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World Team Tribute
Member since Feb-02-07 · Last seen Feb-10-07

This can be found at Chessgames Challenge: The World vs A Nickel, 2006. On 11 Jan 2007 GMT, White played 41.Qb7+ to reach this position:

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and Grandmaster Nickel conceded the game.


I'd like to congratulate <The World> team for a job superbly done. I'd like to thank Grandmaster Arno Nickel for providing us with the opportunity to play him in this format and for being such a worthy and honourable adversary.

- Page 1047 of Chessgames Challenge: The World vs A Nickel, 2006, which GM Nickel posted immediately after he resigned,

- page 1057 (Chessgames Challenge: The World vs A Nickel, 2006), which he posted a day later, and

- <The Correspondence Chess Message Board>, to which he posted on 14 January and

- subsequent analysis on his player page at Arno Nickel

shows the stuff of which Grandmaster Nickel is made.

I'd also like to extend my profound and heartfelt thanks to User: Domdaniel (the Evil Wizard) and User: OhioChessFan (the King) for being such absolute pillars of support from beginning to end in their unwavering commitment in helping to set up and maintain the variation analysis workshops. Guys, the hours and energy we put into this were extraordinary, but it was worth it.

I must also thank my colleagues who came to my forum on 26 September last year and said "I'll do it!" in response to my plea for forum owners to assist by setting up variation analysis workshops: <you vs yourself>, <stevens>, <Willem Wallekers>, <Wassily>. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for coming when you did, and helping to keep the organised resistance on its tottering infant legs and turn it into the strong soldier it became.

<RandomVisitor>: There's been no-one more dedicated than yourself in anchoring the Team's analysis with your fabled machine. Thank you for being there for everyone for the entire duration of the game, as steady as the Rock of Gibraltar.

This whole endeavour, and the victory which it produced, couldn't have succeeded without the assistance and commitment to everyone who hosted or ran a workshop forum at some stage of proceedings. I won't distinguish between you in terms of your relative contributions, my friends, as this was very much a collective effort. What I can say is that <it couldn't have been done without you>:

<adrianP>, <angus Canuck>, <artar1>, <ChessClassics>, <Domdaniel>, <Eyal>, <GufeldStudent>, <Honza Cervenka>, <isimeria>, <JDK>, <jepflast>, <JoeWms>, <mack>, <monad>, <OhioChessFan>, <Open Defence>, <Nightranger>, <RandomVisitor>, <stevens>, <Tabanus>, <themadhair>, <Tomlinsky>, <WannaBe>, <YouRang>, <You vs Yourself>, <Wassily> and <Willem Wallekers>.

<Joe Williams>: thanks my friend for the support and encouragement you provided at critical moments. You have no idea how much that meant to me.

Special thanks must also extend to our incomparable band of analysts who were the engine room of our win. While we all participated in analysis to some extent, it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the contributions of <acirce>, <agentRgent>, <artar1>, <azaris>, <ganstaman>, <Boomie>, <dalbertz>, <<Dionyseus>>, <<Domdaniel>>, <Elixir of Life>, <ganstaman>, <GeauxCool>, <GoldenKnight>, <Hesam7>, <Honza Cervenka>, <isemeria>, <<jepflast>>, <<Karpova>>, <kwgurge>, <monad> and the domain in which he hatched the <monad trap>:, <Nasruddin Hodja>, <noctiferus>, <<RandomVisitor>>, <<RookFile>>, <Tabanus>, <TeftthePersian>, <<<Thorsson!!>>>, <TouchofKnight>, <weisyschwartz>, <Whack8888>, <whatthefat>, <whiteshark>, <Willem Wallekers> and <YouRang>.

<Brent Baccala>'s feverish work to try and bring the tablebase program <Hoffman> on line before the end must also be acknowledged as being above and beyond the call of duty.

A huge thank you and congratulations to all 2566 participants in this extraordinary game (listed here: Chessgames Challenge), whose commonsense and diligence ensured that we stayed on the narrow and hazardous path to victory.

As for <>, what can we say? Without you, your work, your behind the scenes negotiations, you continuing drive to improve this site, and your superb and unobtrusive support, none of this could have happened.

- User: twinlark


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