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May-18-22 Efim Bogoljubov
Petrosianic: <nizmo11>: <The match with Romanovsky was about the title of the 1924 Soviet Champion.> Are you saying that it shouldn't count as a title win? I count it that way because Larry Evans' column for years described him as a ...
May-18-22 Jeremy Lim
plang: I just don't understand why, over the last 20 years, why it has become fashionable to sing the National Anthem off key.
May-18-22 Kenneth Rogoff
saffuna: <ocf><I think everybody agrees with this assertion of <saffuna> - facts are facts> I don't. Regardless, equating similar language to an act of mass murder? Come on. This is beyond insulting.> <ocf> ...
May-18-22 Kibitzer's Café
MissScarlett: I've said it before, so I may as well say it again - Russians are Europe's niggers.
May-18-22 Biographer Bistro
MissScarlett: < Before Alekhine died, there was seriously hypothetical talk of trying to strip him of the title.> This I could put my name to.
May-18-22 Beliavsky vs C Hansen, 2004
plang: 13 cxd had been played in the draw Barcza-Gligoric Budapest 1948. 13 Rac1 and 13 Rfc1 had each been played once since that game; 13 a4 was new. 25 Bxc5? must have been based on a miscalculation; 25 Bb2 would have maintained equality. Giving
May-18-22 Henry Chicken
whiteshark: Was he the eponym for the <Chicken Chess Club>?
May-18-22 Ricardo Calvo
Petrosianic: <CG should stick to the facts, and just report FIDE's action, and rationale. Like Wiki does.> Except that Wiki didn't either. Again, they implied that Calvo was banned from play (untrue), and give the impression that a racial ...
May-18-22 Andrei Obodchuk
Albertan: 21st IPCA Championship 2022:Andrei Obodchuk clinches title: Congratulations!
May-18-22 Ju Wenjun
Albertan: Munich will host a leg of the Women’s Grand Prix 2022-2023:
May-18-22 D Andreikin vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2018
OhioChessFan: I can't find a discussion of such fortresses, but this strikes me as sufficient for White to hold with Bishop, Knight and Bishop Pawn: [DIAGRAM]
May-18-22 Radoslaw Wojtaszek
Albertan: Radoslav Wojtaszek and Michalina Rudzinska win Polish Championship 2022:
May-18-22 Magnus Carlsen
Albertan: Norwegian Day as Chessable Masters starts Thursday:
May-18-22 Ding Liren
Albertan: Ding Liren confirmed to play in the Candidates: This article includes the pairings for all 14-rounds of the Candidates Tournament.
May-18-22 Viswanathan Anand
Albertan: Anand among wildcards at Superbet Rapid & Blitz in Poland:
May-18-22 M Narciso Dublan vs J Cano Sanchez, 2001
plang: This is a duplicate
May-18-22 Mikhail Golubev
MikhailGolubev: I don't ask my friends and chess colleagues to help Ukraine #army #TerritorialDefense very often, but now time has come to do it again:
May-18-22 Tal vs Podgaets, 1970
Chesgambit: 14...Nxd4 last change to safe the game
May-18-22 Smyslov vs Averbakh, 1950
NimzoWitch: Averbakh's study is available here:
May-18-22 Daniel King
RadioBoy: Does anyone know in which three tournaments he made his GM norms?
May-18-22 F Olafsson vs Uhlmann, 1960
TheaN: Some good points have been brought up about White missing a mate in one. I'd rather just challenge those that questioned it. Ever been in a tactical swashbuckling with moments to spare? 38.Nd5# was <not> a very typical pattern, so if ...
May-18-22 Portisch vs Spassky, 1977
moronovich: I was in Geneva at the time during the match. Great experience and nice talk with Spassky.
May-18-22 M Foisor vs H Richards, 2007
OhioChessFan: "What is Your Damage, Heather?"
