Endgame Percentages

Endgame Percentages

NimzoRoy
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Jul 23, 2013

Dr. Karsten Müeller (born 23.11.70 in Hamburg, West Germany) is a German GM and author. He earned the GM title in 1998 and a PhD in mathematics in 2002 at the University of Hamburg. He had placed third in the 1996 German championship and second in...

Kosteniuk by a Knockout in 25!

Kosteniuk by a Knockout in 25!

NimzoRoy
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Jun 30, 2013

BTW the KO was in 25 moves, not rds vs fellow GM Edouard Romain in a rapid transit game played at the Geneva Masters Tnmt on 28.06.13. Alexandra Kosteniuk (born 23.04.84  in Perm, Russia) was the 12th women's world chess champion.  She started to ...

Petrosian Pummels Fischer!

Petrosian Pummels Fischer!

NimzoRoy
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Jun 11, 2013

Before the two future World Champions squared off in this game "Tiger" Tigran Petrosian was +2 -1 =3 vs the "Bobby" Fischer, and after the game was +3 -1 =3 thanks to Bobby's use of an "irresponsible" line as White vs the French Defense MacCutcheo...

Fischer defeats Najdorf playing the Najdorf

Fischer defeats Najdorf playing the Najdorf

NimzoRoy
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May 19, 2013

Miguel Najdorf born in Grodzisk Mazowiecki near Warsaw, Poland, April 15, 1910 – died in Málaga, Spain, July 4, 1997) was a Polish-born Argentine chess grandmaster, famous for his Najdorf Variation. He also made major contributions to the theory o...

Fischer - Geller Bled 1961: Hoist with his own Petard

Fischer - Geller Bled 1961: Hoist with his own Petard

NimzoRoy
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May 17, 2013

Efim Petrovich Geller (1925– 1998) was a Soviet chess player and world-class GM at his peak. He won the Soviet CH in 1953, 1956, 1962, 1965, 1968, and 1971. He won four Ukrainian Championship titles (in 1950, 1957, 1958, and 1959) and shared first...

Fischer Bashes Benko!

Fischer Bashes Benko!

NimzoRoy
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May 15, 2013

Chess Life magazine, Jan 1964 reported: "In the later stages of the tnmt (US CH) some of FIscher's opponents did almost as much to guarantee his 11-0 score as Bobby did. The building tension worked to Fischer's advantage...On Dec 30 he won his las...

Bronstein's Big Endgame Mistake

Bronstein's Big Endgame Mistake

NimzoRoy
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May 2, 2013

David Ionovich Bronstein (February 19, 1924 – December 5, 2006) was a Soviet chess grandmaster, who narrowly missed becoming World Chess Champion in 1951. Bronstein (seen here in a picture from 1963)  was one of the world's strongest players from ...

Why did they hate chess?

Why did they hate chess?

NimzoRoy
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Apr 23, 2013

The long quote by Poe (pictured here) seems to indicate he knew how to play both chess and checkers, and that he didn't know what he was talking about. I like checkers BTW but his comparison of the games is nonsensical drivel...was he a disgruntle...

Smyslov Skips An Endgame

Smyslov Skips An Endgame

NimzoRoy
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Apr 20, 2013

Vassily Smyslov (World Chess Champion 1957-1958) was known for his positional style, and, in particular, his precise handling of the endgame, but many of his games featured spectacular tactical shots as well (Like this one below!) . He made enormo...

Bondarevsky Should've Stuck With Vodka

Bondarevsky Should've Stuck With Vodka

NimzoRoy
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Apr 20, 2013

Igor Zakharovich Bondarevsky (May 12, 1913, Rostov-on-the-Don, Russia – June 14, 1979, Pyatigorsk) was a SovietRussian chess Grandmaster in both over-the-board and correspondence chess, an International Arbiter, trainer, and chess author. Bondarev...

Heavyweight Heavy Piece Endgames

Heavyweight Heavy Piece Endgames

NimzoRoy
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Mar 16, 2013

"Heavy piece endgames" are endgames when Queens and/or Rooks and pawns left on the board. Here are 2 "heavyweight" games (pun intended) starring future World Champion Vassily Smyslov, one of the greatest players of all time AND one of the greatest...

