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She Turns the Key X
Compiled by Sergio X Garcia

We got a Dutch:

90 seconds of Squirrels:

Squat in the AM:

Firouzja vs Hansen (Chessbrah):

Titled Tuesday Magic:

Nakamura's turn:

The First:

Was Magnus Right?

Shut up and concentrate:

One shot in life:

Get control, no drama queen:

Magnus has fallen:

Chess speaks for itself.

FTx Cryptology:

Trompin' About:

Who is she?

Heavy hitter on the diagonal:

"Oh no! My queen!"

Age is just a number:

Skip all processed sugar -- avoid the calories:

The Salamanca Trap:

"Change is the only constant" – Yuval Noah Harari

There is indeed a natural cycle at work in our lives, our work environment, our planet: an endless flow of evolution and transformation. Spring turns into summer, turns into autumn, into winter, and into spring again. What comes up, eventually goes down and prepares to rise again, like ocean waves do.

No particular constellation is ever static. Any pattern is temporary and in essence evolving. The ancient Chinese already understood this. They called it Yin and Yang.

The Honeycombs:

Sleep, Drink, Eat, Exercise, Pray to Win:

Sacrifice to Win:

Obviously, Willie should watch this one again:

Study, Play, Study some more -- OFTEN:

Daily, that's how often:

GM says Play, Study, Think, Love, Do CHESS (Don't Stop Doing IT. Don't get stuck in debate. Don't make excuses. No excuses! Go forth!):

Yes, there are irritants, obstructions -- do your righteous thing anyway:

Bamford's Basic Searches for BOTH Sides:

Get really, Really, REALLY GOOD at recognizing common fundamental situations:

For our European friends: If you're not friendly, you're missing out.

Chess Vibes. Write, diagram, and review lists so that you don't forget.

"Chess is a game of concentration and pattern recognition. The pawns and pieces are the tools of the trade. Don't drop your tools; you'll need them. Ready-recall situational KNOWLEDGE are your weapons. You win and draw consistently by what you already know and apply, not by what you happen to create." -- Stream

Safety first; be sound instead of extreme. You shouldn't have to be told to develop ALL your pieces and castle every time. Centralize knights to contest the center and keep out queens on the flank. Seize open lines for long range pieces and form batteries and blockades. Aim at his army, aim at your own. Apply pressure, protection, and the art of exchange. Don't count on a defender that can be removed. You just do such necessary things out of good habit every time. Play the game the right way.

Hang Time:

When you least expect it, expect it:

Old Timer:

New Twitter:

God is our creator, light, love, forgiving, grace, heavenly father, just, merciful, omnipotent:

God is...

(1 John 4:16 NIV) And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

(Numbers 23:19 NIV) God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

(Deuteronomy 6:4-5 NIV) Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

(Psalms 33:11-13 NIV) But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance. 13 From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind;

(Proverbs 30:5 NIV) "Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

(Acts 10:34 NIV) Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism

(Romans 14:17 NIV) For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,

(1 Corinthians 1:9 NIV) God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.

God Told Me...?

All Together Now:

Archaeology says:

Science says:


Take a daily stroll:

11.? Blackburne's Mate
Konstantin Chernyshov (elder) vs A Lesiak, 1969 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 11 moves, 1-0

Reversed Alekhine's Defense; Beautiful Miniature w/a Q Sac
D D van Geet vs W Versnel, 1950 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 12 moves, 1-0

Bird Opening: From Gambit (A02) 0-1 SF notes
E D'Andre vs De Vere, 1867 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 14 moves, 0-1

Greed is not one of the 7 deadly sins for nothing
J Krejcik vs S Takacs, 1920 
(A06) Reti Opening, 6 moves, 1-0

KIA (A07) 1-0 Capture, KxQ Re-capture, N+ fork
R Garcia vs R Sanguineti, 1965
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 17 moves, 1-0

English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense (A09) 1-0 Pawn fork trick
Zaitsik vs Zichulidze, 1976 
(A15) English, 5 moves, 1-0

standard Englund Gambit miniature (A40) 0-1 back rank mate
H Silbermann vs Honich, 1930 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 8 moves, 0-1

Dutch Defense, with White applying a variant of the Staunton Ga
H Kennedy vs E Lowe, 1849 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 16 moves, 0-1

