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"Chess is life in miniature. Chess is a struggle, chess battles." – says Garry Kasparov

"After we have paid our dutiful respects to such frigid virtues as calculation, foresight, self-control and the like, we always come back to the thought that speculative attack is the lifeblood of chess." — Fred Reinfeld

"Age brings wisdom to some men, and to others chess." – Evan Esar

"There is no jewel in the world comparable to learning; no learning so excellent both for Prince and subject, as knowledge of laws; and no knowledge of any laws so necessary for all estates and for all causes, concerning goods, lands or life, as the common laws of England." -- Sir Edward Coke

"Without integrity and honor, having everything means nothing." – Robin Sharma

"I am no longer cursed by poverty because I took possession of my own mind, and that mind has yielded me every material thing I want, and much more than I need. But this power of mind is a universal one, available to the humblest person as it is to the greatest." -- Andrew Carnegie

"Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us." ― Winston S. Churchill

This is GMVA's (no longer) recent opening repertoire with black pieces: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 <French, Classical> 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 <French, Tarrasch, Closed Variation> 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6 <Czech (Pribil) system> 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 or
1.d4 e6 2.c4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 <Queen's Gambit Declined> 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 <Tarrasch Defense> 1.d4 d6 2.e4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6 <Czech system> 1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 Bg4 <Wade Defense> 1.d4 d6 2.c4 e5 <English Rat>

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According to Chessmetrics, Lasker was #1 for longer than anyone else in history: 292 different months between June 1890 and December 1926. That's a timespan of 36 1/2 years, in which Lasker was #1 for a total of 24 years and 4 months. Lasker was 55 years old when he won New York 1924.


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"First I play for equality (as Black), then I start to play for a win." ― Artur Yusupov

"It is a profound mistake to imagine that the art of combination depends only on natural talent, and that it cannot be learned." ― Richard Reti

"Once there is the slightest suggestion of combinational possibilities on the board, look for unusual moves. Apart from making your play creative and interesting it will help you to get better results." ― Alexander Kotov

"I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living, or get busy dying." ― Andy (Tim Robbins), "The Shawshank Redemption"

Machgielis "Max" Euwe
Fifth World Chess Champion from 1935 to 1937
Birthdate: May 20, 1901
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: November 26, 1981
Max Euwe scripted history when he became the first chess Grandmaster from the Netherlands. A PhD in math, he also taught both math and computer programming, apart from publishing a mathematical analysis of chess. A chess world champion, he also served as the president of FIDE. * Wikipedia: Wikipedia article: Max Euwe

Tanitoluwa Adewumi
(American Chess Player)
Birthdate: September 3, 2010
Birthplace: Nigeria
* Wikipedia: Wikipedia article: Tanitoluwa Adewumi

"Life is what you make it: If you snooze, you lose; and if you snore, you lose more." — Phyllis George

Galatians 6:7 in the Bible "Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

"those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" is often cited as originating in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde written in 1385.

‘May your Departures equal your Landfalls!'

This poem is dedicated to all female chessplayers on Caissa's Web...

Sweet Caissa

Oh, Sweet Caissa, Goddess of chess
in the name of this holistic game
I pray Thee: bless my noble aim
to render all my opponents lame
in my holy quest for worldly fame,
to be Supreme no more no less.
In awe I heard this Sweet Caissa say
"Daughter go forth and smite them all,
stoutly charge your knight sitting tall
while flying over the castle's wall
to slay all men in your deadly call."
Now in fear I hide and will no longer play.

Koneru Humpy
(Indian Chess Player and the Youngest Woman Ever to Achieve the Title of Grandmaster) Birthdate: March 31, 1987
Birthplace: Gudivada, Andhra Pradesh, India
Koneru Humpy is an Indian chess player and the current women's world rapid champion. At the age of 15, Humpy became the youngest female chess player to achieve the prestigious Grandmaster title. In 2003, she was honored with India's second-highest sporting honor, the Arjuna Award. In 2007, Koneru Humpy was honored with the Padma Shri Award. * Wikipedia: Wikipedia article: Koneru Humpy

Carissa Yip
(American Chess Player and a Former U.S. Women's Chess Champion) Birthdate: September 10, 2003
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States * Wikipedia: Wikipedia article: Carissa Yip

"He who sees the face does not see the heart." — Portuguese Proverb

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.

