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Arno Nickel
A Nickel 
Photograph courtesy of Arno Nickel.  

Number of games in database: 379
Years covered: 1986 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2073 (2094 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2648
Overall record: +159 -34 =184 (66.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (24) 
    E71 E70 E75 E80 E81
 Sicilian (22) 
    B90 B30 B48 B77 B84
 Nimzo Indian (13) 
    E32 E21 E34 E20 E46
 Semi-Slav (12) 
    D45 D47 D44
 Grunfeld (12) 
    D99 D85 D97 D87 D81
 English (10) 
    A14 A15 A10 A17 A16
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (63) 
    B90 B97 B33 B22 B30
 Caro-Kann (36) 
    B12 B16 B15 B10 B18
 Sicilian Najdorf (32) 
    B90 B97 B92 B93 B95
 Nimzo Indian (20) 
    E54 E32 E20 E21 E58
 King's Indian (13) 
    E92 E81 E97 E80 E60
 Queen's Indian (7) 
    E15 E12 E19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Nickel vs Hydra, 2004 1-0
   A Nickel vs W Class, 1992 1-0
   A Nickel vs The World, 2008 1/2-1/2
   Hydra vs A Nickel, 2004 0-1
   A Nickel vs J van Oosterom, 2005 1-0
   A Mrugala vs A Nickel, 2003 0-1
   A Nickel vs B Leiber, 1996 1-0
   A Nickel vs K Schulz, 1999 1-0
   I Chiru vs A Nickel, 2009 0-1
   R Jankowicz vs A Nickel, 2004 0-1

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   0 -- 21st Correspondence World Championship Fina by crawfb5

   A Nickel vs A Belezky, 2006

   🏆 SUI-30/A (SUI)
   A Nickel vs F Velilla Velasco (May-01-15) 1-0, correspondence
   A Nickel vs V Hefka (Jun-10-13) 1/2-1/2, correspondence
   H Clever vs A Nickel (Jun-10-13) 1/2-1/2, correspondence
   A Nickel vs P Boukal (Jun-10-13) 1/2-1/2, correspondence
   H Wunderlich vs A Nickel (Jun-10-13) 1/2-1/2, correspondence

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(born Feb-15-1952, 71 years old) Germany

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Arno Nickel is a well-known Correspondence Grandmaster, promoter of "Freestyle Chess" (similar to Advanced Chess) and publisher of chess books. He was co-editor of a chess journal called Schach Heute (1980), founded the popular Edition Marco (1983), and was editor of Schach Journal alongside Alexander Koblents (1991).

After achieving the Grandmaster title in 2001, he qualified for the Final of the 21st ICCF World Championship (2005-2008), where he finished 5th, beating World Champion Joop van Oosterom in their individual game. In 2004/05 he defeated the supercomputer Hydra (Computer) in a correspondence match, 2.5 to 0.5.

He was the first Correspondence Grandmaster to accept the Chessgames Challenge in 2006. He played against 2617 players, and lost an exciting Sicilian game with the black pieces. In 2008/09 he had a rematch against the World Team and drew.

Later in 2009 Nickel won the very strong invitational Simon Webb Memorial, a category 15 event, ahead of 12 other grandmasters.

In 2012 he won the ICCF gold medal with the German Olympic team, that is going to set up a new record with another gold medal in 2015 (surpassing former Soviet Union and Russia in the All-time tables of olympic medals). Nickel is currently no. 16 in the ICCF world rank list. Recently he started promoting 'Lasker Chess' with the idea of reducing the draw rate in correspondence chess. In view of the increasing draw rates he refers to Emanuel Lasker's old suggestion, promoted also by Richard Réti and other grandmasters, to introduce "stalemate wins" und "stalemate losses" counted as 3/4 and 1/4 points or at least as first tie-break method instead of Buchholz or Sonneborn Berger scores.