Black's N & B wins the white Q
Venert vs V Mechkarov, 1970 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 6 moves, 0-1

Indian Game: Budapest Defense (A51) 0-1 K walk
G Raletich vs Mosher, 1958 
(A51) Budapest Gambit, 11 moves, 0-1

Scandinavian Defense: Ilundain Variation (B01) 1-0 Mate on f7
Balode vs Sondore, 1965 
(B01) Scandinavian, 7 moves, 1-0

Cntr Cntr 3...Qa5 4.b4 Leonhardt Gambit (B01) 1-0 Anastasia's #
Lasker vs A Fortuyn Harreman, 1908 
(B01) Scandinavian, 31 moves, 1-0

Scand-Alekh jugó 2 veces misma partida en 5 años
Alekhine vs M Schroeder, 1924 
(B01) Scandinavian, 15 moves, 1-0

Geschev Gambit (B02) 0-1 Legall's Mate for Black
NN vs G Geshev, 1935 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 9 moves, 0-1

queen fork from the balcony -attacking c8 and h6
Vasiukov vs Razuvaev, 1972 
(B06) Robatsch, 8 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann: Forgacs Variation (B15) 0-1 Q+, Q+ & fork LPDO B
A Sira vs N Zahonova-Konopkova, 1993 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 7 moves, 0-1

"Bjorn Under a Bad Sign" (game of the day Sep-13-2005)
Nimzowitsch vs E V Nielsen, 1930 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 23 moves, 1-0

Oldie but Goodie becomes lethal KG attack on the f-file
G Schnitzler vs Eberle, 1861 
(B20) Sicilian, 11 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Wing Gambit. Marshall (B20) 0-1 Q+ & fork Ra1
K Shirazi vs J Peters, 1984 
(B20) Sicilian, 5 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Defense: Bowlder Attack Bishop trapped in 7
A Simons vs E Lowe, 1849 
(B20) Sicilian, 7 moves, 0-1

Smith-Morra Gambit (B21) 1-0 Separate the K from the Q
D Zardus vs A Steventon, 1986 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 7 moves, 1-0

"The Gold Coin Game" (game of the day Jul-25-2012)
S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 0-1

Old Sicilian. General (B30) 1-0 common unpin
G Schnitzler vs Hardung, 1862 
(B30) Sicilian, 9 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov (B33) 1-0 Smothered Mate
R Giblon vs L Hendon, 2011 
(B33) Sicilian, 11 moves, 1-0

"A Game of Shadows" (game of the day Feb-09-2012)
Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

The Magnus Smith Trap
Fischer vs NN, 1964 
(B56) Sicilian, 9 moves, 1-0

Sicilian, Dragon. Levenfish (B71) 1-0 N+ fork, discovery
Frank Brady vs S H Langer, 1960 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 10 moves, 1-0

14 Qh6+!! drags the Black g7-king into a double check and mate
Keres vs Verbac, 1933 
(C00) French Defense, 16 moves, 1-0

Broken Castle + Queen Decoy Sac
Mackenzie vs J Mason, 1878 
(C11) French, 22 moves, 1-0

K Pawn: Parham Attack (C20) 1-0 Scholar's Mate; 4...Nf6 is best
J Amillano vs A Loeffler, 1972 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 5 moves, 1-0

After 5.Ne2, 5.Nc3, 5.c3 or 5.d3 white is okay.
Adow vs Borissow, 1889 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 9 moves, 0-1

2...f6? gets punished with 17.f3#
Alekhine vs NN, 1936 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 1-0

King's Gambit Declined 2...f6? (C30) 1-0 Destroyed ala Damiano
W Knoop vs L Malandain, 1995 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 10 moves, 1-0

Vienna / B's Opening: Blanel Gambit (C23) 1-0 5...d5 prevents #
Kutjanin vs Jakobjuk, 1940 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 7 moves, 1-0

Sitting Q sacrifice for Legall's Mate
Pillsbury vs Fernandez, 1900 
(C25) Vienna, 9 moves, 1-0

Vienna Gambit (C26) 1-0 Extended version of Legall's Mate
Zukertort vs NN, 1877 
(C28) Vienna Game, 16 moves, 1-0

