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Member since Oct-15-17
My name is Markus Jakobi, I am 52 years old and living in Wiesbaden, which is the capital of Hesse and a town 40 kilometers away from Frankfurt/Main in Germany. I am playing mail chess since I have been 14,5 years old (+15, =28, -18), but from 1982 until 2015 without computer assistance. My mail chess rating is Elo 2000 and my favourite chess players are Francois-André Danican Philidor (France, +), WC Dr Friedrich Baumbach ([East] Germany), GM Wolfgang Uhlmann ([East] Germany), GM Lev Polugaevsky (Soviet Union / Russia, +), WC Robert James Fischer (USA, +), GM Gennady Nesis (Soviet Union / Russia), WC Anatoly Karpov (Soviet Union / Russia), GM Stefan Kindermann (Austria/Germany), FM Dr Thomas Bohn ([West] Germany), WC Garry Kasparov (Soviet Union / Russia), Stefan Meyer ([West] Germany), Uwe Kettner ([West] Germany), Joerg Schultheis ([West] Germany), GM Igor Khenkin (Soviet Union / Russia/Germany), and WC Vladimir Kramnik (Soviet Union / Russia). I consider Garry Kasparov, Robert James Fischer, Anatoly Karpov, and Francois-André Danican Philidor as the four strongest chess players in history. In my opinion the three most talented chess players in history were/are WC José Raul Capablanca (Cuba, +), Paul Morphy (USA, +), and WC Viswanathan Anand (India). GM Judit Polgar (Hungary), WC Maia Chiburdanidze (Soviet Union / Georgia), WC Nona Gaprindashvili (Soviet Union / Georgia), Vera Menchik (England, +), WC Yifan Hou (China), WC Xie Jun (China), and GM Aleksandra Goryashkina (Russia) are/were the seven strongest female chess players in history. My favourite first moves with White are 1.d4, 1.c4, 1.Nf3, and 1.e4 and my favourite openings with black are the French, Sicilian Najdorf, Caro-Kann, Giuoco Piano, Ruy Lopez, King's Indian, Volga-Benko Gambit, Nimzo Indian, Queen's Indian, Modern Benoni, Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, and King's Indian Attack (Grunfeld Indian and Slav approach).

   Damenlaeuferbauer has kibitzed 92 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-03-19 Saemisch vs J Engel, 1928 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering (as always), the great German time trouble addict Fritz Saemisch, who in this terms only rivals US America's second-best player in history (ahead of R. Fine, H. Nakamura, W. So, and F. Caruana) and Polish child prodigy Sammy Reshevsky and Russian/Swiss
   Dec-02-19 Didier vs Marshall, 1900 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, the great American attacker and opening connaisseur Frank J. Marshall finally found the mate in 2 moves with 25.-,Qxc4+! 26.bxc4,Bd3#. He invented two very dangerous pawn sacrifices, which stood the test of time in chess history: 1.e4,e5 2.Nf3,Nc6 ...
   Nov-25-19 N Padevsky vs I Asmundsson, 1957 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, my old Bulgarian friend Nikola finally found 15.Qxg8!,Nxg8 16.h7 and the pawn queens! Therefore in "Play the French", 4th edition, 2012, p.236, John Watson recommends 14.-,Nf5 (instead of the lemon 14.-,Be8?) with problems for white's queen.
   Nov-21-19 Savon vs Polugaevsky, 1971 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, my old Ukrainian friend Volodya finally found 34. Kg3! (instead of 34.cxb3?,Kxg4 with a won rook ending for black) 34.-,Rf8 (34.-,Kf5 35.Re5#) 35.h4+!,Kf5 (35.-,Kh5 36.Rxh7#) 36.Re5#. The USSR championship in autumn 1971 in Leningrad was the ...
   Nov-18-19 Zhaoqin Peng vs A Caoili, 2002 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, Zhaoqin Peng finally found the mate in 3 moves with the queen sacrifice 23.Qh8+!,Kxh8 24.Bf6+,Kg8 25.Rh8#. Do not feel too sorry for Arianne Caoili, because 15 years later she was married by Levon Aronian and has now a very strong second.
   Nov-11-19 E Torre vs Van der Wiel, 1987 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: With his flag about to fall, my old Philippine friend Eugenio fortunately found the mate in 3 moves with 54.Rd6+!,Qg6 (54.-,Bxd6 55.Qh8#, 54.-,Kh7 55.Qg8#) 55.Rdxg6+,Kh5/Kh7 56.Qh4#.
   Oct-29-19 A Strikovic vs Suba, 1994 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, my old Romanian friend Mihai finally found the win of white's knight or a mate in 3 moves with 26.-,Qxd6! 27.exd6 (otherwise a piece has gone west),Re1+ 28.Kf2,Bh4#.
   Oct-28-19 Sznapik vs D Komljenovic, 1987 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: <Chessgames> Same procedure as last Monday! After long pondering, my old Polish friend Aleksander still finally found the mate in 3 moves with 24.Bxf6+!,Qxf6 (24.-,Kg8 25.Qh6 with mate on h7 or h8 on the next move) 25.Qh6+,Kg8 26.Qh7#. Again, this miniature is a ...
   Oct-22-19 Rohde vs K Spraggett, 1987 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, my old American friend Michael finally found the mate in 7 moves with 24.Rh7+!,Kg5 (24.-,Kxg6 25.Qxh5#) 25.Qxh5+,Kf4 26.Rf7+!,Bf6 (26.-,Ke4 [26.-Ke3 27. Re1+!,Kd2 28.Qd1/Qe2#] 27.Qg4+,Ke3 28.Re1+!,Kd2 29.Qd1/Qe2#) 27.Rxf6+,Ke4 (27.-Ke3 28. Re1+!,Kd2 ...
   Oct-15-19 Alekhine vs Tylor, 1937 (replies)
Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, the immortal Alexander A. Alekhine finally found the combination 43.Rg8+!,Kxg8 44.Nf6+,Kf8/g7/h8 45.Nxh5 +-. The end of this game at Margate 1937 reminds me to the two epic encounters V. Petrosian - B. Spassky, Moscow (m/10) 1966 and B. Spassky - R. ...
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