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Member since Feb-16-05 · Last seen Feb-15-19
Correspondence chess player from Zürich/Switzerland

Favorite chess players:
Aron Nimzowitsch, David Bronstein, Vassily Ivanchuk, Mikhail Markovich Umansky

Favorite Openings:
- As white: King's Gambit
- As black: All Indian Systems

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<The Right Exchange Revisited>

- Single rook endgames have a very large drawish tendency. Remember Dr Tarrasch’s old aphorism: “All rook endgames are drawn.”

- The side playing against a rook usually wants to retain one rook to coordinate with the minor pieces; for example, with one or two minor pieces against a rook.

- When exchanging into a pawn endgame, you should be absolutely sure about the result, because even the slightest advantage may prove decisive, e.g. a slightly more active king.

- One side usually gains more from every exchange. Make sure it is you!

- What stays on the board is more important than what comes off the board.

<Kotov's "Play like a grandmaster">

"If you make plans in sharp tactical positions, you can easily fall into a trap that figures in the calculations you failed to make. Vice versa, if you are going to calculate variations in positions where you should be thinking about general planning, you will waste precious time and will not get the right orientation. So let us commit firmy to memory the fact that the mind of a grandmaster is principally occupied, in combinative-tactical positions, with the calculation of variations; in manoeuvering-strategical positions, with the formulation of general plans and considerations."

<CJS Purdy's "Search For Chess Perfection">

"There are positions in chess which are unimprovable, and at the same time tenable-positions in which the best play for both sides is to maintain the status quo, and where if either party assumes the initiative he should suffer for it, although it may happen to be less risky for one than the other. Naturally it is part of position play to judge such positions and to avoid activity that may compromise them. A draw is the result, unless one player is tempted in indiscretion. In such cases, whoever has the slightly inferior position has the better winning chances! Position play then, is the treatment of positions in which sound combinative play is not possible. It means strenghtening one's own position or weakening the enemy's, or if neither course is possible, a miminum weakening of your own position."

<Carsten Hansen about Correspondence Chess>

In correspondence chess, which is Advanced Chess at its finest, both players have access to databases, computer programs, and can consult any number of books while the game is in progress; plus have days to do it. So why don`t they have the same percentage of draws? It seems that CC players have discovered that the best path to success is a willingness to challenge your opponent with both colors and only settle for an early draw if the position is completely lifeless. And dynamically equal positions are played out to an extent that was seen when Fischer, Karpov and Kasparov were at their respective peaks.

<Artar1's School of Hard Knocks>

Simply because a game may seem drawn, it may not. In all but the most tranquil of positions, weaknesses lay hidden, waiting to be exploited by one who accumulates small advantages.

<John Nunn Secrets of Practical Chess>

There are players, such as Capablanca and Karpov, with the ability to convert a small advantage into a win on a regular basis, but this talent is rare even amongst grandmasters.