May-18-22 Botvinnik - Petrosian World Championship Match (1963)
Ulhumbrus: A quote above from Botvinnik on the match: <It was really hard to play Tigran. The thing is that he had a somewhat different understanding of positional play. He went deeper into it than usual, and myself, a universal player, did ...
May-18-22 Korchnoi vs I Radulov, 1973
takebackok: If 36...axb3 37 f6+ Kf8 38 Rd8+ Be8 39 f7 Ke7 40 fxe8 (=Q+) Kf6 41 Qf7#
May-18-22 Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963
Ulhumbrus: If after the move 18 Rb1 the move b4 counts as a potential threat one alternative to 18...Nb4 is 18... Rc8 so that 19 Bd2 Bf8 20 b4 can be answered by 20...cxb4
May-18-22 McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834
Honza Cervenka: 49.Ne4 was a howler but 49.Nd7 b3 50.Nb6+ Kc6 51.Nc4 Kb5 52.Kc3 Ka4 was hardly sufficient, for example 53.Nd2 Nd5+ 54.Kb2 Kb4 55.Nxb3 Kc4 56.Nc5 Nc7 57.Kc2 Kxd4 58.Nd3 Nd5 59.Kd2 g6 (diagram) [DIAGRAM] and white is in zugzwang, as ...
May-18-22 Jouy vs La Bourdonnais, 1838
Brenin: <spingo>: No problem, no offence taken. I've had far worse directed at me, and not been bothered by it.
May-18-22 E Schallopp vs Paulsen, 1883
WTHarvey: Schallopp had a queen sac mate in 5: [DIAGRAM] 29.♕h6+ if 29...♘xh6 30.♘e6+ ♔e8 31.♖h8+ or if 29...♔e8 30.♕xg6+ ♔d8 31.♕xg8+ ♗e8 32.♘e6+
May-18-22 Max Euwe
Petrosianic: Fine's opinion of Euwe: <To my mind Euwe is the most underrated player in the world. The common opinion, (rarely heard in public but held by many people), is that he won the first championship march in 1935 because Alekhine drank:
May-18-22 Kashdan vs R Smirka, 1925
louispaulsen88888888: Tried it myself. Both “die große Capablanca” and “der große Capablanca “ translate to “the great Capablanca”. Translating English to German results in “der große Capablanca. Now let’s hope chessgames is ...
May-18-22 Suttles vs Polugaevsky, 1969
Aminda: A few white moves all seem better than 37. Ne7, especially 37. Nxh6.
May-18-22 N Andrianov vs E Najer, 2004
Straclonoor: [DIAGRAM] This pawn ending won for white Analysis by Stockfish 070222: 1. +- (12.61): 35...Kc6 36.e4 Kc7 37.Kd5 Kd7 38.h3 a6 39.h4 a5 40.e5 dxe5 41.Kxe5 Ke7 42.b3 g5 43.h5 Kf8 44.Kf6 Kg8 45.Ke7 Kg7 46.f4 f5 47.Ke6 g4 48.Kxf5 Kf7 ...
May-18-22 B Taborov vs Averkin, 1978
Straclonoor: Is it gamescore correct? I.e. after <28.Qh3??> [DIAGRAM] Black could capture rook on 'e1' and give mate in 16 moves. Analysis by Stockfish 070222: -+ (-#16): 28...Qxe1+ 29.Bg1 Rxd4 30.Nc3 Bc5 31.Qe3 Qf1 32.Qf2 Rd1 33.Qxf1 ...
May-18-22 T Ernst vs B Jansson, 1983
Straclonoor: [DIAGRAM] Very instructive ending! Only 55....Kf3! wins. 55.....Kf3 56.Nb2 Ne3! (single move again) 57.Na4 e4 58.Nb2 Kf2 59.Kc1 Ke1 60.Na4 Nd1 61.Nb6 e3 62.Nxc4 e2 (obviously single move to win) 63.Ne5 Kf1 64.Nf3 Ne3 65.Kb2 Ng4 ...