Beginner Chess Book Recommendations

Beginner Chess Book Recommendations

NimzoRoy
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Mar 9, 2013

CHESS BOOKS FOR BEGINNERS Since beginners often ask for advice on which chess books to buy and read here in the forums I've made up a list of recommendations here. Everything here should be available at amazon and I suggest looking for used copie...

NimzoRoy's TOP TEN Chess Myths

NimzoRoy's TOP TEN Chess Myths

NimzoRoy
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Mar 3, 2013

NimzoRoy's TOP TEN Urban Chess Legends  I've put them in chronological order because I couldn't decide on how to rate them in terms of #1 thru #10 based on their popularity and/or bogosity. If I don't provide verifying links just go to Edward Win...

Pillsbury Pummels Tarrasch! Hastings 1895, QGD D55

Pillsbury Pummels Tarrasch! Hastings 1895, QGD D55

NimzoRoy
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Feb 23, 2013

Masters at Hastings 1895. Standing:  Marco, Blackburne, Maróczy, Schiffers, Tinsley. Seated:  Chigorin, Lasker, Pillsbury, Tarrasch To see all the participants in the uncropped photo click on this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hastings_1895...

Battery FAQs

Battery FAQs

NimzoRoy
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Feb 20, 2013

The picture here is not a plug for this brand, but just to let viewers know what this blog is about at a glance. Having problems with a mouse, keyboard, remote control or any other device that uses batteries? The first trouble-shooting step is to...

Fischer-Spassky 1972 WCH Game 13 (B04)

Fischer-Spassky 1972 WCH Game 13 (B04)

NimzoRoy
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Feb 19, 2013

Fischer once again pulls a new opening out of his seemingly inexhaustible bag of opening tricks for the WCH by playing the Alekhine's Defense, last seen in the 1935 WCH when Euwe played it vs. Alekhine! "This defense is completely hypermodern in ...

Search Engine Tips

Search Engine Tips

NimzoRoy
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Feb 17, 2013

It isn't always possible to answer your own questions about chess or anything else by using a search engine (SE), but I'm still fascinated by the apparently large number of people here and elsewhere who don't appear to have a clue about using them...

Fischer - Spassky 1972 WCH Game 16 (C69)

Fischer - Spassky 1972 WCH Game 16 (C69)

NimzoRoy
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Feb 16, 2013

Once again Fischer keeps Spassky on his toes by introducing the Ruy Lopez Exchange Var in a modern WCH for the first time, no doubt encouraged by his results with it prior to this game: +5 -0 =1 (inc wins vs Gligoric and Portisch, and a draw vs fo...

Opening Index by ECO Codes

Opening Index by ECO Codes

NimzoRoy
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Feb 14, 2013

Click on the ECO Code (A00 - E99) to go directly to the game. You can also look games up by the name of the opening (ie Ruy Lopez - Berlin Variation, QGD - Tartakower Defense etc) or by the players names in my other indices.  A00 Sokolsky Opening...

Fischer - Spassky 1972 WCH Game 10 (C95)

Fischer - Spassky 1972 WCH Game 10 (C95)

NimzoRoy
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Feb 14, 2013

In this game Fischer allows Spassky to play a favorite (Breyer) defense to the Ruy Lopez  but varies from his usual method of play on move 11, possibly surprising his opponent. Soon out of the opening Fischer snatches a pawn giving Spassky dangero...

Fischer - Spassky 1972 WCH Game 1 (E56)

Fischer - Spassky 1972 WCH Game 1 (E56)

NimzoRoy
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Feb 9, 2013

An insight into Spassky's state of mind can be found in the following interview he gave a Western reporter: I prefer to have good relations with my opponent. My chess suffers if I have to play a man I consider unfriendly. When I am in form my sty...

Fischer - Spassky 1972 WCH Summary

Fischer - Spassky 1972 WCH Summary

NimzoRoy
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Feb 7, 2013

Click on the Game # to go to the game directly. Games not posted yet will have an "x" after the  game #  I collated notes from all of my sources*  to come up with some decent analytical coverage of each game  (*except for the NYT book, which rarel...

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