KGD. Classical Var (C30) 0-1 3.Nf3 prevents checkmate
N Tchinenoff vs R Maillard, 1925 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 4 moves, 0-1

"Throw the Rook at Him" Morphy's quickest defeat!
Morphy vs Maurian, 1855 
(000) Chess variants, 12 moves, 0-1

King's Gambit: 2...Qh4+ (C30) 1-0 side-to-side queen is caught
B Wall vs T Flores, 1988 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 17 moves, 1-0

KGD. Classical (C30) 0-1 f2+ removes Ke1 as defender of Qd1
Trattner vs P C Gibbs, 1955 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 10 moves, 0-1

7. Bxf7+! snares the Queen by discovered attack or knight fork
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 9 moves, 1-0

King's Gambit: Accepted. Modern Defense (C36) 1-0 ++
A Meek vs Adbor, 1855 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 8 moves, 1-0

K Pawn: Busch-Gass Gambit (C40) 1-0 The Krejcik queen trap
J Krejcik vs Baumgartner, 1914 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 7 moves, 1-0

K Pawn: La Bourdonnais Gambit (C40) 1-0 2...Nf6 is superior
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 7 moves, 1-0

"Juan bad move after another"
J S Morgado vs J C Torres, 1967 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 10 moves, 1-0

"Chess, the History of a Game" by Richard Eales
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 6 moves, 1-0

The original Queen sacrifice for Boden's Mate by Boden!
R Schulder vs S Boden, 1853 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 15 moves, 0-1

double attack on disconnected rooks 23..Qa4
Polgar vs Macieja, 2002 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 23 moves, 0-1

Scotch Goring Gambit - Sea Cadet Mate
Falkbeer vs NN, 1847 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 10 moves, 1-0

Legall's mate. linda combinacion!
W Pollock vs E Hall, 1890 
(C46) Three Knights, 12 moves, 1-0

Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Accepted (C51) 1-0 Q fork
B Wall vs L Shameson, 1986 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 9 moves, 1-0

Evan's Gambit minus 1kNight and he pulls off Boden's Mate!
Morphy vs J Thompson, 1859 
(000) Chess variants, 26 moves, 1-0

Tras Te8 Greco daría el mate de Greco
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 9 moves, 1-0

Max Lange Mating Pattern
Anderssen vs M Lange, 1859 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 19 moves, 0-1

Spanish Game: Steinitz Def (C62) 0-1 Opera Mate w/a different N
D Hater vs R Crowl, 1981 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 8 moves, 0-1

Spanish, Berlin Defense. Rio Gambit Accepted (C67) 1-0 Greco #
A W Fox vs H E Bauer, 1900 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 21 moves, 1-0

Spanish, Berlin Def. Rio Gambit Accepted (C67) 1-0 Q sac, Dbl+
A Ambanelli vs R Frith, 1981 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 11 moves, 1-0

Spanish Exchange. Alapin Gambit (C69) 0-1 Fishin' w/a Spearhead
M Brohl vs W Glaeser, 1988 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 13 moves, 0-1

Blackburne's Mate
NN vs Tarrasch, 1932 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 17 moves, 0-1

Estupendo sacrificio de dama
E Diemer vs Portz, 1948 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 13 moves, 1-0

An attempt to hold on to the pawn loses a knight here.
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 6 moves, 1-0

another QGA where Black is dynamited by a well-timed d5
M Rodshtein vs A Diamant, 2009 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 20 moves, 1-0

Semi-Slav g4 bayonet attack for Mongredien's Knight Mate
Krasenkow vs Sveshnikov, 1992 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 1-0

Catalan Opening: Open Def (E04) 1-0 Capture, Re-capture, P Fork
R Garcia vs B P Reilly, 1966
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 14 moves, 1-0

Bogo-Indian Defense: Grünfeld Var (E11) 1-0 Blackburne's Mate
Nyback vs U Von Herman, 2009 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

A famous Greco game w/a Q sacrifice Fool's mate in the opening!
Greco vs NN, 1623 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 8 moves, 1-0

bishop sac to set up rook sac... Damiano's Mate follows.
Tal vs R Mascarinas, 1981 
(B01) Scandinavian, 29 moves, 1-0

