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Member since May-31-04 · Last seen Jun-04-18
On Keene's p.102 he gives his recommendations for best chess books.

Favorite chess positions:

1) "As part of a chess program on television an extract from Kotov's book 'The White and the Black' was shown. The scene depicts Alyekhin giving a simultaneous display against 30 German officers of the General Staff in occupied Prague in 1943. The last game to finish is against Obersturbannfuhrer Spak. 'I resign,' declares the German officer, 'my position is hopeless.' Alyekhin turns the board round, and takes the Black pieces himself, and says, 'Play on!' Two moves follow and the German again declares that, believe it or not, he must resign as White's game is hopeless. Alyekhin again turns the board around and now announces mate in three on White's behalf."

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"It is Black to play and he can see no defence against the threat of mate on h8 since after 1 ... g6 2. Qh7+ Kf8 3. Qh8+ he is mated. Alyekhin takes Black and plays the rejoinder 1 ... Rh4 when White can only take the Rook with the Knight; 2. Rxh4? Qe1+ mates. So 2. Nxh4 Qc3 and White can see no defence to the mate at b2, since if 3. Kc1 Qa1+ winning the Rook and then the pinned Knight. Once again Alyekhin takes White and plays 3. Qh8+ Kxh8 4. Ng6+ and mate next move." (from Benzol)


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Lasker wanted this position on his tombstone. White to play, wins; Deutches Wochenschach, 1890.

1.Kb8 Rb2+ 2.Ka8 Rc2 3.Rh6+ Ka5 4.Kb7 Rb2+ 5.Ka7 Rc2 6.Rh5+ Ka4 7.Kb7 Rb2+ 8.Ka6 Rc2 9.Rh4+ Ka3 10.Kb6 Rb2+ 11.Ka5 Rc2 12.Rh3+ Ka2 13.Rxh2 see also Jansa vs Geller, 1970 (from gypsy)

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   who has kibitzed 2805 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-01-12 Nimzowitsch vs Systemsson, 1927 (replies)
who: On chesscafe it says that the move was 11.b4.
   Nov-29-11 chessforum (replies)
who: If it is indeed true that Tal vs Akopian, 1992 was Tal's last game, could you somehow set it so it shows up last in the list. As people on that page have noted, there is an elegance to it being his final game.
   Nov-03-10 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
who: gives the position [DIAGRAM] as the longest known forced mate (271 moves) in a legal position (I presume they mean longest forced mate that doesn't run into the 50 move rule since there are positions which take longer - ...
   Sep-27-10 William Norwood Potter (replies)
who: Not my favorite bio. "IM strength"? Says who? According to chessmetrics he was #4 in the world at his peak and he was in the top 10 for a few years.
   Jul-21-10 J Berkvens vs Mikhalevski, 2000 (replies)
who: <Inforhunter: Well, yes; trouble is, White has given up a piece for a mere Pawn.> Actually, since the e4 pawn is hanging white has just given up a piece period.
   Nov-09-09 D Gurevich vs M Rohde, 1987
who: It seems unblievable Gurevich won this game!
   Oct-01-09 J Sloth vs Reshevsky, 1979 (replies)
who: He played it quite well although, I suspect and Fritz confirms, that white was o.k. till almost the end (31.Rb7).
   Dec-17-08 Euwe vs Najdorf, 1953 (replies)
who: I didn't know that Dennis Monokroussos reuses games for his chess lecture, but he is talking about this game for the second time this week.
   Nov-18-08 Leko vs Ivanchuk, 2008 (replies)
who: 124.Rd8 lost. Nalimov gives Rf8 as the only drawing move (it allows 124.Rf8 Re3 125.Kg1).
   Aug-13-08 The World (replies)
who: I'm off to play tic-tac-toe.
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