Thank you Qindarka!

"My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose." — Bette Davis

"If you wish to succeed, you must brave the risk of failure." — Garry Kasparov

"You win some, you lose some, you wreck some." — Dale Earnhardt

"Those who do not risk, do not benefit." — Portuguese Proverb

"The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal." — Criss Jami

Maximo wrote:

My Forking Knight's Mare
Gracefully over the squares, as a blonde or a brunette, she makes moves that not even a queen can imitate. Always active and taking the initiative,
she likes to fork.
She does it across the board,
taking with ease not only pawns, but also kings, and a bad bishop or two.
Sometimes she feels like making
quiet moves,
at other times, she adopts romantic moods,
and makes great sacrifices.
But, being hers a zero-sum game,
she often forks just out of spite.
An expert at prophylaxis, she can be a swindler, and utter threats,
skewering men to make some gains.
Playing with her risks a conundrum,
and also catching Kotov's syndrome.
Nonetheless, despite having been trampled
by her strutting ways
my trust in her remains,
until the endgame.

"When you're lonely, when you feel yourself an alien in the world, play chess. This will raise your spirits and be your counselor in war." — Aristotle

"A bad plan is better than none at all." — Frank Marshal

"To find something, anything, a great truth or a lost pair of glasses, you must first believe there will be some advantage in finding it." — Jack Burden, All The King's Men

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." — Jimmy Dean

"Chess is above all, a fight!" — Emanuel Lasker

"In chess, at least, the brave inherit the earth." — Edmar Mednis

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.

G7S Grzegorz

Pirc Defense: Classical. Quiet System Czech Def (B08) 1/2-1/2
A A Bikhovsky vs G Tringov, 1967 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

En Prise Units B10 1-0 15
M Amanov vs Y Khatwani, 2002 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 15 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann Defense: General (B10) 0-1 Deflection!!
Chandler vs Y Gruenfeld, 1979 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 28 moves, 0-1

Bishop's Opening: Berlin Def (C24) 1-0 Gain space, no foul ups
Carlsen vs Wei Yi, 2017 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 33 moves, 1-0

G22 in My Best Games of Chess by Viswanathan Anand & John Nunn
Anand vs F Izeta Txabarri, 1993 
(B07) Pirc, 26 moves, 1-0

Philidor, Hanham Variation (C41) 1-0 Boden's Mate w/Q finalizer
O Krause vs B Leussen, 1908 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 11 moves, 1-0

Game 68 in Chess Informant Best Games 1-100
A Zaitsev vs J Szily, 1969
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 38 moves, 1-0

Black loses his Queen early but manages to win a QvN endgame
J L Burden vs L Christiansen, 1992 
(B06) Robatsch, 68 moves, 0-1

Modern Def. Two Knights. Suttles Var (B06) 1-0 Dbl Dbl Octopus
Kasparov vs Radjabov, 2002 
(B06) Robatsch, 25 moves, 1-0

Game 6: How to Crush your Chess Opponents by Simon K. Williams
M Parligras vs Jobava, 2004 
(B07) Pirc, 32 moves, 0-1

Czech Defense: General (B07) 1-0 A bit freaky at times
Kupreichik vs M Pribyl, 1990
(B07) Pirc, 61 moves, 1-0

150A vs Pirc Def (B07) 0-1 Q manuevers picking off LPDOs
H Rossetto vs A Matanovic, 1954
(B07) Pirc, 41 moves, 0-1

Lion Defense: Bayonet Attack (B07) 0-1
V Laznicka vs C Bauer, 2006 
(B07) Pirc, 39 moves, 0-1

Lion Defense: Anti-Philidor. Lion's Cave (B09) 0-1
M Sibarevic vs B Golubovic, 2007
(B07) Pirc, 16 moves, 0-1

Philidor Defense: General (C41) 0-1 Pile on the pin
A Dimitrov vs D Solak, 2005 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 28 moves, 0-1

Philidor Defense: General (C41) 0-1 White has two en prise
L Couso vs S Gonzalez De La Torre, 2006
(C41) Philidor Defense, 20 moves, 0-1