May-18-22 P Ostojic vs K Zschaebitz, 1981
Delboy: White to move: 32. ? Lots of ways to win this, but only one pretty and not so obvious mate in 3
May-18-22 J Flores Chico vs J Dworakowska, 2010
Delboy: A dream Sicilian for black. 23. Kd1 Nxb2+ 24. Kc1 Nfd3+ is too painful to be amusing
May-18-22 L Day vs Nickoloff, 1978
Everett: Black implements the strategic concepts of the Scandinavian Defense/Portuguese Variation vs the Vienna Mieses. Worked out well for Black here.
May-18-22 Ivanchuk vs Carlsen, 2022
et1: <Atterdag> The obsession with chess is well known. It is exceptionally decomented here, a must see from a genial cineast:
May-18-22 Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858
Dionysius1: See here! If it wasn't for chuffing geniuses coming and showing us up, we can play perfectly decent chess and have fun doing it. Duke Karl of Brunswick vs Prince of Villafranca, 1870 White to play and enjoy himself [DIAGRAM]
May-18-22 Capablanca vs A Schroeder, 1916
kingscrusher: There is something quite amusing in 21.Ne4 180: Jose Raul Capablanca - Alfred Schroeder 1-0 10.0, Rice Memorial 1916 [DIAGRAM] Analysis by Stockfish 15 - 3 threads max: 1. +- (3.45): 21.Ne4 Bb6 22.Nd6 Qe5 23.Nc4 Qc5 24.Qh8+ Ke7 ...
May-18-22 Vachier-Lagrave vs Aronian, 2022
spingo: The final position is almost comic. [DIAGRAM] (That <would> be the final position, if Black played 26...Rd8#.) The ♙on f4 takes away a crucial escape square for the king.
May-18-22 Petrosian vs Larsen, 1966
Dionysius1: :-) True, but it was the 3D effect of <hafnia>'s YouTube video I was admiring. I can't invert the board there.
May-18-22 C Leonardi vs M Dorozhkina, 2016
WTHarvey: White wins (remove the guard): [DIAGRAM] 20. ?
May-18-22 Maboloko Leboela vs Vin Kamal Jalal Adin ALbarbari, 2016
WTHarvey: White wins (remove the guard): [DIAGRAM] 19. ?
May-18-22 Yasas Lamawansa vs C Mathews, 2016
WTHarvey: White mates in 5. [DIAGRAM] 35. ?
May-18-22 Carlsen vs M Kopylov, 2002
smoret: Ghost
May-18-22 Vachier-Lagrave vs So, 2022
Granny O Doul: It takes sangfroid to invite a move like 28...Qxg3+. Though So's big missed chance was with 32...Qxe2+ and 33...Re5.
May-18-22 Superbet Romania (2022)
dernier loup de T: <virginmind>: just about Garry Kasparov: in my opinion, he is one of the 7 or 8 best chess players ever, together with Morphy, Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Fischer, Karpov and Carlsen. BUT, about his ideas in some other ...
May-17-22 Portisch vs Spassky, 1977
Granny O Doul: Tarjan, in Chess Life, suggested ...Rb5 there.
May-17-22 Wolff vs Rachels, 1992
Granny O Doul: Note that Rachels studied philosophy and not psychology.
May-17-22 A Lougheed-Freedman vs R Bloch Nakkerud, 1939
FSR: Miss Lougheed's only win in the event. She had two draws and sixteen losses. 27...Qc3?? was a blunder in a winning position.
May-17-22 Zhong Zhang vs V Malakhov, 2004
plang: Malakhov had drawn Macieja with Black when 11 Re1 was played at the 2002 World Cup at Hyderabad and had lost to Fedorov when 11 f3 was played at the 2004 Aeroflot Open at Moscow; 11 a4 was new. 13..Bxc3!? was double-edged but seems a ...
May-17-22 Maili-Jade Ouellet
FSR: She won the 2022 Canadian Women's Zonal with a 9-0 score. A very weak tournament. The pandemic must have had an effect, but I have also heard that the Canadian Chess Federation notified eligible players ...
