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Yacov Isaakovich Murey vs Aleksander S Nikitin
URS ch (1971)
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Charousek Gambit (C31)  ·  1-0

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Nov-13-05  KingG: Nice game by Murey against Kasparov's former trainer. I think this game is a model of how to play this particular variation(4...exd3) of the Falkbeer.
Mar-10-09  KingG: Ahh, the old days when I used to spend most of my time on chess studying the King's Gambit and posting on chessgames.com. I think I only started improving when I decided two things:

1)the king's gambit is more trouble than it's worth. It's fun in the early days, and I would recommend it to a relative beginner, but if you want to play it properly you need to know quite a lot of theory(it seemed to me at the time anyway). I don't mean you necessarily need to know lines very deeply, but there are a lot of tricky defences you need to know about, and in certain mainlines you are fighting for equality, or at best the better endgame. When the attraction of the KG becomes better endgames, you start to wonder if you are playing the right opening.

2)My time on chessgames.com is better spend playing over games than kibitzing on them. In particular, there are certain pages that should be avoided at all costs, like the Fischer and Kramnik pages(at the time Kramnik was having his worst ever year, and it was the height of Kramnik bashing). I don't even want to know how much time I've wasted just on those two pages going over the same arguments again and again.

Mar-10-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: <KingG> The Goldsby page back in the day was particularly nasty with all the flaming that was going on there.
Mar-10-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  JointheArmy: <chancho> Those were the funniest pages I've ever read on the internet. That is saying something considering this is a chess website.

I've been trying to access them via an archive spider (a device that allows you to read the internet in the past), but CG blocks it for some reason. It works for other forums such as Sherdog though.

There are still gems like this, but unfortunately CG deleted most of the pages and banned the best posters (hayton3).

<<New User>: Hello AJ, I noticed that you took part at tournament ___, can you tell us about it? Also, if you feel like a game, let me know and I'll tell you where to look me up.

<AJ>:
<Nude Abuser>, what do you mean by "Hello"? Are you a Life Master, or at least a GM, that you can talk to me just like that? What's YOUR rating? I bet you don't even have a home page on this site. And no, I don't play on the internet, because internet chess players are cheaters, especially YOU, since you all use computers. That's what my old sergeant in the Army told me. Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk.

P.S. Nyuk >

Mar-10-09  KingG: <chancho> Yeah, the Goldsby pages were comedy gold. I understand that chessgames.com wanted to tone down the flame wars going on, but that stuff was absolutely brilliant, and it was a crime to delete it. Someone should have saved it for posteriority. Now there is a lot of stuff cut out from the discussions, and hardly anything makes much sense.

<JointheArmy> Yeah, that was some brilliant satire. Unfortunately I can't recall the genius that came up with that.

<CG deleted most of the pages and banned the best posters (hayton3)> It was a shame about hayton3. He probably should have let the Goldby stuff go in the end, but I don't think he deserved to be banned. He also got into some hilarious flame wars with <steppenwolf>. I think he got banned to, but I don't know why.

Mar-10-09
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  JointheArmy: I believe they banned <steppenwolf> for trolling the GM vs The world games.

What I like about chessgames.com is it is VERY hard to get permanently banned. In fact these are the only people I know who have gotten perma bans.

User: hayton3

User: WMD

User: steppenwolf

User: JohnThornton

User: sitzkrieg

I know there's more, but for some reason these are the only ones I can remember right now.

For the record, <WMD> has been rumored to be William Hartston in real life.

Mar-10-09  KingG: Yeah, I read the rumour about WMD being Hartston, but was there any evidence to back that up? Does Hartston still hold a grudge against Ray Keene?
Apr-30-09  JimmyVermeer: Why did chessgames.com classify this game as a Charousek Gambit? The opening moves of the Charousek Gambit are 1 e4 e5 2 f4 d5 3 exd5 e4 4 d3 Nf6 5 dxe4 Nxe4 6 Qe2. Completely different from how this game started.
Mar-06-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: The anonymous poster with the AJ parody was <notsodeepthought>

FWIW I think Hayton was way overdue to be banned and Chessgames was extremely (too) patient with him.

Oct-19-16  clement41: I'm surprised that among the several comments above, none has given the pretty mate finishing the game that Nikitin likely foresaw before resigning: 20 ...Kf7 21 Qh7+ Ke6 22 Qg8+ Ke5 (...Ke7 23 Qe8#) 23 Qd5#

if 21...Kf8, then 22 Qg8+ Ke7 23 Qe8#

Obvisouly, given the material balance and the white rook en prise, white had better calculating the whole line and make sure it actually mates

Nov-28-19
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  Messiah: 1.e4 e5 2.f4?! d5?! 3.exd5 e4?!

<3...exf4 is a tiny bit better for Black.>

4.d3 exd3

<4...Qxd5 and 4...Nf6 are also possible. Black tries to equalize in an already worse position.>

5.Bxd3

<The absurd 5.Qxd3 is not entirely bad.>

5...Qxd5

<I don't like this move. We are in the opening, and Black needs to develop as quickly as possible, maybe with something like 5...Nf6 6.Nc3 Be7, and although Black is worse, the position is playable.>

6.Nc3 Qe6+ 7.Nge2 Nh6?

<I have zero idea how Nikitin prepared for this game. This knight move is against every single opening principle I know. In Keres vs Vidmar, 1936 7...Nf6 was Black's decision, where White has the better position by being more developed, but also being very far from winning.>

8.f5 Nxf5 9.O-O Ne3

<Amazingly, Black's position is so bad that there is no better move.>

10.Bxe3 Qxe3+ 11.Kh1 Bd6

<Black is severely underdeveloped. It's time to run for your life with 11...Qh6 12.Bc4 Bd6 13.Bxf7+ Ke7 14.g3 Nc6 15.Qd5 Bd7 16.Rae1 Kd8, and it is questionable if Black can save it to a draw.>

12.Nf4 O-O??

<A serious tactical blunder in an already troubled situation. After 12...Kd8 13.Be4 Re8 14.Qh5 Qc5 15.Bd5 Black is not clearly lost, but has a notable disadvantage, certainly.>

13.Qh5 g6

<Now comes the total demolition of the king shelter. Note, 13...h6 was not better, as 14.Ncd5 is a nice answer to it. Giving back material with 13...Qxd3 is pathetic, of course Nikitin did not go for it: 14.cxd3 Nc6 15.Ne4 Bxf4 16.Rxf4 f5 17.Re1 with a huge attack.>

14.Nxg6!

<Tactics flow from a superior position.>

14...fxg6 15.Bxg6!

<Bang!>

15...hxg6

<Or 15...h6 16.Rxf8+ Bxf8 17.Rf1, where Black is just as lost as after the text move.>

16.Qxg6+ Kh8 17.Nd5

<17.Rae1?? Rxf1+ 18.Rxf1 Qe6 19.Qg5 Be7 and Black defends everything, and is objectively even better!>

17...Rxf1+

<No sacrifice helps anymore. You can try something like 17...Bf5 18.Qh5+ Bh7 19.Rxf8+ Bxf8, but 20.Nxe3 decides - and not in Black's favour.>

18.Rxf1

<Black's queenside is laughable.>

18...Qe2 19.Qh6+ Kg8 20.Nf6+

<Nikitin saw 20...Kf7 21.Qh7+ Ke6 22.Qg8+ Ke5 23.Qd5#, and resigned.>

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Apr-10-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Messiah: Haha, I didn't remember to this catastrophe.

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