Philidor Defense: General (C41) 0-1 Careful repositioning
D Leskur vs A Strikovic, 2006
(C41) Philidor Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

Philidor Def (C41) 0-1 Mutual backward pawn on half-open file
N Chadaev vs Kazhgaleyev, 2007 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 88 moves, 0-1

Philidor Def (C41) 1/2-1/2 Dull game w/a Knight trick or two
Bologan vs Eljanov, 2007
(C41) Philidor Defense, 93 moves, 1/2-1/2

Philidor Def (C41) 0-1 Two hogs on the 7th cannot cash in
G Guseinov vs Eljanov, 2006
(C41) Philidor Defense, 53 moves, 0-1

Pirc Defense: General (B07) 0-1 Prompt exchange of Qs
S Kosmo vs Nyback, 2006 
(B07) Pirc, 39 moves, 0-1

Pirc Def. 150 Attack (B07) 1-0 After the center clears, the Q r
J Langreck vs R Hess, 2003 
(B07) Pirc, 32 moves, 1-0

Don't say "Perk". As says, 'peertz' is better.
Caruana vs C Flueckiger, 2010 
(B07) Pirc, 37 moves, 1-0

Lion Defense: Lion's Jaw (B07) 1-0 R&N vs R&N; backward P falls
Nisipeanu vs Ftacnik, 1998
(B07) Pirc, 60 moves, 1-0

Pirc Def. Classical. Quiet System Czech Def (B08) 0-1Not Poison
H Bohm vs A Planinc, 1975 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 19 moves, 0-1

FIRST KNOWN POLISH vs Czech Def. / Philidor (A00) 1-0 Spearhead
A Skipworth vs Cuthbertson, 1868 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 29 moves, 1-0

Modern Def. Bg7 Fianchetto (B06) 1-0 P on 6th restricts
Suetin vs Polugaevsky, 1963 
(B06) Robatsch, 54 moves, 1-0

Rat Defense (A41) 1-0 Royalty gets kicked around by two knights
K Jensen vs W Norton, 1981 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 11 moves, 1-0

Czech Def (B06) 1-0 Nxf7 starts a rumble about the countryside
Tal vs Simagin, 1956 
(B07) Pirc, 45 moves, 1-0

Rat Def Double Fianchetto (A41) 0-1 Philidor's Legacy
Piket vs C Hansen, 1991 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 27 moves, 0-1

G Sargissian vs K Al Zamel, 2017
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 34 moves, 1-0

A Zaparty vs L Krob, 2001
(B07) Pirc, 41 moves, 1-0

Anand vs Kramnik, 1995 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

Rat Def Qc7 evolves into double fianchetto (A41) 0-1 Pins
G Buckley vs N Davies, 2006 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 40 moves, 0-1

Czech Defense: General (B07) 1/2-1/2 P storm lacked punch
J Veal vs D Strenzwilk, 2001
(B07) Pirc, 82 moves, 1/2-1/2

Czech Defense: General (B07) 1-0 B+ removes the guard
P Motwani vs Adams, 1994 
(B07) Pirc, 40 moves, 1-0

Czech Def./French-like (B07) 1-0 A fun tussle
D Ariel vs L Altounian, 2002 
(B07) Pirc, 55 moves, 1-0

Zukertort Opening: Bg7 (A04) 0-1 White cannot find break thru
F Pithart vs Korchnoi, 1957
(A04) Reti Opening, 44 moves, 0-1

Czech Defense: General (B06) 1-0 Pile on the pin
R Djurhuus vs Kramnik, 1990 
(B07) Pirc, 25 moves, 1-0

Czech Defense: General (B07) 0-1 Exchange sequence
A Neverov vs Kramnik, 1990 
(B07) Pirc, 40 moves, 0-1

Czech Defense: General (B07) 1-0 Pawn fork
E Alekseev vs G Guseinov, 1998
(B07) Pirc, 16 moves, 1-0

Pirc Defense vs Bd3 (B07) 1-0
Smagin vs V Burmakin, 1995
(B07) Pirc, 40 moves, 1-0

Pirc Defense: General (B07) 1/2-1/2 As played by Pirc
Pilnik vs Pirc, 1950 
(B07) Pirc, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Q Pawn Opening: 2.Nf3 Na6?! (A40) 1-0 Not quite Alekhine's Gun
Miles vs D Sahovic, 1979
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 64 moves, 1-0