May-17-22 S R Wolf vs Lokvenc, 1926
raymondhow: Thanks < Teyss >
May-17-22 Solidarity NOR-UKR Match (2022)
ragtag: Though I'm just a lowly grifter I could launder money swifter if I only had Ukraine.
May-17-22 E Cordova vs L Rozman, 2018
FSR: Levy says this is his best game ever. His video analysis is at but it's almost identical to his written notes here.
May-17-22 Capablanca - Kostic (1919)
RookFile: I guess that's why matches are scarier than tournaments. In a match, you've got Capa facing you today, tomorrow, the next day.... etc.
May-17-22 Hecht vs Suttles, 1969
whiteshark: <Jarman: ... White should have played 25. Rb1 +-> Puzzlewise that's for the end of the week [DIAGRAM] White to move 1) +2.23 (39 ply) <25.Rb1 Nxc4 26.Bxc4 Rxb1+ 27.Kh2 Qxa5 28.Bxe6+ Kh7 29.Rxa5> Nd6 30.Ra2 Nb5 31.Bc4 ...
May-17-22 M Rudzinska vs W Zabrzanska, 2021
whiteshark: <Knife f5!> • Vasilios Kotronias • Ben Finegold • Michalina Rudzinska 15...d5! instead
May-17-22 Yuri L Averbakh
Albertan: How Yuri Averbakh fell in love with Chess-Grigoriev’s best pawn studies:
May-17-22 Aronian vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2022
spingo: MVL won his last three games. against Frzirougia, So and Aronian. MVL was winning this game all the way through, but a chance came occurred to Aronian, but he missed it. [DIAGRAM] 60. Be4!! would have drawn. MVL didn't deserve a draw, he
May-17-22 N Miezis vs M Karttunen, 2006
Morphy number 4: 22..Ke7? With the surprise attack 22..Qc1! black could have gained a small advantage, e.g. 23.Rf1 Qxb2 24.Rg3 Qxd4 Now sacrifices are needed. Maybe Ng6+ or Nxf7 or even 25. Rxg7?!
May-17-22 Wilhelm Steinitz
Albertan: Wilhelm Steinitz,thé thinker and the dawning of chess classical age:
May-17-22 David Navara
Albertan: Navara (2682) is the top-rated player in the Deutschland Grand Prix.To find out the other players in the event,visit: Also see 49th International Chess Days (for a list of other events of this ...
May-17-22 Fedorowicz vs Reshevsky, 1986
FSR: <saffuna> Reshevsky was a total scumbag. Read Stuart Rachels' book <The Best I Saw in Chess>. Nice to see Fedorowicz destroy him here.
May-17-22 Michalina Rudzinska
BIDMONFA: Michalina Rudzinska RUDZINSKA, Michalina _
May-17-22 A W Fox vs R T Black, 1916
moronovich: Re6 and the weaked g6 will count fatal.
May-17-22 Kostic vs R T Black, 1918
Autoreparaturwerkbau: On 22nd move black should have played any calm move like Q/Re8 or g6 [DIAGRAM] but he completely oversaw unusual <PIN> on 7th rank that lost the game on the spot. 22...Rd8?? is met by 23.Rxc6 [DIAGRAM] 1-0
May-17-22 Alekhine vs Tartakower, 1932
smoret: That whole sequence starting from move 24 was BRUTAL
May-17-22 Matulovic vs H Pfleger, 1968
Straclonoor: [DIAGRAM] <49.Qf4?> right idea, wrong execution. 49.Qh4! makes a lot of problems for black. Analysis by Stockfish 070222: +- (6.35): 49.Qh4 Rb1 50.Rxe3 Qf5 51.Nd2 Ra1 52.Re8 Qc5 53.Nf3 Kg7 54.Qd4+ Qxd4 55.Nxd4 Nd7 56.Re7 Nc5 ...