...Qa5 gets trapped
Wiesel vs Weigel, 1923 
(B01) Scandinavian, 9 moves, 1-0

Scandinavian Def: Marshall Var 4.c4 Nb6 (B01) 1-0 Sudden Q trap
A Istratescu vs I Frosinos, 2001 
(B01) Scandinavian, 13 moves, 1-0

25 Q sac threatens double check
G Kuzmin vs E Torre, 1981 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann Defense: Exchange (B13) 1-0 SF notes
Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1879 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 19 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann Defense: Forgacs Variation (B15) 1-0 SF notes
Tartakower vs H Fahrni, 1909 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 31 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Wing Gambit (B20) 0-1 Royal pin, pxRa1=Q next
G Nagy vs J Balogh, 1932 
(B20) Sicilian, 11 moves, 0-1

Sic Alapin, Barmen Def Central Exchange (B22) 1-0 Standard trap
W Godoy Neto vs K Banas, 1993 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 9 moves, 1-0

Pinned defender gains loose knight
K Rahn vs Rellstab, 1941 
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 25 moves, 1-0

Levenfish catches Dragon
D Muller-Using vs F Hoffmann, 1995 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 10 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Yugoslav Attack Early dev (B75) 1-0
Tal vs Sviridov, 1969 
(B75) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 18 moves, 1-0

White faces a double check -and IGNORES it
A Soltis vs D Gurevich, 1981 
(B89) Sicilian, 22 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Najdorf. Amsterdam Var (B93) 1-0 Q sac decoy to N fork
N Firman vs Areshchenko, 2008 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 18 moves, 1-0

a blindfold simul world record attempt at Hotel Almanac in NY
Alekhine vs A Frieman, 1924  
(C21) Center Game, 24 moves, 1-0

Danish Gambit: General (C21) 1-0 Philidor's Legacy
F Young vs L Dore, 1892 
(C21) Center Game, 22 moves, 1-0

Black felt demoralized after losing his queen
Morphy vs Maurian, 1854 
(000) Chess variants, 16 moves, 1-0

King's Gambit: Declined. Classical (C30) 1-0 Q sac, Boden's #
G Janny vs L Steiner, 1922 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 15 moves, 1-0

French Def. Advance. Nimzowitsch System (C02) 0-1 Discovered+
C Hatherill vs B Wall, 1980 
(C02) French, Advance, 8 moves, 0-1

Queen sac -- "Gosta Wind!"
Spielmann vs G Stoltz, 1930 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 28 moves, 0-1

Another great triumph of Alekhine-Chatard Attack
Pachman vs Eckert, 1940 
(C13) French, 24 moves, 1-0

From a simultaneous exhibition in Banja Luka, Yugoslavia
Alekhine vs Vasic, 1931 
(C15) French, Winawer, 11 moves, 1-0

a different kind of double rook mate
R Persitz vs D V Hooper, 1954 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 25 moves, 1-0

Alapin Opening (C20) 1-0 Bam! Bam! Bam! A 15 move mating net!
Charousek vs Englander, 1894 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

Blam! Pow!! The KG for me!! Great attacking game.
Morozevich vs Anand, 1995 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1-0

kga 0-1 damoffer, snygg matt!
F Riemann vs Anderssen, 1876 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 16 moves, 0-1

Schallop Defense (C34) 1-0 Dbl B sacs on the 7th
Young vs R Puckett, 1962 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 14 moves, 1-0

King's Gambit: Accepted. Modern Def (C36) 0-1Q+ & fork LPDO R&N
R Shirley Jr vs B Wall, 1982 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 12 moves, 0-1

A horrid game. Black sacs a queen and knight for nothing - and
B Garfinkel vs F M Wren, 1933 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 22 moves, 0-1

KGA. Allgaier Gambit Thorold Attk (C39) 1-0 Superb Mating Combo
Maroczy vs G Exner, 1894 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1-0

"Crash and Burn" (game of the day Oct-22-2006)
E MacDonald vs Burn, 1910 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 49 moves, 0-1

"A Night at the Opera" (game of the day Dec-02-2007)
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Wow...FIVE white pieces mate the black king on e4.
J H Blake vs G A Hooke, 1891 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 12 moves, 1-0