H Kline vs Capablanca, 1913  
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 51 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs F Holzke, 1988 
(B07) Pirc, 30 moves, 0-1

K Ambartsumova vs Lagno, 2014 
(B06) Robatsch, 28 moves, 0-1

Colle set-up vs Old/Czech-Indian (A46) 1-0 forking Q+
Vidmar vs Breyer, 1918 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 61 moves, 1-0

Saragossa Opening: General (A00) 1/2- Haven't seen this version
Tartakower vs G A Thomas, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Czech Def both 0-0-0 (B07) 1-0 Nxf7 is immune
Keres vs A Ufimtsev, 1967 
(B07) Pirc, 29 moves, 1-0

King's English. Kramnik-Shirov Counter (A21) 0-1 Battered
Bronstein vs V Eingorn, 1980 
(A21) English, 71 moves, 0-1

Old Indian Defense: General (A53) 0-1 Bishop Pair sequence
G Ravinsky vs Bronstein, 1946 
(A53) Old Indian, 37 moves, 0-1

Modern Def 5.Qd2 b5 (B06) 1-0 a true NY sacrifice
M Ashley vs Weeramantry, 1991 
(B06) Robatsch, 30 moves, 1-0

#42 Ray Keene's Good Move Guide byKeene & Andrew Whitely 20...?
Gipslis vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(B06) Robatsch, 32 moves, 0-1

Czech Defense: General 0-0 vs 0-0-0 (B07) 0-1 back rank issue
S Polgar vs Adams, 1990 
(B07) Pirc, 20 moves, 0-1

Queen's Pawn Game 7.0-0 g4 (A46) 1-0 Six consecutive +s won't
P Zarrouati vs Hartwick Brauckmann, 1990 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

Grob Opening: Double Fianchetto (A00) 0-1Black passers too much
B Wall vs D McDaniel, 1986 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 54 moves, 0-1

Czech Defense: General (B07) 1-0 Lateral pin to the mate square
Lagno vs A Jakubiec, 2005 
(B07) Pirc, 22 moves, 1-0

Pirc Defense: Classical. Quiet System Czech Defense (B08) 1-0
J Salisbury vs J G Ludwig, 2012 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 27 moves, 1-0

Czech Defense: General (B07) 0-1 U12, up a piece/video links
V Jalinskas vs V Akobian, 1994 
(B07) Pirc, 22 moves, 0-1

Old Indian Def: Czech Variation w/Nc3 (A53) 1/2-1/2 30...0-0
Rubinstein vs P Evtifeev, 1906 
(A53) Old Indian, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Czech Defense: General (B07) · 1/2-1/2
Yakovich vs I Abdelnabbi, 2001 
(B07) Pirc, 87 moves, 1/2-1/2

Indian Game: Czech-Indian (A46) ? 0-1
C Jaffe vs Kupchik, 1925 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 76 moves, 0-1

Czech Defense: General (B07) 1/2-1/2
Plachetka vs K Mokry, 1994 
(B07) Pirc, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

Czech Defense: General (B07) · 0-1
O Latypova vs K Arkell, 2021
(B07) Pirc, 29 moves, 0-1

Czech Def/Pseudo-Black Lion (B07) 0-1 Discovered check
R Oberholzer vs A Al Mashikhi Mohammed, 2014 
(B07) Pirc, 27 moves, 0-1

Old Indian Defense: General (A53) 1/2-1/2
J Nikolac vs C Cuartas Bedoya, 1977 
(A53) Old Indian, 115 moves, 1/2-1/2

Czech Defense: General 4.f4 Qa5 (B07) 1-0 Central pawn roller
J Johnson vs Pang Yui Kuen, 2016 
(B07) Pirc, 21 moves, 1-0

Czech Defense: General (B07) · 1/2-1/2
V Shtyrenkov vs Tseshkovsky, 1991 
(B07) Pirc, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Sokolov vs Caroline Gadarinian, 2018
(B07) Pirc, 18 moves, 1-0

Czech Defense: General (B07) 1-0 Lolli's Mate coming next
Benjamin vs M Belli Pino, 1994 
(B07) Pirc, 29 moves, 1-0

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