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Member since May-13-08 · Last seen Dec-01-23
I live in Sydney Australia, and have been a CC player since 1980, with my only significant OTB play being 4 years of high school chess in the late 1970's and early 1980's. I have an interest in chess history, and enjoy playing through interesting games from the past, and learning about the famous and not so famous players who have graced the great game of chess.
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   GrahamClayton has kibitzed 9112 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-01-23 W O Cruz vs F Apsenieks, 1939
GrahamClayton: Excellent use of the king as an attacking piece in the endgame by Cruz.
   Dec-01-23 P Ricardi vs N V Pedersen, 2004
GrahamClayton: Unusual imbalance of forces - Ricardi's bishops and passed pawns are too much for Pedersen's queen to handle.
   Dec-01-23 M F Littleton vs Yanofsky, 1968
GrahamClayton: One of the biggest upsets of the 1968 Olympiad as the Irish board 2 defeats one of Canada's most experienced players.
   Dec-01-23 J Kleczynski Jr vs A Rueb, 1924
GrahamClayton: A nice win by the 1st President of FIDE.
   Nov-25-23 Kasparov vs Spassky, 1990
GrahamClayton: Kasparov's queen maneuvre Qc2-d1-d4-e5-f4-f3-f4 neutralises any of Spassky's counterplay, as any exchange of queens also results in the loss of the f3-pawn.
   Nov-24-23 D Kopec vs de Firmian, 1985
GrahamClayton: Unusual to see both kings on the 4th rank in less that 30 moves: [DIAGRAM]
   Nov-24-23 Maroczy vs J N Berger, 1908
GrahamClayton: <Amarande>11 Nd4+ might perhaps be best, returning the piece; Tartakower, to my recollection, commented on this possibility as giving (along the lines of - I don't have the book in front of me) "a defensive tempo of no small importance." <Amarande>, Excellent ...
   Nov-24-23 Alekhine vs Euwe, 1935
GrahamClayton: The attempt to win a piece by 13. Nxe6 fxe6 14. Bxc4 dxc4 15. Qh5+ g6 16. Qe5 (double attack on knight and rook) fails to 16...Bc5+ 17. Kh1 Nf2+ 18. Rxf2 Qd1+ forcing mate.
   Nov-24-23 Yates vs Gunsberg, 1914
GrahamClayton: 17. Bxg6 hxg6 18. Qxb2 regains the pawn, but at the cost of the two Bishops, as well as putting the queen out of play.
   Nov-20-23 Von Gottschall vs Saemisch, 1926
GrahamClayton: von Gottschall drifts in the early middlegame without a concrete plan, allowing Saemisch to gain the two bishops. 36. Nc1 a3 37. Nxb3 Ba4 38. Kc2 a2 is nice way to promote.

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<Good morning>

Your new submissions have been published- here is the game I was talking about above:

Iosif Lvovich Yanushpolsky vs D Rovner, 1929


I am going to wait before publishing this submission:

[Event "??"]
[Site "Chicago, IL"]
[Date "1986.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Andrew Schremser"]
[Black "Leslie Bale"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "?"]
[BlackELO "?"]
[Source "Bill Wall, 500 Pirc Miniatures, p. 441"]

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 c6 4. f4 d5 5. e5 h5 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. h3 Bxf3 8. Qxf3 e6 9. Bd2 Ne7 10. O-O-O Nf5 11. Be1 Na6 12. Bf2 Bf8 13. g4 Ng7 14. a3 Qa5 15. Be1 Bxa3 16. bxa3 Qxa3+ 17. Kd2 c5 18. Bg3 Ke7 19. Nxd5+ 1-0

While checking the player names, I discovered that there are duplicate player pages for <Leslie Bale>.

The only reason I found this is because I copy and paste every single player name into the Main Search box before submitting any pgn. I would ask you please to adopt this practice as well.

In this case, we don't want to publish a game that has a player with a duplicate page. First, I will submit a correction slip to requesting that Leslie Bale and Leslie Bale be merged.