Blindfold simul
Blackburne vs M Rudge, 1875 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

a smothered mate morphying into an Anastasia's mate!
C Golmayo vs Loyd, 1867 
(C45) Scotch Game, 36 moves, 0-1

queen sac for knight scissors mate
Loyd vs S Rosenthal, 1867 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 36 moves, 1-0

Blackburne wins with two CAVALIERS
NN vs Blackburne, 1871  
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 21 moves, 0-1

Both a pretty combination begins 15.Nd6+ and a nice pawn mate
F Erkel vs Szen, 1845 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 33 moves, 1-0

Joseph Henry Blackburne (1841-1924)
Blackburne vs Leverson, 1885  
(C51) Evans Gambit, 22 moves, 1-0

Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Accepted (C51) 1-0 SF notes
Morphy vs P Capdevielle, 1864 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 36 moves, 1-0

Evans Gambit. Main Line (C51) 0-1 Q sac, Greco's Mate
Anderssen vs J Finch, 1851 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 32 moves, 0-1

Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Goering Attack (C51) 1-0
Chigorin vs Yakubovich, 1879
(C51) Evans Gambit, 34 moves, 1-0

15. Qe8+! sets up a double discovered check for mate-in-three
M R Kaldegg vs G Zeissl, 1903 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 17 moves, 1-0

two knights chase king to his doom after queen sac
Maczynski vs W H Pratten, 1948 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 0-1

Italian, Classical. Greco G Moeller-Therkatz Attack (C54) 1-0 G
Schlechter vs Meitner, 1899 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 34 moves, 1-0

A beautiful Clean Mate from Blackburne
A Steinkuehler vs Blackburne, 1863  
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 0-1

Italian Game: Classical. Greco Gambit Mason Gambit (C54) 1-0!!
Alekhine vs NN, 1911 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 19 moves, 1-0

Both queens are defending mates and attacking each other!
Tal vs J Miller, 1988 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

Italian Game: Two Knights Def. Perreux Var (C55) 0-1 Wide open
NN vs Schiffers, 1877 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 19 moves, 0-1

two knights mate-aided by a rook pin.
E Reichmann vs H Ullrich, 1961 
(C57) Two Knights, 19 moves, 0-1

"The Traxler Variation" (game of the day Mar-01-2017)
J Reinisch vs Traxler, 1890  
(C57) Two Knights, 17 moves, 0-1

Spanish Game: Cozio Defense. General (C60) 1-0 Q sac, Boden's #
Zukertort vs Anderssen, 1865 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 12 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65) 0-1 Pin to simplify
Firouzja vs Caruana, 2022 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 26 moves, 0-1

Barry announced a mate in 13 after Pillsbury played 31...h6.
J F Barry vs Pillsbury, 1899 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

One of the most beautiful chess games ever.
Capablanca vs M Fonaroff, 1918 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 22 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Duras Variation (C77) 1-0 Skewer!
Duras vs E Cohn, 1911 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 48 moves, 1-0

The sacrifice 18...♕e1 must have been a shocker.
M Weiss vs W Pollock, 1889 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 29 moves, 0-1

Planinc's most stunning queen sacrifice
D Minic vs A Planinc, 1975 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 30 moves, 0-1

"Ay Carranza!" (game of the day Sep-16-2015)
L Carranza vs Alekhine, 1926 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 18 moves, 0-1

"Take the Helms" (game of the day Jan-27-2009)
Fine vs H Helms, 1945 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 22 moves, 1-0

A queen down, Tal hangs all three minor pieces with 21. Bf5!!
Tal vs H Hecht, 1962 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1-0

21.Ne8! interception/interference by desperado after 18.Rxf6!
A Haik vs S Skembris, 1981 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 21 moves, 1-0

Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Var (E34) 1-0 SF notes
Alatortsev vs Averbakh, 1948 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 24 moves, 1-0

"Andre the Giant" (game of the day Oct-12-2007)
Lilienthal vs Capablanca, 1935 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 1-0

Nimzo-Indian Defense: Leningrad (E30) 0-1 Support the Q+
R Kalkstein vs D Isaacson, 1964 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 34 moves, 0-1

"Kashdan's Immortal" (game of the day Sep-24-2009)
B Siff vs Kashdan, 1948 
(E36) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 33 moves, 0-1