May-17-22 D Gedevanishvili vs B Taborov, 1978
Straclonoor: White overplayed opponent in opening and after 17 moves [DIAGRAM] ...had chance to finish attack Analysis by Stockfish 070222: 1. +- (14.76): 18.Qd5+ Be6 19.Qh5+ Kg8 20.Bd3 h6 21.Qg6 Qg5 22.Qh7+ Kf8 23.Rf1+ Ke7 24.Bxg7 Kd8 25.Bf6+ ...
May-17-22 N Kirov vs T Ernst, 1981
Straclonoor: [DIAGRAM] <51.Kg6??> Only 51.Ke5!! goes to win in this 7-pieces ending! 51.Ke5 Rxg4 52.Ra6! (only move to win again!) Rg5+ 53.Kf4 Rd5 54.Rxh6 (only move to win again) Rd4+ 55.Kf5 Rd5+ 56.Kg6 Rd6+ 57.Kg7 Rd7+ 58.Kf8 Rd5 59.Ke7 ...
May-17-22 A W Fox vs Capablanca, 1916
Knightf7mate: I thought 16.Kf2 was the losing move because it led to the bishop sack followed by the knight fork. But the engine recommends 16.Kf2. Chess is most difficult when the moves are not forced and you have a choice of strategies to ...
May-17-22 Unzicker vs Tal, 1975
TheaN: Oh so this was retracted as a repeat. Missed it the 29th though so it's nice to see... yet pretty easy even for a Tuesday. These combinations are generally <easier> than sophisticated mating nets as it's clear there's just one thing ...
May-17-22 Duda vs E Hansen, 2022
tonsillolith: <40. Kf2!> unpinning the <f3> pawn, and thereby preventing <40...Kxe4>.
May-17-22 F Canon vs E de Flaquer, 1905
mifralu: This game was played by Fernando Canon and Enrique de Flaquer, 1st Catalan Championship, Barcelona 1905
May-17-22 K Bomo vs R Matoewi, 2016
WTHarvey: White mates in 3. [DIAGRAM] 35. ?
May-17-22 B Khotenashvili vs O Lagutina, 2016
WTHarvey: White mates in 2. [DIAGRAM] 38. ?
May-17-22 Kazhgaleyev vs D Chinasamy, 2016
WTHarvey: White mates in 2. [DIAGRAM] 32. ?
May-17-22 J Howell vs S Fishburne, 2004
skisuitof12: Is James' bio correct?
May-17-22 Smyslov vs K Langeweg, 1981
HeMateMe: Lev Alburt also has a book <300 Positions>. Whose positions are more important, if I may ask?
May-17-22 Mamedyarov vs Korotylev, 2007
saturn2: With 28...Bxd1 black started bad combination. He thought to win two rooks for the queen hoping for 30.Qxd1 bxc3 but whize spoiled it and played 30.Nxd1
May-17-22 E E Dedebas vs V Nevednichy, 2017
yiotta: Very clever; the difference between 2600 and 2300
May-17-22 Ye Jiangchuan
Whitehat1963: Friend of Kanye?
May-17-22 R Razo vs J Gallardo, 2006
fredthebear: I don't recall seeing this 2...Bd6?! "defense" to the King's Gambit, a sort of reversed Danny Kopec System. White gets such free and easy development, so it's best left to casual games if at all. There are six tries in the database ...
May-17-22 M Muzychuk vs Koneru, 2020
saffuna: Muzychuk calls 18...Qe7 the decisive mistake. She says 18... Qg5 was OK.
May-17-22 Andersson vs Browne, 1985
kerpa: Move 16 White to play is position 79 in Thomas Engqvist's fine book 300 most important chess positions, in the section on Bishop maneuvers.
May-17-22 Morozevich vs Ivanchuk, 2004
saffuna: Ivanchuk has annotated this game. It is in the sample of the book on Ukrainian chess posted by Mikhail Golubev today.
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