Wikipedia article: Arno Nickel

Last updated: 2017-07-27 07:28:06

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 379  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Holl vs A Nickel 0-1231986FRG jub40 qg16 corr8687B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
2. G Reichenbacher vs A Nickel 0-1541986FRG jub40 qg16 corr8687E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
3. W Schoen vs A Nickel ½-½501986FRG jub40 qg16 corr8687E41 Nimzo-Indian
4. A Nickel vs W Schubert ½-½571986FRG jub40 qg16 corr8687A15 English
5. A Nickel vs R Schmedtmann  0-1451986FRG jub40 qg16 corr8687A09 Reti Opening
6. A Nickel vs U Mueller 1-0261986FRG jub40 qg16 corr8687A30 English, Symmetrical
7. A Nickel vs W Heyland 1-0411986FRG jub40 qg16 corr8687A15 English
8. A Nickel vs H Gnirk 1-0221986FRG jub40 qg16 corr8687A04 Reti Opening
9. K Kaehler vs A Nickel  0-1481986FRG jub40 qg16 corr8687B15 Caro-Kann
10. R Genannt vs A Nickel 0-1221986FRG jub40 qg16 corr8687B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
11. W Moser vs A Nickel  0-1221988FRG jub40 sf2 corr8889B12 Caro-Kann Defense
12. M Holzhaeuer vs A Nickel 0-1241988FRG jub40 sf2 corr8889B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
13. R Helmreich vs A Nickel  ½-½351988FRG jub40 sf2 corr8889B12 Caro-Kann Defense
14. W Homuth vs A Nickel  ½-½411988Schleswig Holstein-ch 43rdE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
15. P Wahlbrink vs A Nickel  0-1361988FRG jub40 sf2 corr8889E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
16. E Neumann vs A Nickel 0-1251988FRG jub40 sf2 corr8889B12 Caro-Kann Defense
17. A Nickel vs M Hass  1-0651988Schleswig Holstein-ch 43rdA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
18. A Nickel vs H Kock 0-1551988Schleswig Holstein-ch 43rdA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
19. A Nickel vs W Reher 1-0321988Schleswig Holstein-ch 43rdA37 English, Symmetrical
20. A Nickel vs H Bua  ½-½341988Schleswig Holstein-ch 43rdA22 English
21. A Nickel vs M Dreyer  0-1421988Schleswig Holstein-ch 43rdA16 English
22. A Nickel vs Richter  1-0341988FRG jub40 sf2 corr8889A10 English
23. A Nickel vs A Nowak ½-½501988FRG jub40 sf2 corr8889A21 English
24. A Nickel vs H Leserer 1-0411988FRG jub40 sf2 corr8889D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. A Nickel vs H Kaiser 1-0261988FRG jub40 sf2 corr8889A17 English
 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 379  PGN Download
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Jan-19-15  isemeria: <AK> I dont have hard data either, and I could be wrong. I'm just thinking of those endgames.

For example R+P vs R is either win or draw with current rules. But in Lasker chess some/many/most of those draws are 3/4 wins if the stronger side can force excange of rooks. This adds a new resource to the endgame play.

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  Check It Out: GM AN: Thank you for your extensive post! And, thank you for your generous interest in the world team format. You have interacted more with us than any other challenger and it is greatly appreciated.

I would support another match with modified draw rules!

Jan-20-15  Lambda: In a single game, I think you'd just conceptualise it as "stalemate: you've won small. Checkmate: you've won big". (Or agreements that such results are inevitable, like resignation for checkmate is inevitable.) There are five possible results.

In matches or tournaments, instead of coming up with an arbitrary value for stalemate 0.5 < x < 1, I'd propose just calling them "little wins", which get taken into account only where the number of "big wins" is equal. (So in practice, stalemate might be worth 0.51-0.49 if everyone plays less than 50 games.) This achieves the goal of making things more interesting and more likely to produce decisive results, while minimizing the alteration to the game.

Jan-20-15  savagerules: In draughts/checkers stalemate means a loss, why not do this in chess too. This would increase decisive games by a lot. Checkmate means the king has no legal moves and stalemate means the king has no legal moves also. So both should be losses.
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  paulalbert: This is my own personal opinion, but I think a couple of times before I probably expressed my view that I would not advocate a change to the stalemate rule, feeling that the possibility of stalemate adds a complexity and artistic richness to chess, as inequitable as it sometimes might seem to the player who loses a half point in spite of a superior position. Also if you change the stalemate rule, what about other logically inequitable aspects of chess rules? Emanuel Lasker at one time I think proposed that "baring " be a win, i.e., for example K and B or K and N vs. K be scored a win for the superior side. What about K, B, and Rook P, but B is wrong color ( leading to an eventual stalemate )? Equitably a win? Changing the stalemate rule sends one down a slippery slope related to many chess laws and illogical results, so I am for keeping the status quo, but strictly my personal opinion.
Jan-20-15  Xenon Oxide: I support Arno Nickel's proposal! It's a great experiment to try, even if we don't agree with it in the end!
Jan-22-15  jepflast: It just occurred to me that with the stalemate proposal, we would need a slightly different protocol for resignations, because you could resign "1/4 - 3/4" (as opposed to "0-1"), but then your opponent could decline it in order to pursue checkmate.

