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The GM who got away....

Everyone has one memorable game they regret slipped through their fingers as the sands in the hourglass pass time.

My such regrettable opportunity occurred 42 years ago when i was 19yrs old.  was playing Grandmaster Lothar Schmidt of West Germany in The Karlis Lidums invitational in Adelaide Australia in 1971.

 i blundered a pawn, nervous playing such a reputable player and decided i was NOT going to make it easy for him.  saw a draw by perpetual check and my inexperienced young self started king hunting in severe time trouble.Had  drawn i may have had a better tourney and represented Australia at The World JUnior Championships.t was not to be.


  • 18 months ago


    37. Qf6+, Kh5 38. f3#. 

  • 19 months ago



  • 19 months ago


    oh man.that was cool.

  • 19 months ago


    Yes, white blundered a pawn on move 11 so there must be Curtis vs Schmidt 0-1

  • 19 months ago

    NM Petrosianic

    looked up the game and indeed the post author had the white pieces.  31.h4 gives draw chances btw

  • 19 months ago

    NM Petrosianic

    i'm confused, you won the game right?  unless you were white?

  • 19 months ago



  • 19 months ago


    Prisonier on h2 Embarassed- fantastic game!

  • 19 months ago



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