Once the correction slip has been processed, then I will publish your submission.

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  Stonehenge: can be used too for finding players.

ctrl-f and type some letters.

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  Stonehenge: Oh yes, adding a source to your correction slips would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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  GrahamClayton: <Stonehenge> and <jessicafischerqueen>, Thank you very much for your feedback.
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<Graham Clayton>

Your file is ready! Thank you for your uploads.

Andrew Schremser vs L Bale, 1986

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  Stonehenge: When uploading games from Edward Winter's site, please make sure to include dots in every move. Now an editor (me) has to do all of that.
Dec-18-20  Z4all: ( Kinda wish <Stonehenge> cited an (the?) example... to save me the time of digging one out... but I did, allthesame.)

Consider this snippet from C.N. 11709

1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 dxe4 4 Nxe4 Nd7 5 Nf3 Ngf6 6 Bd3 Nxe4 7 Bxe4 Nf6 8 Bd3 b6 9 Bb5+ Bd7 10 Bxd7+ Qxd7 11 Ne5 Qd5 12 O-O c5 13 c4 Qb7 14 Qa4+ Nd7 15 Rd1 Rd8 16 Nc6 Rc8 17 d5 a6 18 Qb3 Nf6 19 Qe3 Bd6 20 f4 O-O 21 Qd3 exd5 22 cxd5 Rfe8 23 b3 Bf8 24 Bb2 Nxd5 25 Na5 bxa5 26 Qxd5 Qb4 27 Be5 Red8 28 Qxd8 Rxd8 29 Rxd8 f6 30 Bb2 c4 31 Bd4 cxb3 32 axb3 Kf7 33 Rc1 Kg6 34 g4 Bd6 35 f5+ Kg5

36 Be3+ Kh4 37 Kf2 Bf4 38 Rd3 Qe4 39 Ke2 Bxe3 40 Rxe3 Qg2+ 41 Kd3 a4 42 Rc4 Qb2 43 Ke4 Kxg4 44 Kd5+ Kxf5 45 Rf3+ Kg6 46 Rg3+ Draw

<Converting it to a "standard / canonical" form is trivial with <SCID>...

1. New game (obvious)
2. Ctrl-Shift-i (import PGN)
3. Cut and paste the above into the dialogue box. 4. Import (Alt-i)
5. Paste Current Game (Alt-p)

And now you can cut-and-paste a proper PGN... dots and all!

*** Note this will also help you find errors in the input PGN, if they existed [which they "never" do on Winter's site - ha!] *** >

([Event ""]
[Site ""]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round ""]
[White ""]
[Black ""]
[Result "*"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Bd3 Nxe4 7.Bxe4 Nf6 8.Bd3 b6 9.Bb5+ Bd7 10.Bxd7+ Qxd7 11.Ne5 Qd5 12.O-O c5 13.c4 Qb7 14.Qa4+ Nd7 15.Rd1 Rd8 16.Nc6 Rc8 17.d5 a6 18.Qb3 Nf6 19.Qe3 Bd6 20. f4 O-O 21.Qd3 exd5 22.cxd5 Rfe8 23.b3 Bf8 24.Bb2 Nxd5 25.Na5 bxa5 26. Qxd5 Qb4 27.Be5 Red8 28.Qxd8 Rxd8 29.Rxd8 f6 30.Bb2 c4 31.Bd4 cxb3 32.axb3 Kf7 33.Rc1 Kg6 34.g4 Bd6 35.f5+ Kg5 36.Be3+ Kh4 37.Kf2 Bf4 38.Rd3 Qe4 39.Ke2 Bxe3 40.Rxe3 Qg2+ 41.Kd3 a4 42.Rc4 Qb2 43.Ke4 Kxg4 44.Kd5+ Kxf5 45.Rf3+ Kg6 46.Rg3+ *

(FWIW - the Draw finish isn't recognized by SCID, and is ignored)

Dec-18-20  Z4all: Hope <Stonehenge> wasn't doing all that by hand!
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Thanks to your initiative, the Upload Utility sample PGN now has a source tag!