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MrSpock: Congratulation Nico - first draw against a world champion. Stay tuned!
   Jul-15-18 Nepomniachtchi vs A Giri, 2018
MrSpock: 19. Bxh6 was a good chance for white to play for a win.
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MrSpock: Runde 1, 14. Juli, 15 Uhr Current time: 14:30
   Jan-03-18 S Schneider vs T Beerdsen, 2016 (replies)
MrSpock: I went for 21. ... Nxe5 but this is not winning: 22. Bxe5 Rxe5 23. Qxb7 =
   Jun-03-17 I R Ortiz Suarez vs Ivanchuk, 2017
MrSpock: 31. .. Qb4! would be interesting.
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MrSpock: 22. ... b5!? Carlsen don't want to draw.
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MrSpock: <ajile:> 3 times the same position.
   Apr-07-17 V Akobian vs Caruana, 2017 (replies)
MrSpock: Is the first (1. e4) move a real move?
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MrSpock: After move 28. the game still is in balance.
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   Jul-06-13 Gelfand vs A Giri, 2013 (replies)
   Jun-28-13 Geneva Chess Masters (2013) (replies)
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   Jun-21-13 Nakamura vs Gelfand, 2013 (replies)
   Jun-19-13 Gelfand vs Carlsen, 2013 (replies)
   Jun-18-13 Nakamura vs D Andreikin, 2013 (replies)
   Jun-17-13 Caruana vs Nakamura, 2013 (replies)
   Jun-02-13 Topalov vs Caruana, 2013 (replies)
   Jun-02-13 Grischuk vs L Dominguez, 2013 (replies)
   Apr-01-13 Carlsen vs Svidler, 2013 (replies)
   Mar-31-13 Kramnik vs Gelfand, 2013 (replies)
   Mar-29-13 Carlsen vs Ivanchuk, 2013 (replies)
   Mar-27-13 Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2013 (replies)
   Mar-25-13 Gelfand vs Aronian, 2013 (replies)
   Mar-25-13 Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2013 (replies)
   Mar-24-13 Grischuk vs Ivanchuk, 2013 (replies)
   Mar-24-13 Carlsen vs Aronian, 2013 (replies)
   Mar-23-13 Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2013 (replies)
   Mar-17-13 Gelfand vs Carlsen, 2013 (replies)
   Mar-17-13 Ivanchuk vs Aronian, 2013 (replies)
   Mar-16-13 Radjabov vs Ivanchuk, 2013 (replies)
   Mar-16-13 Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2013 (replies)
   Feb-24-13 Gelfand vs Caruana, 2013 (replies)
   Feb-24-13 Kramnik vs Anand, 2013 (replies)
   Feb-17-13 Naiditsch vs Anand, 2013 (replies)
   Feb-16-13 Caruana vs Adams, 2013 (replies)
   Feb-10-13 Adams vs Caruana, 2013 (replies)
   Jan-27-13 A Giri vs Carlsen, 2013 (replies)
   Jan-16-13 Aronian vs Anand, 2013 (replies)
   Jan-13-13 Caruana vs Harikrishna, 2013 (replies)
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   Jan-08-13 G Jones vs R Panjwani, 2012
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   Oct-02-12 Nakamura vs A Giri, 2012 (replies)
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   Sep-29-12 Gelfand vs A Giri, 2012 (replies)
   Sep-26-12 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2012 (replies)
   Sep-26-12 Caruana vs Anand, 2012 (replies)
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   Sep-22-12 Kasimdzhanov vs Nakamura, 2012 (replies)
   Sep-22-12 Gelfand vs Topalov, 2012 (replies)
   Sep-02-12 Pelletier vs M Al-Modiahki, 2012
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   Aug-30-12 R Forster vs F Berkes, 2012
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   May-18-12 Kamsky vs Nakamura, 2012 (replies)
   May-18-12 Gelfand vs Anand, 2012 (replies)
   May-09-12 Robson vs Kamsky, 2012 (replies)
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   Jul-20-09 Leko vs S Arkhipov, 1991
   Jul-11-09 Jakovenko vs Kramnik, 2009 (replies)
   Jul-09-09 Carlsen vs Leko, 2009 (replies)
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   Jan-24-09 M Umansky vs The World, 2009 (replies)
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   Dec-28-08 Ponomariov vs Sadler, 1999 (replies)
   Dec-15-08 Topalov vs Svidler, 2008 (replies)
   Aug-30-08 MrSpock chessforum
   Aug-25-08 A Nickel vs The World, 2008 (replies)
   Aug-12-08 The World vs G Timmerman, 2007 (replies)
   Aug-02-08 Vaganian vs A Planinc, 1975 (replies)
   Jul-31-08 E Alekseev vs Pelletier, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-31-08 Bacrot vs L Dominguez, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-30-08 L Dominguez vs Carlsen, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-30-08 41st Biel International Chess Festival (2008) (replies)
   Jul-29-08 E Alekseev vs L Dominguez, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-28-08 Carlsen vs E Alekseev, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-20-08 Carlsen vs Pelletier, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-06-08 Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 2008 (replies)
   Apr-14-08 chessforum (replies)
   Mar-12-08 Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 (replies)
   Feb-23-08 Shirov vs Radjabov, 2008 (replies)
   Jan-26-08 Adams vs Judit Polgar, 2008 (replies)
   Jan-26-08 Eljanov vs Topalov, 2008 (replies)
   Jan-26-08 Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2008 (replies)
   Jan-26-08 Aronian vs Ivanchuk, 2008 (replies)
   Jan-22-08 Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008 (replies)
   Dec-29-07 Joel Benjamin (replies)
   Dec-02-07 Krum Georgiev vs C Ionescu, 1986 (replies)
   Nov-16-07 Shirov vs Carlsen, 2007 (replies)
   Nov-16-07 Kramnik vs E Alekseev, 2007 (replies)
   Nov-13-07 Kasparov vs Korchnoi, 1983 (replies)
   Nov-12-07 Kramnik vs Leko, 2007 (replies)
   Sep-27-07 Clash of the Computer Titans (2007) (replies)
   Sep-27-07 Aronian vs Gelfand, 2007 (replies)
   Sep-27-07 Svidler vs Anand, 2007 (replies)
   Sep-27-07 Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1914 (replies)
   Sep-23-07 Morozevich vs Kramnik, 2007 (replies)
   Sep-23-07 Anand vs Aronian, 2007 (replies)
   Sep-20-07 Kramnik vs Gelfand, 2007 (replies)
   Sep-18-07 Anand vs Svidler, 2007 (replies)
   Sep-16-07 Kramnik vs Grischuk, 2007 (replies)
   Aug-11-07 Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 (replies)
   Jul-16-07 kutztown46 chessforum (replies)
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   Jul-07-07 Shulman vs The World, 2007 (replies)
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   Jun-22-07 Kramnik vs Anand, 2007 (replies)
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   May-28-07 Candidates Match: Shirov - Adams (2007) (replies)
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   May-07-07 Bronstein vs E Arlamowski, 1955
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   Mar-10-07 Ivanchuk vs Anand, 2007 (replies)
   Mar-03-07 Topalov vs Ivanchuk, 2007 (replies)
   Mar-03-07 Svidler vs Anand, 2007 (replies)
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