2- Focus on the boradd
H Titz vs H Titz, 2020 
(A10) English, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Scandinavian Def: Gubinsky-Melts Def (B01) 1/2-1/2 Black is 90!
Alan Scrimgour vs E Bhend, 2017
(B01) Scandinavian, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

A most impressive performance by the 64yo veteran in this game
E Torre vs M Ly, 2016 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 90 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Exchange. Monte Carlo Var (C01) 1-0 17.?
K Angelov vs E Henrichsen, 2013 
(C01) French, Exchange, 23 moves, 1-0

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