PGN Upload Utility

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<Z4all> Me too, for <Stony's> sake. He's certainly not work-shy at any rate eh?

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  GrahamClayton: <GrahamClayton>

Thanks to your initiative, the Upload Utility sample PGN now has a source tag!

<jessicafischerqueen> Thanks Jessica!

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  GrahamClayton: A nice puzzle by Latvian chess composer Johann Sehwers, in which the White rook cooperating together with the bishop makes the Black queen run out of safe squares:

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1. Rd8 (1. ... Qg7 2. Bd4+; 1. ... Qg6 2. Rd6+; 1. ... Qg5 2. Bh4+) 1...Qh7 2. Rh8 (2...Qh8 2. Bd4+) 2...Qg6 3. Rh6+ Qh6 4. g5+ (4...Kg5 5. Be3+; 4...Qg5 5. Bh4)

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  perfidious: Clever problem.
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  Stonehenge: I have asked this before but *please* use periods after each move number when you upload games.

Also, use commas in American site names like Los Angeles, CA USA.

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  MissScarlett: A S Jameson vs W M Ward, 1904 Think you'll find this CHYP contest took place in December, not August.
Oct-14-21  jonfrankle: Hi, Graham. I just joined, to reach out to you because you posted some info about my Des Moines, IA childhood friend and early chess mentor, Dan Harger (games: Dan Harger). I've kept up with almost everyone else from our (DM Theodore Roosevelt) high school [Dan '69, myself: '72] team, but lost track of Dan after he visited me in California in the early 1980's. I'm not sure how you know him, but a few of us would like to reconnect with Dan if you can help. Thanks! Jon (
PS -- My son and I took our first trip to New Zealand and Australia in spring 2019, enjoyed it and hope to return someday.
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  fredthebear: <GC> I've enjoyed your recent posts of miniatures. Thanks!
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  GrahamClayton: If anyone wants to upload some games to but doesn't know how to do so, I can recommend this PGN editor:

After creating the PGN score, replace "%Created by Caissa's Web PGN Editor" with the [Source] tag and you can upload the game without any problems!

Feb-14-22  login:

The land owns us

Where the bloody hell are ya - why no editor (yet)?!

Vouched (for years).

Have a good one

Jun-10-22  Phony Benoni: <GrahamClayton> I've posted a question for you at L T Magee vs J Holland, 1948
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  GrahamClayton: A nice study by B Serus, published in the Polish magazine "Szachy #182" in 1959 - the White King chases the Black bishop all across the board before trapping it.

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1. Bd3 Kxf1 2. Kb8 Bd7 3. Kc7 Be8 4. Kd8 Bf7 5. Ke7 Bg6 6. Kf8 Bh7 (only move due to the threat of 7. Nf4 - this is why White played 1. Bd3, to protect this knight) 7. Kg7 winning.

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  GrahamClayton: An unusual example of queen sacrifices on consecutive moves - Gilg v Lamprecht, Karbitz 1924:

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1... f1=Q 2. Qxf1 h1=Q 3. Qxh1 stalemate.

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  GrahamClayton: During a simultaneous exhibition at the Dundee CC on November 22 1930, Eugene Znosko-Borovsky was able to checkmate his opponent by castling - a rare feat.

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1. hxg3 hxg2+ 2. Kxg2 Bh3+ 3. Kxh3 Ng4+ 4. Kxg4 Qd7+ 5. Kg5 Be7+ 6. Kxg6 Rg8+ 7. Kh7 Bf6+ 8. Kxg8 O-O-O#

Znosko-Borovsky finished the 15 board exhibition with a score of +13, =1, -1.

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  MissScarlett: Note that <Chess Life> dropped the <& Review> from its title from the start of 1980.
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  fredthebear: A handful of interesting posts from you today. Thank you GC!
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