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Member since Oct-15-17
My name is Markus Jakobi, I am 55.5 years old and living in Wiesbaden, which is the capital of Hesse and a town 40 kilometres away from Frankfurt/Main in Germany. I am playing mail chess since I have been 14.5 years old (+24, =46, -18), but from 1982 until 2015 without computer assistance. My mail chess rating is Elo 2082 from 38 evaluations and my favourite chess players are Francois-André Danican Philidor (France), Wolfgang Uhlmann (Germany), Lev Polugaevsky (Russia), Robert James Fischer (USA), Anatoly Karpov (Russia), Stefan Kindermann (Austria/Germany), Thomas Bohn (Germany), Garry Kasparov (Russia), Stefan Meyer (Germany), Uwe Kettner (Germany), Zdenko Kozul (Croatia), Igor Khenkin (Russia/Germany), Dirk Emmerich (Germany), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), and Elisabeth Paehtz (Germany). I consider Garry Kasparov, Robert James Fischer, Anatoly Karpov, and Francois-André Danican Philidor as the four strongest chess players in history. My favourite openings with white are the English (7), King's Indian (7), Volga-Benko Gambit (6), Modern Defense (5), Queen's Gambit Declined (4), Nimzo Indian (3), Chigorin (3), Dutch (2), Queen's Indian (2), Queen's Gambit Accepted (2), French (1), Semi-Slav (1), Bogo Indian (1), Modern Benoni (1), and Ruy Lopez (1) and my favourite openings with black are the Sicilian (5), Nimzo Indian (5), French (5), Volga-Benko Gambit (4), Semi-Slav (4), Caro-Kann (4), King's Indian (3), Giuoco Piano (3), Queen's Indian (2), King's Indian Attack (2), Queen's Gambit Accepted (2), Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (1), Ruy Lopez (1), Van Geet Opening (1), and Modern Benoni (1).

   Damenlaeuferbauer has kibitzed 346 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-25-23 Vitaly Tseshkovsky
Damenlaeuferbauer: For maybe 15 years, I am toying to write a combination of biographies and a chess book titled "The second rank" about the 3 former Soviet (indeed Ukrainian and Russian) chess players Vladimir Savon, Vitaly Tseshkovsky, and Gennady Kuzmin, who were born between 1940 and ...
   Sep-20-23 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: I have to concede, that I am not a big Carlsen fan, but come on guys, Magnus Carlsen is 6-times (!) blitz chess world champion and together with Jose Raul Capablanca, Robert James Fischer, Garry Kasparov and maybe Viswanathan Anand the BEST blitz chess player in the ...
   Sep-12-23 Yakovich vs Azmaiparashvili, 1994 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, the strong Georgian GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili, winner of Strumica 1995 and European champion from 2003, finally found the mate in 3 moves with the very nice rook sacrifice 21.-,Rxc2+! 22.Kxc2,Ta2+ 23.Kc1,Nb3#. This is exactly the way how to play Modern
   Sep-12-23 Niemann vs Kramnik, 2023 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: Without doubt, this is the most exiting and important game of the year 2023! After the game Hans Moke Niemann spoke for himself and shared a secret with me, that after 1.-,f6!? he was out of his opening preparation (he prepaired the line 1.e4,e5 2.Bc4,Nc6 3.Qh5,Nf6 the ...
   Sep-07-23 Hans Niemann (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: <EvanTheTerrible><perfidious> I am 100% sure, that super-elite chess players like Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, and Hikaru Nakumara know and feel, if their opponent or another player is cheating or not. Their main problem is to prove it in a legally secure ...
   Aug-10-23 Aleksandar Matanovic (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: Rest in peace, Aleksandr Matanovic, inventor of Chess Informant and Encyclopedia of Chess Openings!
   Aug-08-23 W Ju vs U Fataliyeva, 2023 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: Two days ago, I watched this game live via the internet: Over 2/3 of the game, Ulviyya Fataliyeva totally outplayed the Chinese women's world champion Wenjun Ju. The commentator, Polish GM Mateusz Bartel, said, that the Azeri played on 2600 Elo level and 77.-,Nd1!, ...
   Aug-08-23 M Wahls vs Kotronias, 1988 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: After long thinking, my compatriot Matthias Wahls finally found the very nice rook sacrifice 42.Rc8!,Qxe1+ 43.Kh2,Qg1+/Qh1+/Qg3+ 44.Kxg1/Kxh1/Kxg3,e1Q+ 45.Kh2,Qg1+/Qh1+/Qg3+ 46.Kxg1/Kxh1/Kxg3 +-. Ironically, GM Wahls later played the Scandinavian Defense with 2.-,Qxd5 and ...
   Aug-01-23 J Mieses vs Von Bardeleben, 1896 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: After the nice queen sacrifice 35.-,Qxe5! 36.fxe5,Rf1+ 37.Qd1,Rxd1+ 38.Kxd1,c4, my strong compatriot Curt von Bardeleben won the same-colour bishops ending with 6 against 4 pawns easily.
   Jul-02-23 F Rhine vs Yermolinsky, 2022 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: <FSR> Congratulations, Mr. Rhine! A draw in an OTB classical game against GM Alex Yermolinsky is a VERY good result.
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