34.Qxd4! was a beautiful conception.
Botvinnik vs C H Alexander, 1946 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 38 moves, 1-0

The classic Sämisch Queen sacrifice
Bobotsov vs Tal, 1958 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

"In the Tal Grass" (game of the day Jun-01-2008)
J Szukszta vs Tal, 1956 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 20 moves, 0-1

"Take This Rook and Kramnik" (game of the day Aug-07-2016)
Kramnik vs Shirov, 1994 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

QGD Marshall Defense (D06) 1-0 B+ Discovered attack nabs Q LPDO
T Mantia vs R Shirley Jr, 1981 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 8 moves, 1-0

QGA. Central Var. McDonnell Def (D20) 1-0Bxf7+, Ne5+ Unpin, etc
von der Lasa vs P Bilguer, 1837 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 13 moves, 1-0

QG Accepted: Normal Var (D21) 0-1 Common trap Q+ & fork LPDO N
I Farago vs V Bliumberg, 1994 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 5 moves, 0-1

QGD: Capablanca Variation (D30) 1-0
C Purdy vs J Kinman, 1928 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

"Rubinstein's Immortal" (game of the day Jan-06-2009)
Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 25 moves, 1-0
Kaidanov vs Anand, 1987 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 25 moves, 1-0

Crikey! Well done Benzol, this is magic.
G Bauermann vs R Butze, 1979 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 18 moves, 0-1

"Chucking the Queen" (game of the day Sep-08-2018)
Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 1996 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

Nice queen sacrifice by Kramnik
Gelfand vs Kramnik, 1996 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 0-1

Morphy's Mate after Windmill
Reshevsky vs Shainswit, 1951 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern (D50) 1-0 blindfold; 29.?
Alekhine vs Vainshtein, 1916 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Gruenfeld Def: Exchange. Classical (D86) 1-0 Pin and Pawn Mate!
Karjakin vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2019 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 51 moves, 1-0

"The Game of the Century" (game of the day Mar-09-2013)
D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956  
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 41 moves, 0-1

A bit of greed to win the QR leads to devastation. Well done.
M Stock vs V Demian, 1976 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 18 moves, 0-1

Bird Opening: Sicilian Bird (A02) 1-0 Long Bomb!
H Danielsen vs P H Nielsen, 2003 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 28 moves, 1-0

Short sticks Littlewood
J E Littlewood vs Short, 1978 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 39 moves, 0-1

Bird Opening: Dutch Variation (A03) 1-0 queen sacrifice
Bird vs Gossip, 1891 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 44 moves, 1-0

Two Queens Battery mate
B Lim vs A Song, 2003 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 95 moves, 1-0

An exquisite Queen sac & mate by Dearing.
J Rudd vs E Dearing, 2004 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 38 moves, 0-1

18...? (Wednesday, October 3)
K V Shantharam vs K Murugan, 1994 
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 18 moves, 0-1

Sham Q sacrifice gains vital pawn
Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1970 
(A14) English, 36 moves, 0-1

Bronstein leaves the queen for his opponent to take!
Barcza vs Bronstein, 1949 
(A20) English, 36 moves, 0-1

"Swede Child O' Mine" (game of the day Oct-19-2017)
G Stoltz vs H Steiner, 1952 
(A21) English, 34 moves, 1-0

Pawn promotion mate!
S De Gondo vs S Bhawoodien, 2003
(A25) English, 43 moves, 0-1

A Petrosian Queen sac - can't blame Filip for not expecting it!
Filip vs Petrosian, 1965 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

Mikenas Defense: Lithuanian Variation (A40) 0-1 Greco Mate
R Koemetter vs G Welling, 1995 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 0-1

Trompowsky Attack: General (A45) 1-0 Inverted Dovetail Mate
A Diaz vs A J Goldsby, 2003 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

Indian Game: Knights Var (A46) 0-1 Q sacrifice for Bb2 Greco #
Santasiere vs Ed. Lasker, 1931 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 0-1

Indian Game: Capablanca Variation (A47) 1-0 24.?
Torre vs B Verlinsky, 1925 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 27 moves, 1-0

Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov shines
Polugaevsky vs R Nezhmetdinov, 1958 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 33 moves, 0-1

brilliant Queen sacrifice
Krogius vs A Kuznetsov, 1962 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 32 moves, 1-0