This would be like backgammon, where you can resign 1, resign 2 (gammon), or resign 3 (backgammon), because these outcomes are multipliers for the value of the game in a match.

Jan-22-15  Arno Nickel: Thanks all for your feedback. May be I will find time to set up a FAQ document on all these questions, that I had discussed with various people over the years. Unknown territory is always a bit slippery.

1) Will stalemate become less exciting and worthy, if we introduce the Lasker rule? - No. If you need to find a stalemate in order not to be mated, you will be happy as before, if you find one.

2) Must I throw away my Averbakh, Chéron and other endgame books due to huge changes in endgame theory? - No, all techniques and concrete lines for winning remain unchanged. But you need a new approach and theory regarding draw and stalemate.

3) What are the major changes for endgame theory? - Pawn endings. If you get forced into an endgame K vs. K+P you cannot longer draw by just opposing, as this would lead to being stalemated in the end. So the defending side will always try to avoid such endings, if ever possible. I know only one rare occasion, when you could achieve a draw by perpetual in such an ending: wKh7, wPh6, bKf7 - White to move. He will have to move Kh8 and back to h7, as h6-h7 "loses" to Black's move Kf7-f8 stalemating White.

4.) Will chess strategies become more materialistic, if pawns get more important in endgames? - Not quite, though that's a point, we can only find out by testing in a large series of games. In my German review I showed some rook endings, where active play by the defending side, which is a pawn down, holds a draw. Example: Philidor position. The stronger side cannot force exchange of rooks without losing the pawn. So, what really happens, is just repeating moves. BUT, if you get into a passive position, you will no longer be able to avoid simplification and you will get nothing from it except from being stalemated. - I am convinced, with the Lasker rule chess will remain as dynamic as it always has been in modern times.

5.) Should we also follow Lasker's second idea, called "Beraubungssieg", which applies, if you captured all your opponent's pieces, but can't either stalemate or mate him? - No. This ancient rule in chess is really outdated and of no practical importance. It would apply only in very rare cases: K+B or K+N, where you can't force a stalemate. Although it might appear unfair, if you don't get anything for your material, that should remind you on one thing: chess is not just winning material... Material has to be useful for any idea on the board. (Tartakower and others suggested similiar ideas regarding win by material, but that might have been a dead duck, fascinating him only for a short time at the end of the 1920ties.)

See you again next time,

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Arno Nickel!
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  OhioChessFan: Birthday greetings. Like the new pic.
Feb-15-15  Arno Nickel: Thank you! I had a great day with my family. Sunshine on a winter day, when you feel springtime will com in a few weeks.
Jun-20-15  Tomlinsky: Arno put forward his thoughts, and potential solutions, on the problem of increasing draws in correspondence chess on this very site some time ago. Chessbase has given our adversary, and long-time friend, some air time on the matter...

Aug-21-15  Arno Nickel: See also the 2nd part of my survey, presenting the poll evaluation: This might be good point of time to reconsider the idea of a challenge.
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  Domdaniel: Interesting ideas, Arno.

I like the suggestion made by <Lambda> - that the 'lesser' win by stalemate should not be given a numerical value, but simply noted as a possible tiebreaker.

This minimizes change to existing rules.

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  Stonehenge: Why not play Fischer Random Chess in CC? I believe engines are relatively 'weak' in the opening.
Jan-15-16  Arno Nickel: I do play Fischer Random Chess (Chess960) in CC, but I don't really enjoy it. Many start positions, especially those with bishops on a1, h1, a8, h8, look rather dull. Engines tend to copy White's opening moves with Black. That's not very inspiring, yet hard to refute. Things are different in over-the-board chess, here it's more fun. Btw, Happy New Year to all my friends on!
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  Stonehenge: Thanks GM Nickel. Happy New Year to you too!
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  Stonehenge: Happy Birthday as well :)
Jul-27-17  RookFile: I remember that Arthur Bisguier made that comment about classical chess - when white plays weird stuff it is an acceptable approach with black to just copy whatever white is doing.
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  rodchuck: How is it possible to lose almost 600 rating points with an overall record of 66.9%?
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  Stonehenge: ICCF and FIDE ratings are two different animals :)
Nov-12-20  realdumptrump: <Stonehenge> - hmm, which belongs in the zoo?

Seems like CG shoild have a consistent policy on this, and at the very least, denote non-FIDE ratings as such.

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  fredthebear: Arno was in the movie "Easy Rider," eh?
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  Check It Out: Yeah, he's looking pretty cool in his profile photo.
Nov-08-22  Ninas Husband: Here's a Nickel, call someone who cares! :)
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