Dutch Defense: Rubinstein Var (A84) 0-1 Skewer+
M van 't Kruijs vs Anderssen, 1861 
(A84) Dutch, 16 moves, 0-1

C-K Panov Attack. Modern Def Czerniak Line (B13) 1-0Q sac, Dbl+
Tseitlin vs E Dizdarevic, 1999 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 37 moves, 1-0

20.? Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43) 1-0
Kotronias vs Grigoriants, 2009 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 28 moves, 1-0

Von Bardeleben vs Alekhine, 1908 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 33 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

R Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 
(B32) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

Euwe vs Lasker, 1934 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 0-1

Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Lasker, 1925  
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 38 moves, 0-1

Najdorf vs Ragozin, 1948 
(D98) Grunfeld, Russian, 43 moves, 0-1

M Rodholm vs T Herrstrom, 1996 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 38 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Flohr vs Botvinnik, 1933 
(A95) Dutch, Stonewall, 30 moves, 0-1

Michelet vs Kieseritzky, 1845 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1-0

Shabalov vs V Akobian, 2003 
(C02) French, Advance, 61 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs L Litov, 1915 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 35 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Larsen, 1971 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 41 moves, 1-0

A Ozsvath vs K Honfi, 1953 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 56 moves, 0-1

H Baucher vs Morphy, 1858 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 44 moves, 0-1

"Busted!" (game of the day Dec-20-2010)
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

Ed. Lasker vs F Englund, 1913 
(C48) Four Knights, 21 moves, 1-0

R Cifuentes Parada vs Zvjaginsev, 1995 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 0-1

Keres vs Stahlberg, 1935 
(C02) French, Advance, 35 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs J Corzo, 1901 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 1-0

E Maahs vs W Pajeken, 2001 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 19 moves, 0-1

Swiderski vs Nimzowitsch, 1905 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs O Tenner, 1911 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 15 moves, 1-0

Falkbeer vs Anderssen, 1851 
(C27) Vienna Game, 30 moves, 1-0

J Matschego vs Falkbeer, 1853 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 25 moves, 0-1

Bird vs J Mason, 1876 
(C11) French, 50 moves, 1-0

Double Rook sac & Queen sac for Boden's Mate!!
E Canal vs NN, 1934 
(B01) Scandinavian, 14 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Najdorf (B90) 0-1 Hanging Queen wins??
J Basas Gamazo vs A Rodriguez Cespedes, 1997 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 23 moves, 0-1

"Fie, fie upon a conquered king!"--Henry II
J Mieses vs J W Ohquist, 1895 
(B01) Scandinavian, 11 moves, 1-0

3...Qc6?? is the worst move that's been played
K D Reichwald vs G Scheuerlein, 2011 
(B01) Scandinavian, 4 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation (B17) 1-0 Smothered Mate
F Vogt vs H Lehmann, 1947 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 6 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Var (B17) 1-0 Q trap
A Karklins vs Dlugy, 1986 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 22 moves, 1-0

French Def: Rubinstein Var (C10) 1-0 blitz Q trap
F Rhine vs NN, 2020 
(C10) French, 22 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs V N Kulomzin, 1903 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 20 moves, 1-0

O Rodriguez Vargas vs F Olafsson, 1978 
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 26 moves, 0-1

Blackburne vs J G Witton, 1885 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

King's Gambit: Accepted. Quade Gambit (C37) 1-0
J Seoane vs I Prieto, 1986 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 18 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Closed. Pilnik Variation (C90) 1-0 Anderssen's #
P Thoren vs P Lacko, 1987 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 1-0

28.Ne7+! prepares to sac the Queen for mate
L Milman vs J Fang, 2005 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 31 moves, 1-0

Jobava London System (A45) 1-0 Brilliant Kingside Sac Attack
Mamedyarov vs Giri, 2022 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

Scandinavian Defense: Lasker Variation (B01) 1-0 SF notes
M Nielsen vs A Sonderby, 2006 
(B01) Scandinavian, 19 moves, 1-0

24...? White's Q needed to be diverted away from covering a8.
D Prelevic vs P Orlov, 2001 
(C22) Center Game, 24 moves, 0-1

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